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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11600 on: December 16, 2015, 11:18:31 PM »
Rolled up to work in my Ranger that has hauled more shit than it was designed for.  Couldn't help but park next to this monstrosity to compare sizes. I lost apparently...

Nah, mate. You win. :)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11601 on: December 17, 2015, 01:46:21 AM »
Rolled up to work in my Ranger that has hauled more shit than it was designed for.  Couldn't help but park next to this monstrosity to compare sizes.  I lost apparently...
OMFG

Is that the F250 I read so much about here?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11602 on: December 17, 2015, 04:39:57 AM »
Rolled up to work in my Ranger that has hauled more shit than it was designed for.  Couldn't help but park next to this monstrosity to compare sizes.  I lost apparently...
OMFG

Is that the F250 I read so much about here?

I think that's the F250 Super Duty. The 350, 450, and 550 have 4 back wheels, while this only has 2.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11603 on: December 17, 2015, 06:50:39 AM »
Background: I'm a train commuter, which is awesome except for the fact that the train only runs during rush hour.  I have a colleague who recently "gave up" on the train because she wanted (not needed, just wanted) a more flexible schedule, so instead of paying $105/month for the train like I do, she pays $240/month for parking (!!!), plus gas, car wear & tear etc.

Yesterday I got an emergency call from daycare to pick up my daughter (she's ok).  My retired mom is often available for these kind of things, but I couldn't reach her, and the train wasn't running so I had to suck it up and take a $50 cab ride to daycare.  It's the first time in 3+ years of being a working parent that this has happened.

My colleague was like OMG! That's so expensive! I'm so glad I drive!!

I just didn't even know what to say.  Even if I had to do this 3 times per month, I'd still be coming out ahead of her in transportation expenses.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11604 on: December 17, 2015, 06:55:58 AM »
Is that the F250 I read so much about here?

Just curious, do you live somewhere where heavy duty trucks are not available?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11605 on: December 17, 2015, 07:37:07 AM »
Rolled up to work in my Ranger that has hauled more shit than it was designed for.  Couldn't help but park next to this monstrosity to compare sizes.  I lost apparently...
OMFG
Is that the F250 I read so much about here?
I think that's the F250 Super Duty. The 350, 450, and 550 have 4 back wheels, while this only has 2.
The F250 is pretty much a standard commuting vehicle at my workplace. If only I'd known a mere picture of one outside the office would amuse this group so much. Hell, there are entire sections of the lot where trucks this size line up. Typically, they're driven 10-30 miles each way, all week long, loaded to the gills... with a 250# human and a briefcase.

My inability to locate my compact car in a sea of these things is one reason for parking in the far corner of the lot. Getting extra walking time and avoiding door dings are also relevant.
« Last Edit: December 17, 2015, 07:38:44 AM by zephyr911 »
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11606 on: December 17, 2015, 08:04:00 AM »
Related financial tie-in: I don't have data so unless there's wifi, no internet for me. Both of these coworkers have big data plans through major carriers and constantly complain about the price. One pays for her daughter and son-in-law's phones (the daughter is older than I am) and the other has a smart phone for at least his 15 year old son, possibly the 9 year old daughter too. When I mention my $12/line phone bill they say "Must be nice" like I got lucky to get that deal. The woman says Sprint has messed up her phone bill every month for something like 6 months now and she has to call each time to get it fixed (extra crazy since Sprints coverage isn't that great here). PagePlus hasn't messed mine up once.

You might get shot down with this, but I like to play the phone game at a meal:

Everyone puts their phone at the center of the table.
The first person to retrieve their phone before the meal is over (define this clearly - whether it's when people are getting up to leave, when the check has arrived, etc.) loses.
Whoever loses pays the entire bill for everyone.
Otherwise, everyone wins and you each pay for what you ordered.
I've heard of that but since I'm rarely out to eat with anyone besides DH I usually don't need it. And it this meal the other two had already agreed to split the check to treat me so it would have ended up the same

There is also the added benefit of not having people check their smartphone every few minutes.

Yeah Maigahane you completely missed the takeaway point of the game. The point is to get people NOT to take out their phone. It isn't to try to get a free meal.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11607 on: December 17, 2015, 08:26:58 AM »
Now have heard two stories of grown men who never left home who can't afford to retire within the past month.

