Las e-profesiones más demandados #infografia #infographic #empleo

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DirectBuy Closed Members’ Local Showroom: Now What?

mbdirectbuyLongtime Consumerist readers might remember that we aren’t huge fans of the advertising or sales tactics that shopping club DirectBuy uses. But if someone does spend thousands of dollars to join, then they should be treated fairly by the company, right? Not when the nearest showroom closes down, and the company doesn’t understand why their new members can’t make an easy two-hour trip to the nearest one that remains open.

That’s what happened to a California couple who were in the middle of building their dream home. They decided that discounts through DirectBuy worked for them, and paid $5,351.78 for a two-year membership. They were happy with that arrangement…until their local showroom abruptly closed.

“Just when we’re ready to buy a bunch of stuff from them, they’re no longer there,” one member of the couple told CBS Sacramento consumer reporter Kurtis Ming. They weren’t interested in shopping online or through the company’s catalog: they wanted to browse in person at a showroom. CBS Sacramento consulted a consumer attorney, who said that closing down the local showroom is “a pretty clear breach of contract.”

DirectBuy counters that the couple only had four months left on their two-year membership, and hadn’t made a purchase to date when their local showroom closed. They wouldn’t tell reporters how many other members used that Sacramento-area showroom, but did offer the couple a $1,000 refund. That’s roughly the pro-rated amount based on the time left on their contract.

The customers don’t think that’s enough, and plan to pursue arbitration. Not because they love arbitration, but because that’s the only recourse that the DirectBuy contract gives them.

Call Kurtis: My Direct Buy Showroom Closed. Should I Get a Refund? [CBS Sacramento]

by Laura Northrup via Consumerist

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December Recall Roundup: These Pacifier Clips Really Suck

Big news in recall-land today: 1.25 million pacifier clips from Playtex recalled because they can crack, transforming them into a choking hazard. What other dangers might lie in our dressers, closets, pantries, garages, and refrigerators? Let’s find out.

Babies & Kids

Midwest-CBK Animal-shaped Baby Rattles

Under Armour Infant Sports Jersey Kits – snaps may detach and scratch baby

Zoom Car Seat Stroller Adapter – adapter clips may not clip properly

Playtex Hip Hammock Infant Carriers – buckles may crack or break


Home & Kitchen

Bosch GV4 Fire Alarm Control Panels – alarms may not activate

RSI (Home Depot) Bathroom Medicine Cabinets – Mirror may fall out

Kenmore oscillating fan heaters – Heaters may overheat or catch fire

Norwood Furniture Science Tables – legs may split

Walmart Card Table and Chair Sets – risk of sudden collapse and possible finger amputation

Yankee Candle Pine Berry Ring – candle holder is flammable


Sports & Outdoors

Trident Pool Gate Latches – Magnet may come loose, not latch gate

SRAM Hydraulic Road Rim Brakes and Hydraulic Road Disc Brakes for bicycles – brakes may fail, which is very bad

Olympic Decline free weight bench – frame may collapse forward

Evolution Mountain Bike Suspension Forks – may cause wheel to detach


Honda 21” lawnmowers – Blade may continue spinning after engine is stopped


HP Chromebook electric adapters – fire hazard

by Laura Northrup via Consumerist

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Snapchat Figures It’s Best To Prove Users Are Actually Human With New Security Update

SNAPCHATVERIFY Now that Snapchat has had its toes firmly dipped in the pool of potential security threats, it seems the company has realized it might be best to stem the tide of spambots posing as real users on the photo-sharing service.

That’s one way to cut down on the spam that the company says is probably not related to the recent security breach, and as such, Snapchat announced what some are calling its new “ghost protocol” (is mascot is a ghost, after all) to ward of unwanted, non-humans, reports Engadget.

The new security measure asks first-time users to pick out the photos that feature ghosts. Humans can do that nice and easy, whereas a spam robot intent on spreading images of guys who have gotten pretty girls to date them with fake watches will not be able to perform that function.

No Snapchatting for you, bots. Except for the ones who are already users on the site — those you’ll just have to learn to ignore friend requests from.

Snapchat enlists its ghost mascot to thwart potential bot accounts [Engadget]

by Mary Beth Quirk via Consumerist

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Consumer Reports Pulls Recommendation For Honda Fit After Poor Crash Test Results

The Honda Fit after being run through the IIHS small overlap test.

The Honda Fit after being run through the IIHS small overlap test.

Earlier today, we told you how all but one of the subcompact cars (aka mini cars) tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety received failing marks in the important small overlap crash test, and the Honda Fit earned the lowest scores of the entire group. As a result, our co-workers at Consumer Reports have decided they can no longer recommend this particular vehicle.

The Fit had been recommended by CR initially based on non-crash testing that found the vehicle had “easy cabin access and very good visibility,” with responsive steering and agile handling. It also has great gas mileage (33 mpg for manual transmissions; 30 mpg for automatic).

