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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12450 on: February 10, 2016, 10:03:34 AM »
Does no one here use a hanky? It's handier and nicer to use (softer, does not disintegrate) for all but the grossest of colds.

An amusing moment from my high school was a cross country meet. Someone on the women's team finished and was hugging her parents because it was her career's best and had snot and droll running down her face from the exertion. I tried to casually hand her my hanky (not wanting to embarrass the young woman). The father just broke down laughing, but all were very appreciative.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12451 on: February 10, 2016, 10:10:08 AM »

...Snip (highway miles)...

I realize this, but it's pretty tough to rack up 20, 30, or 40,000 miles a year in stop and go traffic. Averaging 12mph, 30,000 miles would require almost seven hours of driving a day, every day of the year.

Uber?  Lyft?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12452 on: February 10, 2016, 10:24:11 AM »

...Snip (highway miles)...

I realize this, but it's pretty tough to rack up 20, 30, or 40,000 miles a year in stop and go traffic. Averaging 12mph, 30,000 miles would require almost seven hours of driving a day, every day of the year.

Uber?  Lyft?
Sure, just like a taxi - but the vast majority of cars sold with high "highway miles" are highway miles, not 7 hours a day of stop and go.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12453 on: February 10, 2016, 10:48:12 AM »
Does no one here use a hanky? It's handier and nicer to use (softer, does not disintegrate) for all but the grossest of colds.

Absolutely. Started off when I got into a sport that involved jumping in and out of water a lot, with all your gear. Kleenex are basically useless in that circumstance, hankies work just fine. I started off using bits cut from worn out pants, but my Grandma saw me and gave me a stack of my grandfather's old ones. Does using antique, second-hand handkerchiefs make me a hipster? :)

BTW, that whole "does not disintegrate" thing is even better when you have three days of stubble that shreds kleenex into obnoxious clingy bits.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12454 on: February 10, 2016, 01:36:51 PM »
No hanky here, but sometimes I use a kerchief

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12455 on: February 10, 2016, 01:41:52 PM »
No hanky here, but sometimes I use a kerchief
so ... a bandana?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kerchief

I guess somebody should clarify that bandana is another word for a kerchief, whereas a HANDkerchief is commonly referred to as a hanky (although I've only ever heard it called that in conversation with children).

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12456 on: February 10, 2016, 02:23:54 PM »
I have several. I cut some squares off one of my bolts of linen and hemmed them. Then at my brother's wedding in the middle of summer, I found my dad wiping his eyes and the sweat off his forehead in the receiving line outside the church, with his bare hands. Not a hanky or pocket square in sight! Handily, I had a couple in my purse, so I gave him one to use, then made a note to sew him some linen hankies for Christmas that year.
This is one of the best uses for your spare, clean handkerchief: damsel/knight in distress. Boom, clean handkerchief, and you are the hero. They are also great for outdoor winter activities.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12457 on: February 10, 2016, 02:39:17 PM »
No hanky here, but sometimes I use a kerchief
so ... a bandana?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kerchief

I guess somebody should clarify that bandana is another word for a kerchief, whereas a HANDkerchief is commonly referred to as a hanky (although I've only ever heard it called that in conversation with children).

Yup.. Why buy a small kerchief that does in your pocket when you can have a full sized one that does double duty on your head?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12458 on: February 10, 2016, 05:44:18 PM »
Does no one here use a hanky? It's handier and nicer to use (softer, does not disintegrate) for all but the grossest of colds.

Absolutely. Started off when I got into a sport that involved jumping in and out of water a lot, with all your gear. Kleenex are basically useless in that circumstance, hankies work just fine. I started off using bits cut from worn out pants, but my Grandma saw me and gave me a stack of my grandfather's old ones. Does using antique, second-hand handkerchiefs make me a hipster? :)



I use my grandmother's handkerchiefs. They are starting to wear out. She died in 1992.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12459 on: February 10, 2016, 07:02:52 PM »
No hanky here, but sometimes I use a kerchief
so ... a bandana?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kerchief

I guess somebody should clarify that bandana is another word for a kerchief, whereas a HANDkerchief is commonly referred to as a hanky (although I've only ever heard it called that in conversation with children).

