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#### jedikaiti

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##### Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7095 on: February 18, 2013, 05:34:04 PM »
In my experience, if they're going to finish it that close to closing, they usually tell me in advance, so I can just show up at 5:25, pay the bill, and be on my way. Actually, I have found most places will tell me "Yea, we'll have it done by 5, we close at 5:30." Then they call at 3 and tell me it's done already. :-)
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##### Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7096 on: February 18, 2013, 05:47:30 PM »
I once had a brain hurt with a boss from many many moons ago.

Basic maths and common sense.

You have space for 3 items but they come in a (smallest) box of 6. 3 go out on the shelf, 3 go to Over Stock (OS) in the ware house.

No matter how often I explained, the Store manager would tell me off each and every week for having OS and when I asked what she wanted me to do?

Wait until my levels are lower before I order. I waited until I had Non left (which she complained about, because of empty shelf space.) but of course come delivery I still had OS.

Finally she told me she would do an order and I had to watch and I better pay attention etc etc. so I did.
I still remember the look on her face when the first order came in  we had so much OS as she had been all high and mighty and no matter how hard I tried to explain that she was ordering 'Units of' not individual lights she would not listen.

So where I was ordering 1(box of 6) because I needed 3, she ordered 3(boxes of 6) because we "only need 3" there were no less than 8 items that had a smiler set up, and where I had 2 left of somethings and would not have ordered she did because "we need 1 more to make 3".

She left me alone after that, I guess my 1/2 a pallet of OS did not look so bad compared to her 4 pallets of OS and me asking her where I was meant to put it as it wouldn't all fit on my shelves out back.
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#### WillyNilly

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##### Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7097 on: February 18, 2013, 06:03:45 PM »
Back on the mechanic thing... I have never known a garage having to be open. I guess that's the confusion for me. You give your credit card # over the phone when they are open and they tell you where they are parking it. You bring a spare key and pick it up whenever you get a ride. No need to interact or have them open for business - cars are routinely left outside of businesses, they are built for it.

Heckling, as often as not the mechanic is closed when I drop off as well. I just park it in their lot, and drop an envelope in their mailslot with my key, and a note with my name, plate #, phone #, and a brief description of the problem.

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« Reply #7098 on: February 18, 2013, 06:16:15 PM »
Had one with my coworker Friday.  My car was in the shop from Friday morning till today.  I clean one of our accounts at night.  I was scheduled for Friday night.  So I couldn't work.  My coworker, who knew my car was in the shop, wanted me to go to the account on Saturday because I couldn't go Friday night.  I had to remind her that if my car isn't fixed by 6pm Friday I wouldn't have a car all weekend, so it was not possible.

This hurts my brain. If your car is done on Friday evening, why wouldn't you have a car for Saturday?

Actually, Reader said "if my car isn't fixed by Friday."

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##### Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7099 on: February 18, 2013, 06:19:54 PM »
Back on the mechanic thing... I have never known a garage having to be open. I guess that's the confusion for me. You give your credit card # over the phone when they are open and they tell you where they are parking it. You bring a spare key and pick it up whenever you get a ride. No need to interact or have them open for business - cars are routinely left outside of businesses, they are built for it.

Heckling, as often as not the mechanic is closed when I drop off as well. I just park it in their lot, and drop an envelope in their mailslot with my key, and a note with my name, plate #, phone #, and a brief description of the problem.

The auto shop we go to is cash only.  But they do have Saturday hours.
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#### WillyNilly

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##### Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7100 on: February 18, 2013, 06:25:49 PM »
Had one with my coworker Friday.  My car was in the shop from Friday morning till today.  I clean one of our accounts at night.  I was scheduled for Friday night.  So I couldn't work.  My coworker, who knew my car was in the shop, wanted me to go to the account on Saturday because I couldn't go Friday night.  I had to remind her that if my car isn't fixed by 6pm Friday I wouldn't have a car all weekend, so it was not possible.

This hurts my brain. If your car is done on Friday evening, why wouldn't you have a car for Saturday?

