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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #6045 on: December 06, 2012, 09:48:58 PM »
My brain hurt when I heard a commercial promoting a store who started their "Black Friday" sales at noon on Thanksgiving Day.  Their slogan was "Happy Thanks-getting."  Yes, "getting," because they weren't even suggesting that these shoppers were buying Christmas gifts for others, but were buying stuff they wanted for themselves. 

Thanksgiving Day is one of my favorite holidays because it gives us all, regardless of religion, skin color, ethnicity, or national origin, a chance to pause and be thankful for all the good things in our lives.

It's going to take me a long time to get over "Thanks-getting." :P

I would guess it meant that the gifts they were buying would then elicit thanks from the people they gave them to,  :-\ Which is still not a perfectly pure sentiment, since the reason for buying gifts is not supposed to be "to get thanks from people," but is an improvement. Unless there was more to the commercial--I didn't see it.

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #6046 on: December 06, 2012, 10:12:19 PM »
My brain hurt when I heard a commercial promoting a store who started their "Black Friday" sales at noon on Thanksgiving Day.  Their slogan was "Happy Thanks-getting."  Yes, "getting," because they weren't even suggesting that these shoppers were buying Christmas gifts for others, but were buying stuff they wanted for themselves. 

Thanksgiving Day is one of my favorite holidays because it gives us all, regardless of religion, skin color, ethnicity, or national origin, a chance to pause and be thankful for all the good things in our lives.

It's going to take me a long time to get over "Thanks-getting." :P

Good grief, that /is/ crass. I'm not even American and don't have much emotional connection to Thanksgiving, but that is /so/ wrong!  :o

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #6047 on: December 06, 2012, 10:23:00 PM »
My brain hurt when I heard a commercial promoting a store who started their "Black Friday" sales at noon on Thanksgiving Day.  Their slogan was "Happy Thanks-getting."  Yes, "getting," because they weren't even suggesting that these shoppers were buying Christmas gifts for others, but were buying stuff they wanted for themselves

Thanksgiving Day is one of my favorite holidays because it gives us all, regardless of religion, skin color, ethnicity, or national origin, a chance to pause and be thankful for all the good things in our lives.

It's going to take me a long time to get over "Thanks-getting." :P

I would guess it meant that the gifts they were buying would then elicit thanks from the people they gave them to:-\ Which is still not a perfectly pure sentiment, since the reason for buying gifts is not supposed to be "to get thanks from people," but is an improvement. Unless there was more to the commercial--I didn't see it.
Oh no, they made it clear that the joy was in getting stuff.
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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #6048 on: December 07, 2012, 12:47:23 AM »
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This is great! I'm going to have to remember this one as well as one I came across while browsing some archives here: "shave the whale" as in "Gotta go; I have to shave the whale."
I finally got some clarification on the howler monkey rebooking.

It was meant to be "relook the hover on the questions". (Our applications have a question mark picture next to each button so that if a user is confused about what the button does, they can hover their pointer over the question mark and a small box pops up with information for them. There seem to be some wording issues with the information for some question marks).

<sigh> That's so dull. I was really hoping we were going to be adding some howler monkey noises into our error message pop-ups for when users do silly things. That'll scare them into reading the error messages and doing it right the first time.  >:D

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #6049 on: December 07, 2012, 09:50:41 AM »
I just remembered this one from many years ago.

Whenever I would stop at the local 7-11 for gas, I would always write a check and make it for five or ten dollars over the amount so I could have some cash for the day.  I had stopped and bought gas, say ten dollars worth and wrote the check for fifteen dollars.

I saw that the clerk rang up the total on the register as fifteen dollars.  I pointed out to her that her till was going to be out of balance by five dollars since she was giving me five dollars back.

She looked at me like I was stupid and said in a very condescending tone, "Yes but you wrote the check for fifteen dollars."  I just said "OK then" took my money and left.  As Ron White says "You can't fix stupid"

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #6050 on: December 07, 2012, 10:28:24 AM »
Regarding the 7-11 check one, but if you had $10 gas and $5 back and the check was for $15, it would balance correctly in the register when she gave you the $5 bill. Or did you mean that she wrote that the cash back was $15 and not 5? 

