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cbmare
11-08-2007, 12:35 PM
My thread about the sign on my car got me to thinking. We need a jerk list.

I would like to put drivers who merge but don't stop for oncoming traffic. They expect someone on the expressway to come to a screeching halt so they can proceed slowly into traffic.

Who would you like to add?


dixied
11-08-2007, 12:53 PM
I'd like to add husbands who don't return movies to blockbuster on time, causing blockbuster to charge the wife's debit card $78. :kickbutt:

almostheaven
11-08-2007, 01:29 PM
The idiot with the loud obnoxious motorcycle who likes to rev it up late in the evening. Guess what?! You're NOT cool fool.

The idiot with the Dukes of Hazard car horn who thinks it's a real hoot. Get outta the 70's dude!

The idiot who likes to cut me off on the interstate just so he can get in front of me and have his wife throw her butt out the window onto the hood of my car. Luckily it was only her cigarette butt. The other one could've done some major damage. Yowza!

The idiots who allow their dogs to roam free, despite all leash laws, so they can crap in my yard. At least, unlike my husband, I wasn't walking barefoot.

I try to laugh at all the idiots I possibly can. It beats wringing their neck. Ok...it really doesn't. But it does beat 1 to 5 for assault.


midwife
11-08-2007, 02:16 PM
The idiot who wolf-whistled at me when I was running last night. Women feel vulnerable running anyway, and that doesn't help. I'm not out there for your entertainment, Numb Nuts!

Casandra
11-08-2007, 02:23 PM
I'd like to add my neighbours. The first one likes to take motorbike trips every weekend and starts his bikes...yes bikes..two of them up at like 6am on a SATURDAY. He also likes to play the Welsh National Anthem as loud as possible when we watch TV (we live in a duplex like house).

And the lady who lives next door to that guy. She lets her cat out and just leaves it out all day. It craps in our yard and more specifically...our driveway and walkways! She also has a dog that she doesnt take care of.

I'd also like to add the people who take their sweet time driving in and out of parking lots, then when in the store, they again take their sweet time lolling about...leaving their carts in the middle of an aisle to go get something they forgot in the previous aisle.

Also, people who bring their small children to restaurants. The fancy ones. Places like McDonalds were made specifically for screaming kids, not places like The Olive Garden or Red Lobster.

FlabulessPhyllis
11-08-2007, 02:25 PM
Oh mare I feel for you. I used to like in the Bay Area and I have never seen such thoughtless psycho drivers! I wouldn't even drive on the highway. I made my husband drive. We can add my younger brother to the jerk list. He's totaled three cars.

shelby897
11-08-2007, 03:03 PM
The jerk who lets their kids propel the car door open and smash my car or the jerk who, when my kids were little and they were in those carry car seats, would park so close to my car I either had to "throw" the baby across from the other side or back up and move my car to get them in their side.

StillTryin
11-08-2007, 03:11 PM
I hate to say it but my daughter is on my "list" right now...she gave 2 of her friends gas at our personal gas pump at home (we have like a 500 gallon tank that we use for OUR vehicles) it is not the local gas station child!!!! And then I saw that she drew on my husbands filthy vehicle so it has some "cute" little sayings, similar to "wash me" but nicer, and I HATE when people do that. So she will be washing a truck tonight!!!!!

Usually I do like her more..lol

ANOther
11-08-2007, 03:14 PM
I hate to say it but my daughter is on my "list" right now...she gave 2 of her friends gas at our personal gas pump at home (we have like a 500 gallon tank that we use for OUR vehicles) it is not the local gas station child!!!!

Gracious me, what do you do, run a trucking company out of your home?

Brendansmum
11-08-2007, 03:17 PM
"the jerk who, when my kids were little and they were in those carry car seats, would park so close to my car I either had to "throw" the baby across from the other side or back up and move my car to get them in their side."

That is too funny!! I know just what you mean. I still have to get my youngest in his car seat and hate it when people park too close and I am almost in his lap trying to buckle him in. I must also comment on the kids in a restaurant, which I know it was not meant to offend and I have seen my share of crazy kids and parents who just don't care. I really like when your in a booth with kids next to you and they are hanging all over the booth and hitting you in the head and so forth. It's not the child's fault by any means but what are the parents thinking. I have also seen some adults who should not be allowed in "fancy" restaurants, belching, blowing their nose at the table and some other pretty nasty manners. My addition to the jerk list happened to me again the other day. When your waiting for a parking spot and someone else comes around the corner and thinks for some reason that your just sitting there with you blinker on for your health. And they must be deaf as well because the honking of the horn does nothing to deter them.

cbmare
11-08-2007, 03:22 PM
[QUOTE=Brendansmum;1923338My addition to the jerk list happened to me again the other day. When your waiting for a parking spot and someone else comes around the corner and thinks for some reason that your just sitting there with you blinker on for your health. And they must be deaf as well because the honking of the horn does nothing to deter them.[/QUOTE]

Makes ya wanna pull in and park too close to the drivers door, doesn't it?

cbmare
11-08-2007, 03:23 PM
Gracious me, what do you do, run a trucking company out of your home?


I was wondering the same thing. How do you get that thing refilled? You must have quite a bit of space to get one of those gas trucks in.

Lovestorun
11-08-2007, 03:28 PM
I would like to add to my "jerk list" the snowbirds that come
down to Florida every single winter (about this time). Not only
do they NOT know how to drive anywhere but they all drive
too damn S-L-O-W. Now, I by no means am a speed demon
but at least do the speed limit for goodness sake! They also
do nothing but complain, complain, complain and while Iam
on this subject- they also make all the resturants in the
area way to crowded, they really need to go eailer in the day
so those of us who work can go at a normal hour. UGH!:mad:

Brendansmum
11-08-2007, 03:30 PM
cbmare, I got a good laugh out of that one. But as soon as you did that their kid would slam the car door into yours :D

mandalinn82
11-08-2007, 03:33 PM
Anyone who uses a community/joint laundry facility and leaves their clothes in the washers or dryers more than 10 minutes after the cycle finishes. Bonus points for people who leave them for an hour, on days when washers and dryers are at a premium.

nelie
11-08-2007, 03:49 PM
Also, people who bring their small children to restaurants. The fancy ones. Places like McDonalds were made specifically for screaming kids, not places like The Olive Garden or Red Lobster.

I'd put that as more of a sign of improperly taught manners. I don't have kids but I've seen many well behaved children in restaurants and I've even seen parents harass their kids into crying at restaurants.

Of some of the really nice restaurants, I've never seen any kids in but regular restaurants, I think parents should bring their kids and teach them how to act in the restaurant. Of course some of the parents don't know how to act themselves...

Casandra
11-08-2007, 04:06 PM
I'd put that as more of a sign of improperly taught manners. I don't have kids but I've seen many well behaved children in restaurants and I've even seen parents harass their kids into crying at restaurants.

Of some of the really nice restaurants, I've never seen any kids in but regular restaurants, I think parents should bring their kids and teach them how to act in the restaurant. Of course some of the parents don't know how to act themselves...

I more meant the younger toddlers and infants who do not yet understand how to behave in nicer places. I've been in places where a two year old starts screaming bloody murder and the parents do nothing about it, "Oh, we dont believe in being negative towards little Tommy, with our gestures or our words"

I was in a pub the other week and a teenage mother brought her newborn, I swear it couldnt have been a month old, into the pub, and had a bacardi and coke and then a few other various mixers.

Irresponsible parents also should go on the list.

nelie
11-08-2007, 04:11 PM
woah nice! Yeah I'm a believer that babies need to stay home for the most part. I know parents want to go out but especially new borns shouldn't be out and about.

StillTryin
11-08-2007, 04:16 PM
Casandra, I agree, IRRESPONSIBLE PARENTS!!!!!! Dont get me started!

And NO we do not run a trucking company......lol We do however FARM. So we have (2) 500 gallon gas and diesel tanks and the regular unleaded tank we use to fill our car and pickup along with the grain/dump trucks. So we have a big truck come when we are low and refill us as needed. So we end up paying like $2500 at a time for "gas"...OUCH!!!!

FrouFrou
11-08-2007, 04:33 PM
Parents who let their kids have free run of the store and dumb drivers. Especially the ones who can't seem to talk on the phone and drive at the same time, ugh!

melekalikimaka
11-08-2007, 04:55 PM
Irresponsible pet owners who walk their dogs but don't pick up their dog's business. When I walk my dog I always carry plastic bags to pick up what my dog makes--I don't need the evil-eye from joggers, other dog walkers or homeowners who think I was the one who left a big pile just because I was the one they happen to see walking by. :mad:


Oooh, another peeve--people who use retractable leashes that can't control their dogs. I've been walking my dog (on a short 4' leather lead) and some lady with two or three neurotic pooches all on retractables, all going in different directions and her dogs nearly attack mine and get her and me all tangled up in the stupid length of leash. GO HOME or get a REAL leash that works to restrain your dog.

Both of the above jerks don't deserve to have pets. :mad:

wifey bullseye
11-08-2007, 05:03 PM
To the lady that posted about someone stealing your parking space...I have one word for you...TOWANDA!

Haha!

nelie
11-08-2007, 05:24 PM
I had a large dog come at my dog the other day because the dog got away from his owner. The large dog wanted to play with my dog but my dog doesn't like to be approached quickly by large dogs so she got nervous. The dog owner asked me to pick my dog up. My dog weighs about 40 lbs. I could've picked my dog up but it would've just made my dog even more defensive, its not like she weighs 10 lbs.

My biggest complaint is with dog owners who don't pick up there mess although that is a complaint. It is with horse owners who take their horses on common walking paths. A big pile of horse poo is not what I want to see on my dog walk.

alinnell
11-08-2007, 05:36 PM
I had a large dog come at my dog the other day because the dog got away from his owner. The large dog wanted to play with my dog but my dog doesn't like to be approached quickly by large dogs so she got nervous. The dog owner asked me to pick my dog up. My dog weighs about 40 lbs. I could've picked my dog up but it would've just made my dog even more defensive, its not like she weighs 10 lbs.


Nelie~if the larger dog was aggressive, picking up your dog could cause the aggressive dog to attack either your or the dog or both of you. Even bending over to pick up the dog could have caused the other dog to do that. I hope you gave the owner an earful!

Could the jerks who hit their bright lights and leave them on please stand up? I'd like to give you all a thorough lashing! Oh, and the folks who don't signal to change lanes, but just start going slower and slower as if they expect everyone around them to recognize that slowing automatically means they'll merge somewhere: first of all, you're holding up traffic in your lane and making everyone in the other lane wonder what the hold up is. Learn how to properly use your signal!!!

ANOther
11-08-2007, 05:42 PM
NO we do not run a trucking company......lol We do however FARM. So we have (2) 500 gallon gas and diesel tanks and the regular unleaded tank we use to fill our car and pickup along with the grain/dump trucks. So we have a big truck come when we are low and refill us as needed. So we end up paying like $2500 at a time for "gas"...OUCH!!!!

Ok, I dig. I'm a city mouse and the closest I ever get to farms is I have one cousin who lives out in the middle of farm country (in a subdivision, but with farms all around it) and I've visited him up there occasionally. ::braces for 50 lashes with lo-carb wet noodle::

cbmare
11-08-2007, 06:10 PM
To the lady that posted about someone stealing your parking space...I have one word for you...TOWANDA!

Haha!


:rofl: :lol3:

:rofl: :lol3:

melekalikimaka
11-08-2007, 06:59 PM
... The dog owner asked me to pick my dog up.

Seriously, I would've said "Um, excuse me, but RESTRAIN YOUR DOG!" That would've pissed me off. And as Allison said, picking up your dog could cause the other dog to attack both you and your dog. What an idiot!


I just thought of another one: Bad parents who don't control their children and let them just run wild, out of their line of sight....and these kids come running up to my dog and try to pet her. Granted, my dog likes kids, but come on people! You have to teach your kids that you don't just run up to strange dogs and try to touch them, especially if the kids are toddler sized and at the dogs eye-level. The kid would lose an eye, nose, finger, hand or whatever body part the dog would grab if it perceived your child as a threat. OK, end-rant about people, my animals and theirs (er, children) :lol:


I'm gonna go and watch Fried Green Tomatoes, maybe that would let me cool off a bit! :lol:

newFannie07
11-08-2007, 07:00 PM
People who interrupt me when I am helping a customer. I am most likely discussing an imporant medical issue (I am a pharmaicst) and don't need to be distracted by you wanting to know where the dang toothpaste is. Wait your darn turn! I will give you as much attention when it is your turn. Not before.

