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Sue Carlton - Consumer affairs reporter

Consumer affairs reporter

My dad always said the Carltons were thieves and cattle rustlers run out of Georgia, which makes me a bona fide Floridian going back generations. I grew up in Miami and landed in Tampa, a town that said “bland” to the world but turned out anything but. I live in an old bungalow in an old neighborhood with my husband and a very enthusiastic dog. I’ve covered everything - crime, courts, the homeless, and a parade of political characters let's just call interesting - and been an editor, too. I’ve come to love this place of outrages and injustices, history and culture, café con leche and the Deep South. Next assignment: consumer affairs — the ways we buy and consume in a world currently upside down — the scams, the trends, the way we live now.

  1. Heinz, the popular ketchup brand, has made big changes to help supply meet demand.  [Associated Press]
  2. The new workplace rules will be different, right down to how we're supposed to ride in an elevator.
  3. Hilda Trammer sorts through new donations at the CASA Community Thrift Store, 1011 1st Ave N, St. Petersburg.
  4. An official COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card.
  5. The COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card is expected to be increasingly important as proof of vaccination as the United States moves into the next phase of the pandemic.
  6. Parents should be leery of unsolicited offers to help students prepare for SAT tests.
  7. This property northwest of downtown Tampa where a public housing complex once stood  will eventually become residential apartments that will include a much-needed grocery store.
  8. In a smiley-face mask, medical assistant Keona Shepard prepares to administer the COVID-19 vaccine in New Orleans.
  9. Consumer advocates warn good-hearted donors to check out charities first.
  10. Adam Pruski's 2010 Toyota Rav4 after it was hit on Bloomingdale Ridge Drive at U.S. 301 on June 9, 2020.
  11. This Zoom meeting was a catastrophe.
  12. This December 2020 image provided by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement shows a counterfeit N95 surgical mask that was seized. Federal investigators are probing a massive counterfeit N95 mask operation.
  13. Officials say drivers should thoroughly check out offers that promise to pay you to put advertisements on the car you drive around. It could be a scam.
  14. Got a car you don't need? Local charities and non-profits would be happy to take it off your hands.
  15. A rooster hops on the railing of a resident's front porch at The Quarter at Ybor complex, where some residents complain the chickens ruin landscaping and poop at the pool.
  16. Chickens strut the streets of Tampa's Latin Quarter, Ybor City, with impunity (and also legal protection). Do their rights extend to private property, too?
  17. Homes in West Tampa near Raymond James Stadium have long (and legally) sold parking spaces for Buccaneers games. After a slow year, it's Super Bowl time.
  18. A U.S. Department of Health and Human Services employee holds a COVID-19 vaccine record card in Washington, D.C.  If you get one, don't post a picture of it, officials say.
  19. With the roll-out of the coronavirus vaccine, be on the alert for scams.
  20. The Tampa Racquet Club Condominium wants a longtime resident to quit feeding strays.
  21. Sunday brunch cocktails are available hours earlier in Tampa, thanks to the Super Bowl.
  22. Some consumers decided the pandemic was a good time for a long smoke. And perhaps a bidet.
  23. Streaming has helped stave off boredom in pandemic times. But bed alert for scams.