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« Reply #210 on: April 02, 2013, 10:10:22 AM »
That reminds me of my old job.   I worked in the head office for Safeway.  Every Wednesday, there would be a large delivery of baked goods from one of the stores for the office staff - doughnuts, bagels, and muffins.  We all loved Wednesdays and looked forward to a free baked goodie.  There were two cheapskate stories resulting from this:

Cheapskate #1 was the guy who, at the end of the day on Wednesday, grabbed all of the leftover stuff.  When our secretary caught him, he said defensively "I'm taking these home to my kids.  They're just going to go stale otherwise."  She said "Stale or not, they belong here.  PUT.  THEM.  BACK."  (For the record, all of the stuff got eaten by the next day.  People in I.T. don't care if a doughnut is a bit past its prime.)

Cheapskate #2 was another guy who bragged about how he was on a diet, and he never ate lunch, and that's why he was in such good shape, blah blah blah.  On Wednesdays, however, he gobbled down far more than his share of the free pastries like he was starving to death.  I once saw him eat five bagels in one sitting.   :o

We used to have a Wednesday grill lunch at our old building. Grills would be set up and for a few bucks you could get a burger/hot dog/grilled chicken with a side dish, a dessert, and a can of soda/pop. There would always be some leftovers of the meat, which were left out for a half hour or so with the buns in case anyone wanted to grab one while the general cleanup was taking place. It would be cold but still edible.

Our cheapskate, Bob, had a large family. He started by asking if he could have the leftover meat to take home to feed his family. He would just keep it in his office until it was time to leave, so the meat would be sitting out uncovered and unrefridgerated for another 4 hours or so. Then he started just coming down and taking the meat, so that the people cleaning up would wonder where it went to. No one was bothered by this, we just kind of rolled our eyes at it.

Then after he voluntarily left the company, he would come back to our building and wander by about the time of cleanup, come back in the building, and take the meat (yes, that makes him a thief as well.) After a couple of weeks of that, they started automatically putting the meat in the fridge when the grill was over.

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« Reply #211 on: April 02, 2013, 10:23:15 AM »
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Then after he voluntarily left the company, he would come back to our building and wander by about the time of cleanup, come back in the building, and take the meat (yes, that makes him a thief as well.) After a couple of weeks of that, they started automatically putting the meat in the fridge when the grill was over.

He did this after he left the company?  That takes nerve.

We had someone who left to go to another job a week before a large conference.  I think she timed it so she wouldn’t have to do any work (registration table, set ups, etc.).  She had a few days off before starting her new job.  At the buffet she showed up in shorts and flip flops, ate, then took a few plastic containers out of her totebag and filled up.

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« Reply #212 on: April 02, 2013, 10:32:20 AM »
Wow. My cheapskate story seems quite mild after all these . And I'm nt sure it was cheapskate as much as entitled...

We had a launch party at our office - (change of name, so we were inviting other local businesses etc so they new we were still us, and hadn't been taken over) We have more than one location so there was a party at each location, and the senior managers attended both.

At each party, there was food - mainly canapes and cupcakes, plus wine and fruit juice, and there was a period of about 3 hours when the guests were welcome to drop in.

At party #1, at cheapskates office, when the party came to an end and we were starting to clear up, efforts were made to make sure that staff members who had not been able to come down to socialise got the chance to have some of the cupcakes etc which were left, and then the few leftovers were shared with lots of people taking 1 or 2 cupcakes home. No one took any until after the launch party was finished AND all staff members had had the opportunity to eat.
 

At party #2, cheapskate attended.  Unlike those of us who had attended 'her' party, she did not stay until the end and help clear up. She left about 45 minutes before the party was due to end (so when we might still have guests arriving) and before all members of staff at office #2 had had a chance to try the snacks. She took with her an entire plate full of cupcakes and one of canapes.
When challenged, she said she was planning to take them back to office #1 so they could have a share.. She was quite indignant when it was pointed out that they should be left for the guests who we were expecting during the last hour of the launch. She did eventually leave about half of what she'd planned to take, but carried on making comments about how greedy and selfish office #2 was for about a week afterwards.

