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Pet Peeves



   StormCnter  Cashiers who not only cannot perform simple math, but apparently cannot read either. Yesterday, a fiftyish cashier at Walgreens actually argued with me about the 12 cents I was owed. I had given her 22 dollars for a 21.88 purchase. She insisted I still owed her twelve cents, not understanding that her register was telling her there was 12 cents in change. Yes, I finally rolled my eyes.
Tuesday at 12:02 EST .

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   Rake King  AS poorly prepared for math as we see workers today, can you imagine them being a cashier in the old days, without the newer registers that tell them the change due? The new registers, along with bar coding, should make these jobs bullet proof....until StormCntr visited Walgreens. Good "peeve"
Yesterday at 11:16 EST .

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   Balogreene  I liked the olden days when the cashier placed the money in your hand, counting up from the amount owed to the amount paid. (and didn't put the bills in your hand with the change balanced on top! )
16 hours ago .

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   Rake King  Balo: I used that as the only method available when I worked retail at a movie theatre and later at a phonograph record/music store. In those days also one compartment in the register was for "mills" caused by state sales tax requirements. Till they went plastic, the bus/streetcar drivers went nuts when they jammed the fare boxes. Ah yes, one of those golden memories of years gone by.
5 hours ago .


   BirdsNest  A local convenience store here has a cash register that tells the cashier how many of each coin and paper bill to give back as change. I have rules for giving change back....all the paper money MUST face the same direction and all change is counted back, starting with the coin. I look the customer in the eye and say "Thank You"!
About an hour ago .




   Ole buzzard  ANYBODY that gets on an interstate highway and does only the minimum speed!
July 21 at 22:01 EST .

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   Gerty  Yo! Mr.Buzz! You guys must be having one heck of a good Summer down South to keep you away (for so long ) from us on the Connection! Enjoy!
Tuesday at 16:01 EST .


   MeiDei  Minimum speed? : ) Around here, except in fog or foul weather, going 15 miles under the speed limit is considered loitering.
Yesterday at 17:10 EST .

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   Safetydude  Welcome back, Top.
19 hours ago .

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   Balogreene  Driving sports cars, I've always been careful about not going more than 5 mph above Speed limit (we don't have minimums in VA, but did in IL ). Since they moved our office from 8 miles from home to 25 miles from home, I'm doing closer to 10 miles over! And, I have to be in the right lane, or I'll get run over!
16 hours ago .

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   Gram77  I live in Bradenton, FL. and travel a lot on Route 41, also known by The Tamiami Trail. This is a really busy route with 3 lanes on each side of the street plus the left turn lane. There is not a day goes by that I don't see people with children, elderly people and even those in power driven wheel chairs trying to cross by standing in the left turn area or just standing in one of the lanes. Cars fly by all the time! Nearly always only about 100 feet to the left or right there is a traffic light but these folks choose to cross in the most dangerous place there is. Just a day or two ago there was a young mother with a baby in a stroller trying to cross and I said out loud to myself.......what are you thinking!! I am amazed more people aren't injured.
July 13 at 08:55 EST .

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   Balogreene  Or killed. I see it on Rte 29 in Northern VA where the speed limit is anywhere from 40 - 50, and on lots of slower, but 4-lane roads. It scares the dickens out of me, because I don't want to be around when someone gets hit.
July 13 at 11:08 EST .

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   Safetydude  Hey Gram,

Sometimes I get stuck on the Tamiami Trail, rather than
I-75, because I have a dilivery that requires it.
My company is based in Englewood and I go from Bradenton to Naples.
I can't remember ever seeing cars'..."fly"...on the Trail.
All I sse is a bunch drivers, half of whom I think, should not be behind the wheel of anything bigger or faster than a golf cart, maybe not even that, clogging the speed limit flow of traffic looking for their turn-off. I've even seen drivers come to a complete stop in the center lane 'till they figure how to make their turn.

We live in a '55 and over' retirement community in North Port, entrance off the Tamiami Trail, and I think the residents drive faster in my community then they do once on the Trai.
July 13 at 15:54 EST .

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   Gram77  Hey, hi....traffic around the intersection of 41 and Cortez Road is always nuts, especially when the snow birds are here. This is the worst area for these silly people choosing to cross without a light. I like it around Naples. Wouldn't mind living there.
July 14 at 14:21 EST .

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   Safetydude  Gram,

At Ortiz and the Trail there is a SCAT(I love that name, (GOOGLE it )bus stop and, it seems, most of the people getting off the bus head for the Walgreens, which is on the same side of the Trail as the stop.
The only thing on the other side is, what used to be Warm Mineral Springs, and a motel.
July 14 at 19:06 EST .

