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Re: "I'm never shopping THERE again!" Share your story!
« Reply #3510 on: February 18, 2013, 02:47:28 AM »
We were out and about yesterday on the other side of town, so DH and I (with the DDs in tow) stopped in at a restaurant his parents like.  I've been there a few times before - it's a big diner, the kind that serves biscuits & gravy all day and always has old people eating there.  It's known for being a hangout for local politicians - the last few times we went with the ILs, we ran into some politicians FIL knows.

Anyway, the restaurant is actually three dining rooms - one main room, one side room, and a bunch of booths and tables around a central register near the door.  We got there right at noon on a Saturday, so I thought they might be busy, but the parking lot was half-empty.  Fine, maybe their busy time is mostly during the week?

We get in and stand around awkwardly for five minutes or so until some other customers come in and brush past us to seat themselves, at which point we realized we probably should just find our own table.  (We were standing less than ten feet from the cashier at the register - she was helping/chatting with someone paying, but she still ought to have noticed us and let us know it was self-seating!)  We made our way into one of the other two dining rooms and had our choice of two tables (out of the dozen or so there).  Not because the others were busy, mind you, but because they all had dirty dishes on them!

Ten minutes later an octogenarian in a waitress uniform shuffles up to our table and takes our drink orders.  Menus?  Oh, yeah, they do have menus . . . [insert shuffling over to one of the unbussed tables and scrounging for some greasy papers here.]  The menus were just printer paper, not even laminated, and had obviously seen better days.  Our waitress wanders off after taking our drink orders and picking up one (only one) dirty plate from one of the nearby tables.  She did eventually come back with our drinks so we could order (DH's drink was wrong).  I asked for my salad's tomatoes to be on the side.

Out comes our food and - surprise! - I not only have a salad covered in tomatoes, but an extra plate of sliced tomatoes as well.  "Chunked" tomatoes would be more accurate - the slices were about an inch thick.  I made some comment about them as I pointedly added my salad's tomatoes to the extra plate, and the waitress mumbled something about taking the charge for the extra tomatoes off the bill since she had misheard me.

Babybartfast's french fries weren't cooked all the way through, and I couldn't tell which bit on my plate was chicken salad and which was tuna salad  :-\  (One was yellow and pickle-fish-flavored, the other was white and pickle-fish-flavored.)  Third salad in the trio was waldorf salad, which was pretty good despite the hair in it.

We waited around a while after finishing, and DH finally had to go into the other dining room and flag down someone else's waitress to get the bill.  I mean, I'm all for people doing whatever jobs they can do despite their age, but part of being a waitress is being mobile and our waitress . . . wasn't, really.

I don't remember this place being this bad last time we were here, but I'm not eager for there to be a next time either.  The sad thing is, it's been open for 80 years - maybe the sad lack of lunch traffic is a sign of change.

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« Reply #3511 on: February 18, 2013, 09:18:27 AM »
I'm at work, just finishing lunch, so can't check this comes out, but your waitress sounds like the one in this marvellous sketch by Victoria Wood

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6uGRJX6wQQ

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« Reply #3512 on: February 18, 2013, 01:38:46 PM »
We have a diner that's sort of like that near here, though they have managed to stay reasonably good.  This place is a diner/soda counter in an old pharmacy that's been around for at least as long as my parents can remember.  They're pretty sure it opened in the late 30's/early 40's. It's still always packed, and most of the staff are reasonable, but there's still one older woman there who really needed to have retired a long time ago.  Thankfully, though, the rest of the staff quietly make up for her reduced abilities these days.  She's such a character though, that I think everybody, including customers, would want her to stick around just to chat even if she ever does retire.

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« Reply #3513 on: February 18, 2013, 03:56:00 PM »
I tell my DH to stop causing himself needless pain by trying to use the local mailbox store. 

1.  When we had our server fiasco we used them to ship our crashed server to the northeast for info retrieval.  They insisted we needed a pallet.  Okay, I thought it was a bit much, but went with it. 

2.  On this visit my DH needed to send a box of documents and he was told it had to have a crate built for it.  What?  It's going to the next state over.  No, I don't think so. 

3.  My DH needed to send a letter to his University in Leuven, Belgium.  He wanted to use UPS because the tracking is better than the postal system.  First he was told that UPS doesn't go to Belgium.  After much discussion they concede that UPS does go to Belgium, but they will need to build a crate for the letter.  Again!  What?!  DH opted to chance it with the postal system. 

4.  Today we have to send back a our DISH receiver.  It has a label, is taped, paid for, just needs to be picked up by UPS on the routine stop.  Yes.  Yes. Of course.  They will need to build a crate for it.  DH drove to the next city to the UPS central office. to drop it off.

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« Reply #3514 on: February 18, 2013, 04:06:07 PM »
A crate for a letter?!  Overkill much?  Let me guess... they sell the crating materials.
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« Reply #3515 on: February 18, 2013, 04:16:24 PM »
Turtledove, I would run, not walk, to a different tax prep company. I don't want to stray into legal advise, but I will say they'e told you several things that are incorrect. You don't need to be dealing with badly prepared taxes in addition to the other stuff.
Take last years also - so the new place can file an amended return if you need to.

Turtledove, I think the above is very good advice.

