Help Me Hank: 🎄 A Christmas week recall, scam and deals alert 🎄🎁


Merry Christmas everybody!

We’re just a couple days away from the Holiday and I think I’m finally ready. Are you? What kind of shopping did you do this year? I did a little online shopping, but I also stuck to the brick and mortar stores as well. Some of the bigger retailers were a little crazy -- shelves picked over and long lines at the cash register. I really enjoyed shopping local at the small businesses around town. This year, we partnered with Toyology for the STEM version of the "Help Me Hank Toy Test." After seeing some of our testers really fall in love with some of the toys -- I decided to buy some of my own presents there for kids in my life. I really enjoyed what I got, hopefully they will too!

Did you see the story I did about Facebook sharing your information with big companies like Spotify and Netflix? I have to say, I was really upset about it at first but then I realized how it shouldn't be surprising. We put a lot on our Facebook pages, some things we really shouldn’t. I learned something new with this story too. Do you ever go on a website to buy something and it asks you to create an account or just "sign in with Facebook?" It might be easier to take the latter option -- but did you know that by clicking that button -- you’re giving permission for Facebook and that company to exchange information about yourself? Maybe easier -- isn’t better!

There’s an easy way to remove that communication. Head my Help Me Hank Facebook page where I posted a whole tutorial on how to do that.

Lastly, we continue to cover the Flint Water Crisis. Remember Doctor Eden Wells? She’s Michigan’s chief medical executive who’s standing trial for involuntary manslaughter in connection to an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in Flint. While in the middle of the trial, it was announced Dr. Wells will be taking a new job and the taxpayers are footing the bill for her $180,000 salary. The people of Flint and Flint’s Mayor are really outraged about this and I can’t say I don’t see where they’re coming from. They believe it was a slap in the face to Flint. What do you think? You can watch the story below.

I think I’ve rambled on enough for today. I hope everyone has a VERY Merry Christmas, enjoy’s their New Year, and I will see you in 2019!

-- Hank

 Recall of the Week 

The Children’s Place is recalling infant snowsuits because the metal snaps can detach and become a choking hazard. This recall involves girls’ infant snowsuits sold in infant sizes 0 to 18 months. They were sold August through November of this year, for about $50. If you have one, return it for a refund.

 Scam of the Week 

Consumers Energy is warning you about possible imposters posing as its employees to enter homes. Real employees will never force themselves inside the home of a customer or threaten to shut off service, demanding cash in return. Always look for the Consumers Energy ID badge and never let someone into your home that you don’t know.

 Deal of the Week

The Saturday before Christmas is called “Super Saturday” -- a big sales day for retailers. Lots of stores will be holding big sales and deep discounts. Best Buy is offering $50 off Apple Watches, $70 off the Apple HomePod, and $150 off MacBook Pros.

Stories of the Week

People in Flint are voicing their concerns over Doctor Eden Wells’ new job.

Facebook is under fire over sharing personal information.