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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13200 on: April 27, 2016, 01:53:34 PM »
I work in accounting, so we are still super busy with personal taxes (Canada). Yesterday, in our staff meeting, our boss said payday wouldn't be until mid-May because he just didn't have time to do it. He was just joking, but one of the junior CA's started freaking out. What about my mortgage payment? Car payment? etc. I was just meh. Whatever.

If my employer can't pay me once (and I consider paying late not paying me) for any reason then that gives me serious concerns about the whole organization and I would immediately begin job hunting. Sure I can make my mortgage payment now but what about six months from now?

Not quite the same, but a previous employer announced in a company meeting that as a cash-conservation measure until the next round of funding showed up, they were going to stop paying withholding tax. The alarms going off in my head drowned out pretty much everything else they said, but I looked around the room and nobody else seemed even the least bit fazed by it. As far as I know they all went down with the ship.

The next April, I got a call from their HR person (the owner's wife) who said they weren't even going to issue W-2's. I'm guessing that they played even more sketchy tricks with the payroll and didn't want to document it.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13201 on: April 27, 2016, 02:05:52 PM »
I work in accounting, so we are still super busy with personal taxes (Canada). Yesterday, in our staff meeting, our boss said payday wouldn't be until mid-May because he just didn't have time to do it. He was just joking, but one of the junior CA's started freaking out. What about my mortgage payment? Car payment? etc. I was just meh. Whatever.

If my employer can't pay me once (and I consider paying late not paying me) for any reason then that gives me serious concerns about the whole organization and I would immediately begin job hunting. Sure I can make my mortgage payment now but what about six months from now?

Not quite the same, but a previous employer announced in a company meeting that as a cash-conservation measure until the next round of funding showed up, they were going to stop paying withholding tax. The alarms going off in my head drowned out pretty much everything else they said, but I looked around the room and nobody else seemed even the least bit fazed by it. As far as I know they all went down with the ship.

The next April, I got a call from their HR person (the owner's wife) who said they weren't even going to issue W-2's. I'm guessing that they played even more sketchy tricks with the payroll and didn't want to document it.

I knew someone who was a partner in a business that decided to do that. It was in addition to a bunch of other asinine get-money-quickly ideas to bail out a business that had been managed into the ground due in part to his own bad decision making. He never could understand why I didn't want to come work for him. (He was a really smart dude, but stupid at the same time.)

However, if these guys burn you and you report them to the IRS for failure to pay withholding tax, you may be able to get a cut of it if you blow the whistle on them.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13202 on: April 27, 2016, 02:07:32 PM »
Long time lurker/reader, first time poster.

I must say that after spending the last 3 months poring over MMM's site, the average income of posters and their coworkers appears to be astronomical. My wife (she is a mostly SAHM) and I together pull in ~$43,000/year in a low COL area of the Midwest. I work at a large financial firm, and she is a nurse doing 1 shift every couple of weeks. As many of you and MMM himself have mentioned, FIRE is mostly contingent on savings rate, so the principles are the same for us all. All of the high 5 figure and low 6 figure household salaries are nonetheless impressive.

Back on topic: I have a cube mate who recently showed up to work with a new Louis Vuitton purse, promptly showing it off to everyone. Never having seen one before, I had to Google it to find out that it costs ~$2,000. She told me that she had been saving up for it for awhile, and that it was to reward herself.  When I mentioned it was good she had at least not put such an extravagant purchase on a credit card, she qualified her previous statement by saying that she had "mostly saved up for it, but still had to put the rest on a credit card."

The confusing part is that we live in a city where no one would be able to identify the purse as the status symbol she was hoping to acquire. In other words, our city is not known for its cognizance of high fashion :-)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13203 on: April 27, 2016, 02:22:32 PM »
Long time lurker/reader, first time poster.

I must say that after spending the last 3 months poring over MMM's site, the average income of posters and their coworkers appears to be astronomical. My wife (she is a mostly SAHM) and I together pull in ~$43,000/year in a low COL area of the Midwest. I work at a large financial firm, and she is a nurse doing 1 shift every couple of weeks. As many of you and MMM himself have mentioned, FIRE is mostly contingent on savings rate, so the principles are the same for us all. All of the high 5 figure and low 6 figure household salaries are nonetheless impressive.

Back on topic: I have a cube mate who recently showed up to work with a new Louis Vuitton purse, promptly showing it off to everyone. Never having seen one before, I had to Google it to find out that it costs ~$2,000. She told me that she had been saving up for it for awhile, and that it was to reward herself.  When I mentioned it was good she had at least not put such an extravagant purchase on a credit card, she qualified her previous statement by saying that she had "mostly saved up for it, but still had to put the rest on a credit card."

