Speaking as a cashier myself, I have to agree with that Emma058.|
Reply #721. Aug 07 10, 11:49 AM
You make a hospital appointment for 10am (crack of dawn) and you get a confirmation letter that says in giant font in the heading that you're seeing whoever it is at 10am: and somewhere in the middle of the letter, in the small print, it tells you to arrive half an hour early or 45 minutes or an hour early for registration, or an electrocardiogram, or blood tests... |
Or, in the case of haematology at Bedford Hospital, nothing; because everyone needs a blood test first and you're supposed to remember that from one visit to the next, and come an hour early without being told.
So, not only do they not remind you that your six-monthly visit to the Haematologist must always be preceded by blood tests, they also don't bother to tell you that four months ago the place where the blood tests are now done moved somewhere over the other side of the building. But it's OK - they don't tell the staff either, and everyone tells you to go back to where you started. Even someone in a green coat, clutching a tray of bottles and looking for all the world like a phlebotomist, told me to go back to where I'd started.
In an ideal world, hospital junior admin people would think how it feels to be on the receiving end of these arrangements. If we lived in an ideal world, we wouldn't know what to do with ourselves.
Reply #722. Aug 07 10, 8:14 PM
I dislike unclean people. Hygeine is one thing that I almost require to have a normal conversation with any given person.|
Reply #723. Aug 07 10, 8:36 PM
Public servants with their little book of guidelines - they don't dream of querying the sheer stupidity some contain. You just can't apply blanket rules to people like that. We're all different.|
Reply #724. Aug 07 10, 10:43 PM
When I am leaving work, people come up to the door and ask if we are closed. I say yes, and they either respond "really?" or "are you serious?"|
Reply #725. Aug 07 10, 10:51 PM
Albert Einstein once said “Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the the universe.”|
I see ample evidence of this almost every day in the medical clinic where I work.
This week's classic was the woman who phoned me to say that her husband told her that one of their many children needed a new prescription, but she couldn't remember which child and which medication, so could I please check all their files and work out which child needed the repeat prescription. For obvious reasons (how many do you want?), I refused. So she asked again!
Reply #726. Aug 08 10, 12:23 AM
MY NIECE IF YOU READ TALES OF A 4TH GRADE NOTHING DO YOU SEE HOW FUDGE ACTS THAT IS HOW MY NIECE ACTS BUT WORSE IT STINKS|
Reply #727. Aug 11 10, 3:26 PM
Most of my peeves are at work. Another one is when people are buying a bottle of water, and paying with a $100 dollar bill. It usually happens when I just open my drawer too. I know that the majority of the time they are just trying to get change for it.|
Reply #728. Aug 11 10, 4:53 PM
My head baker, whom I am supposed to respect without question since "she is managment and I am only an employee", informed me yesterday that the .5 pound in a recipe is 5 ounces. |
Reply #729. Aug 12 10, 12:46 PM
Reply #730. Aug 12 10, 10:45 PM
I've just had a jaw-dropping conversation with someone in LIDL Customer services. |
A couple of months ago, the people who distribute the leaflets decided that it's too much like hard work to push them through the letterbox and let them drop on the floor. Much easier to fold it in quarters, roll it into a little tube, and use it to prop the letterbox open. I don't want my letterbox propped open.
I've phoned, I've emailed, I've asked nicely and I've made threats. Every week, the same little tube appears, half-way through the letterbox, with sunlight behind it. Every week, I pull it out and stick it in the recycling. I no longer even bother to read it. When I rang LIDL Customer services, I spoke to a man who sounded efficient but not particularly interested: probably because he wasn't.
I have just rung LIDL Customer services again, and spoke to a charming young woman who sounded as though she knew how things worked. I told her I'd rung, emailed, asked nicely and threatened, but nobody is bothered, and I don't even look at the leaflets now, so the only thing I can do now is ask you to take my address off your your distribution address list. It's a polite alternative to sticking a note to the door.
She said she would pass my address to the distribution company. It would take between 7 and 10 working days to take effect. That's OK. I've been trying for two months without effect...