Also, hang up your phone before you ask for my help. It is just plain rude to interact with another person while yacking on the dang phone. Give others some respect.

mandalinn82
11-08-2007, 07:05 PM
Oh, the people who stay on the phone while interacting with people working are the WORST. The few times I have been engaged in a phone conversation and needed to check out, I have said to the person I was talking to "hold on one moment, I'm checking out at the grocery store" or whatever it is, and then apologized to the person helping me. I try not to do it, but my mom has an uncanny knack for calling me while I'm waiting in line.

cbmare
11-08-2007, 07:15 PM
Oh! ITA about people yacking on the phone. I hate going into a business and the person holds up a hand to let me know to wait until they are off the phone. I don't mind doing that when they are on a business call. But please! Telling someone about your latest haircut isn't on my agenda of business calls.

cbmare
11-08-2007, 07:18 PM
AND ANOTHER CELL PHONE ONE!

Do you remember my telling you about the lady in the next stall asking me to "hold it" until she was off the phone?

She was in the building a while back and was yacking away again. This time she was standing in front of our office door! She kept holding up her hand to kinda tell me I was disturbing her. I put my hand on her shoulder and nudged her. She looked around and made some sort of remark about being on the phone. I remarked back that she's blocking a door. MOVE!

She could have sat in one of the chairs by the fountain or gone outside. Out of all the offices in this building, she had to stand in front of our door.

I don't like her.

Lovely
11-08-2007, 08:10 PM
I would like to add to my "jerk list" the snowbirds that come
down to Florida every single winter (about this time). Not only
do they NOT know how to drive anywhere but they all drive
too damn S-L-O-W. Now, I by no means am a speed demon
but at least do the speed limit for goodness sake! They also
do nothing but complain, complain, complain and while Iam
on this subject- they also make all the resturants in the
area way to crowded, they really need to go eailer in the day
so those of us who work can go at a normal hour. UGH!:mad:

:rofl: I have to put up with those guys in the spring summer & fall! Have fun with them during the winter months :devil:

GatorgalstuckinGA
11-08-2007, 09:20 PM
and on the note of irresponsible pet owners...hmm many. Definately the retractable leashes...they suck...please control your pet before it gets 20 ft away from you. Please pick up your pets poo..i do it, it hasn't killed me and it definately won't kill you.
But the best ones are the owner that bring me a sick and or limping dog for me to examine...then when i tell them what test i need/want to run...they tell me..nope i can't do anything and leave. Well why the F did you just waste my time and frustrate me. I'm here to help your pet...but i can't do it by just waving my hands over it like some evangelical preacher and yelling "thou art healed" For pete's sake people..i'm a veterinarian..not god.

almostheaven
11-08-2007, 09:25 PM
Also, people who bring their small children to restaurants. The fancy ones. Places like McDonalds were made specifically for screaming kids, not places like The Olive Garden or Red Lobster.
I'd put that as more of a sign of improperly taught manners. I don't have kids but I've seen many well behaved children in restaurants and I've even seen parents harass their kids into crying at restaurants.

Of some of the really nice restaurants, I've never seen any kids in but regular restaurants, I think parents should bring their kids and teach them how to act in the restaurant. Of course some of the parents don't know how to act themselves...
Same thing I was thinking. I've been taking my son to restaurants since his birth. And I LOVE The Olive Garden. And...they even have kid menus there, so they do cater to children. However, I've eaten out with my cousin when her children were younger. It isn't even the kids manners most time, but the parents inability to control the child. And she did NOT control hers...PLUS they were ill mannered kids. It was totally embarrassing.

My son is two, and very rambunctious. But he is very well behaved in restaurants...for the most part. When he isn't, we go to the restroom or maybe have to leave. I don't just sit at the table and allow him to disturb other customers. Even as an infant, the car carrier doubled well as a rocker. Just sit it on the table and rock him with one hand while I eat with the other. Kept him happy and quiet and mom got to enjoy a good meal.

And NO we do not run a trucking company......lol We do however FARM. So we have (2) 500 gallon gas and diesel tanks and the regular unleaded tank we use to fill our car and pickup along with the grain/dump trucks. So we have a big truck come when we are low and refill us as needed. So we end up paying like $2500 at a time for "gas"...OUCH!!!!
Ok, I dig. I'm a city mouse and the closest I ever get to farms is I have one cousin who lives out in the middle of farm country (in a subdivision, but with farms all around it) and I've visited him up there occasionally. ::braces for 50 lashes with lo-carb wet noodle::
Got a friend in NC in farm country. Her neighbors have a large farm. And they own gas stations. So they have a pump in their driveway for their personal vehicles and farm equipment. I was sooooo sorely tempted to fill up before leaving. LOL Sadly, they don't trust anyone and lock the darn thing. Dang! People don't trust anyone anymore. ::snicker::

Lovely
11-09-2007, 11:55 AM
I wholehearted agree about not using one's cell phone when being helped at a store. I used to cashier when I was a teenager. And yes, I'm working, and yes I'm getting paid to stand there, but it doesn't give you the right to be rude to me. I'm trying to help you out! So thank you to those who put their phones down for 5 minutes while you're interacting with me.

Even more than that... PEOPLE WHO TALK ON CELL PHONES IN A RESTAURANT. If you NEED to take a call, and it rings in the restaurant, PLEASE for the love of all that is holy step outside!

I have a few aquaintances who will take a call at the table while one of our friends is talking and I cannot stand it. It's so absolutely rude. The person in front of your face is highest priority. (I will say that bars emergencies but that's obvious. And I mean hospital & death sort of emergencies, not little Timmy won't go to sleep so I need to talk to the babysitter for 15 minutes emergencies.)

It annoys me, because when someone is on the phone, we're all used to trying to be quiet around them so that they are better able to hear the person on the other end. (Or so I was taught when I was young and we only had phones in our houses.) So now we have cell phones all over the place (And that's fine. I use one exclusively, no land line.) However, when I go to use my phone, if I happen to be in a public place, I say excuse me to the person I am speaking with, and I make sure the conversation on the other end is brief and to the point. I say excuse me again when returning to interact with the person who is in front of me. And if I am in a restaurant, I GO OUTSIDE! I don't care if it's -20 degrees out. Your conversation is not so important as to hold the rest of the restaurant hostage while you blab away. And that's what they do. They hold all conversation hostage until they're done.

There was this one time in particular that I was hanging out after work with a co-worker and we go into a restaurant for some dinner and she spends the whole dinner calling both a car dealership and her husband back and forth to try and work out going to see a car. If that was so important, why am I here? Either it could have waited until afterwards, or we could have rescheduled so that you could work that out without an audience.

Sorry that was long, but I'm very annoyed by it... *grumbles*

modkittn
11-09-2007, 12:10 PM
Not only have I gone to my share of movies where someone's cell phone rang, I've also been to them where people have taken the call. And yes, I said something to them - "go outside!!!!".

I also can't stand it when I see parents with young children at a movie that is rated R and completely inappropriate for a young child. If you couldn't get a sitter, you probably shouldn't have come to see the movie.

I also have it when people "knock" on my cubicle wall but I guess that is more of a pet peeve! :) Or when I clearly have my headphones on and they start talking to me as if they assume I could hear them instead of waiting for me to finish typing before I reach up to remove the headphones.

Oh and all those people that tell me food doesn't contain calories when you eat it with friends or family. ;)

kappy
11-09-2007, 12:22 PM
Cell phone rudeness, definitely on the list!

New peeves -- women who won't make sure they completely FLUSH the stupid public toilet. Yes, I've read the reports about the huge number of germs flushing throws into the air. But they're YOUR stupid germs, not mine, so why should I have to flush your waste and deal with your germs?

People who get in the fast lane and do 55-60 MPH. In regular traffic, not even remotely crowded. Yes, I realize it is better for fuel consumption. Get your butt into a more speed appropriate lane and save the universe from there please. Otherwise you're going to cause a huge accident from all the other morons who have to 90 who are bobbing and weaving all over the freeway, cutting me off while trying to get past you.

Last -- people who take the stairs and stomp all the way up or down. In the case of my office, marble stairs. I've seen some of these people, they don't appear to weigh a ton. They just sound like it as they clump up and down all four blessed flights of stairs. Some of them need new heel taps on their shoes, so the screw is scratching every step. Some of the folks have the cheap shoes with the hollow heels with the heel pad worn down so there is an echo with every step. Some of them manage to stomp while wearing athletic shoes. I don't know how they do it. Lack of muscle tone I guess. I appreciate the healthiness of what they're doing, but honestly, could they do it QUIETLY?

cbmare
11-09-2007, 12:27 PM
Faerie and Mod, you've both done wonderfully with your losses!

Since we're talking about taking babies to places........

Over the Labor Day Weekend, we were helping out at a winery we love. We were there 1 day and got to go tour the other wineries the other day. We opted to take the shuttles rather than drive in all that massive crowd. Keep in mind that it was over 100 deg F that day. There was some woman on the shuttle and visiting the wineries with a newborn! She had it in one of the front carriers and that kid was miserable. It was constantly having to be nursed (she did a wonderful job keeping herself and the baby covered) and it was hot. I don't know what she did when she had to change it. Since she was tasting wine, it's a wonder the kid didn't pass out after nursing a few times.

cbmare
11-09-2007, 12:30 PM
People who get in the fast lane and do 55-60 MPH. In regular traffic, not even remotely crowded. Yes, I realize it is better for fuel consumption. Get your butt into a more speed appropriate lane and save the universe from there please. Otherwise you're going to cause a huge accident from all the other morons who have to 90 who are bobbing and weaving all over the freeway, cutting me off while trying to get past you.


How about people who are in the carpool lane legally. They have more than 1 person in the car? I love it when the illegal ones get caught, don't get me wrong. However, the legal ones in the carpool lane and don't want to go the speed limit. The speed limit might be 65 but like you said, they want to save money on gas and slow everybody else down. Yep! Move Over!

mandalinn82
11-09-2007, 12:33 PM
Mod - you reminded me.

I had been looking forwarding to seeing the 4th Harry Potter movie for almost a year. #4 was my favorite book at the time, and we were at a TEN PM showing on the DAY IT CAME OUT.

There was a mother behind me with 5 kids under 10. One was maybe 3-4 and kept asking what was happening as the movie went on, so the mom would explain. One of the older ones was kicking my chair the entire time. And two sisters gabbed away about their friends at school. Then when the movie got a little scarier, the 3-4 year old started screaming and crying and the mom just sat there. During the climax of the movie. While her child ruined it for everyone there.

I know parents have kids, and that a lot of kids (even if they weren't old enough yet) really wanted to see the HP movies. But for pete's sake - if you are taking your kids to a movie that appeals to most ages but some are too young to sit through a movie, get an aisle seat and try to go during a matinee. And while this isn't a hard and fast rule, for a franchise like Harry Potter, the people who are there on the day it came out are most likely the most ardent fans, and at any theater around here, they have waited in line at least 2-3 hours for the rights to be in that theater on opening day. The movie is probably something they really want to see (understatement of the year). So maybe that isn't the best showing to bring your too-young child to. And if you must, exit swiftly when they cry. Oh, and make your kids not talk and kick other people's chairs.

The best part of this story (or worst, from my perspective)...I turn around and give them the "Family Glare" - learned it from my father. You never say a word, you just turn around and....stare at them with a face best described as half angry, half incredulous...it usually works without saying a single word. And they all shut up for a minute. And then when I turned back around, the mom (Yes, the MOM) turns to what I can only presume to be her oldest daughter and says "what a b*tch", and they both snicker.

They definitely get on the list, yes?

cbmare
11-09-2007, 12:45 PM
What's wrong with getting a sitter? Certainly it would make it better for people who want to watch a movie, play, sporting event or whatever if they didn't have to listen to kids crying and whining. Does a kid that young get in free? It certainly cost her money to take all those kids, especially to a 10PM showing. In fact, I feel 10PM is too late for kids of those ages to be out!

mandalinn82
11-09-2007, 01:03 PM
But the best ones are the owner that bring me a sick and or limping dog for me to examine...then when i tell them what test i need/want to run...they tell me..nope i can't do anything and leave. Well why the F did you just waste my time and frustrate me. I'm here to help your pet...but i can't do it by just waving my hands over it like some evangelical preacher and yelling "thou art healed" For pete's sake people..i'm a veterinarian..not god.

