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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20100 on: May 04, 2018, 09:56:16 AM »
My workplace is not that extreme. We are teacher so most of us are not actually wading in money so packed lunches are standard, many people go by bike, bus or train to work and some don't even own a car.

We had a kid in the car line ask "Why do all the teacher's cars have H's on them?"

Most of the teachers bought the hot lunch though. Which is ridiculously over priced.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20101 on: May 04, 2018, 10:24:06 AM »
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20102 on: May 04, 2018, 10:49:13 AM »
My workplace is not that extreme. We are teacher so most of us are not actually wading in money so packed lunches are standard, many people go by bike, bus or train to work and some don't even own a car.

We had a kid in the car line ask "Why do all the teacher's cars have H's on them?"

Most of the teachers bought the hot lunch though. Which is ridiculously over priced.
If it's anything like my high school was, it's also either junk food or crappy food (or both).  Sure, I'd love a burger, fries, Coke, and token soggy green beans for $10.  Blech.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20103 on: May 04, 2018, 12:35:02 PM »
My workplace is not that extreme. We are teacher so most of us are not actually wading in money so packed lunches are standard, many people go by bike, bus or train to work and some don't even own a car.

We had a kid in the car line ask "Why do all the teacher's cars have H's on them?"

Most of the teachers bought the hot lunch though. Which is ridiculously over priced.
If it's anything like my high school was, it's also either junk food or crappy food (or both).  Sure, I'd love a burger, fries, Coke, and token soggy green beans for $10.  Blech.

This was elementary school, so no choices and technically nutritionally balanced. But because it didn't get a subsidy if you were an adult it cost $6. (Kids were either $2.75 or $0.40, or free).  But we only had 20 minute lunch periods, and that included walking the kids to the lunch room and picking them up; so there weren't any other options if you wanted a hot lunch. Sometimes it was hard to even be able to microwave a freezer meal if one of two microwaves was taken when you got to the lunchroom. I just brought a cold sandwich and fruit. It is something I do not miss about teaching- shoveling food down my throat and getting to the bathroom in 10 minutes.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20104 on: May 04, 2018, 10:05:14 PM »
[...Also, if you're near a big truck on the highway and see pieces of tire flying off or a wobbly-looking tire, GTF away and warn the driver if you can. The only safe place is in front of the vehicle, or with some other large object between you and it, or at least 100m behind it so you can see which direction the thrown retread goes so that you can drive around it. ...

I got to witness one catastrophic trailer-wheel failure.  Northbound on I25, truck a ways in front of me, both rolling about 80mph, when one of the trailer's rear-most, outside tires on the left blew completely.  What I had not expected was that the tire, during various services over the year or two it had lived, had taken a lot of talcum.  When it blew it ejected a whitish cloud so big it obscured the whole rig.  From the cloud, as if in slow motion, black arcuate fragments of rubber on incalculable trajectories loomed and curved.  And such was the force of the explosion that it lifted clouds of the dust that is usually impacted into the highway, making a second storm of grit.  The cloud and cloud basically occluded the truck's lane, the shoulder lane to its right, and the center lane of the highway (just left of the unit).

Well, in our family we have ophidian reflexes, and I try, as here, to keep a large space behind me as well as in front; it was easy to stay clear, and it was as well to be clear, too, since the trailer did some whipping before the driver settled it.  It is not hard to imagine how this detonation could have killed, or at least set up a pinball wizard situation. 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20105 on: May 04, 2018, 10:40:51 PM »
Overheard two co-workers talking about upgrading their cars. They've both been test driving brand new cars and are thinking of spending $21,000 or so. Both are career administrators on mediocre money, both in their 30s and both with small children. Absolutely insanely stupid. I did mention that I'd never owned a car over $5000 in my life, and that I still drive the car I bought a decade ago. They looked at me like I'd suddenly turned green. That was the end of that conversation. When I left they were justifying the whole deal to themselves by comparing warranties and finance packages.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20106 on: May 04, 2018, 10:48:18 PM »
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But we only had 20 minute lunch periods, and that included walking the kids to the lunch room and picking them up

What kind of school has a 20 minute lunch break? How many/how long are the rest of the breaks?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20107 on: May 05, 2018, 02:59:57 AM »
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But we only had 20 minute lunch periods, and that included walking the kids to the lunch room and picking them up

What kind of school has a 20 minute lunch break? How many/how long are the rest of the breaks?