Never had a mortgage, never had kids to pay for, just had to go to work, pockets their paycheck, etc.

The one inherited everything his parents had and still went broke.

Other one also has inherited everything, likes his job, strongly dislikes his chain of command (civilian, decent paying job working for the state) and can't retire b/c he doesn't have enough saved up despite having a pension.

I can't figure these guys out. Neither had the sometimes common obsession with big boy toys.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11608 on: December 17, 2015, 08:58:15 AM »
I can't figure these guys out. Neither had the sometimes common obsession with big boy toys.

Sometimes people spend all that they earn. Perhaps they have a drug habit or gambling problem that you are unaware of?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11609 on: December 17, 2015, 09:54:42 AM »
I can't figure these guys out. Neither had the sometimes common obsession with big boy toys.

Sometimes people spend all that they earn. Perhaps they have a drug habit or gambling problem that you are unaware of?
Sometimes they believe the bank adverts that say you need $2M in a savings account to retire

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11610 on: December 17, 2015, 09:55:23 AM »
The F250 is pretty much a standard commuting vehicle at my workplace. If only I'd known a mere picture of one outside the office would amuse this group so much. Hell, there are entire sections of the lot where trucks this size line up. Typically, they're driven 10-30 miles each way, all week long, loaded to the gills... with a 250# human and a briefcase.

My inability to locate my compact car in a sea of these things is one reason for parking in the far corner of the lot. Getting extra walking time and avoiding door dings are also relevant.

I feel like maybe this response would be better served in the Mustachian People Problems thread, but this has been a pet peeve of mine for...well, probably since I started driving.

I've always driven smaller cars, and it annoys me so much when I end up parking next to a truck or SUV. The reason? I basically have to blindly back out of the spot because there's no possible way to see anything around these monstrous vehicles.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11611 on: December 17, 2015, 10:10:26 AM »
Background: I'm a train commuter, which is awesome except for the fact that the train only runs during rush hour.  I have a colleague who recently "gave up" on the train because she wanted (not needed, just wanted) a more flexible schedule, so instead of paying $105/month for the train like I do, she pays $240/month for parking (!!!), plus gas, car wear & tear etc.

Yesterday I got an emergency call from daycare to pick up my daughter (she's ok).  My retired mom is often available for these kind of things, but I couldn't reach her, and the train wasn't running so I had to suck it up and take a $50 cab ride to daycare.  It's the first time in 3+ years of being a working parent that this has happened.

My colleague was like OMG! That's so expensive! I'm so glad I drive!!

I just didn't even know what to say.  Even if I had to do this 3 times per month, I'd still be coming out ahead of her in transportation expenses.

A lot of us metros even have an "emergency ride home" service where they reimburse you in such situations

Eg http://www.sfenvironment.org/transportation/sustainable-commuting-programs/emergency-ride-home

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11612 on: December 17, 2015, 10:13:20 AM »
I've always driven smaller cars, and it annoys me so much when I end up parking next to a truck or SUV. The reason? I basically have to blindly back out of the spot because there's no possible way to see anything around these monstrous vehicles.

Also the drivers of those behemoths like to drive around with their fog lights on EVEN WHEN IT'S NOT FOGGY, adding to the blinding light that hits your rear view mirror in a lower vehicle. Must be part of the LAM (LOOK AT ME!) syndrome that goes along with the unnecessarily large vehicle mounted on ridiculously tall tires.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11613 on: December 17, 2015, 10:58:51 AM »
Background: I'm a train commuter, which is awesome except for the fact that the train only runs during rush hour.  I have a colleague who recently "gave up" on the train because she wanted (not needed, just wanted) a more flexible schedule, so instead of paying $105/month for the train like I do, she pays $240/month for parking (!!!), plus gas, car wear & tear etc.

Yesterday I got an emergency call from daycare to pick up my daughter (she's ok).  My retired mom is often available for these kind of things, but I couldn't reach her, and the train wasn't running so I had to suck it up and take a $50 cab ride to daycare.  It's the first time in 3+ years of being a working parent that this has happened.