Sometimes those people might really not have the money to afford the level of care you're offering. When Pepper had a urinary blockage, we went to the 24-hour animal hospital and the visit had already cost $100 before he had even been examined because it was after hours. Then the vet told us the diagnosis, that he'd have to stay overnight, that he'd need a bunch of tests and a bunch of drugs - we had to go from a 2-car to a 1-car family to pay for it, AND take out CareCredit to pay the rest. Granted, we did so, but some people might not be willing or able to do that for their pets.

NightengaleShane
11-09-2007, 02:43 PM
I agree about small children and restaurants - one time, the GF and I went out to a pretty nice place (Macaroni Grill) just to have our date ruined by two kids who wouldn't stop YELLING, CRYING, and THROWING FOOD! I kid you not, this little boy threw food that landed on our table!

If I had kids, would I take them to Olive Garden (where they do cater to children) or Red Lobster? Probably, but I would tell them that if they were loud and/or obnoxious in any way that we would be leaving the restaurant early and they would be punished for it.

I second Manda that pet care can be really, really expensive. I have a little dog who has had his fair share of very random ailments (he's a runt) and the bills are INSANE!

Ok, onto the jerk list:
I have to add my downstairs neighbors! They're in a band, and every night the band practices. Their music is awful, but I'm not going to be upset just because they're practicing. I've had bands and I understand that practices don't always sound good. What bothers me is that they practice and play very loudly at 2 or 3 AM on WEEKNIGHTS nearly every day! While THEY might not have to wake up early for work, I DO! Nearly every night, I bang on their door with one eye open, my hair sprouting in all directions, and semi-slurred sleepy speech, letting them know that they need to STOP! Sometimes they adhere to my request, but other times, they find it comical and play louder. I've even had to call noise ordinance once. I don't do stuff like this. I'm not the kind of person that pisses all over other people's parades and I definitely don't want to sick Gainesville's Finest on anyone, but sometimes it just HAS to STOP!

And OHMYGOSH, if you don't flush the toilet in public restrooms, then you are SICK!
One of the most disgusting things ever is to walk into an otherwise clean restroom and then see a big load of turds and toilet paper just sitting in the bowl. How can, um, going number two impact your life to SUCH a TINY degree that you don't even REALIZE you left it in the bowl to begin with?!

Sometimes, I wonder if this not flushing thing is just done as a mean trick because these mysterious individuals just KNOW someone will walk into the stall and go "EWWWW!!!" A very crude friend of mine once told me that she purposely takes huge dumps in the stalls of the restrooms at her university because she knows lots of sorority girls are there and she likes to remind them that "they poop too AND their poop stinks just as bad as mine!"

Ok, my friend just went on the jerk list for a moment there.

modkittn
11-09-2007, 03:23 PM
Thanks for the compliment cbmare!

kappy - You know what I hate? When I'm in the left hand lane and going the speed limit or just over and I am actually still passing everyone to my right and someone tailgates me. At that point I always refuse to move over. I'm using the lane the way it was meant to be used. They can move over and pass me if they're in that much of a hurry.

modkittn
11-09-2007, 03:25 PM
Ok, onto the jerk list:
I have to add my downstairs neighbors! They're in a band, and every night the band practices. Their music is awful, but I'm not going to be upset just because they're practicing. I've had bands and I understand that practices don't always sound good. What bothers me is that they practice and play very loudly at 2 or 3 AM on WEEKNIGHTS nearly every day! While THEY might not have to wake up early for work, I DO! Nearly every night, I bang on their door with one eye open, my hair sprouting in all directions, and semi-slurred sleepy speech, letting them know that they need to STOP! Sometimes they adhere to my request, but other times, they find it comical and play louder. I've even had to call noise ordinance once. I don't do stuff like this. I'm not the kind of person that pisses all over other people's parades and I definitely don't want to sick Gainesville's Finest on anyone, but sometimes it just HAS to STOP!


If you really want it to stop, call your landlord. Your neighbors signed a lease too, and it might have something in there about a responsible noise level. DH and I had this problem once when we lived in an apartment and management made them keep it down. Of course my case wasn't happening that late at night. In your case, I already would have called the cops on them and not been as nice to go to the landlord first but that is just me... ;)

mandalinn82
11-09-2007, 03:30 PM
Mod - that happens SO often on the Northern CA to Southern CA route (I-5). It is a major trucking route, so there are tons of big rigs, and only 2 lanes. Your options are going 55 in the truck lane or going the speed limit (which is 70) or above in the fast lane. I can be going 75 in the fast lane, passing trucks on my right, and people flash their brights at me and get on my tail. Obviously if I can get over and NOT get stuck going 55 to let people over, I will. But 9/10 times on the I-5, if you get over in the slow lane, it takes you 10-15 minutes to find a break in traffic to get back over to the lane going to speed limit (because you're trapped going 55 mph between big rigs, and everyone is going 20 mph faster than you in the other lane).

It makes me NUTS. And some of the people are scary-aggressive getting on your tail and almost cause accidents.

Glory87
11-09-2007, 03:43 PM
People that talk during movies.

I personally feel that video/DVD usage is ruining the theatre going experience. People are so USED to talking during a movie (commenting, asking questions, etc etc) that they just can NOT shut up for 2 hours.

It makes me so furious when people talk, most people don't even whisper these days, they just talk in regular voices. I almost expect it from a typical Hollywood Blockbuster type of movie, but it's ALL movies these days. I went to see a documentary Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room and two guys talked the entire movie.

I will shush. I will move. I will give dirty looks. It makes me so furious, I just don't go to movies anymore. I hate crying babies in movies too, but at least I can understand they are BABIES and babies cry. Adults talking during a movie that I paid 10 bucks for - NO EXCUSE.

Also, people that spit. What the **** is that all about? I've never in my life spit.

NightengaleShane
11-09-2007, 03:44 PM
If you really want it to stop, call your landlord. Your neighbors signed a lease too, and it might have something in there about a responsible noise level. DH and I had this problem once when we lived in an apartment and management made them keep it down. Of course my case wasn't happening that late at night. In your case, I already would have called the cops on them and not been as nice to go to the landlord first but that is just me... ;)

Here's the problem:
one of the downstairs neighbors is the complex's maintenance man and two others are the landlord's nephews. The landlord even parties with them sometimes, though obviously not super late on weeknights. I've told her repeatedly about the activities, and she says she's told them to stop several times, but I guess her nephews don't think they need to listen to "Auntie Sharon" (that is what they call her)

modkittn
11-09-2007, 04:40 PM
How about all those people who used to say (when he was on "terrestrial radio") that they hated Howard Stern and quoted things he would say on the air? If you don't like him - don't listen!

alinnell
11-09-2007, 04:44 PM
People that talk during movies.

I personally feel that video/DVD usage is ruining the theatre going experience. People are so USED to talking during a movie (commenting, asking questions, etc etc) that they just can NOT shut up for 2 hours.



I'm not one of these (thankfully) but your post made me chuckle--I'm so used to videos and DVRs that if I don't catch it the first time I want a REPLAY! It's so funny that sometimes I'll be in the car listening to the morning news and they announce something that I half hear and I get all bummed out that I can't rewind my DVR and hear it again!!! Talk about getting used to something!

Oh, and Amanda~I hear you on the I5! Imagine this: we're in our motor home, in the right lane, going 55 (ish)--its about 9 PM in winter (dark). We're following an older pickup pulling an ancient trailer with very dim tail lights. Suddenly we are passed on the left by a sports car going over 80 who suddenly decides to pull in front of us (not seeing the dim lights on the trailer ahead of us). He runs UP ONTO the trailer, loses control, and spins off to our right (and hits the trailer we're pulling) and then crosses both lanes and ends up in the median (with car parts all over I5). We (and the truck ahead of us) slow and pull off to the right and go back to see if this stupido is ok (he, his wife and 20-something son are fine). We call 911 to report the accident and then we decide to clear the debris off of I5 (a bumper, a quarter panel, etc from his car) and what happens? The darn truckers start honking at us to just get out of the way so they can drive on (we had traffic completely stopped for all of 2 or 3 minutes). I couldn't believe that they didn't want us to clear the debris that could have easily caused another accident. Sometimes I hate California and California drivers!

LondonJulz
11-09-2007, 04:45 PM
my mother-in-law

nuff said.

:D

cbmare
11-09-2007, 04:52 PM
I'm not one of these (thankfully) but your post made me chuckle--I'm so used to videos and DVRs that if I don't catch it the first time I want a REPLAY! It's so funny that sometimes I'll be in the car listening to the morning news and they announce something that I half hear and I get all bummed out that I can't rewind my DVR and hear it again!!! Talk about getting used to something!

YEP! Same here! I even hit the rewind button on my cd player once. I'd forgotten that I'd put the radio on and not the cd. LOL. :o

Nicoyaangel
11-09-2007, 05:07 PM
OMG I wish I saw this yesterday! The worst day of my life. But I would still like to vent about it so here goes *ahem*

First! I would like to add the underaged minors on probation and their parents. I work at Sylvan Learning Center and we have a contract with Alameda County probation offices so that the county pays for these students to attend. The parents are NOT paying for any of this. Our assessment test to start the program is $195 Registration fee is $75 and hourly rate is $54 an hour. Again, the parents are not paying for ANY of this. So tell me why the students come in and try to get out if it. Lie to me and tell me you have a dr. appointment or have to go to work so you dont stay all 5 hours to test. I know thats a long time but your here for a reason!!!! Your not doing good in school and we are here to help you. And the parents whyyyyy are you letting your child come to the center by themselves knowing they dont want the help. I would sit there with my child until they were done. I mean you cant go tell your boss that its for your childs education!?! Ahhh!

And for the parents whose students are enrolled. Why are you constantly excusing your students when you know they need to be there for improve? They are there because they are behind. Quit pulling your kids out of class and making excuses when you cant do the Make ups. Hellooooo. Oh and your going to let your kid play sports and have the freedom they do when they are about 3-4 grade levels behind. How did your kid get so behind in the first place? Maybe because sports came first?!?! Hmmmm....

And for my boss. Our ratios are 3:1. Whyyyy is it that when I get the schedule PERFECT WITH MY BOSS RIGHT THERE NEXT TO ME she goes and add another child to the schedule which puts us over. We dont have anymore teachers to call and have them come in so why are YOU adding kids to the schedule. Who do you want them to sit with? YOU dont know how to teach and I cant teach so how do you expect ME to fix YOUR mistake?!?! AHHH!!!

*BREATH* ok I am sooo much better now hehe

Thanks for making this thread!

ANOther
11-09-2007, 05:55 PM
And OHMYGOSH, if you don't flush the toilet in public restrooms, then you are SICK!
One of the most disgusting things ever is to walk into an otherwise clean restroom and then see a big load of turds and toilet paper just sitting in the bowl. How can, um, going number two impact your life to SUCH a TINY degree that you don't even REALIZE you left it in the bowl to begin with?!

Tellllll me about it! I had to go to one of the libraries on campus to find some articles, while I was over there I felt The Need, went into the ladies (in this case :?:) room, and the first stall I went in the most COLOSSAL pile of unflushed poo was sitting in the bowl! :barf: :rolleyes: :faint: I tried to flush but it wouldn't move. What the heck do you do, it's too grody to noodge it back in the bowl (rather shallow and flat and the turdzilla was in the shallowest part) to a place where it'll flush down ::lapses into angry muttering::

GatorgalstuckinGA
11-09-2007, 08:44 PM
glory - how about those that answer their cell phone during a movie and continue the conversation in the theater...i guess they missed the first part that asked for cell phones to be turned off.

mandalinn- yes you are right...a lot of times money is the issue...however what i hate is that alot of people continue to make me feel guilty about not being able to help their animal with tests. they dont' understand i can't treat what i don't know. It hurts and pains me when i can't help, but makes me feel even worse when the owners then elect to make me feel like i'm a horrible vet because i can't figure out whats wrong with the dog without tests..that's more of my problem. But i guess maybe putting them on the jerk list is a little extreme.