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   Rake King  If suddenly every driver (commercial drivers excluded ) had to pass a driving test, what percent do you think would pass (obviously those who didn't would constitute the difference )?
July 15 at 19:36 EST .

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   Balogreene  I was originally licensed in IL in 1968. In 1982 when I moved to NM they accepted my IL license (no tickets ) with no question. In 1990, in NY, I had lost everything in a robbery. NY accepted a letter from NM that I had not tickets, and gave me a license. In 1998 in VA, they simply transferred my NY license.

Every time I get a new license, they ask me, "do you just want to transfer over, or do you want to take the tests?" Do I look like an idiot? I'm glad I don't have to retake the tests, but, I disagree with RK, if I have to, so do commercial drivers. Here in VA, the older you get, the more you have to retake.
July 15 at 22:39 EST .

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   Rake King  Balo, I was exempting commercial drivers, only because they are tested a lot, right Dude?
I have not read the official drivers license test book since I came out of the Army in 1957, due to my previous license lapsing. I am sure I would fail the written test, but pass the driving test.
July 21 at 21:20 EST .

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   Safetydude  R K,

I have a Florida Class B, CDL, so I can only speak to that.
Initially you take a written exam then prior to your over the road test you have to do a 60 point vehicle check, from memory, nooo checklist allowed. The over the road test includes city and highway driving. Backing into a loading dock and whatever manuver the examiner feels you're weak at.
Then, depending on what you haul, if it's Haz-Mat, or if your truck has air brakes you have to get special endorsements'.
You go through the same procedure to renew.
Tuesday at 18:16 EST .




   StormCnter  This is an old peeve, but I am newly reminded of it today. If a workman comes to my house for outside work and needs to use any of my water hoses and/or spigots, why won't they hook it all back up when they finish? Today I spent 45 minutes going from spigot to spigot to reconnect the hoses and even my spray nozzles had been removed and left on the ground. I have an irrigation system, but some things have to be watered by hand and I want my stuff put back the way I had it. Anyone else?
July 11 at 13:55 EST .

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   Gerty  I hear what you are saying, MissStorm. I learned long ago that I should not pay any work people until we have gone over the premises together. After we agree that the work has been done, we write the check.

Having a conversation outlining your expectations before the work is started also goes a long way.
July 11 at 16:27 EST .

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   MeiDei  I had my roof replaced a few years ago, the fellows were here on time, a whole crew set everything up leaving two to do the job in record time, even replaced the ridge vent. They left before the school buses came and there wasn't a nail or broken shingle anywhere - I was very pleased.

On the other hand, I had a crew come over to take away a wood pile left from taking down an A-frame, they did plus a wagon, a rolling cart for groceries, whatever was near the wood. A bit too good. But I agree with you Storm, some workers are just careless & work by the clock. We're still looking at a bathroom that was rebuilt but they used the wrong tile, didn't use a level, a bucket that was bought for a special purpose was commandeered for grout mixing (ruined ) and they took a silver serving spoon to mix it with. The contractor soon relocated to another State. I only have jobs done now when I'm home to oversee the whole project.
July 11 at 23:27 EST .

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   Straitpath  Reminds me of a peeve I have. We built a home several years ago and had a great new touch lighting system installed. We paid handsomely for this miracle system. It started breaking down and when we call the company they say, oh that never did work right, we have different equipment now.
July 12 at 00:56 EST .

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   StormCnter  Yes, I am not the most diligent of employers, I agree. I should have done what Gerty suggested, walk around before paying. But I have to share an example of my cluelessness in some areas of construction. This group (hard-working Tongans ) reroofed two old storage buildings. After they had gone (and been paid ) I went into one of the storage buildings to get an item I needed. While inside, I looked up and was horrified to see nail points protruding from the plywood decking. Obviously, I thought, the workmen's roofing nails were too long. The other storage building had the same problem. I was furious, but before I called to yell at anyone, I did an internet search and discovered this is the way shingles are SUPPOSED to be installed, so the nails go all the way through. Some roofing companies will not warrant the roof if nail points aren't exposed. Who knew? I certainly didn't.
July 12 at 10:42 EST .

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   Safetydude  If a roofer sees two or three layers of shingles he may not take the job without first stripping the roof. If he can't drive the nails through the deck he can't be sure the roof won't leak.
BTW...
You can't have too many nails in a stick built home. That's what keeps it together; and the bigger the nail the better.
July 14 at 19:16 EST .

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   Balogreene  At the end of this fourth of July weekend, I will not mention the pet peeve of the neighbor who shot fireworks off until one in the morning, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

I will talk about our National Anthem. It is not a dirge, it is a song of celebration. Our flag was still waving after a vicious assault. And, when it was set to music, it was set to an English drinking song. I had the privilege of hearing a small band in a tavern, in Williamsburg VA. They sang the drinking song, then the Star Spangled Banner, all the verses. It was very moving. But, it sounded like a drinking song, it was lively and celebratory. Our flag is still waving, probably as tattered as the one in the Smithsonian, Francis Scott Key saw from the prison ship. But, it is still waving. We should be celebrating that fact, not singing a funeral dirge.

Off my soap box.
July 6 at 18:26 EST .

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   Safetydude  A standin' O for that comment !
July 7 at 19:40 EST .

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   Gerty  Ditto on that, Mr.Dude!
July 7 at 21:15 EST .

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   MeiDei  I think it's sung slower in stadiums because of the echo/bounce back makes for tv/audio confusion. Prefer the vocalizations (yodeling ) be eliminated.
July 7 at 22:24 EST .

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   Balogreene  This is a Pet Peeve, but it is also a question for Mr. SafetyDude. I have always owned small cars. My current is a Miata. I was hit a couple of weeks ago in a parking lot, because an SUV backing up "didn't see me". When I owned a Fiat X-19, I was badly rear-ended by a Ford F-150 that "didn't see me". I am really paranoid about visibility. Why do trucks, dump trucks, big rigs, whatever, pull up so close at lights, I swear they can't see me.

All I can see out my rear-view mirror is their bumper. It really scares me. What if I stall, what if I don't go fast enough, you know, they don't know I haven't moved.

Mr. SafetyDude, why do those truck drivers do that?
June 26 at 19:58 EST .

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   Wrightwinger  Just a suggestion... Buy a bicycle flag and attach it to your car aerial or bumper.
June 26 at 20:58 EST .

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   Rake King  Or one of those orange/yellow tractor triangles denoting a slow moving vehicle...or small vehicle.
June 28 at 16:05 EST .

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   Balogreene  My mom has been advocating something like that ever since I started buying small cars LOL!
June 28 at 18:46 EST .

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   BirdsNest  A bazooka on the back.....
June 29 at 09:07 EST .

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   Safetydude  Don't know, Balo. I do know it's not me.

At a traffic lite' I never get closer to the vehicle in front of me than the distance I need, if necessary, to go around that vehicle without backing up first.

Having said that; don't impede me on the road cuz' I'll wipe the dust off your rear bumper at 60mph to get you out of my way. (just kiddin' )maybe.....

Balo, What's the obsession with small cars?

About a hundred years ago I brought a Triumph TR-6 back to the states...I still have nightmares about being on I-75 at seventy, wheel to wheel with eighten-wheelers', and all I could see was wheels and hub-odometers. That was the last small vehice I ever owned.
June 29 at 22:06 EST .

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   Balogreene  I learned that thing about not getting any closer than the distance needed to get around a car a long time ago. Wish everyone used it.

I'm short. When I drove my mom's Sable, I couldn't really tell where the end of the hood was. Vans with their short front ends are okay, but I really like Mustang size or smaller. I also like a convertible (not that fond of ragtops ), and owning a two-seater keeps me from having to drive other people around : ) I like sitting in the driver's seat and being able to reach the glovebox without leaning over. In my ex-van, I had to lean over to reach the radio and heater/AC controls. I don't know why I like the barely-off-the-ground cars, I used to think that was mid-life crisis, but it's been 30 years since I bought my first one, so I'm having a long mid-life.
June 30 at 12:33 EST .

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   Balogreene  I just thought of something. Remember the olden days when cars had hood ornaments. That ornament let me know where the end of the hood was, and also, if it was centered on the line down the right of the road, you were in your lane. If they brought those back, I might go for a bigger car!
June 30 at 12:35 EST .

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   Safetydude  The Olden Days? To me that was yesterday.
Yes, I remember hood ornaments. The first thing that came off along with all the other chrome when you were 'customizing' your car.
In my case it was a 2D 1954 Chevy 210. I stripped every bit of chrome off it, starting with the bird(? )on the hood.
June 30 at 22:01 EST .

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   Balogreene  C'mon Mr. SafetyDude, to you and I it was yesterday, but, to some people we know, it was before they were born.

In the mid-70's I joined my friend in drag racing, fixing my own cars, etc. I was never into it like you were. I work with a 30-something veteran now, who wants more than anything to strip all the chrome from his Ford F-250. But, he's never seen a hood ornament that helps you figure out where you are on the road ;D
July 1 at 21:49 EST .

