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Baltimore Getting Aggressive In Fight Against Fatberg Clogging City Sewerfatbergbaltimoremarybethquirkconsumerist

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 18:40:22 +0000

When it comes to “fatbergs” — large globs made from wet wipes, cooking oil, and other stuff we flush — clogging the sewers, sometimes extreme measures are necessary. To wit: In an effort to finally dislodge a fatberg that caused a sewer overflow in Baltimore recently, city officials are now resorting to more aggressive approach. Baltimore City Department of Public …

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Company That Sold Fake Payday Loan Debts To Collectors Must Pay $4.1Mpaydayashleekielerconsumerist

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 18:39:33 +0000

We’ve heard it before: A debt collection company engaged in a “phantom” debt scheme in which they try to entice unsuspecting individuals into paying debts they don’t actually owe. While federal regulators have cracked down on these unscrupulous organizations in the past, they are now turning their attention to the companies providing information on these supposed debts. To that end, …

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FCC Chair Confirms He Can’t & Won’t Take Away Broadcast Licenses Because President Doesn’t Like A News Storypaicropchrismorranconsumerist

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 18:35:59 +0000

FCC Chair, and self-proclaimed supporter of the First Amendment, Ajit Pai has been noticeably silent in the wake of President Trump’s recent suggestion that the FCC look into revoking the broadcast licenses of NBC and others that air news stories that are unfavorable to the White House. Pai is finally speaking up, and confirming what we already knew: That …

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Sears’ Former Second-Largest Shareholder Resigns From Boardclosed_searsconsumerlaura

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 17:30:37 +0000

When you own more than 25% of Sears, it gets you a seat on the retailers’ board of directors and gives you the opportunity to help steer the company in the right direction. So what does it say about Sears Holdings that its former second-largest investor has decided to liquidate the mutual fund that includes Sears, and vacate its seat …

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United Passenger Blames Airline For Drunk Man Who Urinated On Him During Flightunitedmbqmarybethquirkconsumerist

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 17:23:29 +0000

Airline passengers have to deal with all manner of human menace — whether it’s that inconsiderate person in the aisle seat eating a tuna sandwich, the charming child repeatedly kicking the back of your seat while his parents pretend not to notice, or the dude next to you voiding his bladder on your leg. At what point does another passenger’s …

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GM Wants To Be The First Company To Test Driverless Cars On NYC Streetsnycskyline2marybethquirkconsumerist

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 16:04:00 +0000

With its maze of one-way streets, congestion, aggressive taxi drivers, double-parked cars, occasional motorcades, parades, and exploding manhole covers, New York City can be a challenge for even the more skilled drivers. And if General Motors gets its wish, you could soon add driverless to this mix. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced this morning that GM and its partner Cruise Automation …

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Mercedes-Benz Recalls Nearly 500K Vehicles Over Inadvertent Airbag Deploymentmercedesashleekielerconsumerist

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 15:54:25 +0000

Airbags can save lives, but they can also hurt people if they deploy at the wrong time. To that end, Mercedes Benz has recalled nearly 500,000 vehicles in the U.S. that contain airbags that could deploy without warning.  Mercedes Benz issued the recall of 495,000 model year 2012 to 2018 A, B, C, and E-class vehicles, as well as CLA, …

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Why Did This Store Falsely Claim There Was A $10 Fee For Apple Pay Or Samsung Pay?samsungapplepaysurchargeconsumerlaura

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 15:34:19 +0000

In spite of what this sign at an Indiana retailer said, there is no $10 surcharge for using mobile payment apps like Apple Pay or Samsung Pay to make a purchase. But the fact that someone at this store believed this to be the case is a good example of how myths and misinformation can affect consumers. Consumerist reader Tim …

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McDonald’s Suggests Putting Your Phone In A Locker Rather Than Talking Through MealScreen Shot 2017-10-17 at 9.17.52 AMashleekielerconsumerist

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 15:18:40 +0000

Walk into just about any restaurant — it doesn’t matter the price or quality of food — and you’ll see many diners constantly fidgeting with their phones, if not ignoring their table mates altogether while they tap away on their screens. McDonald’s may be the last place on Earth you’d expect to care about this decrease in human interaction, but …

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Couple Caught On Camera Copulating At Domino’s Counter May Face Jail TimedominosdeedAmarybethquirkconsumerist

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 14:44:45 +0000

If your fantasy is to engage in all manner of sexual relations while waiting for your pizza order, just be aware that there may be repercussions for your public display of intimacy. Last February, CCTV cameras at a UK Domino’s captured 18 minutes of one couple’s in-store erotic escapades. The two recently pleaded guilty to outraging public decency, but The …

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