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Family and Children / Re: Uncomfortable bridal shower
« Last post by Outdoor Girl on Today at 08:49:37 AM »
I see a lot of misunderstanding in this situation, but only one thing that was truly rude.  The hostess(es) of the party were rude for not making an effort to make you feel included.  No matter what they thought of your attire or your gift, they had the obligation to make your feel welcome and included.

I agree!
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John Lewis for me, I ordered a fridge/freezer from their website and when it arrived (on my birthday) the door reversal wasn't done, which was the whole point of ordering it from them.  Once I got them to agree that was their fault (about two hours) they agreed to send it out again with the reversal done (free) and delivery (free).  *Everything* went wrong, I ended up taking several afternoons off work because they promised it was arriving that afternoon and it didn't, or the reversal hadn't been done, or someone had kicked dents in it.  In the end it arrived and it was completely free.  If one more thing had gone wrong I would have got them to pay me for it.  I know it sounds like a horror story but they gave me a contact there so I only had to speak to him and he was really polite and friendly and it was *free*

For clothes, Long Tall Sally because they make clothes that fit me, although they're expensive they're very good quality and nice people in the shops. I imagine to anyone watching the doors we must all look like peaceful giraffes lolloping around London.

Hotel Chocolat, because they give me free samples (I'm shallow) and they do awesome chilli chocolate truffles.

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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Last post by ladyknight1 on Today at 08:45:08 AM »
The bus that pulled across 4 lanes of traffic to make the exit. I copied down the bus number and reported it.
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Didn't get as much accomplished over the weekend as I'd hoped but it wasn't a complete loss.

I made turkey stock on Saturday and put that in the freezer for when I cook a turkey to make up some dinners for work.  I'll boil that carcass down, too, and make a big pot of turkey soup.

Yesterday, I did 4 loads of laundry and made a big pot of potato leek soup.  It's a little bland so I have to figure out what to add to it to kick it up a little.  It's in the freezer in single serving containers.

And I've also been dealing with phone calls.  My Dad's house is on the market and there's an offer that's been going back and forth.  The buyers are playing games so it's getting quite annoying.  We gave them our firm and final and they countered $10,000 grand below that.   ::)  So we had to decide whether to walk away, counter or accept.  We figured it would cost us about $5000 to carry the house over the winter if it doesn't sell in the next month before the market slows right down so we decided to counter in the middle.  That goes over to them today and then we're waiting a week because my Dad is heading up to go hunting with my brother this week and won't be back until Sunday.

So my project for the next three weeks is to get my house purged and call to get all the donation stuff picked up that's in my garage.  And then I need to get my house tidied because there will be a bunch of stuff coming from my Dad's place - a few pieces I want to keep and a bunch of stuff to arrange to get sold.
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Life...in general / Re: Etiquette of leaving negative feedback
« Last post by perpetua on Today at 08:43:30 AM »
I agree with Another Sarah, and I am one of those people with severe issues and I still think that.

If you have those kind of issues, like any other condition, the onus is on you to be able to cater to your own needs. If you don't know the position your seat needs to be in in order to prevent pain, to the point you can't get it back there, then you *should* know it.  That you don't isn't the garage's fault.

In the case of the OP, where no such problems are even indicated, I think it's a massive overreaction and frankly comes across as snowflakiness. To mark down someone's performance in a way that might affect their job because you're being too customer is always right-ish to move your own car seat is just not a nice thing to do to someone.
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You said the cashier didn't look at you; were you well-within her view (I'm just wondering if, for her, you blended into the background and she didn't see you)?  I understand your upset, but I do think it was rude to leave your items in your basket and leave -- in fact, it seemed retaliatory rude as you didn't like how the cashier acted so you left your stuff there for her or another employee to have to put away later.  I wouldn't say you're a horrible person though.

This is a business transaction, not a social one.  Under the same circumstances I would have done the same thing.  I am not willing to wait in an extremely long checkout line to pay for my items or have a cashier ignore me in that fashion when a simple explanation was in order.  The store needs to provide an adequate number of cashiers for their customers.  I have also done the same thing in the past when I got to the checkout, find an extremely long line with several staff standing around talking amongst themselves with only one checkout open.  Not going to wait for that and not going to ever go back.  Customers get to make choices that you would not probably use in social situations.
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Family and Children / Re: Uncomfortable bridal shower
« Last post by ladyknight1 on Today at 08:39:35 AM »
OP, I'm sorry you were in this situation. I would have probably done the same as you.
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Reading/Book Pet Peeves
« Last post by Goosey on Today at 08:37:08 AM »
Romances where the female protagonist takes an instant dislike to the male protagonist because of a major flaw (say, hubris or womanizing or both) but she just needs to be persuaded (read: seduced) into forgetting about all that. Forget about standards and all.
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It's a good thing I love the holiday, or I'd be ready to throttle my kids right about now.  They were helping clean out a closet a bf's house today and discovered several boxes of goodies, including lots of costume parts.  In addition to that, they discovered bf's supply of "clean suits".  Bf works in pharmaceutical research, so these are plastic coveralls that sort of look like hazmat suits, but lighter.  Now they want to do something involving a bad joke about current international health issues. *headdesk* 

Tell them to put on a clean suit and carry this: http://www.giantmicrobes.com/us/products/ebola.html

They've got ebola!  ;D
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Last post by Mediancat on Today at 08:24:10 AM »
I wonder, are people who generally lack situational awareness simply somewhat obtuse, or SS?

At an art show today, I found it frustrating that, in tight quarters, groups of people would stand and chat for extended periods right in front of the artworks on display!!  (And I mean, RIGHT in front of...) There was a whole area set aside for chatting/food/entertainment, so there was no need to stand in the way of those trying to view paintings. 

I've done the same thing just because I wasn't thinking at the time. As soon as someone pointed out, "Hey, can I look at that?" I'd move immediately.

I think whether this person is an SS or just not paying attention depends on their reaction to being asked to move. If they move cheerfully or even embarrassedly, then they're just obtuse. If they act like YOU'Re the rude one, they're snowflakes.

Rob
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