L144S
11-09-2007, 10:20 PM
I will second the pet ownership. I HATE poorly behaved dogs. The guy who let his dogs off leash when they KNOWS it is dog/people agressive. The dogs that bark non-stop at anything that moves, the dogs that jump all over people when you go to their homes and the owners that allow their dogs to be all over the place on the flexi leads. TAKE a fricking class and train your dogs! :)

I also want to add the jerks that HAVE to make the left turn out of carpool holding up everyone behind, the 3 lanes of traffic they have to cross just to save themselves .1 mile to the turn around up the steet and the jearks that will pull into the oncoming lane to make the left turn holding up all of the traffic so they can get across the street.

OneLastTime
11-09-2007, 10:40 PM
People who park in handicapped spaces that are NOT handicapped!!! Makes me wanna key a big scratch down the side of their car. :tantrum:

GatorgalstuckinGA
11-09-2007, 10:43 PM
L1455s - god i second that with poorly behaved dogs. I was playing in the park one day with my dog and there was a bunch of us allowing our good mannered dogs to play together...well someone starts throwing the ball for her dog and my dog goes to play with the ball...her dog place large holes in my dogs ear with her teeth...she was like..."oh i'm sorry..my dog is ball aggressive"...well wtf are you doing playing ball around other dogs with your dog off leash if its ball aggressive...how stupid can you be. I work in banfield which is the vet office inside of petsmart...and i can't tell you how many people think they need to bring their dog/people aggressive dog shopping in petsmart...ummmm hello...stressing the dog out and exposing them to a large amount of ppl and dogs is not going to get them pet friendly. Oh well some ppl won't learn

Spinymouse
11-09-2007, 11:27 PM
if you are merging onto a freeway, you are supposed to be moving at a speed approaching freeway speed to make a smooth merge. You should not have to stop unless there is a stop or yield sign. of course you need to look and be prepared for quick adjustment if people are not going to let you in, but it is up to the already moving on the freeway people to either speed up or slow down or move over to let the mergers in.

my driving peeve is with pedestrians who walk about 0.002 miles per hour (who are not elderly or handicapped) when crossing an intersection, when a car is waiting to turn, and the light is about to change, or these same pedestrians walk at 0.002 miles per hour in a parking lot in front of a moving car without moving over to the side, etc.

almostheaven
11-10-2007, 12:16 AM
Even more than that... PEOPLE WHO TALK ON CELL PHONES IN A RESTAURANT. If you NEED to take a call, and it rings in the restaurant, PLEASE for the love of all that is holy step outside!

I have a few aquaintances who will take a call at the table while one of our friends is talking and I cannot stand it. It's so absolutely rude. The person in front of your face is highest priority. (I will say that bars emergencies but that's obvious. And I mean hospital & death sort of emergencies, not little Timmy won't go to sleep so I need to talk to the babysitter for 15 minutes emergencies.)

It annoys me, because when someone is on the phone, we're all used to trying to be quiet around them so that they are better able to hear the person on the other end. (Or so I was taught when I was young and we only had phones in our houses.) So now we have cell phones all over the place (And that's fine. I use one exclusively, no land line.) However, when I go to use my phone, if I happen to be in a public place, I say excuse me to the person I am speaking with, and I make sure the conversation on the other end is brief and to the point. I say excuse me again when returning to interact with the person who is in front of me. And if I am in a restaurant, I GO OUTSIDE! I don't care if it's -20 degrees out. Your conversation is not so important as to hold the rest of the restaurant hostage while you blab away. And that's what they do. They hold all conversation hostage until they're done.

There was this one time in particular that I was hanging out after work with a co-worker and we go into a restaurant for some dinner and she spends the whole dinner calling both a car dealership and her husband back and forth to try and work out going to see a car. If that was so important, why am I here? Either it could have waited until afterwards, or we could have rescheduled so that you could work that out without an audience.
I talk on my blue tooth while in restaurants. But no one is paying attention to my conversation. BTW, it's just me and my son, so I don't have people with me that I'm supposed to be paying attention to. And I don't talk loud enough that other tables even pay me any mind. So I don't see a need to pull my son from a high chair, put his coat on, find my waiter so he doesn't clean off my table, and head outside for a conversation no one else is listening to. :D

Aside from that...my aunt is hooked on her blackberry. She texts while driving!!!! She veers a bit while doing this. She CONSTANTLY talks when she and I are shopping or in the car. And she's in from Chicago about once every couple of months, so you'd think that she'd want to enjoy some conversation with me during our time together. But...she won't change. She's too stuck in her ways. ::sigh::

Sometimes those people might really not have the money to afford the level of care you're offering. When Pepper had a urinary blockage, we went to the 24-hour animal hospital and the visit had already cost $100 before he had even been examined because it was after hours. Then the vet told us the diagnosis, that he'd have to stay overnight, that he'd need a bunch of tests and a bunch of drugs - we had to go from a 2-car to a 1-car family to pay for it, AND take out CareCredit to pay the rest. Granted, we did so, but some people might not be willing or able to do that for their pets.
We went through this. Took our cat in for tests. They did some tests, cost us nearly $500. They wanted to run 2 more. One for $500 and another for $300. We decided to wait it out. We were moving in a month. If she got better, we'd take her, if not, we'd put her to sleep for a lot less. She got better and we made the trip and she stayed better for another 4 months, then ended up much worse than she had been and was finally put to sleep. Of the two tests they wanted to run BTW, they said she was too old to even likely survive the treatments for those diseases and that it had to be one of them. So any money spent on those tests would have just been thrown away anyhow.

I agree about small children and restaurants - one time, the GF and I went out to a pretty nice place (Macaroni Grill) just to have our date ruined by two kids who wouldn't stop YELLING, CRYING, and THROWING FOOD! I kid you not, this little boy threw food that landed on our table!
I keep having waitresses tell me not to do that, that they'll get it, everytime they catch me cleaning up food my son dropped. LOL I used to witness my cousin just walking away and leaving a complete mess her two most unbehaved toddlers made. But I was raised to pick up after my child and teach him to pick up and not leave a mess. He's too young to control his spoon, and he knows waaaaaaaaaaaay better than to ever throw the food in a restaurant.

And OHMYGOSH, if you don't flush the toilet in public restrooms, then you are SICK!
One of the most disgusting things ever is to walk into an otherwise clean restroom and then see a big load of turds and toilet paper just sitting in the bowl. How can, um, going number two impact your life to SUCH a TINY degree that you don't even REALIZE you left it in the bowl to begin with?!
I can't fault someone who forgets to flush nearly as much as the individuals who can't seem to actually hit the bowl, but instead have it smeared on the stall walls, seat and floor. Makes me wanna slap the crap outta them, cept they can't possibly have anymore crap in em after what they left. :mad::mad::mad:

Thanks for the compliment cbmare!

kappy - You know what I hate? When I'm in the left hand lane and going the speed limit or just over and I am actually still passing everyone to my right and someone tailgates me. At that point I always refuse to move over. I'm using the lane the way it was meant to be used. They can move over and pass me if they're in that much of a hurry.
I used to do the same thing, until my son came along. I was rearended when he was 1, and just because of a sudden halt on the interstate, not because I refused to get over because someone was tailgaiting. But it made me even more aware of not doing that. You don't know how scarey it can be to have a 1 yo in the backseat and be plowed into at 60 mph by a huge Silverado truck into your teeny tiny hatchback. :( And that guy was afraid the semi was going to plow into him, but the semi managed to thankfully get over, or I may not have been here telling this.

I tried to flush but it wouldn't move.
Maybe that's why it was still there. :D:D:D

People who park in handicapped spaces that are NOT handicapped!!! Makes me wanna key a big scratch down the side of their car. :tantrum:
I'll even add people who park in handicapped spaces just because they have a handicapped sticker but AREN'T handicapped. No, it's their mom's, brothers, sister's, whomever's sticker, but it's on the vehicle, and they're damned sure gonna use it. Despite the REAL handicapped person who's driving the lot waiting for a spot to open up so they can get their wheelchair out. :mad::mad::mad:

my driving peeve is with pedestrians who walk about 0.002 miles per hour (who are not elderly or handicapped) when crossing an intersection, when a car is waiting to turn, and the light is about to change, or these same pedestrians walk at 0.002 miles per hour in a parking lot in front of a moving car without moving over to the side, etc.
Dontcha just feel like creeping up on their backside and hitting the horn as hard and as loud as ya can? :D:D:D

GatorgalstuckinGA
11-10-2007, 07:23 AM
almost heaven...but at least you ran some tests..its the ones that i can't even at least run one simple test that gets frustrating (and really only when they give me a guilty trip and make me feel like i'm a horrible vet since i can't fix the animal). Trust me..i've dealt with the lack of money...i have a client right now that bloodwork makes me suspect her dog has a tumor bleeding, however she can't afford x-rays. I told her, she needs to think seriously, if she would not be able to afford anything more, and the dog is worse tomorrow..she needs to end his suffering. Trust me, I hate to do it..but i'd rather put an animal to sleep if treatment can't be afforded than make the animal suffer. And i know that's a hard decision for an owner..i had to do it once when i was in college and had little money

firehorse66
11-10-2007, 08:41 AM
About the vet bills, this same thing happened to us just this week. We are currently using a new vet, and one of our cats has not been feeling well for several days. Has lost weight, not acting right, etc. So we take her to the vet, and I`m hoping the vet will tell me it`s just some sort of bug going around and maybe give me antibiotics for it. We don`t have much money to spend, either, due to my DH having brain cancer and losing his job last year. I also don`t work full time because someone has to be with him at all times because he takes seizures.
So anyway, I tell the vet about one of our other cats that has been going through the same symptoms (thus me thinking it`s a bug) and before I made him an appointment, he seems to be getting better. She checks her temp., heart rate, etc and can`t find anything wrong with her. She recommends bloodwork for liver and kidney function, red and white cell count, etc. She also recommends testing for leukemia and FIV, which is a combo test.
Now I know the vet isn`t magic, and these tests are the next logical step, but we honestly couldn`t afford all those tests at once. So I chose the lesser of 2 evils and had her do the leukemia/FIV test, which thankfully was negative. We are currently waiting on 2 checks, and when we get one I can take her in for more bloodwork, but until then our hands are pretty much tied.
I have to add that we took our lab to this vet the previous week and spent $350.00 for testing of her heart. We just didn`t have much more to spend.
I have been a dog groomer for the past 20 years, and I would do all I can to take care of my pets if a medical situation arises. This is the first time in my life that I really can`t afford to do this, and we have 2 dogs currently that are dealing with medical issues, now the cats are getting sick.

I guess the point I`m trying to make is that sometimes people feel like they have to do something, and they`re hoping (like I was) that the solution is simpler than it appears. When it`s not, that`s when things get tough.

Then there are those who don`t take their animals to the vet when it would be something simple, and let it get out of hand until it`s life-threatening.
I`m not in the mood to get started about that right now....

firehorse66
11-10-2007, 09:33 AM
Ok, I just spent the last 20 minutes typing another story that ties into my previous post, and then our power went out for 3 seconds, and everything shut off and I lost it all, LOL! God, I HATE when that happens. So I`m just going to give the major details of the story.

Last year, Dh was in the hospital, had been there for a month after having been diagnosed with brain cancer and undergone surgery and some rehab. Was on the verge of starting chemo and radiation. We had very little money coming in, and weren`t sure about the future.
Our lab Sammy has a bad bout with her arthritis. She had been diagnosed with spinal arthritis by a previous vet in my hometown. This time it`s worse than I`ve ever seen her, so reluctantly (due to lack of $) off I go to the vet.
I get someone I`ve not dealt with before (and never will again, EVER) and she examines dog, and starts asking me if I know about this problem, and this problem, and this problem, and on and on. Sammy has bad ears, which I have attempted to treat many times in the past; nothing my vet ever gave me has worked for more than 3 weeks. Each time she brings up something, I begin to tell her the history on it and what has been done for it, but the vet cuts me off each time and starts in on another problem that I should know about, and why don`t I? She had a very condescending tone which I really didn`t like at all. I know the dog`s arthritis is acting up, that`s what I brought her in for, but this vet wants to run a barrage of tests for everything she can think of. After it`s all said and done, all the tests she wants to run will cost $425.00 just for the tests, let alone the office visit, and any treatments/drugs that may be given. I tell her money is a concern right now and I can`t afford to pay $425.00 today (which she makes it obvious that she is annoyed by this) and I end up ok-ing an x-ray (she found a heart murmur that I didn`t know about, but she acted like I should have known), an ear flushing, and a Lyme disease test, which I didn`t really want to do that last one but she was pretty adamant about it, so I said ok. I leave the dog there at their request and agree to come back later for her.

later, not only have they done what I okayed, but they also shaved an area where there was a hot spot that I had been treating, and TOLD her I had been treating, and it was healing up. It was $35.00 just to shave a 4" x 4" spot! I am a groomer, and where I used to live, whole haircuts weren`t that much! But I really get pissed off when I get the bill. Now after telling this woman I could not afford $425.00, I get handed a bill totalling $450.00!!!!:mad::mad::mad: This woman had an attitude with me the whole time, and I know she did this on purpose. She did nothing the entire time but try to make me feel like a terrible dog owner, and I deeply resent that. I should have complained, but I am not a confrontational person by nature and all I could think of was how I was going to pay for this, then tell my DH about it. I knew he would be furious, not because I spent the money on the dog, but because of the way it happened.
Oh, and remember the reason I took the dog in the first place? Arthritis acting up? Well, after the Lyme disease test (negative just like I thought) this wonderful vet comes to the conclusion that the dog is limping and stiff because she has ARTHRITIS. I sooooo wanted to throttle this woman. I really should have complained to the owners of the hospital, but there was so much turmoil going on in our lives at that point I decided I didn`t need to add to it. I ended up having to charge the amount on our credit card. Which is, after all, what we have one for.

