Let’s first look at the underhanded aspect of this nonsense fee. As anyone could have predicted by all the very public spats between broadcasters and cable operators in recent years, cable bills were destined to keep going up. And the $1.50 fee will indeed increase the amount billed to Comcast customers each month. But since this is a fee tacked on above the bill, the company may still be able to advertise the monthly rate without the fee. So this is an attempt to jack up your bill without being transparent about the total costs to potential subscribers.
Others, like AT&T and Charter have similar tack-on fees, but unlike those companies, which have not benefitted in any way from increased retransmission fees charged by broadcasters, Comcast also happens to own NBC. Thus, isn’t it a bit hypocritical for Kabletown to be involved in finger-pointing that targets broadcasters as the cause of the problem? And how much of that fee is going to NBC?
Comcast Rate Hikes Expand, Adds New ‘Broadcast TV’ Fee [DSLreports.com]
Comcast’s 2014 Rates Will Include A $1.50 “Broadcast TV Fee” [Deadline.com]
For some people, the weekend before Thanksgiving means house-cleaning and checking their grocery list for the big feast on Thursday. For others, it means setting up a tent in front of Best Buy and settling in for the rest of the week. For these people, at least, Best Buy opening at 6 P.M. on Thanksgiving Day is good news.
Not because they’re going to rush home to eat some turkey, of course. Don’t be silly. The early opening frees them up to shop elsewhere.
In Tampa, Florida, one family has made an annual tradition of camping out at Best Buy every year. Why Best Buy? “I have three kids of my own, my brothers and sisters have kids there’s always something here to buy, new electronics come out every year,” one camper explained to a local cable news channel.
Many of the people camping out this early are doing so because they enjoy suburban pioneering or to spend time with friends or family, and they don’t have their eye on any items. Yet. “I have plenty of time to look at the flyer,” one camper in Ohio told USA Today.
One Wisconsin family makes an annual tradition of the pre-Thanksgiving campout. “That first year on the lawn chair, no, I just thought my daughter’s crazy and I’m crazy for listening,” one woman told a local TV news station. “Now… we get excited probably in September.”
Single-minded focus on the prize was the only thing we had to compliment these early shoppers on! Without that, what do we have? Fun and a sense of community?
Shoppers already lining up for Black Friday deals [USA Today]
Black Friday’s hard core shoppers again set up camp early [Bay News 9]
Trio reunites for Black Friday camp out one week in advance [58 News]
There’s nothing worse than a rumble in your stomach while you’re trying to focus on the hard task of shopping Black Friday or Thanksgiving sales. Maybe you left that plate of turkey and stuffing to get cold and congealed on the table in favor of scoring the best deals. Since many mall stores will be open on earlier on Thanksgiving this year, so will plenty of food court restaurants.
It isn’t just shoppers who need sustenance to survive the holiday shopping bonanza, but the workers who have to be on the job while the mall or store is crowded. And because many restaurants inside malls have a requirement to be open when the mall is, some eateries don’t have a choice.
CNBC says the earlier hours can boost volume at some stores, which in turn can give sales a shove upward as well.
“We saw that sales went up—volume on Black Friday was up 9.04 percent,” Bill Dunn, the pretzel chain’s president and chief operating officer tells CNBC.com. “When I look at the analytics, I find that it’s incremental growth.”
Around 38 million people are expected to dine and dash off to shop some more, according to a recent National Restaurant Association survey, which is a six million person increase from 32 million who planned to eat out on Black Friday in 2011.
It won’t be all bad for workers — for example, Auntie Anne’s and Cinnabon will offer employees higher wages and catered meals for workers who have to be on the clock on Thanksgiving.
And anyone who has to work anywhere on Black Friday can drop in to Seattle’s Best Coffee and receive a free coffee for their hard work.
Because these restaurants don’t have door-buster sales or other big promos to draw shoppers in, some franchisees aren’t too please about opening early but will do so because there’s money to be made.
“It should be a day for family—that’s my feeling, but I also have to pay bills,” one Cinnabon franchisee says. “My rent doesn’t change, and [my employees] have to pay bills too.”
Reader J. was upset to read our post about a reader whose new PlayStation 4 was dead on arrival, and to learn that he wasn’t the only one. She ordered one from Amazon for her kid for Christmas, and had planned to leave it sealed up and hidden away until December 25th. “What if it’s one of the duds?” she wrote. “Should I open it and test it now? I really didn’t want to give him an opened box…”
That’s always an important question when giving electronics as a gift: is it better to give your loved one a carefully opened and then resealed box, or for them to potentially face the heartbreak of needing to send the whole thing back to Amazon, and not spend Christmas playing with it?
