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Stories from NotAlwaysRight
« on: October 09, 2017, 10:25:10 AM »
You often see great Antimustachian stories on notalwaysright.com. But this has got to be the best one I've seen yet:

https://notalwaysright.com/recession-part-70/97384/

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Re: Stories from NotAlwaysRight
« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2017, 10:55:52 AM »


DW works fee collections for a law firm. Every time she hears "I'll get a lawyer and sue!" from somebody who owes them money she has to take a moment and collect herself since this person has already demonstrated an inability to pay for a lawyer in the first place.
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Re: Stories from NotAlwaysRight
« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2017, 10:59:27 AM »
That is incredible, thanks for posting!

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Re: Stories from NotAlwaysRight
« Reply #3 on: October 09, 2017, 11:04:49 AM »
Amazing, how these people actually manage to make it to adulthood.  Unfortunately, they often breed and produce multiple similar offspring

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Re: Stories from NotAlwaysRight
« Reply #4 on: October 09, 2017, 11:57:12 AM »
This sounds like a very young person who can't make good decisions. Very sad if that person is over the age of 30.

Financial literacy, financial planning and decision-making is not taught in schools but it should be.

Some people have extreme ignorance about things like this. Just as an example, I was in an auto accident and my car was totaled. The driver's insurance company sent me a check around $4,800 for the blue book value of the car, at the time of the accident (what it would have been worth if I'd traded it in). A friend of mine, and she's well over 40 years old, actually thought that the insurance company would send me a check for the amount of money I originally bought the car for, over $16,000.  I told her it didn't work that way. She was stunned. She told me I was being ripped off and they should send me the amount of money I'd spent on the car to buy it new. She didn't understand "blue book value" or any of those other terms. She didn't understand how cars depreciate in value over a period of time and are worth less than what you paid for them in the beginning. I tried to explain it to her but it was pointless. She doesn't get it.
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Re: Stories from NotAlwaysRight
« Reply #5 on: October 09, 2017, 01:12:21 PM »
I often wonder what's it feels like to be one of those people with so little understanding of how the world works.  If you don't know that cars depreciate, or that insurance pays you so you can pay for repairs, or (another NotAlwaysRight favourite) that credit cards don't automatically reload with more money, you must constantly run into baffling-to-you problems.  The world must seem to you to operate in really arbitrary ways.

Maybe the paranoid beliefs some people have are no more irrational than the world appears to them.

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Re: Stories from NotAlwaysRight
« Reply #6 on: October 09, 2017, 01:14:57 PM »
I often wonder what's it feels like to be one of those people with so little understanding of how the world works.  If you don't know that cars depreciate, or that insurance pays you so you can pay for repairs, or (another NotAlwaysRight favourite) that credit cards don't automatically reload with more money, you must constantly run into baffling-to-you problems.  The world must seem to you to operate in really arbitrary ways.

Maybe the paranoid beliefs some people have are no more irrational than the world appears to them.

Yep, this explains most of the conspiracy loving folks I know.

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Re: Stories from NotAlwaysRight
« Reply #7 on: October 09, 2017, 01:53:09 PM »
Oh no, I went down the rabbit hole:
https://notalwaysright.com/this-is-why-were-in-a-recession-part-32/79523/
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Me: “[Client], your bankruptcy has been discharged. Please come by the office to pick up the final paperwork.”

Client: “So all my debt is gone?”

Me: “Correct, sir.”

Client: “So, how long before I can get more credit cards?”

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Re: Stories from NotAlwaysRight
« Reply #8 on: October 09, 2017, 01:55:01 PM »
I've been reading that site for half an hour. Just. Can't. Stop.

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Re: Stories from NotAlwaysRight
« Reply #9 on: October 10, 2017, 06:31:36 AM »
You have to wonder how the human race made it this far...

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Re: Stories from NotAlwaysRight
« Reply #10 on: October 10, 2017, 08:29:52 AM »
I remember being young and uneducated and being on my own. The world seemed to pose insurmountable barriers.

