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What type of meat is the cheapest?

Deer testicles, because they’re always
under a buck

*slow claps*

My own addition:

By that token, female deer meat is the most expensive, because it's a lot of doe.
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You (Or your child, if you'd prefer) are in a college class that includes a lab component. For about 4 hours a week, there is much hands on time, a lot of moving around the room and performing procedures, experiments, what have you. There is also a little bit of lecture and some models, diagrams, etc., around the room.

How would you feel if one of your classmates used their phone to record almost the entirety of the session? This includes lectures, but it also includes their interaction with the resources around the room, their own procedure, and general classroom ongoing, including any questions you ask or procedures you perform.

Are you comfortable with this? Does it matter if permission was sought first?
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You have 2 children between the ages of 5 and 10. You wake up one morning to find both of them crying. The first child is crying because the second child has been singing "Let It Go" at the top of their lungs over and over again. The second child is crying because the first child said they had a horrible singing voice (which is true, btw).

Here's the debate question: is it appropriate to drink wine for breakfast in front of your kids?

Also, do you lie to child #2 about their singing voice? Do you punish #1 for being mean? Do you ban singing? What do you do?
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Trigger warning for likely pet death.

I am moving across the country from the suburbs of Chicago to Las Vegas on Saturday. I had a lot of pet fish, and while I was able to rehome several, I decided I wanted to take nine of my favorite and more difficult to find fish with me. I had my father set up a tank on the Las Vegas end and, with the help of a local fish store (Aquatica in Tinley Park - cannot recommend them enough!) got my fish bagged up and ready to ship. For reference, the fish are individually triple bagged, with oxygen from a diver's tank in the top 1/3 of the bag. These were all packed tightly into a Styrofoam container with some cold packs for the Vegas heat. I shipped them Priority Mail Express (1 day shipping) with the US Postal Service. They were supposed to be there by 3 pm today (April 17th).

Supposed to be.

After they were not delivered, I checked the tracking. There had been no updates since they "left" the Chicago sorting facility at 9:15 pm April 16th. I called customer service and the response was essentially, "We'll start an inquiry and someone will get back to you." Shortly after hanging up with customer service I got an email saying they had been processed through the sort facility... in CHICAGO! They are still here! They never left! There has been no movement since that last email update.

So all my fish at this point are scared, hungry, and running out of air. My favorite fish out of the bunch is also the largest, which means she'll run through that air first. I have had her for at least 3 years. I'm looking at potentially nine dead pets (and I love my fish like most people love their dogs and cats).

If there are no updates tomorrow morning I am going down to the sort facility myself and attempting to save whatever fish I can.

Semi-update: Got off the phone with the express mail research department. The associate spoke to her supervisor (I wanted to be be set up with the supervisor myself, but she was on another call/busy) and I am supposed to have someone assigned to my case within a half hour. They are supposed to call me immediately once that happens. If the fish are still in the Chicago facility like tracking says they are then I will have them drive the package directly back to me. They won't give me the address of the sort facility because they don't give that information to customers. I'm putting my Google-fu to use on that one.

We'll see if any of this actually happens.

Son of Update Called again. Apparently the agent called the Las Vegas post office at noon to see if the package have arrived yet. It didn't. And then she never followed up by calling the Chicago facility to see if it had actually left yet. It's 4:30 in Chicago and 2:30 in Vegas. Granted they still have time, but these fish have been in transit now for 48 hours, which is way way too long.

I've gotta say, I'm looking forward to the day the postal service collapses and the incompetent fuckwads responsible lose their jobs. Economy be damned.

Update: the Legend Continues Called again. "They'll get back to you on Tuesday." It will have been nearly a week by then. It's been close to 72 hours already. Fish are definitely dead. To say I am upset is an understatement. If anyone knows of who I can call/contact to at least try to get something done, I'd appreciate it.

Insert witty update title here THE PACKAGE HAS SCANNED IN VEGAS. They are out of the sorting facility and hopefully on their way directly to my Dad. Will update with list of survivors, if there are any.

