From Reddit: But it's not even Halloween yet...
There is no set-in-stone standard in the fast food industry for what constitutes a “small,” “medium,” or “large” drink, so sizes will inevitably vary from eatery to eatery. But if a company sells you a “22 ounce” soft drink, it best come in a container that can hold that amount of fluid. However, this doesn’t seem to be the case at Arby’s.
Consumerist reader Michael recently bought a small drink from an Arby’s in Ohio. And printed right on the Arby’s-branded paper cup it clearly states “22 oz.”
But then Michael noticed some text on the underside of that same cup that states “21 oz.”
Since you can’t put 22 ounces of liquid into a 21 oz. cup, Michael busted out the old measuring cup to confirm that the cup does indeed hold the smaller volume of liquid.
Michael says he’s not terribly upset about the shortchanging — after all, 21 oz. is still quite a bit of drink for a small size — but it does bring up the question of how widespread this particular apparent mislabeling might be, and how long Arby’s has been selling drinks in these particular cups.
To see if this issue was relegated to just the franchise visited by Michael in Ohio, we sent a Consumerist reporter to buy a small soda at an Arby’s in Arlington, VA.
Lo and behold, these cups also stated 22 oz. on the outside of the cup and 21 oz. on the underside. And the measuring cup test confirmed that the Arby’s cup could only hold 21 ounces.
We also looked at other sizes of drinks available from Arby’s, but only the “22 oz.” cups were different from the size printed by the manufacturer on the underside.
When reached for comment on this issue, a rep for Arby’s would only tell Consumerist, “Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We are looking into the matter.”
Fast food customers already get less than they pay for at the soda fountain thanks to the huge volume of ice used to water down most soft drinks; no company should be using mislabeled cups — which could be in violation of the law — to give customers even less value.
We have brought this story to the attention of the offices of the Attorneys General for Ohio and Virginia to ask which, if any, state laws might apply to the labeling/size of fountain sodas and where consumers in these states can go if they believe they are being shortchanged. If we hear anything back, we will update.
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (KABC) --
It sounds like a really bad movie pitch - Catwoman takes on Mr. Incredible with Chewbacca, Freddy Krueger and Waldo getting in the mix. It was actually the scene on Hollywood Boulevard Tuesday during a brawl between costumed characters.
The fight was caught on video by FilmOn.com.
Cameraman Brandon Howe said he was working on a project when the fight suddenly broke out in front of the TCL Chinese Theatre.
As tourists looked on in shock, Howe said it got more violent when the costumed Mr. Incredible caught and grabbed the woman dressed as Catwoman. That's when the man dressed as Chewbacca intervened.
"My animal brain kicked in. I had to protect the girl, so I just went in and did what I had to do," he said.
Along with the man dressed as Chewbacca, a man in a Waldo costume also said he helped break it up. He said the fight might have started because they all compete for tips from tourists on Hollywood Boulevard.
There's been a history of fights on Hollywood Boulevard between costumed characters and others. Police have stepped up patrols in the area.
Police said no criminal report was filed and no one has been arrested. Officers are reviewing the video to determine a course of action.
From Reddit: Passive aggressive company sending me a letter after I gave them feedback on rotten chicken. Just for clarification I bought and opened the chicken two days before the "SELL BY" date. Tempted to send them another letter.
I'm okay with each separate employee asking me the default, "Can I help you" question once per visit.
I am not, however, okay with the way they are at the RadioShack near my house…
On entry I'm asked by one of the three employees, all relatively near each other, and I explain that I'm just looking around. Walk maybe ten feet to a display, look for a bit, then walk to another display and on my way, stopped by one of the employees. I'm asked if they can help me, a different one this time.
Between the first and second employee I found myself asked over a dozen times in fifteen minutes.
Apparently the last time I was asked it must have been clear this was off putting, as said employee felt the need to explain he was ‘just doing his job.'
I understand from experience you are meant to ask once, but I also understand that if you are following me around and asking me every two minutes, it is because you think I am gonna steal shit.
If she worked in retail there would probably be thousands dead...
From Huff Po:
A nurse in Italy is accused of killing 38 patients because she thought they were “annoying.”
Daniela Poggiali was arrested Friday on murder charges, Italian newspaper Corriere di Bologna reports. The 42-year-old nurse caught the attention of authorities after the April death of 78-year-old Rosa Calderoni, according to the Independent’s translation of Italian newspaper Libero Quotidiano.
Calderoni was admitted to a hospital in the town of Lugo with a diabetes-related ailment, and died from what officials believe was a fatal injection of potassium chloride. Prosecutors say that their investigation is more difficult because potassium chloride fades from the bloodstream within a couple days, making it hard to detect.
Calderoni’s death occurred while Poggiali was on duty, and the resulting investigation found that 37 other patients also died mysteriously on her watch. Authorities now suspect that Poggiali may have killed them all because she thought that they or their families were irritating.
Police say the nurse’s cell phone included a photo of her making the thumbs-up sign next to a patient’s corpse, according to the New York Post. She may face additional charges for disrespecting the dead.