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PostPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2013 2:40 pm 
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Thanks for the help, guys. I was thinking maybe I should somehow try checking online but just seems easier to pick up the phone and ask in my old-fashioned way.

When I was in retail, the cashier never answered the phone because s/he's most likely be the busiest of all so it was the floating people on the floor who took care of ringing telephones. If it rang and you were in the vicinity, you picked it up.

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Like, does no one call stores anymore to see if items are in stock? Every time I try that these days, it's such an exercise in frustration. First, I had to go through the rigamorale of determining the proper department to which the phone rang endlessly, transferred back to an automated voice saying they'll try my call again, and nada, then the automated voice comes back and tells me to call back later and disconnects. No one seems to man the store phone these days and if they do, it's never good. They never know what you're talking about, it's in their voice that they're wondering why in the hell you're damn well calling THEM and that you're a bother. I suppose there's an app for this but I don't really know what an app is, honestly. It's being bandied about a lot lately though. How do the technologically challenged get by in today's world? I just want to put a dime in a phone booth again and turn a page in a paper book and adjust an antennae. PLEASE. Do you just have to go down and see if stuff is on shelves these days? I mean, I used to work in retail in the eighties and when the phone rang, we answered it and resolved the question. Argh!!! I don't have a car so I have to get on a bus and see if they carry my print cartridge when they could just PICK UP THE DAMN PHONE and tell me while I sit here on my butt, waiting. Customer service these days, I tell ya.

Well, I'm one of those people who has to answer phones and I'll tell you what it's like from my perspective. The phones always come second to the people actually in the store. Generally we're very busy and are not able to answer the phones because we're working with customers in store. When I do answer the phone, it's helpful to have an item number or something helpful because I don't know every single product in our store and in my department, our stock changes twice a week. I once had a woman call up and ask if we sold "that red car you can ride in."

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I think times might have just changes with the businesses hiring the amount of employees actually needed to cover all bases.

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Oh, yeah, we used to do the same thing in retail in the eighties. Customers in the store come first, and if the phone's ringing we put them on hold until we were finished up with whoever was in front of us. I totally have the item number of what I want, too.

I know my rant sounds serious, but it was just a passing moment of exaggerated aggravation. Even a bit tongue-in-cheek ranting. I'm SO over it now and ready to be discharged right outta their phone system once again with my next call! I'll try the online thing on my laptop later as I think that stores have just reconfigured their ways since I worked in them and I gotta adjust.

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Hahaha, I just wanted to put in my situation. I have a lot of people call up who are angry because I don't know what that one weird thing is that they don't even know the name of that they are looking for. I sometimes have to answer calls for other departments and I don't know them very well which is why I don't work in them but we are understaffed and I'm doing the job of 20 other people. My department is near another and this guy called up looking for an extremely specific Lego set that he didn't know the name of but knew the model number and kept telling me it was a winter one. what the fizzle does that mean? And how do you not know the name of the set you're looking for? He got mad at me and told me he'd come in himself and look for it.

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My fridge is full for the first time in forever. I have the ingredients for a few different recipes. When it came to dinner time tonight I got so overwhelmed that I couldn't make up my mind what I wanted so I ended up having packet gnocchi and canned tomatoes with a few spices thrown in.

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Has anyone ever been to a Human Library thang? There was one at my work today and it was super-interesting but I was also... irked... or more... i guess... by a colleague's response to the 'book' she borrowed. So, she chose the title 'Wo-man', mostly out of "what the fizzle does that mean" reasons. The person she got to talk to was someone who was designated male at birth but does not identify as male or female. When she came back from the conversation she was all he said this and he said that... "He used to perform as a tranny [her word] but now isn't a man or a woman apparently? But he has a beard! But calls himself a girl's name! Clearly he's got all sorts of issues with himself..." I mean, I don't have issue with being confused about experiences that are different to your own... but the language and just general things she said? And, well, it's supposed to be a project about breaking/challenging prejudices or whatever?

It made me so uncomfortable (not as uncomfortable as another colleague who mumbles "gay" while doing a '70s sitcom limp wrist action every. forking. time.) I did ask what pronoun the person she spoke to prefers, but she told me she never asked that of them.

I dunno, I'm just rambling now with no specific point I think.

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Has anyone ever been to a Human Library thang? There was one at my work today and it was super-interesting but I was also... irked... or more... i guess... by a colleague's response to the 'book' she borrowed. So, she chose the title 'Wo-man', mostly out of "what the fizzle does that mean" reasons. The person she got to talk to was someone who was designated male at birth but does not identify as male or female. When she came back from the conversation she was all he said this and he said that... "He used to perform as a tranny [her word] but now isn't a man or a woman apparently? But he has a beard! But calls himself a girl's name! Clearly he's got all sorts of issues with himself..." I mean, I don't have issue with being confused about experiences that are different to your own... but the language and just general things she said? And, well, it's supposed to be a project about breaking/challenging prejudices or whatever?

It made me so uncomfortable (not as uncomfortable as another colleague who mumbles "gay" while doing a '70s sitcom limp wrist action every. forking. time.) I did ask what pronoun the person she spoke to prefers, but she told me she never asked that of them.

