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#88816 - 03/19/07 05:58 PM Re: Things People Say That Drive Me Crazy [Re: NightHiker]
Susan Offline

Registered: 01/21/04
Posts: 5163
Loc: W. WA
Ever lived in Orygun or Oragun?

Once in CA, the woman ahead of me at the grocery store wrote a check and handed the checker her NM driver's license for ID, saying they're just traveling through the area. The checker frowned and said she would need to get the manager's approval on a check from a foreign country.


#88828 - 03/19/07 10:57 PM Re: Things People Say That Drive Me Crazy [Re: Susan]
Eugene Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 12/26/02
Posts: 2823
I hate when people write checks in the line, don't they know a check is the easiest thing to forge.

#88832 - 03/19/07 11:28 PM Re: Things People Say That Drive Me Crazy [Re: Susan]
benjammin Offline
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Registered: 02/06/04
Posts: 4020
Loc: Anchorage AK
Yep, or people moving to "Worshingtun", especially from the southeast.

When my oldest daughter would get upset and go off, and we had to "reset" her attitude, she would say "I'm Sorry", but in a tone and with a volume that indicated all she was sorry about was that she had to deal with us. People who end a request with "Thank You" before you've consented to perform also grate on me a bit.

Ending an email with "Regards" usually has a negative connotation these days.
The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools.
-- Herbert Spencer, English Philosopher (1820-1903)

#88850 - 03/20/07 03:31 AM Re: Things People Say That Drive Me Crazy [Re: benjammin]
Stretch Offline
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Registered: 11/27/06
Posts: 707
Loc: Alamogordo, NM
While I'm still in a raving mood....

It drives me crazy when:

- Cashiers ask "Will there be anything else today?" Just ring it up already! If there was anything else, it'd be on the counter. They ask that of the guy in front of you when you're in a hurry. He thinks a minute, then wants a lottery ticket. He can't decide which one. He's spilling change all over the counter and floor....

- People leave their cell phone on in a meeting. "I'm soooo important. I must answer each call!"

- You call a Government office and get a recorded message: "Please enter the extension of the person you wish to talk to. Or...enter 1 now for the company directory". I work for the Federal government, you'd think I might have all the inside numbers. Ha! I can;t even get ahold of my boss when I need him. It's truly a crime.

- A business phone message begins with: "Press 1 now for English.... Or press 2 now for Spanish...". I wanted Mandarin Chinese!!!! Where's that option???

- People enter a 65mph freeway ramp and try to merge at 35mph! (These are the people I want to give a PSK to)

- Sportscasters say "Tremendous effort!". They're professional football players for cryin' out loud! It's called "effort"! If a player catches the ball at the 50 yard line and, with one leap, jumps over everyone and lands in the end zone, THAT'S TREMENDOUS effort!

- You pay with your credit card at the pump and push the "Yes" button for a receipt, and the scrolling message says "Cashier has receipt".

- You take the time to write all these gripes you have about everyday life and NOBODY CARES!


#88910 - 03/20/07 05:56 PM Re: Things People Say That Drive Me Crazy [Re: Stretch]
stealthedc Offline

Registered: 02/11/07
Posts: 72
Loc: Durham NC
And speaking of the supermarket, I can't stand it when they say, "did you find everything you were looking for?".

Usually, I do, but when I don't, nothing is ever done about it. It is sort of like saying "how is it going" with the expactation that somebody will say "good" so it can be done with...

And speaking of finding everything, my personal motto for Wal-Mart (and I should trademark this. you heard it here first folks) is Wal-mart - "Everything you want, nothing you need".

I swear I can never find what I am looking for at Wal-mart, or it is always out. How hard is it to stock Sam's choice cola in the store and have a vending machine that works?

Sometimes "just in time" means never. If somebody steals it, the store thinks it is just not selling, so nothing is reordered.

Speaking of which, I can't stand it when I ask somebody in (insert any and every store here) when a product will be in and they say, "I couldn't tell you that, we get stuff in all the time". Does the manager know? Nope. Apparently that person's job now is merely to ensure that there is adequate staff that somebody can operate a cash register and somebody, somebody can handle returns and somebody can handle complaints. Often times the same person handles the last two. What this means folks is that customer service is extinct. And if it is only endangered, it is only a mirage.
EDC, Mini PSK, PSK, Fishing PSK, Diaper Bag Kit, Portable Office, Vehicle Kit (X2), 72 Hour Kit, 7 Day Kit, SIP Kit and a Kit-Kat. Oh yeah, and a FAK (X10). Now where did I put the Tums?

#89108 - 03/22/07 02:31 AM Re: Things People Say That Drive Me Crazy [Re: Susan]
MDinana Offline

Registered: 03/08/07
Posts: 2184
Loc: Deep south... Carolina
--"client" instead of "patient" A big thing right now in pretty much all of health care. If nothing else, health care doesn't get paid what they bill, so how is there a client relationship?
--Cell phones in class (or theater).
--Nucular (like someone else said)
--Telemarketers that use my first name. Who the he!! are you?? You can call me by last name, rank, "hey buddy" but not my first name.
--Know-it-all's (the fact that they speak at all is annoying)
--"Can I ask you a question?" Didn't leave me much choice there, did you?
--"pamPlet" instead of "pamFlet" (phonetic spelling of pamphlet)

Yeah, I'm grumpy.

#89202 - 03/23/07 03:34 AM Re: Things People Say That Drive Me Crazy [Re: stealthedc]
buckeye Offline
life is about the journey

Registered: 06/03/05
Posts: 152
Loc: Ohio

The one that I really dislike is when people say "The point is mute", when the usually mean "The point is moot".

Education is the best provision for old age.

I have no interest in or affiliation to any of the products or services I may mention. Should I ever, I will clearly state so.

#89211 - 03/23/07 05:30 AM Re: Things People Say That Drive Me Crazy [Re: stealthedc]
xavier01 Offline

Registered: 12/02/02
Posts: 86
Loc: Phx, AZ
I am hispanic and I love my people, but...

I hate it when one of the highest priorities of the President of Mexico is to figure out how to help his countrymen get into this country. I hate it when illegals protest more about this country than their own.

I also hate it when the phone rings and I have to get up and walk to the phone, pick it up, put the phone up to my EAR, answer with a "hello" and they then saying, "Listen..."

#89389 - 03/25/07 01:35 AM Re: Things People Say That Drive Me Crazy [Re: Eugene]
justin2006 Offline

Registered: 12/05/06
Posts: 27
Loc: New Mexico
Originally Posted By: Eugene
I hate when people write checks in the line, don't they know a check is the easiest thing to forge.

I hate it when people don't write their check before the cashier finishes ringing up their groceries and then appear shocked that they have to pay. It usually takes them an eternity to pull out their checkbook and slowly write the check in perfect cursive...

Just swipe a d*mn credit card and be done.


#89411 - 03/25/07 06:01 AM Re: Things People Say That Drive Me Crazy [Re: justin2006]
Susan Offline

Registered: 01/21/04
Posts: 5163
Loc: W. WA
That "Did you find everything you wanted" drivel has GOT to be from some $60 book written by some bozo on Madison Ave who knows a lot of theory and nothing about reality.

I work for a Native American casino whose management apparently read the same book. Mindlessly following the suggestions without thinking out the likely results, they have created The Stepford Wives of Western Washington. It's driving the customers ("guests") crazy, but management doesn't have a clue.

They've got two pet phrases that they've programmed into all the employees: Instead of responding to a "Thank you" with a perfectly reasonable "You're welcome", everyone has to respond with "My pleasure", instead.

And once you've helped someone with the tiniest problem, we're supposed to say, "Is there anything else I can help you with?" (They can't even use decent English, either.)

So, we get these busloads of people who get dropped off at the casino for four or five hours. They're trapped, because there is NOWHERE else to go, and no way to get there if there was.

So, all through their visit, they hear the same two phrases, over and over and over until they're ready to scream. Not only do they hear it when THEY say Thank You, but they hear it all around them when the other people say it.

I guess the motto here is, "We're not happy until you're unhappy".


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