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Scam Victim’s Grandson Isn’t In Jail, Doesn’t Need $10,000 In iTunes Gift Cards


The basic story seemed plausible enough: a Chicago woman’s grandson got on the phone and said that he was in jail because he caused a car accident because he was texting while driving.

Yes, Real-Life Fabletics Stores Just Exist To Sell More ‘VIP Memberships’


People love to get deals, and we love to feel like we’re part of a special club. That’s why Fabletics, a sort of Columbia House for sports bras, is apparently succeeding in its expansion into real-life retail, and plans to open as many as 100 new stores.

Volkswagen Begrudgingly Complied With Regulators’ Request For Takata Airbag Recall


Earlier this week, Volkswagen announced the recall of 840,000 Audi and VW-branded vehicles equipped with shrapnel-shooting Takata airbags.

Carrot Cake Hershey Kisses Are An Actual Thing, Available At Walmart


What are the flavors of Easter? We know that the flavors of Valentine’s Day are red velvet and strawberry shortcake, and the flavors of fall are pumpkin spice and caramel apple, but the Easter candy season apparently needs more novelty flavors.

Homeowner Claims Neighbor Used A False Identity To Rent Her Apartment On Airbnb, Refused To Leave


We’re no strangers to Airbnb rental horror stories, but we’re still surprised at how intricate and complicated some of these rental disputes can be.

House Passes Bill Weakening Rules For Menu Calorie Counts In Restaurants


Hey, remember how the Food and Drug Administration gave restaurants a yearlong extension on the deadline for getting their act together regarding calorie counts on menus nationwide?

Google Shutting Down Picasa Photo Service


Nearly 12 years after acquiring Picasa, Google announced plans to shut down the service, asking customers to use its new Google Photos service instead.  In a blog post Friday, the tech company said it would shutter Picasa over the next several months in order to focus on one service: Google Photos.

Police: Would-Be Macy’s Thief Pepper Sprayed, Bit Worker So Accomplice Could Get Away


Sure, Consumerist has covered many a story of a thief who tries to get away from store employees by biting into arms and occasionally chomping off the odd finger.

IKEA Would Only Allow ‘Deadpool’ Writers To Use Joke About Furniture If It Was Authentic


IKEA is totally cool with people poking fun at the sometimes frustrating experience of assembling its flat-pack furniture, but if you want to write a joke about it into a movie like Deadpool, there’s one requirement: it’s got to be true to the real thing.

Do Not Set The Date On Your iPhone To Jan. 1, 1970


While it might be tempting to take a “wild ride” into the past, do not set the date on your iPhone to Jan.

American Airlines Will Give You Free Treats At The Gate If Your Flight Is Delayed For At Least Two Hours


Would a bag of pretzels or a can of soda placate you if your flight were delayed for two hours? American Airlines hopes that’s all it’ll take.  The carrier recently began testing a “Gateside Amenities” plan that aims to calm travelers whose flights are delayed by offering them free snacks and drinks, Bloomberg reports.

Kenya Is Now The World’s 4th Largest Flower Grower


If you give or receive any flowers this Valentine’s Day, they were most likely imported from somewhere with a much warmer climate and lower wages than the United States.

Uber To Pay $28.5M To Settle Allegations It Misled Customers On Safety Practices


Ride-hailing service Uber has agreed to pay $28.5 million to more than 25 million customers, and rename its so-called “safe ride fee” in order to settle a class-action lawsuit that the company misled consumers about its “industry leading” safety procedures.  The Associated Press reports that Uber agreed to the settlement, filed on Thursday in the United States District Court in the Northern District of California, to resolve a class-action lawsuit filed in 2014.

Ohio Company Sells The Rights To The Etch A Sketch To Canadian Toymaker


The company behind the toy that has been teaching children about the impermanence of the human condition for more than 50 years has decided to shake things up and sell the rights to make Etch A Sketch to a Canadian toymaker.

Senators: No More Federal Funding To For-­Profit Colleges That Strip Students Of Legal Rights


If your college breaks the law, you should be able to pursue a legal action in court. But ­­following the lead of banks, wireless providers, and cable companies some for-profit colleges have been stripping students of their legal rights and forcing them into arbitration.

NYC In Need Of A Dairy Hero As Rash Of Ice Cream Pint Thefts Threatens City’s Häagen-Dazs Supply


Go into your freezer, grab that pint of Häagen-Dazs and hold it tight, New Yorkers: someone out there is targeting high-end ice cream in a series of thefts that may or may not be indicative of a dairy shoplifting ring.

Of Course Everyone Wanted To See Burger King’s Hot Dog Training Video Starring Snoop Dogg


Call us cynical, but we’re pretty sure that Burger King’s new Grilled Dogs training videos were never intended as an “internal use only” tool to train employees on how to top and sell the chain’s new grilled hot dogs.

Consumerist Friday Flickr Finds


Here are nine of the best photos that readers added to the Consumerist Flickr Pool in the last week, picked for usability in a Consumerist post or for just plain neatness.

AT&T Will Test 5G Service In Texas This Year; Could Be Up To 100 Times Faster Than LTE


For most people, the term “5G” is still some ineffable promise of lightning-fast wireless data that will — like the cable arrive sometime between two and five… years from now.

Police Investigating Death During Walmart Shoplifting Incident


Early on Sunday morning, a 62-year-old man piled DVDs worth $380.74 in a shopping cart at a Florida Walmart and headed for the door.


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