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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10050 on: August 17, 2015, 09:48:16 PM »
Insurance payments of $7-8k a year?

I have heard of such a thing: ages ago, my 16-year-old male friend was quoted around $7k a year for full coverage if he were to drive (if I remember correctly) an S2000 in CT. Obviously, that idea was nixed very quickly.

For a 40-year-old to have insurance payments for $7k a year, I am imagining either having full coverage on a supercar, or very many DUIs and reckless driving tickets (100+ mph usually). Just one such ticket wouldn't even push the price so high.

Gimp - I think you hit the nail on the head - I don't think I am getting the whole story (we're coworkers so I don't blame her for not giving me the gory details in a work environment) but from how she explained it, she has been in 2-3 accidents in the last couple of years, and also has 2-3 speeding tickets at particularly high speeds. I wouldn't be shocked if there was a DUI involved, like you said. Apparently whichever insurance company is insuring her, was the only one that was willing to give her coverage, the others all turned her down.

Yeah.

I have a friend who had a 90 mph ticket and still paid around $1500 a year, despite being (at the time) under 25.

I have many friends who have had lots of reasonable tickets and their insurance was often bumped by a couple hundred a year because of it.

I know people who own $100k cars (usually a fully built out tesla around here, though quite a few with beamers, porsches, and so on) who pay for full coverage, and still pay in the $2k range.

I know people who own legit supercars - I'm talking ferraris, lambos, and much rarer exotics - who often pay less than $7k/year... for full coverage... even including their track day insurance.

So you can get a $250k car that can do 215 mph, and drive it on the track actually getting near those speeds, and have full coverage, and still pay less than she is paying.

To their credit, none of them have ever crashed their cars in a way that was their fault.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10051 on: August 18, 2015, 04:22:03 AM »
Hmm, the only thing I can think of then is that perhaps the payment is lower than she's saying, but that she's inflating the price to gain sympathy or to make it sound more believable for why she's out of money seemingly every month - like she feels it sounds more acceptable to say its because of the car insurance company than from whatever else she's wasting money on.

Actually - just to make things even worse (or more comical) - she has lately been taking advice from a lady there a bit older than her who has been telling her 'oh you don't need to pay the insurance, just don't pay it and when they cancel it, only turn in one of your plates at the DMV, I do it all the time.' Which REALLY doesn't even make sense to me from a logical/feasible standpoint but seems like the worst possible person to take advice from. This is from a person who makes very little money, is constantly complaining about money woes, and yet who goes out for a big entrée takeout lunch at local restaurants every day - I'm not even talking about food court for like $7 or $8 - I literally mean going to a sit-down restaurant like Joe's Crab Shack or Applebee's and bringing back the entrée and appetizer for lunch which I would imagine probably costs $15-20, and eats it when she gets back to her desk since they get a half hour for lunch, so not nearly long enough to go to one of those places, and you get docked pay if you get back late - which, as you might imagine, she frequently does.

On the subject of her - here's my favorite quick story I think you guys will get a kick out of this one - There's a $5 a week 'lottery pool' that most of the people play in. Not only is it bad enough to be in something like this (I personally played out of guilt at first/didn't want to rock the boat since I was new, but quickly stood up for myself and politely backed out after a few weeks) - she actually is 'BANNED' from it/got kicked out of it because she kept saying she'd pay her $5 next week, and racked up a 'debt' with the person who runs it and just keeps making excuses for why she can't play so they told her she's not welcome anymore. If you mention her to any of them they get very defensive/nasty so I don't know how much of a 'debt' she ran up but they are clearly bitter about it lol. So not only are you IN a lottery pool like this which is probably a bad idea - you are in it and you couldn't afford the $5 so you are banned from it! Aye aye aye.

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« Reply #10052 on: August 18, 2015, 04:53:29 AM »
On the subject of her - here's my favorite quick story I think you guys will get a kick out of this one - There's a $5 a week 'lottery pool' that most of the people play in. Not only is it bad enough to be in something like this (I personally played out of guilt at first/didn't want to rock the boat since I was new, but quickly stood up for myself and politely backed out after a few weeks) - she actually is 'BANNED' from it/got kicked out of it because she kept saying she'd pay her $5 next week, and racked up a 'debt' with the person who runs it and just keeps making excuses for why she can't play so they told her she's not welcome anymore. If you mention her to any of them they get very defensive/nasty so I don't know how much of a 'debt' she ran up but they are clearly bitter about it lol. So not only are you IN a lottery pool like this which is probably a bad idea - you are in it and you couldn't afford the $5 so you are banned from it! Aye aye aye.

You know you suck with money when you can't afford to even play the lottery...Just playing the lottery alone is a waste of money, but owing money for the lottery is even more pathetic.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10053 on: August 18, 2015, 05:58:01 AM »
On the subject of her - here's my favorite quick story I think you guys will get a kick out of this one - There's a $5 a week 'lottery pool' that most of the people play in. Not only is it bad enough to be in something like this (I personally played out of guilt at first/didn't want to rock the boat since I was new, but quickly stood up for myself and politely backed out after a few weeks) - she actually is 'BANNED' from it/got kicked out of it because she kept saying she'd pay her $5 next week, and racked up a 'debt' with the person who runs it and just keeps making excuses for why she can't play so they told her she's not welcome anymore. If you mention her to any of them they get very defensive/nasty so I don't know how much of a 'debt' she ran up but they are clearly bitter about it lol. So not only are you IN a lottery pool like this which is probably a bad idea - you are in it and you couldn't afford the $5 so you are banned from it! Aye aye aye.

You know you suck with money when you can't afford to even play the lottery...Just playing the lottery alone is a waste of money, but owing money for the lottery is even more pathetic.
It reminds me of those investment banks and their "investors" who crashed the housing market.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10054 on: August 18, 2015, 06:03:47 AM »
On the subject of her - here's my favorite quick story I think you guys will get a kick out of this one - There's a $5 a week 'lottery pool' that most of the people play in. Not only is it bad enough to be in something like this (I personally played out of guilt at first/didn't want to rock the boat since I was new, but quickly stood up for myself and politely backed out after a few weeks) - she actually is 'BANNED' from it/got kicked out of it because she kept saying she'd pay her $5 next week, and racked up a 'debt' with the person who runs it and just keeps making excuses for why she can't play so they told her she's not welcome anymore. If you mention her to any of them they get very defensive/nasty so I don't know how much of a 'debt' she ran up but they are clearly bitter about it lol. So not only are you IN a lottery pool like this which is probably a bad idea - you are in it and you couldn't afford the $5 so you are banned from it! Aye aye aye.

You know you suck with money when you can't afford to even play the lottery...Just playing the lottery alone is a waste of money, but owing money for the lottery is even more pathetic.

 . . . alternatively, it's a genius idea to play a lottery pool for free.  Odds are if they won you would be able to take them to court and sue for your part of the winnings.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10055 on: August 18, 2015, 06:09:28 AM »
Insurance payments of $7-8k a year?

I have heard of such a thing: ages ago, my 16-year-old male friend was quoted around $7k a year for full coverage if he were to drive (if I remember correctly) an S2000 in CT. Obviously, that idea was nixed very quickly.

For a 40-year-old to have insurance payments for $7k a year, I am imagining either having full coverage on a supercar, or very many DUIs and reckless driving tickets (100+ mph usually). Just one such ticket wouldn't even push the price so high.

Gimp - I think you hit the nail on the head - I don't think I am getting the whole story (we're coworkers so I don't blame her for not giving me the gory details in a work environment) but from how she explained it, she has been in 2-3 accidents in the last couple of years, and also has 2-3 speeding tickets at particularly high speeds. I wouldn't be shocked if there was a DUI involved, like you said. Apparently whichever insurance company is insuring her, was the only one that was willing to give her coverage, the others all turned her down.

Yeah.

I have a friend who had a 90 mph ticket and still paid around $1500 a year, despite being (at the time) under 25.

I have many friends who have had lots of reasonable tickets and their insurance was often bumped by a couple hundred a year because of it.

I know people who own $100k cars (usually a fully built out tesla around here, though quite a few with beamers, porsches, and so on) who pay for full coverage, and still pay in the $2k range.

I know people who own legit supercars - I'm talking ferraris, lambos, and much rarer exotics - who often pay less than $7k/year... for full coverage... even including their track day insurance.

So you can get a $250k car that can do 215 mph, and drive it on the track actually getting near those speeds, and have full coverage, and still pay less than she is paying.

To their credit, none of them have ever crashed their cars in a way that was their fault.