The Fit received “Good” ratings from the IIHS in the four other tests of crashworthiness — Moderate Overlap, Side, Roof Strength, Head Restraints & Seats — but Consumer Reports had to pull its recommendation after the announcement that the Fit’s small overlap test received an overall “poor” grade from IIHS.

In that test, which measures the damage done by crashing only the front corner of a vehicle into a barrier, there was structural intrusion into the driver’s space, and the crash test dummy’s head barely contacted the frontal airbag before sliding off and hitting the instrument panel.

The Chevy Spark was the only mini car to receive the IIHS Top Safety Pick award for 2013, but CR says it could not recommend the electric vehicle because its overall Road Test score from the magazine was only a 36 out of 100.

In October, Consumer Reports pulled its recommendations for three Toyota vehicles — the Camry, Prius V, and RAV4 — and the Audi A4 after they all performed poorly in the IIHS small overlap test.

Many of the vehicles that failed the small overlap test were designed before IIHS began this particular test in 2012. It’s hoped that future models of these cars will take this test into account so that there are not so many failures in coming years.

by Chris Morran via Consumerist

The History Of The Global Strategic Maple Syrup Reserve, In Comic Form

We at Consumerist remain fascinated with the 2012 theft of 10,000 barrels of maple syrup from the Global Strategic Maple Syrup Reserve in Quebec, Canada. We’re not the only ones: there’s even a movie about the heist starring Jason Segal in production. Yet some questions remained: Did authorities ever catch everyone involved? Was every drop of syrup recovered? More importantly, why is there a global strategic maple syrup reserve in the first place? Modern Farmer addressed this question in the form of a full-page comic.

The comic outlines the history of and controversy surrounding the existence of the reserve and the organization behind it.

An Illustrated Account of the Great Maple Syrup Heist [Modern Farmer]

More Culinary Fare On Sony Menu: Studio Buys Maple Syrup Heist Pic For Jason Segel [Deadline Hollywood]

by Laura Northrup via Consumerist

College Senior Hopes To Pay Off Student Loans By Selling Ads On Graduation Cap

collegestudentguy A student at the University of Michigan-Flint looked into the crystal ball and saw visions of student loan debt. But what if he could figure out a way to pay off that pile of debt before he even enters the job market? And so the young man started a campaign to sell advertising space on the top of his graduation cap.

“It’s scary to think I’m about to go out into this economy and try to find a job and have all this debt I’ll have to start paying,” the 22-year-old tells the Detroit Free Press. “I started thinking, ‘Do I have anything available I could sell?’ ”

At $300 for a 1″ x 1″ portion of his cap, he’s asking a premium price for what may not be much of a return for advertisers. Of course, some company could see a publicity opportunity in this and buy out the whole mortarboard for $30,000, which would probably be good enough to get them some coverage in the local media and online.

He’s also willing to let advertisers go 3-D with their paid placements.

“If you want to buy four of them and put a little figurine up there on my hat, I’m fine with it,” says the senior.

So far, he’s found four backers willing to ante up the money for the miniature ads, with others chipping in anywhere from $10 for a personal thank you letter from the student to $100, which includes the thank you note, a badly drawn sketch of the backer, a mention of gratitude on his YouTube channel, and a five-minute phone conversation on any topic.

As of posting this story, he’s already raised $2,821, with 100 days to go to meet his goal of $30,000.

“My girlfriend thinks I’m crazy, but everyone has been pretty supportive,” explains the international business major, who can at least use clips like this to help get a foot in the door when it comes time to interview for a job. “I like to try new things, to think differently. I think this does that.”

by Chris Morran via Consumerist

Craigslist “Emergency” Taco Bell Delivery Request During Snowstorm Ends With A Full Stomach

When there is booze involved, there are many situations you may find yourself in that you normally would not get into. Say, there’s a certain cuisine you only crave when drinking. But what happens if a snowstorm foils your tipsy plans? Turn to the Internet, like one Baltimore Craigslister did yesterday in his quest for Taco Bell.

The newest darling of the Internet for the next 15 minutes or so emerged yesterday, in the form of a guy asking someone with sufficient wheels to handle the whirling snow. He wrote (with some tidying of expletives):

“Guys it’s snowing like a bitch outside, I’ve had a few drinks too many, and my sh***y little hybrid douchemobile can’t possibly make it to the neighborhood Taco Bell in this weather,” he explained. “I need someone with a 4 wheel drive vehicle to come pick my drunk ass up, take me to the Taco Bell drive-thru, and drive me back home.”

He goes on to offer a fun time playing video games if the person isn’t a total creeper, and offers payment in tacos, chalupas or “whatever.”

“Seriously my desire for tacos right now is totally unmanageable, so I’d probably even buy you a 7 layer burrito if you asked nicely.”

The end of the story is provided over on Reddit, of course, where a post on his Craiglist ad came full-circle. The Craigslist poster joined the comments to let everyone know that he eventually sobered up and went on the Taco Bell mission himself.

“I am currently nursing my taco baby,” he wrote on the Reddit post.