According to our estranged ex-cousins over at Kotaku, Sony claims that less than 1% of all consoles have the “blue light of death” error. That’s good to hear, but we really don’t like those odds when we ponder how many PS4s will be stashed away until Christmas, unopened.
So we’re saying “Yes.” Open it up. Here’s what you need to do:
Make sure that it’s a real PS4 and not a box of bricks. It’s very rare, but we’ve read enough accounts of gaming device boxes filled with rocks that we recommend making sure the gadget is real before wrapping it up. Read the stories we’ve filed under the “Boxes of Crap” tag. It’s enough to make you open up everything you buy right in front of the cashier.
If the unthinkable happens and your PS4 box is filled with rocks, read this classic post: “What To Do When A Store Sells You Box Of Crap And Won’t Take It Back“
Make sure all of the accessories are there. If there’s a controller or a cable missing, you have time to fight with the retailer and/or return it.
Make sure it works. There might be a fix for DOA PS4s by Christmas, but it’s unlikely there will be one by the end of Hanukkah. If you’re not especially tech-savvy, just do the basics: plug in the electric cord, plug it in to a TV’s HDMI port, and make sure that it powers on and that pictures come out. If the blue light on the box turns white, then it’s probably fine. Maybe remove any bags and twist-ties so your kid can tear into the package faster and without flinging those items on the floor.
If you’re more tech-savvy, you can do your own Geek Squad console optimization. There will be software patches to download the first time you turn on the PS4: imagine how slow that will be on Christmas morning. Set the console up on your home wi-fi network and download the patches now.
What if it doesn’t work? First, Sony put up some very detailed troubleshooting guides on their forums. Read through those and make sure you’ve set everything up correctly. If it still won’t power up, you’re stuck: time to go back to the retailer and exchange your dud for a working one. Repeat the process over again until you get a working unit that Santa can hide under the guest room bed or in the supply cabinet at work or wherever it is your family hides gifts.
J. reports back that she tested her kid’s PS4 and all is well. Downloading the patches took about fifteen minutes, and she doesn’t have to worry about her kid’s gift not working.
Remember how a few days ago, we found out that LG’s Smart TVs were a little too smart, and were not only monitoring what customers watched in order to pitch better ads — whether or not you turned that setting off — but they also gathered filenames from connected USB drives? It’s backpedal time, ladies and gents: LG has issued a statement apologizing and promising to make everything right.
At first LG did the usual “Oh, we’re sorry someone is mad, we’ll totally look into that.” But it seems the company is prepared to take action, and has issued a statement (via Graham Cluley) saying that after investigating the recent claims, things are going to change.
It admits that yes, it was collecting stuff like “channel, TV platform broadcast source, etc.” from its customers with certain LG Smart TVs, but that “that is not personal but viewing information.” Which, okay, if I’m watching 13 episodes of Snapped! in a row, I consider that personal, but whatever.
LG said that it collected that information for advertisers and also to offer viewers recommendations, but that it should be a setting that can be turned off.
“We have verified that even when this function is turned off by the viewers, it continues to transmit viewing information although the data is not retained by the server. A firmware update is being prepared for immediate rollout that will correct this problem on all affected LG Smart TVs so when this feature is disabled, no data will be transmitted.”
Imagine that! A setting that can be turned on or off. Although it might be nice if the TVs came with the default set to “off,” but that’s just something customers should now be aware of before buying LG sets.
As for the TV’s propensity to collect the file names of any media connected via an external drive, LG reiterated that the files names weren’t really going anywhere at the moment, but it’ll fix that, too.
“While the file names are not stored, the transmission of such file names was part of a new feature being readied to search for data from the internet (metadata) related to the program being watched in order to deliver a better viewing experience. This feature, however, was never fully implemented and no personal data was ever collected or retained. This feature will also be removed from affected LG Smart TVs with the firmware update.”
Great. And are you sorry, LG? Yes.
“LG regrets any concerns these reports may have caused and will continue to strive to meet the expectations of all our customers and the public. We hope this update clears up any confusion.”