I had one friend whose insurance ran over $500 a month (I remember because it was bigger than her car payment of $450 per month).  She had been in multiple accidents (her fault) that had left the other cars totaled or totaled hers.  She always joked that she never hit cheap cars.  She also had multiple tickets and had her license suspended at one point because of non-payment.  I almost had a heart attack when she told me she paid almost 1K per month for her compact car and insurance. Her credit was shot also which contributed to the problem.  Fortunately, she did straighten up a lot and has made great strides in getting her finances straight. All that to say, it is possible to have an insurance bill like that, but it takes A LOT to get there.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10056 on: August 18, 2015, 08:01:10 AM »

On the subject of her - here's my favorite quick story I think you guys will get a kick out of this one - There's a $5 a week 'lottery pool' that most of the people play in. Not only is it bad enough to be in something like this (I personally played out of guilt at first/didn't want to rock the boat since I was new, but quickly stood up for myself and politely backed out after a few weeks) - she actually is 'BANNED' from it/got kicked out of it because she kept saying she'd pay her $5 next week, and racked up a 'debt' with the person who runs it and just keeps making excuses for why she can't play so they told her she's not welcome anymore. If you mention her to any of them they get very defensive/nasty so I don't know how much of a 'debt' she ran up but they are clearly bitter about it lol. So not only are you IN a lottery pool like this which is probably a bad idea - you are in it and you couldn't afford the $5 so you are banned from it! Aye aye aye.

A good life lesson was learned by me in 5th grade. I lent a classmate a $1 on a field trip, and spent the next year trying to collect. He made every excuse to avoid paying back a $1, even used his mother being sick as an explanation to guilt trip me away. I wrote off the $1 in my head, but it was a valuable lesson in trust.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10057 on: August 18, 2015, 08:11:24 AM »
You know you suck with money when you can't afford to even play the lottery...Just playing the lottery alone is a waste of money, but owing money for the lottery is even more pathetic.
It reminds me of those investment banks and their "investors" who crashed the housing market.
Sounds like a clever form of leveraged investing that could fit into a well-rounded portfolio.
Just like Frosted Flakes are a nutritious part of a balanced breakfast, if the balanced breakfast includes eggs, kale, grapefruit, and a fiber supplement....

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10058 on: August 18, 2015, 08:22:59 AM »
Words that came out of a CWs mouth last week (she just got a new, leased BMW):

CW:  It was such a good deal I couldn't turn it down!

Ten minutes later:

CW:  You're so lucky you don't have a kid to put through college like I do.  Well, she's gonna have to pay for a bunch of it herself . . . .

Sigh.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10059 on: August 18, 2015, 12:24:33 PM »

On the subject of her - here's my favorite quick story I think you guys will get a kick out of this one - There's a $5 a week 'lottery pool' that most of the people play in. Not only is it bad enough to be in something like this (I personally played out of guilt at first/didn't want to rock the boat since I was new, but quickly stood up for myself and politely backed out after a few weeks) - she actually is 'BANNED' from it/got kicked out of it because she kept saying she'd pay her $5 next week, and racked up a 'debt' with the person who runs it and just keeps making excuses for why she can't play so they told her she's not welcome anymore. If you mention her to any of them they get very defensive/nasty so I don't know how much of a 'debt' she ran up but they are clearly bitter about it lol. So not only are you IN a lottery pool like this which is probably a bad idea - you are in it and you couldn't afford the $5 so you are banned from it! Aye aye aye.

A good life lesson was learned by me in 5th grade. I lent a classmate a $1 on a field trip, and spent the next year trying to collect. He made every excuse to avoid paying back a $1, even used his mother being sick as an explanation to guilt trip me away. I wrote off the $1 in my head, but it was a valuable lesson in trust.

Ha!  I was the asshole on the other side of that once... Little me didn't realize that the kid might actually need the money (still doubtful) and didn't see why it was such a big deal to get a single dollar back.  I wasn't actively trying to steal the money, it just wasn't a priority to pay back a 0% loan!  Early lesson in interest rate arbitrage and payment floats.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10060 on: August 18, 2015, 12:27:42 PM »
One of my CWs just bought a brand-new car for his son, and then took him to take his license test.

Rained out.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10061 on: August 18, 2015, 12:30:29 PM »

On the subject of her - here's my favorite quick story I think you guys will get a kick out of this one - There's a $5 a week 'lottery pool' that most of the people play in. Not only is it bad enough to be in something like this (I personally played out of guilt at first/didn't want to rock the boat since I was new, but quickly stood up for myself and politely backed out after a few weeks) - she actually is 'BANNED' from it/got kicked out of it because she kept saying she'd pay her $5 next week, and racked up a 'debt' with the person who runs it and just keeps making excuses for why she can't play so they told her she's not welcome anymore. If you mention her to any of them they get very defensive/nasty so I don't know how much of a 'debt' she ran up but they are clearly bitter about it lol. So not only are you IN a lottery pool like this which is probably a bad idea - you are in it and you couldn't afford the $5 so you are banned from it! Aye aye aye.

A good life lesson was learned by me in 5th grade. I lent a classmate a $1 on a field trip, and spent the next year trying to collect. He made every excuse to avoid paying back a $1, even used his mother being sick as an explanation to guilt trip me away. I wrote off the $1 in my head, but it was a valuable lesson in trust.

Ha!  I was the asshole on the other side of that once... Little me didn't realize that the kid might actually need the money (still doubtful) and didn't see why it was such a big deal to get a single dollar back.  I wasn't actively trying to steal the money, it just wasn't a priority to pay back a 0% loan!  Early lesson in interest rate arbitrage and payment floats.

It was more the principal. If you give someone your word, then I fully expect the other person to do so. I don't mind loaning a little amount of money to see which people I know are honorable about it, it's a fair wager that if I were to loan you $20 and you were to duck me, then I would consider the money well spent...

I don't understand the "the kid might actually need the money," and "didn't see why it was such a big deal." You sound like one of those people that rail against the banks for foreclosing on their house due to non-payment. Yes, it was a $1, and it didn't make or break me in any way, but a loan is a loan. If the person actually said, "Hey I can't pay you," I likely would have let it go, instead he kept making up bullshit excuses.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10062 on: August 18, 2015, 12:38:17 PM »
I just spoke to the attorney recruiter - she was lamenting about her Treasure Island beach house got flooded in the recent rains. Her permanent residence is in Dunedin, the same county and a 30 minutes drive north -.-

I attached a map for further face palming.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10063 on: August 18, 2015, 12:40:33 PM »

On the subject of her - here's my favorite quick story I think you guys will get a kick out of this one - There's a $5 a week 'lottery pool' that most of the people play in. Not only is it bad enough to be in something like this (I personally played out of guilt at first/didn't want to rock the boat since I was new, but quickly stood up for myself and politely backed out after a few weeks) - she actually is 'BANNED' from it/got kicked out of it because she kept saying she'd pay her $5 next week, and racked up a 'debt' with the person who runs it and just keeps making excuses for why she can't play so they told her she's not welcome anymore. If you mention her to any of them they get very defensive/nasty so I don't know how much of a 'debt' she ran up but they are clearly bitter about it lol. So not only are you IN a lottery pool like this which is probably a bad idea - you are in it and you couldn't afford the $5 so you are banned from it! Aye aye aye.

A good life lesson was learned by me in 5th grade. I lent a classmate a $1 on a field trip, and spent the next year trying to collect. He made every excuse to avoid paying back a $1, even used his mother being sick as an explanation to guilt trip me away. I wrote off the $1 in my head, but it was a valuable lesson in trust.

Ha!  I was the asshole on the other side of that once... Little me didn't realize that the kid might actually need the money (still doubtful) and didn't see why it was such a big deal to get a single dollar back.  I wasn't actively trying to steal the money, it just wasn't a priority to pay back a 0% loan!  Early lesson in interest rate arbitrage and payment floats.

It was more the principal. If you give someone your word, then I fully expect the other person to do so. I don't mind loaning a little amount of money to see which people I know are honorable about it, it's a fair wager that if I were to loan you $20 and you were to duck me, then I would consider the money well spent...

I don't understand the "the kid might actually need the money," and "didn't see why it was such a big deal." You sound like one of those people that rail against the banks for foreclosing on their house due to non-payment. Yes, it was a $1, and it didn't make or break me in any way, but a loan is a loan. If the person actually said, "Hey I can't pay you," I likely would have let it go, instead he kept making up bullshit excuses.

I imagine you mean 'principle'- but I imagine it was ALSO about the principal... ;P

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10064 on: August 18, 2015, 12:42:30 PM »

On the subject of her - here's my favorite quick story I think you guys will get a kick out of this one - There's a $5 a week 'lottery pool' that most of the people play in. Not only is it bad enough to be in something like this (I personally played out of guilt at first/didn't want to rock the boat since I was new, but quickly stood up for myself and politely backed out after a few weeks) - she actually is 'BANNED' from it/got kicked out of it because she kept saying she'd pay her $5 next week, and racked up a 'debt' with the person who runs it and just keeps making excuses for why she can't play so they told her she's not welcome anymore. If you mention her to any of them they get very defensive/nasty so I don't know how much of a 'debt' she ran up but they are clearly bitter about it lol. So not only are you IN a lottery pool like this which is probably a bad idea - you are in it and you couldn't afford the $5 so you are banned from it! Aye aye aye.

