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United Airlines will charge an extra fee for economy seats near the front of the plane

August 25, 2018 |

Not every economy seat is created equal.

Starting later this year, United Airlines plans to charge an extra fee for economy seats that are near the front of the plane but otherwise look and feel like any other coach seat.

United Airlines President Scott Kirby discussed the new fee last week with…


L.A. Times – Business

Some Uber Drivers Have a Sick Way of Making Extra Cash

July 23, 2018 |

If you lose your lunch in an Uber, it’s only fair that you pay for the cleanup. But many users of the rideshare service say they were charged steep cleaning fees (ostensibly so drivers can have their cars professionally cleaned) even though they didn’t make a mess. So-called “vomit fraud”…
Newser

AT&T is raising an obscure fee to make an extra $970 million a year, analyst says

June 30, 2018 |

AT&T Inc.’s wireless customers are expected to pay almost $ 1 billion more every year to the company after AT&T increased a monthly “administrative fee” this spring in a move that went largely unnoticed, according to an industry analyst.

The analyst, Walt Piecyk of BTIG, initially estimated that…


L.A. Times – Business

New Prime Benefit: Extra Discounts at Whole Foods

May 16, 2018 |

It’s Prime time at Whole Foods: Amazon is rolling out discounts for Prime members at the organic grocer. The benefits start Wednesday at stores in Florida and will expand nationwide this summer, the AP reports. Prime members will get an additional 10% off sale items and exclusive deals on certain…
Newser

The IRS is giving you one extra day to file after its website crashed on tax day

April 18, 2018 |

A computer glitch hit the Internal Revenue Service’s tax-filing system Tuesday, the official deadline to file federal and California personal income tax returns.

But procrastinators need not fret: The IRS has announced a penalty-free one-day extension due to the filing issues that many taxpayers…


L.A. Times – Business

Boston college professor offers extra credit for students to go on dates

April 17, 2018 |

A Boston College philosophy professor—known simply as the “dating professor”—offers extra credit to her students who (while sober) ask someone out on a date, go on the date (still sober) with no physical contact.
FOX News

Facebook Pays $7.3M for Extra Zuckerberg Need

April 15, 2018 |

Facebook’s CEO may have earned a paltry $ 1 salary last year, but he still doesn’t come cheap. The world’s biggest social media network increased spending on Mark Zuckerberg’s security by 50% in 2017, paying over $ 7.3 million to keep him safe, the Guardian reports. The money was needed “due…
Newser

Judge Tosses Suit Against McDonald’s Extra Value Meals

April 10, 2018 |

A federal judge in Chicago has tossed a class-action lawsuit that argued McDonald’s was duping consumers because a single “Extra Value Meal” costs more than the sum total of the individual components of the meal bought separately. The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin reported Monday that Kelly Killeen said she bought…
Newser

People Who Bought Snuggies Getting Little Something Extra

March 16, 2018 |

That’ll buy a whole lot of Snuggies. ABC News reports Allstar Marketing Group—which makes the Snuggie, the Magic Mesh Door, and more—will pay back its customers $ 7.2 million after the FTC accused it of tricking them with its advertised buy-one-get-one-free deal. Apparently that deal, which Allstar used…
Newser

Landlords can’t charge extra if tenants have service animals

February 25, 2018 |

Question: I am an owner of a four-unit apartment building that I manage myself. I have had bad experiences in the past with tenants having pets that urinate on the floor and bark all the time, so I no longer allow my tenants to have pets.

However, I recently attended Fair Housing training and learned…


L.A. Times – Business