Update 4: Updates IN SPACE Dad just got the box. It appears everyone is alive! Praise Poseidon, it looks like they all made it. Dad's still going through the bags, so there might be a fatality I don't know about yet. Two of the bags broke from rough handling in transit, so Pearl and Shebly, my two favorites, were swimming around in the open for who knows how long.

My aquarium guy is getting a cake or pizza or something. Seriously, if you want fish and you're in the south/southeast suburbs of Chicago, check out Mario at Aquatica in Tinley. He is the reason any of them survived at all. Also they have sharks.

phase: anxious anxious

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I dunno if this'd be a "bad_service," so feel free to delete if it isn't.

So, I live in an apartment complex. It's fairly large, 604 units on the property. I've lived here for going on two years, and have had no serious issues.

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here for now: United States, Ohio, Columbus
phase: pissed off pissed off
jukebox: Melissa Etheridge "Heaven on Earth"

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From (who else?) ursulav, trying to get directions to a falcon's nest:

BOB: It's an overpass. You'd go under it, right? Except you don't. Don't go under it. There's a frontage road, right? You know how they love their frontage roads here in Texas. Go on for miles. Every on ramp is like a mile long. They love 'em.
URSULA: We've noticed.
BOB: But not this one. It's short. Up to the bridge. Which doesn't go anywhere.
TINA: Does it just...end...?
BOB: Sorta. Anyway, you take the frontage road and then you turn left and go over the bridge that doesn't go anywhere--
URSULA: *has horrifying visions of the rental car hurtling off a cliff with Tina yelling "DO YOU SEE A FALCON!?" as we plummet to our deaths*


Context is into hardcore bird-watching.
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Just letting you guys know that Hamee/Strapya.com is a site you might not want to order from. Last time I ordered from them was a few years ago, and I had no problem. The items were shipped quickly and they were really nice.


I ordered some cellphone charms from them on the 26th of March, got them a week later and really enjoyed them, but that's not the problem. The problem is they've been playing around with my baking.

On the 26th, they took out the amount: $27.34 for my order. But for some reason, it was refunded back on April 02. (I wasn't sure at first it was them until I looked deeper into it, because the name was strange. The name listed says BERITORANS for both. It just confused me as to why they would refund me). Then, today I check my account (which I'm glad I did) and it says I have an overdraft $26.72 because STRAPYA.COM randomly decided to take $27.00 from my account on the 14th of April. And I had maybe a bit less than a dollar there because I'm between pays.

So, now I'm just confused. Do I go to the bank and dispute this or what? I can't call Hamee/Strapya themselves because their website only offers a Japanese phone number. There is no email, unless I'm blind and can't find it.

Also, my friend Lilli ordered something from them back in February and never got it. They do say that they are not responsible for lost mail if you do not request the extra postage for a tracker. So, either they've declined in service since I last ordered, or something's going on. She's since taken it up with paypal since that's 14 some dollars she paid for an item she did not receive. I can't really speak for her about this, since that's the only details I know. All I can say is, I'm not ordering from them again.


Edit: Okay, so I get that the first initial charge may have been pending, hence the refund. It's just confusing to me due to the different bank names/time periods. My bad. I'm not saying they can't have their money if that's the case. I checked their website about how they do charges on a credit (my card is a visa debit, so I can use it like a credit card), but it doesn't say anything about pending charges/my bank account itsself also didn't say the charge was pending. Maybe this isn't bad service and I'm just confused, I don't know.

phase: annoyed annoyed

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I have a big birthday coming up.  I don't want to say, but let's just say it starts with a 3 and ends with a 0.  Because I never get the cake I want, I decided to go my local Baskin-Robbins to order delicious, delicious ice cream, chocolate crumble, fudge-y goodness myself.

I wanted to make sure that I ordered in with plenty of time to have them make a custom cake (the last time I got one at the last second, I had to choose blindly from their freezer & got ice cream + cake, without chocolate crumbles or fudge - even tho the server assured me it would have crumble bits in it - & the cake was terribly freezer-burned), so I called around March 15th just to ask how long ahead of time I should order a custom cake to give the store enough time to complete the order.  The gentleman on the phone (the manager, I believe) said "2-3... 4 days."  While that answer didn't give me the greatest confidence, I thought "Hey I'll give them 4 days, which is the top number he gave me, & there won't be any problem."