My colleague was like OMG! That's so expensive! I'm so glad I drive!!

I just didn't even know what to say.  Even if I had to do this 3 times per month, I'd still be coming out ahead of her in transportation expenses.

A lot of us metros even have an "emergency ride home" service where they reimburse you in such situations

Eg http://www.sfenvironment.org/transportation/sustainable-commuting-programs/emergency-ride-home

That's awesome! I've never heard of that for my city but I will look into it! Thanks.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11614 on: December 17, 2015, 11:12:31 AM »
The F250 is pretty much a standard commuting vehicle at my workplace. If only I'd known a mere picture of one outside the office would amuse this group so much. Hell, there are entire sections of the lot where trucks this size line up. Typically, they're driven 10-30 miles each way, all week long, loaded to the gills... with a 250# human and a briefcase.

My inability to locate my compact car in a sea of these things is one reason for parking in the far corner of the lot. Getting extra walking time and avoiding door dings are also relevant.

I feel like maybe this response would be better served in the Mustachian People Problems thread, but this has been a pet peeve of mine for...well, probably since I started driving.

I've always driven smaller cars, and it annoys me so much when I end up parking next to a truck or SUV. The reason? I basically have to blindly back out of the spot because there's no possible way to see anything around these monstrous vehicles.
To chime in on the complaining about SUVs, this morning I was driving to work and while trying to pull out across traffic I had to pause in a gap between lanes to wait for a space in the lane I wished to join. A car was already waiting there with the same idea so I staggered myself slightly further back to make sure we could both see. An SUV then tried to join us but pulled forwards in line with the first car, completely preventing both of us from seeing down the road we wanted to join and then waited. And waited. And gesticulated angrily. And waved at us and sounded her horn. There seemed to be no awareness that she was the problem. The driver of the other car and I shared a look.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11615 on: December 17, 2015, 11:25:14 AM »
Sometimes they believe the bank adverts that say you need $2M in a savings account to retire

My office had a 401(k) update presentation yesterday. As soon as I realized they weren't telling us about any changes in our plan and were just talking about investment strategies, I stopped paying attention and worked on other stuff. Apparently if I had listened, I would have walked away with a gold mine for this forum! While I was preparing my lunch, I overheard one person say that they learned from the presentation that $2M would only last you 14 years in our HCOL area. Even if you stick it in a checking account making practically no interest, that would still give you ~$143k per year!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11616 on: December 17, 2015, 11:33:39 AM »
Misread.
« Last Edit: December 17, 2015, 12:32:43 PM by dsmexpat »

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11617 on: December 17, 2015, 11:34:02 AM »
I've always driven smaller cars, and it annoys me so much when I end up parking next to a truck or SUV. The reason? I basically have to blindly back out of the spot because there's no possible way to see anything around these monstrous vehicles.
As long as we're on the topic, a guy in a full-size truck damn near backed over me the other night. In a parking lot. Crawling past him with my lights on.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11618 on: December 17, 2015, 11:40:19 AM »
give you ~$143k per year!

Perhaps that how much they are currently spending....

It makes sense that businesses and investment companies want people to be scared and think that they need to save more because they lead to either

a. People say screw it and just spend all they have on unnecessary crap
b. They agree to pay high fees to get actively managed funds that make their advisers rich.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11619 on: December 17, 2015, 12:31:16 PM »
I overheard one person say that they learned from the presentation that $2M would only last you 14 years in our HCOL area. Even if you stick it in a checking account making practically no interest, that would still give you ~$143k per year!

One too many zeroes there Gen Y Finance Journey. A checking account does not pay 7% interest.

They're saying that their coworker's statement that $2M would only last 14 years is silly because that's almost $143k/year even without any interest ($2M/14years =  $142.9k/year). They're not saying that $2M would earn you that much in interest which would indeed take just over 7% interest as you say.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11620 on: December 17, 2015, 12:33:38 PM »
I'm too used to assuming that we never touch the principal and live off of the returns. I need to get out of the MMM echo chamber more clearly.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11621 on: December 17, 2015, 12:42:56 PM »
I overheard one person say that they learned from the presentation that $2M would only last you 14 years in our HCOL area. Even if you stick it in a checking account making practically no interest, that would still give you ~$143k per year!