(she also used to try to talk us into going to the cheapest possible restuarant / cafe whenever we (as business owners, of whom she was one) were paying for a meal, for instance when a staff member retired. She herself retired late last year, and selected the most expensive place in town for her own leaving do...)

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« Reply #213 on: April 02, 2013, 11:13:21 AM »
My mother had really strong cheapskate tendencies :

- Softening butter to add milk to it, so that when it was solid again, there would be more butter.

- Snipping leaves or branches from plants instead of buying them.  She would replant/soak them so they would grow roots.

- Buying the cheapest snowsuit/snowboots. Hello frostbite.

- Grabbing every packet of condiments on restaurant tables.

- Lying about my age so I could get freebies.  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.

- Tipping?  That was a town in China.

- When taking a bath, do not have more than half an inch of lukewarm water in that tub, missy!  And don't take too long, someone else is waiting to use it. 

- Present for a friend : an assortment of shampoo/cream samples is good enough.

- Food expiry dates are fake.  That mayo jar is only 5 years old.

- Paying for a haircut or coloring?  Nope... hack away and hope that Miss Clairol bottle wasn't on sale x years ago, because she probably cleaned out the store.  Good luck on mixing and matching those colours.


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« Reply #214 on: April 02, 2013, 11:14:26 AM »
- Lying about my age so I could get freebies.  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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« Reply #215 on: April 02, 2013, 11:17:09 AM »
It's amazing that a sense of entitlement seems to go hand in hand with many cheapskates.

1. My late MIL's sister.  The one married to the lawyer (it came up every time we saw her), paying for their son's multi decade attendance at medical school in Bologna, and a second home in Florida. When Disney still had the A, B and C tickets for rides she gave MIL the left over ticket books for Disney World as a birthday gift. They wouldn't let ILs stay in the Florida house because "they wouldn't feel right charging them rent."
   
MILs sister and her oldest adult daughter weren't going to be able to attend MIL's funeral unless we provided a car. They both drive, frequently, and for far distances, and have cars.  We were told the price of gas was too high.  The youngest daughter disgraced them by marrying a public school teacher who didn't make enough money AND adopted a child from Romania.  Fortunately they had enough sense to be happy as their own family unit. 

2. My friends of 20+ years whose gifts are always cheap thrift store finds. The strange used book on a topic I've never cared about.  The makeup from a yard sale--shudder--The collection of hotel soaps.
Their 2 youngest sons asked them not to have graduation parties for them.  The odd assortment of dented canned food served at the oldest son's HS gradation was not a good track record. 

One year ths couple took a cruise.  Not a standard cruise. The supply ship that visited the private islands of the clipper cruise line.  They were given a discount coupon for a standard clipper cruise.  They gave it to us, but we were unable to use it before expiration.  The wife hounded us until we repaid her the money they "lost" from the coupon.  No, they weren't going to take another cruise, but she saw it as money out of her pocket. 

The husband just retired as a GS14 (15 is the highest pay grade civil service).

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« Reply #216 on: April 02, 2013, 11:24:06 AM »
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She told the ticket taker I was a dog.

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« Reply #217 on: April 02, 2013, 11:28:24 AM »
Just remembered a couple more about my aunt who washes her dishes with bleach.

She only has one lightbulb in the main part of her house. (I think she probably has another one in her bathroom.) Things get boring for visitors once it gets dark, I've been told! She raises a stink if you don't turn off the light when you leave the room.

She also doesn't like people to text her. We don't often because she has dyslexia, but sometimes it's a lot easier to send a text. She hates, hates, hates it when people reply things like "OK" or "Thanks!" and will scold you the next time she sees you, because each text costs her...a dime.

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« Reply #218 on: April 02, 2013, 11:29:43 AM »
- Lying about my age so I could get freebies.  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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« Reply #219 on: April 02, 2013, 11:56:28 AM »
She also doesn't like people to text her. We don't often because she has dyslexia, but sometimes it's a lot easier to send a text. She hates, hates, hates it when people reply things like "OK" or "Thanks!" and will scold you the next time she sees you, because each text costs her...a dime.

