January 23rd, 2006

Soot - Spirited Away
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Am I giving bad service?

My boss gave me a long lecture the other day because there were still plates left on tables when the patrons went to pay their bill.  She said it was "very bad service" not to always, always pre-bus and that she thinks it really cuts into my tips.

I disagree.  I make 15% - 25% from day to day, so I don't think my tips are suffering.  This is just a low-end breakfast diner, nothing fancy.  One reason I don't bust my ass to pre-bus is that as a customer, I always hate it when the server asks for my plate before I'm done (it's hard not to do that)...and it always seemed like kind of a chore for us to see who's done and who's not and then hand the server all our plates.  So, as a server, if the table looks crowded and there's an obvious indication that something isn't being used, I'll offer to take it, but otherwise I let people munch.

My boss says it drives her crazy to see dirty plates on the table, however, and I don't have much of a choice in the matter now that she says she'll be "watching" me to make sure I do it "right."

What do you think?  I should add, I do try to pre-bus more on busy days when it's imperitive to save time to free up tables, but when we're not busy it makes me really uncomfortable to prey on my tables asking for things as soon as they're done with them.  But maybe you're experiences are different than mine.  Is this bad service?  Do you think servers are lazy who don't grab your plates as you're done with them and tip less because of it?

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Hey all!

I'm having a serious problem with iRiver at the moment, and am looking for some advice.

I bought a H10 5gb in August for my partner. In November, it stopped working. When it was turned on, the startup screen came on but didn't go away. We tried removing the batteries and looking for a reset button (obviously there wasn't one), but these didn't work. So, I contacted iRiver through email, and got a brief email asking me to contact the shop where I bought it. After sending it to them, they called letting us know that their technicians couldn't find anything wrong with it, so they were sending it to the distributing company in New Zealand (CR Kennedy).

After waiting a month or so, we called up Friday to see what was happening. A very, very grumpy technician informed us that there was a dent in the back of the player, which voids our warranty. He said that was it, there was nothing further to discuss from then on, refused to answer any questions, and berated us for being so careless with it. He then told us "I'm going now, I have more important calls coming in" and hung up. When we called the shop we bought it from (after around 5 minutes), we were told that they had "just gotten off the phone with the technician from CR Kennedy, and he said not to bother explaining further, he'd already done it."

The problem is, we kept it in the silicon case the entire time, my partner was incredibly careful with it, and when we examined it (looking for the recharge button), there was no dent. Furthermore, the shop where we had bought also had not found evidence of a dent (they had told us it was probably a software problem). Yet now we're being told that this is the problem, and it's all our fault. Also, CR Kennedy won't do anything for it.

This leaves me $500 out of pocket - which I can't afford anyway - with no iRiver and, because of this guy, nobody answers my questions. Is there absolutely anything I can do about this?

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Self cleaning

Cox Cable

Yesterday afternoon, our cable decided it didn't feel like working anymore and went out. So I called Cox to find out if it was an outage in the area or if something was wrong individually. Jimmily answered and when I explained the situation, she told me that they were working in our area and that was most likely the cause of the problems. She said that she should send someone out anyway, just to be sure. The soonest appointment she had, however, was not until Friday. I wasn't too happy about that, but there wasn't much I could do if they didn't have anyone available.

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Bingo the clowno

Bad Dentist

My 10 year old just lost a baby tooth last night, perfectly normal. Glad to get rid of it because it had a huge filling. He had 4 fillings in all 4 molars when he was 4 years old. Dentist said it was because he didn't floss.
And I do realize that at age 4 and before, he wasn't capable of flossing and it's actually MY fault. However, it does seem a little unusual that a 4 year old has that many cavites from not flossing when we barely eat sugar. I blame his father's soft teeth. That man has had root canals, caps, everything. And here I am, never had a cavity.
Since then, all his visits have been normal, no cavities. We just had a visit, with xrays last month. No cavities.
On both teeth that were touching the tooth that just came out are cavities. CAVITIES! Stupid dentist! I'm hunting the phone book for a NEW dentist because this is bullsh*t! If there was a way to have the insurance stop payment or make this jerk pay them back, I'd do it.
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