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Bank Of America Explains Why It Never Assumed Title To Squatter-Filled Foreclosure

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Alleged Delta Baby-Slapper Fired For Allegedly Slapping Baby On Delta Flight

You probably remember last week’s story of the Delta passenger accused of not only slapping a 19-month-old child but also using an unpleasant racial slur while doing so. Looks like that man’s employer isn’t exactly thrilled with the publicity caused by the incident. [More]

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HP: No, Downgrading To Windows 7 Doesn’t Really Void Your Warranty

Yesterday, we shared the story of Nick, a university information technology professional who bought a computer for a new employee that already had Windows 8 on it, tried to downgrade to Windows 7, and was told that doing so would void his warranty. While the person at Enterprise support he spoke to may have said this, it is not, strictly speaking, true. That’s great to hear. The bad news, of course, is that someone told Nick this in the first place. An ordinary customer who doesn’t work in IT would be completely confused at this point. [More]

Waiter Michael Garcia received $1,145 in donations after his story swept the Internet. Yesterday, he donated that money to The Rise School of Houston.

Waiter Who Wouldn’t Serve Family That Insulted Boy With Down Syndrome Didn’t Care If He Got Fired

You may remember the story from mid-January of the waiter at a Houston restaurant who refused to serve a family because they had insulted a boy with Down Syndrome in the next booth. Not everyone would have made such a stand, especially when it could mean losing one’s job. [More]

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UPDATE: Bank Says $1,400 In Counterfeit Bills Weren’t Counterfeit After All

Yesterday, we told you about the Massachusetts man who withdrew $1,800 from Sovereign Bank, then took it over to pay his mortgage at Citizens Bank, only to have $1,400 of it confiscated for allegedly being counterfeit cash. Except it wasn’t. [More]

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Kmart Tracks Down Reader After 2-Day Shipping Became 2-Week Shipping, Tries To Help

You may remember reader Linda, who ordered a computer from Kmart with 2-day shipping as a Christmas gift for her mother. Kmart’s idea of “2-day shipping” that they charge extra for turned out to be “2-week shipping” once they actually got around to shipping the computer. That wouldn’t be so bad if it weren’t, you know, a Christmas gift, and if Kmart planned to ship it before December 24th. Based on the information in the post, the nice people at Kmart’s executive customer relations department tracked Linda down, which is impressive and only a little bit unnerving.

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LG Admits Smart TV Without Working Remote Isn’t Very Smart, Offers To Replace It

LG Admits Smart TV Without Working Remote Isn’t Very Smart, Offers To Replace It

Earlier this week, we shared the story of reader Michael, who bought a pricey 3-D smart television from Amazon. His family thought it was pretty awesome until the set’s remote would no longer work. A few different repair teams weren’t able to make the TV and its remote work together permanently. Would he be left with a great big TV set that he couldn’t even use to watch YouTube videos? Sure, that’s a first world problem, but consumers deserve to get what they pay for. We posted about Michael and his TV. Coincidentally, after the post went up LG contacted him with a resolution.

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Update: State Decides Man No Longer Needs To Repay $19K In Unemployment Benefits

Update: State Decides Man No Longer Needs To Repay $19K In Unemployment Benefits

Back in April we told you about a New Jersey man who was stuck in a bureaucratic battle between church and state, as he tried to figure out why he needed to repay more than $19,000 in unemployment benefits he’d believed he was entitled to. After pulling their heads out of the sand at the shore, officials have realized the man was right all along.

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Mandatory Xbox 360 Update Breaks Some Consoles, Microsoft Claims 'Coincidence'

Mandatory Xbox 360 Update Breaks Some Consoles, Microsoft Claims 'Coincidence'

Last week’s exciting Kinect Dashboard update for Xbox 360 consoles didn’t just ask users to waive their right to sue and make customers pay to be advertised to. It also appears to have caused problems with a number of consoles. Nothing major: it just keeps them from reading any discs…no, wait, that is major. Microsoft representatives say that this is a coincidence, and that customers with freshly broken consoles need to send them in for repair for $100 or so.

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Baggage Handler Fired For Helping Sick Dog Can Have Her Job Back

Baggage Handler Fired For Helping Sick Dog Can Have Her Job Back

Last week, a baggage handler at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport made headlines when she said she was fired for refusing to stow a visibly ailing dog onto a plane. As sometimes happens when these stories get pushed into the spotlight, the handler has now been offered her old gig back.

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Chase Hugs It Out With Man It Had Thrown In Jail For Cashing Non-Fake Check

Chase Hugs It Out With Man It Had Thrown In Jail For Cashing Non-Fake Check

Many of you read last week’s story about the man in Washington state who spent the weekend in jail because a Chase employee was convinced that the completely legitimate cashier’s check he was trying to cash was a forgery. Well, it appears that the two sides have put aside their differences and worked out an agreement.

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Update: Best Buy Changes Credit Quota Firing Threat

Update: Best Buy Changes Credit Quota Firing Threat

Well, that was fast. The reader and Best Buy employee who wrote in earlier this week about the threat of termination being used to make employees generate more credit card applications from customers. (Or, as the headline put it, “cram credit cards down customers’ throats.”) The tipster wrote back in to let us know that management in this particular region has backed down. While offering credit applications is still an important part of the job, working twelve shifts without persuading any customers to apply is no longer grounds for automatic termination.

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iOS 4.3.3 Update Tweaks Controversial User Location Tracking

iOS 4.3.3 Update Tweaks Controversial User Location Tracking

Calling it a “bug,” Apple has responded to the backlash surrounding the revelation that iOS devices have been keeping track of their owner’s movements via a hidden file full of timestamped map locations by releasing a new software update designed to minimize the extent of the tracking. It does not, however, get rid of it.

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Horizon Apologizes To Too-Tall Passenger Booted From Flight

Horizon Apologizes To Too-Tall Passenger Booted From Flight

You may remember last week’s story of the 6’9″ Horizon Air passenger who was removed from the plane after a flight attendant asked him to move his long legs out of the aisle. Well, over the weekend we received updates from both the airline and the original tipster, and it appears all parties have been able to work things out.

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Lost Bronx Zoo Cobra Found

Lost Bronx Zoo Cobra Found

The misplaced cobra at the Bronx zoo has been found, coiled and hungry in a dark secluded corner of the reptile house, CNN reports. After the snake went missing, zoo officials closed down the snake exhibit and started searching ceaselessly for the missing creature. Though the zoo kept stressing the cobra was probably within the reptile house, that didn’t stop the deadly snake from setting the public’s imagination on fire, with national media coverage, a keyboard-playing appearance on Conan, and a 200,000 follower strong satirical Twitter account.

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It's Probation For Florida Man Who Punched Walmart
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It's Probation For Florida Man Who Punched Walmart Greeter

You might remember our story from January about a Walmart greeter in Florida who was fired after getting punched by a customer. Earlier this week, the man who threw the offending fist was given one year probation.

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Airport Body Scanners May Replace Your Naked Body With A Generic Avatar, Eventually

Airport Body Scanners May Replace Your Naked Body With A Generic Avatar, Eventually

Bloomberg reports that one of the big companies behind airport full-body scanners has released a software update that replaces your misshapen nakedness with a generically proportioned, nondescript avatar. The software then indicates on the avatar where you should be searched.

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Security Patching For XP Service Pack 2 Ends Today

Security Patching For XP Service Pack 2 Ends Today

If you’re still using Windows XP SP2, you’re about to be on your own. Today Microsoft releases its final security update for Service Pack 2 (the 32-bit version, at least).

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