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« Reply #4485 on: August 21, 2013, 08:38:14 AM »

A few years after that, Red Cross calls the house wanting donations, and I tell them none of us can, for the reason I stated before.  Woman says it's not like that anymore, I should come down.  I do, and after they find out about my disqualifiers, I was told if I or any of my family tried to donate again, we'd be arrested for biological terrorism. 

Um, HUH? Biological terrorism?

Rob

I would think that someone donating blood on the off chance that they may have caught an undetected disease, hoping on the even greater chance that this disease would be passed on undetected to someone else and maybe that person would get sick should probably be listed under the "Professional Darwinism" thread as the worst terrorist ever.

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« Reply #4486 on: August 21, 2013, 08:40:52 AM »

A few years after that, Red Cross calls the house wanting donations, and I tell them none of us can, for the reason I stated before.  Woman says it's not like that anymore, I should come down.  I do, and after they find out about my disqualifiers, I was told if I or any of my family tried to donate again, we'd be arrested for biological terrorism. 

Um, HUH? Biological terrorism?

Rob

I would think that someone donating blood on the off chance that they may have caught an undetected disease, hoping on the even greater chance that this disease would be passed on undetected to someone else and maybe that person would get sick should probably be listed under the "Professional Darwinism" thread as the worst terrorist ever.

And telling them that they may or may not have exposure to foreign diseases up front kind of ruins their chances as well!

I've had troubles with the red cross as well - mostly due to the poor training of their nurses.

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« Reply #4487 on: August 21, 2013, 08:48:27 AM »

A few years after that, Red Cross calls the house wanting donations, and I tell them none of us can, for the reason I stated before.  Woman says it's not like that anymore, I should come down.  I do, and after they find out about my disqualifiers, I was told if I or any of my family tried to donate again, we'd be arrested for biological terrorism. 

Um, HUH? Biological terrorism?

Rob

DH can't donate for the same reasons. After I realized our local blood bank is very much for-profit, I only donate for a specific drive.
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« Reply #4488 on: August 21, 2013, 11:26:10 AM »
I stopped donating blood about 15 years ago.  I have O negative blood (universal donor), and also CMV negative (can't remember what that was, but it meant my blood was safe for newborns)>

There was the time when another donor had just been told he could leave.  He stood up and his vein opened up and blood started gushing everywhere.  Okay, but things happen.

But the last time I went, I am lying down, the nurse is digging in my arm (and I mean digging - it hurt!  Then she abruptly said, "Yeah, well, that didn't work," in a fairly loud voice and walked away.  Since she had spoke loudly and was looking at the other side of the room, I wasn't sure who she was speaking to and what didn't work.  After a few minutes, a different nurse came over.  It seems that the first nurse couldn't hit the vein.  Second nurse pulls out the needle and announces, "You missed the vein and got a chunk of tissue stuck in it!" as she waved it around.  She looks down at me and says, "Should we try again, or do you want to leave?"

I was out of there, and I have never gone there again.
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« Reply #4489 on: August 21, 2013, 06:49:45 PM »
My friend shared this story with me. 

She had been referred to a specialized gynecologist for some issues.  She got ready, got into the stirrups and the doctor walks in.  He does the greeting, then sits, leans down and just as he begins the examination suddenly exclaims - "I KNOW YOU!"

Awkward pause...

"You used to be on news!" Cue moment of  :o for her as she wonders what the heck in his line of sight triggered this recognition as, yes, she did use to be on the news.  She is not too keen on returning.

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« Reply #4490 on: August 22, 2013, 12:43:53 PM »
My friend shared this story with me. 

She had been referred to a specialized gynecologist for some issues.  She got ready, got into the stirrups and the doctor walks in.  He does the greeting, then sits, leans down and just as he begins the examination suddenly exclaims - "I KNOW YOU!"

Awkward pause...

"You used to be on news!" Cue moment of  :o for her as she wonders what the heck in his line of sight triggered this recognition as, yes, she did use to be on the news.  She is not too keen on returning.

Bwahaha! I had a friend who had a very similar story, only she was recognized because she's an actress. Still, the weirdness of being recognized at that moment...

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« Reply #4491 on: August 22, 2013, 02:13:38 PM »

A few years after that, Red Cross calls the house wanting donations, and I tell them none of us can, for the reason I stated before.  Woman says it's not like that anymore, I should come down.  I do, and after they find out about my disqualifiers, I was told if I or any of my family tried to donate again, we'd be arrested for biological terrorism. 

