Aug 29, 2014
Yesterday we wrote a post on a rather shady company by the name of “Accessories Online” that had the idea that they could charge people $250 for complaining about their services.
We also noted that the site had listed that they had received an “A+” rating from the Better Business Bureau when in fact the rating was an “F.”
The Better Business Bureau has taken notice of this shadiness and lists on their site concerning Accessories Online:
This business is not BBB accredited.
Businesses are under no obligation to seek BBB
accreditation, and some businesses are not accredited because they have not sought BBB accreditation.
To be accredited by BBB, a business must apply for accreditation and BBB must determine that the business meets BBB accreditation standards, which include a commitment to make a good faith effort to resolve any consumer complaints. BBB Accredited Businesses must pay a fee for accreditation review/monitoring and for support of BBB services to the public.
This firm has misrepresented itself as a BBB Accredited Business on its Web site at http://www.accessoryoutletmall.com/. On July 22, 2014, the BBB requested that this firm cease and desist all unauthorized use of the BBB name and logo on its website. THIS FIRM IS NOT CURRENTLY A BBB ACCREDITED BUSINESS with the Better Business Bureau Serving Metropolitan New York, the service area in which it is headquartered. As of August 19, 2014 this firm has not replied to BBB’s requests and continues to advertise the BBB name, logo, and incorrect rating on its website. (emphasis ours)
The Consumerist blog also looked into the other badges and representations on the site. After finding out the same thing we did concerning the Better Business Bureau, they went further:
Aug 29, 2014
(courtesy Russell J. Matson)
A few weeks ago, we wrote about a man in Braintree, Massachusetts
who was arrested for impersonating a police officer after he painted his 2010 Maserati GranTurismo to look like the car named “Barricade” from the Transformer movie series.
There were several things that intrigued us about this case. First was that the charge didn’t seem to apply to what the man had done. The man had simply painted his car to resemble a car in a movie. He was not acting as a police officer. He did not pull anyone over. He did not shout “Stop in the name of the law!”
He simply painted his car.
Secondly, we wondered why anyone would want to paint a 2010 Maserati which, according to the Kelly Blue Book, is worth about $56,000 to look like a Decepticon from a movie. After all, paint jobs are expensive to begin with, much less a designer paint job, much less painting a $56,000 Italian super car.
We thought that was the end of it and had tagged the case to try and find out what happened to the guy after his court date.
That was our plan until we heard from one Russell J. Matson, attorney of law in the state of Massachusetts who is representing the owner of the car in this case.
The email has a link to our post and a link to a post on the Matson firm’s website about the case.
Aug 28, 2014
Online Accessory Outlet is a New York based online company that sells accessories for cell phones and tablets.
We can honestly say that we have never bought anything from them and judging from their attitudes, we doubt we ever will.
According to their “Terms of Sale” page, when you purchase something from this company, you agree to the following:
By placing an order on our website, you agree to be bound by all terms and conditions contained in this agreement and in the return policy. You agree to provide us with accurate information for billing and shipping, and you affirm that you have authorization to use any payment form that is used on our website. You agree to allow us 90 days from the date of delivery, or from the date of the transaction in cases where there is any delivery failure, to resolve any issue pertaining to any order, including, but not limited to: delivery issues, product issues, billing issues, or any dispute, issue, or problem with any order. You agree not to file any complaint, chargeback, claim, dispute, or make any public forum post, review, Better Business Bureau complaint, social media post, or any public statement regarding the order, our website, or any issue regarding your order, for any reason, within this 90 day period, or to threaten to do so within the 90 day period, or it is a breach of the terms of sale, creating liability for damages in the amount of $250, plus any additional fees, damages – both consequential and incidental, calculated on an ongoing basis. This amount shall be collected using a collections agency or other recovery method(s) as needed, including, but not limited to, a civil action in New York to recover damages, wage garnishment, or other recovery/collections action. In cases of any breach of this agreement, the $250 fee is collected independently, based solely on the breach of this contract, and may be done notwithstanding payment of any order, refund/cancellation of any order, or delivery or failure to deliver any order. You agree that the sole forum for any dispute or claim related to any order or transaction with our website shall be New York. You agree that the sole method of dispute resolution in all cases, if, and only if, any outstanding issue remains, after the initial 90-day period, shall be binding arbitration, to take place in New York City, with all expenses paid by the respective parties. New York shall be the sole forum for any dispute or claim relating to any transaction involving this website. This is a legally binding agreement. (emphasis ours)
In short the company says that if you say anything bad about them, they will seek to collect $250 from you using any means necessary.
