Ever run into people like this...

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    1952Sniper New Member

    Aug 22, 2002
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    (1/9/03 6:36:10 pm)
    Reply Ever run into people like this...
    This week, our phones went dead and I had to contact the
    telephone repair people. They promised to be out between 8:00
    a.m. and 7:00 p.m. When I asked if they could give me a smaller
    time window, the pleasant gentleman asked, "Would you like us to
    call you before we come?" I replied that I didn't see how he
    would be able to do that since our phones weren't working. He
    also requested that we report future outages by email. (Does YOUR
    email work without a telephone line?).

    I was signing the receipt for my credit card purchase when the
    clerk noticed I had never signed my name on the back of the
    credit card. She informed me that she could not complete the
    transaction unless the card was signed. When I asked why, she
    explained that it was necessary to compare the signature I had
    just signed on the receipt. So I signed the credit card in front
    of her. She carefully compared the signature to the one I had
    just signed on the receipt. As luck would have it, they matched.

    I live in a semi-rural area. We recently had a new neighbor call
    the local township administrative office to request the removal
    of the Deer Crossing sign on our road. The reason: too many deer
    were being hit by cars and she didn't want them to cross there
    anymore. I could swear I've recently been with some of these

    My daughter went to a local Taco Bell and ordered a taco. She
    asked the person behind the counter for "minimal lettuce." He
    said he was sorry, but they only had iceberg.

    I was at the airport, checking in at the gate when an airport
    employee asked, "Has anyone put anything in your baggage without
    your knowledge?" To which I replied, "If it was without my
    knowledge, how would I know?" She smiled knowingly and nodded,
    "That's why we ask."

    The stoplight on the corner buzzes when it's safe to cross the
    street. I was crossing with a coworker of mine when she asked if
    I knew what the buzzer was for. I explained that it signals blind
    people when the light is red. Appalled, she responded, "What on
    earth are blind people doing driving?"

    At a good-bye luncheon for an old and dear coworker who is
    leaving the company due to "downsizing," our manager commented
    cheerfully, "This is fun. We should do this more often." Not a
    word was spoken. We all just looked at each other with that deer-
    in-the-headlights stare.

    I work with an individual who plugged her power strip back into
    itself and for the life of her couldn't understand why her system
    would not turn on.

    When my husband and I arrived at an automobile dealership to pick
    up our car, we were told the keys had been locked in it. We went
    to the service department and found a mechanic working feverishly
    to unlock the driver's side door. As I watched from the passenger
    side, I instinctively tried the door handle and discovered that
    it was unlocked. "Hey," I announced to the technician, "it's
    open!" To which he replied, "I know - I already got that side."


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    (1/9/03 6:44:11 pm)
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    (1/9/03 7:37:32 pm)
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    I hope 'm never going to be a character in one of those stories.

    Bob In St Louis
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    (1/9/03 8:53:36 pm)
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    1983 - I was working on a survey in Eastern Oklahoma. After a long hot day, me and the two guys I was working with went into a small restaurant in Hugo, OK. One guy I was with asked the waitress if they had any imported beers. She thought for a moment, then said "We have Budweiser and Michelob. Are any of them important enough for you?"

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    (1/9/03 9:39:50 pm)
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    Sounds like the same one I interviewed for a file clerk job, one time in Tulsa!
    "Keep Off The Ridgeline"

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    (1/9/03 10:21:30 pm)
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    (1/10/03 1:27:49 am)
    Re: Ever run into people like this...
    I never sign the back of my credit cards, I just print my name to populate the space. Why in the wide world would you sign your name so that if you lose your wallet or have it stolen, the person in possession of it can then practice your signature.
    "Life is not:easy, fair or cheap... sometimes bad things happen to good people"

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    (1/10/03 1:33:49 am)
    Re: #4 & #5
    #4 same person puts a battery powered fan on the deck of her sailboat and wonders if the sail is billowed why the boat is not moving??
    #5 Tragedy: pickup plunges off bridge: both occupants of the cab successfully swam free, but the two goobers in the bed of the truck unfortunately perished: they couldn't get the tailgat open
    "Life is not:easy, fair or cheap... sometimes bad things happen to good people"

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    (1/10/03 7:18:58 am)
    Reply People like this......
    This is a true story.

    Once when I was working on-site for a client, the firm that employed me provided me with a laptop computer so I could get into the corporate intranet. One reason was the company wanted to be able to send me e-mail (never mind the client provided me an e-mail account and I had a personal one as well).

    Well, the laptop worked for about 2 months. Then they eliminated the dial-in number they provided (in the name of security, the IT people claimed). I explained that I would no longer be able to dial-in and get my corporate e-mail. They said that wasn?t their problem. I said okay, and sent a message (from my client provided account) to my boss explaining the issue. He said it didn?t matter, since he could get me via the client account and my home account. Well I didn?t give a hoot one way or another, until about 12 months later.

    One day I got a call at home from a member of the IT team. He demanded to know why I wasn?t reading my e-mail. Apparently there were over 4200 unread messages in my inbox; 4200 messages taking up about 500Mb (this was a few years ago when 1G+ drives were a big deal) on the server and causing it to run ssssssllllooooowwwww. I carefully explained the facts to him and promised to forward him a copy of the exchange between my boss and myself.

    Then I made my big mistake. I asked ?Doesn?t the mail system have some alert device that brings to your attention that a person isn?t reading their e-mail?? His reply was ?Yes. It tracks the number of unread messages and the disk space used and at 25Mb of space it will send an e-mail to the person telling them to delete messages. I?ve been sending you e-mail for months telling you this.?

    Not knowing when to stop I said ?And when I didn?t comply and didn't respond, didn?t that suggest anything? Like, perhaps I didn?t have access to the account??

    He hung up on me.
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