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Julie Watts

A receipt from a Safeway supermarket in Burlingame. (CBS)

ConsumerWatch: Safeway Agrees To $2.25 Million Settlement For Overcharging

In 2012, ConsumerWatch reporter Julie Watts went undercover shopping at 5 Safeway stores in 3 counties. She was overcharged 5 times. According to more than 1,800 scanner inspections at Safeway-operated stores in 31 California counties and 11 different states, ConsumerWatch discovered that inspectors were overcharged on 1 out of every 50 items purchased over a 5 years span in California alone.

03/06/2014

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ConsumerWatch: Early Black Friday Deals May Be A Mixed Bag

With Black Friday still the most popular day to shop during the holidays according to a new CBS News poll, more retailers than ever will now be open on Thanksgiving Day, even as retail experts warn not every holiday deal is as great as it sounds.

11/21/2013

Brentwood teens wait to board a party bus for prom. (CBS)

ConsumerWatch: Prom Ruined By Party Bus Problems

It was a ride to prom the CHP told KPIX 5 never should have happened. Brentwood high school senior Derrick Bella and nearly fifty of his friends rented a party bus from Starlight Party Bus Rentals to shuttle them to senior prom in San Francisco.

06/05/2013

Raw sewage oozes onto the sidewalk in San Francisco's Noe Valley.

ConsumerWatch: Raw Sewage Leak Plagues SF Noe Valley Residents

It has been a bit stinky in one Bay Area neighborhood. For six months residents in San Francisco’s Noe Valley have been walking through a sewer leak at the corner of 22nd and Hoffman.

05/27/2013

A Green Dot MoneyPak card. (CBS)

ConsumerWatch: Prepaid Cards Now Scammers’ Preferred Payment Method

More people than ever are using prepaid cards to buy things and pay bills. And now more scammers are using them, too — as a payment menthod to steal money from unsuspecting victims.

03/18/2013

Workers with SolarCity install solar panels on the roof of a home. (CBS)

ConsumerWatch: San Mateo Solar Firm Looking To Hire Hundreds

A Peninsula solar firm is looking to hire nearly 300 new employees every business quarter.

SolarCity is a home grown Bay Area company

02/20/2013

American Airlines passengers at the ticket counter at San Francisco International Airport. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

ConsumerWatch: US Air, American Merger Likely Means Changes For Consumers

A merged American Airlines and US Airways will carry more passengers around the world than any other, but even the biggest airline flying doesn’t need eight hub airports on the ground.

02/14/2013

An airplane lands at nightfall. (CBS)

ConsumerWatch: Bay Area Hindu Man Accidentally Served Meat Aboard Flight

A Bay Area Hindu man’s life has been dramatically altered after accidentally being served a sandwich containing meat on an airplane.

02/05/2013

Thanksgiving Dinner (Photo credit by DAN LEVINE/AFP/Getty Images)

ConsumerWatch Mommy Blogger Challenge: Thanksgiving Dinner

As if the holidays weren’t hard enough on the pocket book, the staples for your holiday meal are about to get more expensive. Due to the drought, everything from turkey to cider is expected to cost 5-20% more this year.

11/02/2012

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ConsumerWatch: Levi Strauss To Begin Selling Jeans Made With Recycle Plastic

Levi Strauss, San Francisco’s jeans makers, is now making “green” jeans with materials straight from the recycling bin.

10/26/2012

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