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Food / Re: Feeding a dairy and egg allergic toddler in the midwest
« Last post by cicero on Yesterday at 11:29:20 PM »
Also if there is a sizeable Jewish community nearby, you might be able to find dairy free items in stores that cater to that community ( marked "parve" or "P").

What kind of spreads are you looking for? Could you make your own? E,g., peanut butter, hummus, tahini mixed with honey or date honey make a thin halva that can spread on bread, etc
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Life...in general / Re: Would you have haggled?
« Last post by LifeOnPluto on Yesterday at 11:28:18 PM »
My Ex-MIL would haggle at every store she went to. It was humiliating to be standing in line at Macy's while she tried to get them to mark down the price on a blouse that had a dangling thread or a smudge of dirt.

The look on the poor cashiers face just made me cringe. They always had to get a Manager involved and she would just argue and argue. It has an almost "scam-artist" feel to the whole thing.

I empathise with this. I had a former friend who did the same. He once argued with the staff in an airport bookstore for a discount, because the book he wanted to buy had a slight crease on the cover.
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About once a week, I like to meet my husband for lunch together at a restaurant near his workplace. We've been sort of stuck in a rut of always going to the same 2-3 places, so when I found a discount deal for a nearby restaurant we hadn't been to yet we thought it would be a good way to give them a trial run to possibly add to our rotation.

After some okay food but a ridiculously long wait for our drinks, we went to the front register to pay. At which time we were told that our discount deal was not valid for their buffet. I had read all the fine print carefully before I purchased the deal to make sure I was familiar with all the exclusions, and I double-checked on my phone right then and there, and triple-checked on my computer when I got home. There is nothing anywhere that states that the buffet is excluded from the deal.

When I asked the cashier to show me where this exclusion was disclosed, she told me that they handwrite it on the paper vouchers. I bought my deal online and redeemed it via the phone app for that particular deal program, and this is the way I get discount deals through at least 5 different programs. 

When I expressed my position that if the if the buffet was supposed to have been excluded they needed to take that up with the deal program since I was entitled to the deal as it had been sold to me (i.e., without the exclusions), they told me that I needed to take it up with the program myself.  ???

The manager (owner?) then proceeded to lament to DH that the restaurant doesn't make any money on the discount deal. Which, (a) is not our problem, and (b) as a business owner you're not supposed to count on making money from these type of deals, they're loss leaders to get new customers in your door and hopefully coming back as full-paying patrons.

The restaurant finally grudgingly agreed to honor the deal, and then added an 18% auto-grat (on a 2-top buffet) before running my credit card for the balance due after the deal was applied. I do always tip on the full value of any discount deal meal, although it wouldn't have been 18% and especially not with the wait for our drinks. Luckily, I noticed that the bill had increased from what it had been before we presented our deal voucher and realized what had happened before I ended up tipping on top of the tip.

When they told us they were going to honor the deal they made a big point of saying that they were giving us the credit this time only, and that if we bought the deal again we absolutely could not use it on their buffet. Somehow, I don't think this is going to be a problem for us...

Wow, that's some shady business practice (adding an 18% auto-grat!?)  I would be leaving a review on every review place I could find!

Trust me, it has been done! I did find a different discount deal for them that does exclude the buffet, but it is their responsibility to keep track of what exclusions they have listed with what programs. They appear to have at various times signed up for just about every discount deal program, and another reviewer has posted that, "The regular staff seems to want to bring in more business through coupons & deals but is very particular and confusing on how they take these discounts & deals. Both myself & my roommate have had issues with using coupons they posted at there restaurant."
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Life...in general / Re: Would you have haggled?
« Last post by NFPwife on Yesterday at 11:16:38 PM »
To the Wal-Mart discount - here's the "rest of the story:" (It's unfortunate that Olbermann has gone to sports because I, apparently, missed my opportunity to be the "Worst Person in the World.")

I wanted a DVR that wasn't attached to a subscription service. I'd done some research and found one of two models that were well reviewed and would work the way I'd hoped. Our local Wal-Mart had two models from the same manufacturer. The model I wanted had a more than adequate hard drive. The next model had double the capacity. All other features were the same. I thought the bigger hard drive was overkill for our needs and wanted the lower priced (LP) model.