The highschool I went to had a 20 minute lunch as well as 2 15-minute breaks at 10.25 and 14.35. It doesn't seem that unusual to me, but in my country there is no hot lunch. Everyone brings a sandwich from home.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20108 on: May 05, 2018, 06:15:08 AM »
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But we only had 20 minute lunch periods, and that included walking the kids to the lunch room and picking them up

What kind of school has a 20 minute lunch break? How many/how long are the rest of the breaks?
This was an elementary school. We had a 20 minute lunch, and a 30 afterniin minute recess. We had a 10 minute morning bathroom break (and also did bathroom after lunch and recess).


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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20109 on: May 05, 2018, 10:22:13 AM »
That seems utterly ridiculous to me. I can’t remember exactly what we had in HS here in the states but it was something like 45 min for lunch and we had a 30 (?) min “study hall” in the morning that was free time that you could either use to socialize or go to any classroom and ask for help on any subject. Sometimes I spent that time snacking and chatting and other times I spent it getting help with homework.
Needless to say, in France we had a 2-hour lunch break in high school.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20110 on: May 06, 2018, 05:52:53 AM »
Most high schools here have a 25 minute lunch, no breaks, 5-10 minutes to change classes, which technically allows some but not all students a chance to stop by the bathroom. Not the teachers though, as theyíre required to monitor the hallways. Most but not all teachers get a planning period sometime during the day. Unless some teacher is out sick, in which case theyíre required to cover. They also have rotating lunch duty for a couple of weeks at a time.


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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20111 on: May 06, 2018, 06:17:53 AM »
That sounds like a brutal schedule!

We had a 55 min lunch break (most people lived in-town so went home for lunch) and a 20 min break in the morning. There was no set time for changing classes, but it was generally accepted to visit the bathroom then. In exchange for our luxurious lunch break our school started at 8 AM though.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20112 on: May 06, 2018, 07:33:21 AM »
Oh, these schools start at 8:00, very occasionally 7:45 or so. Students are out shortly after 3:00, though, teachers not long after 4:00.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20113 on: May 06, 2018, 10:28:09 AM »
"No one is really ever debt free. People always have credit card payments, a car payment, and a mortgage/rent payment. It's ridiculous that you think you can get debt free."
This makes me sad for this person.
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Me too although it sounds like my coworker. I buy a car and keep it for 10-12 years. My coworkers are astonished by this. They wait desperately for pay day because they have zero cushion but by golly they lease cars like clockwork. And they lease things that LAST. Like a Honda Accord. What crazy person hands an Accord it at 3 years?

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20114 on: May 06, 2018, 10:42:02 AM »
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Me too although it sounds like my coworker. I buy a car and keep it for 10-12 years. My coworkers are astonished by this. They wait desperately for pay day because they have zero cushion but by golly they lease cars like clockwork. And they lease things that LAST. Like a Honda Accord. What crazy person hands an Accord it at 3 years?
Holy smokes, at that point, it's barely broken in!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20115 on: May 07, 2018, 03:55:58 AM »
At lunch I heard from several colleagues that they try repair things when they are broken, instead of buying something new. :-)
They also thought it was sensible to buy things second hand.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20116 on: May 07, 2018, 06:06:21 AM »
Overheard a convo last week. Guy was popping off about how he got an unlimited data plan for his family and 4 phones for $100 a month. The only thing that he complained about was having to plop down $4,000 to buy 4 iPhone X's for each one of them to get that "deal". He said he used 22gig in one month just himself.

