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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7800 on: April 18, 2015, 09:48:36 PM »
JLee:  That is good.  It must be tax time because mine is very similar. 

CW:  "We owe $1800 in taxes, and there is no way we can pay that!"   (Recently bought a new Buick.)
Me:  "Well first and foremost you need to make sure you have another $150 taken from your paycheck each month so it doesn't happen again."
CW: "OMG!  I can't afford this, there is no way I can afford that!  I'm already in the red.  I can't have smaller paychecks!"
Me:  "Well if you don't then you are just going to owe a bunch of money again next year."

10 minutes later...
CW:  "I just bought tickets to go to a concert in [city 8 hours away].  However I'm not really sure how I'm going to afford the hotel room."

Wow.  Just wow.
I really try and be sympathetic but it's just so damn hard with crap like this.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7801 on: April 19, 2015, 08:30:41 AM »
Another gem from the office - coworker leased large Nissan SUV. She ended up buying it because she had but 70,000 miles on it in three years (to avoid mileage penalty I suppose). Then, she sold it at 74,000, to buy a new Chevy Equinox SUV. It has to be a large vehicle to hold her dog crate for her dog. :/ She has mentioned she will need to keep working beyond her retirement age (she is currently 60)  in order to keep making payments. 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7802 on: April 19, 2015, 10:00:54 AM »
Co-worker is thinking about trading in his 2011 half-ton truck for a brand new model costing $41,000 before the trade-in of the 2011 for $17,000. At the end of the cost breakdown, he states "Out the door, it will only cost me $24,000 for a brand new truck that will be paid off in 4 years."

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7803 on: April 19, 2015, 11:48:48 AM »
Co-worker is thinking about trading in his 2011 half-ton truck for a brand new model costing $41,000 before the trade-in of the 2011 for $17,000. At the end of the cost breakdown, he states "Out the door, it will only cost me $24,000 for a brand new truck that will be paid off in 4 years."

Yes, $24,000 more than keeping the existing truck. Assuming he's making a habit out of trading in his trucks when they reach four years old then he's looking at about $6,000 per year in depreciation alone (also assumes his previous truck cost a similar amount when new)...

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7804 on: April 19, 2015, 11:53:01 AM »
Another guy at work traded in his 3 year old F-150 for a brand new $35,000 hybrid about 2 years ago. He is in the process of trading in the hybrid for another F-150 because he is "renovating" his house. I'm pretty sure he's doing trim, paint, and maybe some laminate flooring.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7805 on: April 19, 2015, 01:38:09 PM »
Another guy at work traded in his 3 year old F-150 for a brand new $35,000 hybrid about 2 years ago. He is in the process of trading in the hybrid for another F-150 because he is "renovating" his house. I'm pretty sure he's doing trim, paint, and maybe some laminate flooring.

Yikes. I guess he never saw the truck out front of every big box Home store that says "Rent me for $35 for the first hour!"...

Most people plan renos like crap though and end up back at the store all the time. Even then, get a roof rack!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7806 on: April 19, 2015, 01:42:59 PM »
Another guy at work traded in his 3 year old F-150 for a brand new $35,000 hybrid about 2 years ago. He is in the process of trading in the hybrid for another F-150 because he is "renovating" his house. I'm pretty sure he's doing trim, paint, and maybe some laminate flooring.

Yikes. I guess he never saw the truck out front of every big box Home store that says "Rent me for $35 for the first hour!"...

Most people plan renos like crap though and end up back at the store all the time. Even then, get a roof rack!

I brought up renting a truck, and he said it was too much of a hassel....

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7807 on: April 19, 2015, 02:35:21 PM »
I sort of love people like that, that's who we play to buy a gently used truck from when DH's current vehicle dies!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7808 on: April 19, 2015, 03:05:57 PM »
I brought up renting a truck, and he said it was too much of a hassle....

Haha. Sounds like my buddy who doesn't get why I own a 2WD pickup truck (that I actually use as a truck). He won't own a truck unless it's 4WD and he's usually just driving around town even though it's lifted on 35" tires.

When asked what I'd do if I get stuck: "Call you. I've always got a $200 in my wallet and the beer in my fridge is cold. If that fails, call for a wrecker service. $200 IF I get stuck is way cheaper than the price premium on 4WD trucks."

People don't understand opportunity cost...

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7809 on: April 19, 2015, 03:37:09 PM »
Overheard at work: $30,000 watch. My brain hurts :-( yes this persons household income is considerably higher than mine, but it would still be like me buying a 6k watch... wtf? My 12 year old $150 watch is still going strong... it felt like such a luxury at the time! I also tryed to convince people that luxury goods were for the ultra rich not cubicle jockeys like us. That we aren't  even the target market... the target market is the ultra rich, ceos, pop stars etc... don't  think anyone else agreed with me. But i have never seen myself as being in that realm :-S

I live close to an area famous for producing luxury watches. When I happen to be on the main shopping street downtown with some time to spear I like to look at those fancy watches in shop windows. I haven't seen one for 30,000 yet (some firms don't advertise prices), but 10-15k is quite ordinary. Salespersons are so bored though, because most of the time they are alone in those shops...