I went in yesterday to place my order for the party this Saturday.  When I said I wanted to order a custom cake, the young lady behind the counter went in back & brought out an older gentleman, whose voice I recognized as the same person I'd spoken to on the 15th immediately.  I repeated my reason for coming in & he said, "Oh.  No, I don't think we can possibly do that."

I was floored.  I came in within the window of time, giving him the longest amount of time he speculated the store would need despite him listing 3 different day amounts within LITERALLY 2 seconds.  I told him that I had called & he had said they would only need 4 days, which I had accommodated.  He didn't deny he was the person I had spoken to on the phone, even though, really, I was making an assumption that it was him by his voice (& the fact that he's the only older male I've ever seen working there... really one of the only men at that particular location, which I visit a lot because it's on my route from a major highway I take on the regular).  All he said was: "the woman who makes cakes came in yesterday.  We were out of cakes yesterday.  If you had come in yesterday...."

Finally, he took a coupon from the counter in order to take down my order.  He barely listened to what I wanted on the cake, didn't ask if I wanted cake & ice cream or just ice cream, assuming I wanted cake & writing down chocolate cake despite my insistence on wanting ice cream only.  I tried to order chocolate ice cream & chocolate chip mint, only to learn Baskin-Robbins custom cakes are either cake & a (limited) choice of ice cream flavors, or chocolate & vanilla ice cream with delicious crumbly chocolate fudge bits that were the whole reason for my going to Baskin-Robbins in the first place, so I ordered a 1/2 sheet "Over the Hill" cake with vanilla & chocolate ice cream.

I was so flustered by the insistence that 4 days wasn't long enough that I didn't even have him try to put "Happy Birthday" or my name on the cake.  I didn't want to continue the interaction with him any longer than I had to - it seemed like a HUGE inconvenience for him & he would much rather have me pick up a generic cake from the freezer again (he said so, in different words of course).  He said he would see what he could do & call me if there was a problem.

After talking to my Dad, I decided to call the store today & make SURE that we'd have a cake from them on Saturday.  Otherwise, we'd have to order from another Baskin-Robbins or Coldstone Creamery IMMEDIATELY so I'd get my birthday dessert of choice.  We made a plan of attack that included calling corporate if they couldn't comply with the time frame they'd specified, all of which turned out to be moot.

I got told today that they would definitely have the cake made for me, as requested, by Saturday at 4:30pm.

NOW.... let's just hope it actually is.  *Fingers crossed*

TL;DR - Manager at Baskin-Robbins tells me if I want to order a custom cake, I need to give him 4 days notice.  When I come in to order the cake, he tells me that I should have given him more time & tries to get me to take a pre-made cake from the freezer instead of getting the one I want.

Not BAD service, but still a WTF that made my blood boil for at least an hour afterwards.  It could still turn out badly too; I just won't know until Saturday after we all have dinner at a place that doesn't take reservations (even for parties of 11+ people).  I think this birthday is cursed. Just had to vent.

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I live in the Midwest where the majority of people observe the Catholic or Christian religion. When it's time for a Catholic/Christian holiday, the stores and businesses go all out to make sure their employees use the right terminology ("Merry Christmas" NOT "Happy Holidays") and, in some fashion or other, Jesus is on display visually. I have grown up here and am very used to this - I really don't get too fussed by other people's religious preferences and tune most of it out. Live and let live.

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Your child's phone is broken in the process of making a Vine. She or he thought it would be funny to get into the face of a complete stranger, who knocked the phone out of their hand.

Do you replace your child's phone? Have them earn the money to replace it? Sue the person who knocked the phone from your kid's hand? Other?
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There is a good chance that if you have facebook, this has popped up on your feed at some point.  If you have a lot of mom friends, it might have popped up a lot, but here you go...

http://www.ijreview.com/2014/04/129697-24-people-interviewed-impossible-job-paying-nothing-found-everyday/

What do you think of this video interviewing people for the position of being a mom?
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Your child is in elementary school. Your child has been classmates with another kid for a few years. You've been to a birthday party at this kid's house and you are on a first name basis with this kid's parents. They seem like nice people.