$5,200 in one year for phones.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20117 on: May 07, 2018, 08:23:55 AM »
Overheard a convo last week. Guy was popping off about how he got an unlimited data plan for his family and 4 phones for $100 a month. The only thing that he complained about was having to plop down $4,000 to buy 4 iPhone X's for each one of them to get that "deal". He said he used 22gig in one month just himself.

$5,200 in one year for phones.

$25/mo for unlimited sounds pretty good actually

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20118 on: May 07, 2018, 08:34:22 AM »
Overheard a convo last week. Guy was popping off about how he got an unlimited data plan for his family and 4 phones for $100 a month. The only thing that he complained about was having to plop down $4,000 to buy 4 iPhone X's for each one of them to get that "deal". He said he used 22gig in one month just himself.

$5,200 in one year for phones.

$25/mo for unlimited sounds pretty good actually
Yeah, I'd say the $4000 on iPhones is the part one would be reacting to.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20119 on: May 07, 2018, 08:35:20 AM »
Overheard a convo last week. Guy was popping off about how he got an unlimited data plan for his family and 4 phones for $100 a month. The only thing that he complained about was having to plop down $4,000 to buy 4 iPhone X's for each one of them to get that "deal". He said he used 22gig in one month just himself.

$5,200 in one year for phones.

$25/mo for unlimited sounds pretty good actually

Right- except that he had to pay $4,000 in phones.

I can pay for a lot of data with my $70 phone... before I hit that.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20120 on: May 07, 2018, 09:10:54 AM »
Talking with a friend at work, complaining about student loan payments, said something along the lines of, "We make decent money, but they don't take into account we have a mortgage, we're pregnant, my husband has to pay for his stock car, they don't consider our lifestyle." 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20121 on: May 07, 2018, 09:15:44 AM »
Most high schools here have a 25 minute lunch, no breaks, 5-10 minutes to change classes, which technically allows some but not all students a chance to stop by the bathroom. Not the teachers though, as theyíre required to monitor the hallways. Most but not all teachers get a planning period sometime during the day. Unless some teacher is out sick, in which case theyíre required to cover. They also have rotating lunch duty for a couple of weeks at a time.
Yeah, this is what I remember having.  There were 3x ~25 minute lunches during one of the classes, and you got one of them.  5 minutes between classes, but it generally took at least 3 minutes to get from one class to the next.  The school was organized by pods, where each pod was a topic (science, math, etc.) so you never had two classes nearby.  If I had to go, I'd usually go to my next class, let the teacher know I'd be late, then go, but I generally didn't go during the day.  I must have been extremely dehydrated.  They didn't allow drinking anything during the class.

It sounds pretty bad now that I think about it.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20122 on: May 07, 2018, 09:17:15 AM »
Talking with a friend at work, complaining about student loan payments, said something along the lines of, "We make decent money, but they don't take into account we have a mortgage, we're pregnant, my husband has to pay for his stock car, they don't consider our lifestyle."

This was an "overheard on facebook" but I recently had someone explain that healthcare subsidies needed to take into account lifestyle, because some people have less money than their gross salary would imply because of taxes, student loans, mortgages, kids etc.  "It has to be on take home pay then get rid of obligations"

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20123 on: May 07, 2018, 09:29:47 AM »
Overheard a convo last week. Guy was popping off about how he got an unlimited data plan for his family and 4 phones for $100 a month. The only thing that he complained about was having to plop down $4,000 to buy 4 iPhone X's for each one of them to get that "deal". He said he used 22gig in one month just himself.

$5,200 in one year for phones.

$25/mo for unlimited sounds pretty good actually

Yeah, a better way to look at that is that for that year he's paying $433.33 a month for that service. After 2 years, he's effecively paying $266.66 a month. Are they going to keep these phones longer than 2 or 3 years? Most likely not.

p.s. 3 years = $211/mo!