The confusing part is that we live in a city where no one would be able to identify the purse as the status symbol she was hoping to acquire. In other words, our city is not known for its cognizance of high fashion :-)

Maybe she bought the purse for herself because she finds joy in it, rather than to show off to others? Being excited about something that brings one joy is a normal reaction.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13204 on: April 27, 2016, 05:24:10 PM »
I remember being at a wedding with a bunch of people from San Francisco in the mid 2000s as they talked about needing $600k for a "starter home".  I never understood how that math would work out.  They made more money than me, but not six times as much. 

Then 2008 came.  Turned out the math didn't work out.  :/

The math worked out just fine. I was visiting my friend in San Jose a bunch in 2010 - just post-recession. He was just starting out as at a dot-com, so was making about $75K starter salary. Another of his friends with the same salary bought a $600,000 condo (not a detached home) - 3 bedrooms, 1500 sq feet. Now said condo is worth 1.1 million. Both he and my friend now make over $100K, but my friend is still renting - he COULD afford that condo then, he can't now.

Detached homes are about $1.5 million for fixer-uppers, $2 million minimum if they're move-in ready or renovated.

The bay area looked at the housing "crisis", laughed really hard, and jacked the prices up 2-fold.


I, on the other hand, live in San Diego, where real estate is still reasonable (my 1200 sqft condo was purchased for $210K, worth about $250K now and rising fast). However, I can't afford a detached home and the market is growing much faster than my salary, so we won't be able to afford one unless my wife starts working. I make $90K / yr.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13205 on: April 27, 2016, 06:12:30 PM »
I work in accounting, so we are still super busy with personal taxes (Canada). Yesterday, in our staff meeting, our boss said payday wouldn't be until mid-May because he just didn't have time to do it. He was just joking, but one of the junior CA's started freaking out. What about my mortgage payment? Car payment? etc. I was just meh. Whatever.

If my employer can't pay me once (and I consider paying late not paying me) for any reason then that gives me serious concerns about the whole organization and I would immediately begin job hunting. Sure I can make my mortgage payment now but what about six months from now?

Not quite the same, but a previous employer announced in a company meeting that as a cash-conservation measure until the next round of funding showed up, they were going to stop paying withholding tax. The alarms going off in my head drowned out pretty much everything else they said, but I looked around the room and nobody else seemed even the least bit fazed by it. As far as I know they all went down with the ship.

The next April, I got a call from their HR person (the owner's wife) who said they weren't even going to issue W-2's. I'm guessing that they played even more sketchy tricks with the payroll and didn't want to document it.

I knew someone who was a partner in a business that decided to do that. It was in addition to a bunch of other asinine get-money-quickly ideas to bail out a business that had been managed into the ground due in part to his own bad decision making. He never could understand why I didn't want to come work for him. (He was a really smart dude, but stupid at the same time.)

However, if these guys burn you and you report them to the IRS for failure to pay withholding tax, you may be able to get a cut of it if you blow the whistle on them.

Yeah when I was working as an accountant one of our clients refused to pay sales tax. He was happy to collect it and couldn't get himself to listen to us when we said that we would be unwilling to sign off on his taxes. He went to a competitor of ours and was told the same thing. His restaurant didn't last very long anyways.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13206 on: April 27, 2016, 08:05:22 PM »
The math worked out just fine. I was visiting my friend in San Jose a bunch in 2010 - just post-recession. He was just starting out as at a dot-com, so was making about $75K starter salary. Another of his friends with the same salary bought a $600,000 condo (not a detached home) - 3 bedrooms, 1500 sq feet. Now said condo is worth 1.1 million. Both he and my friend now make over $100K, but my friend is still renting - he COULD afford that condo then, he can't now.

The principal and interest on a 600K house (with 20% down) at 4% is $2,292. The take home income for a single person no kids on 70K gross is about $4,342 per month assuming nothing for health insurance and retirement.

Spending 52% of net income on a home, before property taxes, insurance, and maintenance seems very risky. This was a condo so there was an HOA? That had to be $200 minimum right? 57% of net income.

I guess it technically works, but you've pretty much leveraged yourself to the hilt.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13207 on: April 27, 2016, 10:14:28 PM »
I work in accounting, so we are still super busy with personal taxes (Canada). Yesterday, in our staff meeting, our boss said payday wouldn't be until mid-May because he just didn't have time to do it. He was just joking, but one of the junior CA's started freaking out. What about my mortgage payment? Car payment? etc. I was just meh. Whatever.