Read the full statement below:
At LG, we are always aiming to improve our Smart TV experience. Recently, it has been brought to our attention that there is an issue related to viewing information allegedly being gathered without consent. Our customers’ privacy is a very important part of the Smart TV experience so we began an immediate investigation into these claims. Here’s what we found:
Information such as channel, TV platform, broadcast source, etc. that is collected by certain LG Smart TVs is not personal but viewing information. This information is collected as part of the Smart TV platform to deliver more relevant advertisements and to offer recommendations to viewers based on what other LG Smart TV owners are watching. We have verified that even when this function is turned off by the viewers, it continues to transmit viewing information although the data is not retained by the server. A firmware update is being prepared for immediate rollout that will correct this problem on all affected LG Smart TVs so when this feature is disabled, no data will be transmitted.
It has also been reported that the names of media files stored on external drives such as USB flash devices are being collected by LG Smart TVs. While the file names are not stored, the transmission of such file names was part of a new feature being readied to search for data from the internet (metadata) related to the program being watched in order to deliver a better viewing experience. This feature, however, was never fully implemented and no personal data was ever collected or retained. This feature will also be removed from affected LG Smart TVs with the firmware update.
LG regrets any concerns these reports may have caused and will continue to strive to meet the expectations of all our customers and the public. We hope this update clears up any confusion
If you’re planning to fly during next week’s holiday travel frenzy, don’t risk overpacking or a baggage disaster. Even if you’re just taking a short car ride, these tips on suitcase packing and organization from Consumer Reports will come in handy. Always key: bring as few items as possible, color-coordinate them, and don’t bring any toiletries you don’t have to. [Consumer Reports]
You’ve probably seen any of the dozens of commercials that legendary San Diego anchorman Ron Burgundy has recently made for the Dodge Durango. But the tell-it-like-it-is newsman isn’t going to hide his distaste for the vehicle.
Appearing earlier this week on Conan O’Brien’s TBS talk show — presumably to class up the joint — Burgundy spoke not-so-glowingly about the Durango.
“What’s so amazing about it is, it’s a terrible car,” declared Ron. “They gave me one for free. I drove it four feet and the thing cracked in half… horrible craftsmanship.”
He then slyly added, “Just kidding, they’re great cars,” before cluing in the home audience that this was a lie with a silent shaking of the head.
“You realize that people bought these cars because of you?” asked a flabbergasted O’Brien.
“Yeah, well I got paid,” responded the anchorman. “They’re suckers. I’m just the messenger. I’m not in there tinkering around with lugnuts.”
In response to the comment, a Dodge rep merely chalked it up to Ron being Ron and told Automotive News that “working with Ron Burgundy is everything that we expected and more.”
The Wall Street Journal reports that Google has been talking with VSP Global, a company that manages Google’s employee vision plan but also makes lenses and frames for eyeglasses.
It’s a move that could make Google Glass more palatable — and more easily distributed — via VSP’s network of 30,000 doctors (not to mention the 60 million people enrolled in the company’s various vision plans).
Some testers of early Google Glass devices have complained about the annoyance of wearing them while also trying to wear their regular glasses, and Google has already said intends to figure out a way to integrate special prescription lenses.
But the Journal says that Google’s interest in VSP is more than just making the glasses look and fit better for the millions of potential customers who need regular glasses. It’s also about making doctors around the country familiar with Google Glass and figuring out a distribution network for these products.
“Down the road I think this technology is going to blow up,” says one optometrist who is both on the board of VSP Global and is an early tester of Google Glass (so of course he may not be completely unbiased). “As soon as apps are developed that are relevant for your world, it will start to take off.”
Maybe you’re always traveling to Siberia, Madagascar, Belize and back again. Or perhaps you just hate being tied down with a carrier contract. Apple has either been reading your mind or just decided it’s a worthwhile business move to offer customers unlocked iPhone 5s phones that are SIM card free.
But for those not used to the prices that come with no-contract phones, the sticker shock might prove a bit daunting: The Apple store now lists 16GB, 32GB and 64GB versions of the unlocked phones for $649, $749 and $849, respectively.
The phones work on any GSM Network, so if you’re abroad you can probably find a carrier to hitch your phone to while you’re there on your own compatible SIM card, then simply ditch it when you leave.
Of course, if you’re here in the U.S. you’ll still need to sign up with either AT&T or T-Mobile to use these, as they’re the only two carriers on GSM networks. Sprint, Verizon Wireless and US Cellular are all CDMA carriers.
The phones also come in any of the finishes available for other 5s phones — gold, black and silver — and will ship in one to two weeks.