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   MeiDei  I miss the hood ornament! Watched a pickers & restoration show - those ornaments are in high demand & costly.
July 1 at 23:27 EST .

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   Ynaught  I have no doubt that Marie Osmond is a lovely woman. She certainly is beautiful to look at. But...to listen to her Nutrisystem commercials, she got to be 50 pounds heavier before she realized she was overweight! Give me a break, Marie! If you weren't aware after your clothes started getting tighter and you began wearing muumuus, that you were getting overweight then you are really not too bright!
June 25 at 17:24 EST .

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   Straitpath  My pet peeve is my husband looking at Marie and constantly asking if I want to go on Nutrisystem.
June 25 at 22:19 EST .

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   Rake King  "OUCH"!
June 26 at 08:26 EST .


   Gram77  Just an extra remark.......I know personally someone who used this program and it worked but after the food and the program was finished she had trouble knowing how to maintain She claimed she was on her own.
June 26 at 08:39 EST .

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   MeiDei  Just as an aside here with any of those by mail weight loss diets . . a friend of mine, in her late 20's & overweight went on one of these (I forget which one ) and ended up with a stroke. Her doctors said the diet triggered it & warned her not to continue as hers was not the only case like that. So with anything, check with your doctor first.
June 26 at 13:30 EST .


   Ynaught  I was on Nutrisystem in 1982 to get ready for my wedding. I lost 25 pounds and looked smashing in my wedding dress and then went on a cruise for the honeymoon. Uh oh! I think I gained 10 pounds on the cruise! And it was years before I could stand the sound of a can opener without getting nauseous. I'm not sure about now, but back then almost everything Nutrisystem was canned.
June 26 at 16:17 EST .

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   BirdsNest  If I am not mistaken Marie Osmond lost a son and went into a severe depression, maybe that's why she got so overweight without doing anything.
June 29 at 09:09 EST .

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   StormCnter  OK, yes, this is piddly, nit-picky and ought to be a minor annoyance, but it drives me crazy at least once a day when I pull out a plastic wastebasket liner and cannot quickly find the opening edge. Yes, I know I can buy the drawstring types, but they cost more and ought to be unnecessary. Why can't the manufacturers just place a red line or a lip or a black arrow to show me the way?
June 19 at 09:52 EST .

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   Gerty  I have the same problem, Miss Storm. I finally just memorized the way in which the roll of plastic bags is arranged. In the packages I have, the "opening end" is the FIRST part of the bag to come off the roll.

Hope this helps.
June 19 at 10:11 EST .

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   MeiDei  See if you can find "Boulder" brand, it comes out of the box with the flaps first. I found it equal to the name brand liners. I also have a big box of Glad - I hold the bag up to the light to see which end has the flaps inside. Hope this helps.
June 20 at 19:34 EST .

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   Rake King  If you were able to see the process of manufacturing, it is so fast it's a blur.....still if in the first step as the film unrolls they properly located a printing device and ample time to dry, StormCnter's suggestion should be attainable. However, it may cause an unbelievable cost to add to a multiple-million dollar totally automated machine. I would urge StormCnter to write to several manufactures and see if they accept her challenge. Be polite and explain why you as one of their customers think yours is a good idea. You might receive a check for your suggestion. As a manufacturer myself we think we know it all.....honestly....we don't.
June 21 at 08:57 EST .

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   MeiDei  It's a wise businessman that listens to his customers.
June 21 at 12:15 EST .

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   Rake King  Mei states a fact. Cardinal rule #1, you will not survive for 79 years like us, if you don't listen to you customers. None of this "form letter" stuff, a family member personally phones the customer to resolve complaints. Ignore your customers, and risk your whole business.
June 21 at 16:08 EST .

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   RedWhiteBlue  I only buy the Glad tall kitchen bags with the handles. It's easy to see the open end AND I LOVE the handles. They re stronger and easier to work with. Now with the small and medium liner bags....I can hardly deal with those. YUK! I tell ya, there are a real challenge. And because I pull out a bunch of them from the box and store them in the bottom of the trash can and then put one that's open over them to be used I do have a bunch that I have no idea about/ OhWell.
June 22 at 23:17 EST .

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   StormCnter  Thanks for the suggestions. I had not thought of writing about this issue, although I'm a veteran of letter-writing on other things. I've never gotten a check, RK, but I frequently get coupons for free merchandise. And as you said, a response to a customer complaint or suggestion is required. I'm never rude in my letters.

I'll give it a try and let you know what happens.
June 24 at 08:26 EST .

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   Rake King  I will be interested to hear the outcome.
June 25 at 05:09 EST .

