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Pet Peeves

   Gram77  Was at Sam's Club yesterday just wandering around when suddenly a cart scrapes along my entire left side, scratching my arm. I jumped, looked to my left and a lady gave me a rather blank look and said, "oh, sorry" and kept going. What is happening to our world?
May 16 at 09:46 EST .

   10 people like this.

   Safetydude  Walmart, Sam's Club and open borders
May 16 at 17:33 EST .

 1 person like this.

   Balogreene  Americans and some Europeans tend to have space issues. We like lots of it. Many other countries have cultures of getting close and up front. I get so upset when people invade my space, as Gram's offender obviously did. My problem, I would have yelled at them!
May 17 at 16:45 EST .

   Safetydude  Not just Europeans, Balo...
Latin America and Mexico is just as bad.
And the NYC subway or the Metro in Paris or the Underground in London. Except for the smell and language 'your space' doesn't exist. I've not been to Tokyo, where as I understand it, it's even worse.
May 17 at 18:19 EST .

   Balogreene  Okay, here is another one. In the DC area they call it DWO (Driving While Oriental ), sorry for the prejudice and bigotry.

Here's my story. I was on my way to work, South on Rte 123, ready to turn left onto Rte 1 (Jefferson Davis Highway ). A driver (Asian woman ) was in the left turn lane on Rte 1. Her light turned red, my light turned green for the left turn. Both the driver on my right (also making a left turn ) and I hesitated. The Asian woman pulled forward a bit (which caused us to hesitate ), then turned left onto 123, a full minute after the light changed.

The other driver and I made our turns, but only one car behind each of us made theirs. Had we all not been paying attention, there could have been a horrible accident.
May 10 at 02:26 EST .

   7 people like this.

   Escaped commieny  Stress, DH was released back to work, last night got tied up in traffic on the way to Atlanta, two of zero's sons had a gun fight with the police, today he tried to leave and a plane crashed on I 285 more tie ups. I can't sleep.
May 8 at 15:43 EST .

   8 people like this.

   Balogreene  what a day, poor DH.
May 9 at 21:01 EST .

   Balogreene  EC, Also, Friday and Saturday in the DC area, there were multiple semi-rollovers, and other accidents, causing huge delays. Don't know what was going on, but, traffic was horrible here.
May 10 at 02:17 EST .

   Balogreene  Does right turn on red really mean in front of people who just got the green?
May 7 at 20:20 EST .

   6 people like this.

   Gram77  I would think not, but drivers today are a real puzzle to me.
May 10 at 16:27 EST .

 1 person like this.

   Gerty  There are so many things that have changed due to the communications revolution...BUT...none so annoying as the ability to ignore a phone call!!

I am aware of daily-day-to-days pressures on people. I do not spend an inordinate amount of time on the phone because of hearing difficulties. I enjoy conversations with the many members of my family. Yet, the phone call keeps ringing and no one answers! Why!?!

The best answer I can get to that question is another fact of the communications revolution. Everyone has his/her own phone. "If my phone ain't ringin', it ain't for me!!"

Note to self: Contact attorney--contemplating serious changes in will.
April 29 at 10:54 EST .

   10 people like this.

   Bettijo  Gerty, I, too, have a hearing disability. I am totally deaf in my left ear and have severe hearing loss in right. I wear a hearing aid in right hear, but they cannot fit me for one in my left. It is so bad that I avoid using the phone for business purpose and just plain forget it if the customer service representative is in Pakistan or English is his second language.

I saw a phone advertised that really caught my attention and I ordered it from manufacturer (do not order for third party ). I just LOVE it. It is CapTel 840i manufactured by Ultratec and made for hearing impaired individuals. It has a screen about 6 or 7 inches square which prints out what the person on the other end of the line is saying (like closed caption TV ). It has answering machine which also makes use of the screen if the caller leaves a message. It has large buttons, clearly marked buttons for "Flash," "Redial," "Mute," and "Tone." You can adjust the volume with button and light below keypad. It stores numbers in a phone book or you can manually dial them. It keeps a history of incoming calls (caller id ) until you delete them. I have had it about a year and don't know how I ever got along with out it.

I paid $99.99 for it and a representative of the company delivered it and helped me set it up and taught me how to use it.

On the few occasions I have had a problem (very rare ) or a question, I have a button which says "Customer Service," which I press and am immediately connected to a live human being! Imagine!

I wholeheartedly recommend this for anyone with a hearing disability. And, as I said, I love mine. (The company should hire me as their spokesman! )
May 2 at 13:54 EST .

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   Bettijo  That should be "from a third party." One more thing, it comes with an instruction manual written in English (not technogobble ) which is easy to read and follow. Something else you need to know before buying one, it has to plug into an electrical outlet, the phone jack, AND connects to your computer with a USB cable.
May 2 at 14:00 EST .

 1 person like this.

   Balogreene  If I don't know the number, I don't answer the phone. Even on the "Do Not Call List", we get a lot of unsolicited calls, both on the land line and the cell.

This morning I got a call from a number I did not know (0730 ). I checked the message, it was the dentist I wanted to start seeing. I called back, made an appointment, and added them to my list of known numbers. Now, I will answer their calls.
May 6 at 20:44 EST .

