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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #1185 on: May 05, 2014, 04:41:12 PM »
My family's done the whole "hey kids pretend you're younger so we can get the discount/free thing" bit. Most recent was this year wherein we went to eat at a buffet and they passed me off as being a child so they'd pay less for me (I think the cutoff was like 12 or 13...and I'm 28). ::) Either it worked or the person couldn't be fussed, because we got in without incident.

so you went along with it? your family passed you off as a child when you're really 28? i think at that point i would tell my family i'd just pay for myself.

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« Reply #1186 on: May 05, 2014, 08:01:24 PM »
All those "lying about age for the cheaper rate" stories, think you can top this one?  ;D
My mother had really strong cheapskate tendencies :
Worse one was lying about my species: in order to avoid paying my ticket on a ferry, she wrapped me in a blanket, told me to curl up on the seat and shut up.  She told the ticket taker I was a dog.
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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #1187 on: May 05, 2014, 11:04:10 PM »
That wins tonights internet, folks!

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #1188 on: May 06, 2014, 12:10:47 AM »
My parents and both of their extended families did that, all while pretending to be the perfect citizen of X. I don't do that and I haven't allowed anyone to with DS.

Even when being 12 means you are an adult in amusement park logic.

I like my local amusement park pricing goes by height 100cm and less free, 101 -140 childrens price and 141 and taller adult prices. and the rides signed accordingly with height measurements and measuring signs.

A lot of amusement parks admission prices are based on height, a system I always thought made more sense than basing it on age because even at the same age kids are different heights, and many rides are height restricted.

Yes, that's the best system. Just wish it would work that way on the other end of the scale. Cedar Point, full of thrill rides, has 5 rides (4 roller coasters, 1 water ride) that have a maximum height restriction of 6 feet, 4 inches. It has to do with the restraint system. DH cannot ride these rides, yet must pay full price to get into the park.

Am I the only one who is curious about how tall o_gal's husband is? If he tops 6'4, he must be very tall.

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #1189 on: May 06, 2014, 02:04:55 AM »
My 'baby' brother is 6'7", and he's on the shorter side for my family -we have cousins who top out at 6'11"
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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #1190 on: May 06, 2014, 02:31:50 AM »
My family is similar. My shortest (fully grown) male relative on my Dad's side of the family is 6'2. The tallest is 6'11. It's quite intimidating when they're all together.

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« Reply #1191 on: May 06, 2014, 06:14:28 AM »
I have to say it's fun for me (I'm just 6' tall myself) but when I'm walking with a bunch of them, especially post-formal events? I feel like I've got an entourage of bodyguards, especially when they fall into their automatic formation of one either side and two or three walking behind me - makes people look twice at this random girl with four or five MASSIVE guys in suits escorting her!

Oh! Cheapskate stories.

Can an employer be a cheapskate? Because I think that mine is right now.

Due to changes in the climate of the retail end (where I work) they have hiked our sales targets to impossible levels, and are also cutting back our hours - to the point that I'm working just 3 hours a week.

I'm in the process of contacting the right people (outside of my workplace) because I'm contracted to work 13. But the excuses are being made by management that after coming back from maternity leave I need 'more training'.

Please note I've been back from maternity leave since November.
... it might frighten them.
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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #1192 on: May 06, 2014, 09:21:03 AM »
My parents and both of their extended families did that, all while pretending to be the perfect citizen of X. I don't do that and I haven't allowed anyone to with DS.

Even when being 12 means you are an adult in amusement park logic.

I like my local amusement park pricing goes by height 100cm and less free, 101 -140 childrens price and 141 and taller adult prices. and the rides signed accordingly with height measurements and measuring signs.

A lot of amusement parks admission prices are based on height, a system I always thought made more sense than basing it on age because even at the same age kids are different heights, and many rides are height restricted.

Yes, that's the best system. Just wish it would work that way on the other end of the scale. Cedar Point, full of thrill rides, has 5 rides (4 roller coasters, 1 water ride) that have a maximum height restriction of 6 feet, 4 inches. It has to do with the restraint system. DH cannot ride these rides, yet must pay full price to get into the park.