One too many zeroes there Gen Y Finance Journey. A checking account does not pay 7% interest.

They're saying that their coworker's statement that $2M would only last 14 years is silly because that's almost $143k/year even without any interest ($2M/14years =  $142.9k/year). They're not saying that $2M would earn you that much in interest which would indeed take just over 7% interest as you say.

What's silly is that let's say their expenses are $143,000 a year. That should still last them more than 14 years due to their investment returns. Their first year they should figure that they are pulling about 63,000 out of principal (2% of $2m is $80k). I haven't calculated how long it would take them to completely draw the money out, but if they are going to spend it in 14 years...I hope they are having the time of their lives. I'm picturing them renting an insane yacht and dining on caviar and lobsters and hiring top-end hookers by the score.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11622 on: December 17, 2015, 01:15:34 PM »
Misread.

I could have been clearer :)

I just can't imagine how anyone, even here, could only make it 14 years on $2M. I make considerably less than $143k/year, and my husband is a soon-to-be SAHP (hasn't been working for the past 5 months already), and we're still able to save money. WTF are these people spending so much money on?!?!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11623 on: December 17, 2015, 01:18:45 PM »
Is that the F250 I read so much about here?

Just curious, do you live somewhere where heavy duty trucks are not available?
Eastern Germany.
As far as I know there are exactly 3 cars of this type, but not that big, in this 30000 city.

I do have seen a few Urals from the farmers, but not in the last years.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11624 on: December 17, 2015, 01:26:13 PM »
Is that the F250 I read so much about here?

Just curious, do you live somewhere where heavy duty trucks are not available?
Eastern Germany.
As far as I know there are exactly 3 cars of this type, but not that big, in this 30000 city.

I do have seen a few Urals from the farmers, but not in the last years.

I've watched enough videos of cars flying down the Autobahn to have realized it's totally normal to tow campers/trailers in Germany with economy type vehicles. I'm not that surprised now that you say the location.

That's great you guys aren't getting sucked into the stupidly big trucks thing.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11625 on: December 17, 2015, 01:34:01 PM »
Is that the F250 I read so much about here?

Just curious, do you live somewhere where heavy duty trucks are not available?
Eastern Germany.
As far as I know there are exactly 3 cars of this type, but not that big, in this 30000 city.

I do have seen a few Urals from the farmers, but not in the last years.

I've watched enough videos of cars flying down the Autobahn to have realized it's totally normal to tow campers/trailers in Germany with economy type vehicles. I'm not that surprised now that you say the location.

That's great you guys aren't getting sucked into the stupidly big trucks thing.

Also, having driven in rural Italy, there is physically no way that most large pickups we see in the US would make it down those roads. Yet, somehow, Italian farmers and construction workers seem to manage just fine. Who knew.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11626 on: December 17, 2015, 02:55:59 PM »
Related financial tie-in: I don't have data so unless there's wifi, no internet for me. Both of these coworkers have big data plans through major carriers and constantly complain about the price. One pays for her daughter and son-in-law's phones (the daughter is older than I am) and the other has a smart phone for at least his 15 year old son, possibly the 9 year old daughter too. When I mention my $12/line phone bill they say "Must be nice" like I got lucky to get that deal. The woman says Sprint has messed up her phone bill every month for something like 6 months now and she has to call each time to get it fixed (extra crazy since Sprints coverage isn't that great here). PagePlus hasn't messed mine up once.

You might get shot down with this, but I like to play the phone game at a meal:

Everyone puts their phone at the center of the table.
The first person to retrieve their phone before the meal is over (define this clearly - whether it's when people are getting up to leave, when the check has arrived, etc.) loses.
Whoever loses pays the entire bill for everyone.
Otherwise, everyone wins and you each pay for what you ordered.
I've heard of that but since I'm rarely out to eat with anyone besides DH I usually don't need it. And it this meal the other two had already agreed to split the check to treat me so it would have ended up the same

There is also the added benefit of not having people check their smartphone every few minutes.