However, he did get 25-30 replies by the time he decided to serve himself and thought the better of having a crusading stranger save him from his food quandary. All’s well that ends well, right?

by Mary Beth Quirk via Consumerist

Better, Stronger, Faster? New Federal Rules Proposed for Child Car Seats

From a parent’s perspective, frequent changes in car seat regulations and standards can be daunting. Still, safety is paramount, and so the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is proposing a round of new safety standards for child car seats.

The changes would add side-impact crashes to the battery of tests that child safety seats currently undergo. The proposed new test would simulate a T-bone style crash: the striking vehicle, moving at 30 mph, strikes a smaller passenger vehicle moving at 15 mph. The specially designed sled test also simulates the vehicle door crushing inward, toward the car seat.

The new test will not only use the exiting crash test dummy that represents a one-year-old baby, but also a new crash test dummy that represents a three-year-old toddler. It will cover car seats used for children up to 40 pounds.

Testing car seats for safety in side-impact crashes was first suggested as far back as 2003; much of the intervening decade was spent researching what, very specifically, to test for. The NHTSA has proposed a three-year window for car seat manufacturers to make any needed changes to their designs when the rule becomes final.

The NHTSA is also revising its policy on the LATCH system for installing car seats, USA Today reports. LATCH was designed to make car seat installation easier for parents (although it’s not always as seamless as intended). The new rule, expected to go into effect in February or March, indicates that LATCH should not be used for a combination of car seat and kid weighing more than 65 pounds.

Car seat manufacturers will have to label their seats to indicate at what weight point parents should swap over to using a seat belt attachment instead. So for example, a seat that weighs 30 pounds would have to indicate that for use with children over 35 pounds, the seat should be hooked into the seat belt.

Seat weights are not currently generally labeled. When they are, many parents may find it hard to believe that the seat does not actually weigh a hundred pounds; it only feels like it on the interminable walk to the front door.

New regulations sought for child car seats [USA Today]

by Kate Cox via Consumerist

Bad Consumer Hurls Fry At McDonald’s Cashier, Lacerates Other Customer’s Cornea

Anything can be used as a weapon if deployed in just the right way. That’s what a customer at a McDonald’s in Bordeaux, France learned when she was hit in the eye with a fry while waiting in line at a restaurant. A doctor diagnosed her with a lacerated cornea and told her to take ten days off work.

Fries weren’t flying through the air as part of a massive food fight or a new method of fry delivery being tested in McDonald’s restaurants overseas. No, the culprit was a classic bad consumer: a fellow customer who was impatient with the service and hurled a fry at the worker at the counter. It’s not clear how the customer thought that fry-chucking would help things along, but it doesn’t really matter: the fry hit a fellow customer waiting in line with her son and her partner, and not the intended target.

The local restaurant’s management contacted the injured woman to apologize and to check on the customer. That was very nice of them, since it’s not their fault that there happened to be a frite-hurtling jerk in the store that day.

French fry attack at McDonald’s in France leads to scratched cornea [UPI]

Trélissac (24) : blessée par un jet de frite au McDonald’s [Sud-Ouest]

by Laura Northrup via Consumerist

Will You Ever Use 20 Rolls Of Paper Towels? What To Buy And Not Buy In Bulk

Buying in bulk might seem like a great idea, if you have the time and storage needed to deal such large quantities. But with more retailers offering coupons, in-store promotions and customer loyalty programs is buying in bulk really a good deal? And what items are even good in bulk?

Parade recently listed the top five items to buy in bulk. While the author makes some good points, we just don’t agree on some.

First of all, meat. Buying meat in bulk can be a huge saver, although a bit gross. I always cringed when my mom would bring home a huge tube of ground chuck. She would spend close to an hour dismembering the package and scooping out portions to be frozen.

That’s an hour of time she will never get back. Sure she saved 30 cents a pound, but she lost three shelves in the freezer that could have been used to hold popsicles. Not to mention you pretty much have to invest in a food saver or you’re going to have freezer burn all over that raw meat.

Moving on to paper products.

A 20-roll package of paper towels seems like a fabulous deal when you figure each roll costs about 70 cents. But where are you going to put them in your tiny one bedroom apartment? Do you stuff them under the bed with your reams of bulk printer paper that was such a good deal two years ago? How about strategically placing them throughout the kitchen cabinets? The paper might not expire but it’s taking up a lot of your living space and you’ll eventually start giving them out to your friends as party gifts.

Now something like toilet paper, I can get behind buying that in bulk. It’s always in demand. However, Forbes says that’s just not a good deal in bulk. Why? Because grocery stores or your local CVS probably have a better deal than what you’re paying for the 30 pack at Costco.

So while bulk buying seems like a great idea, especially if you have the space and time to make sure your actually getting a good deal, sometimes it’s just not worth it. Oh and don’t even get us started on the fuzzy math some companies use to promote bulk items.

Here are the top 5 things to buy in bulk, as described by Parade: paper towels, meat, diapers, coffee and bottled water.

Here are a few things you shouldn’t buy in bulk: nuts, toilet paper, pop (or soda – whichever you prefer), brown rice, chips and cooking oil.