A good life lesson was learned by me in 5th grade. I lent a classmate a $1 on a field trip, and spent the next year trying to collect. He made every excuse to avoid paying back a $1, even used his mother being sick as an explanation to guilt trip me away. I wrote off the $1 in my head, but it was a valuable lesson in trust.

Ha!  I was the asshole on the other side of that once... Little me didn't realize that the kid might actually need the money (still doubtful) and didn't see why it was such a big deal to get a single dollar back.  I wasn't actively trying to steal the money, it just wasn't a priority to pay back a 0% loan!  Early lesson in interest rate arbitrage and payment floats.

It was more the principal. If you give someone your word, then I fully expect the other person to do so. I don't mind loaning a little amount of money to see which people I know are honorable about it, it's a fair wager that if I were to loan you $20 and you were to duck me, then I would consider the money well spent...

I don't understand the "the kid might actually need the money," and "didn't see why it was such a big deal." You sound like one of those people that rail against the banks for foreclosing on their house due to non-payment. Yes, it was a $1, and it didn't make or break me in any way, but a loan is a loan. If the person actually said, "Hey I can't pay you," I likely would have let it go, instead he kept making up bullshit excuses.

I imagine you mean 'principle'- but I imagine it was ALSO about the principal... ;P

Typo, but yeah it actually works in this case :-).

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10065 on: August 18, 2015, 04:11:49 PM »
I totally believe that she is indeed paying $600/mo (or not paying), I was just illustrating how insane that is. Multiple at-fault accidents, tickets, and probably a DUI or two, and shit credit. It takes a lot.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10066 on: August 18, 2015, 05:07:32 PM »
Oh boy, here's one. 

Co-worker and wife are extremely environmentally friendly liberal people.  To prove it, he tells us they both have new electric cars, but also a sprinter van for groceries (because duh), and a "fun only, for driving point A to point A" sports car, that they park . . . wait for it . . . in their airplane hanger at the local airport with their plane. 

Yup

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10067 on: August 18, 2015, 05:09:27 PM »
Oh boy, here's one. 

Co-worker and wife are extremely environmentally friendly liberal people.  To prove it, he tells us they both have new electric cars, but also a sprinter van for groceries (because duh), and a "fun only, for driving point A to point A" sports car, that they park . . . wait for it . . . in their airplane hanger at the local airport with their plane. 

Yup

WOW.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10068 on: August 18, 2015, 07:55:22 PM »
Oh boy, here's one. 

Co-worker and wife are extremely environmentally friendly liberal people.  To prove it, he tells us they both have new electric cars, but also a sprinter van for groceries (because duh), and a "fun only, for driving point A to point A" sports car, that they park . . . wait for it . . . in their airplane hanger at the local airport with their plane. 

Yup


WOW.

That is simply awesome. At least say "we are trying to get back to 'normal' due to our plane and sprinter by driving electrics day-2-day."

Do you know them at all? Are they clueless or simply stupid?

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« Reply #10069 on: August 18, 2015, 08:50:12 PM »
Oh boy, here's one. 

Co-worker and wife are extremely environmentally friendly liberal people.  To prove it, he tells us they both have new electric cars, but also a sprinter van for groceries (because duh), and a "fun only, for driving point A to point A" sports car, that they park . . . wait for it . . . in their airplane hanger at the local airport with their plane. 

Yup


WOW.

That is simply awesome. At least say "we are trying to get back to 'normal' due to our plane and sprinter by driving electrics day-2-day."

Do you know them at all? Are they clueless or simply stupid?

Yup, I know them.  Don't want to say too much more, but if I could you would all revel in the ridiculousness.  ( :

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« Reply #10070 on: August 18, 2015, 08:57:56 PM »
Oh boy, here's one. 

Co-worker and wife are extremely environmentally friendly liberal people.  To prove it, he tells us they both have new electric cars, but also a sprinter van for groceries (because duh), and a "fun only, for driving point A to point A" sports car, that they park . . . wait for it . . . in their airplane hanger at the local airport with their plane. 

Yup
Yeah, that's environmentally friendly all right. *facepalm*
Where are these people that I may backhand them for their bullshit?
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10071 on: August 19, 2015, 03:36:27 AM »
I just spoke to the attorney recruiter - she was lamenting about her Treasure Island beach house got flooded in the recent rains. Her permanent residence is in Dunedin, the same county and a 30 minutes drive north -.-

I attached a map for further face palming.

That is just crazy, especially when she passes many beautiful beaches traveling between her main house and her beach house. 

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« Reply #10072 on: August 19, 2015, 07:27:28 AM »
Oh boy, here's one. 

