March 20th, 2008

girl, camera, photographer, artist, female

Big brother comes to the net?

So I am a member of the site Fotolia. I sell alot of my vector art there... or I should say I make a few cents here and there with the meager payouts they have. I've been a member for over 2 yrs.

So Wednesday I decide to go cash out my 15 bucks worth of earnings only to find out they changed their policy without telling anyone. They already have my SS but now they want to ask for a scan of a govt issued id or passport. CAN YOU FREAKIN BELIEVE THAT? Plus they fact they don't advertise this fact and only recently changed it I discovered when I looked it up online on other forums.

If it was less than 5 dollars... I wouldn't care but it's 15 bucks! I could go to the movies for that or put gas in my van. It's fairly significant!

I went ahead and uploaded a muchly altered version of my id so they only see what they need to know and once I have my meager earnings, I'm quitting. I don't think it's fair they change the rules w/o asking or telling anyone.

I think they will lose potential customers from this.

weirded out

Say what now?

I'm in the process of installing a property wide wireless system. I had to stop by the local Radio Shack to pick up a ten foot mast for the broadcast antenna. There were two clerks working: one man currently occupied and one 40-something woman. I told the woman what I needed.

"Do you know how tall ten feet is?"
It's...ten feet? 20 inches less than twice my height?

So she went and looked to make sure they had it and then informed me that I would have to wait until the other clerk was done to get it from the back for me. Sure, whatever.
At this point my husband came in carrying our 2-month old son as he had been getting restless in the car.
After determining that we were together, she asks him if he knows how big ten feet is. He blinks a couple of times and says, "About 3.2 meters." He told me he thought it was some sort of trick question.

She then says, "Well I know you know how tall it is, I just wasn't sure..." here she trails off while waving her hand at me.

The mast is finally retrieved and I have picked out a few other items I will need and the guy is ringing me up. By this point I am holding our son and busy with my wallet so I fail to see him looking at my husband (15 feet away from us) when he says, "That'll be $52.48, is that okay?"
My husband shrugs and says, "Don't ask me, she's the engineer."

The female clerk than says, "Well, I can see she engineered a cute little baby!"

Really, how do you respond to that? Please join us in the 21st century, ma'am. XD
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