There was a display model for the LP model, but no DVRs on the shelf. I asked and was told that the DVRs would be on the next truck arriving on Tuesday. On Wednesday evening, we went into the store - no DVRs. They would be on the next truck (they're looking this up at the register) arriving Thursday night. We went in Friday evening - no DVRs. Again, the model will be on the next truck. The third time we went in, same story NO DVRs.

At this point, I've been interacting with the employees in electronics and the manager of the department. There were three units of the higher priced model on the shelves. The price difference between the two units was about 40%. (Hypothetically, $229 and $299.) I stated that I'd been in three separate times for the LP unit and asked for 20% of the higher priced unit. The electronics manager didn't bat an eye. He adjusted the price and we bought the unit.
That's not haggling, that's customer service. Like an airline bumping you to first class when they overbooked coach.

Well, I wasn't getting that if I didn't ask - the airline makes the arrangement if they've overbooked. Wal-Mart wasn't offering. But, they didn't say "No."
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Very much not a knitter here... 

An option might be to make a quilted stocking.  I made one for DH's foster brother, when I realized he had no stocking at all, because he pretty much had nothing from his childhood, and only had the things my IL's had provided him (lots, they didn't stint) but by that time, MIL no longer knitted anything but angora mittens for the grand daughters.  Everybody but the married in spouses had custom Christmas stockings, (or old ones, if not custom.  I have mine from when I was tiny)  I asked him if he'd like me to make him one, and then did it.  I did strip piece squares for the body of the stocking, put on a faux white fur cuff, and layered on a rectangle of 1/4" squares that had the initial of his first name.  It probably took me about 10 hours at most, it was Christmas themed fabric with color coordinating fabrics, and it looked nice, if I say so myself.  It was not hopelessly twee or cute, nor was it perfect.  My sewing machine had issues with the edge of the stocking, which was many layers of fabric and thin batting.

I should ask him if he still has it, that was 30+ years ago.  Now I'm curious!
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I was also involved in a very competitive marching band in high school, and for a awhile the policy was that you don't miss rehearsals unless you're on your deathbed.  So kids were missing school because they were sick, but still showing up for band practices.  We had practices three times a week and on Saturdays, or we had all-day competition on Saturdays. 

This ended when this kid showed up to rehearsal clearly still very sick, but was scared of missing rehearsals.  He ended up collapsing on the field and had to be taken to the ER in an ambulance.  Then about half the band got sick over the next week.  After that, the school made it a policy that if you were too sick to come to school, you were too sick to do extra-curricular activities, and the band director backed off from the very strict attendance policy. 
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I've been in situations where a person has started to tell me something 'in confidence' and I've said 'please don't'.  I don't like being put in that position unless I'm a close friend.

I'm not sure if Joan was given a choice to hear or not hear this info, but if she was given the choice and said she wouldn't tell, then she shouldn't have.  The only exception to this (IMO) is if you were in an industry that it was *required* that the info be passed on to higher ups. 

If she heard the info and then decided that it was important enough (or enough of an ethical breach), then Joan should have told Mary up front that she was sorry she agreed to listen and not tell, but since this is an ethical breach that could get her (Joan) into trouble for knowing and not reporting it, she's going to have to say something.  At least this way, Mary would have had the heads up that Joan wasn't going to keep the secret.

I'm sure the above isn't a popular opinion, but there it is. 
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About once a week, I like to meet my husband for lunch together at a restaurant near his workplace. We've been sort of stuck in a rut of always going to the same 2-3 places, so when I found a discount deal for a nearby restaurant we hadn't been to yet we thought it would be a good way to give them a trial run to possibly add to our rotation.

After some okay food but a ridiculously long wait for our drinks, we went to the front register to pay. At which time we were told that our discount deal was not valid for their buffet. I had read all the fine print carefully before I purchased the deal to make sure I was familiar with all the exclusions, and I double-checked on my phone right then and there, and triple-checked on my computer when I got home. There is nothing anywhere that states that the buffet is excluded from the deal.

When I asked the cashier to show me where this exclusion was disclosed, she told me that they handwrite it on the paper vouchers. I bought my deal online and redeemed it via the phone app for that particular deal program, and this is the way I get discount deals through at least 5 different programs. 

When I expressed my position that if the if the buffet was supposed to have been excluded they needed to take that up with the deal program since I was entitled to the deal as it had been sold to me (i.e., without the exclusions), they told me that I needed to take it up with the program myself.  ???