You are taking care of some stuff at the school and you notice that the kid has their 3rd or 4th black eye of the school year. It also occurs to you that your child doesn't talk about this kid much anymore and they used to be friends. This kid doesn't seem as happy this year as they were a couple years ago. You know this kid plays sports, which could explain the black eyes. The kid is also at an age where all the kids seem grumpy.

Just as you are contemplating this, the school counselor walks by. Do you mention what you've noticed or do you butt out?
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Ordered from Pizza Pizza online, husband picked it up.

His pizza was fine so I won't bother mentioning his but mine was probably a little strange but I've never had a problem before. I got a pizza with "sweet chili thai" sauce, no cheese, steak (slices, plain not BBQ), and pineapple.

I opened it up and right away it looked odd. It looked like they ran out of steak so they chopped it up super small (usually 1-1.5" thin slices, these were barely .5"), but I was like oh whatever, we ordered close to closing, so I just kinda laughed it off.

Then I started eating. The texture of the meat was weird. Usually it's a bit more chewy, not so soft, and I began to wonder if I was having an off day? (Every piece I picked off to eat to test tasted/felt like steak, so I began to doubt myself). On the second piece, I figured out it wasn't me but they had chopped up the steak small to disguise the fact they also chopped up some meatballs to make up for the steak they didn't have (why didn't they just call? I would've changed the topping! sheesh).

Except I couldn't just laugh this off this time as I'm super intolerant to garlic/onions (which is in all commercial meatball recipes ever). Like severe cramping, spend the entire night on the toilet intolerant. However, it was too late to call in (they were closed by this time), so as I waited out the pain, husband wrote an e-mail.

He got an email back (the next day) asking him to call them ASAP, he did, and they sounded super concerned (I was asleep at this time), gave us a credit for the entire order, and told us they were going to talk with the store about how you can't just substitute things like that.

So in the end good corporate service, horrible pizza maker service!

phase: nauseated nauseated

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Pretty sure this is my third or fourth post about my ongoing issues with AT&T.  Hopefully, this is the last.

Backstory, because I'm too lazy to go back and find my other entries:  AT&T has done nothing but lie to me consistantly.  My customer service from them has ranged from the absurd (like the CSR who wouldn't access my account because she insisted my name was not my name, due to an error where they'd put the prefix miss with no spaces with my first name) to the ridiculous (a rep opened me a new account trying to get me a better deal, I decided I didn't want the home phone since we were moving, it took 5 times of calling to get the account closed because everyone would tell me it was, and it wasn't).

Anyway, this started on February 7th.  I found out that the second account was still open, despite me calling in well before it was supposed to be "installed", despite getting a letter saying thanking me for installing services and calling to confirm that it was CLOSED, despite me turning a tech away, and then, I got a bill.  No.  So I called and tried AGAIN to get the new account closed.  I spoke to a rep who was really nice (I don't trust them either, because it seems like the nicer they are, the more gets screwed up), and supposedly closed the old account, and then adjusted my current account for the trouble, making my account balance "0" until March 7th, when I would have another bill generate and giving me a promotion that would have equaled $33 and change after taxes.

I called on February 21st to cancel service on the 28th.  I distinctly remember talking to a gentleman, because he kept trying to sell me on keeping my service when I moved.  It was supposed to cancel at midnight on the 1st.  My balance would still be "0" because the 7th was my billing date for the next month, when I didn't have service.

I noticed yesterday, almost 2 months later, that AT&T took $35.50 out of my bank account.  Cue more bad service from AT&T.

Guess what?  I wasn't disconnected.  At all.  The woman argued with me that the 35.50 was for my last month of service from March to April.  I said, no, because my service should have ended on February 28th with a 0 balance.  Then she disconnected the service, adjusted the account, and now the $35.50 was from February 10th through March 9th.  Again, my service should have ended the 28th, and I should have had a 0 balance.