Yup.. Why buy a small kerchief that does in your pocket when you can have a full sized one that does double duty on your head?

Whatever happened to just using your sleeve?  ;-)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12460 on: February 10, 2016, 08:40:40 PM »
No hanky here, but sometimes I use a kerchief
so ... a bandana?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kerchief

I guess somebody should clarify that bandana is another word for a kerchief, whereas a HANDkerchief is commonly referred to as a hanky (although I've only ever heard it called that in conversation with children).

That's what my dad used, but he called it his snot rag because he's classy that way.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12461 on: February 11, 2016, 04:58:02 AM »
Oh, my god, please stop with the handkerchiefs, toilet paper, bandanas and tissues! I've had to scroll through two whole pages of this garbage scanning for that oh so rare gem of an actual topic post. :P

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12462 on: February 11, 2016, 05:37:26 AM »
Yeah but what item are you crying into, is the question.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12463 on: February 11, 2016, 05:57:03 AM »
Yeah but what item are you crying into, is the question.
I cry in my beer, not my snot rag...

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12464 on: February 11, 2016, 06:02:57 AM »

...Snip (highway miles)...

I realize this, but it's pretty tough to rack up 20, 30, or 40,000 miles a year in stop and go traffic. Averaging 12mph, 30,000 miles would require almost seven hours of driving a day, every day of the year.

Uber?  Lyft?
Sure, just like a taxi - but the vast majority of cars sold with high "highway miles" are highway miles, not 7 hours a day of stop and go.
Even in speed limit highway traffic in the city (45 or 55 mph) the rush-hour congestion is so heavy that it will sometimes result in a lot of hard braking and acceleration for most (untrained/ignorant) drivers. I live in Dayton, Ohio and during rush hour there is heavy traffic all the way to Cincinnati (80-ish miles away). That means sudden braking and then hard acceleration to compensate for the loss of speed on a regular basis for most drivers for 160 miles a day for anybody that commutes between the two cities, which happens a lot more frequently than it should (in my last office, I was the only engineer that didn't live in Cincinnati out of 6). I know it's a bit of an exaggeration to say that all highway miles is worse than city miles, but in a lot of ways it causes different kinds of wear and tear on a vehicle depending on the area, and big cities happen to be the type of the area that tends to cause those kinds of wear and tear (paint damage from flying rocks, windshield chips from the same, suspension problems from uneven surfaces in construction zones, transmission wear from being in one gear at semi-high speeds all the time, engine wear from hard acceleration, brake system wear from hard braking, etc.) It is arguable that a car with high miles "all highway" is as bad as, if not worse than, a comparable car with lower miles in suburban or city traffic.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12465 on: February 11, 2016, 08:09:23 AM »

...Snip (highway miles)...

I realize this, but it's pretty tough to rack up 20, 30, or 40,000 miles a year in stop and go traffic. Averaging 12mph, 30,000 miles would require almost seven hours of driving a day, every day of the year.

Uber?  Lyft?
Sure, just like a taxi - but the vast majority of cars sold with high "highway miles" are highway miles, not 7 hours a day of stop and go.
Even in speed limit highway traffic in the city (45 or 55 mph) the rush-hour congestion is so heavy that it will sometimes result in a lot of hard braking and acceleration for most (untrained/ignorant) drivers. I live in Dayton, Ohio and during rush hour there is heavy traffic all the way to Cincinnati (80-ish miles away). That means sudden braking and then hard acceleration to compensate for the loss of speed on a regular basis for most drivers for 160 miles a day for anybody that commutes between the two cities, which happens a lot more frequently than it should (in my last office, I was the only engineer that didn't live in Cincinnati out of 6). I know it's a bit of an exaggeration to say that all highway miles is worse than city miles, but in a lot of ways it causes different kinds of wear and tear on a vehicle depending on the area, and big cities happen to be the type of the area that tends to cause those kinds of wear and tear (paint damage from flying rocks, windshield chips from the same, suspension problems from uneven surfaces in construction zones, transmission wear from being in one gear at semi-high speeds all the time, engine wear from hard acceleration, brake system wear from hard braking, etc.) It is arguable that a car with high miles "all highway" is as bad as, if not worse than, a comparable car with lower miles in suburban or city traffic.