Do you have a favorite item to buy in bulk or an item you bought in bulk that was totally not worth it? Let us know at Be sure to use “BULK BUYING” in the subject line.

The 5 Best Items to Buy in Bulk [Parade]

by Ashlee Kieler via Consumerist

Verizon Received More Than 320,000 Law Enforcement Requests In 2013

Verizon has finally gotten around to publishing a transparency report detailing the various requests for customer information made by local, state, and federal authorities during the last year. Over the course of the year, the company says it received more then 320,000 such requests including more than 1,000 queries related to national security issues.

Of course, Verizon is just as hamstrung as the rest of the telecom and Internet industry, in that it is not legally allowed to reveal exactly how many national security requests it received nor provide any specific information about the nature of those queries. Instead, it can only say that it received more than 1,000 of them and fewer than 2,000 during the 2013 calendar year.

And those are just the formal requests, as the National Security Agency isn’t big on asking for permission to collect massive amounts of customer-related information.

“The past year saw an intense focus around the world on government demands to obtain customer data,” writes Verizon in a statement about the report.

The company says it will update the report every six months with the latest available information.

While transparency reports from companies like Facebook and Microsoft have included information about how many law enforcement requests were rejected or otherwise resulted in no disclosures being made, the Verizon report does not.

Verizon says it will fight a request “If a demand is facially invalid, or if a demand seeks certain information that can only be obtained with a different form of process (for example, a subpoena, rather than a warrant, improperly is used to seek stored customer content),” and claims that “In many cases we do not produce any information at all, including because the demand seeks information we do not have.”

However, the company chose not to include specific data on rejected requests because “We did not track the percentage of demands to which we produced some or no data in 2013, but will be doing so going forward.”

While the vague national security requests get the lion’s share of attention, they are a small portion of all requests. Subpoenas make up the largest portion of law enforcement queries. According to Verizon, it received some 164,000 subpoenas last year alone.

“The subpoenas we receive are generally used by law enforcement to obtain subscriber information or the type of information that appears on a customer’s phone bill,” explains the company. “More than half of the subpoenas we receive seek only subscriber information: that is, those subpoenas typically require us to provide the name and address of a customer assigned a given phone number or IP address. Other subpoenas also ask for certain transactional information, such as phone numbers that a customer called. The types of information we can provide in response to a subpoena are limited by law. We do not release contents of communications (such as text messages or emails) or cell site location information in response to subpoenas.”

The next largest chunk of the 320,000+ requests received by Verizon in 2013 were the approximately 70,000 court orders involving customer information. These fall into two major categories.

The first is Wiretap and Pen/Trap Orders, which are the kinds of orders you see on TV shows where cops convince a judge to let them tap a phone line or trace calls in real time. Verizon received about 1,500 wiretap orders in 2013 and about 6,300 orders giving law enforcement real-time access to certain accounts.

About 89% of court orders provided to Verizon last year fall under the headline of General Orders. This is basically everything that isn’t a wiretap and often seeks the same information that you’d find in a subpoena request.

“We do not provide law enforcement any stored content (such as text messages or email) in response to a general order,” claims Verizon. For that, you’d need a warrant.

Speaking of which, there were 36,696 warrants issued for information about Verizon accounts in 2013.

“This is a higher standard than the standard for a general order,” explains Verizon. “While many warrants seek the same types of information that can also be obtained through a general order or subpoena, most warrants we received in 2013 sought stored content or location information.”

Another sizable chunk of the law enforcement requests were emergency queries related to Verizon customers who may be at risk. The company received more than 85,000 such requests in 2013, but because it doesn’t keep track of whether the requests come from actual law enforcement agencies or Public Safety Answering Points (primarily involving 9-1-1 calls from the public), it can only estimate that about 50,000 of these requests came from the authorities.

“To request data during these emergencies, a law enforcement officer must certify in writing that there was an emergency involving the danger of death or serious physical injury to a person that required disclosure without delay,” explains the company. “These emergency requests are made in response to active violent crimes, bomb threats, hostage situations, kidnappings and fugitive scenarios, often presenting life-threatening situations. In addition, many emergency requests are in search and rescue settings or when law enforcement is trying to locate a missing child or elderly person.”

You can check out the entire Verizon transparency report, including information on international requests, at

by Chris Morran via Consumerist

Banks Still Running Windows XP On ATMs Get Reprieve

Good news for anyone still using Windows XP, including 95% of all ATMs in the world: Microsoft is extending antimalware signatures for the operating system through July 15, 2015. The original end of support date of April 8, 2014 was coming up soon. ATMs weren’t going to stop working or explode, but would be more vulnerable to malware and other badness. [Microsoft]

by Laura Northrup via Consumerist

Snowblower Reportedly Shatters $450K Glass Panel At NYC’s Apple Store

It snowed in New York City yesterday, in case you hadn’t heard. And in what appears to resemble many of the iPhone screens displayed by various friends and others in the past, a glass panel that’s part of Apple’s cube store on 5th Avenue in Manhattan was apparently shattered by a snowblower blowing too close.

