breaking news

breaking news


Woman denied refund after dog bought at pet store died 11 days later

Published: Friday, August 18, 2017 @ 12:14 AM

Dog Bought At Pet Store Dies 11 Days Later, Woman Denied Refund

A puppy purchased by a woman at a Petland store in Robinson, Pennsylvania, died just 11 days later.

>> Read more trending news 

Megan Ritchae said she bought Luna at Petland and she died 11 days later of parvo, a contagious virus that mainly affects dogs.

Ritchae claims the owner and staff sent her a sympathy card, offering to refund the money she paid for the dog and the veterinarian bills.

They also gave Ritchae a certificate for a new dog – all in writing.

The owner said he mailed out a check in late July.

Ritchae said she was supposed to receive the check before the end of the month, but did not get it until Aug. 15 – nearly three weeks later.

When she went to cash the check, she said it did not work because Petland put a stop payment on it.

When WPXI visited that Petland store, the owner was not there. However, he did call to say Ritchae did not follow the warranty policy the store had.

The owner did not give any specifics on how she failed to follow the policy.

“I don’t want someone else to have to go through this,” Ritchae said.

The store owner also said he cancelled the check after he claimed Ritchae’s boyfriend threatened him.

Ritchae said that did not happen.

A spokesperson from the Petland corporate offices said that the Robinson location is independently owned and operated, but the company is trying to make things right.

“We are reaching out to the customer directly to try to provide a satisfactory resolution,” the spokesperson said.

That spokesperson said Ritchae will get the refund she was originally promised.

Although, Ritchae said it’s not about the money.

“I'm probably going to have to file civil action to receive my refunds,” she said. “The money is only part of it, it doesn’t come close to healing my broken heart.”

Trending - Most Read Stories

#NationalChiliDay: These are the top 10 chili cities in the U.S.

Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 10:18 AM
Updated: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 11:16 AM



Kara Driscoll, Dayton Daily News
(Kara Driscoll, Dayton Daily News)

Where should you celebrate National Chili Day? Officials with fast-food chain Wienerschnitzel, one of the world’s largest chili purveyors, have a few ideas.

A study by the company shows that residents of cities across the country love this classic comfort food as much or more than their Lone Star State counterparts.

>> Read more trending news

An internal analysis conducted by Wienerschnitzel in honor of National Chili Day on Feb. 22 named the top 10 chili cities in the United States. Residents in the top cities eat more chili per person than residents of other cities, have access to more restaurants known for their chili and are more likely to enter or attend a chili cook-off.

Among the top cities was San Antonio, Texas, the city credited with first popularizing chili in the 1890s.

According to Wienerschnitzel, the top 10 chili cities are:

  1. Los Angeles
  2. Dallas
  3. Phoenix
  4. Houston
  5. San Francisco/Oakland
  6. Chicago
  7. Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  8. Springfield, Missouri
  9. Cincinnati
  10. San Antonio
“Despite being the official dish of Texas, chili has grown to become America’s dish,” said Doug Koegeboehn, chief marketing officer for Wienerschnitzel. “At Wienerschnitzel, we’ve known that for years. In fact, we’d like to think that there are really only two types of people in the world: chili lovers and those who still haven’t tasted really great chili yet.”

Trending - Most Read Stories

Billy Graham funeral arrangements announced, public viewing scheduled

Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 10:47 AM
Updated: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 10:47 AM

Billy Graham Dead at 99

Funeral arrangements have been announced following the death of famed evangelist the Rev. Billy Graham. The well-known religious figure, who counseled several presidents and preached to millions of people worldwide, died Wednesday, according to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. He was 99.

READ MORE: Photos: Billy Graham through the yearsPhotos: Notable deaths 2018Billy Graham quotes: He made Christian principles accessible to millionsBilly Graham named among 10 most admired men for 59th timeMORE 

Trending - Most Read Stories

McDonald’s Shamrock Shake is back with an app

Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 11:14 AM

McDonald’s Shamrock Shake has been available at some restaurants since early February.
McDonald's
McDonald’s Shamrock Shake has been available at some restaurants since early February.(McDonald's)

McDonald’s Shamrock Shake is back at some locations this week. 

USA Today reported on Wednesday that the fast-food restaurant has brought back the popular minty treat

>> Read more trending news 

This year, there is no other flavor. In 2017, the restaurant had four Shamrock Shake flavors outside of the mint one: frappe, chocolate, hot chocolate and mocha. Instead, McDonald’s is offering a Shamrock Shake Finder app on iOS and Android so customers can locate the popular dessert.

“Fans simply need to download the app and from there, locate participating restaurants locations, swap Shamrock Shake-themed stickers and raise a shake with friends to toast St. Patrick’s Day,” McDonald’s said of the app in a Feb. 12 news release. “In addition to helping fans find the nearest Shamrock Shake, the app also features a brand new camera mode, featuring an augmented reality (AR) experience for iPhone X.”

The Shamrock Shake was introduced in 1970 and is typically only available for a limited amount of time, disappearing around St. Patrick's Day.

Trending - Most Read Stories

McDonald’s brings back Szechuan sauce to ‘fully make amends’

Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 10:32 AM

Famous Sauce Returning To McDonald's For One Day Only
Famous Sauce Returning To McDonald's For One Day Only

McDonald’s acknowledged Wednesday morning that it botched last fall’s release of a cult favorite menu item and vowed to get it right this time, starting Feb. 26.

>> Read more trending news 

“Last October, we truly meant well when we brought back a super-limited batch of Szechuan Sauce, but it quickly became apparent we did not make enough to meet the expectations of our fans,” McDonald’s said in a Thursday news release. “We did not anticipate the overnight crowds, the cross-state travel and the amazing curiosity, passion and energy fans showed.”

“Our super-limited batch, though well-intentioned, clearly wasn’t near enough to meet that demand. We disappointed fans and we are sorry. To fully make amends, we felt it was important to not only bring back much more sauce this time, but to also admit our mistakes, answer questions and give fans access to the story behind the story.”

Related: Fan-demanded Szechuan sauce returning to McDonald’s for one day

Last year, McDonald’s announced a “one-time only, limited-edition” run of the sauce, which was first released in 1998 as a promotional tie-in with the release of Disney’s animated movie “Mulan.” Twenty years later, the sauce has a fan following, which was referenced in an episode of “Rick and Morty.” The limited batch was at a few McDonald’s locations Oct. 7.

When the day came, however, fans were left rejected. In some restaurants, customers only got one packet of sauce and in others, no sauce was available despite posters promising otherwise. Some customers were so upset that police had to be called to locations.

Related: McDonald’s customers get saucy over failed ‘Rick and Morty’ promotion

McDonald’s officials say this time will be different.

“We have hundreds of packets (of the sauce) per restaurant to satisfy that sauce craving, so we encourage customers to get ‘em while we’ve got ‘em, whether they come into the restaurant, use Mobile Order & Pay, or order through McDelivery on Uber Eats where it’s available,” Debbie Wright, a franchise owner for Dayton, Ohio, McDonald’s, said in a release.

“We’ve worked every day since October to bring back much, much, more of the sauce our fans have been craving,” the company said. “And we’re excited to announce that starting Monday, Feb. 26, 20 million packets of Szechuan Sauce will be available across all U.S. McDonald’s restaurants with a qualifying purchase, while supplies last (which this time around, we hope is a while).”

The sauce will be available starting at lunchtime on Monday. To obtain it, a customer must buy an item on the menu.

More information on the return of the sauce can be found at McDonald’s We Want The Sauce website.

Trending - Most Read Stories