May 20th, 2006

paul rudd in glasses

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I thought I'd post this for my grandmother and see if anyone has any advice.

My grandmother owns a mobile home. It's quite old - older than I am, I think, and I'm 21 - and has been in the same park for almost ten years now. When it was being moved in by the landlord and their assistants, all those years ago, the water shutoff valve was broken. The landlord, since it was his fault, promised to fix it.

Well, he never got around to it.

It started a year ago, when the front bathroom started to cave in. We found a leak - hey, pipes get old and they leak - and asked the landlord to please repair the water shutoff valve, since we couldn't turn off the water to fix the pipes without it. The man refused. The pipes went unfixed. The bathroom became ruined - floors caved in.

So my grandmother had to shut down that bathroom completely; thankfully, she had another. In November, she had a new bathtub put in and wanted to put in new faucets. AGAIN asked the landlord to install a new shutoff - he AGAIN refused. My mother offered to even buy the thing and have a plumber install it, if he would just give CONSENT to have it done. It can't be done without his say so, since it's his equipment.


That was in November. Now, six months later? The bathroom in the back is starting to leak as well; the wall between the pipes and a bedroom is caving in, as well as the floors in both rooms.

All of which could have been avoided if the landlord would have just given consent to have the shutoff valve replaced. The pipes could have been fixed, things could have been kept up. Instead, there's three partially or completely destroyed rooms.

My mother and I are both saying to go to a lawyer. Does this seem like a case worth suing for? We have plenty of pictures and the insurance report from her homeowner's insurance stating that they won't pay the claim. (I don't think it covers acts of leaky pipes or something, and the insurance adjusters just asked WHY she didn't get the pipes fixed. Which is a damn good question, really, but we couldn't do it.)

It pisses me off so much, on my grandmother's behalf.
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Grrrrrrr I frekin hate the taxi company I called today... I call at 11AM... Please send a cab at 4:45 PM going from My house to my new Job... (hooters btw, and yes I are a guy.) I start waiting for the cab at 4:30 just to be sure that they wouldn't claim I noshowed and have to send a second cab after me. 4:45 came, 4:50, 4:55... I start freaking out because this is my first night at a brand new job, I do NOT want to be late... finally I call at 4:55 to say that I'll be late getting to work... they seem to take it in stride... I then call the cab company who just then started trying to find me a driver.

It took them 10 minutes to find a driver who could take me, and another 10 for them to get there. By this point I was still 15 minutes away from work, and allready 15 minutes late.

Fortunatly work was cool about it... but if I had known that that cabbie would have gotten an earful...

Work appropriate conversations & crappy service

Last night i went with my mother to the local Fashion Bug. When we walked in we were ignored-the three women working were all at the single register, chatting and trying out the bra measuring tool.

While my mom was looking for a camisole (she'd bought a really cute but thin gauzy top in another store), i was looking at the jewelry. I overheard the conversation the employees were having--about how another coworker was a terrible gossip, and had shared incredibly personal information (which she then announced) with people that didn't need to know. (I won't say what that information is, because regardless of how unprofessional they were, they still deserve thier privacy.)

Then, when my mom went to try a few things on, they acted like she was putting them out horribly by asking if she needed a tag or if the dressing room needed to be unlocked. They gave her attitude again when she said that one item fit, but she was going to check for another color.

Finally, when she found a camisole she liked, and wanted to check out, she had to wait until two of them stopped yakking for one to help her (the other was talking on her cell phone, behind the counter, about how she only had so much time left, her plans for the evening, etc). The one who helped her asked for a phone number, and my mother said that she didn't like to give her number out, that she was paying with cash. The woman stared at her, and said "no, really, i need your number."
My mom replied with "No, really, i don't like to give it out. I'm paying in cash. Why exactly do you need my number?"
"We need it on file for your FB account."
"Well, i don't need an account. Now may i pay for my shirt?"

The woman huffed at her, gave us both dirty looks, and i thought i heard her mutter "bitch" as we walked out.

My mom was really mad, and when i told her about the conversation i'd overheard, she was even more pissed. My mom's one of the nicest, most polite customers ever too. They didn't need to ignore her or give her attitude.

Also, i work in one of the neighboring stores. I know that we're discouraged from having personal conversations on the sales floor particularly when the store is open for customers. We're encouraged to save conversations for the break room or off-shift. Wouldn't most stores have a similar policy?

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yesterday i went to gao to return a halter top that i didnt like on me and pick something new out. i got a pair of pants and a tshirt and brought them up to the desk and did my exchange. i still had my gap back in my hands and i started puttin the new clothes in the old bag...and then stopped and asked these dont have alarm tags on them do they? the woman said

"no i doubt it but if they should happen to and the alarm goes off just keep walking and cut them off the clothes when you get home"

wtf? sure lady since i always take my brand new clothes home and cut holes in them.