The year's oddest consumer complaints

From door-to-door meat sales to private parking meters, the unscrupulous are always working on ways to separate you from your money.

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Aug 26, 2013 10:46AM
Who, in their right mind, would buy meat out of the back of a truck?
Aug 26, 2013 10:18AM
Aug 26, 2013 11:18AM

The meat salesmen come to my house about twice a year. They are all the same: annoying, dumb, and pushy. They don't understand why someone wouldn't want to buy unlabeled meat from a cooler in the bed of their truck.

Aug 29, 2013 2:07PM
Time Warner Cable, tries to tell people they're in a contract, even though you don't sign a darn thing.  A "customer service rep" told me that I couldn't cancell my service because I was in a contract, If I did, I would be charged a $130 fee.  At the end of the 2 year contract, they automatically renew it without your knowlege.  But then they turn around and change the stations, change the fees for the cable box rate etc. etc.  What happend to their end of that so called "contract".  I have done battle with that company one too many times. 
Aug 29, 2013 12:56PM
Isn't that the truth!  I was arrested several times in my early to mid twenties for DUI and other alcohol related offenses.  While I couldn't prove it to be true, I moved out of my home state to avoid being a target.  Fast forward eight years, just after I can have these offenses expunged, type in my name into Google and the first three search results pull up my mug shots.

Of course, for a small fee, I may have them removed from one company's website.   But don't worry, that doesn't stop another company from loading them.  While I admit I've done wrong in my life, and paid not only financially, but professionally, how in the world may escape my past when the gov't is providing public record to private entities?  

That is a bigger crime than anything I have done.  It is border line embezzlement.  But, when you look at who owns the uploading companies, it is normally founded by a former member of some gov't organization who has connections with the "right" people.  
Aug 26, 2013 11:24AM
I'm confused by the parking meter one. Anyone can charge you to park in their lot. What is the difference between having a meter and paying at a booth when you enter?
Aug 26, 2013 11:12AM

I have experienced a few of these, although over several years so I would not call them "new" scams. 


We had a local business install private parking meters on a next door lot downtown... turned out that he did not even own or lease that lot!  He ended up not only paying for the meters and their initial installation, but had to pay fines and rip them out and restore the property.  His business reputation suffered enough that he ended up closing that store and opening a new one miles away under a different name.


Had a friend renting a room from an amateur landlord (who had been a friend of his).  Among the oddest rules of this landlord:  only certain lights allowed on, at certain times of the day (my friend often had to stumble around the house in the dark), must park on the street despite a large empty driveway, separate trash cans, and my friend had to run the landlord's errands including taking him to and from work (they worked at the same place) without refunding gasoline or even a "thank you".


I had a bank present me a "complaint fee" agreement to sign when I was getting a loan.  This was a last minute surprise that was not presented during my loan application, and it was "required".  I didn't need the loan desperately so I called it off.  Got a loan elsewhere and haven't been back.


I've known businesses that couponed themselves out of business.  All of them were run by amateurs who were going to fail anyways.  But it's their own fault when they fail to limit the number of coupons printed or fail to calculate the costs of honoring those coupons.


Aug 29, 2013 1:48PM
Be careful with companies from LivingSocial.  I purchased a clean your garage deal and never got a response from the company after filling out their online form several times, calling their office and leaving messages.  Finally went to LivingSocial and their response was lame - fill out the form, call them, be patient they are busy.  I tried, but finally i got insistent but all I could get was a credit because it took more than 2 weeks to come to them - and that was only because they had other complaints of them not returning calls.  Now what really pisses me off is they were STILL running their ad.  So buyer beware.
Aug 29, 2013 1:31PM
Does anyone want to buy a bridge in the Brooklyn area? You can own a piece of history for only $19.99.
Aug 29, 2013 12:48PM
Just do one thing and your chances of problems will be minimized.... "Initiate all communication",,, (in other words never respond to anything,,,, )  and I mean all,,, down to the seemingly simplest communique   .....
Aug 29, 2013 1:10PM
When all is said and done, the bottom line is, buyer beware.  
Aug 29, 2013 12:57PM

You can beat our prices, but you can't beat our meat!!!

Aug 29, 2013 1:18PM
If I told the meat salesman to get off my property once and he came back, He would be picking birdshot out of his behind the second time. "He said something sexual to me and I freared for my life".
Aug 29, 2013 1:01PM

I was new to the neighborhood & answered the door once, and when I said, "no thank you" the guy sneered, "what's the matter, don't you like meat?" I said "no" & he looked me up & down & said, "really? that's hard to believe!" I slammed the door in his face, but they kept coming back until I called the place & complained about their rude behavior. One person would drive & the passenger would jump out & bum rush the door if they saw it open, but I used to run up quickly & shut the door & draw blinds. They'd be outside yelling @ me "I know you are home"

Aug 29, 2013 1:49PM
God i hate these new scammers. One has to be on their toes night and day and at every opportunity someone is out there to get ones money. Top of my hate list is the meat salesman and the magazine salesmen. Tops the list.
Aug 29, 2013 1:46PM
Omega Meats do sell door to door and have all the proper licenses. I don't buy from them any more but years ago I use to buy quite a lot of meat from them. It was good quality. On the other hand an independent meat man, driving a small white pickup with a freezer use to come around always trying to sell meat. I never did buy any from him. Those are the ones that you have to look out for. Who knows tho, he could have been honest and was just trying to make a living.
Aug 29, 2013 1:10PM
Maryland had more than their fair share of problems.
Aug 29, 2013 4:34PM
The one that really gets my blood boiling are "so called friends" or relatives who get hooked into multilevelmarketing  AKA   pyramid schemes   and then try to pull me into it.......just because they are stupid and buying overpriced product doesn't mean I am going to also....and NO I DO NOT want to be a f***ing distributor !!!!!

Enough with the damn   "Juic+crap"   or the stupid  "coffee with mushrooms" that are overpriced dung with very questionable ingredients ........if you hate people the easiest way to ALIENATE your family and friends....MLM !!!!
Aug 29, 2013 2:36PM
Aug 29, 2013 2:08PM

Looks like VA. and MD. have the biggest share of problems!


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