The manager (owner?) then proceeded to lament to DH that the restaurant doesn't make any money on the discount deal. Which, (a) is not our problem, and (b) as a business owner you're not supposed to count on making money from these type of deals, they're loss leaders to get new customers in your door and hopefully coming back as full-paying patrons.

The restaurant finally grudgingly agreed to honor the deal, and then added an 18% auto-grat (on a 2-top buffet) before running my credit card for the balance due after the deal was applied. I do always tip on the full value of any discount deal meal, although it wouldn't have been 18% and especially not with the wait for our drinks. Luckily, I noticed that the bill had increased from what it had been before we presented our deal voucher and realized what had happened before I ended up tipping on top of the tip.

When they told us they were going to honor the deal they made a big point of saying that they were giving us the credit this time only, and that if we bought the deal again we absolutely could not use it on their buffet. Somehow, I don't think this is going to be a problem for us...

Wow, that's some shady business practice (adding an 18% auto-grat!?)  I would be leaving a review on every review place I could find!
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About once a week, I like to meet my husband for lunch together at a restaurant near his workplace. We've been sort of stuck in a rut of always going to the same 2-3 places, so when I found a discount deal for a nearby restaurant we hadn't been to yet we thought it would be a good way to give them a trial run to possibly add to our rotation.

After some okay food but a ridiculously long wait for our drinks, we went to the front register to pay. At which time we were told that our discount deal was not valid for their buffet. I had read all the fine print carefully before I purchased the deal to make sure I was familiar with all the exclusions, and I double-checked on my phone right then and there, and triple-checked on my computer when I got home. There is nothing anywhere that states that the buffet is excluded from the deal.

When I asked the cashier to show me where this exclusion was disclosed, she told me that they handwrite it on the paper vouchers. I bought my deal online and redeemed it via the phone app for that particular deal program, and this is the way I get discount deals through at least 5 different programs. 

When I expressed my position that if the if the buffet was supposed to have been excluded they needed to take that up with the deal program since I was entitled to the deal as it had been sold to me (i.e., without the exclusions), they told me that I needed to take it up with the program myself.  ???

The manager (owner?) then proceeded to lament to DH that the restaurant doesn't make any money on the discount deal. Which, (a) is not our problem, and (b) as a business owner you're not supposed to count on making money from these type of deals, they're loss leaders to get new customers in your door and hopefully coming back as full-paying patrons.

The restaurant finally grudgingly agreed to honor the deal, and then added an 18% auto-grat (on a 2-top buffet) before running my credit card for the balance due after the deal was applied. I do always tip on the full value of any discount deal meal, although it wouldn't have been 18% and especially not with the wait for our drinks. Luckily, I noticed that the bill had increased from what it had been before we presented our deal voucher and realized what had happened before I ended up tipping on top of the tip.

When they told us they were going to honor the deal they made a big point of saying that they were giving us the credit this time only, and that if we bought the deal again we absolutely could not use it on their buffet. Somehow, I don't think this is going to be a problem for us...
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Life...in general / Re: Would you have haggled?
« Last post by HiverFleur on Yesterday at 11:05:53 PM »
To the Wal-Mart discount - here's the "rest of the story:" (It's unfortunate that Olbermann has gone to sports because I, apparently, missed my opportunity to be the "Worst Person in the World.")

I wanted a DVR that wasn't attached to a subscription service. I'd done some research and found one of two models that were well reviewed and would work the way I'd hoped. Our local Wal-Mart had two models from the same manufacturer. The model I wanted had a more than adequate hard drive. The next model had double the capacity. All other features were the same. I thought the bigger hard drive was overkill for our needs and wanted the lower priced (LP) model.

There was a display model for the LP model, but no DVRs on the shelf. I asked and was told that the DVRs would be on the next truck arriving on Tuesday. On Wednesday evening, we went into the store - no DVRs. They would be on the next truck (they're looking this up at the register) arriving Thursday night. We went in Friday evening - no DVRs. Again, the model will be on the next truck. The third time we went in, same story NO DVRs.

At this point, I've been interacting with the employees in electronics and the manager of the department. There were three units of the higher priced model on the shelves. The price difference between the two units was about 40%. (Hypothetically, $229 and $299.) I stated that I'd been in three separate times for the LP unit and asked for 20% of the higher priced unit. The electronics manager didn't bat an eye. He adjusted the price and we bought the unit.
That's not haggling, that's customer service. Like an airline bumping you to first class when they overbooked coach.
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