As for myself I also have 100-150$ watch which was a gift from my father long ago, but it's mostly gathering dust now. Cell phone which I always have with me is sufficient for my time keeping needs.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7810 on: April 20, 2015, 01:00:30 PM »
I brought up renting a truck, and he said it was too much of a hassle....

Haha. Sounds like my buddy who doesn't get why I own a 2WD pickup truck (that I actually use as a truck). He won't own a truck unless it's 4WD and he's usually just driving around town even though it's lifted on 35" tires.

When asked what I'd do if I get stuck: "Call you. I've always got a $200 in my wallet and the beer in my fridge is cold. If that fails, call for a wrecker service. $200 IF I get stuck is way cheaper than the price premium on 4WD trucks."

People don't understand opportunity cost...
If you just haul stuff around in a dry climate, I could see a 2wd truck. I grew up in NH and I go offroad in the desert out in AZ, so personally I wouldn't own a 2wd truck. Not multi-purpose enough for my intended purpose.

But...I don't drive a pavement queen on 35's. :P

I did manage to stuff a (free!) 42u four post server rack in the back of my SUV yesterday. It hung out the back and I had to lock the gate open for the ~2mi drive home, but it fit!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7811 on: April 20, 2015, 08:50:09 PM »
I brought up renting a truck, and he said it was too much of a hassle....

Haha. Sounds like my buddy who doesn't get why I own a 2WD pickup truck (that I actually use as a truck). He won't own a truck unless it's 4WD and he's usually just driving around town even though it's lifted on 35" tires.

When asked what I'd do if I get stuck: "Call you. I've always got a $200 in my wallet and the beer in my fridge is cold. If that fails, call for a wrecker service. $200 IF I get stuck is way cheaper than the price premium on 4WD trucks."

People don't understand opportunity cost...
If you just haul stuff around in a dry climate, I could see a 2wd truck. I grew up in NH and I go offroad in the desert out in AZ, so personally I wouldn't own a 2wd truck. Not multi-purpose enough for my intended purpose.

But...I don't drive a pavement queen on 35's. :P

I did manage to stuff a (free!) 42u four post server rack in the back of my SUV yesterday. It hung out the back and I had to lock the gate open for the ~2mi drive home, but it fit!
I'm kind of on the fence on the whole 4 wheel vs. 2 wheel thing. some times I think if I ever have to replace current truck I could go with a 2 wheel drive (less moving parts and cheaper purchase price). However I do use it enough that I feel it is a nice feature to have. sometime just knowing I have the option to use four wheel drive allows me to go places I might not in a two wheel drive. For example when cutting firewood I might pull down into a low spot that may or may not be wet. Chances are 2wd will get me out but in my experience things can go from everything going alright to stuck in a few seconds.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7812 on: April 20, 2015, 09:26:12 PM »
I talked to my coworkers about my grand plans for FIRE on Friday.

Not well received. First it was shock and ridicule, and then it quickly moved to angry outbursts from a couple of them. I kept cool and explained my plan, even broke down my current budget and how I expect to cover healthcare and a kid in the future.

After waaaay too long not doing work, I actually had tacit support from a couple and outright support from a couple more. Not bad. Today the guy in the cube next to me told me he was going through his credit card statements over the weekend to figure out where all of his money was going. I made him think! :D

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7813 on: April 20, 2015, 09:27:28 PM »
I'm kind of on the fence on the whole 4 wheel vs. 2 wheel thing.

I'm not against 4WD trucks if necessary, but we live in the suburbs of Chicago. The only way I'm getting off-road is if I start driving through someone's lawn...

This one goes back a long ways to high school, but fits here. Overheard from a cheerleader: "OMG, I'm so glad I drove my Dad's Cherokee today. It stops sooo much better with 4WD!"

Just... fuck you're stupid.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7814 on: April 21, 2015, 08:08:16 AM »
I'm kind of on the fence on the whole 4 wheel vs. 2 wheel thing.

I'm not against 4WD trucks if necessary, but we live in the suburbs of Chicago. The only way I'm getting off-road is if I start driving through someone's lawn...

This one goes back a long ways to high school, but fits here. Overheard from a cheerleader: "OMG, I'm so glad I drove my Dad's Cherokee today. It stops sooo much better with 4WD!"

Just... fuck you're stupid.

