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Started by Doubledecker Feb 8, 2014. 0 Replies

I hate the very widespread practice of pricing items in 9’s is an obvious attempt to fool you into thinking they are actually much cheaper than they are, and is an insult to your…Continue

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Comment by The Crafter on April 29, 2014 at 9:40

Why is that these days I cannot go into a chemist to buy over the counter medication without being asked, Is it for you? have you used it before? I went to buy some 1% hydrocortisone cream and got the third degree from the assistant and a long lecture from her on how to use it, and it could have been very embarrassing as she asked in a loud voice in front of the other customers where on my body was going to use it, luckily I always buy a tube for the summer as it good for insect bites.

Comment by stillahippie on April 29, 2014 at 22:06

I do get cheesed off by, when I get to the bank counter and have done what I need, sadly normally drawing out rather than paying in, the cashier asks brightly,

"Is there anything else I can do for you?"

This presumes I'm in my dotage to the extent I've forgotten half the reasons I came in for.

I think I'll reply next time,

"Well yes, there is, one of my shoelaces is coming a bit loose."

Camera required for reaction from cashier! 

Comment by wallers6 on May 5, 2014 at 15:50

Cold callers who call me by my christian name.

Shop assistants who don't even pretend to be helpful or smile.

People who say 'I'm good' when asked how they are.

People who pass you by & say 'Allright' when I might not be allright.

Catalouges advertising lovely clothes but have always run out of the colour you want.

Comment by stillahippie on May 6, 2014 at 22:57

I'm getting pretty cheesed off by being asked the contents of any parcel I send via Royal Mail. 

"Has it got a battery in it?"

"Has the liquid got any alcohol in it?"

"Is it ticking?"

Now this shows an amazing naivety on the minds of the Royal Mail. If I was seriously thinking of blowing them up, do they really think I'd own up to it? They even provide a crib sheet of what's banned to help would-be assassins!

All it does is delay everyone in the queue when they're subjected to Twenty Questions from the hapless staff.

It isn't even a legal requirement to ask, just a recommendation from some numbnuts in the Royal Mail....

Feel like sending myself a bottle of scotch, with a battery alarm clock in it, to wake myself they morning after drinking the scotch.


Comment by stillahippie on May 20, 2014 at 23:10

Please have a look at:

and click on the picture link to Michael Shrimpton. He's a barrister who was involved in the Intelligence Services.

He has a lot of alarming things to say, it's all serious stuff, about who really runs the country, viz the intelligence services, not the government.

You will be amazed, nay alarmed, at the informed information he imparts. Heavy stuff, well worth following his reports.


Comment by stillahippie on May 23, 2014 at 22:32

Time for my grumpy hat again.

There's just been a big bang outside, no doubt someones' birthday.

The other night there were three at 1am, like gas cylinders or car petrol tanks exploding. So what's the fun here?

My mum said, "If you lived through the Second World war, you'd never find these funny."

Dad was in the Fire Service, through breaking his leg when playing football for the AFS before wartime, and he was thus not called up for the Air Force, for whom he'd enlisted (remember this).

Dad was based in Slough, and he said he;'d gone to Coventry, Bristol, Plymouth, but he never said he'd had to go into the Blitz in London - only 16 miles away. Hmm... 

These explosions now bring nothing but sadness to me. There's nothing positive about them. I don't like the negativity that fireworks day brings to me. I look for the goodness and positivity in life.- you'll know that from my other posts on Sixtyplussurfers.

If my dad had passed the medical for the RAF, I might well not be here today. Sorry for a sad one, but I do have a serious side too, 

Comment by stillahippie on June 3, 2014 at 0:48

Oh, it's the banks again... quelle surprise!

I had some cash I needed to send someone today. I went into my bank, and asked, showing my bank 'loyalty (aka debit)' card, if they would send it straight over.


I had to pay it into my account, and then send it from there to the recipient.

This was double the amount of work, for no gain, in spite of my showing them I barked with Banclays, whoops, what a giveaway, but t'procudures had to be followed, (and sod the queue).

There was a good cartoon in Private Eye years ago, when ATMs were the new thing, One customer was saying to another,

"Well it's just like going in the bank, except you queue in the rain."

Les mos justes, as they say in you actual French...... 

Comment by stillahippie on June 3, 2014 at 0:55

And another thing.

Why do banks have 6 tills when only 2 are open? I've yet to see a bank with all the tills in use. Sometimes there's a third cashier looking hopeful of opening, until you see the repeated hand-to-mouth of the them eating their lunch, with a Sod Off attitude to the glares of the queue....


Comment by stillahippie on June 9, 2014 at 3:16

As you know, I believe in giving plaudits in equal measure to brickbats. 

I went to Tesco yesterday and the cashier had the perspicacity (okay, look it up) to open a number of their seemingly immutable (look it up again) carrier bags for her next customer whilst the existing one was bag diving for the money to pay for the transaction.

Brilliant! Her request

'Would you like help packing?' was immediately dissipated by having their bags open and goods-friendly for me.

I thanked her for her pre-emptive wisdom, whilst managing not to bring up the dictionary I had swallowed with my mushrooms on toast breakfast......

Comment by Betsie on June 9, 2014 at 17:20

I'm getting a trifle irritated by someone who thinks he's the only person who understands big words and assumes the rest of us will need to consult a dictionary.  This habit may well be discombobulating for some.  (I'll not add a patronising "look it up."

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