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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10700 on: October 01, 2015, 05:08:57 PM »
A customer's credit card somehow got charged three times, for $10 each time.  She emails our customer service folks in a panic, because apparently she is in a very bad financial situation.  We happily refunded the two erroneous charges, but c'mon, woman, are you really only $20 away from bankruptcy?

I was amazed after talking to our accounting department once. People regularly call in to complain that they can't use there card because we haven't released a transaction yet. They get batched out nightly via the credit card company, so if we issue a refund, or cancel a transaction, you can't use the funds for a day. SOP as far as I'm aware, but I was amazed at the complaints of people who were apparently incensed about not being able to use the last $50 dollars of credit due to being that close to their limit.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10701 on: October 02, 2015, 05:29:15 AM »
Gobsmacked - so he's out of work, living off his partner, and then he goes to buy his food at an expensive butcher and pays a premium on top of the premium price for custom cutting. Later he mentioned his partner is getting pissy about him not having work yet. "Its a bit of a strain, but you know, I wash the floors and dishes, so I think its fair enough. I mean, he knew I was out of work when we bought the house - its just taking longer than I thought to find something. We'll work out the extra debts when I find a job."

Washing the floors and dishes couldn't possibly take more than an hour a day, unless they throw dinner parties for eight every night or scrub their floors with a toothbrush.

I'd be cynically curious as to how much of a "we" was involved in buying the house, and whose name(s) is/are on the dotted line for the mortgage payments.

Agreed, I feel sorry for the partner. Actively looking for work and/or doing everything you can to keep a home ticking over and saving money is hard work and I'd have no problem supporting a partner in this situation. Lazing around watching Netflix and waiting for the universe to grant you the perfect job while spending SO's money like water is disrespecting their time and effort. I'd be kicking CW to the kerb, even if they were hot.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10702 on: October 02, 2015, 05:48:20 AM »
I had a co worker bragging to me a little while back about how transferring her cc debt to a higher interest card enabled her to invest the payment difference in a time share. And by buying her mercedes new she was able to get them down to only 5% for 7 years, helping pay off the BMW she was upside-down on....
she visits foreign destinations at least 3 times a year for all inclusive resorts and Also rents a 1 bedroom apartment in a bad neighborhood.

That was almost the worst financial advice I ever heard. She tried to get me to buy a timeshare so she could get some pyramid scheme bonus whatever, and I just smiled and said thanks for the info. That mercedes is more sparkly than my old truck sitting for 12 hours in the parking lot though

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10703 on: October 02, 2015, 07:16:13 AM »
"My (can't recall the vehicle type) is in the shop so I have a loaner car today. God- I can barely get in and out of a car anymore since I'm so used to my SUV. I can't believe what a pain it is."

Edit: Apparently this will be the topic of conversation all day. She is on her THIRD person of how hard it is to get out of a car, and how can anyone own a car when you could buy an SUV?
« Last Edit: October 02, 2015, 07:53:27 AM by iowajes »

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10704 on: October 02, 2015, 07:18:12 AM »
I had a co worker bragging to me a little while back about how transferring her cc debt to a higher interest card enabled her to invest the payment difference in a time share. And by buying her mercedes new she was able to get them down to only 5% for 7 years, helping pay off the BMW she was upside-down on....

AAAAAAAAAHHHHHH!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10705 on: October 02, 2015, 08:54:16 AM »
"My (can't recall the vehicle type) is in the shop so I have a loaner car today. God- I can barely get in and out of a car anymore since I'm so used to my SUV. I can't believe what a pain it is."

Edit: Apparently this will be the topic of conversation all day. She is on her THIRD person of how hard it is to get out of a car, and how can anyone own a car when you could buy an SUV?
Vehicle height is actually a legit problem for arthritis sufferers. That's why the toilets in accessible bathrooms are several inches taller than other ones. Climbing down into a car is harder on the knees/hips than getting into a seat that's at or slightly above standing-butt-height.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10706 on: October 02, 2015, 09:15:24 AM »
Seen at work:
Someone brought a couple boxes of Duck Donuts into the office.  I guess they are the new trendy unhealthy snack. I thought, Gee, I didn't know there was a Duck Donuts near here. I googled them, and found out that, no, there is not a Duck Donuts near here. The closest one is 11.5 miles away.

Granted, I know for a fact that people commute much farther than 11.5 miles to get here. But, that's a long way for fattening fried dough to travel. Not to mention, there are two places across the street at which to buy said fattening fried dough. But, they are not trendy enough apparently.

I don't get why that is posted here. Someone brought in donuts to work as a gift to you and to his/her co-workers. Eat them or don't.

Agreed. Why mock a co-worker who did something nice for the office?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10707 on: October 02, 2015, 09:21:03 AM »
"My (can't recall the vehicle type) is in the shop so I have a loaner car today. God- I can barely get in and out of a car anymore since I'm so used to my SUV. I can't believe what a pain it is."