Am I the only one who is curious about how tall o_gal's husband is? If he tops 6'4, he must be very tall.

6'8". The top of the head rest on Millenium Force hits him right where the top of the neck meets the skull (there is a test seat at the entrance that you can try out).

He's from a family of tree trunks - 2 brothers are 6'7", 1 brother is 6'5", 1 sister is 6', 1 sister is 5'11", 1 sister is 5'9". His Dad is 6'2" and his Mom was 5'11".

Our wedding party photos are posed like no one else's. We had DH 6'8", BIL 6'5", BIL 6'7", SIL 5'9", me 5'8", SIL's husband 6', and then my poor MOH who is 5'2". We had to use the chancel steps to pose everyone on different levels so our heads are roughly the same height.

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« Reply #1193 on: May 06, 2014, 09:49:53 AM »
Our wedding party photos are posed like no one else's. We had DH 6'8", BIL 6'5", BIL 6'7", SIL 5'9", me 5'8", SIL's husband 6', and then my poor MOH who is 5'2". We had to use the chancel steps to pose everyone on different levels so our heads are roughly the same height.

My grandparents did some creative step usage for their photos. Grandpa was 6'10" and Grandma (and her sisters, the bridesmaids) were all about 5'2".

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #1194 on: May 06, 2014, 09:57:28 AM »
All those "lying about age for the cheaper rate" stories, think you can top this one?  ;D
My mother had really strong cheapskate tendencies :
Worse one was lying about my species: in order to avoid paying my ticket on a ferry, she wrapped me in a blanket, told me to curl up on the seat and shut up.  She told the ticket taker I was a dog.
LOL... And this explains why I understand what my dog is saying  ;D

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #1195 on: May 06, 2014, 11:30:14 AM »
Thanks O-Gal for anwering my curiousity. I once dated a guy who was 7'1 as compared to my average height of 5'5.

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #1196 on: May 06, 2014, 08:41:50 PM »
My ex boyfriend was 6'8 to my really short 5'0.

We got some strange looks.



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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #1197 on: May 06, 2014, 09:28:46 PM »
I married into a family of tall people - I'm 5' 1" (on a good day), and my MIL is the shortest in the immediate family at 5'8".  My DH is 5' 11", one sister is 5' 10", another sister is 6', FIL is about 6' 1", and the 6' tall sister's husband is about 6' 6".  Our wedding pictures are flipping hilarious - one short person amidst a sea of tall people!  All our wedding pictures with family/friends/wedding party are outside, so there weren't even any steps we could use for posing!

On cheapskate stories, my employer is being a definite cheapskate.  I've been asking for a headset for my phone since I started (cradling the phone between my ear and shoulder is bad in so many ways!), and the excuse I keep getting for why I can't have one is "we're looking to see if there are extras somewhere".  I started in December - I think if we had any, they'd have been found by now!  Headsets are not that expensive, and I'd be more willing to answer the phone (and therefore be more productive) if I had one. 

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #1198 on: May 13, 2014, 08:37:48 AM »
One super thrifty thing I do is take spiral notebooks that have been used, type any information from them I want to keep, rip out all used pages, then I use scissors to cut the spiral bound part of the missing pages and reuse the notebook. I buy the Cambridge professional or Mead 5-star with the heavy duty covers and backs, so they hold up well for multiple classes.

I had grocery lists from 2012 in this particular notebook!

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« Reply #1199 on: May 13, 2014, 10:21:58 AM »
I do that too.  No sense in wasting paper. 

I once found a nice notebook on the street.  It had a suede cover and was inscribed, 'X's camp journal 1984' in felt-tip pen.  All the used pages had been cleanly cut out but the rest of the book book was pristine.  Apparently, X didn't keep much of a camp journal. 

I also found a notebook I used in college.  For the life of me I can't figure out in what course I used it but it still has plenty of good pages so it goes back in the loop.