If my employer can't pay me once (and I consider paying late not paying me) for any reason then that gives me serious concerns about the whole organization and I would immediately begin job hunting. Sure I can make my mortgage payment now but what about six months from now?

Not quite the same, but a previous employer announced in a company meeting that as a cash-conservation measure until the next round of funding showed up, they were going to stop paying withholding tax. The alarms going off in my head drowned out pretty much everything else they said, but I looked around the room and nobody else seemed even the least bit fazed by it. As far as I know they all went down with the ship.

The next April, I got a call from their HR person (the owner's wife) who said they weren't even going to issue W-2's. I'm guessing that they played even more sketchy tricks with the payroll and didn't want to document it.

I knew someone who was a partner in a business that decided to do that. It was in addition to a bunch of other asinine get-money-quickly ideas to bail out a business that had been managed into the ground due in part to his own bad decision making. He never could understand why I didn't want to come work for him. (He was a really smart dude, but stupid at the same time.)

However, if these guys burn you and you report them to the IRS for failure to pay withholding tax, you may be able to get a cut of it if you blow the whistle on them.

Yeah when I was working as an accountant one of our clients refused to pay sales tax. He was happy to collect it and couldn't get himself to listen to us when we said that we would be unwilling to sign off on his taxes. He went to a competitor of ours and was told the same thing. His restaurant didn't last very long anyways.

I worked in an accounting office many years ago. We had a client whose husband had died maybe seven years prior. She ran a veterinary hospital as sole proprietor. She had not been paying income tax, payroll taxes, sales taxes--nuthin' since he had died. She owed hundreds of thousands. Naturally, she wasn't at all concerned. It was her daughter that made her call us, being alarmed by all the threatening IRS notices.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13208 on: April 27, 2016, 11:48:11 PM »
The math worked out just fine. I was visiting my friend in San Jose a bunch in 2010 - just post-recession. He was just starting out as at a dot-com, so was making about $75K starter salary. Another of his friends with the same salary bought a $600,000 condo (not a detached home) - 3 bedrooms, 1500 sq feet. Now said condo is worth 1.1 million. Both he and my friend now make over $100K, but my friend is still renting - he COULD afford that condo then, he can't now.

The principal and interest on a 600K house (with 20% down) at 4% is $2,292. The take home income for a single person no kids on 70K gross is about $4,342 per month assuming nothing for health insurance and retirement.

Spending 52% of net income on a home, before property taxes, insurance, and maintenance seems very risky. This was a condo so there was an HOA? That had to be $200 minimum right? 57% of net income.

I guess it technically works, but you've pretty much leveraged yourself to the hilt.

It's not that bad.  After tax deductions, the effective interest you pay is only around $1k/month.  You put $700/mo towards principal (forced, illiquid savings).  If you are otherwise mustachian, you still have plenty left over to save.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13209 on: April 28, 2016, 05:31:17 AM »
Long time lurker/reader, first time poster.

I must say that after spending the last 3 months poring over MMM's site, the average income of posters and their coworkers appears to be astronomical. My wife (she is a mostly SAHM) and I together pull in ~$43,000/year in a low COL area of the Midwest. I work at a large financial firm, and she is a nurse doing 1 shift every couple of weeks. As many of you and MMM himself have mentioned, FIRE is mostly contingent on savings rate, so the principles are the same for us all. All of the high 5 figure and low 6 figure household salaries are nonetheless impressive.

Back on topic: I have a cube mate who recently showed up to work with a new Louis Vuitton purse, promptly showing it off to everyone. Never having seen one before, I had to Google it to find out that it costs ~$2,000. She told me that she had been saving up for it for awhile, and that it was to reward herself.  When I mentioned it was good she had at least not put such an extravagant purchase on a credit card, she qualified her previous statement by saying that she had "mostly saved up for it, but still had to put the rest on a credit card."

The confusing part is that we live in a city where no one would be able to identify the purse as the status symbol she was hoping to acquire. In other words, our city is not known for its cognizance of high fashion :-)

Maybe she bought the purse for herself because she finds joy in it, rather than to show off to others? Being excited about something that brings one joy is a normal reaction.
Is it actually possible though?  Is there any intrinsic value in a name brand purse if no one recognizes the brand value?  If the brand is not adding to the value, then isn't the only value the function of the item?  I suppose design and material could factor in a bit, but there's really no way I can see to value a purse at $2k unless you count brand awareness as some value.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13210 on: April 28, 2016, 05:55:31 AM »
Is it actually possible though?  Is there any intrinsic value in a name brand purse if no one recognizes the brand value?  If the brand is not adding to the value, then isn't the only value the function of the item?  I suppose design and material could factor in a bit, but there's really no way I can see to value a purse at $2k unless you count brand awareness as some value.

I would argue it is possible. If she really wanted, for example, a blue leather handbag with red velvet interior and a special pocket for her custom cigarette case, she may have to pay a premium for a brand name bag that has all of those features. It's over priced on its merits, but to get exactly what one wants it may be worth it (for them) to pay for more than the sum of its parts. It would have nothing to do with the brand.

Clearly I'm not arguing that a purse is worth $2K. But to get that quality, great looking handbag that you've always wanted? Might be worth it to someone, regardless of what name is stitched on the tag.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13211 on: April 28, 2016, 06:03:56 AM »
Back on topic: I have a cube mate who recently showed up to work with a new Louis Vuitton purse, promptly showing it off to everyone. Never having seen one before, I had to Google it to find out that it costs ~$2,000. She told me that she had been saving up for it for awhile, and that it was to reward herself.  When I mentioned it was good she had at least not put such an extravagant purchase on a credit card, she qualified her previous statement by saying that she had "mostly saved up for it, but still had to put the rest on a credit card."
The confusing part is that we live in a city where no one would be able to identify the purse as the status symbol she was hoping to acquire. In other words, our city is not known for its cognizance of high fashion :-)
Maybe she bought the purse for herself because she finds joy in it, rather than to show off to others? Being excited about something that brings one joy is a normal reaction.
Is it actually possible though?  Is there any intrinsic value in a name brand purse if no one recognizes the brand value?  If the brand is not adding to the value, then isn't the only value the function of the item?  I suppose design and material could factor in a bit, but there's really no way I can see to value a purse at $2k unless you count brand awareness as some value.

A big part of the value of the brand name is to the person who purchases it and the subset of people who likewise recognize it.  It is a clan identifier to both yourself & others.  You aren't the target - it isn't important that everyone knows, just the one group.  There may only be 100 other people in your city who are the target.  And it isn't just the people in the city who might see it - she's also claiming membership to the worldwide group of people who have & want to have this bag. 
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13212 on: April 28, 2016, 06:11:28 AM »
Is it actually possible though?  Is there any intrinsic value in a name brand purse if no one recognizes the brand value?  If the brand is not adding to the value, then isn't the only value the function of the item?  I suppose design and material could factor in a bit, but there's really no way I can see to value a purse at $2k unless you count brand awareness as some value.

I would argue it is possible. If she really wanted, for example, a blue leather handbag with red velvet interior and a special pocket for her custom cigarette case, she may have to pay a premium for a brand name bag that has all of those features. It's over priced on its merits, but to get exactly what one wants it may be worth it (for them) to pay for more than the sum of its parts. It would have nothing to do with the brand.

Clearly I'm not arguing that a purse is worth $2K. But to get that quality, great looking handbag that you've always wanted? Might be worth it to someone, regardless of what name is stitched on the tag.

Am I on the wrong board?!? Colleague has bought a $2k bag on credit.

This was overheard at work and is anti-mustachian.

This is the board where we mock our colleagues for financial decisions we think are foolish. Sometimes we may judge someone unfairly, mostly we don't because most of the tales here are hilariously spendy.

Might I suggest a separate thread for the justification of the purchase of $2k bags and $600k houses?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13213 on: April 28, 2016, 06:20:37 AM »
Is it actually possible though?  Is there any intrinsic value in a name brand purse if no one recognizes the brand value?  If the brand is not adding to the value, then isn't the only value the function of the item?  I suppose design and material could factor in a bit, but there's really no way I can see to value a purse at $2k unless you count brand awareness as some value.

I would argue it is possible. If she really wanted, for example, a blue leather handbag with red velvet interior and a special pocket for her custom cigarette case, she may have to pay a premium for a brand name bag that has all of those features. It's over priced on its merits, but to get exactly what one wants it may be worth it (for them) to pay for more than the sum of its parts. It would have nothing to do with the brand.

Clearly I'm not arguing that a purse is worth $2K. But to get that quality, great looking handbag that you've always wanted? Might be worth it to someone, regardless of what name is stitched on the tag.

Am I on the wrong board?!? Colleague has bought a $2k bag on credit.

This was overheard at work and is anti-mustachian.

This is the board where we mock our colleagues for financial decisions we think are foolish. Sometimes we may judge someone unfairly, mostly we don't because most of the tales here are hilariously spendy.

Might I suggest a separate thread for the justification of the purchase of $2k bags and $600k houses?

$600k houses can be reasonable in some parts of the country.

$2k bags are never reasonable regardless of where you live.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13214 on: April 28, 2016, 06:44:10 AM »
Is it actually possible though?  Is there any intrinsic value in a name brand purse if no one recognizes the brand value?  If the brand is not adding to the value, then isn't the only value the function of the item?  I suppose design and material could factor in a bit, but there's really no way I can see to value a purse at $2k unless you count brand awareness as some value.

I would argue it is possible. If she really wanted, for example, a blue leather handbag with red velvet interior and a special pocket for her custom cigarette case, she may have to pay a premium for a brand name bag that has all of those features. It's over priced on its merits, but to get exactly what one wants it may be worth it (for them) to pay for more than the sum of its parts. It would have nothing to do with the brand.

Clearly I'm not arguing that a purse is worth $2K. But to get that quality, great looking handbag that you've always wanted? Might be worth it to someone, regardless of what name is stitched on the tag.

Am I on the wrong board?!? Colleague has bought a $2k bag on credit.

This was overheard at work and is anti-mustachian.

This is the board where we mock our colleagues for financial decisions we think are foolish. Sometimes we may judge someone unfairly, mostly we don't because most of the tales here are hilariously spendy.

Might I suggest a separate thread for the justification of the purchase of $2k bags and $600k houses?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13215 on: April 28, 2016, 06:48:24 AM »
Am I on the wrong board?!? Colleague has bought a $2k bag on credit.

This was overheard at work and is anti-mustachian.

This is the board where we mock our colleagues for financial decisions we think are foolish. Sometimes we may judge someone unfairly, mostly we don't because most of the tales here are hilariously spendy.

Nah, you're in the right place. Unless someone is fabulously wealthy and/or easily financially independent, they have no business buying a $2K accessory where an alternative with identical functionality can be purchased for $50. <begin requested judgement> Keep an eye on her facebook, I predict her newsfeed begins with a picture of this beloved purse with a caption similar to "#deservethis", which includes comments from her inane friends like "#totallywantthis" and the absolutely insane "Congratulations!!!". Next she'll continue with a picture of a pet, meal, or glass of wine w/ skyline in background, followed by a MLM inspirational quote/advertisement, then a complaint about her job/financial situation. </end judgement>


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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13216 on: April 28, 2016, 06:53:43 AM »
Sorry for the foam. I forgot to ask if the black bag was actually orange...

Wow! That reference is a few 100 pages old now. Well done.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13217 on: April 28, 2016, 07:19:34 AM »
Sorry for the foam. I forgot to ask if the black bag was actually orange...

Wow! That reference is a few 100 pages old now. Well done.

This thread has taken offense to your lengthism. It isn't a 'few 100 pages' yet! Give it about 3 weeks though ;).

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13218 on: April 28, 2016, 07:27:23 AM »
Sorry for the foam. I forgot to ask if the black bag was actually orange...
That totally makes up for it!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13219 on: April 28, 2016, 09:32:46 AM »
Sorry for the foam. I forgot to ask if the black bag was actually orange...

Wow! That reference is a few 100 pages old now. Well done.
The bag was black, but the box it was in when she bought it was orange.

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« Reply #13220 on: April 28, 2016, 10:52:00 AM »
I remember being at a wedding with a bunch of people from San Francisco in the mid 2000s as they talked about needing $600k for a "starter home".  I never understood how that math would work out.  They made more money than me, but not six times as much. 

Then 2008 came.  Turned out the math didn't work out.  :/

The math worked out just fine. I was visiting my friend in San Jose a bunch in 2010 - just post-recession. He was just starting out as at a dot-com, so was making about $75K starter salary. Another of his friends with the same salary bought a $600,000 condo (not a detached home) - 3 bedrooms, 1500 sq feet. Now said condo is worth 1.1 million. Both he and my friend now make over $100K, but my friend is still renting - he COULD afford that condo then, he can't now.

Detached homes are about $1.5 million for fixer-uppers, $2 million minimum if they're move-in ready or renovated.

The bay area looked at the housing "crisis", laughed really hard, and jacked the prices up 2-fold.


I, on the other hand, live in San Diego, where real estate is still reasonable (my 1200 sqft condo was purchased for $210K, worth about $250K now and rising fast). However, I can't afford a detached home and the market is growing much faster than my salary, so we won't be able to afford one unless my wife starts working. I make $90K / yr.

Yeah, my friends paid a little under $700k in 2002 for their "starter home" in Mountain view. 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13221 on: April 28, 2016, 10:55:20 AM »
Yeah, real-estate is absolutely batshit in Silicon Valley. A distant family member of mine bought a home for roughly $3M a few years ago and I suspect it's worth more than $4 today. He's a very well-compensating individual so the cost wasn't a deterrent, I think he paid cash.

I'm in Minnesota, the house was nice, but I couldn't imagine how much lower a similar house would cost in Minnesota, even in North Oaks or Minnetonka, or another wealthy suburb.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13222 on: April 28, 2016, 11:08:23 AM »
The Canadian gov't recently amalgamated their pay offices and rolled out a new pay "system" administered from one location. Instead of introducing it in stages, they basically shifted the entire payroll to this new system in one go. Problem is, the new system has some issues and they are having problems sorting out pay for people who are not on a fixed shedule, which is a significant portion of the work force. Anyone who works variable hours, overtime, etc. has had huge delays in pay. I found out the other day that a colleague of mine hasn't been paid since mid february.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13223 on: April 28, 2016, 11:23:06 AM »
Sorry for the foam. I forgot to ask if the black bag was actually orange...

Wow! That reference is a few 100 pages old now. Well done.
The bag was black, but the box it was in when she bought it was orange.

Wait, where did we get the idea that the bag was black? Did OP say that and I missed it? Or was it just that it matched the color of the black box...I'm confused.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13224 on: April 28, 2016, 11:28:47 AM »
Sorry for the foam. I forgot to ask if the black bag was actually orange...

Wow! That reference is a few 100 pages old now. Well done.
The bag was black, but the box it was in when she bought it was orange.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13225 on: April 28, 2016, 01:29:00 PM »
Sorry for the foam. I forgot to ask if the black bag was actually orange...

Wow! That reference is a few 100 pages old now. Well done.
The bag was black, but the box it was in when she bought it was orange.

Orange is the new BlackTM  :-)   (ducks random facepunches)
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13226 on: April 28, 2016, 01:59:12 PM »
Not my workplace, but ze wife's:

Her boss (company CFO/COO) wants to replace all 18 windows in his house. This would cost about $15-20k, depending on size of windows. (For our house, 15 windows, all impact-resistant, low-E glass, cost $11k installed.)

He said he'll have to refinance his house to come up with the money. He makes over $200k in base salary per year, plus a 'yooge bonus. On top of it all, he was wrongly paid $20k extra in 2015, which he hasn't returned to the company.

To top it all, his wife is an excellent cook and makes him breakfast everyday. He'll throw that away and get Egg McMuffins. Almost every day.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13227 on: April 28, 2016, 02:15:30 PM »
Her boss (company CFO/COO) wants to replace all 18 windows in his house. This would cost about $15-20k, depending on size of windows. (For our house, 15 windows, all impact-resistant, low-E glass, cost $11k installed.)
Depending on the climate and the type of window he's replacing, it might be worth it.

But making $200k/year and not being able to pay cash for it?  Yeah, that's facepunch-worthy.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13228 on: April 28, 2016, 02:25:13 PM »

To top it all, his wife is an excellent cook and makes him breakfast everyday. He'll throw that away and get Egg McMuffins. Almost every day.

Oy vey!

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« Reply #13229 on: April 28, 2016, 02:34:42 PM »
Reminds me of a somewhat related incident from my alma mater. The University President had his bathroom remodeled to the tune of $50,000. The kicker? The University actually owns the house the University President lives in, so the school paid for that bathroom. And we wonder why tuition is skyrocketing...
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« Reply #13230 on: April 28, 2016, 05:00:15 PM »

To top it all, his wife is an excellent cook and makes him breakfast everyday. He'll throw that away and get Egg McMuffins. Almost every day.

Oy vey!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13231 on: April 28, 2016, 08:01:58 PM »
Sorry for the foam. I forgot to ask if the black bag was actually orange...

Wow! That reference is a few 100 pages old now. Well done.
The bag was black, but the box it was in when she bought it was orange.

Wait, where did we get the idea that the bag was black? Did OP say that and I missed it? Or was it just that it matched the color of the black box...I'm confused.

Old reference on this thread, from many months ago. Go back to page, oh, I don't know, about 167*, and you'll pick it up.

*Number pulled out of my arse. Not really page 167, but I can't be bothered finding out what page it actually was.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13232 on: April 29, 2016, 06:00:51 AM »
...his wife is an excellent cook and makes him breakfast everyday. He'll throw that away and get Egg McMuffins. Almost every day.

Curious, how do you know what the quality of his wife's breakfast is?  ;-)

I do want to know, though.  Does he brag about his wife's cooking skills?  Have they invited you over and you experienced it first hand?  Or does his wife herself say she is excellent?