I remember hearing advice from family or friends that I knew to be absolutely incorrect.

In 2017 with the internet and websites like MMM - there is absolutely no reason to stumble through life without a clue. I still know people who choose to remain ignorant b/c they use the internet for games and gossip, and never learning.

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Re: Stories from NotAlwaysRight
« Reply #11 on: October 10, 2017, 08:58:18 AM »
In 2017 with the internet and websites like MMM - there is absolutely no reason to stumble through life without a clue. I still know people who choose to remain ignorant b/c they use the internet for games and gossip, and never learning.

Right. It's so easy to go online and learn about something, before jumping into it.

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Re: Stories from NotAlwaysRight
« Reply #12 on: October 10, 2017, 09:54:51 AM »
While it would be fun (or horrifying) to think that there are this many idiots out there, it doesn't take an FBI profiler to figure out that a lot of these stories are way fake. Righteous fantasies. The bad guys are just too perfect, and the comeuppance is too perfectly delivered.
It seems that every site devoted to this kind of thing always devolves to a creative writing forum like this. I used to like on call Horrible Airline Stories, or something like that. The host closed it down, I think, because there were so many obvious fakes but he didn't want to remove any.

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Re: Stories from NotAlwaysRight
« Reply #13 on: October 10, 2017, 09:58:20 AM »
While it would be fun (or horrifying) to think that there are this many idiots out there, it doesn't take an FBI profiler to figure out that a lot of these stories are way fake. Righteous fantasies. The bad guys are just too perfect, and the comeuppance is too perfectly delivered.
It seems that every site devoted to this kind of thing always devolves to a creative writing forum like this. I used to like on call Horrible Airline Stories, or something like that. The host closed it down, I think, because there were so many obvious fakes but he didn't want to remove any.

On the Facebook site USARMYWTFMOMENTS, you'll get photos sent in of commander's memoranda or notes taped to a door as the only evidence something happened when it's just too easy to fake it and get people riled up.  In the comments section you'll see a lot of one-upmanship over who had it worse or did the more awesome thing.  You'll get someone respond with "I'll take shit that didn't actually happen for $500 Alex!"
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Re: Stories from NotAlwaysRight
« Reply #14 on: October 10, 2017, 10:14:22 AM »
Well, she only missed half the equation(the important half).  Insurance payments are often free money (external societal costs aside). I've been hit twice and pocketed >75% of the insurance money each time.

First time, I got backed into by a grocery truck, ruined the grill and dented the bumper. Insurance sent a check for the shop quote of ~$2300 dollars. I went to an auto body supply store, spend $350 on a new grill replaced myself, and didn't worry about the dented bumper.

Second time, my car was in a hail storm. $4500 for all the body work. Nope, I'm fine with a dimpled car, 100% to my pocket, woohoo.

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Re: Stories from NotAlwaysRight
« Reply #15 on: October 10, 2017, 11:29:50 AM »
Well, she only missed half the equation(the important half).  Insurance payments are often free money (external societal costs aside). I've been hit twice and pocketed >75% of the insurance money each time.

First time, I got backed into by a grocery truck, ruined the grill and dented the bumper. Insurance sent a check for the shop quote of ~$2300 dollars. I went to an auto body supply store, spend $350 on a new grill replaced myself, and didn't worry about the dented bumper.

Second time, my car was in a hail storm. $4500 for all the body work. Nope, I'm fine with a dimpled car, 100% to my pocket, woohoo.

This strategy works well for the buy-and-hold car drivers, of which there are many on this site. People who want to sell their cars or maintain a high trade-in value will generally get the bodywork done. I wouldn't recommend a similar approach for non-cosmetic damage such as a broken strut or severely dented wheel.
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Re: Stories from NotAlwaysRight
« Reply #16 on: October 10, 2017, 02:09:09 PM »
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(I have just ordered a meal at a fast food restaurant, and my bill comes to $4.15. I have a $5 bill and I do not want a fist full of change, so I offer the cashier a quarter and the five. She looks at me blankly.)

Cashier: “That’s too much. I just need the five.”

