Archive for April, 2010

The Winner: “Opting out” of Yellow Pages delivery

Thursday, April 29th, 2010 by Al Lewis (alewis)

People should be allowed to post Ghostbusters-type stickers (walking fingers with clash through them) to prohibit yellow pages companies from leaving their books on your doorstep.

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A Kinder, Gentler Registry of Motor Vehicles

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010 by Al Lewis (alewis)

Anyone been to the RMV since they downsized?  Did you get out and back the same day?   This idea won’t reduce the length of the trip but it will make it more pleasant:  Why don’t they hand out pagers, like they do when you’re waiting for a table at a restaurant?   That way you don’t [...]

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SF Chronicle Nails Big Consumer Ripoff

Sunday, April 11th, 2010 by Al Lewis (alewis)
During tax season, millions of people become victims of government-licensed loan sharks. That temporary storefront in your local neighborhood might say “tax preparation,” but in some cases it should say “high-cost loans.”
Here’s how it works: After these tax preparers calculate a customer’s tax refund, they offer a 90 percent payout on the spot, a so-called [...]

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Guest Post: Overdraft Fund

Thursday, April 8th, 2010 by Leomartin

I know we have all had a bounced check. I personally have bounced a check because I was $2.00 short. I was charged $25.00 from my bank and $20.00 from the establishment where I wrote the check . That’s $45.00 for a $2.00 mistake. I know we all can have Overdraft Protection, but we are [...]

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