The problem with this stance is that when an order is placed, the “customer service challenged” people at Online Accessory Outlet fail to notify you of the terms of sale and do not have anywhere in the purchasing process where you agree to their ridiculous terms. In short, the customer hating people running the company want to hold you to an agreement to which you never agreed.
Aug 28, 2014
Anyone who freelances is familiar with this.
So remember the next time you contract with someone who then does the job, pay them what you promised.
Aug 27, 2014
Well, this is interesting.
The IRS filing in federal Judge Emmet Sullivan’s court reveals shocking new information. The IRS destroyed Lerner’s Blackberry AFTER it knew her computer had crashed and after a Congressional inquiry was well underway. As an IRS official declared under the penalty of perjury, the destroyed Blackberry would have contained the same emails (both sent and received) as Lois Lerner’s hard drive.
We all know by now that Lois Lerner’s hard drive crashed in June 2011 and was
destroyed by IRS. The emails of up to twenty other related IRS officials were missing in remarkably similar “crashes,” leading many to speculate that Lois Lerner’s Blackberry perhaps held the key. Now, the Observer can confirm that a year after the infamous hard drive crash, the IRS destroyed Ms. Lerner’s Blackberry—and without making any effort to retain the emails from it.
Lerner’s Blackberry became a source of speculation because of her inquiry into prosecuting Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley for an invitation he had received from an event organizer that was somehow sent to Lois Lerner.
Lerner’s inquiries were sent from her Blackberry. People had wondered what other emails were on the government issued Blackberry.
Aug 27, 2014
As we were surfing the web the other day, we came across an article on RantSports.com called “25 Strange Rules You May Not Know Exist” written by some guy named Alex Moss.
We decided to look at the slideshow and after the first rule, we knew the article was going to have issues.
Of the ten rules that Moss lists for baseball, two are incomplete in the rule (which means they are technically correct) and the other eight are completely and totally wrong.
Here’s the list:
25. Rosin Bags Must be Kept Dry
To keep their hands dry so that they can grip the ball, pitchers often rely on using rosin bags. Rosin bags are generally kept on the back of the pitcher’s mound. However, if it begins to rain during a game, the umpire is strictly ordered to keep the rosin bag in his pocket to prevent the bag from getting wet.
From the Major League Baseball rulebook:
Rule 8.02(a) Comment: If at any time the ball hits the rosin bag it is in play. In the case of rain or wet field, the umpire may instruct the pitcher to carry the rosin bag in his hip pocket. A pitcher may use the rosin bag for the purpose of applying rosin to his bare hand or hands. Neither the pitcher nor any other player shall dust the ball with the rosin bag; neither shall the pitcher nor any other player be permitted to apply rosin from the bag to his glove or dust any part of his uniform with the rosin bag.
Not only does the rule not “strictly require” the umpire to do anything, but if the umpire deems the conditions to be too wet, he may instruct the player to carry the rosin bag, not the umpire.
SCORE: 0 – 1
23. The Elusive Ground-Rule Triple
Aug 26, 2014
Of all the races we watched, the District 4 County Commissioner race was the one that kept our interest.
Going into Tuesday, the leader had to be Greg Jones, who was endorsed by a lot of people and organizations, many of which have been labeled as “progressive,” “liberal,” or “left leaning.”
Jones even touted the endorsements on his website:
That’s gotta leave a mark.
Aug 26, 2014
The back story: The town of Winooski, Vermont has a program where businesses can sponsor sidewalks, roads, traffic circles, etc to make the town look nicer. A restaurant named “Sneakers Bistro” decided to sponsor a little turn median, placing mulch and flowers in the area. In addition, the restaurant put up a sign that said “YIELD FOR SNEAKERS BISTRO BACON.”
(The sign makes no sense to us, but it’s their sign.)
The sign was installed in June but in August, a Muslim resident of Winooski contacted the restaurant saying the reference to bacon was “offensive to those who do not consume pork.”
The sign was removed by the restaurant.
“We are here to serve people breakfast, not politics,” the owners wrote on their Facebook page Saturday. “We removed the sign that was located on public property as a gesture of respect for our diverse community.”
The owners also cited safety concerns:
“We are here to serve people BREAKFAST, not politics. We removed the sign that was located on public property as a gesture of respect for our diverse community. There were also concerns raised about safety. Removing it was not a difficult decision. We still love bacon. We still love eggs. Please have the political conversation elsewhere.”
Upon the decision to remove the sign, the proverbial flying pig hit the fan.
People started to call for a boycott of the restaurant saying the decision to remove the sign was “un-American,” “political correctness gone wild,” “caving to Muslims,” and a host of other things. After the restaurant closed their Facebook account, reviewers on Yelp took the restaurant to task.
Even the City Manager weighed in on the issue: