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   Yottyhere  Earlier this week we had a lot of rain here in Georgia. Some counties got 4-5 inches of rain in just a couple hours so there was major flooding of creeks and rivers. In one of the larger counties a woman drove off the flooded street into a raging creek. It happened so fast people who saw it were unable to help her and her car went underwater and moved further down the creek bed. It took hours for her car to be recovered with her body inside. A very sad and scary tale.

Last night before I went to bed I was searching some of the Atlanta news sites to get more information about this poor woman.
As I was looking I came across a link to site that amazed me and that site is the object to my Pet Peeve today.

This site had 18-24 home videos of young parents setting up scenarios with young children toddlers to say 6-7-8 year olds to scare them with the Easter Bunny.
Easter Bunny?
What is all that about?
And I mean they had these kids petrified and screaming and crying and running and hiding with the parents in the background laughing their heads off.
Now being a mother and grandmother I know there are times where something occurrs and you scare and startle a child that age...it's called life and LIFE happens.
But to actually go out of you way to get Easter Bunny elaborate costumes and to set up scenes where the poor unsuspecting kid is coloring eggs and have the costumed bunny start slowing tapping on a window nearby.....
Now if you want to set up a scenario where you startle and scare a 15-16-17 year old teenager with a Zombie Eastern Bunny then I say have at it...they are big enough and mature enough to handle the scare.
I mean at Halloween time there are places that cater to that age range with horrifying Haunted Houses (and the teens flock to them )
But little kids can't handle scares like that and shouldn't have to and especially in such a benign setting as coloring eggs.
I guess that site was set up for grins and giggles but I found it offensive and really sad for those little kids that their own parents went to such lengths to scare them for their own amusement.
April 10 at 12:55 EST .

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   Nugoddess  How can any parent or grandparent deliberately terrify a toddler? That is cruelty and betrayal of an innocent of the highest order.

That's not funny, and it's not entertaining: it's abuse.

Children are totally dependent upon their parents for every aspect of their lives, including love, security, and guidance. Deliberate and cruel behavior is emotional abuse and should be viewed as such. These are the same people who believe it's wrong to kick a puppy but it's okay to abuse a toddler and their actions are disgusting; they should be shunned by any civil society.

Shame on those who would make a baby cry for their own amusement.
April 10 at 13:57 EST .


   Rollingcow  I totally agree on this one. Our children here each have something that scares them spitless and we go out of our way to make sure it isn't used against them. Parents and Grandparents are the protectors of their little ones. Occasionally we might jump out and yell boo!, but even Charlotte knows it's just fun so even a two year old knows the difference.
Mrs. Cow
April 10 at 17:02 EST .


   Linder  I also can't tolerate those Funny Home Movie shows that show children falling or having any frightful experience. Makes me see red!
April 11 at 08:31 EST .

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   Carmen  Yes, I think it is child abuse. The home movies drive me nuts --- they never show the child after the 'accident'.
April 13 at 13:05 EST .

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   Yottyhere  Politicians who use telephone numbers that do not have a identifying name on Caller ID....'tis the season for those dirtbags to start making their aggravating telephone calls. And not one single one of the ones that end up on our answering machine has a identifying name.

I know why they don't identify themselves because it is a sure bet we the public, would definitely not pick up the call.

And in the technical world we live in isn't it obvious that the public does NOT want robo political calls at all!

Politicians in my opinion are lower on the food chain than telemarketers.
They do themselves no favor bugging us by phone calls.
April 3 at 13:48 EST .

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   Nugoddess  Preach it, Sister! I will not pick up on a political call.
April 3 at 15:59 EST .

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   Surfhut  Amen. Another thing that peeves me is that politicians exempted themselves from the "do not call" list.
April 3 at 19:46 EST .

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   Linder  Have gotten to the point I don't answer any number I don't recognize so am not bothered by many political calls. But I love to take polling calls and just recently a call identified itself as a political poll so I was happy to answer it. If only I could make myself lie and identify as a young female Independent.
April 7 at 17:11 EST .

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   Rollingcow  I get tired of them asking me for money every day. I've unplugged the house phone-it only runs the internet now. Maybe I should thank the politicians, very few people have my cell number so I don't get many calls any more at all, makes for a very peaceful day.
Mrs. Cow
April 8 at 17:49 EST .

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   Nugoddess  Um ...
   March 31 at 17:56 EST .

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   Straitpath  We buy an Acura mdx and love it. It begins to wear out and we give it to our son and buy a new one. Many of the handy storage places are gone in the new one. The steering wheel is huge and bother my hands The bells and whistles, and there are plenty, are too complicated to work. I maintain with all the past engineering and experience poured into cars we could expect a perfect one by now.
   March 30 at 23:44 EST .

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   Straitpath  We buy an Acura mdx and love it. It begins to wear out and we give it to our son and buy a new one. Many of the handy storage places are gone in the new one. The steering wheel is huge and bother my hands The bells and whistles, and there are plenty, are too complicated to work. I maintain with all the past engineering and experience poured into cars we could expect a perfect one by now.
   March 30 at 23:44 EST .

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   BirdsNest  About WalMart, they are no better or worse than any other store for posting prices. Our Food Lion was a joke-the prices were frequently incorrect at the register. I watch my tickets and get refunds. WalMart does often chase away little stores, but ours has not hurt many of the stores closest to it. We were worried about our friend's pet store. WM had some fish tanks when they first opened, but they did not last 6 months. Dead fish all the time. Anyway our friend hails the bags of feed to the car for her customers, she always has a treat for their pets and knows the names of the pets, so she still has a good business. I am glad for that, she is the sweetest person. When our WM was being built they were not allowed to put in a tire/oil change kind of thing so that protected the small garages close by. But they have to hire from the available population and boy do they have a lot of deadwood as far as employees are concerned. Maybe one good one in each dept except produce and that place always looks like heck and the produce is awful.
   March 30 at 23:25 EST .

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   Rake King  Ouch!!! Mr. Sam just rolled over.
March 31 at 10:21 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Rake, you know as well as anyone that if Mr. Sam were still alive there would be MANY differences in the way the company is run. And many of those changes would be on the store level and the employees would be better trained and motivated. If you go in our store early a.m. you will notice a "pep rally" of sorts around the fishing/camping aisle. Some mgr is trying to pump up the employees and certain other mgt level employees speak for a few seconds and they end it will a cheer. For customers it is annoying and for the employees, they seem to be embarrassed to be a part of it. It certainly does nothing for their work ethic. If they aren't texting someone on their cells they are having a group discussion about social issues-not connected to the store. There is a lot of dithering going on with the employees in that store. It bothers me because? I just hate to see people "stealing"-if you are an employee and you are not giving your employer 100% for your shift that you are on duty, then you are stealing, causing prices to go up for everyone else. I will put my soap box away now.
March 31 at 11:57 EST .

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   Rollingcow  All Wal-Marts do the stupid cheer thing-every morning more or less. I know several people who work for them and this has been going on for years. When the Calf worked for them he thought this was the dumbest thing they had to do. Most people have a poor work ethic, always have from what I've seen. There's a yarn shop around here where the employees are so busy texting or gabbing you can barely get a question answered or have someone ring you up, the owner wonders why more people don't come in and when you tell her she won't believe you. It's not just Wal-Mart nor is there anything really new under the sun.
Mrs. Cow
March 31 at 13:25 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Gosh, Mrs. Cow I thought maybe that "cheer" thing was just here, I don't get out much. It is a rather juvenile thing to put people through and as a customer it is annoying.
I grew up in a family business, one of 7 children. I was the only one that really loved to work.I always took extra shifts. I still love to work. I don't fool around either, I give 100% to my employer. Guess that is just not the way it's done anymore.
March 31 at 17:52 EST .

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   Rake King  Mr Sam and his brother Bud Walton started the cheer as a means of pepping everyone up first thing in the morning. In the early days Mr Sam and Bud would get in their old airplane, fly to the stores and search out new store locations. Mr Sam was beloved because he always made people feel at home around him. He was my mentor and advised me "you're too serious Bill, we spend 1/3 of our life where we work and it should be fun". That was good advice that served me well.

As I have watched other stores come on line, Lowe's, Depot, Target, it has become obvious they all struggle trying to bring a cheer, a motto, or whatever, worked in their home area, to other areas. It is sad for me to hear you all make fun of the cheer, because it is misunderstood, but just as I said you can't make ideas work everywhere. You may find it interesting at the Walmart Annual Meeting, attended by nearly 1,000 people from Wall Street, stockholders, and before the meeting begins they (out of respect to Mr Sam ) do the cheer. Those audiences at times included Presidents Bush, Clinton, Bush 41 gave Sam the National Medal of Honor at one of those meetings, Mr. Sam died shortly thereafter. I am not demeaning any of you, you certainly have a right to your opinions. What I relate is a big part of my life, so it has meaning to me. Perhaps Walmart is the most misunderstood company in the US. As the oldest vendor to Walmart, (I sold Mr Sam when he operated 6 Ben Franklins in 1958 ). I could relate over those 56 years stories that debunk tons of anti Walmart so called facts, but they really don't need me to defend them.

As to Walmart today, nothing stays the same. Mr Sam gave Walmart to us, what it becomes depends as much on you , as me. When they let you down, tell them, write them...I assure you your letters cause things to happen....I have been on the receiving end of some over the years. If the truth were known, they are scared to death you may leave them.

Sorry this got so long. I've been in the front lines there and if you want an honest answer, ask me.
March 31 at 21:19 EST .

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   Rollingcow  What ever the cheer was for it sure makes everyone look stupid and it makes them feel stupid as well. Walmart is fine, the ones in our area are clean and the people who work there friendly and helpful so since I don't have to cheer I'm fine.
Mrs. Cow
March 31 at 22:39 EST .

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   BirdsNest  If they want to do the "cheer" then it should be done 15 minutes prior to the store opening for the day. Less chance of the employees feeling like they are being put on display and customers don't have to see or hear it. I just think it is the wrong thing to do when customers are in the store.
April 1 at 07:54 EST .

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   Rake King  To end this discussion, I pass this information from the inside. The hedge fund operator who bought K-Mart, and later Sears, the scuttle butt is they may have to file bankruptcy. He has sold about everything Sears owned, stores, shopping malls, Lands End, Craftsman brand. If I were going to buy a major appliance I would think long and hard about getting them from Sears, re the warranty and service system if they go bust. What this shows is that you may be very smart at the stock market, but be very bad at operating retail stores. Oh Yes, both of the afore were at one time the #1 retailer in the U.S.
April 1 at 11:29 EST .

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   Nugoddess  We stopped in at K-Mart last summer and I said to the hubs that K-Mart is in trouble - same goes for Sears. The employee to customer ratio is woefully low, shelves unstocked, and clothing displayed in such a manner to fool the customer into thinking there was more merchandise in the back.

Two weeks ago I went to K-Mart to make a simple purchase of a bathroom scale. We researched the price on line ($36.00 ), printed it up so we had the correct SKU (or whatever ) number.

I entered the store, found the item, and went to checkout. The scale rang up as $42.00. When I questioned the price difference, I was told K-Mart does not have the internet price-match guarantee; however, if I would like to order it on line, it would be available within two hours and I could pick it up at the very same store where I stood at that moment.

I looked at the clerk and asked her to explain the circumstances where I had the item in my freaking hand but would be forced to either pay more or return to the store at a later time. Long story short, they gave me the internet price.

There is no doubt in my military mind why K-Mart is failing and has been for years; a fact that is painfully obvious to anyone who shops.
April 1 at 13:01 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  Nu, I find that absolutely unconscionable that you would have to argue with them like that.

But on another note, with the store "pep rallies". I had to do the same thing, every Friday morning, when I worked for Verizon Wireless. They started at 7 a.m. and ended at 9 a.m. at store opening time and we had to be dressed in work attire. The problem was, however, that if one worked the late shift, your start time was moved from noon to 2 p.m. It made no sense for me, who had a 45 minute one way commute, to come back home and go back to work. They wouldn't authorize overtime, so I couldn't stay and work. I usually ended up going across the street to Sam's Club, setting the alarm on my smart phone, and taking a nap in the furniture display.

To say the least, it did absolutely nothing for my morale. It was kind of like "The lashings will continue until morale improves."
April 1 at 13:45 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Our WalMart and their lack of pricing on products along with employees that can't give a straight answer. If you don't know something, say "I don't know" instead of making up some drivel. And the prices....they have scanners to use but they are either out of order or missing. And interrupt an employee while they are chatting with another worker and ask for a price check?? Talk about getting a frosty look.
March 28 at 08:11 EST .

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   StormCnter  I avoid Wal-Mart. I have never had a good shopping experience there and the local Target is better-lighted, wider-aisled and friendlier staffed.
March 29 at 06:32 EST .

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   Rollingcow  I don't go to Wal-Mart often, mostly buy plastic totes to store things in there and their toy department is pretty good. For most things I use the groccery story is fine and I do a lot of business at small business' around and about. My problem with Target is that they are so red, makes me angry to just walk in. The ones around here are also difficult to get to, they were built quite a while ago and they've changed streets in both cities where there's a Target, both are now on one way steets.
Mrs. Cow
March 29 at 07:54 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Closest Target for us is 50 minutes away and the one time we did go there we hated the store. Way back in the early 80's we shopped at a Target store in Grand Junction,CO. Hagar was working with a company on the oil shale project in Rifle and shopping was at a bare minimum. We either shopped at City Market(It had EVERYTHING, including 50 lb sacks of flour,sugar and dry ice to put with perishables to get groceries home )that was in Rifle,CO or you went west to GJ where there was a Target and other stores, but it was a bigger city. Quite an experience, in a "boom" town at the time. A lot of rough people all in one spot. The local bar turned into a church on Sunday only after they removed the painting of the nude on the wall behind the bar. Many arrests for public urination, not in the church but on Fri/Sat nights after the bars closed.
March 29 at 08:13 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  I try to avoid Wal-Mart if at all possible. One of their stated corporate objectives when opening a new store is to drive their local competition out of business.
March 29 at 14:45 EST .

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   Yottyhere  Bird, you have captured the market on the understated funny " I laughed my butt off posts!"

Thankfully I didn't spit a mouthful of diet coke out when I read it

...I was able to clench my teeth together and get part of it swallowed when I got to the part of the painted nude being removed so the bar could be a church on Sunday......

that is hysterical funny remembrances ...thanks for sharing
March 30 at 01:05 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Yotty, occasionally on Sunday during church a "still Drunk" patron would belly up to the bar. That had to be funny. Hagar reminded me about that. We would read all of these choice things in a little newspaper that was free, few ads, lots of police reports. As I said it was a rough bunch there. Our apt building was in Parachute,CO. brand new, built for the workers on the project. We were on the third floor. On the first floor was a roudy bunch. Every apt had a fireplace. Wood was expensive, trees grow slowly out there and the wood is tough to saw, but this bunch had an entire tree in the apt with one end burning in the fireplace. That was scary since we were 2 floors up. Good thing we were much younger and able to run like hell if need be.
March 30 at 09:56 EST .

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   Carmen  Well, here we go. Walmart --- it's called capitalism folks! May the best man win and Walmart did and does. We are living on a next to nothing income and if it wasn't for Walmart, I couldn't buy clothes, food, yarn etc. for the prices we pay at Walmart. Ours is just fine and I find the service no better or worse than Target, Kohls or others that all buy their goods from the same suppliers. BUT - Walmart can charge less because it isn't unionized AND it has a corner on the market. Nobody is forced to work there and nobody is forced to supply Walmart. Sorry - it is called capitalism.
March 30 at 15:40 EST .

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   Safetydude  Roger that, Carmen !

I'm not a regular Wallmart shopper but I fully understand how the marketplace works.

Go back to one of Rake King's post on the Movie wall to see what his company, as a supplier, has to do to sell to Wallmart.
March 30 at 16:18 EST .

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   Susannah  Walmart has a cute habit of posting a lower price on the shelves than what rings up at the register: The shelf sticker says the item is $1.50, but at the register it scans $1.68. Oh, sure, you can wander around the establishment looking for a scanner that works, but good luck finding one. And why should you be forced to hunt down an accurate price for everything you have in your cart, anyway? It's sleazy, but they can get away with this legally if they don't put price tags on the individual items. Which of course is why they don't put price tags on their merchandise. I don't know of any retail establishment that consistently cheats the customer (legally ) this way as Walmart does.

And when Walmart becomes the only place left to shop, what's to prevent them from raising their prices sky-high?
March 30 at 20:15 EST .

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   Rake King  If the truth were know, you should fear Amazon, as they are putting more "small people" out of business these days than anyone. If you haven't looked, Amazon has million square foot warehouses everywhere.
April 2 at 09:53 EST .




   Flaming Sword  People who post on this site who come off as rude ( And admit they're rude and intolerant and unconcerned with other poster's feelings ) condescending and think they know everything. Why bother posting when you have yourself on a self-made pedestal? Shouldn't one just skip posting and stare adoringly into a mirror all day?
March 23 at 19:29 EST .

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   Rollingcow  Perhaps some people don't have a mirror on the wall opposite themselves. I will post a repy on your personal Wall. You get to them by clicking on your own name.
Mrs. Cow
March 23 at 21:30 EST .

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   Gerty  It is no secret that I do NOT like what is going on with these posts. I am holding no one responsible. It has been a long, drawn out, nasty winter. We are all a bit on edge. Admittedly, Mrs. Cow is obviously undergoing a stressful situation with her attempt to kick the smoking habit (very, very difficult ) and there are those of us who feel it necessary to come into the situation out of loyalty to one or the other. However...

Enough.

Let us try to NOT post anything that will be rude or hurtful to another Connecter. "Hurtful" is easy. "Rude" is probably determined by any number of criteria--let's err on the side of caution.

I will start the process by apologizing to anyone I may have offended by anything I have written. I don't think it is necessary for anyone else to apologize; it is for me because I know I have intentionally been rather catty.

Please let's keep the Connection going--it is a good place.
March 25 at 18:07 EST .

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   Gram77  No doubt I too have said things here that were not well chosen remarks. Some posters have surprised me with their anger but I choose to think there is something going on that has nothing to do with any one certain person. I understand there are other areas that will connect us with each other and if there really is something that we really need to hash out one on one perhaps we should consider handling things that way. I remember the times when we teased one another and had fun with it. I would like to enjoy that kind of communication again. Love you all.
March 25 at 19:28 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  Gram,I don't remember anything you posted that was offensive. Others have posted pictures and remarks that were and the techs took them down. Dec 19 the howling monkey pics from NU and laughing Yot, about me and the RK were removed. I thought they would leave but mean is just mean.
Gerty, it was a good place. WAS
March 25 at 19:48 EST .

