We’ve all seen the ads from retailers claiming the best Black Friday deals. But which ones are truly unique, and which ones were rehashed from 2014? With 81 percent of American consumers saying that Black Friday deals are not improving from previous years, the personal finance website WalletHub today released its 2015 Black Friday Freshness Report.
For those consumers hunting for the freshest bargains, WalletHub compared America’s favorite retailers based on the proportion of deals they repeated this year and the difference in prices for those offers from Black Friday 2014.
Overall, WalletHub found that 11 percent of all deals are recycled in 2015. Among the retailers, Big Lots has the most repeated deals, totaling 16.4 percent of its current offers, whereas Staples has the least, at 5.1 percent. Here’s a breakdown of the retailers and the percentage of their offers that isn’t new:
Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Foundation to launch the HCSO Homeless Outreach Team (HOT).
HOT will focus on providing services to the estimated 4,500 homeless individuals living in the unincorporated areas of Harris County. Sheriff Ron Hickman has organized a coalition of community based service providers to partner with the Sheriff’s Office to provide access to housing, medical care, substance abuse treatment and mental health care. The Harris County Sheriff’s Office Foundation has generously allocated funds for the equipment, vehicles and supplies in use by HOT Deputies.
Next week, Tax Assessor-Collector Mike Sullivan will be visiting various Houston apartments to deliver voter registration boxes as part of our outreach. This is in partnership with the Houston Apartment Association and their members. Since the greater Houston area has been booming with substantial growth, our office has been working with school districts, community organizations and now housing organizations to help get residents register to vote. This is very important, as the presidential election is right around the corner.
Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in a robbery at 10300 Wilcrest about 10:20 p.m. on October 14.
The suspect, Jeffery Johnson (b/m, 28) is charged with aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon in the 228th State District Court. A photo of suspect Johnson is attached to this news release.
HPD Robbery Division Senior Police Officer K. Miller reported:
The male victim, 34, was entering his apartment at 10300 Wilcrest when the suspect suddenly ran up the stairs and pointed a gun at his head. The suspect then forced the victim to the ground and demanded his wallet. The suspect then told the victim to stay down and look away as he fled down the stairs in an unknown direction.
Acting on a Crime Stoppers tip, investigators obtained information that identified Johnson as the suspect in this case. He was taken into custody on Tuesday (November 3) without incident.
Statement from Russell Simmons, co-founder of RushCard:
On October 12, 2015, from the moment we first learned about problems affecting our customers as the result of our transition to a new payment processor, Rushcard and I personally have been singularly focused on two things: fixing the problem and completely restoring customer access to their accounts and money.
Although, today, a small fraction of our customers are currently experiencing ongoing issues, we will not rest until we have resolved any and all issues caused by the original system outage.
The overwhelming majority of customer inquiries are no longer related directly to any ongoing system problems, but to questions about direct deposits that were previously halted by employers or about instructions on how to reset their accounts. In addition, many callers are understandably looking for reassurance that their deposits will occur on time this week.
In response to our customers needs, we have tripled our call center capabilities and continue to respond directly to customer inquiries we receive over the phone and through social media.
RushCard and I have always been committed to serving our customers with effective and reliable products and services. We realize that we did not live up to those high standards over the past two weeks, which is why we are committed to doing the right thing and learning from this experience, so we can restore trust with our current and future customers.