Every single business these days seems to be offering a loyalty program. Any time you approach a cash register, it’s likely you’ll be pitched on the store card. Some of these programs are good, and some of them are just a waste of time and a source of junk mail. Here are just a few of my favorite programs for stores, gas stations, and restaurants that are actually going to save you money – and earn you free stuff!
Who can make a bigger impact on the world: a group or an individual? One can comb history or pop culture and find ammunition to argue for either side. Groups like the United Nations and the Legion of Doom are intimidating fronts, but there’s more mystique in powerful names like Kofi Anon and Lex Luthor. So what’s more powerful – a group or an individual? I’ll leave the answer to you, but before you decide, read the stories from This Week in Financial Blunders to see if the mess-up of one outweighs that of many.
Buying and collecting art is often a pricey hobby, and apparently destroying art is a pricey hobby as well. 51-year-old artist Maximo Caminero proved that this past week when he allegedly destroyed a $1 million vase at a Florida art museum. The Perez Art Museum Miami is currently hosting the Ai Weiwei: According to What? exhibit, featuring works by Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei. Part of his exhibit is called “Colored Vases” and features 16 vases from China’s Han Dynasty that are dipped in bright paint; these vases are over 2,000 years old. A security guard at the museum saw Caminero holding one of the vases and claims he smashed the vase on the ground when asked to lower it. Caminero says he shattered the vase as a way to protest the lack of local artists inside the museum, but he did it at the risk of massive fines and potential prison time. Caminero was charged with criminal mischief, which can result in five years of prison time if the property damage is more than $1,000, which it absolutely is.
Is That a Recall in Your Pocket?
In the world of gross food news, Nestlé USA has recalled a large number of Hot Pockets after the meat inside them was found to be “unfit for human food.” A total of 238,000 cases of the microwavable treats (specifically the Philly Steak and Cheese Hot Pockets, regular and croissant crust) were voluntarily recalled on Friday. The Hot Pocket recall is a part of a much larger recall from Rancho Feeding Corp. of Petaluma, California. NBC News reports that “8.7 million pounds of ‘diseased and unsound’ beef products” were recalled, “including whole carcasses and heads, feet, livers and so-called ‘mountain oysters,’ among other items.” If any of that grossed you out, don’t Google “mountain oysters.” It’s unclear how much this will cost Nestlé in total, but the customers can return the recalled pockets for full price or contact Nestlé’s customer service line.
That’s all the blunders we have this week. Stay tuned for next week’s installment and, as always, comment below if there’s a story we missed that you’d like to discuss.