Co-worker and wife are extremely environmentally friendly liberal people.  To prove it, he tells us they both have new electric cars, but also a sprinter van for groceries (because duh), and a "fun only, for driving point A to point A" sports car, that they park . . . wait for it . . . in their airplane hanger at the local airport with their plane. 

Yup

Amazing.

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« Reply #10073 on: August 19, 2015, 08:48:13 AM »
Oh boy, here's one. 

Co-worker and wife are extremely environmentally friendly liberal people.  To prove it, he tells us they both have new electric cars, but also a sprinter van for groceries (because duh), and a "fun only, for driving point A to point A" sports car, that they park . . . wait for it . . . in their airplane hanger at the local airport with their plane. 

Yup

Well, if you've got an airplane hangar, you may as well make good use of it! :P
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10074 on: August 19, 2015, 09:04:54 AM »
I just spoke to the attorney recruiter - she was lamenting about her Treasure Island beach house got flooded in the recent rains. Her permanent residence is in Dunedin, the same county and a 30 minutes drive north -.-

I attached a map for further face palming.

That is just crazy, especially when she passes many beautiful beaches traveling between her main house and her beach house.


It gets worse but that just blew my mind.

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« Reply #10075 on: August 19, 2015, 05:04:57 PM »
Oh boy, here's one. 

Co-worker and wife are extremely environmentally friendly liberal people.  To prove it, he tells us they both have new electric cars, but also a sprinter van for groceries (because duh), and a "fun only, for driving point A to point A" sports car, that they park . . . wait for it . . . in their airplane hanger at the local airport with their plane. 

Yup

I like that "Point A to Point A"   -- as in driving in circles just for fun?

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« Reply #10076 on: August 19, 2015, 05:06:28 PM »
I like that "Point A to Point A"   -- as in driving in circles just for fun?
That's the way I interpreted it- probably on a racetrack :)

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« Reply #10077 on: August 19, 2015, 05:37:59 PM »
I like that "Point A to Point A"   -- as in driving in circles just for fun?
That's the way I interpreted it- probably on a racetrack :)

Joy riding I believe.  That one was a direct quote. 

Try to NOT sound ridiculous/pretentious/etc. (choose your own adjective) describing your 4th or 5th vehicle in such a manner.

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« Reply #10078 on: August 20, 2015, 08:30:39 AM »
Started a new job 2 months ago so trying to optimize payroll deductions and reimbursements. I call Fidelity (where our 401Ks go) to inquire about when the company match gets deposited.
  • Fidelity guy: I see here that your current 401K contributions are set at 75%. Did you want me to fix that for you?
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I also travel for work a lot, and boss insists on making sure hotel bills are directly billed to the company because it would be "so awful for me to have to carry that balance every month!"
  • Me: *secretly disappointed I'm not racking up free rewards points on dedicated travel credit card*

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« Reply #10079 on: August 20, 2015, 08:52:22 AM »
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I also travel for work a lot, and boss insists on making sure hotel bills are directly billed to the company because it would be "so awful for me to have to carry that balance every month!"

    Me: *secretly disappointed I'm not racking up free rewards points on dedicated travel credit card*

I was so mad when my frequent travel got flagged and I was required to get a company credit card.  The points were really adding up nicely!  Infrequent travelers don't get the cards.

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« Reply #10080 on: August 20, 2015, 09:37:41 AM »
I was so mad when my frequent travel got flagged and I was required to get a company credit card.  The points were really adding up nicely!  Infrequent travelers don't get the cards.

Happened to me, too.  I had never been issued a card and never asked for one, happily booking air / car / hotel / meals on my personal card and getting the rewards.  After several years, the company forced me to get a company card so they could get the rewards instead.  It's extra annoying because I still have to fill out an expense report and pay the card myself, then the company cuts me a check a few weeks later.

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« Reply #10081 on: August 20, 2015, 09:48:48 AM »
Saw this bumper sticker on a Ram pickup this morning: "I work hard so that I can afford to drive to work." At least s/he recognizes the idiocy :/  Here in the public transport desert, that's basically true, but they could at least help themselves by not commuting in a pickup.

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« Reply #10082 on: August 20, 2015, 11:03:49 AM »
I was so mad when my frequent travel got flagged and I was required to get a company credit card.  The points were really adding up nicely!  Infrequent travelers don't get the cards.

Happened to me, too.  I had never been issued a card and never asked for one, happily booking air / car / hotel / meals on my personal card and getting the rewards.  After several years, the company forced me to get a company card so they could get the rewards instead.  It's extra annoying because I still have to fill out an expense report and pay the card myself, then the company cuts me a check a few weeks later.
Yeah my employer requires us to use the corporate card for all travel expenses and if you don't then you better have a good explanation (i.e taxi cab only took cash) however they do pay the card bill, we are not required to pay out initially then wait for reimbursement.

