Sunday, July 17, 2011

Small Bits of News You Didn’t Know You Needed

Man accused of not paying decade-old bills
The head of a public utility in South Carolina says he's amazed someone saved 10-year-old records. Now the utility chief executive David Bereskin chief of the Greenville Water System is set to apologize personally to a customer wrongly accused of not paying two water bills dating to 2001.
The utility sent past-due notices to Randy Massengale of Mauldin. Massengale says he called to say there must be a mistake, but employees refused to believe him and told him to pay up.
Massengale says he put the notices aside until a utility representative came knocking, threatening to shut off his water. But Massengale retrieved his old bank statement and check register, proving he paid a decade ago.
Woman fined for repeated littering in man’s yard
A Kansas woman ticketed for tossing her empty tea bottles in the same yard nearly every day for two years insists there was no malice involved.
Carole Green, of rural Bonner Springs, entered a guilty plea to four counts of misdemeanor littering.
Green was ticketed after a man who lives about two miles east of her photographed her throwing empty tea bottles into the yard of his rural Leavenworth County home.
Green says the man's yard just happened to be where she finished her tea each time. She also told the judge that if she had to do it over again, "of course, I wouldn't do it."
Judge Gunnar Sundby imposed fines of $1,200 plus court costs - the minimum amount for first-time offenders.
Sears advertises IPads at $69 accidentally priced Apple's IPad at $69, much to the dismay of many online shoppers.
IPads are regularly priced at $744.99, so when customers caught wind of the unbelievable deal, it went viral, CNN reported.
Unfortunately, Sears posted a statement online saying it would not honor the deal, as it was an error made by a third-party vendor.
"We want you to know that, unfortunately, today one of the Marketplace third-party sellers told us that they mistakenly posted incorrect pricing information on two Apple iPad models on the Marketplace portion of the Web site. If you purchased either of these products recently, your order has been canceled and your account will be credited," the statement said.
Many customers are unhappy with the announcement.