Yeah Maigahane you completely missed the takeaway point of the game. The point is to get people NOT to take out their phone. It isn't to try to get a free meal.
No, I got it, I was just saying it wouldn't apply in that particular situation

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11627 on: December 17, 2015, 03:45:17 PM »
Related financial tie-in: I don't have data so unless there's wifi, no internet for me. Both of these coworkers have big data plans through major carriers and constantly complain about the price. One pays for her daughter and son-in-law's phones (the daughter is older than I am) and the other has a smart phone for at least his 15 year old son, possibly the 9 year old daughter too. When I mention my $12/line phone bill they say "Must be nice" like I got lucky to get that deal. The woman says Sprint has messed up her phone bill every month for something like 6 months now and she has to call each time to get it fixed (extra crazy since Sprints coverage isn't that great here). PagePlus hasn't messed mine up once.

You might get shot down with this, but I like to play the phone game at a meal:

Everyone puts their phone at the center of the table.
The first person to retrieve their phone before the meal is over (define this clearly - whether it's when people are getting up to leave, when the check has arrived, etc.) loses.
Whoever loses pays the entire bill for everyone.
Otherwise, everyone wins and you each pay for what you ordered.
I've heard of that but since I'm rarely out to eat with anyone besides DH I usually don't need it. And it this meal the other two had already agreed to split the check to treat me so it would have ended up the same

There is also the added benefit of not having people check their smartphone every few minutes.

Yeah Maigahane you completely missed the takeaway point of the game. The point is to get people NOT to take out their phone. It isn't to try to get a free meal.
No, I got it, I was just saying it wouldn't apply in that particular situation

Sure it could. Instead of the two others splitting the check, one of them would pay for all of it.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11628 on: December 18, 2015, 05:54:05 AM »
I'm in Texas, the big truck capital of the world I think. I see more of these things than you can imagine, some with 20" lifts and mud tires. Ok, it looks cool if you're into that kind of thing, but that doesn't make it worth 6mpg. Especially here where people drive 40-50 miles each way for work, and everything is far apart.

I have a small SUV since I bought it pre-moustachian and it's cheaper to keep (actually Fj cruisers have been discontinued and mine has gone UP in value since buying it used 3 yeas ago) and I would be scared to drive a small car around here.

The best part about these giant trucks is they are all 2wd, so the four days a year w get snow, everybody thinks they are invincible. Then they slam into each other and the guard rails all day. I watch them on TV from home, even though my little suv is good in the snow and I'm from PA, so I know how to drive in it.

I almost feel bad when people brag about their new truck, or how they just rolled over the expense from the last one into the new one, or how they are upside-down on it in an accident and will be financially ruined. They ask how I'm able to work on investments, not have a second job, and have bought a house (totally re-did it ourselves, too) at my age. I usually say if I spent $900 a month in asshole payments commuting and trying to impress people I don't know or give a shit about, i wouldn't be able to live the way I do.

a good buddy visited and was happy to see we have a house, good area, big yard, blah blah blah. I come to find out his car payment for his and hers BMWs is more than we pay for mortgage, taxes, utilities, food, and our cars all combined. his car didn't seem so nice after that little conversation.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11629 on: December 18, 2015, 06:34:28 AM »
Is that the F250 I read so much about here?

Just curious, do you live somewhere where heavy duty trucks are not available?
Eastern Germany.
As far as I know there are exactly 3 cars of this type, but not that big, in this 30000 city.

I do have seen a few Urals from the farmers, but not in the last years.

I've watched enough videos of cars flying down the Autobahn to have realized it's totally normal to tow campers/trailers in Germany with economy type vehicles. I'm not that surprised now that you say the location.

That's great you guys aren't getting sucked into the stupidly big trucks thing.

Also, having driven in rural Italy, there is physically no way that most large pickups we see in the US would make it down those roads. Yet, somehow, Italian farmers and construction workers seem to manage just fine. Who knew.
This goes for most of Europe. There was a brief flash of interest in the smaller types of these cars (which are commonly known as something rather rude and insulting) 3-4 years ago, but we don't have the roads or the parking lots to fit them. Here the electric car-business trampled them with marketing and now they are the sort of car 99 out of a houndred wouldn't be seen dead in. Heck: I'm in the construction business and even there you don't need a tanks like that.. (and you can't afford them even if you thought you did). But a Tesla, now. That's popular!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11630 on: December 18, 2015, 06:36:48 AM »
The best way to park safely in a small car, or any car really, is to park further away from the entrance so you can pull through and never back up. After a month of doing this you'll hate when it's not available.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11631 on: December 18, 2015, 07:12:11 AM »
The best way to park safely in a small car, or any car really, is to park further away from the entrance so you can pull through and never back up. After a month of doing this you'll hate when it's not available.

