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Bill Smit April 19, 2014 at 07:34 am
I own a small business in Woodridge IL. The amount of credit card fraud has here has increased tenRead More fold over last year. I have to tell you that the card owner doesn't get burned, the card issuer don't either, nor does the company you hire to process and approve the cards. It's the local merchant where the card was used. Online ordering is the worst. The big banks say you didn't swipe a card, so you're liable, even though it was approved by that same bank at the time of purchase. If this keeps up, I'll have to go backwards in time and shut down online ordering. So much for a cashless society.
JMarsh April 19, 2014 at 08:16 am
I think I will go back to using checks at stores and cash at gas stations. I found a gas station inRead More Eagle Rock that gives a discount for using cash and generally buy my gas there. Not as convenient as using a debit card but I had to cancel my card after using it at Target right before Christmas. What a hassle.
cookiepro2 April 19, 2014 at 03:28 pm
I've started using cash more in the past year for grocery and gas. It's simplified bill paying,Read More reducing the number of credit card receipts that need to be reconciled with statements! Though I still like the 5% discount from using my Target card and the cash back bonus from Discover. Anyway gotta have a good reason now for using my credit cards, either buying online (necessity then) or some reward incentive.
It could cost Americans 20 percent more to get their bacon fixes as a deadline virus sweeps through the nation's hog barns. (Patch file photo)
mark April 18, 2014 at 05:23 am
When taxes are imposed on various industries then to stay in business the prices increase on theRead More consumer! Obamacare , gas taxes, payroll taxes, tolls, the proposed soda and candy tax , your tobacco tax is 75% of what the product really costs! Commercial Property tax increases! Do you people see what's going on here? This country is being destroyed by the Democrats! It is starting to resemble The a Soviet Union! We should change the name of this country to the USSA!
all-c-ing-eye April 18, 2014 at 12:14 pm
And all this time i thought it was Pork Barrel spending.
JBrad April 19, 2014 at 11:57 am
Mark, Your words are absolutely disgusting. Please do not use this comment thread as a vehicle toRead More spew your racist mentality. And for your information, food-borne illnesses come from agriculture, period. All around the world, including in the U.S. Lastly, your hatred for people of colour does not mean that you understand disease, at all. Good luck in life.
Sam Chetcuti April 13, 2014 at 08:43 pm
I guess all of those alternative energy sources are so much hooey. Also the claim that the US willRead More be energy sufficient in a few decades is beginning to look a little suspect.
Sam Chetcuti March 30, 2014 at 08:12 pm
I can't relate this article to others I have been reading. The other articles I am talking about areRead More saying how the US is becoming less energy dependent on foreign oil. If that is the case and the US is extracting so much energy from it's own territory, why then the spike in gas prices?
Phil April 15, 2014 at 04:34 pm
Because you will continue to pay for it
John Negley March 28, 2014 at 01:01 pm
"PG&E officials said they believe criminal charges are not warranted and that employees didRead More not intentionally violate the pipeline safety law." It does not matter if you intensionally violated it or not. PG&E failed at doing their jobs, breaking the law in the process, and people lost their lives. Money does not matter, $500 million to the families... drop in the bucket to them. They say they used shareholder money, so next year they raise rates to recover from low shareholder earnings. We are the ones paying for this.
scout March 28, 2014 at 08:15 pm
omg, the arrogant hypocrisy of the feds.
An aerial view of the Global Waste Management facility, located in South San Francisco.  Image Courtesy:  Google Maps.
Ann April 1, 2014 at 03:26 pm
The Operator was reprimanded for crimes the operator DID NOT commit. This was all a set up by CALRead More Recycle to shut this operation down in order to permit success for Shamrock Recycling by Michaer Burnes who's wife works for the CAL Recycle department. All San Mateo County inspectors noted zero violations on every single inspection. However, the state inspectors would show up on DAILY basis and never submit an inspection report in person. Instead they would leave, make falsefied reports in their office and then mail out a violations. Unlike the Fire Department or any other agency that hands you a copy of your inspection report at the time of inspection this agency never once handed you a report. They left and weeks later send you a violation. Inspectors even lied on the stand. This was all a set up by a corrupt department. This department is more corrupt then our senate. Anyone is writing about this story should look up what role Joanne BUrnes plays in the department and her relationship to her husband Michael Burnes Owner and Operator of ShamRock Recycling and other tire recycling facilites. The case was represented by the Law Office of Willie Brown and the ex Mayor himseld stated that unfortunatley we live in a corrupt state and will lose this case as long as its handled by internal legal counsel which it was. He also stated that once we appeal the decision to a real court - this would be dismissed because there was no evidence to any of the violation. All of the violations were actually dropped except for one day of over load of tires. Despite the fact that at the end the operator was fined for only one violation the state still took away the permit to operate. Because as long as Global Waste Management has a permit - Shamrock Recycling and Michael Burnes and Joanna Burnes other facilities cannot succeed. The operator ran out funds after this trial and was unable to apeal to a REAL Court per Willie Browns recommendations. It is a shame that hard working citizens fall deep under in this state because everyone in CA is corrupt!!!