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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20124 on: May 07, 2018, 09:45:03 AM »
My husband works for BigTechCo and they lavish their employees with benefits and perks. As an example or two, in addition to the nice salary, three free meals a day, the yearly massage credits, assistance with childcare expenses, and his new commuting bike they somehow paid for, the latest perk is a service that will fill up your gas tank while your car is parked at work. The company pays for the service fee so he only pays for the gas itself, which is slightly cheaper than the station by our house. So as utterly absurd as it sounds, he gets someone to fill his tank for him while he sits at his desk and works....

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20125 on: May 07, 2018, 09:55:35 AM »
Hope he keeps that job! There are not too many great jobs like that!

I had a great job and it had good perks but nothing like that! I was so spoiled at that job and when the division in my town was shut down I could never find another job half way as good. The several jobs I had after that were crappy. Glad to be retired.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20126 on: May 07, 2018, 09:56:44 AM »
Talking with a friend at work, complaining about student loan payments, said something along the lines of, "We make decent money, but they don't take into account we have a mortgage, we're pregnant, my husband has to pay for his stock car, they don't consider our lifestyle."

This was an "overheard on facebook" but I recently had someone explain that healthcare subsidies needed to take into account lifestyle, because some people have less money than their gross salary would imply because of taxes, student loans, mortgages, kids etc.  "It has to be on take home pay then get rid of obligations"

Hmmm...I bet if I tried hard enough, I could get my "take home pay" down to nearly zero, if you account for retirement contributions and standard tax deduction.  I should get more free stuff. 

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« Reply #20127 on: May 07, 2018, 10:41:51 AM »
Talking with a friend at work, complaining about student loan payments, said something along the lines of, "We make decent money, but they don't take into account we have a mortgage, we're pregnant, my husband has to pay for his stock car, they don't consider our lifestyle."

This was an "overheard on facebook" but I recently had someone explain that healthcare subsidies needed to take into account lifestyle, because some people have less money than their gross salary would imply because of taxes, student loans, mortgages, kids etc.  "It has to be on take home pay then get rid of obligations"

Hmmm...I bet if I tried hard enough, I could get my "take home pay" down to nearly zero, if you account for retirement contributions and standard tax deduction.  I should get more free stuff.

Might buy a bigger house with what was leftover. That way I'd qualify for more subsidies because I had no money left for healthcare.  I mean- gotta pay for that big house!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20128 on: May 07, 2018, 11:44:37 AM »
Talking with a friend at work, complaining about student loan payments, said something along the lines of, "We make decent money, but they don't take into account we have a mortgage, we're pregnant, my husband has to pay for his stock car, they don't consider our lifestyle."

This was an "overheard on facebook" but I recently had someone explain that healthcare subsidies needed to take into account lifestyle, because some people have less money than their gross salary would imply because of taxes, student loans, mortgages, kids etc.  "It has to be on take home pay then get rid of obligations"

Hmmm...I bet if I tried hard enough, I could get my "take home pay" down to nearly zero, if you account for retirement contributions and standard tax deduction.  I should get more free stuff.

Might buy a bigger house with what was leftover. That way I'd qualify for more subsidies because I had no money left for healthcare.  I mean- gotta pay for that big house!
You think car payments would count too?  If so, gotta get a nice new Corvette to put in one of my 4 garage stalls. 

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20129 on: May 07, 2018, 11:45:16 AM »
My husband works for BigTechCo and they lavish their employees with benefits and perks. As an example or two, in addition to the nice salary, three free meals a day, the yearly massage credits, assistance with childcare expenses, and his new commuting bike they somehow paid for, the latest perk is a service that will fill up your gas tank while your car is parked at work. The company pays for the service fee so he only pays for the gas itself, which is slightly cheaper than the station by our house. So as utterly absurd as it sounds, he gets someone to fill his tank for him while he sits at his desk and works....

