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girlysprite

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #195 on: April 02, 2013, 12:05:00 AM »
I also notice that cheapskates are more prone to bragging about their cheapness, and think badly of others for not being as cheap as they are ('they are so wasteful')

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #196 on: April 02, 2013, 12:08:46 AM »

...   Wasn't there a story here about a woman whose mother refused to put detergent in the dishwasher, so the plates just got "rinsed."  The first time the poster's husband ate at the in-laws house, he got sick as a dog from the leftover residue/germs on the plates?

Disgusting to be sure!   :o

But the water in a dishwasher is so incredibly hot and makes so much steam that it would seem that that alone should at least kill most of the germs. 

I think I'd almost take my chances on eating from one of her plates than what my MIL used to do.  She didn't have a dishwasher.  She did her dishes all by hand.  She would run out of whatever her current dishwashing liquid might be and instead of going to the store and buying a new bottle, she'd use Tide or some other laundry detergent.  Then she'd never rinse them off really thoroughly, so next time you ate off one of her plates, you got a little detergent with your green beans and mashed potatoes.  It did not enhance the flavor.   :-\

The water is only that hot if a) your house water heater/tankless water heat is set to heat the water THAT HOT, or b) your washer heats the water that hot.  For a long time, our hot water just wasn't that killer hot because our children were the age where they ran their own tub water, and we didn't want them scalded.  Before that time and after that time, our water heater was set good and hot, for just that reason.  (Plus, DH takes cooler showers and never runs out of hot water, but I take HOT showers, and frequently run out of hot water when I wash my hair).

And I've learned something new, I thought all dishwashers heated the water internally to the temperature required. I know mine only has cold water input (I could choose hot water input to it but my hot water heater is inefficient and small) but gosh the clean dishes come out hot. I wonder if that is a US vs Australian thing.

I'm in the US, and our dishes are so hot when they come out that I have to wait quite a while to be able to even pick them up without burning myself (If they're too hot for me to handle, they could ruin our countertop because of the material out of which it's made).
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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #197 on: April 02, 2013, 12:38:54 AM »
I knew a guy who had been dating another guy for a few weeks when he said "Look, I've been doing all the organising and paying for our dates. I want you to take me out - doesn't matter where but you need to make the effort to plan, book etc." Well, he was a little surprised when the guy invited him to one of the more expensive restaurants in town, because it wasn't a money issue at all, rather a 'put some effort into the relationship' issue. Until he got there and was told that he could only order a main course, no starter no dessert.

"Odd", he thought, "but maybe he has something else planned and doesn't want me to fill up". Nope, it was so that his date's coupon would still be valid. As my friend said, he would have been fine with a much less expensive restaurant, but having his choices dictated to him to fit a coupon really didn't seem like the romantic evening he'd been hoping for.
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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #198 on: April 02, 2013, 04:48:37 AM »
I also notice that cheapskates are more prone to bragging about their cheapness, and think badly of others for not being as cheap as they are ('they are so wasteful')

That only emphasizes the mean-spiritedness of these people.





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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #199 on: April 02, 2013, 07:21:38 AM »
I don't know if this makes me a cheapskate, but I generally "sneak" my dessert out from buffet places to eat later. If I eat it with my dinner it usually makes my blood sugar spike too much so I'll save it and eat it an hour or two later.

I used to have an aunt who would pull the "bad pizza" thing all the time so they could get a free one later.

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #200 on: April 02, 2013, 07:51:59 AM »
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.
I assume you heard the way she spoke to me at dinner.
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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #201 on: April 02, 2013, 08:28:37 AM »
Just remembered a sighting from a few years back. 

When a ship reaches port officials from Customs and Immigration come aboard.  Often, the clearance is done in a lounge and the visitors are treated to a nice spread of sandwiches and pastries. It never hurts to be nice to people who have to clear you.

  Once the ship is cleared,  the lounge is used as a place for passengers to wait until their debarkation group is called.  On one voyage, the room was opened to passengers before the left over food was removed.  Everybody else just ignored it or nibbled on a danish,but a pair of ladies decided that they would take home the two dozen or so sandwiches that were left. 

We were in the same debarkation group so we saw them get caught and their booty confiscated. 

On a nicer note, in Hawaii quite large arrangements of tropical flowers were sold in the terminal for 10 USD.  These we were permitted to take on the ship and they did dress up the cabin for the return voyage.  However, it was not allowed to take the arrangements off the ship in Dan Diego.  California is tough. 


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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #202 on: April 02, 2013, 08:48:46 AM »
I know two people that this happened to: The host at the bar-b-que bought steaks for himself and hot dogs for everyone else.

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #203 on: April 02, 2013, 09:01:57 AM »
Things like this happened often when I was a child. 

Certain people would be invited into the den for an alcoholic drink.  The other adults were graciously invited into the back yard for iced tea. 

The question always was, 'Did Dad get asked?'. 

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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #204 on: April 02, 2013, 09:10:22 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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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #205 on: April 02, 2013, 09:23:15 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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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #206 on: April 02, 2013, 09:32:20 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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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #207 on: April 02, 2013, 10:13:21 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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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #208 on: April 02, 2013, 10:14:26 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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Re: Cheapskate stories
« Reply #209 on: April 02, 2013, 10:17:09 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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