She said that some customers have rung around local distribution companies, to see which one works for LIDL. No, I am not going to ring all the local distribution companies on spec. I would be quite happy to phone them if she will tell me who they are.
Oh no, I can't tell you that, it's confidential.
Huh? (I can feel my jaw dropping.) You have my address and phone number, but their identity is ... confidential?!
"That's just the way the company operates. We don't give out names, or department phone numbers."
Excuse me, I'm just going to stick a note on my front door.
Reply #731. Aug 18 10, 8:16 AM
Want to borrow my dog for a few days,Lesley? :))
Reply #732. Aug 18 10, 8:41 AM
That one hurt my head Lesley. |
Reply #733. Aug 18 10, 8:46 AM
Yes please, Paul! |
Sorry, Rayven. Hurt mine too. Blame LIDL?
Your baker's sad remark reminded me of an equally daft remark made by a woman who used to call on me every Sunday after she'd been to church, because I needed the company. (I've never known anyone who knew so many people who needed her company.) She would never miss a service, and she was proud of her daughter who is a vicar.
One day, she happened to mention that Mary Magdalene was Jesus's mother. Wonderful! It gave me a lifetime's ammunition. "Behave, or I'll tell your daughter what you said!"
She stole my Sunday mornings for years but she doesn't call any more. How shall I express my disappointment?
Reply #734. Aug 18 10, 9:02 AM
Reply #735. Aug 18 10, 9:11 AM
OK - I'll send him down tomorrow. Just got a rather annoying postman to sort out - he keeps posting bills through my door! I'm quite sure he'll enjoy the change of diet. Don't think he's had an origami-loving junk mailer before! :))
Reply #736. Aug 18 10, 9:41 AM
This is why I keep a mailbox at the university where I taught. It's much easier to go over there once in a while than to put up with all the vagaries of mail delivery to my house. Besides, it's a short walk (to a beautiful campus), and I like purposeful exercise. :)|
Reply #737. Aug 18 10, 10:34 AM
Why not get a "no hawkers, no circulars" sign to put on the door and also get a lockable mailbox outside (am sure one of your American chums would send you a genuine US Mail one) and block off the letterbox.|
Reply #738. Aug 18 10, 12:27 PM
Good idea - I was thinking of the cheapskate version - a home-made one. Not that the "no hawkers" one would have much effect, because most of them probably don't know what it means. The "no cold-calling zone" certainly doesn't have any effect on them: they just stand on your doorstep, with their holdalls stuffed with their shoddy merchandise and the conviction that they will have something you will want to buy; disposable cloths at ten times supermarket price and half the quality, or ironing board covers that melt at the sight of an iron (no, I'm not making that up!), and they smile and greet you like an old friend who's just popped back to visit after far too long an absence. |
Companies get round the Telephone Preference Service too. The employ companies to ring from abroad, where the TPS doesn't apply. They ask if you have five minutes for a survey, which starts with charity support and goes on to mortgages and insurance and cars, and ten minutes later they're asking if you're the homeowner and how old you are and who else lives in the house and what is the total household income, which is your clue to hang up. They ask if you'd like them to update the motor insurance quote you asked them for. I did? when was that? Er... 2005.
I'd always thought that the American delivery system wasn't as good as ours, because we only have to walk to the front door to retrieve it, not all the way to the pavement. Hmmm... I wonder!
Reply #739. Aug 18 10, 1:25 PM
We've tried "No Soliciting" signs. We've tried "No Circulars". We've tried "Post No Bills". We've tried "Do Not Post Anything".|
Guess what happens? They post, post, post and ignore the signs completely. You see, they are paid to distribute these pieces of junk to people who do not want them, need them or care about them. If they don't put them on doors which have "signs" on them, it will mean they have to walk to more doors which they do not wish to do.
I am naughty. I've been known to collect them and then when I have a good amount of them, I take them to the company they advertise and stick them through their mail slot. In honor of Lesley, I now stick some of them halfway through so the slot in the door stays opens.
See, I told you I'm naughty.
Reply #740. Aug 18 10, 1:34 PM
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