You can also back into a space

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11632 on: December 18, 2015, 07:29:31 AM »
The best way to park safely in a small car, or any car really, is to park further away from the entrance so you can pull through and never back up. After a month of doing this you'll hate when it's not available.

You can also back into a space

Several European companies have made reverse parking on the company parking lot obligatory. Research (that I can't find right now...) has shown that less accidents happen when reverse parking and I think it also decreases evacuation time in case of an emergency.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11633 on: December 18, 2015, 07:31:03 AM »
The best way to park safely in a small car, or any car really, is to park further away from the entrance so you can pull through and never back up. After a month of doing this you'll hate when it's not available.

You can also back into a space

Several European companies have made reverse parking on the company parking lot obligatory. Research (that I can't find right now...) has shown that less accidents happen when reverse parking and I think it also decreases evacuation time in case of an emergency.

Common in the energy industry here as well in case everybody needs to get the hell out. It's just way easier in retail parking lots to pull through.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11634 on: December 18, 2015, 07:35:17 AM »
The best way to park safely in a small car, or any car really, is to park further away from the entrance so you can pull through and never back up. After a month of doing this you'll hate when it's not available.

You can also back into a space

Several European companies have made reverse parking on the company parking lot obligatory. Research (that I can't find right now...) has shown that less accidents happen when reverse parking and I think it also decreases evacuation time in case of an emergency.

So do oil hq's in Houston. And so many people can't live without their trucks.

Related - new tactics to finance accessories on trucks are exciting a lot of people. "I can get $5,000 of accessories and just put it into my monthly payment! SO EASY!"

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11635 on: December 18, 2015, 07:41:29 AM »
I work with this guy, and we both have the same job. He was complaining that he was interested in another job, but told that they were looking for someone with a different background.

Him: [Job complaints, been in current role 2.5 years, feels "stuck"]
Me: But you still have 2.5 years left until your self-imposed "3-5 years" time limit is up.
Him: And wife-imposed. You can't tell me you get no career pressure at home.
Me: Yeah, actually, none.
Him: Really? Must be nice. I get "I have a high need for financial security."

I'm floored that people actually say that to their spouse, but whatever. Not going to judge another person's marriage. Except that we had an office event at his house, and he had a slideshow of photos running on the TV. One of them was apparently a screenshot of the website where they bought a rug that was in their daughters' room. $1,300. Not only that, but it looks almost exactly like one that I bought at IKEA for $40 a few years back. Like, had I not seen the screenshot, I would have assumed they had the same rug as me.

I suppose you can blow through any income too fast if your tastes are expensive enough.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11636 on: December 18, 2015, 07:47:20 AM »
I like to pull through when parking, or back in.  Oddly, I have seen in some parking lots signs that say "Head In Parking Only".  I always thought those rules were really stupid and whenever possible I try and park someplace else.

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« Reply #11637 on: December 18, 2015, 07:48:50 AM »

Except that we had an office event at his house, and he had a slideshow of photos running on the TV. One of them was apparently a screenshot of the website where they bought a rug that was in their daughters' room. $1,300. Not only that, but it looks almost exactly like one that I bought at IKEA for $40 a few years back. Like, had I not seen the screenshot, I would have assumed they had the same rug as me.


OMG, that would have been so awkward (and hilarious) if you had said that to him.:D

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11638 on: December 18, 2015, 07:59:46 AM »
The best way to park safely in a small car, or any car really, is to park further away from the entrance so you can pull through and never back up. After a month of doing this you'll hate when it's not available.

I am now oddly tempted to start parking in the far end of parking lots, directly in front of someone else who parked a mile away from the entrance.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11639 on: December 18, 2015, 08:05:27 AM »
I am a fan of pull through spots as well. My dad calls them pull outs, and always yells that he loves pulling out, which is awkward to say the least.