Over at, witnesses have reported that a snowblower accidentally bumped the store while dealing with yesterday’s onslaught. Buzzfeed says an Apple employee confirmed that a snowblower is to blame as well.

One of the store’s 15 panels looks like it’s cracked to holy heck, but is still standing. That could cost about $450,000 to fix (excluding labor costs), the site estimates.

The store is still open despite the cracked panel, and will likely stay that way if the panel is deemed secure enough to ensure visitors’ safety. Hope Apple opted for the extended coverage option or it’s looking at a whole new phone — er, glass panel.

$450K panel of glass at Apple’s iconic 5th Avenue ‘Cube’ store shattered by snowblower []

by Mary Beth Quirk via Consumerist

Ex Trader Joe’s President To Sell Food Past Its Sell-By Date, But Don’t Call It ‘Expired’

When Daily Table opens this spring, you won't see signs like this. (SB)

When Daily Table opens this spring, you won’t see signs like this. (SB)

For months, grocery business watchers have been waiting for the eventual opening of The Daily Table, a store created by former Trader Joe’s president Doug Rauch that will offer food items beyond their “sell by” dates. The problem, says Rauch, isn’t getting the food, it’s convincing consumers that it’s safe to eat.

Rauch recently told that it’s often inaccurate to use to the term “expired” when talking about food that is beyond the sell-by date, since many items are perfectly safe for quite some time after the date stamped on the packaging.

A recent study from the Natural Resources Defense Council and Harvard Law’s Food Law and Policy Clinic backs up this idea, pointing out that proper storage of many food items can extend its usability for weeks, months, or years beyond that sell-by date. And yet, the overwhelming majority of American consumers still hold to those dates as point-of-no-return markers for the food in their pantries, fridges and freezers.

A co-author of that study applauds Rauch’s attempt to shatter this widely held illusion.

“Just the fact that he’s doing it, I think is a huge proof point to indicate that what we’re calling ‘expired food’ is in fact still good to eat,” says study co-author Dana Gunders.

Some have accused Rauch of trying to sell rich folks’ refuse to poor people, but he says there’s nothing wrong with offering people perfectly safe products at a reasonable price.

Last fall, he told the NY Times that “I’m interested in only recovering wholesome, healthy food and using that to bring affordable nutrition” to Daily Table customers.

Many families in financially strapped areas of the country end up spending their money on affordable junk food instead of more-expensive, healthier items. The idea behind Daily Table, says Rauch, is that this is one way to make these items more financially feasible for the people who need them, many of whom would eat better if they could.

“When I run down to meetings in the inner city in Boston, I’d say most families know that their kids need to eat better,” he explains to Salon. “Most families know that they’re not giving their kids the nutrition they need. But they just can’t afford it, they don’t have an option.”

And Daily Table won’t just have food that is past its sell-by date when it opens in Dorchester, Mass., this spring. For example, it will also have packaged food and produce that higher-end stores deemed unsellable because of cosmetic reasons that don’t impact taste.

Gunders takes exception with people who deem such food “trash.”

“It’s not trash,” she tells Salon. “That food’s good, and I would eat it and I do eat it. To throw it away, particularly the more nutritious stuff, is a shame.”

Daily Table will also have a café/restaurant aspect to it that uses the food it acquires and turns it into prepared dishes for customers. He told NPR in 2013 that this is something that other grocery stores are doing and just not telling their customers.

“I might say, without naming the names, one of the leading, best regarded brands in the large, national, food industry — they basically recover the food within their stores, cook it up and put it out on their hot trays the next day,” explained Rauch. “That’s the stuff that we’re going to be talking about. We’re talking about taking and recovering food. Most of what we offer will be fruits and vegetables that have a use-by date on it that’ll be several days out.”

by Chris Morran via Consumerist

Shocking News: All Froot Loop Colors Are Really The Same Flavor

Colored froot-flavored cereals like Froot Loops come in a rainbow of colors, and those colors align with different flavors of “froot,” don’t they? Well…no. They do not. All of the different colors in the box are only that: colors.

We all probably knew this on some level, but it took a post on the Today I Learned subreddit linking to a 14-year-old Straight Dope column to jolt us out of our state of not really giving a crap.

Over at Foodbeast, they decided to do some original reporting on this subject, separating out the different colors of Froot Loops, Fruity Pebbles, and Trix and asking testers to determine which color they had just tried. The test results? Yeah, they’re all the same flavor. Kellogg’s confirmed this fact for Cecil Adams. We can at least draw comfort from the knowledge that Toucan Sam has stayed with the product for its more than 50 years of existence, even bringing diaper-clad nieces and nephews to work hawking froot-based breakfast cereals.