Me: “Can you just give me the change?”

Cashier: “I can give you change for the five. I don’t need the quarter.”

Me: “I really don’t want all that change, if you don’t mind.”

Cashier: “Uh, I don’t know if I can do that.”

Me: “Just give me a dollar and a dime.”

Cashier: “I’ll have to check with the manager about this. It doesn’t look right.”

(Summons the manager.)

Manager: “What’s the problem?”

Me: “The bill is $4.15. I gave the cashier $5.25, but she doesn’t know how to make change for it.”

Manager: “We just need the five. You get 85 cents change.”

Me: “I’d prefer to not have all that change. Just give me a dollar and a dime.”

Manager: “Listen, bud. We get scammers in here all the time. If you don’t want to pay, I’ll call the cops.”

Me: *surrenders* “That won’t be necessary. I’ll just take the change.”

Manager: “Ring him up.”

(I give the cashier $5, she gives me three quarters and a dime change. I pocket the dime and pull out my quarter.)

Me: “Can I get a dollar bill for these four quarters?”

Manager: “Sure! We can always use the quarters!”


Literally facepalmed on this one lol. Love this site.

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Re: Stories from NotAlwaysRight
« Reply #17 on: October 10, 2017, 11:47:56 PM »
Well, she only missed half the equation(the important half).  Insurance payments are often free money (external societal costs aside). I've been hit twice and pocketed >75% of the insurance money each time.

First time, I got backed into by a grocery truck, ruined the grill and dented the bumper. Insurance sent a check for the shop quote of ~$2300 dollars. I went to an auto body supply store, spend $350 on a new grill replaced myself, and didn't worry about the dented bumper.

Second time, my car was in a hail storm. $4500 for all the body work. Nope, I'm fine with a dimpled car, 100% to my pocket, woohoo.

This strategy works well for the buy-and-hold car drivers, of which there are many on this site. People who want to sell their cars or maintain a high trade-in value will generally get the bodywork done. I wouldn't recommend a similar approach for non-cosmetic damage such as a broken strut or severely dented wheel.

Yeah, obviously things that make the car unsafe would need to be fixed, but I don't know that I agree with your first point. I suppose if it's a really new/expensive car the repairs might be warranted. But for most pedestrian cars the cost of some repairs would more than offset the cost of increased resale value. Especially on older cars. For instance the car with the hail damage was worth maybe $7K, I was actually worried they might total it(though supposedly you can buy it back sometimes?). Spending $4500 to repair the hail damage would have definitely been a loss. 

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Re: Stories from NotAlwaysRight
« Reply #18 on: October 17, 2017, 09:18:52 PM »
While it would be fun (or horrifying) to think that there are this many idiots out there, it doesn't take an FBI profiler to figure out that a lot of these stories are way fake. Righteous fantasies. The bad guys are just too perfect, and the comeuppance is too perfectly delivered.
It seems that every site devoted to this kind of thing always devolves to a creative writing forum like this. I used to like on call Horrible Airline Stories, or something like that. The host closed it down, I think, because there were so many obvious fakes but he didn't want to remove any.
I don't know.  More than once I've seen situations in my job that include "perfect bad guys" and "comuppances perfectly delivered".  With all the people contributing to boards like that, plenty of true stories must exist. 

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Re: Stories from NotAlwaysRight
« Reply #19 on: October 17, 2017, 09:38:43 PM »
I know of several wonderful come-uppances for nasty and/or childish people I've worked with.  Always puts a smile on my face.

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Re: Stories from NotAlwaysRight
« Reply #20 on: October 17, 2017, 09:41:56 PM »
Literally facepalmed on this one lol. Love this site.

I get that blank "I can't math" stare all the time when I shop. It's almost an instinct at this point for me to give them the amount that will ensure I get the smallest number of coins back in change, and lots of folks at the register just give you that really dumb look when what you give them is a bit complex.

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« Reply #21 on: October 18, 2017, 08:17:17 AM »
What's crazy is that any cash register will do the math for the clerk no matter how much money you hand them.