I can do this - sort of. When I ride my ebike to work, if I want to - I can charge at work for free. So when its time to go home, I was given 40 miles of range for free while I worked. ;)

It costs my employer maybe a quarter for the electricity. I really ought to add a kill-a-watt meter to the charger the next time to see what it costs.

I want an EV car and have my employer refill that for for free. I've seen a coworker to recharges their car at work with a 120V cord. I don't know if our employer has noticed or not though.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20130 on: May 07, 2018, 12:18:50 PM »
My husband works for BigTechCo and they lavish their employees with benefits and perks. As an example or two, in addition to the nice salary, three free meals a day, the yearly massage credits, assistance with childcare expenses, and his new commuting bike they somehow paid for, the latest perk is a service that will fill up your gas tank while your car is parked at work. The company pays for the service fee so he only pays for the gas itself, which is slightly cheaper than the station by our house. So as utterly absurd as it sounds, he gets someone to fill his tank for him while he sits at his desk and works....

I can do this - sort of. When I ride my ebike to work, if I want to - I can charge at work for free. So when its time to go home, I was given 40 miles of range for free while I worked. ;)

It costs my employer maybe a quarter for the electricity. I really ought to add a kill-a-watt meter to the charger the next time to see what it costs.

I want an EV car and have my employer refill that for for free. I've seen a coworker to recharges their car at work with a 120V cord. I don't know if our employer has noticed or not though.

One of our higher-ups apparently has a Tesla, and part of his conditions for signing on was that the company would add a charging station for him.  So - now our two main locations each have 2-3 charging ports in the parking lot.  It's cool, and also kind of crazy, that they did that.  I can't decide which.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20131 on: May 07, 2018, 12:40:11 PM »
"My truck payment is $800 a month."

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20132 on: May 07, 2018, 01:05:04 PM »
"My truck payment is $800 a month."
"You get paid $800/mo to drive that stupid truck!? Awesome!"

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20133 on: May 07, 2018, 01:09:46 PM »
"My truck payment is $800 a month."
Surely the state needs to give truck payment assistance for that poor guy!!!


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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20134 on: May 07, 2018, 01:20:34 PM »
My husband works for BigTechCo and they lavish their employees with benefits and perks. As an example or two, in addition to the nice salary, three free meals a day, the yearly massage credits, assistance with childcare expenses, and his new commuting bike they somehow paid for, the latest perk is a service that will fill up your gas tank while your car is parked at work. The company pays for the service fee so he only pays for the gas itself, which is slightly cheaper than the station by our house. So as utterly absurd as it sounds, he gets someone to fill his tank for him while he sits at his desk and works....

I can do this - sort of. When I ride my ebike to work, if I want to - I can charge at work for free. So when its time to go home, I was given 40 miles of range for free while I worked. ;)

It costs my employer maybe a quarter for the electricity. I really ought to add a kill-a-watt meter to the charger the next time to see what it costs.

I want an EV car and have my employer refill that for for free. I've seen a coworker to recharges their car at work with a 120V cord. I don't know if our employer has noticed or not though.

One of our higher-ups apparently has a Tesla, and part of his conditions for signing on was that the company would add a charging station for him.  So - now our two main locations each have 2-3 charging ports in the parking lot.  It's cool, and also kind of crazy, that they did that.  I can't decide which.

Do Tesla chargers only charge Tesla, or any electric cars? Our grocery store has 4 of them, and my last employer had 8. I never saw a Tesla at my old job though. I've seen 1 at the store.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20135 on: May 07, 2018, 01:37:21 PM »
"My truck payment is $800 a month."
Surely the state needs to give truck payment assistance for that poor guy!!!

Indeed.  Also said insurance for said truck was $200/mo.  Can you imagine?  That's $12,000 per year just to OWN the vehicle - that doesn't include the cost of depreciation, or to license, drive, and maintain it.  Pretty sure adding all of that up is approaching my yearly take home pay, or more.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20136 on: May 07, 2018, 01:47:28 PM »
"My truck payment is $800 a month."
Surely the state needs to give truck payment assistance for that poor guy!!!

