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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Last post by Elfmama on Today at 01:37:48 PM »
I've been sent this one three times, each from a different email address, under the heading of : BLESSED CONSIGNMENT PROPOSAL.
I hope this finds you well.
 This message is not intended to cause any form of embarrassment or intrusion in whatever form.I am sgt Gary of the United States Army on Active Duty, based in Camp Red Cloud, Stationed in Uijeongbu, South Korea promoting peace around the Korean Peninsula. I have a proposal of mutual benefit for you and it is one hundred percent risk free. It does not require your funding and I will be glad to discuss more of this in my next message, if you are interested. My ID will also be sent in due course.
 Thank you for your time.
 God bless America
Protesting that it isn't intended to cause embarrassment seems really strange, IMHO.  Merriam-Webster defines it as:

: the state of feeling foolish in front of others
: something or someone that causes a person or group to look or feel foolish
So receiving an email from an obvious spammer makes me feel foolish?

Actually, "embarrass" has a couple of further definitions, which are more relevant:

2. to make difficult or intricate, as a question or problem; complicate.

3. to put obstacles or difficulties in the way of; impede:
"The motion was advanced in order to embarrass the progress of the bill."

4. to beset with financial difficulties; burden with debt:
"The decline in sales embarrassed the company."

This is I think a sign of the typical "Nigerian" scams, which may sometimes use words very formally, but not in ways commonly encountered in North America.

And I think that definition (4) is what responding to a scam usually leads to.
Learn something every day!  I had no idea embarrass had these other definitions.  :-[    But yes, the odd phrasing usually gives them away, as does the copy-paste from some legitimate site in order to sound American. "based in Camp Red Cloud, Stationed in Uijeongbu, South Korea promoting peace around the Korean Peninsula."  No American military would have used "based" and "stationed" in the same sentence. Nor would they have included the puffery about "promoting peace." 
How, just HOW, could that cashier still be working there?  Like Specky said, the stupid is so strong in her that she can't be fixed.
The cashier grabbed the box, flipped it upside down and attempted to scan it.

I saw this coming, yet flinched when I read it.

I expected the cashier to absent-mindedly flip the cake over.  I didn't expect her to flip it this way and that way and squeeze it in the bag sideways.   :o   Even if this is her first day as a cashier, surely she's been a customer enough to know that decorated cakes must be right side up at all times.   :-\
The email sounds totally normal to me - in fact, sounds like the kind of thing I would write!

Sounds like people are going above and beyond to look for offense when none is meant.
I'm totally where camlan's at. if I were coordinating displays, I'd expect to be consulted about any changes, or at least give the appearance that my approval was necessary, even if it happened after the fact.

Rather than being upset about being told I was being territorial, I'd be upset that they felt like they should get approval to do it, and went over my head to my boss -- why not me.
And since we're mentioning Kenny Rogers, I will add "Islands in the Stream" with Dolly Parton.

"I set out to get you with a fine-toothed comb."

I totally agree that A had options to step out of the middle from a technical perspective (the "no one had a gun to the head" argument). In real life, the emotional component compelling someone can be a lot messier. Not everyone tries to examine this sort of interaction so precisely as we do on the forum, and I don't think it's fair to judge them so harshly when I think it's easy to understand that the might think it's the right thing to do.

Good intentions paving the way to ehell etc.

Well, fair enough but I don't think saying "A should stay out of it" is judging them harshly.  It's simply a statement of fact that they really shouldn't be involved. 
Just a suggestion for dealing with your mother in the future. When you don't want to do something that she wants you to do, don't give a reason. Simply say that you aren't able to do it. If you give a reason, such as, "I would lose money on the plans I've already made", that gives her the opening to fix your excuse, and then pressure you into doing what she wants. There are people who try to steamroll you. I have a sister who is like this. You can literally tell her "no" 7 or 8 times and she will keep at it. There is no point in trying to reason with them, other than to say "no" and stick to it.
29 general / Re: Getting flak after a painful decision
« Last post by Tea Drinker on Today at 01:16:10 PM »
I agree. Stop sharing, it's just adding to her grief. Snarky Tea Drinker would be tempted to say something like "Thanks for offering to adopt the animal if something like this ever happens again; shall I let all our friends know that you'd be willing to adopt aggressive dogs, or is that offer only for me?" But I wouldn't recommend actually saying it unless one was already in an argument, and maybe not even then.
30 general / Re: Come to the Party - Oh By the Way
« Last post by weeblewobble on Today at 01:14:08 PM »
It sounds like the mother/bride have lost their sense of perspective. Sometimes, people planning weddings get this weird sense of entitlement- a combination of "IT's the most IMPORTANT day that has ever happened, EVAR!" and "Let's put on a show!" - expecting everyone in their immediate vicinity to be as enthusiastic about the wedding as they are.

I would not blame you if you didn't attend the wedding.
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