The Halfway Chicken

Zaxby’s, a fast food chicken chain in the Southeast, like most restaurants & stores, has a link to a survey on the bottom of each of their receipts. The Shrink was taking this survey just a few days ago when he stumbled upon this:

Zaxbys Survey

Although the survey says that we’re halfway done, the progress bar doesn’t think so. According to the progress bar, I’m not even a quarter of the way finished. So, why the discrepancy?

We contacted Zaxby’s Customer Service in early March. We still haven’t received a response.

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FACT: BJ’s Gas Promotion


BJ’s Wholesale Club is currently running a gas promotion. It’s simple: just sign in and confirm your email online or in-club. Then, fill up five (5) times at a participating BJ’s gas station. For the promotion to be valid, you must make sure that you pump at least eight (8) gallons of gas each visit. Within 48 hours of your fifth fill-up, BJ’s will send a $5 coupon to your inbox. It can be used at any BJ’s Club. This offer ends 06.30.2014.

To find a BJ’s Club near you, click here.

This has been another (FACT) Fast American Consumer Tip.

Help! My Phone is Defective?


The above display was spotted at a CVS in Huntersville, NC in late February. It appears to be an average, yet helpful product when it comes to your smartphone and its battery. PowerStix are designed as an “extra battery” for your smartphone. When charging your smartphone in your home, just charge the PowerStix as well. Then, when you are on the go and your smartphone battery dies, just attach the PowerStix to your phone’s USB port, and voila! Your phone is charging again.


PowerStix are generally used on phones that have little or no battery left on the charge. But it appears that this disgruntled lady appears to either A) unnecessarily charge her smartphone, or B) has a broken phone.


As you can see, the gigantic battery symbol on her screen declares that her battery is critically low. But the battery indicator at the top right hand side of her phone says otherwise. According to this icon, she has 100% of her battery left!

Through good technological deduction, Here Comes the Shrink uncovered what exactly is going on here. It seems that PowerStix (or whoever produced their cardboard stand) took a snapshot of a low battery symbol and set it as the advertised phone’s background. Then they proceeded to take a picture of a disgruntled lady holding up her smartphone, which in fact, didn’t have a low battery, but rather a fully charged one.

Looks like PowerStix needs a new phone.

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