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« Reply #10083 on: August 20, 2015, 11:10:31 AM »
I was so mad when my frequent travel got flagged and I was required to get a company credit card.  The points were really adding up nicely!  Infrequent travelers don't get the cards.

Happened to me, too.  I had never been issued a card and never asked for one, happily booking air / car / hotel / meals on my personal card and getting the rewards.  After several years, the company forced me to get a company card so they could get the rewards instead.  It's extra annoying because I still have to fill out an expense report and pay the card myself, then the company cuts me a check a few weeks later.
Yeah my employer requires us to use the corporate card for all travel expenses and if you don't then you better have a good explanation (i.e taxi cab only took cash) however they do pay the card bill, we are not required to pay out initially then wait for reimbursement.

Which is funny cause cabs charge an insane amount extra for credit card usage, so it does cost the company more.

Yeah, I would not be happy if I was expected to have a corporate card that I would need to front the payment for and then wait a few weeks for payment. If I had to wait a few weeks for reimbursement, I would want the miles...or instead, would love to see if I could get them to pay the interest rate...which is like 25% for some credit cards (not serious about this, but would love to see the look on their faces).

Thankfully I have a company cc, that is paid by the company.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10084 on: August 20, 2015, 12:42:07 PM »
I just spoke to the attorney recruiter - she was lamenting about her Treasure Island beach house got flooded in the recent rains. Her permanent residence is in Dunedin, the same county and a 30 minutes drive north -.-

I attached a map for further face palming.

Hilarious! She could easily drive 10 minutes to Honeymoon Island State Park instead of driving the peninsular spine of US-19/Alt-19.

Yeah, recent rains were a bitch to deal with, resulting in cracked water/sewer pipes under the road, just by my driveway.

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« Reply #10085 on: August 20, 2015, 12:47:57 PM »

Which is funny cause cabs charge an insane amount extra for credit card usage, so it does cost the company more.

Yeah, I would not be happy if I was expected to have a corporate card that I would need to front the payment for and then wait a few weeks for payment. If I had to wait a few weeks for reimbursement, I would want the miles...or instead, would love to see if I could get them to pay the interest rate...which is like 25% for some credit cards (not serious about this, but would love to see the look on their faces).

Thankfully I have a company cc, that is paid by the company.

Maybe this depends where you are.  I've never seen a credit card use surcharge when I've gotten cabs for work (mostly in NYC).  I just looked at reciepts, and I don't see one.

My corporate card does not require me to pay it and float the money. The company pays it directly. I just have to tell them they need to.  The other way I think I'd throw a bit more of a fuss about it!

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« Reply #10086 on: August 20, 2015, 12:50:57 PM »
Oh boy, here's one. 

Co-worker and wife are extremely environmentally friendly liberal people.  To prove it, he tells us they both have new electric cars, but also a sprinter van for groceries (because duh), and a "fun only, for driving point A to point A" sports car, that they park . . . wait for it . . . in their airplane hanger at the local airport with their plane. 

Yup

My hiring manager in BigAerospace was exactly that. She and husband were DINKs. Drove latest Corvettes. Had a Huge RV (bus-sized). And a 6 seater plane. They would fly from Clearwater to St. Augustine or somewhere for dinner and then fly back. I was a dumb newbie engineer, asked if they had so much cash, how about sell everything and retire early or consult like some of the other engineers and managers (who used to be engineers). She gave me a deadpan look and said she needed to work to maintain that lifestyle, including taking shit from directors, taking shit from engineers and technicians, and stressing about securing RV and plane in hurricane season.

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« Reply #10087 on: August 20, 2015, 03:03:59 PM »
I was talking to someone at work and came up in conversation that they drink an average of 8, 12oz sodas per day. Now I know who averages out the ridiculous averages of soft drink consumption in the US.
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« Reply #10088 on: August 20, 2015, 03:08:08 PM »
was talking to someone at work and came up in conversation that they drink an average of 8, 12oz sodas per day. Now I know who averages out the ridiculous averages of soft drink consumption in the US.

Back when I was a Spendypants McConsumersukka, I used to drink 4-8L of cola a day. The thought now turns my stomach, not to mention how much I was spending on something that is completely useless... it was the first habit to go when I had my mustachian awakening.

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« Reply #10089 on: August 20, 2015, 03:14:40 PM »
was talking to someone at work and came up in conversation that they drink an average of 8, 12oz sodas per day. Now I know who averages out the ridiculous averages of soft drink consumption in the US.