Haha. Reminds me of the time one of our friends was complaining about her car riding rough in high school, so we asked her how long it had been since she changed the air in her tires. We actually convinced her to take it to a tire shop and request that they change the air, which they (for some reason?) actually did. She was convinced that it was riding much smoother afterwards.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7815 on: April 21, 2015, 10:09:23 AM »
One of my coworkers was talking about what they're going to do with the check they're receiving from a court settlement, I suggested they use it to pay off their student loans (the check is large enough to cover the whole debt and have some leftover). They scoffed at the idea, said their payment is only $50 a month so they'd rather just save the money, which is all well and good if that's actually what they're going to do with it. This week I heard them on the phone planning a vacation to aruba. I know it shouldn't matter to me, because it's their money, their debt, their problem, but if I received a lump sum like that that covered literally all of my debt I would be jumping with joy.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7816 on: April 21, 2015, 12:05:44 PM »
Haha. Reminds me of the time one of our friends was complaining about her car riding rough in high school, so we asked her how long it had been since she changed the air in her tires. We actually convinced her to take it to a tire shop and request that they change the air, which they (for some reason?) actually did. She was convinced that it was riding much smoother afterwards.
Maybe the pressure was off and they corrected it.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7817 on: April 21, 2015, 12:29:32 PM »
Haha. Reminds me of the time one of our friends was complaining about her car riding rough in high school, so we asked her how long it had been since she changed the air in her tires. We actually convinced her to take it to a tire shop and request that they change the air, which they (for some reason?) actually did. She was convinced that it was riding much smoother afterwards.
Maybe the pressure was off and they corrected it.

Did you confirm all the air was actually exchanged and they didn't just charge her to top it off? Or do nothing?  I can only imagine the dollar signs that lit up in the technicians eyes when he saw some high school girl come in and request that.


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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7818 on: April 21, 2015, 12:48:27 PM »
Haha. Reminds me of the time one of our friends was complaining about her car riding rough in high school, so we asked her how long it had been since she changed the air in her tires. We actually convinced her to take it to a tire shop and request that they change the air, which they (for some reason?) actually did. She was convinced that it was riding much smoother afterwards.
Maybe the pressure was off and they corrected it.

Did you confirm all the air was actually exchanged and they didn't just charge her to top it off? Or do nothing?  I can only imagine the dollar signs that lit up in the technicians eyes when he saw some high school girl come in and request that.



I didn't confirm anything. It wouldn't surprise me if they checked/corrected the air pressure in her tires, but since I'm not as big of an a-hole today as I was in high school, I do hope that they didn't rip her off too badly.

Off-topic - 1995 was the year newsprint comics died. There will never be another Gary Larson or Bill Watterson.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7819 on: April 21, 2015, 12:49:14 PM »
Haha. Reminds me of the time one of our friends was complaining about her car riding rough in high school, so we asked her how long it had been since she changed the air in her tires. We actually convinced her to take it to a tire shop and request that they change the air, which they (for some reason?) actually did. She was convinced that it was riding much smoother afterwards.
Maybe the pressure was off and they corrected it.

Maybe the just took the car, went on a smoke break, and then came back and told her that they did something. It was all a placebo effect.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7820 on: April 21, 2015, 02:08:33 PM »
Haha. Reminds me of the time one of our friends was complaining about her car riding rough in high school, so we asked her how long it had been since she changed the air in her tires. We actually convinced her to take it to a tire shop and request that they change the air, which they (for some reason?) actually did. She was convinced that it was riding much smoother afterwards.
Maybe the pressure was off and they corrected it.

Did you confirm all the air was actually exchanged and they didn't just charge her to top it off? Or do nothing?  I can only imagine the dollar signs that lit up in the technicians eyes when he saw some high school girl come in and request that.


All I could see there was that the cavewoman (because it's always the woman) had hung the toilet roll back to front.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7821 on: April 21, 2015, 02:24:49 PM »
Off-topic - 1995 was the year newsprint comics died. There will never be another Gary Larson or Bill Patterson  Watterson.

Fixed that for you.  We can also throw in Berke Breathed since Outland ended in 1995 too (although it wasn't nearly as funny as Bloom County).

One of my favorite Far Side cartoons:



And a classic Calvin & Hobbes:


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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7822 on: April 21, 2015, 02:35:02 PM »
All I could see there was that the cavewoman (because it's always the woman) had hung the toilet roll back to front.

I know quite a few men that also prefer to hang tp in the improper under hand fashion.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7823 on: April 21, 2015, 02:37:11 PM »
All I could see there was that the cavewoman (because it's always the woman) had hung the toilet roll back to front.

I know quite a few men that also prefer to hang tp in the improper under hand fashion.

My boyfriend does this! As a woman, it drives me crazy.

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« Reply #7824 on: April 21, 2015, 02:40:28 PM »
All I could see there was that the cavewoman (because it's always the woman) had hung the toilet roll back to front.

I know quite a few men that also prefer to hang tp in the improper under hand fashion.

My boyfriend does this! As a woman, it drives me crazy.

That's the RIGHT way to hang it.  When it's hung overhand, particularly if it's one of those enormous rolls in a public restroom, it can be a bitch to unroll some.  With underhand, gravity comes into play and makes it much easier. 

/SCIENCE!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7825 on: April 21, 2015, 02:43:41 PM »
All I could see there was that the cavewoman (because it's always the woman) had hung the toilet roll back to front.

I know quite a few men that also prefer to hang tp in the improper under hand fashion.

My boyfriend does this! As a woman, it drives me crazy.

That's the RIGHT way to hang it.  When it's hung overhand, particularly if it's one of those enormous rolls in a public restroom, it can be a bitch to unroll some.  With underhand, gravity comes into play and makes it much easier. 

/SCIENCE!

Disagree. Gravity pulls down no matter which side of the roll it's hanging.

When it's hung PROPERLY it's MUCH easier to tear off the piece you need with one hand. When he hangs it the other way I need two hands. Totally messes up my efficiency OCD!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7826 on: April 21, 2015, 02:44:34 PM »
Off-topic - 1995 was the year newsprint comics died. There will never be another Gary Larson or Bill Patterson  Watterson.

Dammit! I hang my head in shame.

And I prefer toilet paper to roll over the top, but I'm not as dogmatic about it as I am about squeezing the toothpaste from the back of the tube.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7827 on: April 21, 2015, 02:46:34 PM »
All I could see there was that the cavewoman (because it's always the woman) had hung the toilet roll back to front.

I know quite a few men that also prefer to hang tp in the improper under hand fashion.

My boyfriend does this! As a woman, it drives me crazy.

That's the RIGHT way to hang it.  When it's hung overhand, particularly if it's one of those enormous rolls in a public restroom, it can be a bitch to unroll some.  With underhand, gravity comes into play and makes it much easier. 

/SCIENCE!

Huh? Is gravity stronger at the front of the roll? I must have missed that during science class. 

For the record I have never had a problem unrolling tp overhand (unless you count the factory sealing the tp to itself and hiding the seam - spin round and round and never find a spot to tear!). 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7828 on: April 21, 2015, 02:56:28 PM »
All I could see there was that the cavewoman (because it's always the woman) had hung the toilet roll back to front.

I know quite a few men that also prefer to hang tp in the improper under hand fashion.

My boyfriend does this! As a woman, it drives me crazy.

That's the RIGHT way to hang it.  When it's hung overhand, particularly if it's one of those enormous rolls in a public restroom, it can be a bitch to unroll some.  With underhand, gravity comes into play and makes it much easier. 

/SCIENCE!

Huh? Is gravity stronger at the front of the roll? I must have missed that during science class. 

For the record I have never had a problem unrolling tp overhand (unless you count the factory sealing the tp to itself and hiding the seam - spin round and round and never find a spot to tear!).

Hanging it underhand is also an effective way to prevent the roll from being undone all the way by cats, if you have one:

http://www.reddit.com/r/funny/comments/2m48ol/why_i_insist_on_hanging_the_toilet_paper_the/

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7829 on: April 21, 2015, 03:11:01 PM »
Haha. Reminds me of the time one of our friends was complaining about her car riding rough in high school, so we asked her how long it had been since she changed the air in her tires. We actually convinced her to take it to a tire shop and request that they change the air, which they (for some reason?) actually did. She was convinced that it was riding much smoother afterwards.
Maybe the pressure was off and they corrected it.

Maybe the just took the car, went on a smoke break, and then came back and told her that they did something. It was all a placebo effect.

Maybe they replaced the atmospheric air with nitrogen, which is actually a thing people do

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7830 on: April 21, 2015, 03:15:42 PM »
Three reasons for underhand: cats, babies, and holder below seat-level. (I was surprised when I discovered that last one, but it's true.)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7831 on: April 21, 2015, 03:16:50 PM »
Hanging it underhand is also an effective way to prevent the roll from being undone all the way by cats, if you have one:

http://www.reddit.com/r/funny/comments/2m48ol/why_i_insist_on_hanging_the_toilet_paper_the/

I've lived with a lot of different cats and never had one that did that.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7832 on: April 21, 2015, 03:59:34 PM »
Unlike Pooperman I feel naked without wearing a watch; with few exceptions I've worn a watch every day since the fourth grade.

I'm the same way Mandalay.  It feels so strange without my watch on.  I put it on first thing in the morning and only take it off right before bed.  However, one of my early FIRE goals is to ditch the watch.  Some slight symbolism that I don't care what time it is anymore.  Maybe add that to your list.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7833 on: April 21, 2015, 07:17:06 PM »
All I could see there was that the cavewoman (because it's always the woman) had hung the toilet roll back to front.

I know quite a few men that also prefer to hang tp in the improper under hand fashion.

My boyfriend does this! As a woman, it drives me crazy.

That's the RIGHT way to hang it.  When it's hung overhand, particularly if it's one of those enormous rolls in a public restroom, it can be a bitch to unroll some.  With underhand, gravity comes into play and makes it much easier. 

/SCIENCE!

Huh? Is gravity stronger at the front of the roll? I must have missed that during science class. 

For the record I have never had a problem unrolling tp overhand (unless you count the factory sealing the tp to itself and hiding the seam - spin round and round and never find a spot to tear!).