I think we may have a fundamental difference in our perspectives of 'highway driving,' which may be the root of our disagreement.  Higher sustained speeds for longer periods of time are easier on a car than constantly accelerating/braking.  Outside of overly congested areas, "highway driving" is far different.  If somebody claimed 'highway miles' commuting in and out of NYC every day, absolutely...that's going to be a lot of wear compared to someone with an easy desert highway commute in Arizona.

http://autorepair.about.com/library/a/1h/bl785h.htm
http://www.autotrader.com/car-tips/buying-a-used-car-why-are-highway-miles-better-225870
http://www.bobistheoilguy.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=2797635

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12466 on: February 11, 2016, 08:13:27 AM »
I think we may have a fundamental difference in our perspectives of 'highway driving,' which may be the root of our disagreement.  Higher sustained speeds for longer periods of time are easier on a car than constantly accelerating/braking.  Outside of overly congested areas, "highway driving" is far different.  If somebody claimed 'highway miles' commuting in and out of NYC every day, absolutely...that's going to be a lot of wear compared to someone with an easy desert highway commute in Arizona.

http://autorepair.about.com/library/a/1h/bl785h.htm
http://www.autotrader.com/car-tips/buying-a-used-car-why-are-highway-miles-better-225870
http://www.bobistheoilguy.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=2797635

Even in NYC, wouldn't highway miles be far better than NYC city miles?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12467 on: February 11, 2016, 08:18:22 AM »
I think we may have a fundamental difference in our perspectives of 'highway driving,' which may be the root of our disagreement.  Higher sustained speeds for longer periods of time are easier on a car than constantly accelerating/braking.  Outside of overly congested areas, "highway driving" is far different.  If somebody claimed 'highway miles' commuting in and out of NYC every day, absolutely...that's going to be a lot of wear compared to someone with an easy desert highway commute in Arizona.

http://autorepair.about.com/library/a/1h/bl785h.htm
http://www.autotrader.com/car-tips/buying-a-used-car-why-are-highway-miles-better-225870
http://www.bobistheoilguy.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=2797635

Even in NYC, wouldn't highway miles be far better than NYC city miles?

Oh yeah, NYC city traffic is brutal.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12468 on: February 11, 2016, 08:43:26 AM »
Even in NYC, wouldn't highway miles be far better than NYC city miles?
Unless you're well outside of the city, or driving at 2AM, there's not much difference.
Source: lived in Brooklyn for 5mos.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12469 on: February 11, 2016, 09:04:48 AM »
Not so much of an "overheard" as a direct conversation, but one of the junior attorneys who works for me makes ~330K with his wife, they are 27.   He has not put a cent in to his 401K all year, and the 20K bonus went straight to his honeymoon.  I could kill him.

With that kind of money and my kind of spending I'd be a millionaire in 5 years even with my most spendypants behavior.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12470 on: February 11, 2016, 09:27:47 AM »
Even in NYC, wouldn't highway miles be far better than NYC city miles?
Unless you're well outside of the city, or driving at 2AM, there's not much difference.
Source: lived in Brooklyn for 5mos.

Probably less chance of getting ran into if you're not spending all your time on the city streets, though - the amount of body damage on NYC cars is crazy.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12471 on: February 11, 2016, 09:31:38 AM »
Probably less chance of getting ran into if you're not spending all your time on the city streets, though - the amount of body damage on NYC cars is crazy.
True that, but "highway miles" supposedly means less wear on powertrain components, brake systems, etc, and most body damage happens while parking/parked.

Toronto area here. My commute used to be 75km and just under an hour. The first 50 km were at 90 km/h to the freeway, then 110 km/h and took 30 minutes or so. The last 25 km took half an hour, still on the freeway, all stop & go. My office was right at the end of the exit ramp. All freeway miles when I sold my cars though.    :)
Hahaha... yeah, if by "freeway", you mean "parking lot".
I have two friends who once lived near Finch & Yonge in North York. They've since moved, but I remember the traffic. Such a blast to visit though. \m/
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12472 on: February 11, 2016, 10:24:00 AM »
Now if you want to make some big bucks, start selling apfelschorle in the USA, shit is delicious and we don't have it!

