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Holidays / Re: How to turn away carolers
« Last post by blue2000 on Today at 08:21:53 AM »
As a young adult, we mostly carolled in nursing homes. But when I was much younger I recall going carolling in the neighbourhood and we stopped and knocked at certain doors and they came out to listen. They were church members and I think they might have been warned ahead of time.

I think the advice so far is sound. You don't have to answer the door. If they come by when you are outside, give a wave and a smile and go in. I have sometimes heard of people asking for donations, but if you don't answer the door, they can't ask!
I've never heard "slacks" over here in the UK either, only "trousers." And I rarely hear "slacks" from an under-50 person in the US!
All In A Day's Work / Re: "Are you still teaching?"
« Last post by poundcake on Today at 07:59:46 AM »
You're very fortunate that you're in a good place and not burned out. Most of my teacher friends, even the ones who love it, end up moving into different jobs or switching schools multiple times, and more often than not, within 6-8 years, they're out of teaching completely.

Now, people generally seem to be shifting careers several times in their lives. So I don't think a comment like "You're still teaching?" indicates you're old or in a rut, just an acknowledgement that you might not still be teaching, or, like Sharnita said, might have taken an early retirement for any number of reasons. I think your own comment about "I'm fortunate enough to be in an excellent school and I'm far from burned out" would be a perfectly fine response to the question. It's actually really wonderful to hear that not all teachers are being absolutely drained by the system!
All In A Day's Work / Re: "Are you still teaching?"
« Last post by Sharnita on Today at 07:54:05 AM »
I don't know where you are but here funding is changing, schools are closing,  teachers with 10, 15, or 20 years of experience can't be certain of job security.  A lot of people might ask teachers that simply because the profession hasbbecome uncertain, with ever increasing demands, and a payscale that seems to be going backwards while the cost of continuing education skyrockets.
95 general / Re: No, I'm not just a gullible consumer
« Last post by poundcake on Today at 07:53:08 AM »
"What an interesting assumption."

I've gotten this kind of "you're getting swindled, gullible person!" response from some people about everything from my preferred kind of sneakers to my PhD. Ignore, ignore, ignore.
Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: S/O Beggars, Moochers and Scammers
« Last post by BB-VA on Today at 07:11:00 AM »
My mom had a weird experience the other day, maybe someone out there can explain if this is standard practice or not. I don't think it was a scam because she was the one who called the credit card company using the number on their website, but it was still really weird.

I noticed that my mom's credit card had expired in October and she hadn't gotten the replacement card yet. We figured my dad had probably gotten it from the mailbox and then tossed it in his junk pile. ::) She decided to call the credit card company and ask them to send her a new card--same number would be best, but she was also fine with them canceling the current number and issuing her a new one.

The guy on the phone asked her so many questions! SSN, address, phone; but then he said, "There's a person named Dale in your life--what age group does he fall into?" and listed 10-20, 20-30, etc.. And my mom's like, "I don't know anyone named Dale!" Then the guy listed a bunch of different cars and asked my mom which she had owned. My mom said, "Well, I had one that was that brand, but not that model, and I don't remember the year." He gave a list of addresses and asked if she'd ever lived at one of them, and she was like, "40 years ago I lived on Elm Street but I don't remember the house number." Then he asked, "According to your driver's license, how tall are you?"

It was the craziest thing when she was explaining it to me. Finally the guy said he couldn't authorize giving her a new card, so he was going to send a letter through the mail with further instructions, so I guess she'll have to wait for that. And he kept saying that "someone" was trying to access her card and change her information. Now I wonder if he meant he thought she was the "someone," a scammer trying to get some poor unsuspecting lady's credit card. Except since it really was my mom's account, why would they have information she didn't remember (like the mysterious Dale), and why would they know what her driver's license said?

I've never had to call about something like that so I don't know if that's the usual thing or not. However I've had my card number changed a couple of times and my company never acted like it was a big deal at all, at least for me--they tended to fall all over themselves apologizing for any inconvenience.