Edit: Apparently this will be the topic of conversation all day. She is on her THIRD person of how hard it is to get out of a car, and how can anyone own a car when you could buy an SUV?
Vehicle height is actually a legit problem for arthritis sufferers. That's why the toilets in accessible bathrooms are several inches taller than other ones. Climbing down into a car is harder on the knees/hips than getting into a seat that's at or slightly above standing-butt-height.

I understand that completely.

It still drives me nuts every time my MIL talks about my car choices (Miata, small BMW's, maybe a Toybaru next) as if they're horrible. I personally think her Lexus Camry is horrible, but it is safe reliable and she likes it--so I'm not saying anything.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10708 on: October 02, 2015, 09:46:10 AM »
Yesterday at a going away lunch for a great young guy (smart, hard worker, going to a different company with a HUGE raise):

"Nice that you can join us, is this lunch actually in your budget?"
 
Ha. Ha.

You know, by bringing lunch every day, I can enjoy a delicious lunch to send off one of the best guys who ever worked for me (probably THE best, really).  I can afford the $14 without sweating it. But thanks.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10709 on: October 02, 2015, 10:00:43 AM »
Yesterday at a going away lunch for a great young guy (smart, hard worker, going to a different company with a HUGE raise):

"Nice that you can join us, is this lunch actually in your budget?"
 
Ha. Ha.

You know, by bringing lunch every day, I can enjoy a delicious lunch to send off one of the best guys who ever worked for me (probably THE best, really).  I can afford the $14 without sweating it. But thanks.

well if you use a budget in reference to previous lunches you turned down, dont be surprised if it returns to haunt you.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10710 on: October 02, 2015, 10:08:49 AM »
"My (can't recall the vehicle type) is in the shop so I have a loaner car today. God- I can barely get in and out of a car anymore since I'm so used to my SUV. I can't believe what a pain it is."

Edit: Apparently this will be the topic of conversation all day. She is on her THIRD person of how hard it is to get out of a car, and how can anyone own a car when you could buy an SUV?
Vehicle height is actually a legit problem for arthritis sufferers. That's why the toilets in accessible bathrooms are several inches taller than other ones. Climbing down into a car is harder on the knees/hips than getting into a seat that's at or slightly above standing-butt-height.

She doesn't have these issues.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10711 on: October 02, 2015, 10:29:39 AM »
Seen at work:
Someone brought a couple boxes of Duck Donuts into the office.  I guess they are the new trendy unhealthy snack. I thought, Gee, I didn't know there was a Duck Donuts near here. I googled them, and found out that, no, there is not a Duck Donuts near here. The closest one is 11.5 miles away.

Granted, I know for a fact that people commute much farther than 11.5 miles to get here. But, that's a long way for fattening fried dough to travel. Not to mention, there are two places across the street at which to buy said fattening fried dough. But, they are not trendy enough apparently.

I occasionally bring Duck Donuts to work, or get them as a treat on a Saturday morning. They are a local-ish brand, and I like the cake type donuts over the bread type. They are definitely pricey though.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10712 on: October 02, 2015, 10:33:16 AM »
lol - yeah, I'm struggling to understand what's so bad about a coworker bringing in donuts?

I've brought in donuts for my peers before and I'm just a contributor. Nobody special or important.

I spent some money on them, nothing crazy, but honestly it was worth it to see my normally miserable coworkers with a smile for a change.

I used to walk to work, so I actually had to drive a few miles to the donut shop and back. I even had to wake up a little earlier than usual to accomplish it and get the donuts while the selection was good. Small local donut shop type of business.


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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10713 on: October 02, 2015, 11:00:34 AM »
Co-worker: As far as TVs go, I really believe you should just spend whatever makes you happy.  I have never yet heard someone say, "I wish I hadn't spent so much on my TV."

This was in the middle of a discussion about a 65inch 4k curved tv vs. the 55inch version.
I don't think the curved TVs are even all that nice.  It cuts down on the number of people you can invite over to watch a movie with you, since you can't fan out as much and still see the TV.  I don't own a TV at all, so maybe I'm mistaken, but that's my $0.02.

I think the curved TV actually makes it easier to see from the sides and that's the whole point of it being curved.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10714 on: October 02, 2015, 11:24:14 AM »
lol - yeah, I'm struggling to understand what's so bad about a coworker bringing in donuts?

I've brought in donuts for my peers before and I'm just a contributor. Nobody special or important.

I spent some money on them, nothing crazy, but honestly it was worth it to see my normally miserable coworkers with a smile for a change.

I used to walk to work, so I actually had to drive a few miles to the donut shop and back. I even had to wake up a little earlier than usual to accomplish it and get the donuts while the selection was good. Small local donut shop type of business.