Actually, Reader said "if my car isn't fixed by Friday."

Oh, duh! That makes much more sense!

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##### Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7101 on: February 18, 2013, 06:32:22 PM »
Nearly every person that moves to my area (plus any local teens who haven't come across this info before) eventually has the same brain-hurty conversation.

BG: About an hour from MyTown, out in the middle of a desert, is a nuclear research facility, which is commonly referred to as The Site.  Among the many people who work there are those who are training to serve on Navy nuclear-powered submarines.  So we get some version of the following:

Local: blah, blah, blah Navy guys.
Newcomer: Navy??
Local: Yeah, *short explanation*
Newcomer: Oh, ok.  Wait-- sailors.  Stationed in the middle of a desert.  *sproiinnng*

In San Angelo you had a version of this

Civilian: Why did you move here?

Military/Military Spouse We are stationed at Goodfellow AFB

Civilian: Cool what branch are you/spouse

Sounds brain hurty if you don't know that Goodfellow AFB has Language training for all branches of the military and a few other agencies.

Some other things that hurt our brains until explained by a local

We had NEVER seen so many Hawaii and Alaskan plates on cars - apparently those are considered overseas postings and the military will ship the car as part of moving. (Not Military just what I was told)

Seeing children riding in the back of patrol cars every single day. I'm not talking kids old enough to be arrested (10 and up) but itty bitty things in car seats and boosters. The San Angelo Police Department has at least some of the patrol officers take their cars home*.. They didn't use them for personal business, but were allowed to drop off and pick up their kids on the way to and from work. There was a 24 hour child care center down the street from the police station. If you were in the area  just before or after evening shift changes you would see kids in the PJ's getting out of or into police cars.

*The idea was having visible cop cars out and about especially in certain neighborhood would cut down on crime - also in the case of a citywide  emergency the cops could Dress at home and go directly to were they were needed with all their equipment instead of going to the station and then going to the emergency.

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##### Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7102 on: February 18, 2013, 06:37:50 PM »
Back on the mechanic thing... I have never known a garage having to be open. I guess that's the confusion for me. You give your credit card # over the phone when they are open and they tell you where they are parking it. You bring a spare key and pick it up whenever you get a ride. No need to interact or have them open for business - cars are routinely left outside of businesses, they are built for it.

Heckling, as often as not the mechanic is closed when I drop off as well. I just park it in their lot, and drop an envelope in their mailslot with my key, and a note with my name, plate #, phone #, and a brief description of the problem.
My mechanic doesn't allow that. They hand you the keys - I guess they want to be sure that you are the one picking up the car or that if you get into an accident right after you can't say you picked it up that way.

#### jpcher

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##### Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7103 on: February 18, 2013, 06:46:06 PM »
Back on the mechanic thing... I have never known a garage having to be open. I guess that's the confusion for me. You give your credit card # over the phone when they are open and they tell you where they are parking it. You bring a spare key and pick it up whenever you get a ride. No need to interact or have them open for business - cars are routinely left outside of businesses, they are built for it.

Heckling, as often as not the mechanic is closed when I drop off as well. I just park it in their lot, and drop an envelope in their mailslot with my key, and a note with my name, plate #, phone #, and a brief description of the problem.

The confusion possibly stems from "Not everybody is as lucky to have a mechanic like yours."

I'm 50+ years old and it's only been the past 3-4 years where I found a mechanic that I trust and gives me the options of drop-off/pick-up after hours. To me, this is a luxury and certainly not the norm for other mechanics around here.

eta: my mechanic is a small single owner garage. 2 stalls attached to a gas station.
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##### Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7104 on: February 18, 2013, 06:54:26 PM »
One of the things I love about my mechanic place: they are happy to lock the keys in the car for me, let me pick it up that evening (with spare keys), then let me come in a day or two later to pay for it.  The manager even let me borrow her own car (as in, her personal vehicle) once when I would have had to wait for longer than expected!

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##### Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7105 on: February 18, 2013, 07:11:11 PM »
Nearly every person that moves to my area (plus any local teens who haven't come across this info before) eventually has the same brain-hurty conversation.