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   Carmen  Fortunately I missed the objectionable posts but people need to brush off what they find annoying or even hurtful. People can't hurt you if you don't allow it. This is a great forum and I would hope people would accept the criticisms (even if they are not worded in a friendly fashion ) as just that and don't take anything personally. People have 'off days' and also sometimes something in print doesn't come off as it would in a person to person conversation. You don't see the grin or other facial expression. (You also don't see the gun pointed at you! LOL )
March 30 at 15:46 EST .

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   Gram77  Hubby and I were at the grocery store today and I was doing my thing when along behind me came a lady at the check out with a dog in the cart......with her food choices!! I had to really struggle to keep my mouth shut. My goodness, all the shoppers put uncovered food in those carts! How many carts like this one have I maybe used? And of course not a manager to be seen. Is this done more than I know and just have seen it? I'm still fuming and that was hours ago!
March 22 at 17:37 EST .

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   Flaming Sword  I am not a germ freak, but a recent dog's butt where my food currently resides would have me raising Cain to the management. Bottom line in my opinion? Let it go and next time it may get worse.
March 23 at 19:35 EST .

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   StormCnter  I never ever let it go when someone has a pet in a facility where food is being purchased or served. Service dogs are readily identifiable and those are legally allowed, but no other animals. I watched a woman shifting her small dog from arm to arm while she evaluated Valentine candy on the rack. Each time she shifted the dog, the hand where the dog had been resting was then fondling the candy packages. Turn them in and if management won't do anything, contact the Health Department.
March 24 at 08:56 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Shopping carts, as a general rule are toxic wastelands on good days. Ladies, you set your purse in the little basket that has probably held a small child with a dirty leaky diaper. Your purse has been parked on the floor of the public toilet, maybe, so it is transferring germs too. In the stores that provide wipes, we use them to wipe down the cart, any place that we may touch, then wipe our hands with another one.
March 25 at 18:17 EST .

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   Rollingcow  Who on Earth thought putting perfume on garbage bags was a good idea? They smell worse that almost any kind of garbage I'm going to throw in them and aren't going to be around long enough for anything in them to offend for long. The odor sticks to your hands forever and make the room you put them in offensive for hours. I've tried several kinds and it seems everyone does it now, I wonder what people who are allergic to such strong perfumes do.
Mrs. Cow
March 22 at 05:06 EST .

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   Gram77  Whoa, I thought this problem was just me. Hate those sweet smelling things. I thought the first time my hubby used one that something had spilled on my dresser. It smelled up the whole place!
March 22 at 09:50 EST .

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   Rollingcow  Even the cupboard I keep them in stinks, I had to switch them to a different cupboard where I don't keep food, the odor transfers. I don't dare use them to transport quilts any more-I had to make a couple of very large tote bags for that and can't just hand the whole thing over since I want to keep the bags I made. Yeah, they stink something lousy.
Mrs. Cow
March 22 at 11:09 EST .

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   Surfhut  I have big-time allergies. Bought one small box of these things and had to take them to the dumpster the next day. Plain, boring, cheap trash bags for me. Of course, I'm plain, boring and cheap so that works out well.
March 22 at 11:32 EST .

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   Wrightwinger  They are indeed awful!
March 22 at 22:06 EST .

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   Flaming Sword  Dang !Am I the only one who liked them? I got some baby -powder scented ones in the supermarket a few years ago and I liked them a lot. Agreed, the bags didn't overcome those tuna cans.But I found a place to buy 1,000 unscented bags at a time cheap, so I'll be dead before I use them up :- ) But I did like them. If it's baby powder scented anything, I'll probably try it.
March 23 at 19:45 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  I have vanilla bags that are very nice. Shrimp scampi shells go out quick but the bags smell good in the mean time.
March 24 at 14:08 EST .

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   Carmen  Have to agree with the poster. Whatever the fragrance, it isn't going to appeal to everyone. It always gets me going when I see a commercial for Febreze. I absolutely hate the way that odor eliminator smells --- my husband does also.
March 30 at 15:48 EST .

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