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Maker Of Airbags Linked To 8M Recalled Vehicles Used Unusual Chemical Explosive For Inflation

Takata, the Japanese/German auto-parts maker, that supplied airbags used in millions of recalled vehicles employed an unusual explosive chemical to inflate the safety devices, which may have contributed to the spraying of metal shrapnel...Show More Summary

Microsoft Dropping Xbox One Price $50 In Advance Of Holiday Season

It’s been a year since Microsoft and Sony launched their latest game consoles and the makers of the Xbox One are making a push to get their product in more homes this holiday season by dropping the price through the end of the year. Starting on Nov. 2, the Xbox One will be available for as low as $350 at … [More]

Man Throws Chihuahua At Window Of Starbucks That Banned Him

In Houston, a man was banned from a Starbucks due to his disruptive behavior, which included “harassing” customers. He reacted to this ban in a completely logical way: by pitching a fit outside, throwing a glass bottle at the ground, then throwing a Chihuahua puppy of unknown origin at the coffee shop’s window. Nobody knows whether the puppy belonged to … [More]

American Airlines Flight Forced To Return To Gate After Passenger Discovers “Al-Quida” WiFi Network

While there’s no rule that WiFi networks need to employ good spelling, naming a plane hotspot “Al-Quida Free Terror Nettwork” isn’t going to help anyone. And it’s because of that poorly chosen/thick-headed decision that an American Airlines flight from Los Angeles to London last night had to turn back before it even got started. Adding to the rolls of poorly … [More]

Why Did CVS & Rite-Aid Stop Taking Apple Pay?

After nearly a week of accepting payment via the recently launched Apple Pay system, both CVS and Rite-Aid suddenly stopped offering this option to shoppers over the weekend. And neither retailer is giving a reason why, though it appears to be part of a retail-industry effort to eventually roll out its own payment system. Rite-Aid will only say that it … [More]

Amazon Announces Fire TV Stick To Compete With Chromecast

Where there once was plenty of room on the streaming TV field, things are now getting a little bit more crowded, as Amazon has announced a rival to Chromecast. The Fire TV Stick is a dongle similar to other streaming media devices that connects to an HDMI port on HDTVs, and will allow users to watch content from Netflix, Amazon … [More]

Your Electric Company Will Not Call And Demand Payment By Prepaid Card

While your local utility could call you up and demand immediate instant payment using a prepaid debit card before shutting off your natural gas and power, they will never actually do that. The owner of the Squeeze Inn, a fantastically-named restaurant in California, learned that the hard way when he panicked and sent $1,000 to scammers claiming to represent Pacific … [More]

More Info From Yelper Who Says He Was Threatened Over Negative Review

Earlier today, we told you about the apparent dispute between a Cleveland consumer and the chef/owner of a local restaurant who allegedly reacted to the customer’s negative Yelp review with a series of nasty, threatening messages on Facebook. Now that diner has reached out to Consumerist to share more of his side of the story. First off, Ruchu, the … [More]

Amazon Takes $170 Million Loss On Fire Phone Flop

Despite Amazon advertising the device on every doorstep and dropping the price under a buck, the company’s Fire Phone, companion smartphone to its line of tablets and TV streaming devices, failed to catch on with the public. Maybe it was the AT&T exclusivity, or the fact that it runs a customized version of Google’s Android operating system, without access … [More]

Apple Pay Lets Man Scan, Use Wife’s Citi Credit Card Without Additional Verification

One of the neat features of the new Apple Pay system is that it lets iPhone 6 users quickly scan and verify credit cards into their Passbook so they can use those accounts without ever providing participating businesses with their card numbers. But how easy is it to just scan in someone else’s card and start using it without that … [More]

Costco Takes Unusual Stance That Retail Employees Should Have Thanksgiving Day Off

As the beginning of Black Friday and thus the holiday shopping season has crept backwards into the early hours of Thanksgiving, we at Consumerist have taken a cantankerous stance against these early openings. Even we can take heart, though: a few businesses have confirmed that they will not be opening on Thanksgiving Day, because they’d like employees to spend … [More]

Windows Update Breaking Counterfeit Computer Chips That Users Don’t Even Know They Own

Most of us have, at least once, had a Windows Update that made something work less well than it used to, instead of better. But it’s rare for a system software update to break part of your computer’s hardware entirely. And it’s even more rare for the update to break your computer on purpose. And yet with one particular kind … [More]

Kids Tasked With Dumping Alaska Village’s “Honey Buckets” Likely Psyched To Finally Get Indoor Plumbing

Aren’t chores the worst, kids? Yes, sure, taking out the trash and emptying the dishwasher are both bummer gigs, but let’s all just thank our lucky stars that we were never in charge of dumping buckets of human waste at the town receptacle. To that end, kids in one Alaska village where many homes don’t have indoor plumbing are probably … [More]

AT&T Says U-Verse False Alarm Came From Radio Station

Earlier this morning, AT&T U-Verse subscribers woke up to an alarming, unexplained Emergency Alert Message on their screens. Now the company is trying to shed a bit of light on what exactly happened. “A Federal Emergency Management Agency...Show More Summary

Evenflo Agrees To Recall 202,000 Rear-Facing Infant Car Seats Over Tricky Buckle

Earlier this year, both Graco and Evenflo recalled almost six million car seats, all told, due to a safety buckle that regulators said could be tricky to open in the case of an emergency, and hamper attempts to get kids out of the car safely. And now, despite pushing back against a recall for additional rear-facing infant seats that use … [More]

$10K Or $250K — How Much Should Walmart Pay For Wrongly Accusing Man Of Attacking Worker?

In Sept. 2007, a man described as being 5’7? and around 50 years old in California allegedly attacked a Walmart employee who had caught him shoplifting. Two months later, a man in his early 40s and five inches taller than that suspect walked into the Walmart, where he claims he was detained by a manager and publicly accused of being … [More]

Man Scores $25K A Year For Life, Realizes He Happens To Have Another Winning Lottery Ticket

Sometimes it pays to be predictable, literally: After a Massachusetts man learned from state lottery officials that he held the winning numbers, he remembered that he happened to have another ticket with the exact same set of lucky digits. The man got a call from the Massachusetts State Lottery this week to tell him he’d won $25,000 a year for … [More]

Sponsored Data Is The New Free Shipping

It’s hard to persuade people to download, watch, or listen to your digital content. One thing that might help persuade them, at least if they’re AT&T customers, is to offer to sponsor their data. Will it work? More importantly, will customers stick with it once the subsidy goes away? It might help to compare sponsored data with free shipping. The … [More]

SodaStream Users May Soon Be Able To Create DIY Pepsi At Home

People who own SodaStream machines may soon be able to see whether or not the in-home beverage-maker can truly replicate a big-name household brand. PepsiCo announced today that it will be doing a limited test of making its pop brands available for the SodaStream. Before Pepsi and Mountain Dew fanatics go rushing out to buy a SodaStream, be cautioned that … [More]

Man Sleeping In His Car At McDonald’s Drive-Thru Charged With DUI After Trying To Pay Cops For Burgers

On the one hand, it’s only right and proper for a fast food customer to pay for his four cheeseburgers. But when one man tried to pay the police attempting to wake him up from his slumber in the McDonald’s drive-thru lane, even that honorable effort was overshadowed by the fact that he allegedly drove drunk to get there. Police … [More]

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