November 22, 2010
More than three-quarters of Americans are expected to buy gift cards this holiday season. And why not? They are convenient, and you don't have to fight crowds at the mall or worry about finding just the right present or sweater size. But there is another incentive to buying a gift card this year: more consumer protections. The federal Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act that reformed credit card practices now limits some of the worst features of gift cards — inactivity fees and expiration dates.
December 12, 2012
Laurel Police will be joining the NAACP in supporting the Prince George's County Police Department's Gift Cards for Guns program in Laurel this weekend. The gun collection will be held on Saturday, Dec. 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Mark's United Methodist Church, 601 Eighth St. The program, the third of three held by county police, allows gun owners to anonymously turn in a weapon - new or used, functional or not - and in return, get a gift card of up to $100. Firearms should be unloaded and left in the trunk of participants' vehicles.
April 17, 2012
The purloined gift cards. The fur coats. The bicycling tours of the city with staffers. And, of course, the famous shoe incident. Former mayor Sheila Dixon's tenure in City Hall is ripe with material for comedians. On Thursday, seven comics and local media personalities will be poking fun of Dixon -- to her face-- at a "Roast and Toast" at the Baltimore Comedy Factory. Why would Dixon, who resigned in 2010 as part of a plea deal to settle criminal charges, agree to a such a thing?
October 5, 2012
A former postal worker admitted Friday that she stole mail and the money inside those envelopes at a Linthicum postal facility, victimizing more than 250 people, according to the U.S. attorney's office in Baltimore. Dorothy Jean Gibson, 56, of Windsor Mill, who worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 13 years, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to theft of mail by a postal employee, officials said. When sentenced Jan. 11, Gibson could receive a maximum sentence of five years in prison plus three years of supervised release, according to the U.S. attorney's office.
December 26, 2010
Meg Gardner thought she bought her tech-savvy husband, Bill Bafford, the perfect gift — a Sony Internet television. But when he unwrapped the present Christmas morning, his reaction was less than enthusiastic. "When I saw it, I looked at her and said 'Thanks, but did you keep the receipt?' " the Phoenix resident said with a chuckle. "It was the right concept, but the wrong one. I wasn't explicit enough with my instructions. " Twenty-four hours later, the pair stood in the customer service line with a dozen others at Best Buy in Timonium to exchange Gardner's purchase for the Logitech Revue with Google TV, a model $150 cheaper that Bafford wanted.
February 14, 2013
Arts and crafts retailer Michaels will give out more than $100,000 in gift cards Sunday at its stores in honor of "Random Acts of Kindness Day. " The Irving, Texas, -based chain, which has 1,100 stores in the U.S. and Canada, handed out the freebies at random last year too, in hopes of encouraging customers to "craft it forward" with their own random act of kindness. The store asks customers to visit Michaels Facebook page this week and share acts of kindness. And they can check Michaels Random Acts of Kindness Pinterest board for ideas for craft projects to give to others.