Um, HUH? Biological terrorism?

Rob

I would think that someone donating blood on the off chance that they may have caught an undetected disease, hoping on the even greater chance that this disease would be passed on undetected to someone else and maybe that person would get sick should probably be listed under the "Professional Darwinism" thread as the worst terrorist ever.

And telling them that they may or may not have exposure to foreign diseases up front kind of ruins their chances as well!

I've had troubles with the red cross as well - mostly due to the poor training of their nurses.

It was a horrid little vortex of madness and stupidity the likes of which I had never before seen.

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« Reply #4492 on: August 23, 2013, 09:46:10 AM »
My friend shared this story with me. 

She had been referred to a specialized gynecologist for some issues.  She got ready, got into the stirrups and the doctor walks in.  He does the greeting, then sits, leans down and just as he begins the examination suddenly exclaims - "I KNOW YOU!"

Awkward pause...

"You used to be on news!" Cue moment of  :o for her as she wonders what the heck in his line of sight triggered this recognition as, yes, she did use to be on the news.  She is not too keen on returning.

Bwahaha! I had a friend who had a very similar story, only she was recognized because she's an actress. Still, the weirdness of being recognized at that moment...

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« Reply #4493 on: August 23, 2013, 10:37:20 AM »
I can't give blood because of Meds I take and very mild heart condition. This was when AIDS was first making the news and there was confusion about transmission. I was chased through the Gallery by a guy that was bound and determined that I donate. He kept trying to explain how I couldn't get AIDS from donating something I knew.

1. I had 2 small kids with me
2. We were going ice skating

So not the best time to donate even if I could.

3. I had them because their father had had a heart attack and their Mom was taking their Dad in for tests. So I didn't want to discuss my heart condition in their hearing.

Fortunately a security at the Galleria responded quickly to my Loud I've told you 3 times to leave us alone - STOP FOLLOWING US.
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« Reply #4494 on: August 24, 2013, 11:41:09 AM »
On a lighter note, the first time I gave blood, I was underage. I went in and got in line for screening. About halfway through, a nurse realized I didn't have the proper paperwork signed, and I told her my dad would be there any minute to sign it. She wanted to stop processing me, and asked her supervisor, who laughed and replied,  'Keep on going, her dad's our #1 donor, we set our watches by him, and there's no way he's not going to sign for his daughter to give blood when he gets here.' Sure enough, Dad walked in in a couple of minutes, and came over into the screening area to sign for me. (The nurse also knew that with my dad, no WAY would I have dared to have shown up without asking for his permission at home, and no WAY would I have dared to lie to them if I didn't have his permission!  ::) )
(fwiw, in our home state, a teen of my age could consent for medical testing, so it was legal to do the screening procedures on my own say-so, they just couldn't start the donation without parental signature).
I was well on the way to equalling his record, when I developed a health problem that makes me ineligible now.

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« Reply #4495 on: August 24, 2013, 01:22:27 PM »
Back to "Never shopping there again" ...  I would place this Chinese restaurant on the list that is in a tourist town.  I requested the dish be made a certain way and it was not made the way I asked special, and it was too hard to get into and out as it was right near a busy road to return back to complain as I was staying in a hotel down the road from them.  I simply picked the veggies out of the dish (as I am not a veggie person) anyways.

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« Reply #4496 on: August 24, 2013, 10:57:22 PM »
I stopped donating blood about 15 years ago.  I have O negative blood (universal donor), and also CMV negative (can't remember what that was, but it meant my blood was safe for newborns)>

There was the time when another donor had just been told he could leave.  He stood up and his vein opened up and blood started gushing everywhere.  Okay, but things happen.

But the last time I went, I am lying down, the nurse is digging in my arm (and I mean digging - it hurt!  Then she abruptly said, "Yeah, well, that didn't work," in a fairly loud voice and walked away.  Since she had spoke loudly and was looking at the other side of the room, I wasn't sure who she was speaking to and what didn't work.  After a few minutes, a different nurse came over.  It seems that the first nurse couldn't hit the vein.  Second nurse pulls out the needle and announces, "You missed the vein and got a chunk of tissue stuck in it!" as she waved it around.  She looks down at me and says, "Should we try again, or do you want to leave?"

