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lady_disdain

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #1005 on: August 18, 2013, 09:56:10 PM »
So that is why my dremel came with a warning that it was not to be used for dental work (really!).

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #1006 on: August 19, 2013, 03:02:51 AM »
I heard this story from a friend of my husband.  This friend was a doctor and he knew a doctor that gave himself a vasectomy.  I didn't ask for details.  Apparently, this doctor had five kids and his wife refused to consent to a vasectomy, so he did it himself.  All I can say is, ouch.  I don't know if the wife ever caught on why there were no more children.

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« Reply #1007 on: August 19, 2013, 09:21:52 AM »
Cheapskate; my FIL, who HAS dental insurance, pulls his own teeth rather than see the dentist! For chipped teeth he uses a dremel! Yikes!

 :o  And I thought my mother was bad Supergluing a broken tooth. 

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« Reply #1008 on: August 19, 2013, 09:31:08 AM »
Cheapskate; my FIL, who HAS dental insurance, pulls his own teeth rather than see the dentist! For chipped teeth he uses a dremel! Yikes!

 :o  And I thought my mother was bad Supergluing a broken tooth.

When my father's denture broke, he fixed it with pliobond. 

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #1009 on: August 19, 2013, 10:16:43 AM »
^ So what am I missing?  How is that a cheapskate story?  ???

It's not so much a cheapskate story as being frugal though I've been accused of being cheap in the past.  And I can be, I admit.
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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #1010 on: August 19, 2013, 10:42:13 AM »
I heard this story from a friend of my husband.  This friend was a doctor and he knew a doctor that gave himself a vasectomy.  I didn't ask for details.  Apparently, this doctor had five kids and his wife refused to consent to a vasectomy, so he did it himself.  All I can say is, ouch.  I don't know if the wife ever caught on why there were no more children.

I heard a similar story of a guy who was a doctor who didn't do it quite himself, he had another doctor do most of it and he assisted.  That's got to be a bit tricky to do one's self.


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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #1011 on: August 19, 2013, 01:02:48 PM »
Cheapskate; my FIL, who HAS dental insurance, pulls his own teeth rather than see the dentist! For chipped teeth he uses a dremel! Yikes!

 :o  And I thought my mother was bad Supergluing a broken tooth.

When my father's denture broke, he fixed it with pliobond.

I superglued my retainer together a few times in high school. Not because I was a cheapskate really, just didn't want to deal with the Wrath of Dad. :)

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #1012 on: August 19, 2013, 02:23:18 PM »
Compared to other stories here, this is extremely mild.  Anyway, many years ago, I worked in a program for the chonically mentally ill.  The Director of the program liked to hold his money on the close side.

The Director purchased a painting at a second hand store, not a great painting, but nice, and well worth more than the $10 he paid for it.  (Or at least I would have paid more). 

The frame was starting to work loose on one side, but some glue and a clamp should have done it.  Instead, Director decided to ask one of the higher functioning clients to fix it because client was a journeyman carpenter.

Except he wasn't.  Client had no skills at all.  Director gets his framed picture back, and there are nails everywhere: gouging great holes in the frame, pushed completly through the frame and sticking through the picture.  And he didn't fix the part that needed to be fixed.

At least it only cost Director $10.
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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #1013 on: August 19, 2013, 02:29:28 PM »
Compared to other stories here, this is extremely mild.  Anyway, many years ago, I worked in a program for the chonically mentally ill.  The Director of the program liked to hold his money on the close side.

The Director purchased a painting at a second hand store, not a great painting, but nice, and well worth more than the $10 he paid for it.  (Or at least I would have paid more). 

The frame was starting to work loose on one side, but some glue and a clamp should have done it.  Instead, Director decided to ask one of the higher functioning clients to fix it because client was a journeyman carpenter.

Except he wasn't.  Client had no skills at all.  Director gets his framed picture back, and there are nails everywhere: gouging great holes in the frame, pushed completly through the frame and sticking through the picture.  And he didn't fix the part that needed to be fixed.

At least it only cost Director $10.

This almost belongs in the thread of things that are funny but I shouldn't be laughing at.

But this part:

  Instead, Director decided to ask one of the higher functioning clients to fix it because client was a journeyman carpenter.

Except he wasn't.  Client had no skills at all.   Director gets his framed picture back, and there are nails everywhere: gouging great holes in the frame, pushed completly through the frame and sticking through the picture.  And he didn't fix the part that needed to be fixed.

So was the director imagining that the client was a journeyman carpenter? Or did he believe the client claiming to be one?

Maybe I'm going to heck but your post has me LMBO!  ;D

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #1014 on: August 19, 2013, 02:49:47 PM »
i was invited to dinner with an elderly lady who thought it a farce to buy and use dishsoap. after all, "my mother never used the stuff so neither should i." unfortunately, i was only told after dinner when i was helping her clean up. i can't tell you how i felt after looking in that soup pot after she 'cleaned it by hand.' even now i get nauseated thinking about it. that thing has years of grime accumulated in it. dishsoap in and of itself may not have scrubbed that pot clean (contrary to various commercials out there), but at least most of the bacteria would have been killed off.

in theory.

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #1015 on: August 19, 2013, 02:57:17 PM »
My GrammaH's neighbor had one dishpan. She used it to wash her dishes and her undies in it.  ???

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #1016 on: August 19, 2013, 02:58:36 PM »
The Director believed the client when he said that he was a journeyman carpenter.  However, common sense should have kicked in at some point because: Client is delusional!  That's what made him a client! 

I guess for Director the siren call of saving money overrode all common sense.
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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #1017 on: August 19, 2013, 03:18:12 PM »
The Director believed the client when he said that he was a journeyman carpenter.  However, common sense should have kicked in at some point because: Client is delusional!  That's what made him a client! 

I guess for Director the siren call of saving money overrode all common sense.

Literally Lol'ing as I type this!  ;D

Hopefully Director doesn't listen to any clients that claim to be nurses or doctors and let them walk right out the door.

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« Reply #1018 on: August 19, 2013, 04:10:06 PM »
amylouky wrote:

"I superglued my retainer together a few times in high school. Not because I was a cheapskate really, just didn't want to deal with the Wrath of Dad."

Using superglue on a retainer or dentures isn't really cheapskate stuff, since it will work pretty well on those things and it's not going to hurt if it doesn't work.  Using it on a tooth, however, is plumb foolish because it's just begging for an abcess that could cause serious health problems and LOTS of pain, since you'd be sealing in a host of bacteria that would then happily go to work on the inside of your tooth.

I don't think I even have to address how wrong it is to try to use a Dremel tool for personal dentistry.

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #1019 on: August 19, 2013, 04:27:35 PM »
amylouky wrote:

"I superglued my retainer together a few times in high school. Not because I was a cheapskate really, just didn't want to deal with the Wrath of Dad."

Using superglue on a retainer or dentures isn't really cheapskate stuff, since it will work pretty well on those things and it's not going to hurt if it doesn't work.  Using it on a tooth, however, is plumb foolish because it's just begging for an abcess that could cause serious health problems and LOTS of pain, since you'd be sealing in a host of bacteria that would then happily go to work on the inside of your tooth.

I don't think I even have to address how wrong it is to try to use a Dremel tool for personal dentistry.

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