I have a solution for door dings and idiots hitting me with their doors. My truck has side steps, so I'm welding up some of my own version that stick out a few inches past the body. they work to get stuff onto the roof rack *(yay for hauling more with a smaller vehicle!) and will instantly ruin the paint and dent a door that's thrown open into me. full times all around

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11640 on: December 18, 2015, 09:49:06 AM »
I like to pull through when parking, or back in.  Oddly, I have seen in some parking lots signs that say "Head In Parking Only".  I always thought those rules were really stupid and whenever possible I try and park someplace else.
Head in is to stop tail pipe staining the building - ruels finally introduced 30years after electronic emmision control mean you don't get clouds of black smoke every time a car starts.

Reverse in is safer - you are unlikely to run over somebody walking in a parking spot, compared to walking past one when reversing out

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11641 on: December 18, 2015, 10:25:11 AM »
The best way to park safely in a small car, or any car really, is to park further away from the entrance so you can pull through and never back up. After a month of doing this you'll hate when it's not available.

I am now oddly tempted to start parking in the far end of parking lots, directly in front of someone else who parked a mile away from the entrance.

Just don't park next to them (assuming the lot is otherwise emptyish).  I've recently learned it is common for people in wheelchairs to park really far away when the handicapped spots are full- because having an empty space next to them is the only way they can get out of and then back into their car.

And if the lots are really full, they may park directly over the line to take up two spots- which makes me question whether I the cussing I've done in the past at "jerks" who have taken up two spaces was actually this situation; though I imagine there are more jerks out there than people in wheelchairs who needed the room, so I don't feel TOO bad about that.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11642 on: December 18, 2015, 12:17:37 PM »
This just happened about 5 min ago.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11643 on: December 18, 2015, 12:29:18 PM »
Our company was bought recently by a public company. That company offers an ESPP. The discussion came up and someone asked about the stock price and other things. One person said you could withhold as much as you wanted from your paycheck (realistically 15% of pay, max I assume). Another joked that you could put your whole paycheck in and then another said you'd have to be a multi-millionaire to do that.

I informed them that you'd only need enough money to float until you can sell your shares for a nice bump in salary. The conversation ended there.

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« Reply #11644 on: December 18, 2015, 02:16:10 PM »
One person said you could withhold as much as you wanted from your paycheck (realistically 15% of pay, max I assume).
There's an IRS-imposed $25k/year limit.  Or yeah, I'd be doing my whole paycheck too.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11645 on: December 18, 2015, 05:22:41 PM »
I work for a fairly small company that has been around for many years but I haven't been there that long.  I submitted my T1213 for 2016 to the CRA in October. I gave the HR person/owners spouse my letter of authorization today to reduce my withholdings. I had to explain to her what it was, and she said I am the first person to ever give her one. This form allows an employer to reduce withholdings due to: RRSP contributions, alimoney, child care expenses, investment loan interest. This means in all the years of the company's operation, there hasn't been one other employee who has tried to reduce his withholdings for these reasons.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11646 on: December 18, 2015, 05:43:44 PM »
I work for a fairly small company that has been around for many years but I haven't been there that long.  I submitted my T1213 for 2016 to the CRA in October. I gave the HR person/owners spouse my letter of authorization today to reduce my withholdings. I had to explain to her what it was, and she said I am the first person to ever give her one. This form allows an employer to reduce withholdings due to: RRSP contributions, alimoney, child care expenses, investment loan interest. This means in all the years of the company's operation, there hasn't been one other employee who has tried to reduce his withholdings for these reasons.

I've, honestly, never heard of this either; and would like more information.  But particularly, why can't you just file a W-2 as exempt?  Or is this not in the US?  I've been exempt on my W-2 for three years, and claimed married & 19 deductions for a decade before that.

EDIT:  Oh, I see.  This is Canada.  Ignore my US centric idiocy.