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« Reply #6051 on: December 07, 2012, 10:33:18 AM »
Our cash register system is set up so that if the customer has written then check for the wrong amount and it is over: you input the amount of the check, and the computer records you owing (and assumes you gave back) change.  If you record the entire check, you balance.  It's when clerks input the amount it should be, and still give the change: at close, I have to manually fix the deposit.
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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #6052 on: December 07, 2012, 10:50:36 AM »
WolfWench wrote:

"It was meant to be "relook the hover on the questions"."

OK, with that clarification, it makes my brain hurt.  Relook?  I can see why autocorrect tried to fix that.

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #6053 on: December 07, 2012, 11:33:46 AM »
My brain hurt when I heard a commercial promoting a store who started their "Black Friday" sales at noon on Thanksgiving Day.  Their slogan was "Happy Thanks-getting."  Yes, "getting," because they weren't even suggesting that these shoppers were buying Christmas gifts for others, but were buying stuff they wanted for themselves

Thanksgiving Day is one of my favorite holidays because it gives us all, regardless of religion, skin color, ethnicity, or national origin, a chance to pause and be thankful for all the good things in our lives.

It's going to take me a long time to get over "Thanks-getting." :P

I would guess it meant that the gifts they were buying would then elicit thanks from the people they gave them to:-\ Which is still not a perfectly pure sentiment, since the reason for buying gifts is not supposed to be "to get thanks from people," but is an improvement. Unless there was more to the commercial--I didn't see it.
Oh no, they made it clear that the joy was in getting stuff.

Getting stuff is great, until you look around your house and realize you have to store it.  It always causes a moment of brain hurt to see that (at least in my area) most stores have massive home storage sales right after Christmas.  I'm going to have to do some toy purge after Christmas. 

BTW, the best Christmas present is that my sister (who can sympathize on the stuff accumulation) asked if my kids would like getting Pizza coupons for Christmas.  FABULOUS!  Ordering pizza delights them like nothing else and it won't take up space.

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #6054 on: December 07, 2012, 12:35:44 PM »
My son is friends with a family from Brazil and is learning a lot about the country, culture, etc - he's even picking up Portugese.  The brain hurt came when he told his father and stepmother that the inhabitants of the country spell it 'Brasil'.  They insist that he's just being stupid - everyone knows it's spelled 'Brazil'.

I came across a variant of this same issue, a fair few years ago; though my encounter with it was a matter of someone "putting on airs", rather than obstinacy / stupidity.

It concerned a hobby with which I'm keenly involved, and a gentleman who was a highly-learned student of this hobby; he sometimes let the acclaim which he (deservedly) got for his erudition, go to his head a bit -- "whatever he arbitrarily decided, went".  Much action with the subject concerned took place in Brazil, and our hero spent a good deal of time there, and reported his findings in hobby journals (English-language). He decided one day, out of the blue, that it was proper in his journal articles to spell the name of the country as "Brasil", because that's how the inhabitants render it in Portuguese.

His fellow-hobbyists and journal-readers gently made it known to him that in this, he was being something of a pompous and self-important twit, and -- re a publication which was in English -- unnecessarily and distractingly complicating life. To his credit, he took the hint, and went back to using the "z" spelling.

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #6055 on: December 07, 2012, 12:39:15 PM »
Pierot, I get that - but the op says she had about $10 of gas, and "usually writes a check for 5 or 10 over."  So if she had $10 of gas and wanted $5 change, wrote a check for $15, and gave that to the clerk... clerk then enters it into the computer as $15, the till balances as long as the $5 is given to the customer.  So I'm not seeing the brain hurt here yet.

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« Reply #6056 on: December 07, 2012, 12:49:38 PM »
Pierot, I get that - but the op says she had about $10 of gas, and "usually writes a check for 5 or 10 over."  So if she had $10 of gas and wanted $5 change, wrote a check for $15, and gave that to the clerk... clerk then enters it into the computer as $15, the till balances as long as the $5 is given to the customer.  So I'm not seeing the brain hurt here yet.

From my gas staion experience (working) your till would come up $5 short.  If you enter $15, but give $5 back, you only net $10 in the till because of the change given out. And if this was a gas transaction, the total would not give the option of change, so according to the till records there would be $15 going in but nothing going out (as change).