H/T: Unlocked and SIM-free iPhone 5s now available on Apple’s site [Engadget]
Most of our readers are probably savvy enough to know this, but we were all young and innocent once. Like many classic scams, the “crackin’ cards” fraud depends on the victim’s own greed. The pitch? They’ll deposit a check in your account, make a withdrawal, and leave some of the proceeds behind for you.
If you know anything about the law, banks, or money, the flaws in this plan are obvious. Most Americans aren’t as financially savvy as you, though, and the scammers have found plenty of willing victims over social media. No, we’re not joking.
“[The scammer said that he] would put $4,500 into my account through the ATM. He wanted $2,000 out of the deal,” one victim explained to CBS Chicago. The victim sent along her ATM card and personal identification number, allowing the scammer full access to her accounts.
Instead, the man deposited a fake check for $2,800 and withdrew the full amount. Now the victim is responsible for the full amount and can’t get another bank account.
Let us reiterate the obvious: if someone offers you gobs of money for the privilege of using your bank account, say “no” and contact law enforcement. Even (especially) if they contact you over Instagram.
Yes, I made a very similar argument a year ago (not that it was going to change anyone’s mind), and I’ll probably restate some of the same points this year (again knowing what little impact it will have) because I do think it’s something worth starting a public discussion about.
With many of the largest retailers opening during or shortly after dinnertime this Thanksgiving, here are the reasons I think detaching “Black Friday” from its historical “Day After Thanksgiving” slot on the calendar is to everyone’s benefit.
1. STORES GET THE EXTENDED HOLIDAY SHOPPING SEASON
Some have argued that this year’s let’s-open-on-Thanksgiving boom is a reaction to the fact that the late Thanksgiving date (11/28) this year takes away precious shopping days from retailers during the holiday season. I personally don’t believe that, especially since a number of retailers crossed that midnight threshold last year, when Thanksgiving was almost a week earlier in the calendar.
But assume for a moment that this is a motivating factor in the on-Thanksgiving openings. I say, why not declare that Black Friday is the Friday before Thanksgiving? It’s not like it’s a date established in any religious or legal texts. It’s just a day on a calendar that lots of people have off from work.
Since most people don’t have off today but do have off this weekend, retailers could have started Black Friday sales after regular closing hours tonight with the same doorbuster deals they will be offering next Friday.
Additionally, gives the retailers that entire weekend plus all the days before Thanksgiving and then the three days after the holiday to continue having sales.
So even on the years when Thanksgiving is at its earliest, retailers would still have an additional week of holiday shopping.
2. SHOPPERS WILL SHOW UP
If you discount it, they will come.
People love deals and coupons and limited-time offers. This is not a secret. People also tend to show up for hyped-up events. Stores created Black Friday so there is absolutely no reason they couldn’t devote that same level of publicity toward relocating the shopping event by a few days. It’s not like they would be asking people to buy Christmas gifts in May (though someday they surely will). If some major retailer had decided to go all-out and have some huge special sale event at midnight, there would be people lined up right now.
3. EMPLOYEES WILL WORK
Moving Black Friday to this weekend also helps employees at these stores. This year, a number of workers at many large retailers have to decide between getting the extra pay for working on Thanksgiving or spending time with loved ones on the holiday.
By making Black Friday a special event that does not in any way overlap Thanksgiving, stores would be allowing employees to enjoy the holiday without having to say no to their employers or to the additional income. Happier employees are often better employees. In a retail world that is trying to stress the in-person experience over the cold impersonal world of online shopping, it really helps to have workers who don’t openly hate their employers.
4. IT DOESN’T MEAN AN END TO TRADITIONAL BLACK FRIDAY SHOPPING
A number of people over the years have expressed to me and to Consumerist that these on-Thanksgiving openings don’t dampen their holiday because they have traditionally gone shopping with their loved ones on Black Friday.
Moving the huge, mega-doorbuster, get ‘em while we got ‘em deals up a week doesn’t stop stores from opening early on the morning after Thanksgiving, or even in the middle of the night.
Retailers could still hold out some big deals to entice shoppers in the doors post-Turkey Day, and these consumers would still get to enjoy strolling through the aisles with their friends and families.
All that moving the start of this doorbuster season up a week does is allow Thanksgiving to go back to being Thanksgiving, rather than a quick lunch before you go get in line for a TV that isn’t worth the $80 they’re charging, or put on your uniform and get ready to go to work.
Eric was incredibly frustrated with his mobile provider, Virgin. His service was spotty, and his smartphone overheated to the point that he became nervous and turned it off. He sought help from the Virgin Mobile Angels, because that’s what angels do. Isn’t it?
