September 6, 2012 |
Are Chipotle and Forever 21 - which have been accused in recent days of fleecing their patrons out of pennies - money-grubbing Scrooges or high-volume companies focused on efficiency? After Chipotle was accused of rounding bills to the nearest 5-cent amount, the Mexican-style chain said the tactic was a time-saving measure used in especially busy stores. Because totals were adjusted both up and down, the company said it wasn't making a profit off the practice. But late last month, a class-action complaint was filed against Chipotle in federal court in California alleging that the chain “routinely overcharged” its customers.
January 7, 2013 |
The title of “Abraham Lincoln in Two Miles a Penny” refers to the legendary account of the 16th president of the United States walking six miles to return a three-cent overcharge to a customer. Writer-performer Ed Trotta's acclaimed one-man show about the Great Emancipator plies its modest wares to fairly engaging effect. After an aural prologue of historical events ending with a gun shot, Trotta enters from the lobby, looking eerily like Lincoln. His jovial greeting makes it immediately clear that this particular dead president knows the score: “I never thought I'd set foot in a theater again.” It turns out that Lincoln has received a dispensation “from belonging to the ages” to address 21st century audiences, primarily to dispel his “legend,” which “is sticking in my craw.” Opening at the Lincoln Memorial, Trotta's text merges biographical overview and self-assessment with the celebrated wit. Much of the material is familiar -- self-educated lawyer, his courtship of Mary Todd, the Cabinet of political rivals, Gettysburg, and so forth.
May 16, 2013 |
While most of the media attention is focused on NBC on Thursday as "The Office" comes to a close after nine seasons, CBS plans to throw a major cliffhanger at fans of "The Big Bang Theory. " According to star Simon Helberg, who revealed the sixth season finale plans in an interview with the Associated Press, Leonard (Johnny Galecki) will get a job offer to ship out to sea with Stephen Hawking's crew on a boat in the North Sea for four months. But will that mean leaving Penny (Kaley Cuoco)
July 1, 2005
Re "A Penny Exposes Jail's Weak Points," June 28: When Francisco Puemas used a penny to make his escape from jail you could certainly say that he got his money's worth! Donald J. Crowell Huntington Beach
October 11, 2010 |
Expensive pennies The Better Business Bureau is warning consumers to be wary of so-called penny auction websites, which advertise electronic products such as Apple Inc. iPads at bargain prices. Many people have complained about being charged fees as high as $150 after signing up for what was promoted as a free trial, the bureau said in a recent bulletin. Other customers have alleged that the sites use computer-programmed bots to place fake bids that drive up prices. The customers who have complained to the bureau also said they had been unable to obtain refunds, the bulletin said.
September 11, 2012 |
When Curiosity went to Mars, it took a penny along with it. The coin -- a 1909 Lincoln penny -- was a nod to geologists' habit of using a penny in photos of rocks to provide an idea of the object's size. That penny, embedded in the rover, is now coated in the dust of Mars. Rather than provide scale, however, the coin was used on this expedition to help calibrate the Curiosity's camera. "We've just spent a week testing out our 7-foot robotic arm and the camera and spectrometer it holds," Ashwin Vasavada, deputy project scientist for Curiosity, told the Los Angeles Times in an interview Tuesday morning.