Indeed.  Also said insurance for said truck was $200/mo.  Can you imagine?  That's $12,000 per year just to OWN the vehicle - that doesn't include the cost of depreciation, or to license, drive, and maintain it.  Pretty sure adding all of that up is approaching my yearly take home pay, or more.

Depreciation is not in addition to car payments.

Example:
Buy a truck for $50k, put 11% down
Finance $44.5k at 3% interest for 60 months (payment of $800/month)
After five years let's say the truck is worth $25k ($25k in depreciation)
Total of five years of payments is $48k
You have a truck worth $25k that you've spent $53.5k on. Net cost is $28.5k.
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20137 on: May 07, 2018, 01:48:32 PM »
"My truck payment is $800 a month."
Surely the state needs to give truck payment assistance for that poor guy!!!

Indeed.  Also said insurance for said truck was $200/mo.  Can you imagine?  That's $12,000 per year just to OWN the vehicle - that doesn't include the cost of depreciation, or to license, drive, and maintain it.  Pretty sure adding all of that up is approaching my yearly take home pay, or more.
I know someone (related to me...) that financed a brand new $26k car in 2013.  She made less than that per year in 2013, and by 2015 was making $0/yr and remains at that salary to this day.  Others have been making the payments for the most part. (including someone that thought he was paying it off for her, but she just pocketed the money!  Whoops)  It'll be paid off this fall.  Life is grand.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20138 on: May 07, 2018, 08:21:14 PM »
Coworker came back from Wendyís today with three bags, and complaining about the fact he had to argue with the guy at the drive thru to get it packed that way. You see, he needed the salads and baked potatoes for tonightís dinner packed separately from each other, and from his lunch... itís okay, Iíd understand about paying $10 for $0.50 worth of potatoes if I had kids. I sort of(barely) get the salads (can be a pain in the ass to make for sure), but BAKED POTATOES?! really?!

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20139 on: May 07, 2018, 11:23:20 PM »
My husband works for BigTechCo and they lavish their employees with benefits and perks. As an example or two, in addition to the nice salary, three free meals a day, the yearly massage credits, assistance with childcare expenses, and his new commuting bike they somehow paid for, the latest perk is a service that will fill up your gas tank while your car is parked at work. The company pays for the service fee so he only pays for the gas itself, which is slightly cheaper than the station by our house. So as utterly absurd as it sounds, he gets someone to fill his tank for him while he sits at his desk and works....

I can do this - sort of. When I ride my ebike to work, if I want to - I can charge at work for free. So when its time to go home, I was given 40 miles of range for free while I worked. ;)

It costs my employer maybe a quarter for the electricity. I really ought to add a kill-a-watt meter to the charger the next time to see what it costs.

I want an EV car and have my employer refill that for for free. I've seen a coworker to recharges their car at work with a 120V cord. I don't know if our employer has noticed or not though.

One of our higher-ups apparently has a Tesla, and part of his conditions for signing on was that the company would add a charging station for him.  So - now our two main locations each have 2-3 charging ports in the parking lot.  It's cool, and also kind of crazy, that they did that.  I can't decide which.

Do Tesla chargers only charge Tesla, or any electric cars? Our grocery store has 4 of them, and my last employer had 8. I never saw a Tesla at my old job though. I've seen 1 at the store.

Only Teslas at the moment. Tesla has opened their patents and I think offered to license the charging to other companies, but none have excepted as far as I know.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20140 on: May 08, 2018, 05:01:55 AM »
My husband works for BigTechCo and they lavish their employees with benefits and perks. As an example or two, in addition to the nice salary, three free meals a day, the yearly massage credits, assistance with childcare expenses, and his new commuting bike they somehow paid for, the latest perk is a service that will fill up your gas tank while your car is parked at work. The company pays for the service fee so he only pays for the gas itself, which is slightly cheaper than the station by our house. So as utterly absurd as it sounds, he gets someone to fill his tank for him while he sits at his desk and works....

