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Things That Are Bothering You, Got You All Hibbeldy-Jibbeldy, or just downright pissed, RIGHT NOW!

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Bergdorf Goodwill, Feb 7, 2007.

  1. otc

    otc Senior member

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    Aren't you a lawyer? There's gotta be some client whose email you have to look at and thus pass the wifi expense on to!!!

    Of course its shitty that any hotel charges for that kind of stuff these days. Mcdonalds will give you free wifi with your dollar menu burger and a $500 room at the ritz still has a $9.99 wifi charge. The worst part, is that once you pay...the internet sucks. You have to go through some crappy portal to pay and get set up (good luck getting it to work right on the first try on anything besides a windows laptop) and then get some crappy internet because despite the fees, they haven't updated from their 2001 infrastructure.
    Go to a days inn with free wifi, and since they don't need some overly complicated infrastructure to make sure everyone has paid, it just works.



    I notice a few more senior people with their children in my office sometimes. They are always plenty well behaved...sitting around in their parent's office and its not like they need to shut their door or anything. And I'm sure these kids are all private-schooled urban privileged kids.

    Might be a selection bias though. If you know your kid is going to be annoying, you will figure something else out. Also, they all seem to be people who live in the city. I wouldn't be surprised if there is some fundamental difference* in parenting between someone who keeps their kids in the city (particularily in areas that are pretty demographically mixed both in age ranges and incomes) vs parents who take their kids to a posh north-shore suburb where they are surrounded by other affluent white parents. The affluent suburban high schoolers are always the most obnoxious, so I wouldn't be surprised if their 8 year olds suck too. And those kids never make it into the office since at that point, you either find day-care or work from home.

    *Excluding NYC. NYC mommies seem to have their own set of issues. But since I don't live there, I can't say whether they are representative and which neighborhoods they originate from. I can certainly point to a few areas of Chicago where the NYC-style mommies would live...
     
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  2. Harold falcon

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    Dude, be careful about things like that. This is 2013 and everyone is paranoid their kids are going to be abducted. You should not have taken the kid anywhere. And I certainly hope you were never alone with him.
     
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  3. mrjester

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    Nope, had my girlfriend and her friend (also a woman) with me the entire time. I thought about that exactly, which is why I called them over and we 3 took him to the office.

    It's possible the kid could be abducted. The odds are greater in this case since the parents didn't seem to give a shit. They were still calling for the parents over the loud speaker as we were leaving. If I saw the parents I would have given them a piece of my mind. I was bullied as a kid since I had a stutter so it hits home for me to see the kid surrounded by 8-9 other kids laughing at him.
     
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    I'm pretty sure leaving a 5 yr old unattended in a city park is a chargeable offence . I am far from a helicopter parent but that is wrong in so many ways . You did the right thing man . Sometimes you just gotta do the right thing fuck the possible shit storm
     
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  5. HRoi

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    This world does have a way of punishing those who try to do the right thing.
     
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  6. Connemara

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    My car got towed this morning. On Fridays, you cIan't park on one side of the street from 9am to noon due to street sweeping. I'm usually on my way to work by 8:30 so the opposite-sides rule didn't cross my mind when I parked last night. Of course, I sleep in on my day off and go downstairs to find the car gone.

    The worst part? The tow lot is literally one block away. 30 second walk. And it was $135.

    :fu: :fu: :fu:
     
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  7. otc

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    Sucks. Around here, you just get the standard $50 ticket and the street sweeper drives around you. And you look like an ass since your car is sitting on a pristine street surrounded buy a little pile of dirt.

    My favorite are the tows where they just move your car somewhere else. Happens sometimes around here when there are maintenance needs and they either don't have the authority to truly tow or don't have the time to post proper notice.

    They just grab the car and drag it somewhere else. Happens in the morning so there are usually spots near enough that it is workable. But I can't imagine coming out to my car, finding it gone, and realizing I have to start walking up and down every nearby street looking for my vehicle. Worst would be if you were on vacation or something...and the paper signs they put up saying that your car may be relocated have disintegrated in the rain. Bonus points if they move your car somewhere that has street cleaning coming up so you get a ticket.
     
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  8. kwilkinson

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    That happened to me in Chitown once. I was living at Ogden & Racine. Came downstairs and the car was gone! I freaked out. Found it parked one block away, no ticket, no sign, nothing. I was really weirded out until I found out it was pretty common in Chicago.
     
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    ^thats nice of you.