 1 person like this.

   Flaming Sword  Postmen and women who cannot (or are too lazy to ) read..Box at the end of the street will all our individual boxes. Almost any evening you can watch people going to their neighbor's door to give them their mail. How I miss the individual delivery to the front door mailbox. Especiallly when it's pouring, or cold, or I'm in my "can't go outside dressed like this" clothes.
April 26 at 15:12 EST .

   13 people like this.

   BirdsNest  We have a PO box and they cannot manage to put our mail in our box. One woman took our mail to another post office because we live closer to that one. She did not want to bring it to us at our home because she doesn't know us and she had opened the envelope by mistake.
April 28 at 08:18 EST .

   Gerty  I hear what you are saying. However, my problem is UPS. There is a one-word difference in street names for some of our neighbors. We regularly get packages for those who live several miles from us, but DH insists on delivering these packages himself.

I wonder what UPS would do if I send them a bill for the deliveries we make FOR THEM?
April 29 at 11:02 EST .

   Flaming Sword  Gerty,
Raise Cain with them. I get a lot of UPS packages and this used to happen to me a lot. I got fed up and started calling and really giving them heck every time, and insisting on the name of the employee I was talking to. It stopped. Hasn't happened in 6 mo or more. I think that driver got a serious butt chewing. Maybe they're tired of their bad PR?
April 29 at 16:02 EST .

   Balogreene  Drivers in Virginia! Today I was on Rte 123, waiting to turn onto Rte 1. Since I had the red light, I, and the guy next to me waited. Rte 1's light turned red, a car in it's left turn lane moved a little. Our lite turned green, the car on rte 1 moved more. The car next to me and I were not very fast on the uptake. The person with the EXTREME red light turned left, in front of us.
April 24 at 21:10 EST .

   11 people like this.

   Gram77  Following road rules plus maintaining courtesy seems to be gone.
April 26 at 09:32 EST .

 1 person like this.

   Escaped commieny  It's drivers in every state !! Try being 75 ft long, bright orange, 80K lbs and expected to stop on a dime.
April 26 at 15:41 EST .

 1 person like this.

   Ole buzzard  Having my knees sound off like a bowl of Rice Krispies every time I stand up!
April 20 at 18:32 EST .

   17 people like this.

   Gerty  Mr. Buzz--welcome to the club!!
April 27 at 04:46 EST .

   Gram77  May I please put Hubby on this Wall.......just for the day? :(
April 20 at 11:09 EST .

   12 people like this.

   HopeandGlory  I hear ya Gram . . . and you certainly may.

As my saintly Mother used to say when she was "Browned Off" . . . "Life gets kinda tedious donit!" . . . Smile!
April 20 at 17:29 EST .

  4 people like this.

   Balogreene  Just remember guys, we don't all have hubbies to put on the wall, and sort of (only sort of ) wish we did. (smile )
April 20 at 19:25 EST .

  5 people like this.

   BirdsNest  I have a hubby and some days he gets on my last good nerve, but then he says something so totally sweet all is forgiven. Sometimes I forget he is so ill.
April 24 at 08:18 EST .

 1 person like this.

   Gerty  I don't know how my friends here on the Connection feel about Walmart but I love it---especially since we have one in a delightful little village just over the State line. The store is vermin free (in more ways than one ) and the help are just that---helpful in every way!

So, what am I doing here on the "Pet Peeves" wall?

Evidently, the powers that be for Walmart are engaging in a little bit of bait and switch which I did not appreciate today!

Rows and rows of merchandise were lined up in various parts of the store. A huge sign was posted above each of these aisles labeled CLEARANCE. As I viewed the items from row to row, I noticed several I had purchased at a prior visit to this same store and the price of the item was exactly the same. Now, that's strange, I thought. Why are they here on the clearance shelves? Doesn't 'clearance' carry the connotation of 'marked down'?

Yes it does---unless you are in Walmart's!! They have taken the low road and opted for the exact meaning of 'clearance'. That is, stuff they want to clear out of the store! And that does not mean any discount on the original price!

Be aware, people. If one or two of the article are marked down, it will clearly be shown. If not, you won't find out until check-out...or worse, when you get home!

PS I pointed this out to one of the lovely office people and DID receive a 10% discount on an item I was buying---for my 'inconvenience'.
April 10 at 19:17 EST .

   12 people like this.

   Escaped commieny  A little story here: I was green as grass, about 19 and had a job in the house-ware dept of a high end dept. store, Fowlers. We had pressure cookers on the shelf for 19.99, they put an ad out for these advertised for 29.95 on sale for 19.95, I went upstairs to ad and said hey wait, we are only going 4 cents off, I was told sit down, shut up or lose your job. Blinkers off, no more Mayberry for me.
April 11 at 11:40 EST .

  5 people like this.

   MeiDei  Along with your experience EC, those outlet stores sell merchandise made especially for them, more so than overstock from their regular retail stores. It's not necessarily a "bait & switch" - it's mostly to keep the shelves full & customers interested.
April 20 at 10:36 EST .

 1 person like this.

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