Are the different colors of Froot Loops different flavors? [The Straight Dope]

Today I Learned: Froot Loops Are Actually All the Same Flavor [Foodbeast]

by Laura Northrup via Consumerist

10 cosas que la crisis (y más) va a cambiar en el ámbito laboral #infografia #infographic #empleo

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Yes, There Is A Yuengling Ice Cream; But No, It Will Not Give You A Boozy Buzz

yuenglingicecream If you’re the type of person who’s tried (or is willing to try) mixing beer and ice cream in some kind of alcoholic, creamy float dessert, hearing that there’s a brand of Yuengling ice cream that’s just now returning to shelves might sound like a dream come true. And while it’s true, all right, there’s no actual beer involved in the dessert.

It’s been almost 30 years since the last carton of Yuengling’s Classic Ice Cream disappeared from the grocery store shelf, so it’s no wonder devoted fans are in a bit of a tizzy, as noted by Foodbeast.

D.G. Yuengling & Son was founded in 1829 and is now the oldest brewing company still in operation here, although the ice cream arm is completely — and unfortunately, for many — separate from the beer side of things.

When Prohibition hit in the 1920s, the brewery decided to turn its talents to other industries, including the dessert set. The owner of the brewery started Yuengling’s Ice Cream Corporation in 1920 in Pottsville, Penn. to deal with the moratorium on booze set by the 18th Amendment, the company site explains.

And from there on, the ice cream became a fan favorite, even after Prohibition was repealed in 1933. That ended in 1985 when the family decided to close up the factory and donate the building.

But as of last week, Yuengling’s Ice Cream is back in production under the ownership of one of the Yuengling family, and will make its return to shelves by mid-February of this year at certain East Coast stores. As for that beer float, the closest brewed flavor is probably Root Beer Float. But if you want actual Yuengling, well, you’ll have to add that yourself.

(Oh and in case you’ve never encountered Yuengling in any of its forms and are curious about the pronunciation: It’s “ying-ling.”)

by Mary Beth Quirk via Consumerist

Long John Silver’s Says Its Entire Menu Is Now Free Of Trans Fat

About six months after being publicly shamed for offering the “Worst Restaurant Meal In America,” loaded with more than two weeks’ worth of trans fat, the Long John Silver’s seafood chain has declared that it has eliminated all trans fat from its menu.

The transition began for LJS back in August, shortly after tests by the Center for Science in the Public Interest found that the restaurant’s “Big Catch” fried haddock meal contained significantly more trans fat than the already high number listed in the company’s nutritional information. In fact, according to CSPI, the Big Catch contained 16 times the American Heart Association’s maximum daily intake of trans fat.

At the time, the company moved to eliminate the use of trans fats in the cooking of items that weren’t battered — hushpuppies, french fries, crab cakes, among others — with the goal of being rid of trans fats by the end of 2013.

Today, the restaurant chain announced that all menu items at LJS are cooked in 100% soybean oil.

“We are very pleased to improve the health profile of our entire menu and transition all of our fried products to trans fat free soybean oil,” said LJS CEO Mike Kern in a statement.

CSPI Executive Director Michael F. Jacobson says the switch away from partially hydrogenated oils is “great news for its customers… We were glad to work collaboratively with Long John Silver’s leadership team and are pleased that the company achieved its ambitious goal in six months’ time.”

A number of fast food chains stopped using trans fat oils in their cooking amid growing concern from the public and pressure from regulators to use healthier alternatives.

Last November, the FDA announced a plan that could remove trans fat from the U.S. food supply forever.

by Chris Morran via Consumerist

StubHub Announces New “All-In” Pricing: The Listed Ticket Price You See Is What You’ll Pay

stubhubgaling Remember how Ticketmaster promised it was going to be all upfront and transparent about which service fees and charges you’d be paying on tickets, but then sort of dropped the ball? It’s now StubHub’s turn to promise more transparency, with its new “All-in” ticket pricing announcement today. It basically promises that the price you see for a listed ticket is the total price you’ll end up paying at checkout.

For example — if you go to buy a ticket for a concert on Ticketmaster, it’ll show you an initial price (that includes a $10ish service fee in that price) and then tack on a processing fee of $6 at the end. And that’s not including any delivery fee if you choose hard tickets. There’s no charge for electronic tickets or standard mail shipping.

But over on ticket resale site StubHub, if you’re looking for a ticket, the total cost is displayed right from the second search results appear.

From this morning’s email announcement:

On StubHub, you’ll see the final price right when you hit the site. Nothing more will be added to your cost. Not even delivery charges.

Interested in Justin Timberlake tickets that you see listed for $100? Well, $100 is all you’ll pay. On other sites, that same ticket might be listed for $88, but will cost you $104 when it’s all said and done.

It’s worth noting that because each ticket’s delivery options are set by the seller — some only have electronic tickets so you will have to download them, while others are selling hard tickets — you should adjust the “delivery methods” filter when searching for your tickets. It’s not that StubHub isn’t charging for delivery, it’s just including that fee in the listed price of your search results.

While the price listed is the price you’ll pay at the end, if you’re curious about what the included service fee is or how much you are paying for delivery, simply click under Price Details where it says “[see details]” like in the example below.