I think the OP had less of a problem with buying the doughnuts, and more of an issue with how far their coworker drove to get the doughnuts especially considering there are closer options.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10715 on: October 02, 2015, 11:27:41 AM »
One of my coworkers is a big Dave Ramsey fan (and apparently knows about MMM; he occasionally asks me about how my "mustachio" is going), so much so that apparently he and his wife took over teaching a seminar about it locally.

I guess he must have posted something on Facebook about getting rid of all his debt. This morning he was talking to another coworker about it, and how the first step is to order all your debts and start paying them off from lowest to highest. His example was $1000 as the lowest, etc.

The conversation ended with the second coworker saying how great it was that he got rid of all his debt and how awesome that'd feel, and concluded with "Now, where will I find $1000?"

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10716 on: October 02, 2015, 11:44:05 AM »
One of my coworkers is a big Dave Ramsey fan (and apparently knows about MMM; he occasionally asks me about how my "mustachio" is going), so much so that apparently he and his wife took over teaching a seminar about it locally.

I guess he must have posted something on Facebook about getting rid of all his debt. This morning he was talking to another coworker about it, and how the first step is to order all your debts and start paying them off from lowest to highest. His example was $1000 as the lowest, etc.

The conversation ended with the second coworker saying how great it was that he got rid of all his debt and how awesome that'd feel, and concluded with "Now, where will I find $1000?"

That's the kind of person the Dave Ramsey Baby Steps are perfect for haha.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10717 on: October 02, 2015, 11:50:08 AM »
Yesterday at a going away lunch for a great young guy (smart, hard worker, going to a different company with a HUGE raise):

"Nice that you can join us, is this lunch actually in your budget?"
 
Ha. Ha.

You know, by bringing lunch every day, I can enjoy a delicious lunch to send off one of the best guys who ever worked for me (probably THE best, really).  I can afford the $14 without sweating it. But thanks.

well if you use a budget in reference to previous lunches you turned down, dont be surprised if it returns to haunt you.
I wouldn't say that I "turn down" lunches out due to budget.

But I bring my lunch every day.  One day, sitting at the table someone asked about it.  Now, my coworkers are engineers.  So, some are frugal, some are not.  Most bring lunch at least SOME of the time, but a lot of them go through phases where they eat out every day.  I pointed out that by packing lunch for myself and my husband every day, in 5 years it equals a new car of savings.  (A Civic maybe.)  And since I'd JUST bought a new Civic (when my prior car was totaled in an accident), it was a timely discussion.

So I've always been reasonably happy to eat out for special occasions - a going away lunch, or if a former coworker is in town for the day, or a networking lunch.  But I don't ever eat out "just because I don't feel like packing a lunch."

Of course the same guy who teased me for my "budget" doesn't have a $320 a week daycare bill like I do.  His time will come.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10718 on: October 02, 2015, 12:03:09 PM »
Yesterday at a going away lunch for a great young guy (smart, hard worker, going to a different company with a HUGE raise):

"Nice that you can join us, is this lunch actually in your budget?"
 
Ha. Ha.

You know, by bringing lunch every day, I can enjoy a delicious lunch to send off one of the best guys who ever worked for me (probably THE best, really).  I can afford the $14 without sweating it. But thanks.

well if you use a budget in reference to previous lunches you turned down, dont be surprised if it returns to haunt you.
I wouldn't say that I "turn down" lunches out due to budget.

But I bring my lunch every day.  One day, sitting at the table someone asked about it.  Now, my coworkers are engineers.  So, some are frugal, some are not.  Most bring lunch at least SOME of the time, but a lot of them go through phases where they eat out every day.  I pointed out that by packing lunch for myself and my husband every day, in 5 years it equals a new car of savings.  (A Civic maybe.)  And since I'd JUST bought a new Civic (when my prior car was totaled in an accident), it was a timely discussion.

So I've always been reasonably happy to eat out for special occasions - a going away lunch, or if a former coworker is in town for the day, or a networking lunch.  But I don't ever eat out "just because I don't feel like packing a lunch."

Of course the same guy who teased me for my "budget" doesn't have a $320 a week daycare bill like I do.  His time will come.

im not judging.

but either way you made a connection between your financial circumstances and your bringing in lunch. and not in a casual manner. you used figures based upon  5 years  extrapolation. let's be honest most people don't share that information often with coworkers.

so i think its no surprise that you were teased a little.




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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10719 on: October 02, 2015, 01:32:41 PM »
Co-worker: As far as TVs go, I really believe you should just spend whatever makes you happy.  I have never yet heard someone say, "I wish I hadn't spent so much on my TV."

