April 29th, 2006

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In Ohio, we have an amusement park called Kings Island.

There is a ride called Flight Of Fear which is an indoor roller coaster that goes upside down. My boyfriend is a stocky guy, he's also 6'1. He's not fat, just what you'd call a "big guy". He has a little bit of a belly, and he's very barrel chested. He's cute and I love cuddling him. Big guys are the best.

Aaaanyway, on to my question...

When he was getting strapped in, the guy who was trying to buckle him in said he wouldn't fit. I've seen a lot bigger people get on this ride just fine. I seriously think he wasn't putting a lot of effort into it because they were about to close. This humiliated my boyfriend and he felt like shit for the rest of the day. People in line were actually confused as to why he couldn't get on. I even heard a person comment, "He's just tall, why isn't it getting on?"

I really would like to write a letter to KI. Is this pointless? If my boyfriend was too big to ride that, it's ridiculous. He's not freakishly tall, just taller. He's not morbidly obese, just stocky. I really don't know if he was actually too big, or the person trying to strap him in was just being impatient.

I'd really like to send them a letter telling them not everyone is average sized. I understand that some people are in fact too large for some rides, but my boyfriend isn't. They should accommodate a little, I feel.

I'm 5'2 and average sized and I found myself having some trouble sitting into their seats. That's complete B.S. in my opinion and the way they over-price everything, they can broaden their seats a bit. I understand it could be a safety issue, but my boyfriend isn't so large it would put others in danger. Someone of his size should be able to get on any rollercoaster.

Like I said, it could have been the employee. But if not, I'm really contemplating a letter. Even if it's meaningless, I want to get my point across.
Lake Michigan

Dear CIBA rebate people

Thank you for your kind letter informing me that I will not be getting my $60.00 rebate for purchasing two boxes of contacts at one time at my local Perle Vision place. You claim that I won't be getting it because I failed to include the UPC codes from the boxes. Pretty much all I have to say is that's bullshit. Why do I say that? Because I don't wear contacts, my 23 year old daughter does and when we knew we were going to be purchasing the contacts along with 2 pairs of EXPENSIVE glasses for myself, she scoured the ads to find the best deals. This is where your rebate offer comes in. She not only finds the rebate deal but a BOGO deal on my glasses and 1 free eye exam with one paid one. I was so pleased that she had saved me so much money I told her she could have the $60.00 rebate. Since she is unemployed she was all about that...so after also purchasing some contact solution with a rebate as well, not you guys because unlike you they honored their offer...anyway I digress...I happened to be sitting at the same table as she cut out the UPC code and very neatly taped them to her letter and request and place in the envelope. Why am I so sure I saw this you may ask, well, because she was at first going to staple them but decided it would look better taped and I went and got the tape. So now, you would like me to send you the UPC codes to honor the rebate. Well, I can't because, oh yeah...I ALREADY SENT THEM!!!!!If it were a couple of bucks I'd probably say screw it and not bother but you know my unemployed college student daughter could really use that $60.00, so please plan on hearing from me EVERY freaking day until someone in your company gets up off my $60.00. Sincerely, pissed off customer
House -- WTF?

Stop. Touching. Me.

For some inexplicable reason, I had a hankering for crappy Italian food tonight, so stopped by the local Olive Garden.

Now, I'm one of the more generous tippers I know. Even mediocre-at-best service gets a passable tip, and anything above and beyond will get 20% or more. I can't remember a time since I moved here (3 years ago) that I just didn't tip.

Today was the first time.

She got my drink wrong twice, as well as insisting on bringing me a glass of wine after I'd repeatedly declined it. She brought salad instead of soup then refused to bring me the soup I'd ordered since "dinners come with only one soup or salad, and I've already brought you your salad." The food, when it finally showed up, was cold. She took nearly 15 minutes to bring the check after I asked for it, and when it did finally show up, it was wrong -- she'd added a number of things I didn't order. But above and beyond anything else, STOP. FUCKING. TOUCHING. ME. She had her hands on my shoulder, my arm, patted my head, my back, and all but the pat on the head was after I asked her to please don't touch me, since it makes me jumpy and nervous.

I finally got fed up and asked for a manager, and she claimed they were not only not available, but not in the restaurant. At 5 in the evening on a Saturday evening. Whatever. I was fed up at that point -- I paid the check, no tip, and have her name and will give them a call Monday afternoon in an attempt to find someone with a manager's tag, or preferably, the owner.

Since when is repeatedly putting your hands all over someone after being politely asked not to acceptable?