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    Quote Originally Posted by msollot View Post
    The TV commercials that have to point out that "six is greater than 1". Really? How many people in this country can't figure that out on their own?

    Or any commercial that says something is 300% cheaper (whatever their number is). Because people can't figure out what 1/3 means.
    I saw a TV commercial for a weight loss program that said, "Lose up to 12 pounds - guaranteed!" Seems like the only way that "guarantee" could fail would be if you lost more than 12 pounds.
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    I'm taking a class that requires a bit of typing in Spanish, so I switched to an international keyboard. It is slowly driving me mad as my quote mark button is now dedicated to accents. On the upside, people can actually read what I write in Spanish, so there is an upside.

    (Heavily edited for really bad typos.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDon View Post
    A lot of places do that with three or less customers as a way to filter out wait staff with addiction issues.
    Please explain.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Extravoice View Post
    Please explain.


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    A lot of bar restaurants started this as a way of foiling cocaine/oxy/vicodin use in their wait staff. THIS came about with the hiking of the minimum wage to $15 an hour AND the requirement for health insurance in a normally transient employment circles.

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    That sounds awfully dubious. I know any number of clean, sober, and competent people who would be hard pressed to remember that sort of stuff.

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    CJ, then you still don't want to pay them 15 an hour to wait tables if they can't float three orders in their head.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDon View Post
    CJ, then you still don't want to pay them 15 an hour to wait tables if they can't float three orders in their head.
    You also don't want to eat at a restaurant where your orders being accurately filled depends on the owner playing at social experiments with the wait staff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Noclevername View Post
    You also don't want to eat at a restaurant where your orders being accurately filled depends on the owner playing at social experiments with the wait staff.
    So trying not to go broke is now playing at social experimentation? No, the social experimentation was the people passing laws trying to make waiting tables at a Denny's a viable career choice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDon View Post
    So trying not to go broke is now playing at social experimentation? No, the social experimentation was the people passing laws trying to make waiting tables at a Denny's a viable career choice.
    Give me someone who is patient, considerate, and understands that every order is not a "number 3 with blue cheese" any day. I doubt many of the 40-somethings taking my order are making this a career by "choice."

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDon View Post
    So trying not to go broke is now playing at social experimentation?
    And they honestly think asking the waiters not to write down orders is going to save them? It's a test to see what works. Hence the term experimentation. I could also have said "crapshoot" with equal accuracy.

    ADDED: Customers won't care, if you mess up their orders all they'll remember is that you messed up their orders.
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    "Write it down " . Yes .Welcome, the food service person who writes it down. Too often , people make changes to their initial decision,
    (always an invitation to trouble ). " Oh,I didn't know they had that! Make mine that as well, only....." . We've all been there.
    It's difficult to take an order with several 'refinements' added to it. On paper, it's easy to change, with accuracy the reward.
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    Quote Originally Posted by danscope View Post
    "Write it down " . Yes .Welcome, the food service person who writes it down. Too often , people make changes to their initial decision,
    (always an invitation to trouble ). " Oh,I didn't know they had that! Make mine that as well, only....." . We've all been there.
    It's difficult to take an order with several 'refinements' added to it. On paper, it's easy to change, with accuracy the reward.
    Low effort. Low risk. High reward
    All my life I've noted -- when I got a look -- that waiters' little notepads had ruled lines and boxes for things like appetizer, main course, dessert, apertif, whatever.

    Yet, every one I ever encountered would scribble right over the whole little page with their own code for whatever it was.


    I've always wished that I could fill out a form myself, or enter the order into a terminal. Just to make sure they get it right.