    I've been at a party with a ton of kids and see a kid being bullied and end up breaking it up. But then I start talking to the "bullied kid" and it turns out the kid is a total douche/tool and I end up feeling :facepalm: :lol:
     
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    I posted in the "why NYC sucks" thread about a similar situation. here its common if you're on a frequent parade/running race/movie or TV shooting area. They'll tow your car to another place a couple blocks away - but its usually in a no parking zone thats supposedly being manned by police. So you're fucked if the signs have been destroyed or lost, or you're gone long enough to where the police end up leaving.
     
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    This kid was a little weird too, he wouldn't communicate clearly (told me he had no mom or dad here, he cut himself with a sword, he punched himself [although he didn't], etc). But being bullied only makes that worse, not a way to fix it.

    It's like the blue-eyed, brown-eyed experiment (youtube that). The brown-eyed kids get told they're inferior, have to wear a collar, get less recess, no seconds at lunch. They end up acting a little more strange, depressed, do worse in school. The kid doesn't know how to act if he gets bullied by kids that won't let him get close. My stuttering got worse the more I got bullied. I couldn't even read a paragraph or tell a joke for a while. I'm pretty clear now thankfully.

    For laziness - Blue vs Brown.
     
  12. in stitches

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    i had been doing really well with not snacking on crappy junk food, but i caved today and got a raspberry lime coolatta, boston creme donut and hash browns from DD. delicious, but not feeling good about my decision.
     
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    nah I totally understand. bullying really compounds the problem and makes already weird kids weirder. I was just being insensitive.

    The sad part is seeing really bad bullying in the workplace. I've seen medical clerks (3rd year medical students at the hospital) who've been in really bad luck situations -where the residents/interns/consultants/nurses end up hating/bullying specific clerks to the point where they end up quitting altogether or taking a whole year off to let that bad juju wear off. Its like that scene in Master and Commander where the ship just piles on a shipmate who's bad luck and everyone ends up avoiding the guy and the guy ends up ending it by jumping off the ship to his death. Even the captain of the ship won't go near the guy.
     
  14. Find Finn

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    I haven't been charged for wifi at a hotel in years.



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  15. HRoi

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    American hotels are complete idiots about wifi. Their cost on the service is negligible, yet they want to charge for one day the equivalent of a month's ipad LTE usage for me.
     
  16. imatlas

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    It's called capitalism, commie.
     
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  17. otc

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    I mean...its all because of business travelers. All those extras are costless to the majority of the guests, so they get to bring in extra income without looking like they have outrageously priced rooms.

    I've actually found it particularly annoying when booking cheap rooms with Hotwire/priceline. You get dirt cheap stays in fancy hotels, because the business hotels always have a ton of vacancy on the weekend. The 3.5/4 star hotels are usually way cheaper than what you could get from a regular booking site on a lower quality hotel (and if you know what you are doing...9/10 times you can figure out exactly what hotel it is on hotwire or have an idea of what you will get from priceline)...they need to fill the vacancies but they don't want to advertise low prices and dilute the status image.

    Of course you show up at the hotel and realize that you are going to get fucked by everything. Want to use the sauna? gotta pay for the overpriced spa package. Need internet? Hope you are expensing it like the weekday guests are. Paying for those things isn't expensive, and the room total would still be cheaper and nicer than a room booked the normal way, but I can't bring myself to do it on principal. I'm just not going to pay $10-15 for internet so that I can screw around a bit before bed (I'm on vacation, probably have better things to do outside of the room most of the day). I've got service on my phone already paid for if I really want to check up on the forvm.
     
  18. HRoi

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    I do 80% of my traveling in business and it still irks me. And the higher paying biz travelers don't get a break from being nickel and dimed either. Actually it's the cheaper hotels that are more likely to offer free wifi IME.

    The only time I stopped getting charged for wifi was after I achieved status on their frequent guest programs.
     
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    Every time I'm at a hotel that charges for internet I get mad because of the charge and because fascist American cell carriers won't let us tether without paying another fee.
     
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  20. js4design

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    Bought new beach towels from Land's End last week. I got monogramming which was supposed to add 1-2 days to their arrival. Today would be 3 days later than they said for arrival. The tracking says they arrived in my city via UPS yesterday, but instead of being delivered today, they transfer it to the local post office for delivery. So because I use my office address for shipping, I won't get it until Monday. Which won't do me any good at the beach this weekend.
     

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