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #6057 on: December 07, 2012, 12:54:23 PM »
It might not balance in dollar bills when the till is pulled, but once the checks are counted against the till, that "missing" $5 would show up.  Otherwise how would anyone get money back using a check anywhere?  My mother used to do this too, ask for a little extra over the amount, nobody ever complained about entering X amount and giving Y from the till.  At the end of the day, as long as the physical bills plus the checks add up to the register's record of activity, the till should balance.  That's why I'm confused.  That's how it works here, anyway - other places may be different.  I think this is one reason, however, that places here that DO take checks now don't allow you to write it "over" the amount.  Too long to reconcile through their banks maybe?

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #6058 on: December 07, 2012, 01:00:04 PM »
Pierot, I get that - but the op says she had about $10 of gas, and "usually writes a check for 5 or 10 over."  So if she had $10 of gas and wanted $5 change, wrote a check for $15, and gave that to the clerk... clerk then enters it into the computer as $15, the till balances as long as the $5 is given to the customer.  So I'm not seeing the brain hurt here yet.

From my gas staion experience (working) your till would come up $5 short.  If you enter $15, but give $5 back, you only net $10 in the till because of the change given out. And if this was a gas transaction, the total would not give the option of change, so according to the till records there would be $15 going in but nothing going out (as change).

If the clerk rang up $10 in gas and input payment as $15 then the till would be correct. But I took it that she was saying the clerk rang up the sale as $15 and input the payment as $15 and gave her $5 back. That would indeed make the clerk's drawer $5 short.

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Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #6059 on: December 07, 2012, 01:00:26 PM »
I have cross-posted this to Professional Darwinism thread.  I just had a completely mind-boggling experience at a local fast food place.

I drove up to the drive thru, which was not terribly busy.  Please note that on the drive-thru menu, a number 6 is listed as a chicken sandwich.  I had to wait at the drive through speaker for several minutes, occasionally asking, "Hello?"  and hearing no response.  I was about to pull through and leave when the attendant finally answered. I asked for a number 6, which again, was listed as a chicken sandwich meal with a Coke. 

The attendant said, "OK, a double cheeseburger combo and a Coke?"

I said, "No, ma'am, a number 6, a chicken sandwich with a Coke, please."

"A number 6 is a double cheeseburger combo, honey." She replied in a rather snotty tone.

"According to your menu, it's a chicken sandwich," I said.

"Well, that's wrong," she said.

"OK, could I please have whatever combo includes a chicken sandwich?" I asked.

Already a little irritated because I was sucked into pretty pointless sandwich debate, I pulled forward and paid for my meal.  I paid with a $10 and was supposed to receive $3.97 in change.   Rude Attendant, the same one I'd been talking to earlier, handed me $.97 in change, without a word, and then turned her back on me to talk to one of her coworkers.  When she reached out to hand me my drink, I said, "Ma'am, I paid with a a $10, I have $3 in change due."   

"Well, I've already shut the register drawer," she said, rolling her eyes.

One of her coworkers overheard this exchange and offered her the register key.  Rude Attendant realized the coworker had overheard and said, "Yeah, I took her $3.  She caught me.  I'm trying to steal a whopping $3 from her."  in this loud, sarcastic voice and laughed really loud, like I was a completely ridiculous person for wanting my change back.  At the point, I had my Icily Polite Face on and was composing a complaint letter in my head.

Rude Attendant handed me my bag of food.  I checked the bag and saw my sandwich, so I pulled away, only to hear, "WAIT!"   Rude Attendant had put my sandwich on top of items that belonged in an order another employee was putting together.  I had to hand my bag back to Rude Attendant so she could straighten it out.  At this point, I was holding my tongue because I was REALLY afraid I would say something horribly rude.

Rude Attendant shoved the bag toward me. I took it, without checking it (my fault) and when I got home, I realized that  Rude Attendant still ended up giving me the wrong bag.  I ended up with a double cheeseburger afterall. (Facepalm.)

I don't think I'm going to bother with a letter to management, because there's no chance I'm ever going back to this restaurant.  Somewhere around the change issue, I started wondering whether I was on one of those "What Would You Do?" shows on ABC.