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Re: An Adult Should Really Know This - Silly Things You've Had to Tell People
« Reply #2580 on: April 14, 2014, 11:19:54 AM »

My sister had this with her phone company. She had contacted them to let them know her (land line) phone was not working. They kept cancelling appointments for the
 engineer to come out, because she had not responded to their phone messages asking her to confirm. When she reported the problem, she gave them her mobile number and e-mail address...

What with that, and the fact that it turned out the fault was caused by heir own contractors severing her line when they installed one next door, they wound up giving her free service for about 6 months , but it was very frustrating while it lasted.

We've lost our landline service a couple of times due to things the phone company has done.  Their emails are always vaguely threatening and make the assumption that it's something *we've* done.   *And* it takes them over a week to come fix the problem.

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« Reply #2581 on: April 14, 2014, 01:47:36 PM »

My sister had this with her phone company. She had contacted them to let them know her (land line) phone was not working. They kept cancelling appointments for the
 engineer to come out, because she had not responded to their phone messages asking her to confirm. When she reported the problem, she gave them her mobile number and e-mail address...

What with that, and the fact that it turned out the fault was caused by heir own contractors severing her line when they installed one next door, they wound up giving her free service for about 6 months , but it was very frustrating while it lasted.

We've lost our landline service a couple of times due to things the phone company has done.  Their emails are always vaguely threatening and make the assumption that it's something *we've* done.   *And* it takes them over a week to come fix the problem.
Call your state's Public Service Commission.   There is NO excuse for them to assume that YOU did something, nor the excessive delay.  >:(

Verizon tried to pull that with me, as well as claiming that it must be some problem with the wiring inside the house.  (Riiiight. ::) Because the wiring inside the house is going to act up only when it's raining outside.)   Oddly enough, about half an hour after I called the Maryland PSC, a technician miraculously became available that afternoon, instead of 10 days hence.   ::)

Not that it did any good, at least as far as Verizon was concerned.  When that visit still didn't fix the ongoing problem we called our cable company and had the phone bundled with the cable & internet that we were already getting. Cable company fixed FOUR different problems, things that Verizon had never touched. 
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« Reply #2582 on: April 14, 2014, 11:37:18 PM »
I'm headed to a satellite office on Monday, and asked IT if I could possibly have a loaner computer.

I got a phone message from IT, asking for my password so they could set up my account on the loaner before I arrive on Monday. He then stressed NOT TO E-MAIL THE PASSWORD, as it's a bad practice, and TO CALL HIM, NOT E-MAIL, and if I wasn't in, just forget it and we could do it real quick on Monday, because he does NOT want me to e-mail my password.

That must happen a lot.

Sadly, yes. Yes, it does.

source: my husband works in IT.

Yes, I've had interactions with users that went

Me: Can you tell me your username please?
Them: User1 and the password is xxx...
Me: No, that's ok! I just need your username, you shouldn't be giving me or anyone else your password for anything!
I work in IT as well. We got users emailing the mailing group for the entire IT department with their username and password.  ???
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« Reply #2583 on: April 15, 2014, 01:18:41 AM »
I spent 20 minutes trying to explain the concept of "B.C." to someone who couldn't understand why, on a timeline, the B.C. years were listed backwards.  When we finished, he was still not getting it and I was beginning to wonder why it was that way myself.

Does this person understand the concept of numbers and negative numbers in math? That could help him understand the B.C. years, if you start counting backwards from zero.

-5  -4  -3  -2  -1  0  1  2  3  4  5

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Re: An Adult Should Really Know This - Silly Things You've Had to Tell People
« Reply #2584 on: April 15, 2014, 06:59:55 AM »
I'm headed to a satellite office on Monday, and asked IT if I could possibly have a loaner computer.

I got a phone message from IT, asking for my password so they could set up my account on the loaner before I arrive on Monday. He then stressed NOT TO E-MAIL THE PASSWORD, as it's a bad practice, and TO CALL HIM, NOT E-MAIL, and if I wasn't in, just forget it and we could do it real quick on Monday, because he does NOT want me to e-mail my password.

That must happen a lot.

Sadly, yes. Yes, it does.

source: my husband works in IT.

Yes, I've had interactions with users that went

Me: Can you tell me your username please?
Them: User1 and the password is xxx...
Me: No, that's ok! I just need your username, you shouldn't be giving me or anyone else your password for anything!
I work in IT as well. We got users emailing the mailing group for the entire IT department with their username and password.  ???

Ah, now that we've got a department distribution list we often get users forwarding on things they really shouldn't. To 60/70 people.  We have also had one user get caught by a phishing scam THREE TIMES.  The emails going out to all staff about how 'we will never ever ask you to enter your email and password into a site to extend your email access, ever ever ever' are getting less and less polite.

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« Reply #2585 on: April 15, 2014, 10:23:45 AM »
At my old job at IBM, we got an e-mail from Corporate that said something like "If you're planning a business trip, please call us at xxx-xxx-xxxx so that we can update our files with all of your information, including your company credit card number."

You know where this is going, right?  Someone hit Reply-All and gave the entire company (and IBM ain't small, folks) their credit card info.  This happened in November.  I joked that it was the perfect opportunity to go Christmas shopping on the company dime.

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« Reply #2586 on: April 18, 2014, 04:25:46 PM »
When you're out sick from work, you should contact someone at work and let them know. Obviously if you're in the emergency room or something, this won't be the first thing on your mind; but if you're just feeling under the weather, you should really contact us to say you won't be in Thursday. Or Friday. Or Monday. Instead of showing up for your first day of work on Wednesday, and then vanishing from the face of the earth until next Tuesday, and claiming you didn't know who to contact.