BG: About an hour from MyTown, out in the middle of a desert, is a nuclear research facility, which is commonly referred to as The Site.  Among the many people who work there are those who are training to serve on Navy nuclear-powered submarines.  So we get some version of the following:

Local: blah, blah, blah Navy guys.
Newcomer: Navy??
Local: Yeah, *short explanation*
Newcomer: Oh, ok.  Wait-- sailors.  Stationed in the middle of a desert.  *sproiinnng*
Way back when, I went with several people in a college class to a town in the middle-of-nowhere Nevada, for a research project.  In the evening, we all headed for the only casino in town.

The biggest employer in the town was the Navy, which had a training facility in the area for pilots--enough desolation so they could practice using weapons.  Nevada has no ocean. A lot of it is desert. Military people being military people, the Navy stationed law enforcement officers in the casino to help with security. The Navy calls these "Shore Patrol," because the main function is to "make certain that sailors on liberty do not become too rowdy." That's mostly in a port town, not in the middle of the desert.

Well, college students being college students, we defied the legal requirement that you must be 21 to drink and gamble in Nevada. Casino security & the Shore Patrol spotted us pretty quickly and the Shore Patrol helped out by escorting us, one by one, off the premises.

I have always enjoyed perplexing people by saying that I was once thrown out of every casino in Fallon, Nevada, by the Shore Patrol.

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#### ammyd

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##### Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7106 on: February 19, 2013, 07:19:56 PM »
This one happened Sunday, for background in my town on Sundays we can only sell alcohol from 12 pm to 7 pm. The hours were actually extended recently it used to be from 12 pm to 6 pm.

Regular Customer approaches counter six pack in hand.

Me:Sir, I'm afraid I can't sell you that it's past seven.
RC: Oh that's right it's Sunday. Sorry.
Me:It's no problem.
RC: Hey do you know anyone that's open later?
Me:You mean that sells alcohol?
RC:Yeah. *nods*
Me: Sir, nobody will be able to sell you alcohol until tomorrow.
RC:Why not?

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##### Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7107 on: February 19, 2013, 07:26:45 PM »
My friend emailed her coworker a list of instructions to take care of a task that needed to be done while she was out of the office.

The list was pretty explicit, and broken down into steps.  Friend also walked coworker through the steps.

When friend got back to the office, coworker had not done the task correctly.  When friend asked about the parts that hadn't been done, coworker said, "If you wanted it done right, you should have given me written instructions!"

Friend had to walk away.  Her head was about to explode from the thought that emails somehow don't qualify as written.

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##### Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7108 on: February 19, 2013, 08:45:32 PM »
I'm telling on DH...

DH rarely, if ever, goes grocery shopping.  In the decade we've been together, he's probably been inside a grocery store a dozen times, for just a few items, mostly when I've been ill and unable to go.

The other day, I had a few errands to run and a doctor appointment after work and asked him he he could stop in and pick up a few things.  One of the items on the list was fresh white mushrooms...

DH: (as I'm coming through the door) Hon, I couldn't find the mushrooms.  I looked EVERYWHERE in the store.  They only had frozen and canned...I got both.

Me:  There wasn't any kind of fresh mushrooms in the produce dept.?

DH: Produce dept???

Yeah, because no one would think to look in the produce area...for well, fresh produce.  Which, is also directly across from the frozen vegetables.  I can't figure out why he didn't ask someone...

It did make me chuckle.  A lot.

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##### Re: Exchanges with People that Make Your Brain Hurt
« Reply #7109 on: February 20, 2013, 07:46:20 AM »
I am constantly amazed by the number of recipes I see that call for canned mushrooms. Mushrooms are inexpensive and plentiful in my area, and we go through 3 pounds a week.

My DH makes my brain hurt as he complains about the cost of milk ($4/gal) and eggs ($2.50/dozen), but has no qualms on buying pomegranate juice ($10/2 liters) or whey powder ($8/lb). I still send him to the store when needed.
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