Following months of "Fight for $15" protests calling on higher wages for fast-food workers, some California McDonald's employees have joined in six lawsuits filed in three states.
Dee March 13, 2014 at 09:01 pm
This article is such a disappointment. What happened to our local news on Patch?
Chris Corbett March 14, 2014 at 04:41 am
I think it is highly relevant as McD's and other fast food establishments are in South City and onRead More the Peninsula, as well as employ so many herein...just shows how these big corps. do take advantage of the little guy to get ahead. However, in the end, the little guy still needs to wake up and take control of his and her own destiny and quit pointing fingers and become better educated and more marketable--then indisposable to a company!
A Delargo March 8, 2014 at 05:03 pm
Just like Carmen's comment above.... most people are professional and the rest are not looking forRead More a job and therefor don't count as 'unemployed'. People are either working their butt off or trying to get an Obama phone !
Ralph Garcia March 9, 2014 at 10:32 am
I have read some really off the wall comments here but to think a DA has anything to do with theRead More unemployment rate is just stupid
Yvonne M March 9, 2014 at 11:16 am
There's a lot of professional people I know who are unemployed and their unemployment has expiredRead More and therefore no longer counted as unemployed.
Concerned Md Citizen March 8, 2014 at 03:43 pm
the good news is that a reputable company bought Safeway; the bad news is they may keep the sameRead More awful management personnel therefore stifling its rebuilding.
Steve Pogue March 8, 2014 at 06:08 pm
Interesting that the price paid for long-established Safeway with 1,305 stores in 20 states is lessRead More than half of what Facebook paid for Whats App. Seems a little out of balance, no?
Gladwyn d'Souza March 10, 2014 at 08:47 am
Only if there is an earthquake or other natural disaster and folks are dependent on the three dayRead More supply at Safeway. Hopefully Albertson closes all these dumps. Remember Safeway's response to selling pink slime- all our products are approved by the USDA.
Event flier for the free tax preparation on March 6, 2014.
harveyhmb February 25, 2014 at 02:29 pm
You don't have to go over the hill to get your taxes done for free: Coastside Hope also offersRead More Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, free tax preparation assistance to low-income English- and Spanish-speaking clients whose annual household income is less than $52,000. For information and an appointment, call Coastside Hope at 726-9071, ext. 227.
Moon Son February 7, 2014 at 06:40 am
Kudos to CVS, I smoked for half a century and quit three years ago, I am one of the lucky ones.
Phillip Bailey February 7, 2014 at 01:46 pm
Mike (above said) How about letting us make our own choices? PC is alive and well at CVS. By theRead More way, what a dumb name for a drug store. I miss Long's. Gee Mike C.V.S. is the acronym and once stood for Consumer Value Store. It now stands for 'Convenience-Value and Service. I personally think CVS should be applauded for this. Smokers just don't SMOKE ... they walk into establishments and sit down near non smokers and the smokers often REEK of cigarette smoke and REEK is an understatement.
Bob Rosenthal February 8, 2014 at 12:20 pm
I'm elated to see the stance CVS has taken. I quit smoking 12 years ago after 60 years of smoking. IRead More could feel a difference almost immediately. I had triple bypass surgery three years ago as a result of smoking. If people want to smoke their brains out I have no problem. Freedom of choice. However, I feel that CVS should also discontinue the sale of all alcoholic beverages. Same goes for Walgreens. How can a drug store sell cigs and alcohol and the sell drugs to combat the effects of same? How can the citizenry allow this to happen and on the other hand vote to ban the sale of guns? Makes no sense to me.
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