Massachusetts City Decides To Maintain Foreclosures

Massachusetts City Decides To Maintain Foreclosures

We’ve written before about cities going after mortgage lenders for failing to properly maintain homes on which they have foreclosed, but one Massachusetts city has decided it’s just easier to fix up these properties, rather than have them fall into disrepair and drag neighborhood home prices down with them. [More]

Massachusetts Voters To Decide If Car Dealerships Have Exclusive Rights To Necessary Repair Info

Massachusetts Voters To Decide If Car Dealerships Have Exclusive Rights To Necessary Repair Info

Earlier this year, the Massachusetts state Senate passed a “Right to Repair” bill that would allow your local mechanic to have access to info that is now only available to car dealerships. But the legislation has stalled in the state House. Sick of inaction, 16,000 Bay State residents petitioned the state, and everyone will have a chance to vote on it come November. [More]

Massachusetts Creates Fake Scam Websites To Warn People Of Real Scam Websites

Massachusetts Creates Fake Scam Websites To Warn People Of Real Scam Websites

Make a ton of money working from home! Lose weight by taking some fruit extract pills! Clear your debt today, guaranteed! Most of us know to give a wide berth to websites making promises like these. But the Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation has decided the best way to educate the consumers is for the state to create its own slate of bogus sites that look eerily like real scam sites. [More]

Skipped Step Results In Mass. Police Writing 896 Illegal Speeding Tickets

Skipped Step Results In Mass. Police Writing 896 Illegal Speeding Tickets

It’s a pretty big case of “Ooops,” on the part of the Massachusetts Dept. of Transportation, which forgot to follow its own regulations when it determined the speed limit on a new stretch of road in Salem. Now, nearly 900 speeding tickets could be reversed — if the drivers are willing to go to court. [More]

Cumberland Farms Fires Employee For Having Too Much Cash In The Register

Cumberland Farms Fires Employee For Having Too Much Cash In The Register

Usually when we write about a store staffer getting followed in the wake of a robbery it’s because they dared to do something about it, but a man in Massachusetts says he was given the boot from his Cumberland Farms job because his register had too much cash in it when the store was robbed. [More]

Should Smokers Have To Pay The Full Tax If They Roll Their Own Cigarettes?

Should Smokers Have To Pay The Full Tax If They Roll Their Own Cigarettes?

Since state and local governments began slapping heavy taxes on cigarettes, a number of smokers have managed to pay less by buying loose tobacco and rolling their own. But as a growing number of stores have begun offering free-to-use roll-your-own machines that take the loose material and spit out a pile of smokes that look like they came straight out of the carton, some lawmakers are crying foul. [More]

Couple Takes Advantage Of UPS Laziness, Steals Over 100 Packages From Doorsteps

Couple Takes Advantage Of UPS Laziness, Steals Over 100 Packages From Doorsteps

We’ve certainly written enough pieces over the years about how some UPS, FedEx and USPS carriers would rather fling your package somewhere in the vicinity of your house rather than knock and wait to see if you’re home. Now the police in Somerville, MA, say a couple took advantage of drivers’ willingness to leave packages out in the open by swooping in to steal the deliveries right off folks’ doorsteps. [More]

Starbucks Busted For Hidden Fee On Bagged Coffee

Starbucks Busted For Hidden Fee On Bagged Coffee

See that bag of coffee grounds at Starbucks that’s listed at $12/pound? Well, if you buy less than a pound, there’s a fee of $1.50 that isn’t mentioned anywhere in the store and doesn’t show up as a fee on the receipt. But now, after being busted by authorities in Massachusetts, the java giant has decided to stop charging the fee. [More]

Cops Leave Warnings On Unlocked Cars

Cops Leave Warnings On Unlocked Cars

Residents of Beverly, MA, who leave their car doors unlocked have been coming back to their parked vehicles to find a written scolding from local authorities attempting to cut down on crime. [More]

Protesters Take Trash From Foreclosed House To Bank Of America Branch

Protesters Take Trash From Foreclosed House To Bank Of America Branch

Protesters chanting, “Bank of America, bad for America” tried to dump ten plump black garbage bags of trash in a BofA branch in Malden, Massachusetts. The bags contained refuse collected from the yard of a house the bank foreclosed on and let fall into disrepair, becoming a blight in the neighborhood and threatening to drag down property values. [More]

Restaurant Apologizes For Mistake With Free Chocolate Cake
For New Mother

Restaurant Apologizes For Mistake With Free Chocolate Cake For New Mother

A little bit of kindness will get you far. A little bit of chocolate cake will get you even farther, as one restaurant manager, a husband, and his wife who had just given birth found out. [More]

Thieves Decide They Want Zipcars' Wheels Right Now

Thieves Decide They Want Zipcars' Wheels Right Now

Looks like some thieves took Zipcar’s slogan, “Wheels when you want them,” too literally. [More]

Despite What This Sign Says, You Can't Get A Slice For $.0099

Despite What This Sign Says, You Can't Get A Slice For $.0099

Looks like this pizza parlor has outsourced their accounting department to Verizon, advertising a cheese slice for ¢.99. Technically, that’s .99ths of a cent, or $.0099. Reader James of Massachusetts says, “I believe they have since taken down the sign, but I’m pretty sure I’m not welcomed in there anymore after my constant attempts to try to buy a whole pizza for a dime… and expecting change.” [More]

New Blue Cross Blue Shield Plan Steers Patients To Cheaper Hospitals

New Blue Cross Blue Shield Plan Steers Patients To Cheaper Hospitals

If you live in Massachusetts and have Blue Cross Blue Shield health coverage, you may end up paying more if you want to go to certain hospitals. [More]

Man Behind $4,800 Snow Removal Defends His Pricing

Man Behind $4,800 Snow Removal Defends His Pricing

Yesterday, we brought you the story of a 78-year-old Massachusetts man who was charged $4,800 for having the snow cleared from his roof. After the news hit the Internet, one of the men responsible for the pricey work spoke out to defend himself. [More]

Students Served Dog Biscuits With McDonald's Fries, Then Banned From Restaurant For Complaining

Students Served Dog Biscuits With McDonald's Fries, Then Banned From Restaurant For Complaining

Some students at Westfield State University in Massachusetts are barking mad after they claim they received a serving of dog biscuits with their fries during a visit to their local McDonald’s. And to make matters worse, they were told to scram and never return when they complained to employees about it. [More]

Town Passes Anti Black Friday Rampage Ordinance

Town Passes Anti Black Friday Rampage Ordinance

Finally, one town has taken a stand against the madness and said, “no more.” [More]