Back when I was a Spendypants McConsumersukka, I used to drink 4-8L of cola a day. The thought now turns my stomach, not to mention how much I was spending on something that is completely useless... it was the first habit to go when I had my mustachian awakening.

This doesn't even seem possible to me... If someone told me I had to drink 4 2L of soda I don't think I would be able to

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« Reply #10090 on: August 20, 2015, 03:29:36 PM »
was talking to someone at work and came up in conversation that they drink an average of 8, 12oz sodas per day. Now I know who averages out the ridiculous averages of soft drink consumption in the US.

Back when I was a Spendypants McConsumersukka, I used to drink 4-8L of cola a day. The thought now turns my stomach, not to mention how much I was spending on something that is completely useless... it was the first habit to go when I had my mustachian awakening.

This doesn't even seem possible to me... If someone told me I had to drink 4 2L of soda I don't think I would be able to

My SIL used to drink nearly a six pack a day of Coca Cola until it almost destroyed her teeth.  Most of my friends who want to diet cut out the sodas first and drop 5-10 pounds in the first couple months just from that.  I sat in a nutrition class recently where the doctor passed around sandwich bags full of sugar representing the amount in particular snack items.  It's really disgusting how much extra sugar we consume when you view it from that angle.

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« Reply #10091 on: August 20, 2015, 08:44:24 PM »
1. Did you lose all your teeth drinking 4 - 8L of soda a day?

2. For every tooth you lost, did you gain 20 pounds?

That's an absolutely incredibly insane daily consumption. I thought people who drank like two cans a day were pushing it.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10092 on: August 21, 2015, 06:32:53 AM »
was talking to someone at work and came up in conversation that they drink an average of 8, 12oz sodas per day. Now I know who averages out the ridiculous averages of soft drink consumption in the US.

Back when I was a Spendypants McConsumersukka, I used to drink 4-8L of cola a day. The thought now turns my stomach, not to mention how much I was spending on something that is completely useless... it was the first habit to go when I had my mustachian awakening.

This doesn't even seem possible to me... If someone told me I had to drink 4 2L of soda I don't think I would be able to

It is....I used to be that bad as well.  Now I've cut it back to a few sodas/week.

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« Reply #10093 on: August 21, 2015, 06:41:38 AM »
It is....I used to be that bad as well.  Now I've cut it back to a few sodas/week.

On a whim, I drank a small glass of Coke last night... I nearly spit it out. Geez, it tasted nasty. And I used to drink 2-3 cans of Mt. Dew a day. Now it's just hot tea, coffee, or water. Or almond milk.

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« Reply #10094 on: August 21, 2015, 06:51:12 AM »
I didn't lose an ounce when I stopped drinking soda. 

Grr.



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« Reply #10095 on: August 21, 2015, 07:01:46 AM »
So glad I absolutely hate fizzy anything. I think I've had one soda ever in my life (that much worth of combined sips that I spit out of disgust).

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« Reply #10096 on: August 21, 2015, 07:21:51 AM »
I didn't lose an ounce when I stopped drinking soda. 

Grr.

Me neither. = (

But, I was 16 at the time. And only drank 1, max 2, cans a day. I hate it when advice for losing weight starts with "stop drinking soda." I don't drink it. What else ya got?


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« Reply #10097 on: August 21, 2015, 07:22:55 AM »
I was talking to someone at work and came up in conversation that they drink an average of 8, 12oz sodas per day. Now I know who averages out the ridiculous averages of soft drink consumption in the US.

GAH!!!


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« Reply #10098 on: August 21, 2015, 07:25:57 AM »
On a related note, although we consume less sugar than the American median (mainly because we don't eat processed food much), DH and I were trying to cut down a bit more and reading labels, and we realized that ONE tiny Yoplait yogurt container has nearly an ENTIRE recommended daily added sugar amount. Seriously crazy.

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« Reply #10099 on: August 21, 2015, 08:12:50 AM »
was talking to someone at work and came up in conversation that they drink an average of 8, 12oz sodas per day. Now I know who averages out the ridiculous averages of soft drink consumption in the US.

Back when I was a Spendypants McConsumersukka, I used to drink 4-8L of cola a day. The thought now turns my stomach, not to mention how much I was spending on something that is completely useless... it was the first habit to go when I had my mustachian awakening.

A few years ago I got a SodaStream as a gift and was going through 2-4L of soda per day easy. All of it was the fruity diet drinks but still, not a great drink choice in those quantities.