I can do this - sort of. When I ride my ebike to work, if I want to - I can charge at work for free. So when its time to go home, I was given 40 miles of range for free while I worked. ;)

It costs my employer maybe a quarter for the electricity. I really ought to add a kill-a-watt meter to the charger the next time to see what it costs.

I want an EV car and have my employer refill that for for free. I've seen a coworker to recharges their car at work with a 120V cord. I don't know if our employer has noticed or not though.

One of our higher-ups apparently has a Tesla, and part of his conditions for signing on was that the company would add a charging station for him.  So - now our two main locations each have 2-3 charging ports in the parking lot.  It's cool, and also kind of crazy, that they did that.  I can't decide which.

Do Tesla chargers only charge Tesla, or any electric cars? Our grocery store has 4 of them, and my last employer had 8. I never saw a Tesla at my old job though. I've seen 1 at the store.

Only Teslas at the moment. Tesla has opened their patents and I think offered to license the charging to other companies, but none have excepted as far as I know.
Depends on whether they are superchargers or destination chargers. You are correct about superchargers, but not necessarily about Tesla destination chargers. The destination chargers use the Type2 standard, which is used by Tesla and most of the European EVs (BMW, VW, etc). Some of the destination chargers have been programmed to accept only Teslas, others can charge other compatible brands. Some people also set up a normal EV charger (open standard), and slap on a Tesla sticker. Anyone can (technically) charge on those.

As to employers offering EV owners free electricity: You can't compare that to a free tank of petrol/diesel. Trickle charging through a 120V 16A cord will give you 10-15 kWh for a full day at work. Very few EV owners will charge that much at work every day, since they also charge at home, or at the shop.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20141 on: May 08, 2018, 05:32:26 AM »
Guy at work just upgraded his second car to a 60k Merc, because he and his wife no longer liked driving the car that they had.

They both catch the bus to/from the city for work, and so this is 60k for a second weekend car.

And he was excited at how 'cheap' it was. Madness.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20142 on: May 08, 2018, 05:49:20 AM »
Guy at work just upgraded his second car to a 60k Merc, because he and his wife no longer liked driving the car that they had.

They both catch the bus to/from the city for work, and so this is 60k for a second weekend car.

And he was excited at how 'cheap' it was. Madness.

My husband comes home with stories like this and asks "Do they just not know what to do with their money?!"

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20143 on: May 08, 2018, 06:15:16 AM »
Guy at work just upgraded his second car to a 60k Merc, because he and his wife no longer liked driving the car that they had.

They both catch the bus to/from the city for work, and so this is 60k for a second weekend car.

And he was excited at how 'cheap' it was. Madness.

That is real madness. I find our car that cost roughly 3000 dollars and is mainly used during the weekends to be a pure luxury item.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20144 on: May 08, 2018, 07:48:03 AM »
Coworker and I were having a discussion about how to prevent our kids from becoming super self-absorbed entitled teenagers who feel that the world (and their parents) owe them.

CW: My kid was mad at me because I got him an iPhone 6s and not the new iphoneX. Apparently everyone in his class has the iphoneX. Itís also super unfair to him that he doesnít get an allowance when everyone else gets at least $100 per week.
Me: He really needs to learn to be grateful for what he has. He needs to cultivate an attitude of appreciation. I mean, you guys live in one of the richest neighborhoods in town; itís not like heís destitute.
CW: Yes! So what do you think I should do? I need suggestions!
Me: Well, maybe find some way to let him see how blessed he is, that not everyone is able to live the way he does or has the opportunities he has. So maybe have him volunteer in a rural/inner city program this summer. But you have to do it as a family. You canít just dump him in the middle of nowhere. Otherwise itís not fair. And also, if you just make him do it and donít participate yourself, he will see that you donít really hold yourself to the same values.
CW: Thatís such a good idea! He totally needs to remember how blessed he is. And volunteering would look good on his college apps! But we canít this summer because we are going to Bali for two weeks and then to our summer house in Greece. Iíll just tell him he needs to be grateful for what he has.