Also, if you change your schedule for the day, and decide to come in for the afternoon shift instead of the morning as written on the schedule, you should let someone know.

Also, if you're supposed to come in at 10am, but you email to say you'd rather come in at 1pm, hey, points for contacting me! But if your reasoning is, you overslept and missed your 9am class, so you need to make it up with a noon class... that's not very impressive to your employer.
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« Reply #2587 on: April 18, 2014, 05:39:46 PM »
When you're out sick from work, you should contact someone at work and let them know. Obviously if you're in the emergency room or something, this won't be the first thing on your mind; but if you're just feeling under the weather, you should really contact us to say you won't be in Thursday. Or Friday. Or Monday. Instead of showing up for your first day of work on Wednesday, and then vanishing from the face of the earth until next Tuesday, and claiming you didn't know who to contact.

Also, if you change your schedule for the day, and decide to come in for the afternoon shift instead of the morning as written on the schedule, you should let someone know.

Also, if you're supposed to come in at 10am, but you email to say you'd rather come in at 1pm, hey, points for contacting me! But if your reasoning is, you overslept and missed your 9am class, so you need to make it up with a noon class... that's not very impressive to your employer.

did you post this on the correct thread :D

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« Reply #2588 on: April 18, 2014, 05:55:47 PM »
When you're out sick from work, you should contact someone at work and let them know. Obviously if you're in the emergency room or something, this won't be the first thing on your mind; but if you're just feeling under the weather, you should really contact us to say you won't be in Thursday. Or Friday. Or Monday. Instead of showing up for your first day of work on Wednesday, and then vanishing from the face of the earth until next Tuesday, and claiming you didn't know who to contact.

Also, if you change your schedule for the day, and decide to come in for the afternoon shift instead of the morning as written on the schedule, you should let someone know.

Also, if you're supposed to come in at 10am, but you email to say you'd rather come in at 1pm, hey, points for contacting me! But if your reasoning is, you overslept and missed your 9am class, so you need to make it up with a noon class... that's not very impressive to your employer.

did you post this on the correct thread :D

I believe it's in the correct thread. Calling in to work when you aren't coming for some reason is something you shouldn't have to tell adults. They should really already know this.
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Re: An Adult Should Really Know This - Silly Things You've Had to Tell People
« Reply #2589 on: April 18, 2014, 06:03:15 PM »
When you're out sick from work, you should contact someone at work and let them know. Obviously if you're in the emergency room or something, this won't be the first thing on your mind; but if you're just feeling under the weather, you should really contact us to say you won't be in Thursday. Or Friday. Or Monday. Instead of showing up for your first day of work on Wednesday, and then vanishing from the face of the earth until next Tuesday, and claiming you didn't know who to contact.

Also, if you change your schedule for the day, and decide to come in for the afternoon shift instead of the morning as written on the schedule, you should let someone know.

Also, if you're supposed to come in at 10am, but you email to say you'd rather come in at 1pm, hey, points for contacting me! But if your reasoning is, you overslept and missed your 9am class, so you need to make it up with a noon class... that's not very impressive to your employer.

did you post this on the correct thread :D

I believe it's in the correct thread. Calling in to work when you aren't coming for some reason is something you shouldn't have to tell adults. They should really already know this.

It would have also fit nicely in the Professional Darwinism thread.  ;)
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« Reply #2590 on: April 18, 2014, 09:41:50 PM »
I spent 20 minutes trying to explain the concept of "B.C." to someone who couldn't understand why, on a timeline, the B.C. years were listed backwards.  When we finished, he was still not getting it and I was beginning to wonder why it was that way myself.

Does this person understand the concept of numbers and negative numbers in math? That could help him understand the B.C. years, if you start counting backwards from zero.

-5  -4  -3  -2  -1  0  1  2  3  4  5

But then you get the joy of explaining that there is no year 0 and we go from 1 BCE to 1 present era.

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« Reply #2591 on: April 18, 2014, 11:12:57 PM »
this is a personal one but....


friend I've know for a while, but haven't seen for a long time: Hey, How are you? and how is Steve (DH's brother)

me: I'm great! I'm not sure how Steve is, I don't really talk with him much. How are you?

friend: CRUD MONKEYS!!!!!! when did you split up? I didn't hear that!

me: Jarry and me? no we are still together!

friend: No, you and Steve! When did you split?

me: I married Jarry, not Steve..... Steve is married to Sammie

friend: No, you married Steve. I know, I was there!!!!

me: Well, I was there, too....and I'm pretty sure I said my vows to Jarry...... :o

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« Reply #2592 on: April 19, 2014, 03:27:38 PM »
Tinkytinky,
That sort of thing really baffles me. Why will people argue that they know more about your life than you do? I have a friend who once had someone argue with her that her surname was European, not Asian, despite the fact he was talking to her very Asian face. Then he told her it must be her married name, and argued about it when she said, no, it was the family name of her birth family. He kept insisting that it was very peculiar that she was Asian, and had a surname from a European country, then. (FWIW, her surname is very typical of surnames of the Asian country from which her father immigrated!)

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« Reply #2593 on: April 19, 2014, 04:43:53 PM »
This was admittedly when I was only about 16 and so was the friend, but I once had to explain the concept of a mortgage to a friend who had never heard of such a thing.

Her parents were so wealthy that she didn't realise that not every household could buy a house up front with the money in their bank account...
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« Reply #2594 on: April 19, 2014, 05:26:50 PM »
I could totally see a 16yo not realizing this even if her own parents weren't wealthy, or if they did have a mortgage.