Monthly Archives: January 2015

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Apology of the Day: Comcast Sorry for Changing Subscriber’s Name to A-Hole

Here’s yet another reason to join the cord-cutting revolution.

A man in Spokane, Washington was surprised to find out that Comcast had changed his name from Ricardo Brown to “Asshole” Brown on his most recent bill.

He and his wife Lisa had been trying to cancel their cable subscription with the company, which should have been a very simple process.

But it was not.

They first reported the issue to consumer advocate Christopher Elliott, who wrote:

Instead of complying immediately, a representative escalated her call to a retention specialist, who tried to persuade her to keep the cable service and sign a new two-year contract.

His wife said she was not being rude, but the Comcast customer service agent decided to get back at them for not taking the offer in the most passive aggressive and childish way possible.

Elliot spoke with a Comcast rep who eventually apologized.

“We have spoken with our customer and apologized for this completely unacceptable and inappropriate name change,” he said. “We have zero tolerance for this type of disrespectful behavior and are conducting a thorough investigation to determine what happened. We are working with our customer to make this right and will take appropriate steps to prevent this from happening again.”

The company also promised to fire the employee responsible and has offered to both waive the $60 cable cancellation fee (how generous) and provide a refund of their two years of cable service.

And just as a reminder of it’s like to deal with Comcast customer service:

Toy of the Day: You Can Now Buy an Action Figure of Vladimir Putin Riding a Bear

Meanwhile in Russia… you can now own an action figure of your favorite Russian president Vladimir Putin, shirtless and riding a bear.


Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty correspondent Robert Coalson tweeted the strange image this weekend.

“For sale at the Ismailovo market in Moscow,” he wrote.

You can also purchase the polyresin figure at this website, and it appears to be on sale for just 2500 Rubles (about $38).

Here’s the description of the item from the site, via Google Translate:

Luxurious Figurine as the head of state who tamed forest brown bear standing on a segment of a great country, symbolizes the victory, the heroic strength and power. Bear has long been considered a symbol of immense Russia, represents courage, strength, courage and rage directed against enemies – this beast could not be better reflects the position of the nation and its principles.

There have been other Putin action figures available in the past, like this one of him giving a speech at a podium (boring).

Joke or not, Coalson is noticing a lot of interest from people about the item on his Twitter account.

There are a number of photoshopped images of the Russian president riding various wild beasts, including a shark, but this figure seems to be based off this one.

In Russia, you is on joke.

WTF of the Day: Swedish Kids’ Song About Sex Organs is Super Catchy

A cartoon penis and vagina are taking Sweden by storm.

This music video for kids is supposed to teach them about the human body, particularly male and female genetalia.

In it, the animated characters dance around with hats, canes and microphones.The song also actually really catchy too – even if you can’t understand the lyrics – which roughly translate to phrases like “here comes the penis at full pace,” and “the vagina is cool, you better believe it.”

The video was created by Swedish Public Television for a children’s show called Bacillakuten, and it was posted to their Facebook page last week where it has over 1 million views and some complaints from angry parents.

“The song is deplorable and unacceptable for children,” said one commenter.

“Yes why not talk about these body parts in a good and funny way!!” wrote another in support of he video.

The show isn’t phased by the critics, however, and thinks the message behind it is all that matters.

“Although we received some criticism, we are very, very happy today, because the impact of the video is awesome!” said a rep for the show.

Via: The Local