Me: (face, meet palm)

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20145 on: May 08, 2018, 08:03:29 AM »
Coworker and I were having a discussion about how to prevent our kids from becoming super self-absorbed entitled teenagers who feel that the world (and their parents) owe them.

CW: My kid was mad at me because I got him an iPhone 6s and not the new iphoneX. Apparently everyone in his class has the iphoneX. Itís also super unfair to him that he doesnít get an allowance when everyone else gets at least $100 per week.
Me: He really needs to learn to be grateful for what he has. He needs to cultivate an attitude of appreciation. I mean, you guys live in one of the richest neighborhoods in town; itís not like heís destitute.
CW: Yes! So what do you think I should do? I need suggestions!
Me: Well, maybe find some way to let him see how blessed he is, that not everyone is able to live the way he does or has the opportunities he has. So maybe have him volunteer in a rural/inner city program this summer. But you have to do it as a family. You canít just dump him in the middle of nowhere. Otherwise itís not fair. And also, if you just make him do it and donít participate yourself, he will see that you donít really hold yourself to the same values.
CW: Thatís such a good idea! He totally needs to remember how blessed he is. And volunteering would look good on his college apps! But we canít this summer because we are going to Bali for two weeks and then to our summer house in Greece. Iíll just tell him he needs to be grateful for what he has.

Me: (face, meet palm)

Wait, there's teenagers in this world getting $100 WEEKLY allowances and in addition to that iPhoneX's!?!? Poor kids... I honestly feel sorry for them.

Maybe suggest your CWer that they could also do volunteering in evenings/weekends?

Edit; if they're going to Bali and Greece I guess there's plenty of areas there that can show some real-life examples of how priviledged they are ;)
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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20146 on: May 08, 2018, 08:11:57 AM »
$100 a week?!? Wowza. That's some serious allowance money right there.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20147 on: May 08, 2018, 08:44:26 AM »
Coworker came back from Wendyís today with three bags, and complaining about the fact he had to argue with the guy at the drive thru to get it packed that way. You see, he needed the salads and baked potatoes for tonightís dinner packed separately from each other, and from his lunch... itís okay, Iíd understand about paying $10 for $0.50 worth of potatoes if I had kids. I sort of(barely) get the salads (can be a pain in the ass to make for sure), but BAKED POTATOES?! really?!
yup....by the time you reheat the crappy Wendy's baked potatoes, you could have cooked fresh ones in the microwave....10lb potatoes $2 on sale....better tasting, freshly baked potatoes, priceless.

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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20148 on: May 08, 2018, 09:10:25 AM »
Coworker came back from Wendyís today with three bags, and complaining about the fact he had to argue with the guy at the drive thru to get it packed that way. You see, he needed the salads and baked potatoes for tonightís dinner packed separately from each other, and from his lunch... itís okay, Iíd understand about paying $10 for $0.50 worth of potatoes if I had kids. I sort of(barely) get the salads (can be a pain in the ass to make for sure), but BAKED POTATOES?! really?!
yup....by the time you reheat the crappy Wendy's baked potatoes, you could have cooked fresh ones in the microwave....10lb potatoes $2 on sale....better tasting, freshly baked potatoes, priceless.
"It takes forever to make a baked potato in a conventional oven.  Sometimes, I put a potato in the oven even if I don't want one.  By the  time it's done, who knows?" - Mitch Hedberg =)

Sorry, baked potato just reminded me of that joke.


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Re: Overheard at Work
« Reply #20149 on: May 08, 2018, 09:23:31 AM »
$100 a week?!? Wowza. That's some serious allowance money right there.
Yeah, holy crap.  From about age 8 until I started working (14), I think I got $5/month "allowance."  And this was if I did all my "chores."  And inflation-wise, this was 1999~2006, not 1860.