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Kylie Jenner's New Eyeshadow Apparently an Actual Headache

More than a dozen complaints about the smell

(Newser) - It's not every day that a new packet of makeup smells so bad it needs to be taken outside to air out. Such is the conundrum facing teen beauty mogul Kylie Jenner after her much-anticipated Royal Peach Eyeshadow Palette, which IOL reports sold out in nine minutes last month,... More »

Neighbors Wage War Via Wi-Fi Network Names

Typically, it's about noise

(Newser) - Want to know what your neighbor really thinks of you? Try scrolling through your local Wi-Fi hotspot names, which may contain a personal message—like "We Can Hear You Having Sex" or "Shut The Barking Dog Up No 7," the BBC reports. Other examples include complaints about... More »

Complaints Surge Over Telemarketing

Illegal robocalls have customers fuming

(Newser) - Americans have had it up to here with telemarketers—particularly the robot variety. April saw 212,000 complaints about robocalls, up from just 65,000 in October 2010, the government says. Over the same span, complaints seeking a stop to telemarketers' calls rose from 71,000 to 182,000, the... More »

Celeb Lawyer 'Threatens' Ex-Client With Mafia

Dominic Barbara admits to leaving intimidating message

(Newser) - A celebrity divorce lawyer is under investigation for allegedly threatening a client with Mafia violence on a recorded voice message, the New York Post reports. Barbara left the message for truck driver Ray Young Jr, who had claimed in a complaint that Barbara was holding onto $200,000 in unearned... More »

Complainers Damage Neurons in the Brain

Entrepreneur Trevor Blake offers tips to save yourself

(Newser) - That pain you feel listening to complainers? It's real enough to peel away neurons from your brain and render it pretty much useless, reports Inc . "The brain works more like a muscle than we thought," says Trevor Blake, an entrepreneur who wrote Three Simple Steps: A Map ... More »

Co-Worker: Zimmerman Bullied Me With Racist Remarks

Trayvon Martin's killer taunted Middle Eastern co-worker: interview

(Newser) - More revelations from the newly released George Zimmerman evidence: A former co-worker said in an interview that Zimmerman taunted him mercilessly with racist jokes, Huffington Post reports. At the office, Zimmerman called the Middle Eastern man "a f**cking moron" and "Achmed the terrorist," and joked about "... More »

Hotel Workers Take to Web, Rat Out Awful Bosses

...and co-workers, owners, clients...

(Newser) - When it comes to disgruntled hotel workers, Joey DeFrancesco is about as famous as you can get. He became a YouTube sensation last month after posting a video of him quitting his job of 3.5 years at the Renaissance Providence—where he says he was "treated like shit"... More »

Top Complaints About Satellite TV

Watch the fine print on introductory offers, termination fees

(Newser) - It's almost enough to make you miss the old rabbit-ear antenna. The Consumerist rounds up the five most common complaints from satellite TV subscribers to the Better Business Bureau:
  • Early termination fees: They're sometimes as high as $600, with consumers complaining that they were misled or unaware of the policy.
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Palin's Twitter Gems Take Forever, Still Incoherent

Thank goodness for Twitter time stamps

(Newser) - Sarah Palin’s original thoughts take a while to produce. Five of yesterday's Twitter posts—caught in a screen grab and posted by Gawker—“are all conjoined, all part of the same dipshit-y thought, which was another one of her maniacal rants about the endless stream of ethics complaints... More »

Palin's Platform: Victimhood

She revels in acting insulted

(Newser) - The driving force behind Sarah Palin’s political career is victimization, writes Thomas Frank in the Wall Street Journal: She’s “a collector of grievances” who “runs for high office by griping.” The complaining appeals to those who see a “trampling of Middle America by the... More »

Palin Strikes Back Over Costly Ethics Complaints

(Newser) - Sarah Palin says she's drowning in a rising tide of frivolous ethics complaints, the AP reports. Most of the 18 complaints have been dismissed, but Palin's office says she's $500,000 in legal debt and facing accusations that "have been politically or personally motivated." Rallying to her side,... More »

Palin Besieged by Ethics Complaints

Alaska's GOP chief: number of grievances 'unprecedented'

(Newser) - The world’s most famous hockey mom is skating on thin ice with some of her constituents, Politico reports. Sarah Palin has fielded more than a dozen complaints from Alaskan citizens in the last 7 months, concerning everything from the governor’s use of state funds, her political action committee,... More »

Mark Cuban Takes His Ref Gripes to Twitter

Favoritism for JR Smith? Read all about it on Mavs owner's feed

(Newser) - When Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has disagreed with referees in the past, he's tended to gripe, shout, or bellow—and pay the resulting fines. But now he's also tweeting, notes Chris Matyszczyk on Cuban posted a complaint about a no-call on a Nuggets player: "how... More »

Palin Gets Ethics Complaint for Wearing Sponsor's Gear

(Newser) - Sarah Palin has been accused of another ethics violation, this time for wearing gear made by the company that sponsors her husband’s snow-machine adventure, the Anchorage Daily News reports. The governor supported Todd at the annual Iron Dog race in an outfit from Arctic Cat, which gave the snowmobiler... More »

'Sir Richard, What Is That White Stuff?'

Airline chief Branson gets complaint about food

(Newser) - Sir Richard Branson personally responded to a “constructive if tongue-in-cheek” complaint letter from a Virgin Atlantic passenger, reprinted in the Telegraph. The beleaguered (and unnamed) flyer likened the dining experience to an awful Christmas morning. “You open the present and it’s not in there. It’s your... More »

Big Brother Is Watching... and Talking Back

Comcast redefines customer service by reaching out to bloggers

(Newser) - Some bloggers who have vented online about their Comcast cable service have gotten a surprising—and, for some, a creepy—response: a reply from a customer service agent. Like a growing number of companies, Comcast monitors social network sites, public blogs, and message boards for complaints, but now it's taking... More »

Passengers Air a Record Number of Complaints

Skies unfriendlier than ever

(Newser) - Airline passengers on domestic flights are unhappier than they've been in years, with consumer complaints up 60%, according to the annual Airline Quality Rating survey. Long delays, cancellations, overbooking, late arrivals, and lost baggage accounted for most of the complaints, which haven't been this bad since 2000, reports the AP.... More »

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