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December 30th, 2006

This should count as bad_service.

I started my job about two months ago. They told us that direct deposit for our checks would take about two pay periods to kick in. I signed up, and assumed that my third check would go in directly to my bank account. It didn't. I mentioned this to HR who told me it would definitely kick in on the next check. They apologized, but seemed annoyed that I was "bothering" them. Well, I'm sitting here and it's Saturday with no money whatsoever.

My direct deposit did NOT kick in like HR told me it would. So, yesterday I'm expecting to get paid. But I didn't. With paper checks, they "pay" you on Friday, but mail it to you, so it gets to you on Saturday. Or, that's what they want you to think. Last time, I had to wait until Tuesday when they finally decided to mail me my check. Now, it's Saturday and I'm worried that I'm not going to get my check until next week.

There is a big problem with this. I did what I needed to do, and signed up for direct deposit. And they apparently don't care that I can't afford to wait for my checks. My rent is due on the first, I've got a lot of bills to pay and I can't pay them without any money.

And mentioning this to HR again, they tell me that it isn't their fault. And that with the mailed out checks, that happens a lot and you know, it's the post office... they just aren't delivering my mail to me. No, I get everything... just not my check. I get all my junk mail... I get my bills... but nope... No check. I really doubt the post office is holding my check somewhere.

I don't really know what to do about this other than what I've been doing all day. Being sick to my stomach, worried that I'm not going to get my check until next week.

A query about Canada Post...

I'm not sure if this is appropriate to here, but it seemed the most likely community I could get an answer, so here goes:
I sold a pendant to a girl before Christmas. I live in New Zealand, she lives in Canada. The pendant was shipped out on the 6th of December. On the 23rd, I had a big tidy-up in my room and threw out the shipping receipt from New Zealand Post thinking that it must have arrived, as I've never before shipped something overseas and had it take more than two weeks (stupid, I know - I'll never again throw out a shipping receipt until I have confirmation of the package's arrival at its destination). On the 24th, the person I sold it to emailed me asking when I'd shipped it out, as it still hasn't arrived.
My question is: Which shipping company will this be a problem with? I remember reading a few posts a week or two back about Canada Post being completely overwhelmed and taking up to a month to deliver parcels. However, I don't want to blame Canada Post in my reply emails to my customer if it's actually a fault with New Zealand Post. In past experience, New Zealand Post has been pretty good at delivering parcels overseas promptly, but I usually ship to the US or UK, not Canada.
(I told her I'd refund the money if it hadn't arrived by this week, so hopefully I can avoid bad selling service on my part.)
Edit: Apparently it has arrived, so thankfully I don't have to refund the money. Thank you all for your advice!
An update to my post earlier... yeah, it's 6 pm. My boyfriend just checked the mail and no check. He didn't get his pay stub in the mail either. We got everything else we expected to get... just no money.

So, I'm planning on going to HR on Tuesday morning to talk to them. The problem is, our HR people seem like little rich snobby girls who get paid too much to sit on their asses and deal with petty problems. And I can bet that they will treat my lack of money to pay rent, bills and feed myself a "petty problem". I don't know if I should go to a manager about this. I don't know how to get in touch with the labor board. It's just not cool. Tomorrow is my one year anniversary with my boyfriend and the 8th is his birthday... so it's like... hey, I'm wiped out from Christmas and Hanukkah. I'll stop the stupid complaining. It's just so frustrating to wait around for money and realize you'll have none for at least four more days.

Stinkin' cabs!

I don't think I posted about this, but if I have, let me know!

My husband and I went over for a fight night at a friend's house. A handful of other friends had been at a restaurant and called a cab to get a ride to the house. The cab wasn't showing up at the time they requested, so they called and cancelled it, getting a ride to the house some other way.

Well, one of the guys had dropped his cell phone in the grass by the restaurant and the cab was just minutes away when they cancelled. They left before the cab got there, though. The cab driver arrived and saw the cell phone on the grass, picked it up and took it with him.

Soon enough, the guy missing his cellphone called it with another guy's cellphone and the cab driver answered. The cab driver decided to hold it for ransom! He was going to charge them the cost of what the cab ride would have been (about $30), since he lost their business because they cancelled on him for not picking them up on time. I don't know how the story ended, but talk about swindling cheating small town cab drivers!

Back last christmas, a lot of us Airmen had to take cabs to get to their airport to fly out home. Most of the classroom instructors reminded us that the cab authority (or whatever you call it) put a cap on the cost of how much the cabs were able to charge to take people to the closest airport. It was $25 per carload (regardless of how many heads were actually in the vehicle). After the holidays, I had a lot of friends talk about a specific cab company that was known for overcharging, charging per person $25. Unfortunately, my friends didn't know any better, paid, and didn't even report it to the cab authority (or whatever you call it).

Subway Suck

A few months ago, my fiance and I went to the Subway at Salisbury, near the cinemas. It was lunch time, and there was a large line, and only 1 girl there. She was large, and very, very slow. I don't care that she was large, it was just her distinguishing feature, and it will come into play later. It took us half an hour to get our subs, because she was so awfully slow. We figured it was her first day, and so we weren't too concerned. About a month later, we went back on a Saturday, the same day we were there last time. The same girl was there, by herself, and she was JUST AS SLOW. And I had to repeat my order about 4 times, and it wasn't anything out of the ordinary, just a roast beef footlong and a six inch BMT. We also noticed her name tag was different to last time, because this time we wanted to report her. There were no feedback slips or anything, and once we got home we forgot about it, until today. The Subway near my parents house was closed, and we needed to get dinner for my parents, my fiance and I, and my brother. So since the Salisbury Subway was the next closest and convenient, we went there. As we were driving there, my fiance said "I hope that large slow girl isn't there, otherwise this is going to be painful." Guess what. Today was a Saturday, and the large slow girl (who was wearing a different name tag yet again) was the only one in sight. And this time, we needed to order 2 salads, 2 footlongs and 1 six inch. I told her my order, as clearly as I could. She looked at me blankly, and said "Sorry?". I repeated it, and she said nervously "I'll just go get someone else." She returned with a sour-faced girl who seemed extremely unhappy about having to work. The slow girl got started on the salads, and the other girl asked what was on the subs. I told her one, then started to tell her the other and she cut me off and said "I'm just doing this one." So I kept quiet, and had fun trying to direct both girls at once on what salads I wanted. I wanted the first one toasted, and I had to ask for it, since she didn't ask me. While it was toasting, she just stood there, which was weird, I thought she could have started another sub. But it wasn't until she'd wrapped that one that she asked what was on the others. Meanwhile, the slow girl is still making the salads, and there is a long line out the door. It ended up taking about 20 minutes to get everything done, and they didn't have any olives and didn't apologise or even tell me, I realised it after a while but didn't say anything because it was difficult enough as it was.

Now, this is the third time we've gotten this slow girl, and she really seems to just be a slow person. Everything she does is painfully slow, and she has a look of hard concentration on her face the whole time. But, because her name tag is never the same, we don't know her name, and therefore can't tell a manager about her. We feel it would be rude to describe her as the large girl, but she really doesn't have any other distinguishing features. How can we complain about her?

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