I agree it's good, but isn't it basically equivalent to Martinelli's?

Ok I guess! But I'd like a smaller bottle. And Lennstar, solid point on mixing my own using mineral water. But I maintain you could make a lot by selling the real thing, we Americans are lazy and like convenience. 😀
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12473 on: February 11, 2016, 10:26:24 AM »
My wife's grandmother had a bunch of handkerchiefs, and when she passed a few years ago at well of 100 years old, we got them. Very useful for our daughter, who's had a runny nose for the past two months.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12474 on: February 11, 2016, 10:32:23 AM »
Even in NYC, wouldn't highway miles be far better than NYC city miles?
Unless you're well outside of the city, or driving at 2AM, there's not much difference.
Source: lived in Brooklyn for 5mos.

Probably less chance of getting ran into if you're not spending all your time on the city streets, though - the amount of body damage on NYC cars is crazy.

I swear the body damage is for all of NY State - my 2002 vehicle had 0 dings/scrapes on it before I moved to NY in the early 2010s and within the first few months I had a few dings/scrapes - not from moving incidents just while parked in public spots. I swear that NY drivers look for vehicles without dings and try to add them - almost all cars I've seen have some sort of dings/scrapes in them.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12475 on: February 11, 2016, 10:53:40 AM »
Even in NYC, wouldn't highway miles be far better than NYC city miles?
Unless you're well outside of the city, or driving at 2AM, there's not much difference.
Source: lived in Brooklyn for 5mos.

Probably less chance of getting ran into if you're not spending all your time on the city streets, though - the amount of body damage on NYC cars is crazy.

I swear the body damage is for all of NY State - my 2002 vehicle had 0 dings/scrapes on it before I moved to NY in the early 2010s and within the first few months I had a few dings/scrapes - not from moving incidents just while parked in public spots. I swear that NY drivers look for vehicles without dings and try to add them - almost all cars I've seen have some sort of dings/scrapes in them.

No, no, you got it wrong, it has to do whith physics.

You see, the higher the density of population, the higher the density of cars. The higher the density of cars, the higher the probability of random brownian motion to ding two cars into each other just by standing still. Not to mention the gravitational waves the LIGO just announced they have detected.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12476 on: February 11, 2016, 12:14:04 PM »
Yeah but what item are you crying into, is the question.
I cry in my beer, not my snot rag...


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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12477 on: February 11, 2016, 01:15:17 PM »
Even in NYC, wouldn't highway miles be far better than NYC city miles?
Unless you're well outside of the city, or driving at 2AM, there's not much difference.
Source: lived in Brooklyn for 5mos.

Probably less chance of getting ran into if you're not spending all your time on the city streets, though - the amount of body damage on NYC cars is crazy.

I swear the body damage is for all of NY State - my 2002 vehicle had 0 dings/scrapes on it before I moved to NY in the early 2010s and within the first few months I had a few dings/scrapes - not from moving incidents just while parked in public spots. I swear that NY drivers look for vehicles without dings and try to add them - almost all cars I've seen have some sort of dings/scrapes in them.

Naw, my car was pristine while I lived in NY state because I never/rarely parked on the street.  When I went to law school I parked in the street and probably lost 10% in car value as a result.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12478 on: February 13, 2016, 01:10:16 AM »
I know a woman who bought a used car despite living very close to a train station. But I thought, hey, at least it's a used car. I caught up with her a month later and she let slip that she had actually gotten the cash to buy the car from her credit card. I don't mean she paid for it with a credit card-- I mean she took a cash advance! When I asked her if she knew how high the interest rate was for a cash advance, she said she couldn't possibly live without a car. I should note that she lives in a city where public transport is safe, reliable, abundant, and even free for her area. But nope, she drives the car every day for 30 minutes ("15 minutes without traffic!") and pays to park it close to work ("only $6 a day!").

This is the same woman who bitched and moaned because our company reimburses our company expenses two weeks after they are incurred. She was worried because she'd had to pay for ~$70 worth of expenses and she had no room on her credit card for gas!