I actually had this same thing happen a couple of months ago. I'd gotten my new card and put it somewhere safe. A couple of weeks later I realized I didn't know where that safe spot was. When I called to get a new card, they asked me those same questions. One was about an address I'd lived at 20+ years ago, one was if I knew so-and-so. Luckily I knew the answers. It really did remind me of getting my credit report. My new card arrived, and soon after I found the old one, of course. I'm assuming some companies have tightened their security.

I work in a call center for a financial institution and this is legitimate.  The questions are provided by an outside service and they come from public records.  We have no choice as to what questions are asked and they are supposed to be pretty random  I don't know exactly where they all come from, but I am sure that the DMV is responsible for some of them.  They are always multiple choice, and the last answer for each question is pretty much "none of the above."

Some examples:  Did you own make/model/year of car?  or What color is your year/make/model of car?  or According to your driver's license, how tall are you? (a headscratcher sometimes!)  There are address questions - Have you ever lived at address a. b, or c? or, Are you familiar with address a, b, or c in City?   And job questions - Are you familiar with firm a, b, or c?  Acquataince/family member questions - Do you know person a, b, or c?

 I have had the program run on me a couple of times (Even employees are subject to security confirmations for some transactions.  We have to call in just like the public does for certain things - no asking the person at the next desk to help you!) and one of the questions involved a job I had a couple of decades ago, and also was I familiar with person first name/husband's last name.  The name made me think a little bit - I was sure I knew all my husband's cousins (it was definitely NOT his brother) but I had to run down the list to be sure.  (No, it wasn't a relative that I knew of.  I passed).   

When we have to ask a caller these questions, we are charged with explaining exactly what we are doing, where the questions come from,  and why we are doing it.  Most callers are quite understanding and are even amused by some of the questions (except the ones that involve ex-inlaw names).     

It sounds as if maybe some institutions are not providing good explanations, with what some of you are saying, and if they are not, I can understand why the experience would be pretty alarming.

All In A Day's Work / Re: Bringing food home?
« Last post by shhh its me on Today at 07:10:31 AM »
  I think there are a lot more common circumstance that it would be really rude then not rude.
1) the food is for the participants/office. 
2) he left during lunch so missed a good portion of the holiday pot luck , ie skipped out on the party to take the party's food to his wife.

But if it was done after the point of " If anyone wants to make a plate to take home go ahead now we're wrapping up the party. You should all go back to your desks." or any other circumstances in which he was not "taking" food from the other participants or disengaging from the social aspect,  then I don't think it was rude.
Holidays / Re: Why say happy holidays? From a non-Chhristian
« Last post by iridaceae on Today at 07:01:43 AM »
I notice that people who complain about not being able to say Merry Christmas never complain about not bring able to say female dog,  the n-word,  the c-word or the f-word to customers. Somehow "my right to free speech!" (which as other posters have noticed does not apply) doesn't come up there.

I think, the next time you-general start to get upset that the Government -run VA banned Merry Christmas on their wrapping paper you might stop and think of what the outcry would be if it had a Muslim holiday greeting on the wrapping paper.

99 general / Re: No, I'm not just a gullible consumer
« Last post by lilihob on Today at 06:50:02 AM »
He's your neighbour, not your close friend, not your parent or partner, not the boss of you.
Don't care about his opinion.
He sees you come back with shopping. So what?
Even if you are coming back with foie gras and fur panties, how is that his business?
Let his words pass over you like a siren blaring down the street. Annoying but gone soon.
Neighbour: "I see you wasting money again"
You: "Hi neighbour,blah blah, weather, busy busy, bye neighbour"
You don't need to discuss anything with anyone, ever. It may make life harder, or easier, but it's never wrong.
Your information is your own, you decide when to share it. Even the little stuff, it belongs to you.
Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: What Are You Wearing....?
« Last post by faithlessone on Today at 06:41:40 AM »
Black fleece-lined leggings, red longsleeved top, red and black fleece jumper/sweater. Day of wrapping presents and watching Christmas movies. ;)
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