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by laura northrup

In Palm Springs, California, a man booked a vacation condominium for 44 days, saying that he would be in town on a business trip. After 30 days, he gained rights as a tenant under California law, and refused to pay rent or to leave. When the story broke,...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Thursday, July 31, 2014
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When TiVo was offering a great price on their Roamio DVRs, reader Victor thought that his mother-in-law could use one. He thought about it, put one in his virtual cart, and then took some time to decide. Like many retailers will do, TiVo sent him an...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Thursday, July 31, 2014
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Silly Justin: he thought that because Target advertised two different promotions for the Wii U he bought, he would get to take advantage of both of them. Nope. He learned that he could have $25 off or $10 off, but not both. This may seem like a minor...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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A few weeks ago, a passenger experienced some kind of problem with (MAJOR U.S. AIRLINE). She sent a complaint letter about this (SPECIFIC EVENT) and received a printed letter back. This letter made it clear that the person who sent the letter had forgotten...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Thursday, July 31, 2014
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Sure, summer is a time for eating barbecue, but we’re not so sure that it should be a time for strange barbecue mashups in our chain pizzerias. Yet Papa John’s is taking what we can only assume is mediocre pulled pork and slathering it on their bland,...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Thursday, July 31, 2014
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The Walmart on State Route 436 in Casselberry, Florida is very popular. Unfortunately, it’s popular with a demographic that retailers shouldn’t want to attract: criminals. Specifically, shoplifters. Some very talented shoplifters, like the man who...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Thursday, July 31, 2014
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Can a picture of two cheese curls be pornographic? It sounds impossible, but the site Cheese Curls of Instagram has elevated what should be random, orange-coated lumps of snack food to fascinating sculptures just by propping them up in front of a blank...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Thursday, July 31, 2014
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For college students, it’s a wonderful thing to find a store willing to pay more than a pittance to buy back the textbooks you’ve been pretending to read all semester. People who discovered the Boston-based site Valore Books were happy with the estimates...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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Do you love having access to social media on your smartphone, but don’t bother to venture outside of Facebook? Sprint’s Virgin Mobile brand has introduced the perfect smartphone plan for both 74-year-olds and 14-year-olds: cheap mobile Internet access...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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On Friday, the state of North Carolina received its first complaint against the app-based ride-sharing service Uber. The customer’s complaint? His driver arrived late in a “filthy” vehicle, and there were spiders inside the car. Which bit him....
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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Back in June, we learned that part of Radio Shack’s turnaround plan is to start in-store repair counters for mobile devices as a bid for relevance and an attempt to offer at least one thing that no other retailer does. However, the credit-rating agency...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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The United States isn’t responsible for everything that’s wrong with the world, but we certainly can accept the blame for one global menace: Holiday Creep. Specifically, Christmas Creep. Now the CBC is using the emergence of Christmas décor in July...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Friday, August 1, 2014
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Driverless cars are either a strange folly on Google’s part, or everyone’s inevitable future. While Google continues testing, researchers at the University of Michigan surveyed the public to find out how we feel about the prospect of self-driving...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Friday, August 1, 2014
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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. Our Flickr Pool is the place where Consumerist readers upload photos for possible...
From: Consumerist | By: Laura Northrup | Friday, August 1, 2014
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