April 30th, 2013


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So, this is sort of a suck and sort of a 'frustrating no-win situation', so mods feel free to delete this if it doesn't fully meet guidelines. I was just thinking about this earlier and thought people on this comm might have some helpful advice about our options for what happens next.

So, my housemates and I rent a townhouse. It's located in a neighborhood of similar townhouses, all owned and rented out by one very large Canadian company. We've been living here for about a year, and we never had problems until last September or so. See, we're located near a college, so a LOT of the townhouses around here end up getting rented by students. Lots of parties, lots of noise, that sort of thing.

In October, our trash can got smashed in. Like, deliberately kicked around and the bottom nearly completely smashed. Annoying, but we figured it was drunk kids. Then, in November, our front door got tagged. Just ours. We told our rental company, and they came out and repainted our door, but couldn't really do anything else. It got cold and snowy soon after that, and we didn't have any more problems.

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ETA: Thanks for the encouragement everyone. One of our housemates did stay up last Friday night, and no one showed up. We were all wondering if maybe we were overreacting in talking about calling the police, so thanks for the reassurances.

Apple Store Shenanigans

A couple weeks ago, my roommate, a friend, and myself decided on marathoning all three extended editions of the Lord of the Rings. Now, my roommate and I lived on campus and the floor lounges in our dorm don't have DVD players so we were going to use one of our laptops – we just needed the right cords to be able to do so.

All three of us have Macs, so the day before we planned the marathon, I stopped by the Apple Store at the mall near campus to see what we'd need and buy it. I was also on a budget, so we had two options: Use my laptop which is an older model Mac (over five years old by this point) or use my friend's newer model Mac. Whichever option was cheaper was the one we were going to go with.

When I got to the store, one of the employees asked me what I was looking for. I explained that I was looking for the necessary cables to hook a laptop up to the TV. She told me that she needed to check with another employee but she'd be right back to let me know. So, I stood and checked out a couple things (I stayed in the same basic area she'd approached me in) and waited for her to come. Ten minutes later and she still hadn't come back.

In the meantime, another employee approached me and asked what I was looking for. I told him that another employee was helping me, but that she hadn't come back after I'd asked her what I'd need. So, he asked me what I needed and I told him: What cables do I need to hook my laptop up to a TV to play movies or shows?

He asked what model I had and I told him that I had an older model Macbook (2007, to be specific), but also that we were planning to use a newer model one if that was cheaper and less complicated to set up.

He took me over to where all the cables were and told me that I'd need a fairly elaborate set-up in order to get it working with my laptop and that said set-up would cost me, at the cheapest, about $150. I told him I was on a budget and asked if it would be cheaper and less complicated if I was using a newer model Mac. He ignored that and insisted that this was the only set-up that would work. Then suggested that I should upgrade to a newer model instead of the one I have. I think he realized by that point that he'd pissed me off, because he quickly backed off and said that it was "something you should think about doing in the near future."

Realizing he wasn't going to be much help, I thanked him for his time and left the store, pretty pissed off about it. I went to a different Apple Store and the guy I asked there said that, with a newer model Macbook, all I would need (for both audio and visual) was an HDMI cable. I asked if he was sure and he said he was certain (he was right, it worked perfectly fine).

tl;dr: Apple Store employee doesn't listen to what I'm asking for and tries to convince me that I need a complicated and fairly pricey set-up to hook a Macbook up to a TV when I only needed one cable.

Scammy carpark

Recently, my Dad came to visit me from Australia. He stayed at a local hotel downtown, who say on their website that they don't have their own parking, and that they recommend you use the self-parking garage across the road. So he parks his rental car there, gets a ticket, the usual.

The first time he exited, we were on our way to Vegas and were leaving early, but still an hour after they opened. There was no one in the pay booth, nor were there any automatic pay stations. So we wait, and wait, and after 10-15 minutes, a woman appears and shuffles into the booth. Dad hands her cash for the parking, and then she complains she has no change, shuffles off somewhere else grumbling under her breath the whole time, then comes back and finally we can leave. That was slightly irritating, but it was the next encounter that made me post here.