If you are searching for hard tickets, the price for delivery will default to the cheapest available option; in the example I ran through, it was $5 for UPS Second-Day Air:


And if that $21 service charge is too much for you to bear? Well, that’s your decision to make (And no, I did not go through with that purchase).

Again, if you don’t want to pay $5 for delivery make sure you set your filter ahead of time to only show electronic tickets. That being said, it’s still $2 for either instant download or electronic tickets (electronic tickets might not be available for immediate download and will instead have a “download by” date). There’s no way to change that option when it comes time to complete your purchase.

Check out the full email below, and let’s hope this transparency actually lasts:


by Mary Beth Quirk via Consumerist

Now On Shelves: Cookie Dough And “Marshmallow Crispy” Flavored Oreos

12076550404_7014f43a17_zThe proliferation of Oreo flavors is, depending on your point of view, either a global nightmare or a an exciting new source of awesomeness and variety. We’ve made it our mission to bring you the latest novelty Oreo flavor news, even when those flavors don’t make a whole lot of sense. Like the limited-edition Marshmallow Crispy flavor.

Of course, regular people would call this flavor “Rice Krispies Treats,” but Rice Krispies are a different product owned by a different company. Instead, they’re called Marshmallow Crispy, with a picture of a crisped-rice cereal/melted marshmallow treat on the package just to make sure that consumers get the message.


Everyone knows what a chocolate chip cookie looks like, though, so the “Cookie Dough” flavor of Oreos needs no vaguely similar names. Just cookies. Delicious, delicious cookies.

We haven’t tried either of these flavors yet, and the first we’ve learned of their existence were some quick photos posted in The Impulsive Buy’s Spotted On Shelves section. They’re available at Dollar General, but not listed on the official Oreo site. If you’ve tried them, please let us know what you thought!

by Laura Northrup via Consumerist

Scammer Does A Decent Job Of Making Floor Tile Look Like An iPad

Don't be fooled. This is no iPad. (Photo: Ceres, CA, Police Dept.)

Don’t be fooled. This is no iPad. (Photo: Ceres, CA, Police Dept.)

We’ve said it before, but it’s worth repeating: When you’re buying an iPad at a deep discount from a complete stranger off the street, don’t be surprised when you end up with a box of useless junk. And even when that friendly back-alley retailer shows you what appears — through layers of bubble wrap — to be the real deal, be warned that it’s probably just a tarted-up floor tile.

The Ceres, CA, Police Dept. shared these photos with the San Francisco Chronicle’s Crime Scene Blog to show the lengths to which scammers will go to rip off bargain-seeking consumers.

Someone could look at the above photo and be convinced that it is indeed a real iPad covered in bubble wrap. But pull back that bubble wrap and things look a bit off… Why does the iPad have those odd ripples under its surface?

Oh, because it’s nothing but a floor tile with a print-out designed to look like the back of an iPad:

Yup, that's just some paper and bubble wrap on top of a floor tile.

Yup, that’s just some paper and bubble wrap on top of a floor tile.

Police say scammers have been ginning up convincing fakes of iPads and other electronics — like pieces of wood doctored to look like TVs — and selling them off to unwitting consumers (who really should know better).

We’ve written about numerous instances in which people have been burned by scammy sellers offering discount iPads to people on the street (and mostly at gas stations, interestingly enough). Don’t be suckered in. Even if someone is offering you a legitimate iPad, it’s probably stolen or broken (possibly both), and you should just say no.

Of course, buying an iPad from a retail location is no guarantee that you won’t get a box full of notepads, a fake iPad, a useless store display, or a bunch of random junk in an iPad box.

by Chris Morran via Consumerist

Robber Calls Ahead So Gamestop Workers Can Set Aside The XBox One He’d Like To Steal

Let’s get this straight: In no way is robbing a store ever something we would praise. But it does take a certain amount of chutzpah to actually call the location you’re intending to rob and ask employees to set aside the items you’d like to steal later. So in the box labeled “critical thinking skills,” one bad consumer in Nashville would at least get a check mark for thinking something like this might work. Because it did.

Police in Nashville say there’s surveillance video from outside the GameStop store that shows a man arriving in a parking lot one morning and circling for an hour before rolling up close to the store, reports

Cops say that’s when he got up the nerve to actually call the store and ask that a $499.99 Xbox One and about $200 in games as a gift. Oh, and could you please have those items ready to pick up on his way to work? Sure, say the workers, and go about collecting his items.

Then officials say the suspect entered the store with a blue mask over his face while holding a black semi-automatic handgun and approached the clerk to take the items he’d asked for — and about $600 in cash from the register while he was there — before fleeing.

He’s organized, to say the very least, and it sounds like the cops have yet to arrest him.

Police: Gamestop robber called ahead to have items set aside []

by Mary Beth Quirk via Consumerist

Sears Closing Flagship Chicago Store

chicagosears Along with McDonald’s, Sears is one of the biggest national brands most associated with the city of Chicago. Many people still refer to the soaring Willis Tower as the Sears Tower, even though the company fled the building for the suburbs nearly 20 years ago and gave up the naming rights in 2009. Now the once-great retailer is set to distance itself further from the Loop with news that it will shutter a flagship store in the city it once called home.

