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PostPosted: Sat Jul 19, 2014 10:25 am 
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Well what blows my mind is not that they got the rhizome thing wrong, but that they think that roots don't, you know, have plants attached to them.

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I didn't know ginger had flowers that were sold. I never thought about.

I'd never seen garlic flowers until the farmers market last month.

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I didn't know ginger had flowers that were sold. I never thought about.

I'd never seen garlic flowers until the farmers market last month.


True, but if you saw a potted plant with a lovely flower that was called 'ginger,' you would likely assume (because I personally know you to have a brain) "oh, this is what grows out of the root rhizome."

Mars, you should tell them that the spice ginger comes from the flowers when they get all dried up and dessicated and then the plant builds a protective layer around it like an oyster makes a pearl and ta-da, there's your ginger spice. Just trump their stupidity with more stupidity and see how it goes. I mean, you've already given your notice, right? ;)

ETA: oh oh or you should say that the flower was 'invented' by a horticulturalist who was in love with a beautiful woman named Ginger and she died on the day he was going to unveil the flower to her and her last words to him were "I luv u FIVE evr" so he named it after her even though there was 'already' a root named ginger. Hit liek if u love your boyfreind!!!111!!

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"I luv u FIVE evr"

Well I love you six ever!

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Sometimes my brain works better than others. I have serious issues with push/pull doors.

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I always get confused by the Open Doors and Close Doors buttons in elevators.

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Me too! It is so embarrassing.

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Think of those like a greedy crocodile. The open mouth points towards the bigger number, because greedy crocodile is greedy!

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FootFace wrote:
I always get confused by the Open Doors and Close Doors buttons in elevators.

lavawitch wrote:
Me too! It is so embarrassing.


Yeah, I don't even try to push the open doors button to hold the elevator for someone anymore because I just end up hitting the close button and then the person thinks I am a heinous bisque.

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Think of those like a greedy crocodile. The open mouth points towards the bigger number, because greedy crocodile is greedy!

Oh, I don't have a problem with them when there are numbers with them, it's just the signs on their own! It takes me a lot more effort than I think it should to work out which way they're pointing.

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lavawitch wrote:
Think of those like a greedy crocodile. The open mouth points towards the bigger number, because greedy crocodile is greedy!

Oh, I don't have a problem with them when there are numbers with them, it's just the signs on their own! It takes me a lot more effort than I think it should to work out which way they're pointing.


Seriously. I empathize. This was a huge issue for me as a kid, and it still gives me trouble today. I'm so slooooow about it.


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I always pronounce the word "via" wrong. While we're admitting things.

Now I'm scared I'm pronouncing it wrong!


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We should be taking this to the 'confessional', but I definitely hold my hands out in 'L' shapes to figure left and right.

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Perhaps Hollie can relate, but I am so scared in my industry to pronounce the work kegerator wrong. While it isn't actually a word, that doesn't matter, because it's used constantly. I was saying it with a soft g because basically the thing is refrigerator for kegs, right? But then people kept given me a "oh you poor naive thing" look and I noticed they used a hard g, but when I try to say it with a hard g it comes out as keganator, and yes, that gets some laughs! I want to scream "NOT A WORD" every time!

Back on topic, I have a flurry of customers calling me recently demanding a free pack of cider because their four pack only had three or even two. The idea that this is happening is obscene given the amount of eyes on our bottling/packaging line, so it's either the retailers/drivers/whomever stealing a bottle then repackaging with a glue gun or the customers trying to get free shiitake. I'm thinking the latter. I mean, a four pack of 355ml bottles would clink around like crazy when you pick it up to take it to the register. How would you not think something is up?!


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Mars wrote:
I definitely hold my hands out in 'L' shapes to figure left and right.


I'm so glad I'm not the only one.

I have no complaints about clients, to keep in on topic. In fact one paid me for an extra day dog sitting this weekend.

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I mean, a four pack of 355ml bottles would clink around like crazy when you pick it up to take it to the register. How would you not think something is up?!

Not to mention it wouldn't feel balanced if a bottle was missing. I'm assuming they're buying from a market of some kind, so why aren't they complaining to the people where they bought it? Surely it's out of your hands at that point.

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I mean, a four pack of 355ml bottles would clink around like crazy when you pick it up to take it to the register. How would you not think something is up?!

Not to mention it wouldn't feel balanced if a bottle was missing. I'm assuming they're buying from a market of some kind, so why aren't they complaining to the people where they bought it? Surely it's out of your hands at that point.


Ding ding ding! EXACTLY. We had a problem with people trying to return product to US rather than the store where they bought it. A few liquor stores had a problem with ruining product by putting it in the window (sunlight damages beer) or keeping it in a fridge that was set too cold so it froze, etc. So the product is damaged, and they want US to replace it, rather than the store where they bought it. Because of the 3-tier system, they are the third person to buy that beer.

If you bought a car, and you were the third owner, you couldn't return it to Ford because the brakes were bad. Same should go with any product.


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Knowing how the privatized liquor store system works here, I know if the person complained to the store they would just complain to us, expect a replacement, and then all their staff would hold a grudge (there isn't the greatest economy here right now and shelf space is competitive)!


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Hollie wrote:
I always pronounce the word "via" wrong. While we're admitting things.


Both vai-uh and vee-uh sound fine to me, for whatever that's worth. (And Merriam-Webster has both, too, for whatever that's worth.) How do you say it?

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I always read it as vai-uh, but it's really supposed to be vee-uh, right?


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After living on both US coasts, three continents, and dating for 11 years a guy who was born in Country A and raised in Country B under Country C's occupation, I have 2-3 different ways of pronouncing about 20% of my vocabulary, depending on who I'm with and what mood I'm in (and how badly I will get teased for pronouncing it the "correct/incorrect" way). Sometimes I forget how I'm "supposed" to pronounce certain words according to my regional/socioeconomic background.

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Change of subject -- how lenient would you be with returning voicemails where the information the caller is seeking is readily available all over the internet? I know that I *should* call them all back. I know. But it's just such a drag to have sit here and call people and basically read them shiitake that's on our website verbatim because they were not self-sufficient enough to use google.

...I'll call them back. But I won't like it!


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...I'll call them back. But I won't like it!

Again, same job. :)


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Who are these people that would rather make phone calls instead of using Google?

I procrastinate phone calls as long as I'm able. This includes things like making doctors appointments.

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