I'm just trying to wrap my brain around it.  Does he not like the breakfast?  Or does he just prefer something else?  Either way is dumb, but the action is so odd I'm mesmerized.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13233 on: April 29, 2016, 06:35:30 AM »
Co-worker making less then $60K/y drives a Lexus SUV and complained to me yesterday about still having student loans. Eye roll - Ap
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13234 on: April 29, 2016, 07:07:22 AM »
Sorry for the foam. I forgot to ask if the black bag was actually orange...

Wow! That reference is a few 100 pages old now. Well done.
The bag was black, but the box it was in when she bought it was orange.

Wait, where did we get the idea that the bag was black? Did OP say that and I missed it? Or was it just that it matched the color of the black box...I'm confused.

Old reference on this thread, from many months ago. Go back to page, oh, I don't know, about 167*, and you'll pick it up.

*Number pulled out of my arse. Not really page 167, but I can't be bothered finding out what page it actually was.

Heh, flat text on a computer screen is not a good medium for sarcasm, I guess ;-)

Shoulda gone with the "</s>"
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13235 on: April 29, 2016, 07:34:23 AM »
Co-worker in their late 40s/early 50s, making at least 6 figures, with a spouse who is likely doing the same given the title & company, goes on multiple trips to Florida & cruises in the past year.

Just heard that they went with a financing company to get the windows in their house replaced, and then had to take out a home equity loan to pay that off. (Lives out of the city, only a 45 minute drive if leaves at 5:30am.)
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13236 on: April 29, 2016, 07:44:33 AM »
Her boss (company CFO/COO) wants to replace all 18 windows in his house. This would cost about $15-20k, depending on size of windows. (For our house, 15 windows, all impact-resistant, low-E glass, cost $11k installed.)
Depending on the climate and the type of window he's replacing, it might be worth it.

But making $200k/year and not being able to pay cash for it?  Yeah, that's facepunch-worthy.

Same climate as us. He lives local. He told my wife he wanted low-E, impact-resistant windows, which is what we have. We had two 6ft x 6ft picture windows, which had the highest price. Our new windows are all double-hung. We now have them open almost year-round, including peak summer in July-August, when we have them open overnight only.

With the bonus, his gross is over $300k+ per year.

...his wife is an excellent cook and makes him breakfast everyday. He'll throw that away and get Egg McMuffins. Almost every day.

Curious, how do you know what the quality of his wife's breakfast is?  ;-)

I do want to know, though.  Does he brag about his wife's cooking skills?  Have they invited you over and you experienced it first hand?  Or does his wife herself say she is excellent?

I'm just trying to wrap my brain around it.  Does he not like the breakfast?  Or does he just prefer something else?  Either way is dumb, but the action is so odd I'm mesmerized.

My wife and her co-worker have told us that it is actually good. The boss has brought in food for the office staff, and it was good. My wife brought home leftovers, I verified they were good.

It isn't only breakfast, it is lunch too, and dinner sometimes if he's working late. It is homemade healthy food as he has diabetes and a bunch of health issues.

He leaves everything in the office refrigerator and freezer; his wife comes in periodically and gets mad and throws the food away. At the last Christmas party, she told us about his stupid food habits, after a few glasses of good cabernet, which I chose at the fancy steakhouse.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13237 on: April 29, 2016, 06:44:45 PM »
We have 3 staff who drive to work and pick up company vehicles on a daily basis, their commutes are in the 20-30min range each way.  Only one of the three doesn't drive a 4 door 4wd pickup truck... He drives a 2 door 4wd pickup. 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13238 on: April 29, 2016, 10:25:38 PM »
We have 3 staff who drive to work and pick up company vehicles on a daily basis, their commutes are in the 20-30min range each way.  Only one of the three doesn't drive a 4 door 4wd pickup truck... He drives a 2 door 4wd pickup.

A buddy of mine works for Comcast and uses a company vehicle for most of his work days, he has a truck as well. Though he does hunt and has a family cabin, so perhaps he does get some other use out of it.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13239 on: May 02, 2016, 12:56:02 PM »
Conversation between a coworker and I; he knows that I am car savvy and sometimes asks me questions.

CW:My son bought a new Tacoma.
Me:Oh really?  Does he have a really good job?
CW: It's ok, I guess he can afford the payment.
Me: Oh mmhmm.
CW:Of course he had to get new rims and tires for it.
Me: [Trying not to visibly wince] Ouch, bet that was expensive.
CW: Yeah he had to buy different lugnuts and stuff too, so that was like another $100 or so on top of it.
Me: [I could tell at this point he thought it was dumb too] Do you think he learned his lesson?
CW: I hope so, he just wrapped it around a tree so it is in the shop at the moment.
Me: Oh.  [then silence, I had no more words]

Of course he does not need an expensive truck for his job or at all.  This is a reoccurring theme here though, especially for Tacoma owners.  I see hundreds of those things every day and the only thing they ever haul or tow is a dog!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13240 on: May 02, 2016, 01:31:08 PM »
... the only thing they ever haul or tow is a dog!

Now I'm picturing all the ways one could attach a trailer hitch to a dog.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13241 on: May 02, 2016, 01:58:57 PM »
A client paid an invoice of 300 CHF twice. My co-worker said that he wouldn't have been able to do this as he doesn't have that much money saved. If I lived like this I would go crazy.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13242 on: May 02, 2016, 02:55:32 PM »
... the only thing they ever haul or tow is a dog!

Now I'm picturing all the ways one could attach a trailer hitch to a dog.

Wait, wouldn't you attach the dog to the trailer hitch? I mean, unless you want the dog towing a trailer...

Anyway, for some dogs it's probably enough to stick a tennis ball over the hitch and yell "FETCH!"

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13243 on: May 02, 2016, 03:00:18 PM »
... the only thing they ever haul or tow is a dog!

Now I'm picturing all the ways one could attach a trailer hitch to a dog.

Wait, wouldn't you attach the dog to the trailer hitch?

OK, Sergeant Semantics. ;-)  You attach them to each other, is what I meant!
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13244 on: May 02, 2016, 03:17:09 PM »
... the only thing they ever haul or tow is a dog!

Now I'm picturing all the ways one could attach a trailer hitch to a dog.

Wait, wouldn't you attach the dog to the trailer hitch?

OK, Sergeant Semantics. ;-)  You attach them to each other, is what I meant!

And I suppose the ears flapping will double as indicator lights?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13245 on: May 02, 2016, 03:18:38 PM »
... the only thing they ever haul or tow is a dog!

Now I'm picturing all the ways one could attach a trailer hitch to a dog.

Wait, wouldn't you attach the dog to the trailer hitch?

OK, Sergeant Semantics. ;-)  You attach them to each other, is what I meant!

And I suppose the ears flapping will double as indicator lights?

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« Reply #13246 on: May 02, 2016, 09:12:20 PM »
... the only thing they ever haul or tow is a dog!

Now I'm picturing all the ways one could attach a trailer hitch to a dog.

Wait, wouldn't you attach the dog to the trailer hitch?

OK, Sergeant Semantics. ;-)  You attach them to each other, is what I meant!

And I suppose the ears flapping will double as indicator lights?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #13247 on: May 03, 2016, 07:45:47 AM »
We have 3 staff who drive to work and pick up company vehicles on a daily basis, their commutes are in the 20-30min range each way.  Only one of the three doesn't drive a 4 door 4wd pickup truck... He drives a 2 door 4wd pickup.

A buddy of mine works for Comcast and uses a company vehicle for most of his work days, he has a truck as well. Though he does hunt and has a family cabin, so perhaps he does get some other use out of it.
Oh, boy, I can relate to this one. I walk DH to work every morning, all three tenths of a mile. For sport, he tells me how far each person who passes us has driven to get to work to pick up their company vehicles. The latest? FNG drives 80 miles one way! The worst thing is that they are sometimes on call, meaning they drive the company truck to and from work, collecting a premium for being on call and burning the company's gas. There's supposed to be a limit on how far they can take the trucks, but nobody's paying attention. Oh, it's a public utility. The waste is epicly facepunch worthy.
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« Reply #13248 on: May 03, 2016, 08:55:32 AM »
... the only thing they ever haul or tow is a dog!

Now I'm picturing all the ways one could attach a trailer hitch to a dog.

Wait, wouldn't you attach the dog to the trailer hitch?

OK, Sergeant Semantics. ;-)  You attach them to each other, is what I meant!

And I suppose the ears flapping will double as indicator lights?

Do you know what the penalty for animal cruelty is in this state?
What's the penalty for cruelly bad jokes about animals?

Well... it's probably pretty stiff.

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« Reply #13249 on: May 03, 2016, 09:19:52 AM »
[ FNG drives 80 miles one way!


YIKES! Though apart from the time, the stress, the wear and tear on the car, and the gas, I probably would be ok with it as it means like 3 hours of listening to audiobooks. I could probably finish 50+ books on my commute alone.