Kmart Brings The Nightmare Before Christmas To Life

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(PCM) Kmart is creating a true Christmas nightmare for holiday shoppers as they have now been informed that items they paid for as presents via online layaway are currently “out of stock”.

Kmart had initially told customers that that if they had paid their layaway balance off by December 14th the items they purchased would be delivered in time for Christmas.  Now, the company is cancelling orders and informing customers that they will be receiving a refund for the items they purchased.

Here’s the problem … the refunds will not be issued in time from customers to purchase new presents to replace the Kmart “out of stock” items in time for Christmas. This is leaving many families without the gifts they were expected to give to family and loved ones.

Many customers are demanding to know why the items they ordered were not placed on hold when they were initially put on layaway and they are also incredibly angered that they will now have to find away to purchase new presents without proper funds.

Customers are being told that their refunds could be issued in as little as 3 to 5 days, but others are being told that number is closer to 14 days in actuality.  Needless to say that Kmart’s social media feeds are buzzing with complaints from angry customers and many are already beginning to threaten a potential lawsuit over the situation.

Kmart has been answering the customer complaints with an incredibly generic message which states “We are very disappointed to hear that you had to go through this experience with your layaway order. Please let us know if you do not see your refund within 5-7 business days.” This response is only angering customers even more as they seek out answers and a solution to save Christmas morning.

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Best Buy Apologizes For Tasteless Murder Tweet

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(PCM) It seems that someone in charge of Best Buy social media accounts who thought they were being funny had a joke backfire massively after they tweeted about the podcast “Serial”.

Best Buy posted the following tweet on their official Twitter account last Thursday which read  “We have everything you need. Unless you need a payphone. #Serial.”

To give a little bit of back story for those that may not be aware of the “Serial” podcast is that it is based on the actual real-life murder of 17-year old Hae Min Lee that occurred in Baltimore back in 1999.

Adnan Syed, Lee’s ex-boyfriend, was convicted of her murder which happened in a Best Buy parking lot.  Allegedly, after strangling Lee to death, Syed used a payphone to call for a ride.  The Best Buy payphone, and whether or not it existed is a key plot point for the series.

The penultimate episode of the “Serial” podcast also happened to be released last Thursday as well.  Almost as soon as Best Buy’s tweet was posted they began receiving a ton of backlash with many accusing the company of insensitivity  for using a murder case as a branding opportunity.

Best Buy released the following statement in regards to the Twitter incident saying “We posted a tweet earlier that was clearly in poor taste. We deeply apologize for the tweet about ‘Serial.’ It lacked good judgment and doesn’t reflect the values of our company. We have tweeted an apology and taken down the offensive tweet.”

“Serial” is a spin off of the incredibly popular podcast “The American Life” which boast over one million downloads per week.

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French Motorcyclist Rides A Wooden Roller Coaster On His Bike

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(PCM) Armed with only his motorcycle and a camera strapped to his helmet, French trials motorcycle rider Julien Dupont rode the entire length of a wooden roller coast track with ease.

The stunt took place on Mexico City’s famous Montana Rusa wooden roller coast that features a track that is over a mile long.  The track also reaches a height of about 108 feet.

Dupont can be seen riding the motorcycle along the coaster’s incredibly narrow wooden platform and even managed to land two back flips during the epic feat.

Dupont himself is quoted saying that the wooden roller coaster was “the sickest ride ever!”.  We have to agree!  The video of the stunt was released by Red Bull.

You can check out a video of Dupont’s epic ride below:

 

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Abercrombie & Fitch CEO Mike Jeffries Retires

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(PCM) Is it wrong that I am a little bit happy to learn that Abercrombie & Fitch CEO Mike Jeffries has announced his retirement from the company effective immediately.

The news of Jeffries retirement comes after it was revealed that the company’s third quarter earnings were about 60 million under expectation.

Also due to all the controversy surrounding Jeffries comments about the brand’s target market and demographic the company began declining in popularity at a rapid pace.

Jeffries came under fire for his remarks that the clothing retailer was only concerned about their clothing being worn by thin and attractive individuals.  Despite the fact that the initial interview during which the comments were made occurred back in 2006, it resurfaced in 2013 and stirred up quite a social media frenzy and backlash for the company.

In a statement regarding his immediate retirement Jeffries said “now is the right time for new leadership to take the company forward in the next phase of its development.” The company which also owns Hollister Co and Gilly Hicks is currently in the search of a new CEO to replace Jeffries.

Several sources are saying that Jeffries departure from the company was inevitable as several activist investors were urging for his exit from the company for quite some time. He was reportedly stripped of his title as chairman of the company back in January.

Fittingly enough, when the news of Jeffries retirement was announced Abercrombie stocks immediately went up about 6% in trading.

I say good riddance!  Hopefully whoever else steps up as CEO can get Abercrombie back on the right path.

 

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You Can Now Wear The New Nano Bible As Jewelry

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(PCM) An Israeli company has created the Nano Bible, which is a microchip the contains the entire New Testament that can be worn as jewelry.

The size of the Nano Bible is less than a fifth of an inch square and it can be mounted on a necklace worn around your neck. However, in order to actually read the Nano Bible you will need a special microscope.

Included in the Nano Bible is the original Greek version of the New Testaments 27 books.

The company that created the tiny fashion accessory Nano Bible also claim that their creation has been nominated for inclusion in the Guinness Book Of World Records.

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