I don't have a text plan so I was very annoyed when people text because it cost 20 cents each (it adds up!)  I've since turned off text so nothing can get through.  So I understand your Aunt's feeling about that although I don't scold. 

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« Reply #220 on: April 02, 2013, 12:21:11 PM »
She also doesn't like people to text her. We don't often because she has dyslexia, but sometimes it's a lot easier to send a text. She hates, hates, hates it when people reply things like "OK" or "Thanks!" and will scold you the next time she sees you, because each text costs her...a dime.

I don't have a text plan so I was very annoyed when people text because it cost 20 cents each (it adds up!)  I've since turned off text so nothing can get through.  So I understand your Aunt's feeling about that although I don't scold. 
See, that's what I'd do - turn them off if I don't have a text plan. Sounds like the Aunt just liked to complain.

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« Reply #221 on: April 02, 2013, 12:29:28 PM »
I used to get annoyed at some friends of mine who were notorious for bullying cheapskates.

For instance, one of them got asked out by a guy who invited her to a certain restaurant.  They got there and he produced a coupon that allowed them to have a free appetizer.  No limitations were put on their ordering (he just needed to order one dinner.)  She went on and on about how cheap he was to not pay full price in her presence.  (He was in school.)

Another time I invited a guy out as a date and bought him dinner.  He brought me flowers (nice, not expected.)  Afterwards these people found out that I had paid and made a big deal about how cheap he was.  They then asked me where he had gotten the flowers and what kind.  (No, I didn't let them inspect them.  I suspect they came from the grocery store but who cares?  Once again, we were in school.)

There was another guy of our acquaintance who was out of school and working as a successful (but socially awkward) programmer.  He wasn't really the "nice nerd" type but was actually sort of a jerk.  He would put people down right to their faces with this smug expression and couldn't figure out why that was not socially accepted.  I turned down a date with him.  The same people asked me why when he was willing to go all out on his dates - he'd pull out the flowers, the drinks and the nice restaurants and even listen if you didn't want to sleep with him.  I said that no dinner was worth getting insulted for two hours.  They said, "Hey, but it's free dinner!"

That's when I realized that they were the cheap ones.

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« Reply #222 on: April 02, 2013, 12:44:57 PM »
- Lying about my age so I could get freebies.  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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I agree.

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« Reply #223 on: April 02, 2013, 12:54:30 PM »
I used to have a friend who didn't like to pay the cost of making phone calls from her home phone (land line), so if she called you, she would immediately make an excuse like "The line is full of static on my end, can you try calling me back?" Then you would call her, and she'd be happy to talk for an hour, now that you were footing the cost of the call.

This reminds me of a TV commercial from back in the day when long distance charges were a Big Deal, and various companies competed for your business with various cheap rates, family plans, etc.  On one commercial, prospective grandparents are waiting by the phone for the big announcement.  Phone rings, Grandpa answers, listens for a minute and says, 'No, we won't accept charges'.  He sits back down and tells his wife, 'They had a boy'.  Cut to the new dad in a pay phone booth, telling the operator, 'Collect call from Mr. Wehadthebabyitsaboy'.

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« Reply #224 on: April 02, 2013, 12:55:52 PM »
I used to have a friend who didn't like to pay the cost of making phone calls from her home phone (land line), so if she called you, she would immediately make an excuse like "The line is full of static on my end, can you try calling me back?" Then you would call her, and she'd be happy to talk for an hour, now that you were footing the cost of the call.

This reminds me of a TV commercial from back in the day when long distance charges were a Big Deal, and various companies competed for your business with various cheap rates, family plans, etc.  On one commercial, prospective grandparents are waiting by the phone for the big announcement.  Phone rings, Grandpa answers, listens for a minute and says, 'No, we won't accept charges'.  He sits back down and tells his wife, 'They had a boy'.  Cut to the new dad in a pay phone booth, telling the operator, 'Collect call from Mr. Wehadthebabyitsaboy'.

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