I was out of there, and I have never gone there again.
CMV is cytomegalovirus (probably spelled it wrong). DH and I are BOTH O negative and CMV negative. Used to donate every six weeks, until several years ago, our local Red Cross changed locations. Too far, and office hours weren't conducive to us donating. We would give at blood drives until the last one. Had a "nurse" or volunteer or whatever they used mess both of us up. I had to have a blood pressure cuff instead of a tourniquet - always had it this way and it worked fine. But this lady left the cuff blown up. It hurt, of course, so I asked her to release the pressure. She did - then blew it right back up! Same thing with DH and his tourniquet - took it off when he complained, then put it right back on! Which of course, caused us both pain and slowed down the donation process.
Now they have finally quit calling us asking for blood. It took years.

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« Reply #4497 on: August 26, 2013, 10:13:07 AM »
My family used to frequent Sweet Tomatoes restaurants near our home. Until February 21, I received regular emails with coupons and specials, but they must have purged their listing, because I stopped receiving them. I signed up again for their coupon emails, with the same address. They sent me a coupon and I printed it out (said it had to be presented on paper).

We get there, it is busy, but Sunday afternoon, so not concerned. First, the young woman working the register told me my coupon had expired. The coupon I had received that day, that specified it was valid for 14 days after August 25, 2013. Once I explained the date and that I had received it the same day, she managed to get it to work.  ::)
We found a table right away, and started to enjoy our lunch. DS (15) went to get their macaroni and cheese (which is delicious). He came back and started to eat it, then realized there was a nose hair or eyelash in the macaroni and cheese. It was disgusting. We showed our server, and the manager came while we were away from the table and was very condescending to DS, insisting that people walking by could have deposited it.

When DH and I returned to the table, I asked the server to get the manager again. No improvement. She ended up dropping by a free meal voucher and inquired if we wanted her to do anything else. Just very strange, maybe because she is very young, at least half the age of most of the workers there. DH did not eat anything else, he had lost his appetite.  :( We will not be returning to that location.
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« Reply #4498 on: August 26, 2013, 11:31:04 AM »
Last week I went by my mechanic to get my tires aligned. After dropping the car off, I realized I was due for a tune-up, especially before leaving on a long road trip, and asked if they had time to fit me in. They didn't have time but they looked over the car and made a list of what needed to be done so I can take it to another mechanic.

Other mechanic took my list, did everything suggested and then called me and said my tires were horrible and on the point of exploding. I needed to replace them right away. I declined, since my tires have less than 25,000 miles on them and my usual mechanic would have said something while working on the alignment, etc. He said I was risking my own life and those of the other people on the road with me.

I took my car back to my original mechanic and asked if I needed new tires. Nope, they look fine, just need to be rotated.

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« Reply #4499 on: August 26, 2013, 12:18:00 PM »
This isn't enough to blacklist the restaurant permanently, but we're sure not going back for a while.

The brewpub near us went through a renovation a few months ago and sent flyers talking up the new layout and new menu offerings about a month ago (so it's been up and operating for at least 4 weeks at this point).  It's always been a popular place even before the reno, so you'd naturally expect they would know how to handle a crowd - we'd been there before without issues.

Well, the reno expanded both their inside and outside seating capacity - made it more of an informal atmosphere (which is kind of a shame, I preferred the earlier look) and apparently exceeded the capacity of the kitchen and staff to keep up with demand.

We went early on Saturday, knowing it would be somewhat busy but thinking we would beat the rush... No such luck.  20 min wait (which is pretty normal) and we sat outside, since the weather was perfect.  Since we had DD with us and she was getting antsy, I put her order in with the drinks order so she would get her food as soon as possible - the waiter even said that was a good idea as the kitchen was a bit busy.  Then it was nearly 30 min before we got our own food and no sign of DD's, who had been asking us steadily where her food was, poor kid. When the waiter checked (after we had to ask him), the kitchen apparently lost DD's order ticket so hadn't ever started it.  One of the managers brought out her meal with a bonus side about 5-10 min later, and said DD's meal would be comped.  When we finally got the bill, it was not comped although the waiter took it right off after we told him what the manager had said.

Add to that DH's and my own food was not that good (bland sausage and room temp beer [not usual in the US and really odd for a brewery's own pub] for him, overcooked burger with wilted lettuce for me, oversalted fries for all), and it was a big letdown.