This was in the middle of a discussion about a 65inch 4k curved tv vs. the 55inch version.
I don't think the curved TVs are even all that nice.  It cuts down on the number of people you can invite over to watch a movie with you, since you can't fan out as much and still see the TV.  I don't own a TV at all, so maybe I'm mistaken, but that's my $0.02.

I think the curved TV actually makes it easier to see from the sides and that's the whole point of it being curved.

I was curious about all the talk so I checked out ArsTechnica's take. The curve actually makes it harder to see if you're sitting off to the sides. It's arguably better if you're sitting in the middle.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10720 on: October 02, 2015, 01:38:01 PM »
Co-worker: As far as TVs go, I really believe you should just spend whatever makes you happy.  I have never yet heard someone say, "I wish I hadn't spent so much on my TV."

This was in the middle of a discussion about a 65inch 4k curved tv vs. the 55inch version.
I don't think the curved TVs are even all that nice.  It cuts down on the number of people you can invite over to watch a movie with you, since you can't fan out as much and still see the TV.  I don't own a TV at all, so maybe I'm mistaken, but that's my $0.02.

I think the curved TV actually makes it easier to see from the sides and that's the whole point of it being curved.

I was curious about all the talk so I checked out ArsTechnica's take. The curve actually makes it harder to see if you're sitting off to the sides. It's arguably better if you're sitting in the middle.

Yeah that's what I've heard. Curved TV's as they currently are, are great if you are sitting in that sweet spot, but otherwise largely not worth the additional costs. That said, as costs go down and technology and research go up, it's possible that they will make sense in the future.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10721 on: October 02, 2015, 02:07:50 PM »
"My (can't recall the vehicle type) is in the shop so I have a loaner car today. God- I can barely get in and out of a car anymore since I'm so used to my SUV. I can't believe what a pain it is."

Edit: Apparently this will be the topic of conversation all day. She is on her THIRD person of how hard it is to get out of a car, and how can anyone own a car when you could buy an SUV?
I don't have an SUV, but I really do appreciate the height of my "crossover" (HHR). 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10722 on: October 02, 2015, 03:12:39 PM »
"My (can't recall the vehicle type) is in the shop so I have a loaner car today. God- I can barely get in and out of a car anymore since I'm so used to my SUV. I can't believe what a pain it is."

Edit: Apparently this will be the topic of conversation all day. She is on her THIRD person of how hard it is to get out of a car, and how can anyone own a car when you could buy an SUV?
I don't have an SUV, but I really do appreciate the height of my "crossover" (HHR).
There are several economy hatchbacks on the market, no reason to get a large SUV if you want a car with headroom. 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10723 on: October 02, 2015, 07:05:58 PM »
I may have posted this before. My work provides free coffee, generally green mountain. They also sell fancy Starbucks coffee and have a handful of commercial coffee shops/doughnut stores nearby. It astounds me that a non-zero amount of people choose to pay for a coffee EVERY DAY when there is a perfectly good name-brand alternative that is motherf*ckin FREE that is more convenient!

Well I take that back, there's no pump to put a pint of frosting in your cup because you can't handle how real coffee tastes.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10724 on: October 02, 2015, 07:58:32 PM »
"My (can't recall the vehicle type) is in the shop so I have a loaner car today. God- I can barely get in and out of a car anymore since I'm so used to my SUV. I can't believe what a pain it is."

Edit: Apparently this will be the topic of conversation all day. She is on her THIRD person of how hard it is to get out of a car, and how can anyone own a car when you could buy an SUV?
I don't have an SUV, but I really do appreciate the height of my "crossover" (HHR).
There are several economy hatchbacks on the market, no reason to get a large SUV if you want a car with headroom.

Since this is about getting in and out of the car, isn't this r about distance from the ground, not headroom?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10725 on: October 03, 2015, 01:55:35 AM »
"My (can't recall the vehicle type) is in the shop so I have a loaner car today. God- I can barely get in and out of a car anymore since I'm so used to my SUV. I can't believe what a pain it is."

Edit: Apparently this will be the topic of conversation all day. She is on her THIRD person of how hard it is to get out of a car, and how can anyone own a car when you could buy an SUV?
I don't have an SUV, but I really do appreciate the height of my "crossover" (HHR).
There are several economy hatchbacks on the market, no reason to get a large SUV if you want a car with headroom.

Since this is about getting in and out of the car, isn't this r about distance from the ground, not headroom?
Depends what the problem is.  If it's knees, then the problem is seat height.  If it's height, then it's height of car body.  If it's obesity, it's door size.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10726 on: October 03, 2015, 05:37:26 AM »

I may have posted this before. My work provides free coffee, generally green mountain. They also sell fancy Starbucks coffee and have a handful of commercial coffee shops/doughnut stores nearby. It astounds me that a non-zero amount of people choose to pay for a coffee EVERY DAY when there is a perfectly good name-brand alternative that is motherf*ckin FREE that is more convenient!

