Annoying companies

By - 6/20/16 - 12:11 pm
Melted ad in South Boston

A peeved citizen is unlikely to patronize the Dorchester Street laundry that left a flier on his or her car:

[They] left a flier on my car windshield that now has melted and cannot get off. Who should I report to that they are defacing my private property?

By - 6/3/16 - 9:46 am

I normally would not quote two articles from the Huffington Post, but they are Boston specific and make a ton of sense to me.

I've been trying to figure out this whole FiOS rollout in Boston. There has to be a sweet deal in there for Verizon for them to re-neg on years of telling the city, "No, no FiOS for you". Now I have the smoking gun. Read more.

By - 5/27/16 - 2:04 pm

Anyone else encounter door-to-door solicitors for electricity service in Brighton? Talked to them yesterday. I don't know if they're legitimate, but they were pretty keen on seeing my electric bill and left once it was established that it's online and I couldn't remember my password. They left me with a business card with no business name or website, a gmail address, and an address that didn't appear on GMaps to be a permanent office. No website, pamphlets or info to review. Heads up, could be one of those scams where they want to see your bill to get enough info to switch you over.

By - 3/6/16 - 9:50 am

Chris Brogan tells Papa Gino's to go to hell after chronicling everything that went wrong with his attempt to get some food delivered from there:

You stink. You’re a national chain that can’t do what my local place does flawlessly every time.

By - 12/26/15 - 5:21 pm

Steve Garfield of Jamaica Plain explains why he's thrown up his hands and given up on the Mass. Health Connector after more than a month of trying to figure out, without success, why the state accepted his first payment for a new health insurer yet never sent it to that company. So with five days left before his new insurance was supposed to start, he's now dealing directly with the insurer: Read more.

By - 12/13/15 - 1:31 pm

For over a week, we have had on/off or maddeningly slow internet service. Our internet provider is Verizon. After spending the requisite hour on the phone with Verizon customer service last Thursday, an appointment was set up for 8-11 am this past Friday. The repair reps did not show during that time period, but around 1:30 pm I got a call, stating that our purchased, 'High Speed Internet Enhanced' was too fast for the capability we could ACTUALLY get because of our distance from the Roslindale Verizon substation (we are just off of South Street) therefore, they needed to downgrade the equipment that our service used to be able to handle the slower speed - somewhere around 6-7 Mbps. Read more.

By - 12/9/15 - 7:44 pm

Collegiate has a high degree of what the folks in the business (and charter schools are a business) call cohort loss. Cohort loss are all the kids who were admitted to a charter school but "didn't work out."

By - 8/14/15 - 10:31 am
Dust cloud in South Boston

A concerned citizen complains about the clouds of dust bursting from the St. Augustine project, in which the former school is being demolished. Another concerned citizen reports the entire neighborhood now reeks of paint.

By - 8/2/15 - 2:41 pm

The Dig alerts us to one of the bloated blowhard's lesser known failures: The Trump Network, a Rowley-based multi-level-marketing company that focused on vitamins and the urine samples customers were supposed to send in, at least until the Donster grew embarrassed by all the publicit and he severed his ties in 2012.

But let's not forget the better known Trump Shuttle, which Hair Man picked up from a failing Eastern Airlines in 1988 and promptly upgraded with "chrome seat-belt latches and gold-colored bathroom fixtures." Alas, the improvements failed to help the new airline take off with consumers and Trump defaulted on its loans a few years later and now the whole thing is what Time Magazine calls one of the Top 10 Donald Trump Failures.

By - 6/12/15 - 5:54 pm

NYTimes:

Support for Boston 2024 Olympic Bid Slips to 39% of the people

BOSTON — More bad news arrived Wednesday for the boosters of Boston’s bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics: A new poll shows that just 39 percent of voters statewide support the bid, while 49 percent oppose it.

By - 6/6/15 - 10:39 am
Helicopter circling Chelsea

Chopper over Chelsea. Photo by Andrew Teman.

A helicopter is flying low and in circles over the area this morning. It could be a federal radiation chopper, or it could be a training exercise by the FBI and State Police. Read more.

By - 4/10/15 - 9:45 am

Sure, I could send e-mail to Globe Direct about how their circulars keep winding up on our porch (this morning, lovingly placed underneath some pruning shears on our porch - wouldn't want it to blow away, eh?), but I've taken a fancy to calling 888-MY-GLOBE because at least that way I get to cost them some money for the privilege of ignoring all my previous e-mails and phone calls about how I don't want their circulars.

Yeah, there is the annoying fact you'll be put on hold for a couple minutes, but, hey, that's why God invented cell phones that turn into speaker phones when you flip them over.

By - 3/22/15 - 7:00 am

I'm in a four day steel cage death match with Comcast over (lack of) service related to a failed cable-box, compounded by a Comcast-generated "reset" that's cratered the replacement, plus all attached satellite boxes in my house. I live in Cambridge.

I would dearly love to drop them like a bad habit, but need a replacement for internet and television, preferably bundled.

Any ideas/suggestions?

By - 3/20/15 - 12:01 pm

Went out this morning to run the kidlet up to her bus stop and there was one of John Henry's little Globe Direct poop bags filled with stuff we don't want that stupid John Henry seems unable to stop his minions from fouling our street with. And it's not to be confused with the bright red Globe Direct bag that disappeared into the snow on our front porch in January or February only to recently reappear like some of the steaming dog waste that it's only marginally better than.

By - 3/7/15 - 11:16 pm
CNN truck and trash bag and note telling CNN to get rid of its trash

Eric Ballard spotted a CNN truck parked in South Boston (for the Tsarnaev trial?), and the trash bag its crew apparently left in the street - and a note from an outraged citzenry informing the network to cut that crap out, right this second.

By - 2/13/15 - 11:22 pm
Piled up trash in Allston

Colleen Cressman shows us the situation on Kelton Street in Allston, where the trash collection point for several apartment buildings with the same owner has now gone a couple weeks without a trash pickup. She notes that pile is all trash, not just some bags on top of snow.

By - 1/28/15 - 7:51 pm

Senator Eileen Donoghue .. claimed the high costs associated with..becoming a host city would be outweighed by the economic gains from increased tourism and business.

By - 1/12/15 - 8:46 am

A weary-eared citizen complains about the alarm system at the Empire Garden dim-sum place on Washington Street, kitty corner from Lagrange:

The alarm from this building has been going off every night for the last week and no one comes to turn it off. There are many residents complaining about it going off for many hours at a time. It has a bull horn pointed out towards the street.

By - 1/11/15 - 5:15 pm

On Boston Reddit, jamesishere recounts an encounter with a Spark Energy salesman who showed up during the Pats game last night, demanded to see his electric bill and then wouldn't leave even after he dialed 911:

I figured he was going to run at this point, but he says he will wait for the police. So I make him wait out on the porch, and I think he was about to walk away, but 6 cruisers seem to appear out of nowhere in 45 seconds (pretty amazing response time, though I do live quite close to the police station).

By - 12/22/14 - 2:34 pm

Following a demonstration outside the Waltham offices of Spectra Energy Thursday afternoon (12/18/14), West Roxbury residents and environmental group representatives met Friday with Boston staff for Senators Markey and Warren.