Rant over now.:soap:

cbmare
11-10-2007, 10:12 AM
People who park in handicapped spaces that are NOT handicapped!!! Makes me wanna key a big scratch down the side of their car. :tantrum:


Same here! However, you can't always tell. It may be a heart condition. Just because they aren't limping or something doesn't mean they don't deserve one. I, too, don't think it is right for just anybody to use someone's handicap tags. It is assigned to a particular person for a reason.

My SIL was going into a store once when she saw this very perky young woman in a red convertible. The perky young woman pulled right into a handicapped spot. My SIL was just about to go over and say something when the woman got out of the car and reached into the back seat and pulled out braces. She had 1 leg.

OneLastTime
11-10-2007, 12:31 PM
CBMare ~ Ya, that's why I never say anything or do anything. I do look for a tag though and if I don't see a tag and they look healthy I will give them "the look". You all know the one.... lol

almostheaven
11-10-2007, 05:14 PM
About the vet bills, this same thing happened to us just this week. We are currently using a new vet, and one of our cats has not been feeling well for several days. Has lost weight, not acting right, etc. So we take her to the vet, and I`m hoping the vet will tell me it`s just some sort of bug going around and maybe give me antibiotics for it. We don`t have much money to spend, either, due to my DH having brain cancer and losing his job last year. I also don`t work full time because someone has to be with him at all times because he takes seizures.
So anyway, I tell the vet about one of our other cats that has been going through the same symptoms (thus me thinking it`s a bug) and before I made him an appointment, he seems to be getting better. She checks her temp., heart rate, etc and can`t find anything wrong with her. She recommends bloodwork for liver and kidney function, red and white cell count, etc. She also recommends testing for leukemia and FIV, which is a combo test.
That's pretty much the same ordeal we had. My 13 yo cat refused to eat, was losing weight, seemed to be dragging her back leg and limping. They did bloodwork and x-rays. They then wanted to do the lukemia testing and some other disease I can't recall, but said that she likely couldn't survive the treatments for either of those at her age, so I figured there was no point in throwing that money away. Right before we made our trip, she did a COMPLETE recovery. Same old cat agin. We stayed with the in-laws during a guardianship case. Four months later, we rented a house, and paid a $250 non-refundable pet deposit. Two weeks later, she went completely the opposite way and worse. Now she wouldn't even drag herself across the room. I'd put milk right under her nose and she'd lay in it. Her tongue was just hanging out. So we took her in and they'd said she'd lost too much of something??? Don't recall. But the only option left was putting her to sleep. :(

With the pet deposit and putting her to sleep, I think in the end, I probably spent as much as I might have spent having those darned worthless tests.

Same here! However, you can't always tell. It may be a heart condition. Just because they aren't limping or something doesn't mean they don't deserve one. I, too, don't think it is right for just anybody to use someone's handicap tags. It is assigned to a particular person for a reason.

My SIL was going into a store once when she saw this very perky young woman in a red convertible. The perky young woman pulled right into a handicapped spot. My SIL was just about to go over and say something when the woman got out of the car and reached into the back seat and pulled out braces. She had 1 leg.
I'm sure there are some who don't initially appear handicapped. But how many do we see regularly getting out and going into stores with no assistance, no limp, at a brisk pace, young looking, and in perfect health for all appearances? Plus, I know people who do this. They have handicapped cards because it's their spouse's or parents' car or something. But when the spouse or parent isn't with them, they take advantage of that card and park in the handicap section, even though they aren't personally handicapped themselves. :mad:

FrouFrou
11-10-2007, 06:59 PM
My son is on my jerk list today! he just got back from Iraq and is supposed to be spending time with his mommy, damnit! Instead he is with some girl...imagine that, lol. ;)

blondebritbrat17
11-11-2007, 05:40 AM
All of these are pretty good and are on my list too. But I have one thing to add..This has been going on in my life recently and I have been harassed by two girls about various of things that I had no part in. The harassment just now stopped hopefully and it was going on 5 months. The laws about online harassment are sorely in need of being updated!! Anyways, How bout people that tell you a secret and then are surprised when you already know about it since their "friend" that they confided in blabbed it and everybody knows already. And then they get mad at you about knowing and telling them the truth that their so called friend was the one that blabbed it. If you can't handle the truth then don't ask my help in figuring out who "told". And then attack me and every single thing I've ever said in their presence and twist things around to where the truth is so unrecognizable in order to make themselves feel better about their bad behavior.

GatorgalstuckinGA
11-11-2007, 07:27 AM
i understand the money and test issues with vets, but sometimes you have to realize (in defense of the vets) that test are needed even if they are normal. In todays society if we aren't practicing high quality vet med, we can be sue and we can loose (trust me, just looks at your state boards web site...we could loose our liscense). I'm sorry but that's what i should add to the jerk list...all the sue happy people. Tests help us rule out certain problems..and if we didn't do those test and just "treated" with what we thought was right...we are legally in the wrong....and i understand money situations...but owners also have to understand what vets today face...its almost getting as bad as what human dr's have to face. Just think about it next time the vet wants to order test...you can decline...but we have to ask cuz if not...we could be sued. And sometimes negavitve test are good. Would you be disappointed if you went to your dr and he said he thought you had cancer and the test was negative. You wouldn't think the labs were silly. Trust me...i have treated animal with ab's ect without test...but I always offer the best care for the animal...because sometimes you can't tell what the problem is...and i've been burned many times that way. I'm trying to play devil's advocate for both parties. And i'm sorry if i started something that offends some...but its just my opinion...i didnt mean to hurt anyone's feelings.

browneyedgirl77
11-11-2007, 10:20 AM
Some of you have mentioned vet bills. I have to add car service bills to the list. What's up with charging $50+ for labor because they did a job that took them 5 minutes (changing a light bulb). I just took my car in for service and they charged me $484 for labor. They worked on the car for 2 1/2 hours. That's nearly $200/hour. I mean it's not like they are lawyers or something and that's not even including parts.

I really, really hate people who side swipe your car and leave. They don't even leave a note or anything. I have scrapes on all four corners of my car and not one of them is from me. Not to mention all the nicks on my car doors from idiots who can't seem to open their doors without slamming it into someone else's car.

Mare- I agree with the sitter idea. I have 3 young girls and I never take them to any late night shows. Nothing pisses me off more than when DH and I get a sitter so we can have a night out and there are young children in the audience making noise. In fact, this happened when DH and I went to see 300. Can you imagine? What kind of parent takes their children to see a movie like 300 at 10:30pm? A bad one. Irresponsible parents make me fume.

melekalikimaka
11-11-2007, 01:19 PM
Cristina, I'm so glad your DS is back safely! I'm sure you'll have your time w/him I'm sure....surely you're a better cook than "she" is :lol:. Have a Veteran's day BBQ or something, he'll come running. And please thank him for serving!

I just wanted to comment on the handicapped placards and seemingly "healthy" looking people parking in those spaces. I had to have knee surgery this spring and received a 3 mo. temporary placard. I was on two crutches for about 2 weeks, then could get by with 1 crutch after the 3rd and 4th week, after that I didn't need them. I could drive after about a week post-op (surgery was on my left knee and I drive an automatic). I was in physical therapy 2 weeks after surgery for a total of 8 weeks. I had my good days, I had my bad days. Some days after therapy and being totally stretched out, I could walk without a limp--doesn't mean I wasn't having pain. I would use the parking placard because I couldn't endure walking long distances without rest. Even now, after 10 months post-op, being on my feet for long periods of time gives me a mean ache in my knee. I am 35 years old and feel "young". I'm sure I got those "looks" from people when exiting my car. I didn't care. Not everyone knew of my personal situation, and they didn't need to. They have volunteer h-cap parking enforcers where I live and work, they could've have easily asked for the i.d. card that goes with the placard ensuring that the placard is for you, not someone else. Granted I know there are people out there who abuse the placard by using someone else's, but in my case, I was definitely legit. Like someone said before, a seemingly young person could have a heart condition, or difficulty breathing, or some other inconspicuous affliction, we can't judge them solely by how they look, how old they are or how they move.

cbmare
11-11-2007, 02:01 PM
My son is on my jerk list today! he just got back from Iraq and is supposed to be spending time with his mommy, damnit! Instead he is with some girl...imagine that, lol. ;)


To your son - Thank you for your service to our country. It's not said enough to our vets and active service people.

I have to admit that I used my FIL's handicapped card a couple of times. I have plantar faciitis in both feet. Before I got some help for my feet, I could barely walk. I was limping and had to lean over on the basket to walk. The thought of walking a great distance in a parking lot was too overwhelming. I could barely walk more than a few hundred steps per day. I was constantly sitting in a chair and crying because of the pain. Once I got some therapy for them, I was oh so much better. I didn't use his card everywhere. Just in the over crowded parking lots where I would have to walk the entire length of the parking lot.

Why do some places put the handicapped spots far away from the door? There are several places around here that have them quite a ways from the door and have normal spots up close. These are in level parking lots. I can understand if it's in some of the mountain communities around here. There are some parking lots in the little mountain communities where the parking lot slopes. They put the handicapped spot on a level spot with a level sidewalk leading to the door. That makes sense. But a level lot?

FrouFrou
11-11-2007, 02:33 PM
Thank you NOELLE & MARE! :thanks: We are supposed to do lunch next week Noelle...that is, if he can fit me in his schedule, lol! Used to be my cooking was good enough. Guess he got his fill the first week home, lol. I'm just glad he's home from that god-awful place.

And you ladies are right...I used to judge people that parked in the handicapped spots with no obvious signs of being so. One never thinks about the inside or other afflictions. I figure all who is parked has a reason. And Mare...I have seen this as well which is odd. You would think all handicapped spots would be close to the door.

NemesisClaws
11-11-2007, 03:21 PM
I just gotta add this to the list...my grandmother!!! OHHHHHH! That woman makes me so mad!

Contrary to all those lovely dovey grandmothers that everyone seems to have and just adore to death, my grandmother is the biggest witch of them all. I kid you not. When myself or my mother has a money situation, and we need to borrow money, she always gives us a guilt trip and then demands we pay her back immediately, even if it puts a hardship on us. Trust me, she's not hurting for money. Last year for x-mas, my mother and I actually had a little bit of extra money to spend, so we got her a few nice things that were passed along to her. The very next day, we get a phone call from her giving us a major guilt trip for having done so, and basically being mean to us. A week later, she comes out to our house giving us gifts of things that had been used before, still had food tacked on to it, and whatever else. Needless to say, we threw most of it out or donated it to Goodwill. I hate it when she does that because she can clearly afford to buy nice things, she just doesn't want to. Guess who ain't getting another x-mas gift from me ever again?

almostheaven
11-11-2007, 06:51 PM
Not to mention all the nicks on my car doors from idiots who can't seem to open their doors without slamming it into someone else's car.
This is where my new lifestyle comes in handy. I park in, what my cousin refers to as, "The Back 40". :D Not many people like to walk the nearly 1/4 mile to the Wal*Mart entrance, or whatever entrance. But Wal*Mart's usually the place I go. LOL So I'm usually parked back there all by my lonesome. With no door dings, nada. And I get in good exercise. ;)

GatorgalstuckinGA
11-11-2007, 07:42 PM
almost heaven...i do the same thing. It really does help add the extra steps a day. I use to not...but once, i had to take my hubby's prized car shopping and someone put a nice ding in it..i felt crappy...ever since then i just park far out..its also because honestly...i am impatient...i'd rather walk a little father than wait and circle the parking lot to get that perfect spot....

and while we'er on parking lots...what about the morons who park in front of a busy store while another person "runs in" to get something...and usually there,s a front parking space. I see this all the time at the starbucks i go to...wtf people are you too lazy to walk the extra 10 steps from the parking space that is only 4 feet from where you are already parked...and btw...your holding up the traffic and making it difficult for others...ugghh!