Hanging it underhand is also an effective way to prevent the roll from being undone all the way by cats, if you have one:

http://www.reddit.com/r/funny/comments/2m48ol/why_i_insist_on_hanging_the_toilet_paper_the/

Count me amongst the overhand ranks. Also, count me amongst the ranks that curses gravity. #thinklikehomer

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7834 on: April 21, 2015, 07:46:42 PM »
I talked to my coworkers about my grand plans for FIRE on Friday.

Not well received. First it was shock and ridicule, and then it quickly moved to angry outbursts from a couple of them. I kept cool and explained my plan, even broke down my current budget and how I expect to cover healthcare and a kid in the future.

After waaaay too long not doing work, I actually had tacit support from a couple and outright support from a couple more. Not bad. Today the guy in the cube next to me told me he was going through his credit card statements over the weekend to figure out where all of his money was going. I made him think! :D

What made you decide to talk with your colleagues about it? Is FIRE imminent for you? If so, great job getting there so young!

I think people would like at me like I'd sprouted a second head if I told them when I will hopefully be FIRE.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7835 on: April 21, 2015, 08:10:01 PM »
Hanging it underhand is also an effective way to prevent the roll from being undone all the way by cats, if you have one:

http://www.reddit.com/r/funny/comments/2m48ol/why_i_insist_on_hanging_the_toilet_paper_the/

I've lived with a lot of different cats and never had one that did that.

Yea me either.  All of the cats I have lived with over the years were smart too, and if they wanted to unroll the tp I have absolutely no doubt they could figure it out despite the you installing it backwards.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7836 on: April 21, 2015, 08:25:35 PM »
All I could see there was that the cavewoman (because it's always the woman) had hung the toilet roll back to front.

I know quite a few men that also prefer to hang tp in the improper under hand fashion.

My boyfriend does this! As a woman, it drives me crazy.

That's the RIGHT way to hang it.  When it's hung overhand, particularly if it's one of those enormous rolls in a public restroom, it can be a bitch to unroll some.  With underhand, gravity comes into play and makes it much easier. 

/SCIENCE!

Huh? Is gravity stronger at the front of the roll? I must have missed that during science class. 

For the record I have never had a problem unrolling tp overhand (unless you count the factory sealing the tp to itself and hiding the seam - spin round and round and never find a spot to tear!).

Hanging it underhand is also an effective way to prevent the roll from being undone all the way by cats, if you have one:

http://www.reddit.com/r/funny/comments/2m48ol/why_i_insist_on_hanging_the_toilet_paper_the/

1.  A better solution is to close the bathroom door.
2.  Or shoot the cat with vinegar whenever they think about doing that.
3.  If they keep doing that... get rid of the cat.
4.  If it comes back drive it further away.
5.  If it comes back again.... this gets graphic(I'm obviously more of a dog fan :). )

So my big question... the roll is the same, it is just positioned on the hanger in an opposite fashion.  Its the same roll, the same paper, and the same hanger.  It just looks different from your perspective.  So WTF does that have to do with gravity?   

I actually didn't realize how I had it positioned.  I had to check.  Its the backwards way apparently.  I don't really pay attention.  I just put the roll on the stick and I dedicate my brain power to more important things.  Except tonight... you guys made me waste brain cells on this..... ;)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7837 on: April 22, 2015, 01:51:09 AM »
This is from years ago but I was thinking about it today as I plan my travels. I used to work at a fancy schmancy several hundred dollar a night five star hotel. One day I was informed that a guy was bringing his girlfriend in and had planned a surprise dinner up in their suite and a marriage proposal. Extravagent things had been planned, I can't remember much except lots of flowers and a limo. Now I was puzzled why anyone would think a characterless hotel room romantic but to each their own.

I happened to be the person to check them in. They were surprisingly young, barely out of high school. The guy hands over his credit card and I deduct the required deposit, which is something like two nights stay. Because the guy had handed over a debit card it would hold the money directly from his account. The card was declined. Now this was an awkward situation. Our hotel always tries to go above and beyond for our guests, especially when they are planning things such as proposals, telling the guy he was dead broke in front of his intended fiancée wasn't quite the thing. I politely informed them that there was something wrong with our machine and went out back to ask my manager what I should do. She told me to lower the amount to be deducted to one nights stay. Again the card declined. Again I asked my manager what to do, eventually after much declining we charged an amount something like $70. My manager had decided that we would rather risk non payment by the guy who couldn't afford a hotel room, let alone an extravagent proposal and marriage. The whole incident left me amazed and I was a spendy pants myself at the time.

I don't know how the proposal went or if the girlfriend had any idea he was dead broke despite his extravagance. I was hoping she would decline since he was clearly short a few marbles.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7838 on: April 22, 2015, 05:04:50 AM »
I have a coworker who wants to make a career change (because she thinks that despite being trained for basically nothing she should be able to make more than $14 per hour and have standard 9-5 hours, but I digress). She wants to do (A), which would require a training course costing $800. But she doesn't have $800 (because she doesn't make much and fritters what she does make away on useless crap). So instead she is planning to do (B), which is in the same general field but would require a year or two of school, and presumably the attendant student loans. She thinks the job market for Bs is pretty good but hasn't really looked into it. She thinks she'd probably be able to get out of some of the course work because she has part of a degree in a closely related field, but isn't sure.

Note that we receive at least 15 emails a week begging people to go to other locations to work overtime shifts. She does work two other jobs very part-time, and I'm not sure about the pay for one of them, but if she's willing to pull in a bit of overtime she could have that $800 pretty fast.

I would point this out to her, and I'm pretty sure her boss already tried to, but you can't tell this person anything that doesn't match with what she already thinks.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7839 on: April 22, 2015, 06:13:25 AM »
Hanging it underhand is also an effective way to prevent the roll from being undone all the way by cats, if you have one:

http://www.reddit.com/r/funny/comments/2m48ol/why_i_insist_on_hanging_the_toilet_paper_the/

I've lived with a lot of different cats and never had one that did that.

Me, too, but I've had only one who did it.  It was super freaking annoying. That cured me of my mania that the TP had to be loaded overhand.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7840 on: April 22, 2015, 06:37:47 AM »
Hanging it underhand is also an effective way to prevent the roll from being undone all the way by cats, if you have one:

http://www.reddit.com/r/funny/comments/2m48ol/why_i_insist_on_hanging_the_toilet_paper_the/

I've lived with a lot of different cats and never had one that did that.

Me, too, but I've had only one who did it.  It was super freaking annoying. That cured me of my mania that the TP had to be loaded overhand.

Our DOG actually does this, but only when we're not home. We started crating her instead of just putting her in the bathroom (she was also eating the shower curtain, baseboards, and anything else she could find) so that solved that problem, and we still get to have the TP facing overhand like normal humans ;)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7841 on: April 22, 2015, 06:43:02 AM »
This is from years ago but I was thinking about it today as I plan my travels. I used to work at a fancy schmancy several hundred dollar a night five star hotel. One day I was informed that a guy was bringing his girlfriend in and had planned a surprise dinner up in their suite and a marriage proposal. Extravagent things had been planned, I can't remember much except lots of flowers and a limo. Now I was puzzled why anyone would think a characterless hotel room romantic but to each their own.

I happened to be the person to check them in. They were surprisingly young, barely out of high school. The guy hands over his credit card and I deduct the required deposit, which is something like two nights stay. Because the guy had handed over a debit card it would hold the money directly from his account. The card was declined. Now this was an awkward situation. Our hotel always tries to go above and beyond for our guests, especially when they are planning things such as proposals, telling the guy he was dead broke in front of his intended fiancée wasn't quite the thing. I politely informed them that there was something wrong with our machine and went out back to ask my manager what I should do. She told me to lower the amount to be deducted to one nights stay. Again the card declined. Again I asked my manager what to do, eventually after much declining we charged an amount something like $70. My manager had decided that we would rather risk non payment by the guy who couldn't afford a hotel room, let alone an extravagent proposal and marriage. The whole incident left me amazed and I was a spendy pants myself at the time.

I don't know how the proposal went or if the girlfriend had any idea he was dead broke despite his extravagance. I was hoping she would decline since he was clearly short a few marbles.

Your hotel was borderline complicit in fraud.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7842 on: April 22, 2015, 07:15:39 AM »
This is from years ago but I was thinking about it today as I plan my travels. I used to work at a fancy schmancy several hundred dollar a night five star hotel. One day I was informed that a guy was bringing his girlfriend in and had planned a surprise dinner up in their suite and a marriage proposal. Extravagent things had been planned, I can't remember much except lots of flowers and a limo. Now I was puzzled why anyone would think a characterless hotel room romantic but to each their own.

I happened to be the person to check them in. They were surprisingly young, barely out of high school. The guy hands over his credit card and I deduct the required deposit, which is something like two nights stay. Because the guy had handed over a debit card it would hold the money directly from his account. The card was declined. Now this was an awkward situation. Our hotel always tries to go above and beyond for our guests, especially when they are planning things such as proposals, telling the guy he was dead broke in front of his intended fiancée wasn't quite the thing. I politely informed them that there was something wrong with our machine and went out back to ask my manager what I should do. She told me to lower the amount to be deducted to one nights stay. Again the card declined. Again I asked my manager what to do, eventually after much declining we charged an amount something like $70. My manager had decided that we would rather risk non payment by the guy who couldn't afford a hotel room, let alone an extravagent proposal and marriage. The whole incident left me amazed and I was a spendy pants myself at the time.

I don't know how the proposal went or if the girlfriend had any idea he was dead broke despite his extravagance. I was hoping she would decline since he was clearly short a few marbles.

Your hotel was borderline complicit in fraud.

I think all such businesses are. They take truckloads of your money so that you can feel rich and special when in reality it's about as realistic as the faux neo renaissance furniture. Five star hotels are a fantasy. 90% of people stay in them not for the convenience but for the fantasy that they're someone else when they're there. It was always the poorest people who spent the most. In fact the housekeeping staff regularly told me about their trips to Europe where they would spend 40k. These people only earned about 35k at the time! Made me wonder if half our clients were housekeeping staff from Europe.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7843 on: April 22, 2015, 08:39:26 AM »

1.  A better solution is to close the bathroom door.
2.  Or shoot the cat with vinegar whenever they think about doing that.
3.  If they keep doing that... get rid of the cat.
4.  If it comes back drive it further away.
5.  If it comes back again.... this gets graphic(I'm obviously more of a dog fan :). )


You've just dredged up memories of a short film from my childhood.  Here it is: https://www.nfb.ca/film/the-cat-came-back

When I was growing up, we had several cats. None of them would leave the TP alone if you hung it overhand. 

Now days, it's my daughter who does the playing with the TP roll, and for whatever reason she always spins it so it drops the paper if it's hung overhand, so we've gone back to underhandedness.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7844 on: April 22, 2015, 08:53:04 AM »
All I could see there was that the cavewoman (because it's always the woman) had hung the toilet roll back to front.

I know quite a few men that also prefer to hang tp in the improper under hand fashion.

My boyfriend does this! As a woman, it drives me crazy.

That's the RIGHT way to hang it.  When it's hung overhand, particularly if it's one of those enormous rolls in a public restroom, it can be a bitch to unroll some.  With underhand, gravity comes into play and makes it much easier. 

/SCIENCE!

Huh? Is gravity stronger at the front of the roll? I must have missed that during science class. 

For the record I have never had a problem unrolling tp overhand (unless you count the factory sealing the tp to itself and hiding the seam - spin round and round and never find a spot to tear!).

Hanging it underhand is also an effective way to prevent the roll from being undone all the way by cats, if you have one:

http://www.reddit.com/r/funny/comments/2m48ol/why_i_insist_on_hanging_the_toilet_paper_the/

I'm sorry, but the inventor says you are incorrect: http://www.today.com/home/toilet-paper-over-or-under-debate-resolved-1891-patent-t9776

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7845 on: April 22, 2015, 09:40:36 AM »
This is from years ago but I was thinking about it today as I plan my travels. I used to work at a fancy schmancy several hundred dollar a night five star hotel. One day I was informed that a guy was bringing his girlfriend in and had planned a surprise dinner up in their suite and a marriage proposal. Extravagent things had been planned, I can't remember much except lots of flowers and a limo. Now I was puzzled why anyone would think a characterless hotel room romantic but to each their own.

I happened to be the person to check them in. They were surprisingly young, barely out of high school. The guy hands over his credit card and I deduct the required deposit, which is something like two nights stay. Because the guy had handed over a debit card it would hold the money directly from his account. The card was declined. Now this was an awkward situation. Our hotel always tries to go above and beyond for our guests, especially when they are planning things such as proposals, telling the guy he was dead broke in front of his intended fiancée wasn't quite the thing. I politely informed them that there was something wrong with our machine and went out back to ask my manager what I should do. She told me to lower the amount to be deducted to one nights stay. Again the card declined. Again I asked my manager what to do, eventually after much declining we charged an amount something like $70. My manager had decided that we would rather risk non payment by the guy who couldn't afford a hotel room, let alone an extravagent proposal and marriage. The whole incident left me amazed and I was a spendy pants myself at the time.

I don't know how the proposal went or if the girlfriend had any idea he was dead broke despite his extravagance. I was hoping she would decline since he was clearly short a few marbles.

Your hotel was borderline complicit in fraud.

How is that fraud?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7846 on: April 22, 2015, 09:48:23 AM »
This is from years ago but I was thinking about it today as I plan my travels. I used to work at a fancy schmancy several hundred dollar a night five star hotel. One day I was informed that a guy was bringing his girlfriend in and had planned a surprise dinner up in their suite and a marriage proposal. Extravagent things had been planned, I can't remember much except lots of flowers and a limo. Now I was puzzled why anyone would think a characterless hotel room romantic but to each their own.

I happened to be the person to check them in. They were surprisingly young, barely out of high school. The guy hands over his credit card and I deduct the required deposit, which is something like two nights stay. Because the guy had handed over a debit card it would hold the money directly from his account. The card was declined. Now this was an awkward situation. Our hotel always tries to go above and beyond for our guests, especially when they are planning things such as proposals, telling the guy he was dead broke in front of his intended fiancée wasn't quite the thing. I politely informed them that there was something wrong with our machine and went out back to ask my manager what I should do. She told me to lower the amount to be deducted to one nights stay. Again the card declined. Again I asked my manager what to do, eventually after much declining we charged an amount something like $70. My manager had decided that we would rather risk non payment by the guy who couldn't afford a hotel room, let alone an extravagent proposal and marriage. The whole incident left me amazed and I was a spendy pants myself at the time.

I don't know how the proposal went or if the girlfriend had any idea he was dead broke despite his extravagance. I was hoping she would decline since he was clearly short a few marbles.

Your hotel was borderline complicit in fraud.

How is that fraud?