Neither his phone nor the local towers were working all that well, so he wanted replacements of both to make up for the months of frustration. “[O]ut of the 11 months this year I have had 7 months of mediocre Sprint coverage,” he wrote to the social media angels. “Service is not as good as it used to be as it has gone from decent to mediocre for this year.”
Eventually, Virgin had an answer for him. “After reviewing the address provided, I was able to locate 5 Network Vision upgrades currenlty [sic] taking place in your area. The completition [sic] dates have yet to be provided,” one Angel wrote back. Well, that was helpful.
The problem we noticed was that in his very long correspondence with Virgin, he complained about his phone and about the service, but left it open-ended. He didn’t explain what he wanted Virgin to do about the situation, only vaguely hinting at “compensation” for his trouble.
This is a bad idea in both consumer interactions and in interpersonal relationships, though the latter is fodder for a whole other blog entirely. From our point of view, Eric was complaining about the towers under upgrade in his area, his toasty phone, and how terrible his service was. Okay. But what did he want that was directly under the social media customer service reps’ control? They can’t crack whips and make the towers upgrade faster.
We asked Eric what he wanted, and told him to spell it out for the Virgin Mobile reps. That’s the key part: don’t wait for the company to make an offer. In some cases, blathering on about unspecified “compensation” makes it sound like you’re going to sue.
Eric wanted six months of service credits to make up for the inconvenience, to continue his $40/month grandfathered plan, and also a Samsung Galaxy III. He assumed that his phone was overheating because of the terrible reception, and made him overlook technical problem with his handset while it was still in warranty.
Eric and Virgin are still hashing this out, but this is still an important lesson. If you want something, start somewhere. The worst thing a company can do is offer you less. The last we heard, Virgin’s offer was replacement of his current model phone and that six months’ service that he asked for.
It’s a real online store and a real line of shirts, hats and even a mug with phrases like a Chrome logo in a trench coat, “Keep Calm While We Still Your Data,” “We’re Watching You” and Microsoft’s favorite dig, the Scroogled logo. Because of course, this is the Scroogled section of the store, points out Wired.com in its shared disbelief.
While we can’t imagine anyone willingly donning a T-shirt with Chrome as a scary spider, apparently the mug is sold out.
And as for Google watching people, yes, its all-seeing eye does mine the treasure trove of your Internet searches to market products. But Microsoft’s Kinect feature of the XBox One also watches people — a little too closely for some, points out FastCoDesign. It watches you right in the junk.
Please, Microsoft. Give up on making “Scroogled” a thing. Or at least refrain from trying to sell merchandise with that on it and work on developing your own brand personality. Slinging insults via cringeworthy T-shirts isn’t going to get you too far in the image battle.
Know what will? Devoting your resources to developing great products consumers will benefit from. Just a thought.
Sometimes we let important financial tasks pile up on our desks, or on our virtual desks, until they create a giant pile of crap that we don’t want to go through. Fight back: here’s a list of 18 tasks that you might have been putting off that you can perform in only a few minutes. [Money Crush] (via Rockstar Finance)
You just spent $500 (plus tax and shipping, if applicable) to get the brand new Xbox One gaming console on the day it launches. You unbox it, plug it all in, turn it on, put in a disc and WHAT THE $&##^%@ IS THAT SOUND?
That’s what a number of new Xbox One owners are asking after they put a disc into their new device only to have it sound like the disc is being devoured by dozens of tiny javelinas hidden inside the machine. Check out the YouTube clip above (some unsurprising NSFW language and obligatory use of Clint Mansell’s “Lux Aeterna” as background music) compiling a number of angry and befuddled Xbox users whose devices are making the crunching, gnarling, rattling sound that sounds like you placed your vibrating cellphone on a flimsy wooden folding table.
We’re assuming this was not part of the Day One promotion from Microsoft.
Polygon points to numerous other complaints online about the disc noise and the device’s inability to play inserted discs, like this Amazon review, and this Amazon review, and this forum thread on the Xbox site where many people are complaining about the problem.
No idea yet how widespread this problem is, but we’ll be keeping an eye on it.
Whoever is on penny-counting duty at Samsung is probably shaking his or head quite thoroughly at the job ahead. A jury ruled yesterday that Samsung has to pay Apple $290,456,793 in additional damages for patent infringement, which is quite a pretty penny. And that’s still less than the $380 million Apple had asked for.