I argued with 3. different. reps.  They all had a different story.  The one rep even tried telling me that money was from January 24th to February something.   No matter what, they couldn't refund that 35.50.  Then, I made the point that if they'd cancelled my account when they were supposed to, even if I did owe that, which I didn't, they would've have had access to my bank account to take that out.  Silence on the other end and then click.  Yep.

I called back a 4th time.  Finally got someone who was aghast about the people I'd spoken with earlier (but I don't get my hopes up when I encounter a sympathetic rep, because I find out later that they usually make things worse).  Turns out they didn't disconnect my account when I'd called earlier like they'd claimed, nor given me credit.   But this rep couldn't find notes where I'd called in in February saying I wanted to disconnect like the other reps did.  So I don't know what was up with that.  Anyway, supposedly now I'm disconnected, and I'm awaiting a $36 check in the mail.

Except I don't trust them.  At all.  So I filed a dispute with my bank, and then made sure I left a nice post on their Facebook site.  I had someone from social media contact me and had me e-mail him my info so he could look into everything, he said it would take a couple days, but I'm not holding my breath because they've gotten everything wrong over the past 2 years.
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I should note that the store in question isn't a toy store, it's a place that sells order-made furniture. But I found this really cool giraffe plushie there and decided to buy it for my friend's birthday.

The stock was in the back room, so I got in line and asked the cashier for it. He told me to wait, skipped me, and helped the next person in line. The next customer had a furniture order, the whole transaction took more than thirty minutes. In those thirty minutes the cashier barely acknowledged my existence. I had friends waiting for me outside who were (naturally) getting pretty impatient. I also have a bad leg and can't stay standing for extended periods of time. This is pretty obvious, as I am wearing a leg brace and using a crutch to support myself.

Finally after 30+ minutes, the customer finishes his transaction, the cashier turns to me and rings up the plushie without any apology. When I went to pay I slipped on my crutch and dropped 500 yen (about 5 dollars!) which went under the counter and presumably into the cashier's area. He makes absolutely no effort to pick it up, and without missing a beat, asks for full price when I bring the coin I dropped to his attention. I was pretty much fed up and wanted to get out of there so just left it at that, but really?


tl;dr It is not okay to skip customers even if the next customer has a bigger transaction. & Please don't steal money.
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So I admit I am not exactly a joy to be around right now. I'm about 8.5 months pregnant, uncomfortable, and it hasn't been an easy pregnancy.

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We live out in the country, on the outskirts of a tiny town where everyone at least knows everyone else's name, if not their life story. There's only one general store/gas station within twelve miles of us, but luckily it's only a five minute walk from our door. It's run by a very nosy husband and wife. They're mostly really nice, and it's been this way for several years. But sometimes, and I have no idea what causes it, they become very rude. Being that this is the only store within twelve miles, they know their customers aren't going anywhere else. Therefore, the concept of "quick" escapes them. If you walk in and they're watching something on the television behind the counter, they'll wait until a commercial to ring you up. If they're stocking product, it's the same story. There's not even a polite "Be with you in just a moment!" They just glance at you and go right back to what they're doing.

What really drives my boyfriend, sometimes me as well, crazy is that they lecture him when he buys cigarettes, and me, when I buy them for him. I don't smoke, so the female owner has clung onto me in hopes of getting my boyfriend to stop. It's not so much in an "I care about his well being" way, it's more of a "I've got an opinion about this and you're going to hear about it" way. Her attitudes range from simply dismissive about his cigarette purchase, to lectures about the dangers of smoking, to being silent but aggressive by slamming down his cigarettes and punching the register keys with force. The thing is, SHE CHOOSES TO SELL CIGARETTES. I don't understand how you can be so angry about selling something to someone that you have a CHOICE whether to sell them or not! SHE's the OWNER! She isn't a franchise. It's just extremely annoying, being that if he really wants cigarettes and doesn't want to deal with them he's got to drive 12+ miles.

Heaven forbid I ever decide to purchase alcohol from the closed off section of the store.
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...the opposite of wrinkly.