Budget Rent-a-Car slime move

*Updated July 29, 2008* I should probably change this item to “Elite Excursions and the Banks team up to relieve you of your money..”. Anyway, Clark Howard – a local consumer advocate – just posted an item that I thought relevant to this whole fiasco: The Berkeley Center for Law and Technology analyzed corporate America … Continue reading Budget Rent-a-Car slime move

Ga. Bill Questions President Obama’s Citizenship

The South giveth and the South taketh away.  Getting rid of our backwards governor was a definite step forward (it remains to be seen whether our current governor proves to be any better), but this morning I read this article regarding a bill questioning President Obama’s citizenship. Do our elected representatives really have nothing better to do than introduce … Continue reading Ga. Bill Questions President Obama’s Citizenship

Oakley Glasses warranty worth about as much as the paper it’s printed on

About a year ago I decided to splurge and get myself some Oakley glasses. I’m much more of a Sams Club fanboy for my glasses but I was looking for something that could provide good dust and wind protection while bicycling and most of my options seemed to involve glasses that could be best described … Continue reading Oakley Glasses warranty worth about as much as the paper it’s printed on

Mortgage Insurance – Predators?

As you may or may not know I refinanced my home recently. Even before the deal closed (you’ll recall it was delayed a few times) I began receiving solicitations for mortgage insurance. To date I have received over 20 such solicitations. Heck, 2 more arrived just today. I take issue, not so much with the … Continue reading Mortgage Insurance – Predators?

UNI Travel Scam – Happy Birthday Indeed

I just received a pleasantly appointed piece of mail that, when I opened it, turned out to be yet another scam. The brightly colored balloons on the outside of the “tear along perforations to open” card did not disguise the fact that there is no “from” address on the outside. Opening the card a little … Continue reading UNI Travel Scam – Happy Birthday Indeed

Shut ’em Down and Fire the Managers – and the Accountants

Reading this story just ticked me off. I believe our public institutions have a higher standard of operations that they need to be held to because A) they are usually monopolies, and B) they operate using public funds. That is, you and I pay for their services regardless of whether or not we benefit directly … Continue reading Shut ’em Down and Fire the Managers – and the Accountants

Product Recalls – Why not use what’s already in place?

I was listening to Clark Howard recently and he was citing some staggering statistics regarding product recalls and the terribly low response rates. One of the items, some toy purchased through Target, had sold about 200,000 units yet the response rate for recalls was only 700 HUNDRED (!) returns. This is pretty dismal, especially in … Continue reading Product Recalls – Why not use what’s already in place?