Well I take that back, there's no pump to put a pint of frosting in your cup because you can't handle how real coffee tastes.

In my case it's even worse: I work for an Italian company so good, free coffee is considered a primary human right.
We have free Lavazza cups, and still some people spend the $3 something on their Starbucks latte almost every day.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10727 on: October 03, 2015, 06:47:32 AM »
In my case it's even worse: I work for an Italian company so good, free coffee is considered a primary human right.
We have free Lavazza cups, and still some people spend the $3 something on their Starbucks latte almost every day.

Now thats a special kind of stooopid. 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10728 on: October 05, 2015, 10:38:41 AM »
In my case it's even worse: I work for an Italian company so good, free coffee is considered a primary human right.
We have free Lavazza cups, and still some people spend the $3 something on their Starbucks latte almost every day.

Now thats a special kind of stooopid.

I live in a LCOL part of the country, and bought a Starbucks Latte last week with some coworkers (I feel obligated to mention, the free office coffee gets the job done just fine, and I drink that 95% of the time. I chose to go just for the walk and cameraderie, and I do like lattes)...

Anyway, the point I wanted to make was that my small (or whatever the f*** they call it) latte was OVER $4! That's the plain model, just milk and espresso. Everything else costs even more.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10729 on: October 05, 2015, 11:12:10 AM »
In my case it's even worse: I work for an Italian company so good, free coffee is considered a primary human right.
We have free Lavazza cups, and still some people spend the $3 something on their Starbucks latte almost every day.

Now thats a special kind of stooopid.

I live in a LCOL part of the country, and bought a Starbucks Latte last week with some coworkers (I feel obligated to mention, the free office coffee gets the job done just fine, and I drink that 95% of the time. I chose to go just for the walk and cameraderie, and I do like lattes)...


I doubt there are many, even here at MMM, that would begrudge you a treat. That's how I look at such things. If you are going with colleagues, then that's akin to pitching in for an office Fantasy Football or March Madness pool, even if you care little for it. It's a little money but can get you closer to your coworkers, which can help your career and make life a little better.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10730 on: October 05, 2015, 05:47:19 PM »
My job just attracts these guys or something...

Coworker buys an $800 car for his girlfriend's daughter. Daughter has trouble holding down jobs, has a kid, has an eviction on record and is currently couch surfing. The daughter's boyfriend has outstanding warrants and works under the table.

So daughter, within a week of having this car, goes and gets a title loan on the car. And then doesn't pay it back. Car gets repo'd within two months of her receiving it.

Now daughter wants to get an apartment and needs a cosigner, which she's asking coworker for. He said no.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10731 on: October 05, 2015, 06:51:40 PM »
Your coworker is a stand-up guy. He took an $800 gamble to help someone out, but he's not an idiot and cut his losses.

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« Reply #10732 on: October 05, 2015, 07:41:51 PM »
Your coworker is a stand-up guy. He took an $800 gamble to help someone out, but he's not an idiot and cut his losses.

That's a good point, I hope that's how he views it.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10733 on: October 06, 2015, 02:04:49 PM »
Co-worker: As far as TVs go, I really believe you should just spend whatever makes you happy.  I have never yet heard someone say, "I wish I hadn't spent so much on my TV."

This was in the middle of a discussion about a 65inch 4k curved tv vs. the 55inch version.
I don't think the curved TVs are even all that nice.  It cuts down on the number of people you can invite over to watch a movie with you, since you can't fan out as much and still see the TV.  I don't own a TV at all, so maybe I'm mistaken, but that's my $0.02.

I think the curved TV actually makes it easier to see from the sides and that's the whole point of it being curved.

I was curious about all the talk so I checked out ArsTechnica's take. The curve actually makes it harder to see if you're sitting off to the sides. It's arguably better if you're sitting in the middle.

Yeah that's what I've heard. Curved TV's as they currently are, are great if you are sitting in that sweet spot, but otherwise largely not worth the additional costs. That said, as costs go down and technology and research go up, it's possible that they will make sense in the future.

Curved TV is a gimmicky way to get people to buy ANOTHER TV. Wow, look everybody - it's curved! Nothing more. 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10734 on: October 06, 2015, 02:23:44 PM »
I got 3 invitations for work Xmas parties, all >$100 a head, the most expensive one $160 a head.  Included are staff who make under 40K a year. Holy guacamole!
Guess who's being a party pooper? Man, I'm saving like nearly $500 by not going.

WTF it's the social norm for workers to pay to attend a Christmas party?

Not at my company, I'm proud to say. Each year we get dinner at a local Chinese buffet. It is paid for by me. Of course, I have a grand total of 6 employees, and I do invite back 2 retired employees in case they are interested. Also, it just so happens that all of my employees are unmarried save for one, so that also likely reduces my expenses a little bit.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10735 on: October 06, 2015, 02:56:12 PM »
Your coworker is a stand-up guy. He took an $800 gamble to help someone out, but he's not an idiot and cut his losses.