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« Reply #11647 on: December 18, 2015, 06:27:19 PM »
I work for a fairly small company that has been around for many years but I haven't been there that long.  I submitted my T1213 for 2016 to the CRA in October. I gave the HR person/owners spouse my letter of authorization today to reduce my withholdings. I had to explain to her what it was, and she said I am the first person to ever give her one. This form allows an employer to reduce withholdings due to: RRSP contributions, alimoney, child care expenses, investment loan interest. This means in all the years of the company's operation, there hasn't been one other employee who has tried to reduce his withholdings for these reasons.

I've, honestly, never heard of this either; and would like more information.  But particularly, why can't you just file a W-2 as exempt?  Or is this not in the US?  I've been exempt on my W-2 for three years, and claimed married & 19 deductions for a decade before that.

EDIT:  Oh, I see.  This is Canada.  Ignore my US centric idiocy.

Afaik, filing a w2 as exempt is fraud or similar unless you have zero tax liability

Edit:perjury
"• Last year I had a right to a refund of all federal income tax withheld because I had no tax liability, and • This year I expect a refund of all federal income tax withheld because I expect to have no tax liability. If you meet both conditions, write “Exempt” here . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ▶
Under penalties of perjury, I declare that I have examined this certificate and, to the best of my knowledge and belief, it is true, correct, and complete"

I'd be surprised if you met the requirements (are you the 47/%?)
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #11648 on: December 18, 2015, 07:00:15 PM »
I work for a fairly small company that has been around for many years but I haven't been there that long.  I submitted my T1213 for 2016 to the CRA in October. I gave the HR person/owners spouse my letter of authorization today to reduce my withholdings. I had to explain to her what it was, and she said I am the first person to ever give her one. This form allows an employer to reduce withholdings due to: RRSP contributions, alimoney, child care expenses, investment loan interest. This means in all the years of the company's operation, there hasn't been one other employee who has tried to reduce his withholdings for these reasons.

I've, honestly, never heard of this either; and would like more information.  But particularly, why can't you just file a W-2 as exempt?  Or is this not in the US?  I've been exempt on my W-2 for three years, and claimed married & 19 deductions for a decade before that.

EDIT:  Oh, I see.  This is Canada.  Ignore my US centric idiocy.

Afaik, filing a w2 as exempt is fraud or similar unless you have zero tax liability

I'd be surprised if you met the requirements (are you the 47/%?)

Be surprised then.  I have zero income tax liability, and that has been the case for years, although my property taxes (and capital gains taxes) are considerable.  The last year that I claimed married & 19, I received a refund check of over $12K.  I have talked about my, somewhat unique, tax situation on this forum before.

EDIT:  Although some major tax credits that I can claim will be ending with my 2015 tax year, so I'm going back to a standard W2 withholding calculation for 2016.
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« Reply #11649 on: December 18, 2015, 08:07:08 PM »
I work for a fairly small company that has been around for many years but I haven't been there that long.  I submitted my T1213 for 2016 to the CRA in October. I gave the HR person/owners spouse my letter of authorization today to reduce my withholdings. I had to explain to her what it was, and she said I am the first person to ever give her one. This form allows an employer to reduce withholdings due to: RRSP contributions, alimoney, child care expenses, investment loan interest. This means in all the years of the company's operation, there hasn't been one other employee who has tried to reduce his withholdings for these reasons.

I've, honestly, never heard of this either; and would like more information.  But particularly, why can't you just file a W-2 as exempt?  Or is this not in the US?  I've been exempt on my W-2 for three years, and claimed married & 19 deductions for a decade before that.

EDIT:  Oh, I see.  This is Canada.  Ignore my US centric idiocy.

Afaik, filing a w2 as exempt is fraud or similar unless you have zero tax liability

I'd be surprised if you met the requirements (are you the 47/%?)

Be surprised then.  I have zero income tax liability, and that has been the case for years, although my property taxes (and capital gains taxes) are considerable.  The last year that I claimed married & 19, I received a refund check of over $12K.  I have talked about my, somewhat unique, tax situation on this forum before.

EDIT:  Although some major tax credits that I can claim will be ending with my 2015 tax year, so I'm going back to a standard W2 withholding calculation for 2016.

OK, I'm surprised.  However, I don't think I would go around suggesting "tax exempt" to someone who merely wants to reduce their withholding (rather than eliminate them altogether)