That might seem like a drop in the already overflowing bucket, as the total Samsung owes Apple in this ongoing U.S. patent fight is about oh, $930 million. Yes, dollars — not hugs!
“For Apple, this case has always been about more than patents and money,” Apple said in a statement, via CNET. “It has been about innovation and the hard work that goes into inventing products that people love. While it’s impossible to put a price tag on those values, we are grateful to the jury for showing Samsung that copying has a cost.”
Samsung was only expecting about another $52 million in damages so it’s no surprise that the company is “disappointed” with the decision, “which is based in large part on a patent that the US Patent and Trademark Office has recently deemed invalid.”
“While we move forward with our post-trial motions and appeals, we will continue to innovate with groundbreaking technologies and great products that are loved by our many customers all around the world,” the Korean company added in its statement.
The jury announced the decision yesterday after deliberating since Tuesday, after asking for calculators, highlighters and lunch on Wednesday. All the tools one needs to land a multimillion dollar decision on a global company.
Last year another jury said that Samsung had infringed on five Apple patents related to the design of the iPhone and its functionality. But another judge later tossed that $400 million award and asked a new jury to recalculate the damages. Add in this new decision and the $600 million Samsung owes for the first trial and yeah, that penny counter will be super busy.
There are many changes that could improve cable television and broadband internet service in the United States, but “more mergers” certainly isn’t one of them. That’s why we started screaming hysterically in the Consumerist offices today when we learned that Charter and Comcast are both weighing their options and thinking about acquiring Time Warner Cable.
Charter is further along in its preparations, talking to banks about financing for the deal. Sources say that TWC has made it known it would prefer to get hitched to Comcast. Experts agree that Kabletown would be the better match, for reasons that include the word “synergies” and give us hives.
If Charter acquired Time Warner, that would create the country’s second-largest cable company.
Comcast seeks advice on possible Time Warner Cable bid: Sources [CNBC] (Warning: auto-play video)
Charter nears funding for Time Warner Cable bid: WSJ [Reuters]
Between January and September of this year, the folks at StellaService ordered a total of 3,234 total packages from 121 different retailers. Nearly 10% (313) of those packages arrived with some sort of damage.
Which isn’t terribly surprising, given the insights of some of those who have worked in the shipping business at this time of year.
UPS had the highest rate of damaged packages at 11%, followed closely by the US Postal Service, with 10%. FedEx had the lowest rate (7%).
The not-as-bad news is that only 16 (5%) of the damaged packages contained products that were also damaged. So that’s about .5% of all the products ordered during those nine months. This is not to say that any damaged packages or products are acceptable — much like it’s not acceptable that .5% of Comcast’s customer service calls go badly — but it does mean that the sight of a beat-up box is not necessarily reason to assume your order is ruined too.
Also worth noting, there were 19 different sellers that didn’t have any damaged packages or products in the StellaService survey, among those were CB2.com,
Dell.com, Grainger.com, Rakuten.com, Shop.lululemon.com, Target.com, and Walmart.com.
Dark ski mask? Check. Empty bags decorated with dollar signs Check. Willingness to commit a crime for your own selfish purposes? Check. Any would-be bank robber probably knows the basics of trying to perform such a dastardly deed, but there’s another item that should be taken care of before attempting a bank robbery: Make sure the place is actually open when you’re planning to pull it off.
Not that we at all condone bank robbing whatsoever, but one would think there are only so many ways to mess up an attempted crime.
And yet, police in Maine say a 31-year-old man is now in custody after he allegedly tried to rob a bank but showed up after it had closed, reports the Bangor Daily News.
At around 3 p.m. (was it a Saturday or is this bank a very early closer?) police were called to a local bank to attend to a suspicious man who’d shown up at the door wearing a ski mask, and tried to open the locked doors.
When that failed, witnesses said he turned around (probably while muttering, “Aww man, I’m never gone live this one done with the bank robbers’ posse!”) went back to his car and drove off.
Cops tracked his vehicle down within minutes of someone calling in the odd activity and found the man with the ski mask that he was believed to have been wearing. He spoke with police, who came away from the conversation saying the guy had been planning on robbing the bank, but was stymied by the locked doors.
He’s been charged with attempted robbery and will also have to sit in the corner at the next Bank Robbers’ Posse of America meeting. You don’t even want to know how many times he’ll have to write “Make sure the bank is open” on the chalkboard.
Police say would-be robber failed when he arrived at bank too late [Bangor Daily News]