Yup. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Small loss this incident is better than a bigger loss in the future. Now he has a great burn excuse to stay away from gf's kin.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10736 on: October 06, 2015, 07:00:19 PM »
Can I bitch about something not money related?

Coworker is upset because her dog is missing.  Fair enough.  Except:

1.  Dog has run away before.
2.  Dog was not on a leash or in a fence; they just let it go outside freely (which is illegal where I live, not to mention stupid anywhere).
3.  Dog is not neutered (it's 3 years old; this should have been done 2 1/2 years ago).
4.  Dog is trained/disciplined by "popping," which I assume means she just hits it when it doesn't do what she wants.

I'm biting my tongue so hard right now.  OF COURSE your damn dog ran away.  You didn't train it, it's not fixed so it's more prone to wandering off, it's done this before, and you just.... let it go, no leash, no supervision, etc?  This is your fault, not the dog's.  Dog is just being a dog.

Guess whose dog died last weekend? FB post said, "We'll never know exactly what happened, but we know he died doing what he loved most - hunting." Sounds to me like he ran off again. FFS.

I had to unfriend her. This was 100% preventable, and the only sympathy I have is for the dog.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10737 on: October 06, 2015, 07:06:08 PM »
Can I bitch about something not money related?

Coworker is upset because her dog is missing.  Fair enough.  Except:

1.  Dog has run away before.
2.  Dog was not on a leash or in a fence; they just let it go outside freely (which is illegal where I live, not to mention stupid anywhere).
3.  Dog is not neutered (it's 3 years old; this should have been done 2 1/2 years ago).
4.  Dog is trained/disciplined by "popping," which I assume means she just hits it when it doesn't do what she wants.

I'm biting my tongue so hard right now.  OF COURSE your damn dog ran away.  You didn't train it, it's not fixed so it's more prone to wandering off, it's done this before, and you just.... let it go, no leash, no supervision, etc?  This is your fault, not the dog's.  Dog is just being a dog.

Guess whose dog died last weekend? FB post said, "We'll never know exactly what happened, but we know he died doing what he loved most - hunting." Sounds to me like he ran off again. FFS.

I had to unfriend her. This was 100% preventable, and the only sympathy I have is for the dog.

Ugh!  This is so sad!  As the owner, she was responsible for protecting that dog and ensuring his well-being.  I hope she never has the privilege of owning another pet, or if she does, that she learns a very good lesson from this one.  Doubtful she'll do any better the next time, but we can still hope.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10738 on: October 06, 2015, 07:08:52 PM »
Can I bitch about something not money related?

Coworker is upset because her dog is missing.  Fair enough.  Except:

1.  Dog has run away before.
2.  Dog was not on a leash or in a fence; they just let it go outside freely (which is illegal where I live, not to mention stupid anywhere).
3.  Dog is not neutered (it's 3 years old; this should have been done 2 1/2 years ago).
4.  Dog is trained/disciplined by "popping," which I assume means she just hits it when it doesn't do what she wants.

I'm biting my tongue so hard right now.  OF COURSE your damn dog ran away.  You didn't train it, it's not fixed so it's more prone to wandering off, it's done this before, and you just.... let it go, no leash, no supervision, etc?  This is your fault, not the dog's.  Dog is just being a dog.

Guess whose dog died last weekend? FB post said, "We'll never know exactly what happened, but we know he died doing what he loved most - hunting." Sounds to me like he ran off again. FFS.

I had to unfriend her. This was 100% preventable, and the only sympathy I have is for the dog.

I concur, I feel for the dog. There's no such thing as a bad dog, just a bad dog owner.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10739 on: October 07, 2015, 12:42:05 AM »
Can I bitch about something not money related?

Coworker is upset because her dog is missing.  Fair enough.  Except:

1.  Dog has run away before.
2.  Dog was not on a leash or in a fence; they just let it go outside freely (which is illegal where I live, not to mention stupid anywhere).
3.  Dog is not neutered (it's 3 years old; this should have been done 2 1/2 years ago).
4.  Dog is trained/disciplined by "popping," which I assume means she just hits it when it doesn't do what she wants.

I'm biting my tongue so hard right now.  OF COURSE your damn dog ran away.  You didn't train it, it's not fixed so it's more prone to wandering off, it's done this before, and you just.... let it go, no leash, no supervision, etc?  This is your fault, not the dog's.  Dog is just being a dog.

Guess whose dog died last weekend? FB post said, "We'll never know exactly what happened, but we know he died doing what he loved most - hunting." Sounds to me like he ran off again. FFS.

I had to unfriend her. This was 100% preventable, and the only sympathy I have is for the dog.