Glory87
11-11-2007, 08:04 PM
And you ladies are right...I used to judge people that parked in the handicapped spots with no obvious signs of being so. One never thinks about the inside or other afflictions.

My stepfather is one. A retired marine, he lost part of his leg in Vietman and wears a brace that fits over his calf (providing support for the missing flesh/muscle) and attaches firmly to his shoe. He is sensitive about his brace and nearly always wears long pants to hide it. He normally walks without any limp (unless he's tired or done too much walking that day) so he looks "fine" when he gets out of his car. His leg causes him a great deal of pain and he really needs handicapped spots.

I would never judge anybody in a handicapped parking place - they either need the spot or they have to live with themselves taking a spot from someone that does.

GatorgalstuckinGA
11-11-2007, 08:08 PM
i agree with you glory..never judge a person, some people have disguised handicaps...its funny however, my dad recently had knee surgery and was incapciated and had limited motion for his leg, so the dr gave him a temp handicap tag for a few months while his knee healed..after about 1 wk..he stopped parking it in..i think he hated to feel as if he was handicap. However the funny thing is, it didn't bother him when he was parking in the hadicap space when my grandma (who is also handicap) was in the car. I guess he didn't mind if it was grandma...but didn't want to accept the fact he was handicapped...even if it was only for a short time period.

blondebritbrat17
11-12-2007, 03:19 AM
Actually Browneyed girl- My husband is a car mechanic and he doesn't get all of that money that you get charged for. The mechanics don't get all of that "labor" money that you get charged for especially at a dealership. I don't know how it works at an individually run shop. For example for one specific job and depending on how labor intensive the job is-how much time and how difficult it will be- there are a variety of pay scales that my husband's job uses. If my husband has to do work on a transmission that's usually a big job right there and you will get charged $200 an hour for labor but my husband will only see $50 of that, the shop pockets the rest of the money for part costs and of course to make a profit. Also at most places if there are no cars or not enough cars coming in to keep all the mechanics busy, then they usually take turns of who gets the single car that is there for the day and it's a bit like my husband works on commission as well. If there's no cars coming in then he doesn't make money period. It is so irritating at times because lots of people think mechanics make awesome money and I have to constantly deal with nosy questions from people as to why we don't have our own house yet and why we seem to be poor and blah blah since "mechanics" make good money or if it isn't that I have to deal with people constantly asking us can my husband fix their cars for free when he already works 12 hour days usually to support us 6 days a week so that I can work part time and go to college and I have a complete scholarship that covers all of my college costs thank goodness and before that my husband was also working Sundays as well. But I do understand the light bulb thing, I would say you're being overcharged.

L144S
11-12-2007, 10:45 AM
Ok I am going to jump in. For any service industry there can be huge charges, car, vet, market, goomer, hair salon etc, resturaunt....the point is that there are ovehead costs, equipment maitainance,food cost, lab cost etc and profit.
We use to own a catering service, not so sood for the waistline :) but we had trucks, dish washing equipment, refrigeration, prep costs and it all gets passed onto the consumer. I won't disagree that the cost of living is going up faster than pay, but I don't think it is fair to pick on the service industry, you have the power of the dollar and where and how you want to spend it, sometimes it is a case of where you are and what you need to do but we all have the ability to shop around... just my 2cents.....

StillTryin
11-12-2007, 11:08 AM
I can also "chime" in on the mechanics thing...I work for a Car Dealership currently and our mechanics get a (barely) reasonable hourly wage paid for all the time they clock in and the shop fees (ours are actually real low in comparison to most around here) are 3-4 times more than what the machanics get paid. But the hourly shop rate is also to cover utilities/taxes/insurance/tools, ect. But our guys get paid even if we are slow. But I agree most people assume that the mechanic is getting the bulk of that "shop hourly rate" and that is just not the case.

almostheaven
11-12-2007, 08:22 PM
almost heaven...i do the same thing. It really does help add the extra steps a day. I use to not...but once, i had to take my hubby's prized car shopping and someone put a nice ding in it..i felt crappy...ever since then i just park far out..its also because honestly...i am impatient...i'd rather walk a little father than wait and circle the parking lot to get that perfect spot....
Yup. That's another very good reason I have grown to love parking at the back. I used to be one of those circlers. And the stress levels from looking for that spot that will save 10 paces was enormous. It really wasn't worth all that. But I couldn't see it back then.

techwife
11-13-2007, 08:48 AM
People that stop in the middle of the road in their car/truck to talk to someone going the other direction in their car and have a full-blown conversation, blocking all traffic flow for other cars. I live in a small village and I drive my son to school about five blocks away. I had to wait THREE TIMES this morning while someone talked to, first, the recycling truck, then the garbage truck, then on the way back the guy that was talking to the recycling truck was talking to the garbage truck...talking for so long that I ended up doing a K turn to turn around and go around the block so I could go home and get ready for work. O....M....G

GatorgalstuckinGA
11-13-2007, 12:40 PM
even better...people that are in the left lane and miss their street so they stopp in the left hand lane and wait for traffic to clear and then turn right from the left hand lane...uhmmmm people..haven't you heard of going up the street and turning around if you aren't in the proper lane...you're going to get someone killed doing that.

NightengaleShane
11-15-2007, 09:28 AM
Speaking of drivers, I HATE HATE HATE RECKLESS ***:censored:s who almost hit me when I'm riding my bicycle! I get almost hit daily and I've been ACTUALLY hit twice. Luckily, I was not majorly injured in either incident (I have a pretty big scar on my arm from one of them and I had several large bruises, in addition to being in pain for a week, but no real damage was done). I have a BIG FAT headlight on my bike, in addition to a big FAT FLASHING reflector, so there is NO excuse regardless of the lighting! I abide by all the traffic laws, stop when the light is red, look out for cars, go when the light is green, et cetera! These stupid ***:censored: drivers just fly down the road like a bat out of **** and decide to make a turn while I'm crossing the street... uhhh.... if they are facing me, then they should have been looking ahead (I ride my bike in the direction facing traffic most of the time, so that all the cars can SEE ME and have NO EXCUSE), and if they're coming up from behind me to make a turn, then DURRRR, they already SAW me! DUMBASSES!

It's even worse when I'm just riding down the bike lane and someone is trying to make a turn... um... they're supposed to look both ways before turning. I hate mindless people who drive in autopilot!!!

I am and always have been a very careful driver!

However, the first person who hit me has been forgiven and turned out to be a really awesome person. She was disoriented and rushing her little weiner dog (who got attacked by a pitbull) to the vet. She's not on the jerk list... but... the rest of 'em...:censored: :mad:

tamaralynn
11-15-2007, 09:45 AM
For the blind jerks who speed down a semi-resident road, and dont bother stopping at the flashing lights for the pedestrians because they see no one there.

A 16 year old almost got killed in front of me and my children's eyes because he only wanted to cross the road. He was hit by the car going 70kmph in a 50 kmph zone, thrown back about 15 feet, bones sticking out of his legs, blood everywhere. He couldn't scream because he physically couldn't. His friends did it for him. Ems showed up and had to put tubes down his freaking throat and rush him to the hospital because some IDIOT (I won't mention the race) woman didn't want to slow the $*%K down!!!!!! My children and I have had nightmares all week because of this!

My children and husband finally know that even if the lights are flashing... DON"T CROSS UNTIL YOU KNOW ALL THE CARS HAVE STOPPED!!!

cbmare
11-15-2007, 12:18 PM
OK. Gotta add another one. I almost ran over someone the other evening. I turned onto my street. It's a residential neighborhood. The limit is 25MPH. I wasn't even going that speed because I'd just turned. I'm so glad. There was someone darting out from between parked cars. It was dark. They were wearing dark and within 10 ft of the corner where it is light!

Come on people. If you are going to be meandering the streets at night, wear something light and carry a flashlight. Also, if you life means anything to you, cross at the corner. AND LOOK BEFORE YOU STEP OFF THE CURB!

mandalinn82
11-15-2007, 12:21 PM
As a piggyback to NightengaleShane - Bicyclists who DON'T obey the bike laws (including stopping and obeying right-of-way laws like they are a car at stop signs, using arm signals before changing lanes, etc) and almost cause accidents. I live in a town where EVERYONE rides bikes. Downtown can be absolutely DANGEROUS - the bikes all ride like they own the road, and the cars are swerving away from them and almost hitting eachother. I also live across the street from a middle school. After school, at least 10 times, I've almost hit some middleschoolers who veer across the road to the bike path on the opposite side without checking for cars coming.

cbmare
11-15-2007, 12:41 PM
OK. Let's add critical mass to that. Bringing an entire city to a crawl is unproductive and dangerous.

NightengaleShane
11-15-2007, 12:57 PM
Wow, mandalinn, a whole town into biking? I need to live where you live!! I actually have a friend over there who goes to UC Davis. Ha! I've met plenty of bike riders down here who also don't abide by traffic laws and think they own the road. They actually irk me and I wonder when they will get hit considering they're riding so fast and among so much traffic... if they need to come to a sudden stop, they will either get thrown off their bike by the brakes or they will get knocked off by a car.

Every now and then, these people whiz by me (and into a position where they are facing traffic!) and I pray that they won't get hit :eek:

Oh. Something that bothers me is when other bikers pass me just to slow down and ride in zigzags, making it near impossible for me to safely pass THEM! I obviously have no problem with people passing me on my bike because they are legitimately going faster than I am (though it is also admittedly rare, with the exception of those "I own the road :devil:" types), but if they're going to ride like a drunken toddler, then maybe they should stay where they are and let me ride away.

mandalinn82
11-15-2007, 12:58 PM
YES! PLEASE add Critical Mass to that.

A woman's car got literally encircled and when her van hit one of the bikes surrounding her, they threatened to sue her for assault with a deadly weapon.

It is so pointless and ultimately allows the riders to make themselves feel superior to everyone else. And it does nothing but make people mad.

cbmare
11-15-2007, 01:02 PM
Gotta add another one. If I'd been out of my car, my militant mouth would have taken control of me.

People who find it funny to drive slowly behind an elder person in a parking lot then lay down on the horn to scare them. The person was not in the middle of the lane. They were walking from the handicapped space towards the door. They were off to the side. I was on the verge of following them and yelling at them. My common sense took over. There were several of them. They could have had a gun or something.

If any of the old people collapse and someone gets the tag number, I hope they'll call the police. I personally feel that if that old person had a heart attack and died, then the jerks laying down on the horn should be charged with attempted murder or manslaughter.

cbmare
11-15-2007, 01:04 PM
I'm on a roll today.

How about people who don't bother to look? They just open their driver's door. How many of us have had to swerve to avoid taking that door off? It really infuriates me when they are standing on the outside of the car and don't bother to look for oncoming traffic.

modkittn
11-15-2007, 01:08 PM
I live in a neighborhood where the houses are very close together, although we have decent sized front and back yards. There are lots of teenagers in the neighborhood, and what I hate is that they walk in the middle of the road. Oh and then they see my car coming and they keep walking in the middle of the road and I have to drive on the wrong side of the road to get around them.

modkittn
11-15-2007, 01:09 PM
Oh I got another one. The people who "inch out" into traffic trying to take a left hand turn, effectively blocking one whole side of the road of traffic so that someone will feel bad and let them take the turn. Guess what - I don't feel bad and I don't let them go! ;)

StillTryin
11-15-2007, 01:18 PM
ohhhh I so have one....didnt even think about it until bikes were mentioned....especially since where I live now it isnt an issue.

When I lived in California and the roads/highways were extremely busy all the time I always hated when motorcycles pull through the cars who are waiting to go. I mean come on. We are all in grid-lock here and just because they are smaller, they weave between cars/trucks/buses and get to the front of the redlight or whatever so they can go. IMO that should be ILLEGAL!!!