Sears announced yesterday that it will close its five-story location at 2 N. State St, which it opened in opened in 2001 after an 18-year absence in the area. The company had hoped at the time that it could cash in on the growing urban retail market, but in spite of the fact that other brands like Target have been able to make a go in the Loop, shoppers did not support Sears.

“(We) can no longer continue to support the store’s operating losses,” a company rep explains to Crain’s Chicago Business. “The State Street store’s operational performance has been poor through much of its existence.”

Liquidation of the store merchandise will begin on Jan. 26, with 160 employees set to lose their jobs because of the closing. Sears says it will allow these workers to apply for jobs at other Sears and Kmart locations.

[via Chicago Tribune]

by Chris Morran via Consumerist

Mini Cars Are Mega Failures In New Crash Test Results

The Honda Fit (left) and the Fiat 500 (right) were the two worst performers in a crash-test group with no real standouts. (Photos: IIHS)

The Honda Fit (left) and the Fiat 500 (right) were the two worst performers in a crash-test group with no real standouts. (Photos: IIHS)

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (better known as the people that get paid to smash cars into walls) recently put 11 mini cars — including well-known models like the Fiat 500, Honda Fit, Hyundai Accent, and Toyota Prius C — through its newest form of crash-testing. The results were not good, with only one of the tested vehicles earning an overall “Acceptable” rating.

The IIHS small overlap test looks at what happens when only the front corner of a vehicle is involved in a crash. This is one of the more common results of a vehicular accident — veering off the road into a tree, clipping the corner of a another car in traffic, hitting the side of a building or railing — but many car makers have not designed their vehicles to protect the driver in these cases.

The testers determine the crashworthiness in this particular test by crashing 25% of a vehicle’s front end into a rigid barrier at 40 mph.

During the first round of small overlap testing in 2012, only three of 11 luxury cars received passing marks from the IIHS. But the results of the mini car tests set a new low for small overlap testing.

“Small, lightweight vehicles have an inherent safety disadvantage. That’s why it’s even more important to choose one with the best occupant protection,” says Joe Nolan, IIHS senior vice president for vehicle research. “Unfortunately, as a group, mini cars aren’t performing as well as other vehicle categories in the small overlap crash.”

The only vehicle to earn an acceptable rating in the test was the Chevy Spark. The small overlap test only resulted in marginal damage to the electric vehicle’s structure, and the dummy placed inside the car appears to have made it out of the collision fully intact. The acceptable score on the overlap test, along with “good” ratings on the IIHS’s other crash tests earned the Spark the Institute’s Top Safety Pick honor.

In terms of structural damage to mini cars, not a single tested vehicle scored above a “marginal” rating.

“When a vehicle’s structure doesn’t hold up, injury risk is high,” explains IIHS. “Collapsing structures can knock frontal airbags and seats out of position, exacerbating the problem.”

One of the most common problems with the tested mini cars was the reaction of the vehicles’ restraint systems. Only two cars — the Spark and the Mazda 2 — earned “acceptable” scores in this category — with six of the 11 vehicles scoring “poor” for a variety of reasons. In some cases, the seat belt failed to effectively hold the crash test dummy in place during the collision. In others, the dummy’s head missed or slid off the airbag.

Speaking of airbags, the side curtain airbag could be a life saver in this sorts of accidents, but the IIHS says side curtain airbags in eight of the 11 cars tested failed to provide adequate coverage. In the Toyota Yaris, the side curtain airbag failed to deploy at all.

Other issues found during the side overlap test was the steering column moving sideways as a result of the collision and the car seats tipping forward.

Almost all of the dummies involved in mini car small overlap tests experienced some level of injury. Only the Spark dummy came out unscathed, in spite of some structural intrusion into the driver’s space. In all other cases, the dummies’ lower legs took the most damage, with seven of the 11 dummies receiving poor scores for protecting drivers below the knees. The dummies in the Hyundai Accent, Fiat 500, and Honda Fit also showed damage to the upper legs and hips.

This is probably why the Fit and the 500 received the two lowest ratings from IIHS.

“In both cases, intruding structure seriously compromised the driver’s space, and the steering column was pushed back toward the driver,” writes the IIHS. “In the case of the Fit, the dummy’s head barely contacted the frontal airbag before sliding off and hitting the instrument panel. During the test of the 500, the driver door opened after the hinges tore. An open door creates a risk that the driver could be partially or completely ejected.”

One might expect mini cars to have similar results to those vehicles in the small car category, but the slight size difference between the two classes appears to make a significant difference in terms of safety. Of the 17 small cars that have been through small overlap testing, five have received “good” ratings, while another five earned an “acceptable” score.

This page contains the full results for the entire mini car class. Click on any individual test result for more details.

Below is a summary of the results from the small overlap test:


by Chris Morran via Consumerist