I concur, I feel for the dog. There's no such thing as a bad dog, just a bad dog owner.

Child and parent?

Oops, I didn't say that out loud did I! That's a big can of worms...

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10740 on: October 07, 2015, 09:24:08 AM »
Your coworker is a stand-up guy. He took an $800 gamble to help someone out, but he's not an idiot and cut his losses.

I did something like this, on a smaller scale.  We'd just moved to a new state and introduced ourselves to the neighbors, and 2 days later the 18ish year old son of one of them, who we had talked to briefly, knocked on the door to borrow $5 for gas for his car to get to his practice with his garage band.  I loaned him $10, figuring that would be a good test of whether he was reliable.  If so, we could hire him for house sitting, snow shoveling when we traveled, etc. 

About 5 months later, I brought it up in conversation, in case he had forgotten (it has happened to me), but he was short of money at the time.  About a year after the initial borrowing, he saw me getting out of the car, came over and gave me the $10 with a brief apology for being so late, he had finally gotten a job.  So he is not dishonest, just generally irresponsible.  It was worth risking $10 to me to find out what a neighbor was like. 

Contrast this with a similar situation with a well paid, professional co-worker some years earlier, where I loaned him $40 because he was short of cash, and when I brought it up a couple of months later, he scowled and said "What is the big deal about $40?".  I didn't make an issue of it, but learned something useful from that as well.  When someone says "What is the big deal about (some amount of money they owe you)", it is typically a big deal to them.  I don't recall if he was one of the co-workers who panicked when payroll was late by a couple of days one time due to some kind of software messup. . .

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10741 on: October 07, 2015, 09:52:10 AM »
Well, if it is no big deal for you, how about we double what you have to give me back? Or is this still too small a sum?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10742 on: October 07, 2015, 09:54:34 AM »
he scowled and said "What is the big deal about $40?". 

I cannot even imagine having this kind of attitude. If I owe someone even $1, it is like a big weight over my head until I clear it up.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10743 on: October 07, 2015, 09:58:07 AM »
Your coworker is a stand-up guy. He took an $800 gamble to help someone out, but he's not an idiot and cut his losses.

I did something like this, on a smaller scale.  We'd just moved to a new state and introduced ourselves to the neighbors, and 2 days later the 18ish year old son of one of them, who we had talked to briefly, knocked on the door to borrow $5 for gas for his car to get to his practice with his garage band.  I loaned him $10, figuring that would be a good test of whether he was reliable.  If so, we could hire him for house sitting, snow shoveling when we traveled, etc. 

About 5 months later, I brought it up in conversation, in case he had forgotten (it has happened to me), but he was short of money at the time.  About a year after the initial borrowing, he saw me getting out of the car, came over and gave me the $10 with a brief apology for being so late, he had finally gotten a job.  So he is not dishonest, just generally irresponsible.  It was worth risking $10 to me to find out what a neighbor was like. 

Contrast this with a similar situation with a well paid, professional co-worker some years earlier, where I loaned him $40 because he was short of cash, and when I brought it up a couple of months later, he scowled and said "What is the big deal about $40?".  I didn't make an issue of it, but learned something useful from that as well.  When someone says "What is the big deal about (some amount of money they owe you)", it is typically a big deal to them.  I don't recall if he was one of the co-workers who panicked when payroll was late by a couple of days one time due to some kind of software messup. . .

The real genius is next time he asks to borrow money, you don't need to feel guilty declining the request.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10744 on: October 07, 2015, 01:52:51 PM »
Contrast this with a similar situation with a well paid, professional co-worker some years earlier, where I loaned him $40 because he was short of cash, and when I brought it up a couple of months later, he scowled and said "What is the big deal about $40?".  I didn't make an issue of it, but learned something useful from that as well.  When someone says "What is the big deal about (some amount of money they owe you)", it is typically a big deal to them.  I don't recall if he was one of the co-workers who panicked when payroll was late by a couple of days one time due to some kind of software messup. . .

I quit loaning people money because I got tired of it. They owe me forever. They don't intend to pay unless I ask for it. When I ask for the money back they say, "Why do you want it back? Do you really need it?"

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10745 on: October 07, 2015, 02:06:10 PM »
Contrast this with a similar situation with a well paid, professional co-worker some years earlier, where I loaned him $40 because he was short of cash, and when I brought it up a couple of months later, he scowled and said "What is the big deal about $40?".  I didn't make an issue of it, but learned something useful from that as well.  When someone says "What is the big deal about (some amount of money they owe you)", it is typically a big deal to them.  I don't recall if he was one of the co-workers who panicked when payroll was late by a couple of days one time due to some kind of software messup. . .

I quit loaning people money because I got tired of it. They owe me forever. They don't intend to pay unless I ask for it. When I ask for the money back they say, "Why do you want it back? Do you really need it?"

