Targeting scalper bots and ‘double ending’: CBC’s Marketplace consumer cheat sheet
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So long, scalper bots
Last year, we investigated why many of you couldn’t get tickets to see your favourite bands, including highly coveted seats for The Tragically Hip’s farewell tour. Now, the government of Ontario is set to introduce new legislation to ban scalper bots.
$200K missing from Sears fund
It’s because the executive who promised to donate to the money is hesitating, according to court documents. “I’m disgusted with that,” one senior operations store manager said. The retailer agreed to the $500,000 hardship fund to help cash-strapped employees.
Buying a grow-op by mistake
A woman thought she was buying a fixer-upper for a great price. She wasn’t told the house was a former marijuana grow-op targeted in a drug bust last year and cleanup costs could reach $100,000. Go Public learned it’s not easy to find out about a house’s drug history.
Why you shouldn’t tattoo your eye
Scleral tattoos involve injecting diluted ink into the white of your eye and are illegal in Canada. This woman had the procedure done because she says she’s interested in body modification, but she ended up in the emergency room and could potentially lose her eye. The tattoo artist who did the procedure says it wasn’t his fault.
What else is going on?
Equifax hack update: The ex-CEO of the credit monitoring company attributed the breach to human error and technological error.
Another airline scuffle caught on video. A woman was forcibly removed from a Southwest Airlines flight in a struggle reminiscent of an April incident involving a United passenger.
This week in recalls:
Watch again this week: ‘Double ending’ in the crosshairs
New legislation in Ontario that’s taking on scalper bots will also include real estate rules to address double ending. That’s when a real estate agent represents both a buyer and a seller in a transaction. We investigated real estate agents last year to find out if your deal was rigged amid bidding wars cloaked in secrecy. You can watch it again online.