I dont know how many times I got the crap scared out of me when all of a sudden there was a motorcycle next to me!

mandalinn82
11-15-2007, 01:23 PM
When I lived in California and the roads/highways were extremely busy all the time I always hated when motorcycles pull through the cars who are waiting to go. I mean come on. We are all in grid-lock here and just because they are smaller, they weave between cars/trucks/buses and get to the front of the redlight or whatever so they can go. IMO that should be ILLEGAL!!!

StillTryin - this is legal and legal for a reason. Cars have cooling systems that work regardless of whether or not the car is moving - that is why you have coolant in your engine. Motorcycle engines are air-cooled...they overheat if they don't keep moving. The reason "splitting lanes" is legal in CA is because, if it weren't, motorcycles would constantly overheat in traffic. So be kind to the bikers splitting lanes! They aren't doing it to cut ahead, they are doing it to keep their engines running!

This doesn't apply to stopping at LIGHTS, though - there is no reason for that, your engine isn't going to overheat in the time it takes you to sit at a stoplight. But in freeway traffic, it is legal for a reason.

Casandra
11-15-2007, 01:24 PM
ohhhh I so have one....didnt even think about it until bikes were mentioned....especially since where I live now it isnt an issue.

When I lived in California and the roads/highways were extremely busy all the time I always hated when motorcycles pull through the cars who are waiting to go. I mean come on. We are all in grid-lock here and just because they are smaller, they weave between cars/trucks/buses and get to the front of the redlight or whatever so they can go. IMO that should be ILLEGAL!!!

I dont know how many times I got the crap scared out of me when all of a sudden there was a motorcycle next to me!

I have this problem almost daily. This bloke who works in the same building as I do owns a motorbike and thinks he can weave in and out of traffic as he pleases because he's going to be late for work. He nearly ran into us once as we were turning right (like turning left in the states) on a two lane road, we nearly came to a standstill in an intersection because he decided his brakes were faulty.

Then he did it again on one of the most narrow roads in all of the WORLD, went straight between a lorry and a car going the opposite way. I have his bike plate written down, and I've also..done some pretty...uncouth things to it.

IE, a bird shat on my newspaper, so I wiped it on the guy's bike seat...

that's what you get for being a tosser and leaving your bike uncovered
:dizzy:

NightengaleShane
11-15-2007, 01:41 PM
IE, a bird shat on my newspaper, so I wiped it on the guy's bike seat...


:rofl: :lol: !!!

I hope a bird poops in his face while he is riding his bike :D

mandalinn82
11-15-2007, 01:48 PM
I want to add to the jerk list and my comment above the woman who opened her car door to try to block my dad from splitting lanes because she didn't think it was fair. He very nearly dropped the bike when he swerved to avoid her open door.

NightengaleShane
11-15-2007, 01:58 PM
What a... um... it starts with a c and rhymes with "hunt" ;) (referring to that lady in mandalinn's last comment)

almostheaven
11-15-2007, 02:57 PM
Speaking of drivers, I HATE HATE HATE RECKLESS ***:censored:s who almost hit me when I'm riding my bicycle!
This reminds me of when I'm running, and pushing my son in the stroller no less. There's like a 6 or 8 foot shoulder and I run facing traffic. I keep an eye out for any cars coming out of side streets. Now I WISH they'd keep an eye out for us! It never fails. Nearly every day I meet up with someone turning out of these side streets, they keep looking back at the oncoming traffic while turning...INTO THE SHOULDER! I stay way back and wait. I've often thought I'd have to climb the guardrail with the stroller somehow because they just keep driving forward still on the shoulder and don't realize they haven't actually gotten out into the road yet. Then they look up and are all shocked that someone was there. Putzes!

Oh. Something that bothers me is when other bikers pass me just to slow down and ride in zigzags, making it near impossible for me to safely pass THEM!
I hate that with anything, cars, shopping carts....

When you're going through the store and people go wizzing by with their carts, cut right in front of you then stop to look at a display just as they cut in front of you...

Makes me wanna slam the buggy into their backside and see if they feel THAT in the morning. :mad:

But ::sigh::...I'll think it, just never do it. The most they get is an under my breath "how rude!"

almostheaven
11-15-2007, 03:01 PM
And that last brought to mind other rude shoppers...

The ones that practically push by you, putting their hands right in front of you to push clothes around a rack when you are standing there looking through those very clothes. HELLLO! Did you not SEE me? You had to. You had your hands right in front of my face. A couple more inches and you'd have drawn back a nub.

tamaralynn
11-15-2007, 03:53 PM
I live in a neighborhood where the houses are very close together, although we have decent sized front and back yards. There are lots of teenagers in the neighborhood, and what I hate is that they walk in the middle of the road. Oh and then they see my car coming and they keep walking in the middle of the road and I have to drive on the wrong side of the road to get around them.

That's when you drive behind them slowly... then blare the horn and scare the bejeezez out of them :)

kappy
11-15-2007, 04:52 PM
People who can't, or won't, park in a parking stall properly. I'm sorry, but the lines are there for a reason. You aren't supposed to pick and choose which ones you are between or over!

I stopped taking my indoor only cat to the vet because they are insisting they clean her teeth the next time she comes in. She's 17, high strung, underweight, has some kind of eye twitch. Every time she goes in it's a major fit, you can hear her protesting out on the street. If she's made it 17 years without having her teeth cleaned they're going to stay dirty until she dies. She doesn't need the stress. And because I've taken this stand this particular vets office has deemed me an unsuitable cat owner forevermore.

And, because this is the second time in 18 months this has happened, the jerks who just "happen" to drop sofa's on the freeway. You'd think you would notice the load you are transporting just disappeared, guess not. My bad for not realizing sofa's on the freeway are a factor to contend with!

srmb60
11-15-2007, 05:13 PM
I don't do this kind of thing very often but I have a bugaboo today.

It's the fellow who calls the nurses station once in a blue moon all imperious like and demanding to know what we are doing for his 90 y o mother. "Is she having tests, is she getting therapy ...?"
I'd like to say "Why don't you visit your mother and ask her how she's doing? And while you're at it maybe you could spring for a toothbrush and tooth paste? a comb maybe????"

almostheaven
11-15-2007, 07:47 PM
And, because this is the second time in 18 months this has happened, the jerks who just "happen" to drop sofa's on the freeway. You'd think you would notice the load you are transporting just disappeared, guess not. My bad for not realizing sofa's on the freeway are a factor to contend with!
You must live in WV. I swear I think it's the only state that doesn't require you secure your load. Well...I think they DO require it. Just the numbskulls here either don't think it pertains to them, or never got past 6th grade and can't read the law. When a pickup is pulling off on the shoulder of the 70 mph interstate to pick up the huge Little Tykes plastic playhouse (right in the middle of the two lanes and is the width of one lane), it's a disaster waiting to happen. And I can't believe that a cop never sees them on the interstate with no straps on their junk. :mad:

techwife
11-16-2007, 07:29 AM
I don't do this kind of thing very often but I have a bugaboo today.

It's the fellow who calls the nurses station once in a blue moon all imperious like and demanding to know what we are doing for his 90 y o mother. "Is she having tests, is she getting therapy ...?"
I'd like to say "Why don't you visit your mother and ask her how she's doing? And while you're at it maybe you could spring for a toothbrush and tooth paste? a comb maybe????"

I agree...people that leave their loved ones to linger in nursing homes and never come to visit make me mad, too. It's like they're left there to be forgotten about :mad: ...until their guilty conscience gets to them and they go all postal on the phone.

Lovely
11-16-2007, 12:52 PM
StillTryin - this is legal and legal for a reason. Cars have cooling systems that work regardless of whether or not the car is moving - that is why you have coolant in your engine. Motorcycle engines are air-cooled...they overheat if they don't keep moving. The reason "splitting lanes" is legal in CA is because, if it weren't, motorcycles would constantly overheat in traffic. So be kind to the bikers splitting lanes! They aren't doing it to cut ahead, they are doing it to keep their engines running!

This doesn't apply to stopping at LIGHTS, though - there is no reason for that, your engine isn't going to overheat in the time it takes you to sit at a stoplight. But in freeway traffic, it is legal for a reason.

I used to be annoyed at bikers weaving & taking the breakdown lane in stop & go traffic on the highways, but when I heard it was legal, why it was legal, and also learned it's a safety issue for them (It's much more dangerous for a person on a bike on a highway in stop & go traffic than it is for a person in a car.) I realized the need for that law outweighed my annoyance.

It should never happen on a regular street when stopping for a light or a stop sign, though. That's just being rude.

FrouFrou
11-16-2007, 01:44 PM
Okay...I have to add cashiers at the grocery store who feel the need to yak. not to me but to her friend/neighbor/cashier. I wasn't in a hurry yesterday when buying groceries, and the cashier was nice enough, but...I wanted to tell her to stop yakking with the other cashier and do your job.They just kept farting around. I didn't though...just thought it. This was at Wal-Mart, but the other grocery store I go to is worse. There will be a group of 4 or 5 laughing and carrying on while trying to check people out...very annoying at times.

Also, people who pull out in front of you like they are in a big a$$ hurry and can't wait 2 seconds for 2 cars to pass, then don't bother to speed up to the speed limit, yikes! Just poke along...

littlelady25
11-16-2007, 04:48 PM
I need to add my two neighbors who yell out cat calls at me when I am leaving my apartment and when I am coming back. I hate that! Ok you think I am cute; now stop it no one wants to be harassed in any way when they are just going about their business. :mad:

The jerk who I thought was my very first friend, for controlling me, and treating me like dirt during our so called friendship knowing that I was na´ve, and for deleting me on his page and blocking me so I can never talk to him again after I stood up to him for the first time; with him knowing that he was my first friend, that I did not want to get hurt again and that I was emotionally fragile. How can someone be so cold, just so cold? :(

NightengaleShane
11-16-2007, 05:17 PM
Ok, I need to add THIS STUPID man who got a web site done by me. He never gave me any accurate database information, so I only got the layout done with a shell of a database :mad: Now, he's posting ads in the newspaper and online requesting a web developer and offering $2,000 :eek: $2,000 was the TOTAL cost of the project and the site is half done. He already DID pay for the half that has been completed, BUT when I asked him for more information, he never called me! I tried to call him COUNTLESS times and he never, ever returned my calls! :mad: Now, some lucky little b@$tard is going to get more money than I did and have a much easier job than I had!

almostheaven
11-16-2007, 09:42 PM
Adding to the cashiers...

The one who thought putting a plastic LUNCHABLE in the same bag with canned goods was a bright idea. So back it goes tomorrow, crushed package, crushed crackers, crushed cookies and all. Idiot.

srmb60
11-17-2007, 08:04 AM
Ask and ye shall recieve!

The DENTIST stopped me yesterday and asked me to help him make a list. Later in the afternoon he brought a lovely bunch of stuff for his mother.

almostheaven
11-17-2007, 09:36 AM
What's sad is that while reading the ANTI-jerk list, it only brought to mind two other jerks. It really seems like more people act like jerks than not.

Someone mentioned those people who apologize for calling the wrong number. I get one of those in about 20 wrong number calls. That's ridiculous. What the heck is wrong with people that they can't just say "I'm sorry" or "Excuse me"..."I dialed the wrong number"? Got a guy who called the other day and was TALKING to someone ELSE when I answered. RUDE for one. Then after I'd said hello twice, he realized someone was on the line and turned his attention to me and said "Hello?" So I said hello the third time and he hung up. I called him right back. Caller ID is a wonderful thing. Got his voice mail. Some business man! I left him a message that for someone who sounds so professional, he acted so rudely in hanging up on a wrong number.

Then someone had mentioned being nice to those in the service industry. I'm nice to anyone, sometimes even when they're not being so nice, but I have my breaking points. Two recent times...

Our cable got hit by lightning because the cable company had never grounded it. I called in to report our cable box out and modem. Warranties covered the TV and network card. The tech support girl for the modem said she could see my modem online and that it was fine. I told her the ethernet port on the modem had been blown out by the lightning. She said she could see it. I said she could see the modem, but could she see the port itself. She swore the modem was fine. I explained I was a certified network tech. She refused to send a tech! I asked for a supervisor. She refused to let me speak with a supervisor!!! I called back and raised some cain with a super about her behavior. He assured me that they ALWAYS have to give me a super when I ask. I had her name. I HOPE she lost her job. She doesn't need to be working with the public.