    (You have no idea how difficult it is to order a chopped steak without gravy on it. It seems as if a negative mention is dangerous, as they'll think you want it.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDon View Post
    So trying not to go broke is now playing at social experimentation? No, the social experimentation was the people passing laws trying to make waiting tables at a Denny's a viable career choice.
    When I was a kid, waiting tables was something I did to get thru college. Back then, it was considered a temporary job. In today's service economy, roughly 25% of those making minimum wage are 30 or older and working at least 1 full time job.
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    And the increased minimum wage up here still doesn't bring it up to the cost of living and didn't cause the dramatic price increases alarmists insist would happen. And making sure your servers have health care and sick days helps ensure that they don't, say, shed virus all over you and your food, something I would think sensible people would support.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gillianren View Post
    And the increased minimum wage up here still doesn't bring it up to the cost of living and didn't cause the dramatic price increases alarmists insist would happen. And making sure your servers have health care and sick days helps ensure that they don't, say, shed virus all over you and your food, something I would think sensible people would support.
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    Ah yes. Those inconvenient facts ruining the conversation again.

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    I've been working at a lab bench whose anti-static system keeps insisting my wrist strap is disconnected.
    I need to get some skin moisturizer, or run up and down the stairs a few times to work up a sweat.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Extravoice View Post
    I've been working at a lab bench whose anti-static system keeps insisting my wrist strap is disconnected.
    I need to get some skin moisturizer, or run up and down the stairs a few times to work up a sweat.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Swift View Post
    You could lick your wrist.
    I will neither confirm nor deny having tried this.


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    I stumbled across a very specific and creepy painting/image of a monkey with baby bottles (including a wild headdress with a bottle in the middle) online last night. I can no longer find the thing in any search method I've tried. But now I have to purge the hundreds of OTHER creepy monkey paintings I've seen out of my mind!

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    Faulty machines telling me I'm at fault then having to go to the people who built or has been given responsibility for such faulty machines and listen to them go through a regimen of faulty prewritten menu choices which is designed to delay the customer from discovering that the faulty machine was indeed at fault. It just makes me want to don a Fawkes mask.
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    The self-checkout system at the store argues with the chip-card reader about which is supposed to do something. Can take 10 or 15 seconds for them to figure it out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DukePaul View Post
    Faulty machines telling me I'm at fault then having to go to the people who built or has been given responsibility for such faulty machines and listen to them go through a regimen of faulty prewritten menu choices which is designed to delay the customer from discovering that the faulty machine was indeed at fault. It just makes me want to don a Fawkes mask.
    It makes you want to put the machine into a machine breaker hold ......where you take an aluminum baseball bat and beat the machine
    over and over and over and over and...... ( Office Space )

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    The self-checkout system at the store argues with the chip-card reader about which is supposed to do something. Can take 10 or 15 seconds for them to figure it out.
    That should just be a network tuning issue. But if that doesn't work, I agree with danscope.

    It makes you want to put the machine into a machine breaker hold ......where you take an aluminum baseball bat and beat the machine
    over and over and over and over and...... ( Office Space )
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    Quote Originally Posted by Extravoice View Post
    I've been working at a lab bench whose anti-static system keeps insisting my wrist strap is disconnected.
    I need to get some skin moisturizer, or run up and down the stairs a few times to work up a sweat.
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    And more on topic ...

    My company just upgraded (I think) to MS Outlook on the company provided cell phones. That download went well.

    They also upgraded to a new Skype mobile version. I was told to download it from the company app store. I tried repeatedly with no success; the Install button wouldn't work. I Chatted with IT. "Did you? Did you? Did you?" "Yes. Yes. Yes." "Well, try the iTunes App Store."

    That downloaded flawlessly.
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    Me: I'll have a large coffee with room for cream.
    Starbucks Employee: It's called a Venti.
    Me: Venti is Italian for 20.
    Starbucks Employee: Yeah, it's a 20 ounce cup of coffee.
    Me: Italy has been on the metric system for like a century. I'll have a large coffee with room for cream.
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    Really trivial stuff that bugs you

    There was a ad a while back that made fun of Starbucks' sizing, referring to it as"Fretalian", for a strange mix of French and Italian.

    Edited to remove a word that the bbs thinks is offensive.

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    I don't go into coffee chains unless I'm forced to by social circumstances or an urgent need for wifi. I have no idea what anything on the menu is, or any interest in finding out. I just say, "What's the nearest thing you've got to a small white coffee?" and wait to be disappointed.
    How can they keep shifting all those expensive novelty options while not being able to actually make a decent cup of coffee?

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