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   MeiDei  What bugs me most besides cell phone & text users when driving is getting behind someone who hits the gas & then the brakes over and over & there's no way to get ahead of them or take an alternate route. Or...being the passenger & the driver is gas, brake, gas, brake crazy. It gives me knots in my stomach!
June 16 at 13:35 EST .

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   StormCnter  Oh, cellphone users infuriate me whether or not they are behind a wheel. I hate it when I am forced to listen to someone's conversation in the grocery store, at the nail salon, even in the post office. I do a lot of glaring, but it does very little good. Yes, people, we were able to live quite nicely in our earlier lives, making it through an entire day without a cellphone umbilical cord. My family knows not to call me on the cellphone because (1 ) it is seldom turned on and, (2 )see the above!
June 19 at 09:57 EST .

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   MeiDei  Cell phones in the grocery store - I'm with you on that unless the person is calling someone to ask if they needed an item; beyond that it's highly annoying. What area in hell would I be assigned to if every time the cell user turned her back I put any odd item in the bottom back of her cart? I'd have to pay attention not to get in line behind her at checkout. : )

Strange tho' it seems men only use the cell phone in their cars/trucks, or outside when visiting, while women seem to use it anywhere.
June 20 at 10:13 EST .

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   MeiDei  Nobody here really thinks I'd stack someone's cart...right?
June 28 at 00:25 EST .

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   Surfhut  Huge rains here Wednesday. Woke up to water pouring down from the ceiling into my interior bedroom wall. Water coming out of electric outlets & light switch. Wall covering bubbled out with huge ponds of water behind it. Was told they would be here Friday afternoon to make repairs. Took 1/2 day off work so I could be here. They didn't show. Did battle with maintenance manager Friday and general manager Saturday. I'm not scheduled at all and they'll get here when they have time. They thought it unreasonable of me to be notified in advance so I can be here.

And I was told they are not going to cut out the soaked parts of the ceiling, drywall and floor under the carpet. They are going to scrape it, spray it with Kilz and call it a day. Um ... no!

Once I realized how they go about maintenance, I started looking at places around the apartment that show signs of previous water damage. I assumed the repairs had been made responsibly. Now I suspect they were not.

I've contacted a certified mold inspection company to test the place for me, which I will pay for, and am not convinced I'm living in a highly toxic apartment. Once I receive the report and it's as bad as I suspect it will be, I'll tell the apt. to make the repairs. If they won't, I will have legal standing to break my lease and move out.

Love my apartment, love the location, have some wonderful neighbors with whom I've become good friends. Don't really want to move, but I will.

My biggest peeve about all this is the age of the "adults" in charge of management. They are all about 30 years old. Irresponsible, incompetent, full of themselves. My biggest problems at work are with people this same age who love the perks of a title and money but are just too self-involved to put their career above their personal life.

When a 30 year old handsome young man who is NOT doing his job gets in the face of this gray-haired 60 year old woman and tells me how he's so busy and I don't know what I'm talking about ... grrrrrrr. When I told him my husband and I were self-employed as residential remodeling contractors for nearly 30 years, so I know certain things, he laughed at me.

I feel better now! Thank you for listening!
June 15 at 10:45 EST .

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   Gram77  Go get'em Surfie!!
June 15 at 11:34 EST .

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   Balogreene  Yay surf. I've worked in the same building for seven years. The company had signed a multiple-year lease, which was finally up this year. It was under new ownership, My Plumber, they bought it from Sears. Well, it was a horribly maintained building, and apparently My Plumber hadn't been appraised of the problems. They have re-lined the roof multiple times, it still leaks, it leaks around all the windows, it leaks around the bricks. When moving around a year ago, they did mold tests. The building is toxic. But no matter what they do, it still leaks in the ceiling, and in the roof.
We moved out the first of June. I know they are just closing up the walls and re-renting the space, mold or not.
I hate the new location, it is triple the distance, and 4 times the time from the old location. But, I expect all of our allergies are going to go away.
Surf, either they fix it, or you leave.
June 15 at 19:19 EST .

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   MeiDei  My niece had the same problem in her house, the roof leaked, walls, windows, floors, ceiling fan, wiring, & electrical outlets all have to be replaced in her dining room & kitchen - some cabinets also. Fortunately for her their insurance company will replace all interior damage...the roof is still her responsibility. Turns out the previous owner had a similar problem & had a cheap roof repair done, inadequate obviously. Hope all works out for you.
June 16 at 13:09 EST .

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   Linder  It's been a week...hope conditions have improved. Would like an update.
June 19 at 00:05 EST .

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