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    Things That Drive You Crazy Part 46

    Alright, folks, it's time for another edition of "Things That Drive You Crazy."

    People Who Leave a 40 Feet Space Between Themselves and the Car Ahead of Them in a Traffic Jam

    The old principle of leaving adequate stopping distance behind the car in front of you holds true when travelling at speeds of 55 MPH, but when you are going 10 MPH, there is no need to do it. Trust us, you can stop on a dime when crawling.

    There should be a federal campaign to address this. I can hear the jingle now...

    "If you find yourself stuck....just scoot...the f*** up (honk! honk!)

    Restaraunts that Scream to Welcome You Upon Arrival

    I cannot stand when I enter a strip mall type eating joint that insists on making a scene once I walk through the door.

    "Welcome to Moe's!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" "Welcome to Firehouse!!!!!"

    There are 30 people behind the counter who interrupt all they are doing to scream at you.

    Look- this isn't a Royal Feast held in 13th century England where we have to announce people at the door.

    I don't need their entire staff and customers to turn around and look at me everytime I am hungry- I honestly don't want that sort of attention at this point in my life.

    And I really don't know what to do when this happens. Do I scream back at them? Do I wave? Do I thank them? A salute? Flip the bird? What?

    Tip Jars At Carry Out Establishments

    I have a probloem with the idea of tipping to begin with, but if you aren't refilling my drinks and coming back to check on me from time to time, I'm not giving you a tip. I shouldn't be guilted into making my meal more expensive than advertised just because you got the order right and handed it to me across the counter.

    I always assume that getting the order right is included in the price.

    It's not like you ever walk up to the counter and say, "Does that price include getting the order right?"

    "No, sir, we charge extra for getting it correct and being nice to you."

    "And how much extra do I pay for that?"

    "Whatever you can afford, sir. Just put it in the cup."

    These places should hang a sign on the tip jar that reads, "Here- you pay our staff."

    When people at stop lights carry around a jar asking for money, we call them panhandlers. When carry-out restaurants do it, it's a legitimate business practice.

    Maybe I should walk in with my own cup- "You wanna give me a few bucks for being a good customer? I said please and thank you, I was polite, my debit card was approved, I paid with exact change...I deserve a 5 spot for going above and beyond, don't I?"

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    Re: Things That Drive You Crazy Part 46

    1. I drive a lot and I used to be bothered by that too. But then I thought about it and what difference would it really make? You're just going to move up 40 ft.and sit.

    2. I'd rather them not say anything to me when I walk in also. But I have found that those places usually have better service. My wife and I went to a sit down restaurant the other day that barely noticed us as we came in, and proceded to give us the worst service I've ever had in my life.

    3. Agree 100%. Oh that pisses me off. Occasionally I will tip if it's really expensive carry out like from The Cheesecake Factory, but if I see a tip jar, or a mother ******* sign that says "I gladly accept tips", I won't and I'll usually tell them why.

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    Re: Things That Drive You Crazy Part 46

    Radio Shack clerks....sorry to you if there are any on board, but I don't need 100 free minutes from Sprint and I don't need another cell phone and I don't need any crappy remote controlled toys.

    Best Buy clerks....I've already told seven of you that I'm just browsing so GO AWAY!!!!!!!!!

    Wal-Mart shopping in general....you can't stop to look at something with out seventeen people bumping into you
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    Re: Things That Drive You Crazy Part 46

    Quote Originally Posted by Hap
    Radio Shack clerks....sorry to you if there are any on board, but I don't need 100 free minutes from Sprint and I don't need another cell phone and I don't need any crappy remote controlled toys.
    YES! Radio Shack clerks drive me insane!!! Everytime I need a basic adaptor and just want the Radio Shack brand they want to sell me the Monster Cable version for 3 times more no matter what application I am using it for. If I thought I needed the gold plated, diamond studded Y connector for my 4 year olds VHS, I would have gotten it already!!! And no, you don't get my phone number.

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    Re: Things That Drive You Crazy Part 46

    Here are a few I'd like to nominate:

    Blowers in restrooms. Just give me some paper towels...PLEASE! Don't you hate pushing the button and then rubbing your hands under the blower for what seems like ages? And then your hands still aren't dry. You always end up wiping them on your pants leg anyway.

    When you're at a restaurant and the fork you're using has tines that don't line up quite right. You know, the fork has one prong that sticks up...it's like it's rebelling against the other tines. So what do we do? We take the fork out of our mouths, and then try and even things up by using our hands that we just tried to blow-dry and ended up wiping on our pants. Nice.

    Ketchup packets at fast-food places. Okay...if you're gonna make us use ketchup packets, then make 'em bigger! First of all, it's just a huge hassel to try and rip the thing open. Sometimes you can't even get a good grip. Then when you do finally get a grip on it, you end up tearing the whole side open, making a mess in the process. So then you squeeze out the little-tiny bit of ketchup that's in the pack. And it's good for, what? Two fries? If you're like me, you spend five minutes opening enough ketchup packets for your super-sized fries that are cold by the time you get enough ketchup squeezed out for them. Plus, I always have the dilemma of where to squeeze the ketchup to...do I squirt it into the lid of my Big Mac? Do i try and flatten out a wrapper and squeeze it onto that? What's proper ketchup packet etiquette? And the part that makes NO SENSE to me it that ketchup packets come with FAST food. Right? The food is supposed to be designed to eat on-the-go. So you go through the drive-thru, and they give you ketchup packets for the car. How's THAT supposed to work?
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    Re: Things That Drive You Crazy Part 46

    Two light switches in the same room.
    You inevitably have to flip a switch up to turn the lights off or down to turn the lights on.
    And it always leaves the light switches in a weird pattern on the wall.

    Sorry just bought a new house which is beautiful and big and everything I need but this drives me nuts.
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    Re: Things That Drive You Crazy Part 46

    Quote Originally Posted by max venable
    Here are a few I'd like to nominate:

    Blowers in restrooms. Just give me some paper towels...PLEASE! Don't you hate pushing the button and then rubbing your hands under the blower for what seems like ages? And then your hands still aren't dry. You always end up wiping them on your pants leg anyway.

    When you're at a restaurant and the fork you're using has tines that don't line up quite right. You know, the fork has one prong that sticks up...it's like it's rebelling against the other tines. So what do we do? We take the fork out of our mouths, and then try and even things up by using our hands that we just tried to blow-dry and ended up wiping on our pants. Nice.

    Ketchup packets at fast-food places. ...
    I second those! However, and I fail to recollect the location, there is one establishment I visited in my New York City trip that had dryers that could propel a rocketship full of hippopotamuses to Mars. I could actually feel the air from the thing about 15 feet waya in the stall when others used it. It is the only dryer that has ever gotten my hands completely dry, and I must say it do so in the most expedient fashion.
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    Re: Things That Drive You Crazy Part 46

    Quote Originally Posted by max venable
    Blowers in restrooms. Just give me some paper towels...PLEASE! Don't you hate pushing the button and then rubbing your hands under the blower for what seems like ages? And then your hands still aren't dry. You always end up wiping them on your pants leg anyway.

    When you're at a restaurant and the fork you're using has tines that don't line up quite right. You know, the fork has one prong that sticks up...it's like it's rebelling against the other tines. So what do we do? We take the fork out of our mouths, and then try and even things up by using our hands that we just tried to blow-dry and ended up wiping on our pants. Nice.

    Ketchup packets at fast-food places. Okay...if you're gonna make us use ketchup packets, then make 'em bigger! First of all, it's just a huge hassel to try and rip the thing open. Sometimes you can't even get a good grip. Then when you do finally get a grip on it, you end up tearing the whole side open, making a mess in the process. So then you squeeze out the little-tiny bit of ketchup that's in the pack. And it's good for, what? Two fries? If you're like me, you spend five minutes opening enough ketchup packets for your super-sized fries that are cold by the time you get enough ketchup squeezed out for them. Plus, I always have the dilemma of where to squeeze the ketchup to...do I squirt it into the lid of my Big Mac? Do i try and flatten out a wrapper and squeeze it onto that? What's proper ketchup packet etiquette? And the part that makes NO SENSE to me it that ketchup packets come with FAST food. Right? The food is supposed to be designed to eat on-the-go. So you go through the drive-thru, and they give you ketchup packets for the car. How's THAT supposed to work?
    Those hand dryers, while somewhat inconvenient, save a lot of waste. Sometimes I have to shake my hands a bit, but I do agree with them -- they're much better for the environment, especially since people tend to take handfuls more towels than they need.

    And Max, I have told you what a lifesaver those ketchup packets are when you're poor...you can steal them from convenience marts and load up on them. On the other hand, you are right about them having too much plastic for too little ketchup, so they are bad for the environment too. So you win here.

    I'm with you on the forks though. Good restaurants should be keeping an eye on those and getting rid of them once the prongs start to rebel.
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    Re: Things That Drive You Crazy Part 46

    Quote Originally Posted by vaticanplum
    Those hand dryers, while somewhat inconvenient, save a lot of waste. Sometimes I have to shake my hands a bit, but I do agree with them -- they're much better for the environment, especially since people tend to take handfuls more towels than they need.
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    Re: Things That Drive You Crazy Part 46

    1. I drive a lot and I used to be bothered by that too. But then I thought about it and what difference would it really make? You're just going to move up 40 ft.and sit.
    You are correct in some respects, but where it gets you is if there is a traffic light involved. If the person in front of you doesn't scoot up, you miss the light. Happens to me everyday on the way to work. All because "Mr. just in case" can't scoot up.

    I'm hearing my jingle right now.

    "If you find yourself stuck...just scoot...

    Radio Shack clerks
    YES! And I hate stores- Radio Shack is notorious for doing this- who ask for your phone number, address, or zip code before they'll ring you up.

    "What's your zip code?"

    "What's your least favorite place for me to smack you silly?"
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    Re: Things That Drive You Crazy Part 46

    Quote Originally Posted by Dom Heffner
    YES! And I hate stores- Radio Shack is notorious for doing this- who ask for your phone number, address, or zip code before they'll ring you up.
    Along those lines, I stopped into NAPA to buy a fuse for my minivan last week. A couple of things...first, the only guy working was on the phone and didn't even acknowledge me or the fact that I was searching for something. Second, after he hung up, the phone rang again and he answered it and spent several minutes with that call...all the while, I'm waiting at the counter. When I finally did get help and I found the fuse I needed (it was behind the counter anyway)...I had to wait another couple of minutes while the guy printed out a fancy 8 1/2 x 11 receipt...for a 50 fuse. They probably spent more than 50 on the ink and the paper. Can't ya just let me throw the 50 on the counter and walk away?
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    Re: Things That Drive You Crazy Part 46

    When someone titles a thread "Things that Drives you Crazy" and then I get that Fine Young Cannibals song in my head and can't get rid of it.
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    Re: Things That Drive You Crazy Part 46

    Quote Originally Posted by Puffy
    When someone titles a thread "Things that Drives you Crazy" and then I get that Fine Young Cannibals song in my head and can't get rid of it.
    When someone mentions something that he could've easily kept to himself instead of deliberately getting that same song stuck in other people's heads so he won't be the only one suffering. I hate when that happens.
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    Re: Things That Drive You Crazy Part 46

    Quote Originally Posted by RichRed
    When someone mentions something that he could've easily kept to himself instead of deliberately getting that same song stuck in other people's heads so he won't be the only one suffering. I hate when that happens.
    Luckily, I have a short attention span. So, I get thru a couple of lines of the song and I'm done.

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    Re: Things That Drive You Crazy Part 46

    When someone titles a thread "Things that Drives you Crazy" and then I get that Fine Young Cannibals song in my head and can't get rid of it.
    Just be happy I didn't name the thread "MmmmmBop!!!!!!"

    Sorry about that. At least that other song is out your head now.
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