At first I tried to help her, but quickly came to the conclusion that some people just don't want to be helped.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12479 on: February 13, 2016, 06:59:05 AM »
I know a woman who bought a used car despite living very close to a train station. But I thought, hey, at least it's a used car. I caught up with her a month later and she let slip that she had actually gotten the cash to buy the car from her credit card. I don't mean she paid for it with a credit card-- I mean she took a cash advance! When I asked her if she knew how high the interest rate was for a cash advance, she said she couldn't possibly live without a car. I should note that she lives in a city where public transport is safe, reliable, abundant, and even free for her area. But nope, she drives the car every day for 30 minutes ("15 minutes without traffic!") and pays to park it close to work ("only $6 a day!").

This is the same woman who bitched and moaned because our company reimburses our company expenses two weeks after they are incurred. She was worried because she'd had to pay for ~$70 worth of expenses and she had no room on her credit card for gas!

At first I tried to help her, but quickly came to the conclusion that some people just don't want to be helped.
That reminds me of an hourly employee at a previous job. One day she rolls into the company parking lot with a Chrysler 200, aka the car of people who make terrible money decisions. Seriously, I don't know what it is with this car, it seems to appeal to a certain demographic that doesn't have a pot to piss in yet like shiny objects. Anyway, she then proceeds to walk around for the next couple days glued to her gold iPhone, talking about going to get her hair dyed over lunch break in her new car, acting she owns the place even though she made exactly $8/hour.

Fast forward to the end of the month, when money is always tight for the hourly employees. By now it has already transpired that she had needed a down payment gift and a co-signer in the shape of her mother to get the car in the first place. The next month's payment is coming soon, and instead of admitting to the world that she is in over her head, complains about some imaginary defects of the car. All the while maintaining the princess attitude, even though she was closer to toad status than princess.

Over the weekend, she goes back to the Chrysler dealership to give the car back. It turns out that the two geniuses who signed on the dotted line didn't realize they were signing a lease, not a purchase contract. The term "lease" sprinkled all over the contract, including in the document title, didn't faze them. Neither did it didn't strike them as odd that you could buy a $23k+ car at just $200/month + fees for 3 years.

I left the company shortly after that. I can't imagine she would have the resources to make good on her payments for very long, so it's probably been repo'd since. With the insurance, gas, and various dealer fees, that stupid thing was probably pushing $350/month.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12480 on: February 13, 2016, 07:13:42 AM »
The Kleenex has an advantage that if you need to keep it out for some reason, say on the kitchen counter, it looks nicer to guests than a roll of TP.  Maybe there's a market for decorative TP holders that dispense it upwards and slice it when you pull out a certain amount.

Until someone's TP-attacking cat, child, or spouse sticks a paw into the dispenser and gets it sliced off.
The simple solution to this would be a clamp that grabs the paper firmly enough to tear it when you pull, but not tight enough to hurt anybody.
Before putting on the holder squeeze so the cardboard is distorted and no longer round. Makes it harder to unravel so no more 'accidental' mile long lengths. 

ETA - that tip was actually overheard at work :)
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12481 on: February 13, 2016, 07:36:38 AM »
I don't support the blatant oversimplification that ALL speed limits are set too low because of revenue, but

Correct, let me amend my earlier statement to apply to 1) interstates and 2) 2-lane highways.  Your average residential or suburban/urban street is likely set pretty close to 85th percentile and traffic'd accordingly.

Your average residential street in the USA pretty likely never had a traffic study at all but is set by local statue as some default like 30MPH.

The 85th percentile thing is a bit... vague. I dug into it a bit deeper. Here in Texas, after the traffic study the Engineer can use their discretion to modify the result by +/- 7MPH.  Traffic study says 42MPH @ 85th percentile? Lets stick that sucker at 35 and get the city some revenue.

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« Reply #12482 on: February 13, 2016, 09:02:03 AM »
In the UK a change in the law meant the local council got to keep the revenue instead of it going to the government.
This meant an amazing increase in interest in "road safety" and a lot of speed cameras

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12483 on: February 13, 2016, 10:46:49 AM »
I was asking one of my coworkers why when I multiply my gross pay by my contribution % the amount showing on my pay stub doesn't match what it should be.  My mistake to ask this guy, he's been here 25+ years. He responds with "yeah it's bull, why does it show that we are paying into it, it's suppose to be them paying into it."  Then he goes on to tell me how as soon as there is enough in his 401k to withdraw he borrows every dollar that he can and files for hardship so he doesn't have to repay it.

I tried to explain that with taxes and the penalty it was a bad idea for him to do that, with him contributing 6% to get the match. I'll make sure I ask payroll questions to payroll next time.


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Did you get an answer from payroll? My guess is that they do that post FICA and health insurance deductions if applicable. Because if the contribution rate was applied to your gross pay and you set your contribution rate to 100%, there'd be nothing left for FICA withholding, which is required by law.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12484 on: February 13, 2016, 03:46:53 PM »
...Neither did it didn't strike them as odd that you could buy a $23k+ car at just $200/month + fees for 3 years...

It's simply amazes me how many people graduated from high school without even the dimmest understanding of math beyond (truly!) simple arithmetic.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12485 on: February 14, 2016, 04:52:05 AM »

I was asking one of my coworkers why when I multiply my gross pay by my contribution % the amount showing on my pay stub doesn't match what it should be.  My mistake to ask this guy, he's been here 25+ years. He responds with "yeah it's bull, why does it show that we are paying into it, it's suppose to be them paying into it."  Then he goes on to tell me how as soon as there is enough in his 401k to withdraw he borrows every dollar that he can and files for hardship so he doesn't have to repay it.

I tried to explain that with taxes and the penalty it was a bad idea for him to do that, with him contributing 6% to get the match. I'll make sure I ask payroll questions to payroll next time.


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Did you get an answer from payroll? My guess is that they do that post FICA and health insurance deductions if applicable. Because if the contribution rate was applied to your gross pay and you set your contribution rate to 100%, there'd be nothing left for FICA withholding, which is required by law.

I did end up getting a response finally. They only use our straight time hours for the calculation. So when we work overtime they have separate lines for OT straight pay, a line for 0.5x pay for time and a half, and a line for 1x for double time hours. This of course isn't written anywhere or mentioned at all and took them some time to figure out when I asked the question.


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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12486 on: February 14, 2016, 07:35:33 PM »
This is the first time I've seen poop foam.

My neighbors' dog ate a bar of soap (he's a dumbass dog). Reports indicate he had "poop foam" for about three days afterward.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12487 on: February 15, 2016, 07:57:38 AM »
From an office-wide bulletin board:

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Black, laser fit mats for 2014/2015 Jeep Cherokee. Paid $400 for all!
Driver mat has gentle wear, the rest are in perfect condition as I only had for 1 year.

$100 OBO

Contact _____ if interested

$400 for floor mats? Really? I can only understand needing them if you do some serious off-roading, and if that's the case, 1) they wouldn't be in perfect condition and 2) get cheaper ones you can beat to hell. *facepalm*

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12488 on: February 15, 2016, 11:23:42 AM »
From an office-wide bulletin board:

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Black, laser fit mats for 2014/2015 Jeep Cherokee. Paid $400 for all!
Driver mat has gentle wear, the rest are in perfect condition as I only had for 1 year.

$100 OBO

Contact _____ if interested

$400 for floor mats? Really? I can only understand needing them if you do some serious off-roading, and if that's the case, 1) they wouldn't be in perfect condition and 2) get cheaper ones you can beat to hell. *facepalm*
um... I think my seat was cheaper.

I know that its always open upper end, but 400 for a mat? WTF? What is it build from? Hair of 90 year old virgins? Kobe cow hide? Or the vegan option, Kokos fibers from the greenhouse of the Wostok station? (antartica, coldest point of earth; fyi)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12489 on: February 15, 2016, 11:46:53 AM »
From an office-wide bulletin board:

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Black, laser fit mats for 2014/2015 Jeep Cherokee. Paid $400 for all!
Driver mat has gentle wear, the rest are in perfect condition as I only had for 1 year.

$100 OBO

Contact _____ if interested

$400 for floor mats? Really? I can only understand needing them if you do some serious off-roading, and if that's the case, 1) they wouldn't be in perfect condition and 2) get cheaper ones you can beat to hell. *facepalm*
um... I think my seat was cheaper.

I know that its always open upper end, but 400 for a mat? WTF? What is it build from? Hair of 90 year old virgins? Kobe cow hide? Or the vegan option, Kokos fibers from the greenhouse of the Wostok station? (antartica, coldest point of earth; fyi)

Somehow I don't think that's something people want.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12490 on: February 15, 2016, 11:57:11 AM »
$400 for floor mats? Really? I can only understand needing them if you do some serious off-roading, and if that's the case, 1) they wouldn't be in perfect condition and 2) get cheaper ones you can beat to hell. *facepalm*
um... I think my seat was cheaper.

I know that its always open upper end, but 400 for a mat? WTF? What is it build from? Hair of 90 year old virgins? Kobe cow hide? Or the vegan option, Kokos fibers from the greenhouse of the Wostok station? (antartica, coldest point of earth; fyi)

I think the joke was on the rarity of someone living to 90 while also being a virgin.
Somehow I don't think that's something people want.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12491 on: February 15, 2016, 12:29:55 PM »
$400 for floor mats? Really? I can only understand needing them if you do some serious off-roading, and if that's the case, 1) they wouldn't be in perfect condition and 2) get cheaper ones you can beat to hell. *facepalm*
um... I think my seat was cheaper.

I know that its always open upper end, but 400 for a mat? WTF? What is it build from? Hair of 90 year old virgins? Kobe cow hide? Or the vegan option, Kokos fibers from the greenhouse of the Wostok station? (antartica, coldest point of earth; fyi)

I think the joke was on the rarity of someone living to 90 while also being a virgin.
Somehow I don't think that's something people want.
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Oh I get that's rare. But that's not something you'd brag about. At least with Kobe hide it's something that's rare and desirable

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12492 on: February 15, 2016, 12:56:53 PM »
I know a woman who bought a used car despite living very close to a train station. But I thought, hey, at least it's a used car. I caught up with her a month later and she let slip that she had actually gotten the cash to buy the car from her credit card. I don't mean she paid for it with a credit card-- I mean she took a cash advance! When I asked her if she knew how high the interest rate was for a cash advance, she said she couldn't possibly live without a car. I should note that she lives in a city where public transport is safe, reliable, abundant, and even free for her area. But nope, she drives the car every day for 30 minutes ("15 minutes without traffic!") and pays to park it close to work ("only $6 a day!").

This is the same woman who bitched and moaned because our company reimburses our company expenses two weeks after they are incurred. She was worried because she'd had to pay for ~$70 worth of expenses and she had no room on her credit card for gas!

At first I tried to help her, but quickly came to the conclusion that some people just don't want to be helped.
That reminds me of an hourly employee at a previous job. One day she rolls into the company parking lot with a Chrysler 200, aka the car of people who make terrible money decisions. Seriously, I don't know what it is with this car, it seems to appeal to a certain demographic that doesn't have a pot to piss in yet like shiny objects. Anyway, she then proceeds to walk around for the next couple days glued to her gold iPhone, talking about going to get her hair dyed over lunch break in her new car, acting she owns the place even though she made exactly $8/hour.

Fast forward to the end of the month, when money is always tight for the hourly employees. By now it has already transpired that she had needed a down payment gift and a co-signer in the shape of her mother to get the car in the first place. The next month's payment is coming soon, and instead of admitting to the world that she is in over her head, complains about some imaginary defects of the car. All the while maintaining the princess attitude, even though she was closer to toad status than princess.

Over the weekend, she goes back to the Chrysler dealership to give the car back. It turns out that the two geniuses who signed on the dotted line didn't realize they were signing a lease, not a purchase contract. The term "lease" sprinkled all over the contract, including in the document title, didn't faze them. Neither did it didn't strike them as odd that you could buy a $23k+ car at just $200/month + fees for 3 years.

I left the company shortly after that. I can't imagine she would have the resources to make good on her payments for very long, so it's probably been repo'd since. With the insurance, gas, and various dealer fees, that stupid thing was probably pushing $350/month.

Thank you for sharing this. DW and I laughed so hard at this. How do you sign a lease and have no idea you signed a lease? Whoever earns the paychecks for mom is going to be pissed when they realize what happened. If you are making $8/hr, I could see the parents buying her a used...bicycle!
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12493 on: February 15, 2016, 01:22:45 PM »
I work in a school with 3 year old kids. Last week, we had a little girl shadow in our class to see if she would be a good fit. She cried the whole time while screaming: "I want to go shopping with Mommy!".

It made me sad. I hope one day she wants to play, like a normal kid.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12494 on: February 15, 2016, 02:42:03 PM »
I work in a school with 3 year old kids. Last week, we had a little girl shadow in our class to see if she would be a good fit. She cried the whole time while screaming: "I want to go shopping with Mommy!".

It made me sad. I hope one day she wants to play, like a normal kid.

Maybe the mom just said she was going to go grocery shopping while the little girl was at school.  The girl just missed her mommy and "shopping" was where she was at.  My three year old told me that I "ruined his whole life" this weekend because I helped him get off of the toilet and he wanted to get down by himself.  I don't put much stock in what a three year old says.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12495 on: February 15, 2016, 02:58:24 PM »
Why do people need this much Kleenex? (haven't bought Kleenex in years except for decorative box for office).

  Not everyone wears long sleave shirts.  :-)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12496 on: February 15, 2016, 06:42:27 PM »
I work in a school with 3 year old kids. Last week, we had a little girl shadow in our class to see if she would be a good fit. She cried the whole time while screaming: "I want to go shopping with Mommy!".

It made me sad. I hope one day she wants to play, like a normal kid.

Maybe the mom just said she was going to go grocery shopping while the little girl was at school.  The girl just missed her mommy and "shopping" was where she was at.  My three year old told me that I "ruined his whole life" this weekend because I helped him get off of the toilet and he wanted to get down by himself.  I don't put much stock in what a three year old says.

This. My toddler thinks ANYTHING mama does is the best, and this includes grocery shopping. She would have been saying the same thing if I had left her somewhere saying that I was going o go do groceries and come back to pick her up, and it's not because all we do is shop.

She also just pitched a screaming fit because I wouldn't let her touch the fire, so... Toddlers, man. They can use words and communicate quite well, but you gotta take what comes out with a grain of salt.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12497 on: February 16, 2016, 06:44:53 AM »
i have a morbid fascination with a lady i used to work with at a part-time job i took while i was paying off debt.

she is a trainwreck when it comes to money (and pretty much everything) and i have countless stories about that (she told me her cell phone bill was $200-$250/mo. all the while she's bringing home perhaps $1,200, etc...)

anywho...not necessarily money-related but we caught up a bit recently at a gathering for a mutual co-worker who was leaving the state. i tell her i've been trying to brush up on my cooking skills and she tells me her and her sister 'tried' to make tacos the other evening. neither of them knew how to properly brown ground beef...

they both still live with their parents. CW is 31 and her sister is 26ish with four children...
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12498 on: February 16, 2016, 08:23:29 AM »
her and her sister 'tried' to make tacos the other evening. neither of them knew how to properly brown ground beef...

they both still live with their parents. CW is 31 and her sister is 26ish with four children...

I still remember being made fun of by a friend for asking advice on making taco salad, and I was 21 at the time and just learning how to cook. There is no reason a 26 or 31 year old should not know how to brown beef, unless they are vegan/vegetarian/Hindu....and even then a simple Google/Youtube search should answer it. Of course, that requires a little initiative.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #12499 on: February 16, 2016, 08:36:34 AM »
I don't understand people who don't know how to cook. Can you read? Have you ever watched a cooking show? Do you have the internet?

It really isn't hard. To cook good it isn't hard either. Butter, garlic, salt, sugar, onion, cheese. If it doesn't taste good yet, you probably didn't add enough of one of the above. There is your first lesson. We'll get into the second lesson (which involves healthier ways to cook since 3 out of my 5 options are not at all healthy) later.