Dad parked the car at 15:02 on the 23rd of April, and went to exit at 10:06 on the 25th. Now, the carpark fees are clearly listed on numerous signs around the garage. The daily maximum is $15. There are other fees - if you arrive after 4pm, for instance, it's only $5 maximum. If you arrive before 9am, you get an earlybird fee. Pretty standard stuff, I think. So Dad spent a little less than 2 full days in the garage. The woman (the same slow one as before) charged him $55. We asked her why it was that much, and she kept referring to a $20 overnight fee, which isn't listed on any of their signs. There's no overnight fee mentioned anywhere. She then goes on to say that it really should be $77 (wtf) but that the computer made a mistake and said $55. She was very difficult to understand - she had a thick Indian accent and mumbled, and she just kept repeating the same stuff. Because we were on a tight schedule, Dad paid her $55, but kept the receipt.

The next day he addressed it with the hotel staff, who informed him that this wasn't the first time something like this had happened, and that although they can get in trouble for doing so, they recommend you pay in a different parking lot a bit further away. They said the manager of the hotel doesn't want them recommending anywhere else to park because he has a deal with this dodgy park across the road. They did, however, offer him and his wife a free breakfast at the hotel, which ended up being a $37 value, so Dad accepted it.

He did try and talk to the manager of the carpark, but was told he wouldn't be in until Monday, 29th April at 09:00. Dad went across at 09:30 to try and talk to him, but was told that he wasn't there, and no one knew when he would arrive. As Dad had a flight to catch, he couldn't pursue it further.

In addition to all the fee fuckery, they also were doing a staggered pressure washing of the carpark during Dad's stay. The times for the different floors were outlined on signs in the elevator, and they started with the top floors and worked down. The day after the 3rd floor was washed, Dad went up to park there, as he needed to move from the bottom floors, and there were still "No Parking" signs on every single carpark, despite the fact that it had already been washed. Those signs remained until he left, so not only are they incompetent and scammy, they're lazy, too.

I'm thinking of contacting the hotel and expressing how unimpressed I am that they recommend this crappy carpark on their website, but I don't know how much they'll care because I personally didn't stay at the hotel, or park my car.

I'm not entirely sure what to think

A few weeks ago I was on my way home from the gym at about 8.30 pm. I was thinking of redoing my nails later that evening, but I remembered I was out of top coat (my last bottle was an unfortunate casualty in a dog-related incident). There's a nail salon near the train station, and as I walked up the road I could see that the lights were on and the door was open so I went over and checked the closing time on the window - Closing time for that day (Thursday) was 9pm, so I still had 30 minutes. Excellent, this wouldn't take long.

Inside the shop there was a woman sweeping the floor and chatting with another woman sitting nearby, and a third woman sitting at the back of the shop drying her nails. When I stepped into the shop all three woman stopped sweeping/talking and turned to stare at me. Okay, that was a bit weird, but whatever. I looked at the nail polish in the rack by the door for about 15 seconds, during which time they just kept staring and it was making me really uncomfortable so I turned to talk to the lady with the broom:

Me: Can I buy some top coat?
Lady: (interrupting me half way through my question) We're closed. *Keeps staring*
Me: Oookay *backs slowly out of the store*

I checked the times on the way out to make sure I hadn't gotten it wrong, but it definitely said 9pm O_o It wasn't a public holiday and there wasn't any kind of notice up to say they were closing early, and even if I had walked in after closing they could have just said "Sorry, we're closed!" and I would have apologized and left. Their behaviour was just so bizarre and off-putting (and kind of hostile), so I don't think I'll be going there again!

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Power Company Woes

I'm having an bit of an issue with NS Power. It's a bit confusing, I will try to keep it as simple as possible.

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EDIT: Their payment/fraud department called me today and they are sending me a check for what was charged. They will be taking my ex to collections, and I learned a valuable lesson. CHECK YOUR ACCOUNTS! Thank you for your kind words and suggestions, and I shall be more careful in the future, as not everything will work out.