I'm going to also suggest that you consider going to a "real" Certified Public Accountant instead of just a "tax place" in order to be more likely to get a tax preparer with more training to be able to be sure both year's returns are done correctly.  A CPA may cost more, but it might be worth it during these two transition years, at least.  (If the CPA is too expensive you could always go back to a less expensive preparer next year, when, presumably, your return wouldn't be as complicated.)

Good luck with this all.

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« Reply #3516 on: February 18, 2013, 05:39:50 PM »
Turtledove, I would run, not walk, to a different tax prep company. I don't want to stray into legal advise, but I will say they'e told you several things that are incorrect. You don't need to be dealing with badly prepared taxes in addition to the other stuff.
Take last years also - so the new place can file an amended return if you need to.

Turtledove, I think the above is very good advice.

I'm going to also suggest that you consider going to a "real" Certified Public Accountant instead of just a "tax place" in order to be more likely to get a tax preparer with more training to be able to be sure both year's returns are done correctly.  A CPA may cost more, but it might be worth it during these two transition years, at least.  (If the CPA is too expensive you could always go back to a less expensive preparer next year, when, presumably, your return wouldn't be as complicated.)

Good luck with this all.

I second the CPA advice. My dad, who did tax prep on the side, always did my parent's taxes. after he died, my mom found an accountant, who she's used ever since. She has some investments, royalty income from natural resources on property she owns in another state, etc. So while it may cost a bit more than going to a tax chain, she knows they're done right.

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Re: "I'm never shopping THERE again!" Share your story!
« Reply #3517 on: February 18, 2013, 05:47:36 PM »
Can I say "the entire mall" because today I could not find a single thing I wanted to buy.   :P
I know it's totally a first world problem, not to mention a matter of taste preferences, but yeah, nothing looked even slightly attractive.  It made me sad since this is the first time in almost 6 months that I've gone shopping for myself, only to find that every store seems to have embraced the mid 80s.  My choices were neon skinny jeans + sheer tops over bustiers or with suspenders, or clunky nautical prints in flowy polyester or rayon.

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« Reply #3518 on: February 18, 2013, 06:09:32 PM »
Can I say "the entire mall" because today I could not find a single thing I wanted to buy.   :P
I know it's totally a first world problem, not to mention a matter of taste preferences, but yeah, nothing looked even slightly attractive.  It made me sad since this is the first time in almost 6 months that I've gone shopping for myself, only to find that every store seems to have embraced the mid 80s.  My choices were neon skinny jeans + sheer tops over bustiers or with suspenders, or clunky nautical prints in flowy polyester or rayon.

Yep, the 80's are back in full.

*weeps*

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« Reply #3519 on: February 18, 2013, 06:15:43 PM »
At least it's not the 70s again.
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« Reply #3520 on: February 18, 2013, 06:25:41 PM »
I think I'd prefer the 70's.

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« Reply #3521 on: February 18, 2013, 06:29:50 PM »
Can I say "the entire mall" because today I could not find a single thing I wanted to buy.   :P
I know it's totally a first world problem, not to mention a matter of taste preferences, but yeah, nothing looked even slightly attractive.  It made me sad since this is the first time in almost 6 months that I've gone shopping for myself, only to find that every store seems to have embraced the mid 80s.  My choices were neon skinny jeans + sheer tops over bustiers or with suspenders, or clunky nautical prints in flowy polyester or rayon.

Yep, the 80's are back in full.

*weeps*

Don't weep yet. You know what's next? The 90's.

*shudder*


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« Reply #3522 on: February 18, 2013, 06:32:12 PM »
I dunno, after looking at my baby pics from the 70s and my childhood pics from the 80s, I'll take eye-bleedingly goofy 80s fashion over the bizarre shades of fall colors goofy 70s fashion, but that's just me.  :-\

Just wait until the 2000 - 2009* fashions come back - all the worst of the preceding 40 years of fashion! All at once!

*Did anyone ever come up with a good name for that decade? I kinda liked "The Noughties" but don't know if anyone else would understand what I meant.
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« Reply #3523 on: February 18, 2013, 06:36:12 PM »
A crate for a letter?!  Overkill much?  Let me guess... they sell the crating materials.

Yes, they do.  How convenient!   ;)   

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« Reply #3524 on: February 18, 2013, 07:11:04 PM »
I tell my DH to stop causing himself needless pain by trying to use the local mailbox store. 

1.  When we had our server fiasco we used them to ship our crashed server to the northeast for info retrieval.  They insisted we needed a pallet.  Okay, I thought it was a bit much, but went with it. 

2.  On this visit my DH needed to send a box of documents and he was told it had to have a crate built for it.  What?  It's going to the next state over.  No, I don't think so. 

3.  My DH needed to send a letter to his University in Leuven, Belgium.  He wanted to use UPS because the tracking is better than the postal system.  First he was told that UPS doesn't go to Belgium.  After much discussion they concede that UPS does go to Belgium, but they will need to build a crate for the letter.  Again!  What?!  DH opted to chance it with the postal system. 

4.  Today we have to send back a our DISH receiver.  It has a label, is taped, paid for, just needs to be picked up by UPS on the routine stop.  Yes.  Yes. Of course.  They will need to build a crate for it.  DH drove to the next city to the UPS central office. to drop it off.


Sounds like someone at the shop is making $$$$ off the crates. I would report them to UPS on suspicion of defrauding customers.
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