September 25th, 2005

like to kill (menacing)

Bad/Good service at Home Depot

Today at Home Depot we too my MIL, hubby and myself to get some wood cutouts for her coffee table. (It had glass inserts but with grandkids galore we all thought wood we'd decorate and polyurethane would be much safer). We had exact measurements, found the wood very fast and then the wait began.THere was no one near the cutting saw so I found the first orange anproned employee (Joseph) and asked for help. He said he didn't work that area. No problem, can someone be paged??

exact words: Sure, go to the door back there *points down aisle to an Employees Only door* and wait, they should be out from lunch break soon.

And then he walked off. So I"m supposed to cam out a breakroom door and pounce the first person for help after I asked if a paging could be done????? WTF dude. Ok, so I ask the gentleman standing near a safety gate and he says he has to stand there until forklift guy is done. Ok, see other person (Wayne) and ask if he can page someone, explain about other two employees. He takes a walkie off his belt (like the other two people had I might add) and calls the front who issue a page overhead. First helpful person there.
So now we wait as a page finally happened, and wait and wait. After 5 minutes of nothing I use the cellphone to call 411 and get Home Depot's number. (Before you ask hubby had gone to the bathroom, MIL is using a store scooter since she's disabled, or gimped as she calls herself, and I have my cane (arthrits woohoo) since the other rider cart was broken so I can't hobble up to help desk) By this time a line had formed of people waiting for cutters. The girl who answered the phone seemed amazed I called from in the store but put me on hold to find help. Shortly thereafter Bill appears and spends another 5-10 minutes finding someone who can use the saw.
At this point a cutter is finally found after 20 minutes, 2 unhelpful employees, 3 unanswered pages and my call to the front. Now we needed one board cut into 2 2'x1' pieces. It took 3 boards to get it done right where both boards matched. Seriously, he cut the first one wrong by a quarter inch, we knew was just enough to make it not fit the table. THey don't allow rip cutting (shaving off that quarter) so he tried again. It turned out he used the larger, wrong piece to make those two so we had to do it again finally it's ok and we pay and leave.

We're definately going Lowe's next time, and yes we got compaint forms to mail into corporate. THe manager I spoke to on the phone said he'd give Joseph a talking to for what he did as well.

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Ok, so my dad is deployed in Iraq. He was surprised at how good the food was in the mess hall and the quality of snacks you could buy at the PX...
Until a few days ago.
He gets to call home every few days and today I asked him how he was doing. Usually he doesn't have much to say, but he starts going into a rant about a bag of Lay's Sour Cream and Onion chips. He opened them and noticed that they were smelling odd, but he tasted one just to be sure. The entire bag was coated with a thick layer of the flavoring that they use, and they were stale to say the least. They were inedible unless you want to shit your guts out in an hour.
So he checks the back of the bag to see what's wrong with them, and they were made in January of last year and the expiration date was in July. There was also a stamp that said "Deport" on the bag, which means that they inspected it, realized that is was shit, and sent it to a the military. But the thing that bothers me the most about the whole thing is that they were made in Texas. With some of the food over there, it tastes differently because it's produced in India or wherever. But the fact that people at home are willing to send low quality products to the people that are fighting a war that they supported pisses me off to no end.


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Ugh, I'm so pissed. About two weeks ago I was getting ready for work one morning and when I went to turn on my blow dryer it wouldn't start. I tried the reset button several times and then went to my mom's bathroom to try it. Same thing happens, I hit the reset button and nothing. Just as I'm starting to freak out that my dryer may have crapped out on me I decide to try one more outlet, I plug it into the one in my room and voila! It works. After trouble-shooting with the fuses and trying other things in the outlet my mom and I determine that both of our outlets in our bathrooms are no longer working. We rent and when we moved in the land lord provided us with the number of a handy-man we are to call if anything goes wrong.

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