Houston Better Business Bureau

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2008

    When BBB Complaints Go Wrong

    An aggrieved party filed a complaint with the Houston Better Business Bureau recently. It's sadly familiar, to some black people trying to get into clubs around here: The bouncer that gives out ID for your drinks stopped us in the line and told us we could not get in because we were black and b ... More >>

  • News

    October 9, 2008
  • Blogs

    September 30, 2008

    There's Plenty Of Gas, As Long As You Don't Need Premium

    Unlike the gas shortage in Georgia and other southern states, fuel supplies here in Houston have pretty much returned to normal. Unless you're looking for premium gas. Many stations have focused on getting as much regular gas as possible, leaving consumers who use premium gas scrambling.

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2008

    How Is Price-Gouging Like Pornography?

    How is price-gouging like pornography? Because it consists of someone getting screwed? Well yeah, but that's not the only way. There is no sharply defined definition in Texas of what constitutes "price gouging" in the wake of a disaster. A bill in the legislature recently tried to define gouging a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2008

    Renters -- Don't Get Screwed By Lazy Landlords

    Homeowners hit by Ike know that if they want the little-to-somewhat-big things fixed after Ike, they just need to buckle down and do it themselves. But what about renters? Should they wait until their landlord does the job? And what happens, say, if their downstairs neighbor evacuated and the refri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2007

    BBB Poetry: Sam's Cafe on Studemont

    Occasionally we get bored and dig through complaints to the Houston Better Business Bureau. (Yeah, yeah, we know.) Sometimes the complaints are petty, other times they’re totally weird, and too often the behavior they describe is just downright shameful. But none are quite as poetic as this one ... More >>

  • News

    July 5, 2007
  • Blogs

    July 5, 2007

    Secrets of Success

    Wayne Stroman of Conroe is known around town as a local realtor and successful businessman. Both are true, but what many people don't realize is that his company, Stroman Realty, is also the self-proclaimed largest resales broker of timeshares in the world. What's more, it is the subject of a raft o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2007

    Two Gay Guys Kicked Out of a Cab in Downtown

    As you might've guessed, this is not the cab in question. A few weekends back, a fellow (whom we’ll call Scott) left South Beach with two buddies at 2:30 a.m. and got into a Yellow Cab, headed for home. What happened after that is subject to debate, although both sides agree two of the three d ... More >>

  • News

    January 26, 2006

    Eaten Alive

    Rent-to-own stores, pawnshops, payday lenders -- it's hope for sale, with interest

  • News

    December 8, 2005

    System Failure

    Tropical Storm Allison destroyed houses that never quite got fixed, thanks to bureaucratic bungling and cheaters

  • News

    November 24, 2005

    Turkeys of the Year

    Just stuff 'em

  • News

    March 31, 2005

    Uncivil Action

    No one's responsible for a body-parts debacle

  • News

    March 8, 2001

    The Badge Means You Owe

    A nursing home turns into another target for questionable cop telemarketers

  • News

    March 25, 1999

    Presidential Kids' Charity

    Call to contribute to the Bush bid, and guess who answers?