BTW, the port on the modem had been blown out and they had to replace the modem. LOL

And a few weeks ago I was using the self service checkout at Wally World. The one I was at wasn't ringing up half the stuff. And the guy was just standing up front, refusing to come help. I kept punching the button and it wouldn't take. Kept trying to scan and it kept getting stuck on the "skip bagging" screen everytime, even though I WAS bagging the stuff. Eventually I grabbed my stuff and went to another register. NOW he pays attention. Does he come offer help? Nope! He goes and clears the one I was at, comes around me and starts punching buttons on the new one I had already started using, leaves it in supervisor mode and goes off to help someone else. I'm looking over at him and he's holding up a finger motioning me to wait. He comes back and starts ringing up the rest of my stuff. He STILL hasn't said ONE word to me. I ask if he can just take it back off super mode and let ME ring the rest up. He ignores me. I ask AGAIN. He STILL ignores me. He goes off to help another customer and does the finger thing twice again. I left and went to customer service. They said they'd had a lot of complaints, that he was battling cancer and having a hard time. I sympathized with his problem, but his problem should NOT become every customer's problem. They should put him on in as stock boy or something, away from customers, until he gets a grip on his personal issues. I mean I really do hope his cancer turns out ok. Have had a few family members battle with it. But they'd been already getting complaints and still left him working directly with people. THAT is Wal*Mart's fault there. They could've had a solution to that by putting him away from the public while he was working through this.

Ok, I'm done with my rant. I now return you to your regularly scheduled programming.

Me23
11-18-2007, 04:34 AM
I third the cashiers. Who talk to people. About everything, whilst a queue is forming and people (namely me) are rapidly becoming late and experiencing a rise in already-taut stress levels. The other day I had one discussing the exchange rate of the pound to the dollar with the person in front of me whilst more and more people were joining the queue.
Also, the guy who, whilst I was cycling down a narrow road and keeping as far from the parked cars as I physically could without going under the moving ones, waited until I was right next to his big ugly van and WHAMMED HIS DRIVER DOOR OPEN! Luckily I have good reflexes!

midwife
11-30-2007, 02:38 PM
Grrr.....have to bump this thread.

To the JERK who shot out my rear car window this morning, thank you so much!! I loved paying $300 this morning for your jollies....right before Christmas, my son's birthday, and my daughter's surgery that we are paying out of pocket for! And it was so much fun spending the morning cleaning up glass after being up with a barfing boy all night.

I know that what goes around comes around and you will get yours for this!

shantroy
12-05-2007, 06:08 PM
I have to ad the woman at the mall today who made my mom cry!

She accused my mom of parking in the handicapped stall when she shouldn't. She actually followed my mom into the mall and told her what a b**ch she was for parking in the handicapped stall. Well my mom looks healthy, (she has cancer but wears a very realistic looking wig) but b/c of the cancer her lungs are filled with fluid. She was so rude and mean to my mom that my mom started crying.

I chased that woman down and gave her a piece of my mind and made her walk over to my mom and appoligise. After the "appoligie" she rolled her eyes and muttered under her breath "cancer, what a load of bs"

She's at the top of my list right now!

cbmare
12-05-2007, 06:32 PM
I have to ad the woman at the mall today who made my mom cry!

She accused my mom of parking in the handicapped stall when she shouldn't. She actually followed my mom into the mall and told her what a b**ch she was for parking in the handicapped stall. Well my mom looks healthy, (she has cancer but wears a very realistic looking wig) but b/c of the cancer her lungs are filled with fluid. She was so rude and mean to my mom that my mom started crying.

I chased that woman down and gave her a piece of my mind and made her walk over to my mom and appoligise. After the "appoligie" she rolled her eyes and muttered under her breath "cancer, what a load of bs"

She's at the top of my list right now!

That thoughtless, uncaring and selfish person deserves to be on this list. I'm sorry your mom was so upset. God love you for doing what you did. Bless your heart and bless your mom's.

Lovely
12-05-2007, 06:48 PM
I have to ad the woman at the mall today who made my mom cry!

She accused my mom of parking in the handicapped stall when she shouldn't. She actually followed my mom into the mall and told her what a b**ch she was for parking in the handicapped stall. Well my mom looks healthy, (she has cancer but wears a very realistic looking wig) but b/c of the cancer her lungs are filled with fluid. She was so rude and mean to my mom that my mom started crying.

I chased that woman down and gave her a piece of my mind and made her walk over to my mom and appoligise. After the "appoligie" she rolled her eyes and muttered under her breath "cancer, what a load of bs"

She's at the top of my list right now!

This is a reason why I won't ever judge someone parked in a handicap spot. My friend's grandmother had a similar issue. She had emphysema and didn't always "look" like she needed the spot.

You never know what someone else is going through. Just one more reason to try and be nice :) Or at least not go out of your way to be mean.... :mad:

cbmare
12-05-2007, 08:43 PM
I want to add the jerk on the moped who thought it was just ducky to park in the crossed off part of the drive way between the handicapped spots so that the person in the handicapped van couldn't get out. I'm sure the handicapped guy in the van parks there just for grins. I wish whomever was on that thing had come out of the store as I was walking by. My militant mouth would have said something.

blondebritbrat17
12-06-2007, 03:41 PM
Oh I know what you're talking about.. good addition! What about complete strangers that are rude to you but then act surprised when you're polite back to them? It's so funny to see their faces.. I've had some experiences lately in the past couple of days with that.

megawatt823
12-13-2007, 01:15 AM
Hello All!
On the Handicapped placard front: I have a back injury and at the time of this story, I was using a cane to walk. I had just had one of my epidural steriod injections and decided to go out to the grocery store because I was feeling like I could handle it. I parked in the handicapped spot (I was driving a Honda Civic at the time) and I got my cane out, got both legs on the ground and got myself to standing. I was standing upright and getting the kinks out of my spine when a couple walked past me and they both were yelling YES YELLING that I was a faker and I should be arrested, etc. They were an OLDER COUPLE, TOO!!! I told them to F* Off...I am not one to mince words and continued toward the store. I got my cart (it helped me standing!) and my minimal groceries and got to the check out line. I had under 15 items so I went into that lane. Guess who was BEHIND ME? YUP! The Nasty Arsed people who told me I was faking. Now, I was hobbling around the store. EVERYONE could tell that SOMETHING was wrong with me by my dragging my left leg (my S1 nerve root was/still is being pinched by a herniated disc not only on L3 but also L5. It's very comfy sometimes!)
WELL! They were pissed because I yelled back at them and the woman starts making comments about how I am probably some welfare mother who has dropped 10 kids living off the state and that is why I am so fat.
I turned around, in front of the cashier, the bag boy and I said...Lady,
You have no IDEA what my story is or who the **** I am (something like that) and then I made the comment that she wasn't a lady, but a rude piece of trash who had no cooth or class. Her husband then decided that I needed to be put in my place and RAMMED ME, in the back, with their cart.
This was on tape, and I fell to the ground. The bag boy helped me up and I asked the manager to call my doctor, as I had JUST HAD AN EPIDURAL! These people were scared ****eless when I told the manager that I wanted to press charges for assault, and that I was calling my lawyer and suing them for bodily injury. I asked them if they owned their own home. Then I said, You never KNOW what injuries someone has. YOU had no right to hit me in my lower back with your cart FULL of groceries in the 15 item or less line, etcetc. I had a few choice expletives for them. The manager called the police and the cops asked me, whilst I was limping around, my leg numb and weak, if I wanted to press charges. The woman cried. The man looked dour. I said, No, I want to sue them. MUAHAHAHA.
I never did file charges but I reiterated to them to NEVER yell at someone who parks in the handicapped spot because YOU NEVER KNOW what their injury may be. I went home and laid back down, taking a percocet and a muscle relaxer just to make the pain go away. It was awful.

I too hate motorcyclists that ruin it for the rest of us by revving up their bikes in the middle of the night. I am a newbie, but I still have courtesy. Plus, I want to make sure that those around me, when I am on the highway, can HEAR me. Loud Pipes Do Save Lives!

I hate the wanker jerks that pull in front of me and slow down. WHAT THE **** ARE YOU DOING!??! I will also never get people texting whilst driving. Can we say DANGEROUS!?!? Too many accidents happen because of carelessness and stupidity.

Ok..done with my rant. :devil:

alinnell
12-13-2007, 01:10 PM
megawatt823 so sorry about your troubles. Reminds me of a friend of mine who is a paraplegic. She got yelled at for parking in the handicapped spot and the woman wouldn't listen to her at all. And she couldn't even get out of her car because her wheelchair was in the trunk (while the yelling ensued, her daughter ran into the store to buy the one item that they had stopped for rather than sticking around to get her mom's chair from the trunk and them going in together).

murphmitch
12-13-2007, 07:04 PM
Megawatt823- I think you should have pressed charges against them. How evil! I think that would have taught them a lesson they wouldn't soon forget & possible keep them from treating the next person this way. Makes me wonder what else they are capable of doing. Some people are really in the holiday spirit. I hope you're feeling better!
My dad has COPD and has a handicapped permit because he gets winded if he walks to far, also severe arthritis, but to look at him, he looks very well. I hope no one ever treats him like this.

blondebritbrat17
12-13-2007, 08:05 PM
Megawatt823-OMG.. I'm in shock and so sorry that this happened.. I would have pressed charges..

BerkshireGrl
12-13-2007, 10:30 PM
Megawatt - Ooooo!!!! :mad: Unbelievable! How long ago did that happen to you? I have to say, I would have SUED them up the creek! YOU SHOULD! I am so sorry that happened to you! :hug:

That was A CRIME! And that aggravated your already-hurt back!

Grrrrr! Lemme at 'em! I got 2 very functional legs and I'll be happy to put a foot in both of their... you know! What pieces of scum!

For real, you should really sue! You have got a case like Fort Knox!

shantroy
12-14-2007, 11:47 AM
I have a guy friend who looks super healthy in fact is very health and has no physical ailments. However, he has a handicapped pass b/c he has a serious allergy to cold. Now living in Canada you can see how that poses a problem. If he has to walk a fair distance when it's cold he will go into anaphylactic shock. Looking at him you'd never know why he has to park in a handicapped stall.

mandalinn82
12-14-2007, 12:20 PM
...which just goes to show that people need to stop and consider that (gasp!) they might not be able to tell EVERYTHING about somewhat by looking at them!

Megawatt - I am pretty much anti lawsuit, and I STILL would have sued. The NERVE!

Ruthxxx
12-14-2007, 12:52 PM
That's horrible, Megawatt!

My gripe involves a whole family in the next village whose house burned last week- not my postmistress who also lost her house.

These folks are on disability for various reasons and were at the BINGO when their house burned to the ground. They had no insurance because of faulty wiring that they were to fix when they got some cash. (Note they could afford BINGO!)

Since it's the country and we're like that, cash ($1500) was collected immediately to help with clothing and shelter and given to the family. They took it to the Casino and lost it all! No more cash donations for that lot! We know it's Christmas but.... People are now giving food and clothing, not cash!

murphmitch
12-14-2007, 09:26 PM
This isn't really so much jerky behavior as it is inconsiderate. I am a nurse on an OB-Gyn floor and when people are just getting into their room after having a baby or having surgery, you wouldn't believe the visitors that come up that very day, sometimes within a few hours. I'm not talking about family here, these are friends, neighbors, etc. I have even had some visitors come to the floor and ask for a patient by their first name only. When asked what their last name is they don't even know it. I want to say "If you don't know them any better than that, you don't need to be here". With HIPPA we can't give them a room number without the complete name and they get really ticked.

The new parents don't get any privacy or rest. These same visitors are reluctant to leave when asked and hang around for hours. The mothers are completely exhausted and get no privacy for breastfeeding or getting cleaned up. They don't know how to tell their visitors to leave without seeming rude and end up putting up with it. Sometimes I have to actually ask them to step out while the new mom is learning to breastfeed. You mention that the baby needs to nurse and they just sit there and look at you. Do you really think she wants to bear her breasts in front of you? If we nurses say anything, we have to be careful not to appear rude, but I think their behavior is very rude. New moms need time to rest, bond with their babies and learn infant care and feeding. Also these mom's phones ring all day long. Please remember if you have friends in the hospital that they need their rest and privacy. Waiting to visit the new family may be more appropriate at a later date.
Sorry, this is really a pet peeve of mine! :mad: