Our very own Pathmark at 3785 Nostrand Avenue came in at number 21 out of the “25 Most Fined Supermarkets in New York,” paying $3,060 in fines.
According to the New York Post, hundreds of supermarkets were nailed during a Department of Consumer Affairs sweep in 2010, with citations for not displaying prices, overcharging and use of faulty scales, among other violations.
Almost half of the 650 supermarkets inspected during the crackdown last year received at least one violation, surprising even the DCA. Officials at the agency can’t figure out if supermarkets are just lazy and incompetent or actually malicious.
“I do know that the industry is not taking the incredibly low compliance rate seriously,” Consumer Affairs Commissioner Jonathan Mintz said. “Whether they’re enjoying the rewards or simply have a high tolerance for error, you’d have to ask them.”
Police are currently responding to a bank robbery at the Capital One Bank at 3090 Ocean Avenue, in the Waldbaum’s shopping center.
The incident was reported in the last 30 minutes or so, and the suspect is still on the loose. Police are looking for the suspect, who is described as a black male with facial hair, approximately 5′ 10″ in height and wearing a black and grey North Face jacket.
If you have any information, you can call (800) 577-TIPS (8477), text “TIP577″ (plus your message) to “CRIMES” (274637), or submit tips online.
This is breaking news story and we’ll have more information as it becomes available.
Bob Haggerty, whose house was nearly destroyed in a Lake Avenue fire on February 10, has a simple but powerful message for Sheepshead Bay residents: start giving a damn about your community.
During the Sheepshead Bay / Plumb Beach Civic Association Meeting last Tuesday, Haggerty took the floor to talk about the squalid conditions of a neighboring home – which he said belonged to a “slum lord” – that caught fire, spreading to his home while he napped inside. The legally blind Haggerty made it out safely and now lives up the block with his daughter until repairs can be made. But, the night of the fire, Haggerty and his daughter Melissa were incensed at their neighbor, cursing her out, and devastated by the city’s lack of action despite repeated complaints.
But on Tuesday night, Haggerty didn’t come to complain about the Department of Buildings or other city agencies for their lack of action.
The Thunderboltin 1995. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)
The Thunderbolt site, once home to the famed Coney Island roller coaster built in 1920, is now up for grabs.
Thunderbolt owner Horace Bullard has put it up for sale, following a failed attempt to cash in on the property last year. The former roller coaster was torn down in 2000 after being decommissioned in 1982.
Allan Rosen sent over the following suggestion over the weekend:
Gas prices are on the minds of a lot of people. How about asking people what they think is behind the dramatic rise in gasoline and home heating oil prices. Gas companies are making record profits. Are prices being manipulated? Are gas companies in collusion with one another? Can and should government step in and what can they do? Is there a shortage? Will gas prices reach $5 a gallon by this summer or sooner? Will prices drop again and if so why?
Rosen is right – people are concerned about rising gas prices. But I’m not so interested in hearing conspiracy theories about the cause of the inflation, or speculation about what happens next. My question is simpler and closer to home: how has the rising cost of oil affected you? How are you coping with it? Are you finding ways to keep costs down? Care to share, and help your neighbors out?