I dunno, I'm just rambling now with no specific point I think.



man, i totally feel uncomfortable just reading this :(

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Has anyone ever been to a Human Library thang? There was one at my work today and it was super-interesting but I was also... irked... or more... i guess... by a colleague's response to the 'book' she borrowed. So, she chose the title 'Wo-man', mostly out of "what the fizzle does that mean" reasons. The person she got to talk to was someone who was designated male at birth but does not identify as male or female. When she came back from the conversation she was all he said this and he said that... "He used to perform as a tranny [her word] but now isn't a man or a woman apparently? But he has a beard! But calls himself a girl's name! Clearly he's got all sorts of issues with himself..." I mean, I don't have issue with being confused about experiences that are different to your own... but the language and just general things she said? And, well, it's supposed to be a project about breaking/challenging prejudices or whatever?

It made me so uncomfortable (not as uncomfortable as another colleague who mumbles "gay" while doing a '70s sitcom limp wrist action every. forking. time.) I did ask what pronoun the person she spoke to prefers, but she told me she never asked that of them.

I dunno, I'm just rambling now with no specific point I think.

This would really bother me too.

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There's a billboard near my house that says "Murder: It's Not Okay". It's just strange. Do we really have to tell people this?


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There's a billboard near my house that says "Murder: It's Not Okay". It's just strange. Do we really have to tell people this?


I.... um... hmmm. That's odd. Makes me think it's part of a pro-life campaign or something of some sort.

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We have a billboard (and TV ad) campaign around here called "Chill: Don't Kill" that's designed to inform people that even if they get pissed off at someone, they should probably calm down rather than kill them. Of course, Memphis also ranked 4th in 2012 for most violent crime, so it's probably good to remind people?

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wow, we have something just like that around here! "don't kill people in traffic!" the spokesperson is a mixed martial artist, i can't remember the exact verbage but it's like "keep a cool head"

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There's a billboard near my house that says "Murder: It's Not Okay". It's just strange. Do we really have to tell people this?


I.... um... hmmm. That's odd. Makes me think it's part of a pro-life campaign or something of some sort.

It's not. They're put up by an anti-violence group. I just googled it and it appears the group is made up mostly of murder victims' mothers. The area does need some kind of anti-violence campaign, but it just seems like such a weird tagline to stick on there.


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I can't imagine a billboard campaign like that doing anything to help stop murder.

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It is Friday night. I should be doing something I enjoy. I should not be watching anti-fur and anti-circus videos on youtube. I know I don't like these things, I don't know why I am reminding myself and getting myself all upset.

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My husband and I were just watching a show about how the London Underground is run behind the scenes, when they started talking about "fluffers" (which are apparently people whose job it is to clean the tunnels). Cue me giggling uncontrollably, because I am a child. Then everything after that was funny - "they've got us down here cleaning a dirty, dirty tunnel"... "it shouldn't take too long - touch wood"... "the fluffers were used to working through the night" - it ended with me laughing hysterically while my husband shook his head in disdain.

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Isn't a fluffer the person who jacks off a guy in between porn breaks to make sure his penis is still erect?

......or am I just making that up? I don't want to google it.

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Has anyone ever been to a Human Library thang? There was one at my work today and it was super-interesting but I was also... irked... or more... i guess... by a colleague's response to the 'book' she borrowed. So, she chose the title 'Wo-man', mostly out of "what the fizzle does that mean" reasons. The person she got to talk to was someone who was designated male at birth but does not identify as male or female. When she came back from the conversation she was all he said this and he said that... "He used to perform as a tranny [her word] but now isn't a man or a woman apparently? But he has a beard! But calls himself a girl's name! Clearly he's got all sorts of issues with himself..." I mean, I don't have issue with being confused about experiences that are different to your own... but the language and just general things she said? And, well, it's supposed to be a project about breaking/challenging prejudices or whatever?

It made me so uncomfortable (not as uncomfortable as another colleague who mumbles "gay" while doing a '70s sitcom limp wrist action every. forking. time.) I did ask what pronoun the person she spoke to prefers, but she told me she never asked that of them.

I dunno, I'm just rambling now with no specific point I think.


yeah, so that sort of thing happens to me about 3-5 times a week, and that's just counting the stuff people say to my face or directly in front of me.

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Wow, at the very same moment that I hit "submit" on that last post, someone (definitely not a PPKer, don't worry) IMed me to tell me how unfair it is to expect religious people to acknowledge that people who aren't men or women exist, and that people don't think I'm a nice person because I...I don't know, because I exist? I'm not even engaging with it so I'm not going to try to find out.

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My husband and I were just watching a show about how the London Underground is run behind the scenes, when they started talking about "fluffers" (which are apparently people whose job it is to clean the tunnels). Cue me giggling uncontrollably, because I am a child. Then everything after that was funny - "they've got us down here cleaning a dirty, dirty tunnel"... "it shouldn't take too long - touch wood"... "the fluffers were used to working through the night" - it ended with me laughing hysterically while my husband shook his head in disdain.

I would have had your back if I was there. What does Mr. Poopie know...

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Wow, at the very same moment that I hit "submit" on that last post, someone (definitely not a PPKer, don't worry) IMed me to tell me how unfair it is to expect religious people to acknowledge that people who aren't men or women exist, and that people don't think I'm a nice person because I...I don't know, because I exist? I'm not even engaging with it so I'm not going to try to find out.

I will come poo on their doorstep if you'd like me to. (That is as mature as I can muster about those assfaces.)

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