No good deed apparently should ever go unpunished. It's comments like the fraud one that piss me off, society has become entirely too litigious. Reminds me of this guy I used to play Lightning with back during recess (it's a basketball game involving free throws). Oftentimes his balls would hit off the rim and go flying away, and since time was a factor sometimes people would pass him the ball rather than make him run after it, but if he got out he would complain about interference. So people stopped helping him, and then he would complain that people weren't helping him so finally we told him to F off and play with someone else.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7847 on: April 22, 2015, 09:53:34 AM »

1.  A better solution is to close the bathroom door.
2.  Or shoot the cat with vinegar whenever they think about doing that.
3.  If they keep doing that... get rid of the cat.
4.  If it comes back drive it further away.
5.  If it comes back again.... this gets graphic(I'm obviously more of a dog fan :). )


You've just dredged up memories of a short film from my childhood.  Here it is: https://www.nfb.ca/film/the-cat-came-back

When I was growing up, we had several cats. None of them would leave the TP alone if you hung it overhand. 

Now days, it's my daughter who does the playing with the TP roll, and for whatever reason she always spins it so it drops the paper if it's hung overhand, so we've gone back to underhandedness.

Thank you for this trip down memory lane!  I haven't seen this video in years!  It would come on during Beachcombers if I recall (and so would the... lumberjack waltz?)
Ahh, nostalgia :)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7848 on: April 22, 2015, 09:59:48 AM »
This is from years ago but I was thinking about it today as I plan my travels. I used to work at a fancy schmancy several hundred dollar a night five star hotel. One day I was informed that a guy was bringing his girlfriend in and had planned a surprise dinner up in their suite and a marriage proposal. Extravagent things had been planned, I can't remember much except lots of flowers and a limo. Now I was puzzled why anyone would think a characterless hotel room romantic but to each their own.

I happened to be the person to check them in. They were surprisingly young, barely out of high school. The guy hands over his credit card and I deduct the required deposit, which is something like two nights stay. Because the guy had handed over a debit card it would hold the money directly from his account. The card was declined. Now this was an awkward situation. Our hotel always tries to go above and beyond for our guests, especially when they are planning things such as proposals, telling the guy he was dead broke in front of his intended fiancée wasn't quite the thing. I politely informed them that there was something wrong with our machine and went out back to ask my manager what I should do. She told me to lower the amount to be deducted to one nights stay. Again the card declined. Again I asked my manager what to do, eventually after much declining we charged an amount something like $70. My manager had decided that we would rather risk non payment by the guy who couldn't afford a hotel room, let alone an extravagent proposal and marriage. The whole incident left me amazed and I was a spendy pants myself at the time.

I don't know how the proposal went or if the girlfriend had any idea he was dead broke despite his extravagance. I was hoping she would decline since he was clearly short a few marbles.

Your hotel was borderline complicit in fraud.
How is that fraud?  It's up to the GM to risk not getting paid.  I assume that GM's have some leeway on payment, and how much they charge.

For example, my school solicits donations from hotels to auction off to make money for the school.  We have several hotels that donate a night mid-week. 

This isn't that much different.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #7849 on: April 22, 2015, 10:14:20 AM »
Breaking News:

Co-worker is on the phone, talking to his Mom about Mother's Day.  Here's the current shopping list:
1. A used white ceiling fan w/Tiffany style glass light mount from Craig's List for $100, or a plain white one from Lowe's for $109.  This would be the gift for his mother.
2. For his wife, she wants a fitbit, plus they are heading over to James Avery to get her a charm bracelet w/two specific birthstone charms, and while on the phone, checked out the prices on Amazon for a large bottle of her favorite perfume, which is $80 plus shipping, so it can be shipped to his mom's house to surprise his wife.

I'm amused that the mom potentially gets a used ceiling fan, while the wife gets a consumerist crap-ton!  This from a guy who complains about money all the time, and goads his co-workers into going out with him to eat lunch every day, even though his co-workers have brought their own lunch from home.

Last week a co-worker loudly complained to another co-worker that his property taxes went up a lot.  His VALUE increased a lot, b/c we are in a hot market, but the actual increase in tax rate isn't very much.  However, our county makes it super easy to contest, and you don't even need proof, they usually will work with you and give you something off if you just file a protest.  Which you can do easily, online.

Rather than do the protest, the co-worker explained that he was going to hire a company to do it for him, which apparently will take 2/3 of the savings!  He explained that if they saved him $600, they would take $400 in return, and it was totally worth it, b/c they do all the work.  In the very next sentence, he said that he sent them his closing (HUD) statement, and pictures of the inside of the house, so that they can protest for him.  Umm, isn't that doing some of the work yourself?

He also conceded that the county already has all the data regarding sold comps, so you don't need to bring in that proof, which is true.  I fight it every year, and usually resolve it online in a matter of minutes.  Even if I do have to escalate to an in-person meeting, they are very good w/appointments, so you are in and out in 20 minutes.   I know he's not making $800 an hour!