October 9, 2014
FTC Retailers: Drop Your Caffeinated Drawers
Portland, OR (AP) If you purchased caffeine-infused underwear because of promises it will make you thinner, federal regulators say you were hoodwinked but at least you can get your money back.
The Federal Trade Commission announced Monday that two companies Norm Thompson Outfitters of Oregon and Wacoal America Inc. of New Jersey have agreed to refund $1.5 million to consumers who purchased “shapewear” that supposedly can reduce cellulite and fat because it is infused with caffeine, vitamin E and other things.
“Caffeine-infused shapewear is the latest ‘weight-loss brew’ concocted by marketers,” Jessica Rich, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, said in a statement. “If someone says you can lose weight by wearing the clothes they are selling, steer clear.”
Neither company could be reached for comment.
Norm Thompson, based in Hillsboro, Oregon, sold women’s bike shorts, tights and leggings made of a fabric called Lytess for $49 to $79, according to the FTC’s complaint. The company claimed a woman could take 2 inches off the hips and an inch off the thighs in less than a month “without effort.”
“No diets or pills. Lose inches just by wearing these cellulite-slimming Lytess leggings,” the company said in an online catalog, according to the FTC. “The unique fabric is infused with caffeine to metabolize fat.”
The claims are not backed up by scientific tests, the FTC said. The company also falsely claimed that the garments were backed by television personality Dr. Oz.
In negotiated settlements, Norm Thompson agreed to pay $230,000 and Wacoal America $1.3 million, which the FTC says it will use to provide refunds for consumers. The companies also will be prohibited from claiming that their caffeinated garments cause weight or fat loss, or a reduction of body size.
Motto Engraved On Library Gets Lost In Translation
Moorestown, NJ (AP) The Latin motto engraved on the wall of a new library in southern New Jersey got lost in translation.
Officials had thought the phrase “Nos Secundus Coniecto Omnia” meant “we confirm all things twice.” But it actually means “we second-guess all.”
Moorestown architect Rick Ragan tells the Burlington County Times he learned of the problem from residents who translated it online.
Ragan says he’ll pay a stone cutter to change the phrase to “We encourage all.” He’ll also have the Roman numerals fixed to reflect the proper year.
Mayor Chris Chiacchio tells the newspaper a mistake is only a mistake if you do not have the courage to correct it.
New Mexico Hopes Singing Road Curbs Speeding
Tijeras, NM (AP) New Mexico transportation officials are hoping a “singing road” along historic Route 66 will curb speeding.
Tigress Productions is creating the road between Albuquerque and the mountain community of Tijeras for a new National Geographic Channel series dubbed “Crowd Control” that will debut in November.
The road uses a series of rumble strips to create music. The driver will hear the tune as long as the speed limit is obeyed.
There are only a few such “singing roads” in the world.
Aside from getting drivers to slow down, state Transportation Secretary Tom Church says the rumble strips will keep drowsy drivers from falling asleep at the wheel.
He says the goal of the experiment is to change driver behavior in a fun way by giving them a reward for obeying the speed limit.
Woman Says She Dug Up Dad’s Grave ‘With Respect’
Lancaster, NH (AP) A lawyer for a woman accused of ransacking the New Hampshire grave of her father in search of his “real will” wants a judge to suppress her written statement to police that she dug it up “with respect” and he “would be OK with it.”
Prosecutors allege Melanie Nash, 52, conspired with others to remove her father’s remains from the Colebrook Village Cemetery in May. The vault of businessman Eddie Nash, who died in 2004, was found cracked with the casket opened and his remains searched through.
The Caledonian Record reports Melanie Nash’s lawyer, William Albrecht, filed a motion last month arguing statements made after her arrest and before she was advised of her Miranda rights should be excluded because they violate her right against self-incrimination.
Coos County Attorney John McCormick said Nash showed her “free will” in coming to police and waiving her Miranda rights.
Police believe the casket was pulled out after Melanie Nash commented about her father being buried with “the real will.” A police affidavit said she didn’t find a will, only a pack of cigarettes in her father’s hand.
Nash told police she did not receive anything when her father died and had been thinking of digging up the grave for years to prove her sister, Susie Nash, “hid the will.” Susie Nash has said there was only one will when her father’s estate plan was done in 1995 and everyone involved knew about it.
In her June 11 written statement to police, Melanie Nash wrote that she met up with others to go to the cemetery to go dig up her father’s grave. Four people have been indicted in the case.
She wrote: “All this was done for the right reasons and I know my father would be OK with it.”
She ended her statement with: “What we all did was to dig up my father’s coffin, Eddie Nash, looking for documents. We did it with respect.”
Nash, who died of a heart attack at 68, started an equipment business in 1979 still run by his family. He’s since been reburied.
Texas Man Impersonates Cop To Real Police Officer
Midland, TX (AP) A 41-year-old Midland, Texas, man got a surprise when he tried to impersonate a police officer and berate a fellow driver. The driver he chastised was a police detective.
Eleazar Cisneros confronted a driver, said he was a police officer and complained about being cut off in the parking lot of a burger joint.
When Cisneros was asked to show his police identification, he said he was working under cover.
Cisneros subsequently said he was in a police academy, then acknowledged that his connection to policing was limited to taking some criminal justice classes, according to an arrest affidavit examined by the Midland Reporter-Telegram.
He was jailed Sunday on $25,000 bond and now could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted of the third-degree felony charge of impersonating or exerting the functions of a public servant.
Instead Of A Ticket, Officer Buys Girl Booster Seat
Emmett Township, MI (AP) A Michigan officer who pulled over a vehicle because a 5-year-old girl wasn’t secured in a booster seat decided a ticket wouldn’t cut it.
Instead, Emmett Township public safety officer Ben Hall bought her a seat.
“A ticket doesn’t solve the situation,” Hall told WXMI-TV. “What solves it is the child being in the booster seat like she should be. It was the easiest 50 bucks I ever spent.”
Hall was on patrol Friday in the southern Michigan community when he pulled over the vehicle after someone reported that it had an unsecured young child inside. Alexis DeLorenzo and her daughter were riding with a friend, and Hall said DeLorenzo told him that she had fallen on hard times and couldn’t afford a booster seat.
“I was in a spot where I could help her,” Hall said.
DeLorenzo said she knew that they could have been ticketed, but instead, DeLorenzo told her to meet him at a Wal-Mart, where he bought her the seat.
“It changed my life,” DeLorenzo said. “I’m never going to forget him. And neither will my daughter.”