"Do you really need it" drives me nuts. No, I don't really need it. I also don't really need beer, and at that, good beer. I don't need internet. I don't need a lot of things. But where does it stop? Most people that say that have more things/luxuries than me, although I'd guess that my stuff is nicer than their stuff.

I've stopped loaning money to people other than when they're not short, they just don't have it (i.e. need cash at a cash only place, or my brother who's funds were held up due to a bank transfer, etc.) Even then it is a gift, not a loan. If they give it back, lovely.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10746 on: October 07, 2015, 02:23:19 PM »
Contrast this with a similar situation with a well paid, professional co-worker some years earlier, where I loaned him $40 because he was short of cash, and when I brought it up a couple of months later, he scowled and said "What is the big deal about $40?".  I didn't make an issue of it, but learned something useful from that as well.  When someone says "What is the big deal about (some amount of money they owe you)", it is typically a big deal to them.  I don't recall if he was one of the co-workers who panicked when payroll was late by a couple of days one time due to some kind of software messup. . .

I quit loaning people money because I got tired of it. They owe me forever. They don't intend to pay unless I ask for it. When I ask for the money back they say, "Why do you want it back? Do you really need it?"

This is why I give, not loan.  If they ever give back the $20 they borrowed, great.  If they never do, I worry not, because I never expected it back to start with.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10747 on: October 07, 2015, 07:33:01 PM »
I'm sure this has been covered before, but coworkers talking about how as soon as their current $40k truck is paid off, they're going to upgrade to one of the new 1/2 ton trucks that are coming with a diesel option, for the price of $60k.  They will be able to get 20mpg so its a good deal.  I don't know how these people afford it, we make only slightly more than the median income in the U.S. 

I try to drop nuggets of knowledge about depreciation, how my second 100k miles on my truck (my chevy colorado that I paid 13k for, new) will be much more affordable that the first 100k miles, most are uninterested but once in a while someone seems to give a crap about their future selves. 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10748 on: October 07, 2015, 07:37:52 PM »
Contrast this with a similar situation with a well paid, professional co-worker some years earlier, where I loaned him $40 because he was short of cash, and when I brought it up a couple of months later, he scowled and said "What is the big deal about $40?".  I didn't make an issue of it, but learned something useful from that as well.  When someone says "What is the big deal about (some amount of money they owe you)", it is typically a big deal to them.  I don't recall if he was one of the co-workers who panicked when payroll was late by a couple of days one time due to some kind of software messup. . .

I quit loaning people money because I got tired of it. They owe me forever. They don't intend to pay unless I ask for it. When I ask for the money back they say, "Why do you want it back? Do you really need it?"

This is why I give, not loan.  If they ever give back the $20 they borrowed, great.  If they never do, I worry not, because I never expected it back to start with.

It's good that when people are broke and they ask for money they will first ask for a small amount, 10 or 20 dollars, to get them to the next paycheck or whatever.  If the amount is small, I'll let them borrow it and use it as a test of whether or not I can trust that person.  Usually someone who's finances are so out of order that they cannot scrape up 20$ is untrustworthy, but I give the benefit of the doubt. 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #10749 on: October 08, 2015, 09:42:59 AM »
Contrast this with a similar situation with a well paid, professional co-worker some years earlier, where I loaned him $40 because he was short of cash, and when I brought it up a couple of months later, he scowled and said "What is the big deal about $40?".  I didn't make an issue of it, but learned something useful from that as well.  When someone says "What is the big deal about (some amount of money they owe you)", it is typically a big deal to them.  I don't recall if he was one of the co-workers who panicked when payroll was late by a couple of days one time due to some kind of software messup. . .

I quit loaning people money because I got tired of it. They owe me forever. They don't intend to pay unless I ask for it. When I ask for the money back they say, "Why do you want it back? Do you really need it?"

This is why I give, not loan.  If they ever give back the $20 they borrowed, great.  If they never do, I worry not, because I never expected it back to start with.

It's good that when people are broke and they ask for money they will first ask for a small amount, 10 or 20 dollars, to get them to the next paycheck or whatever.  If the amount is small, I'll let them borrow it and use it as a test of whether or not I can trust that person.  Usually someone who's finances are so out of order that they cannot scrape up 20$ is untrustworthy, but I give the benefit of the doubt.

Among close friends and coworkers, money is fungible and I just try to make sure I lend slightly more than I borrow (always lunch-sized sums, picking up each others' checks or paying for coffee etc.).  Any farther out ("ack!  i left my wallet at home and need $10 for a sandwich for this business lunch!" to someone I don't see regularly) and it gets paid back the next day.  I can't imagine a coworker not paying back a loan to a person with whom they have only a professional relationship.  And if it's "only 40 dollars" I would say "then it's no big deal for you to pay me back."