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18 September 2013
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meanmistermustard said
I put food down for my cats who promptly sniff at it, walk away in a fuss and then come back in 10 minutes expecting the dog not to have eaten it and if its still there gobble it down. Why they wait is beyond me – probably to annoy the dog.

I stay out in the country so they are outside most of the day getting fresh air. One goes wandering for miles but the older one (about 17 years old) stays closer by the house. 

One of my cats meows at me when there is still food in her bowl. She acts like she is starving!ahdn_paul_02

18 September 2013
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One of my pet peeves has to do with YouTube videos.  People who put up a song with lyrics, but don't know how to properly synchronize the presentation of each line of lyrics with the song.  98% of videos I've seen have this problem:  the line appears a second after it is sung in the recording -- but if I want to sing along and I don't know the words (or forgot them), I need to see them a second before they sound, not after, for CRYING OUT LOUD!!!

(Okay, rant over.)

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19 September 2013
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My cat used to meow as if he had no food if he wanted something different to what we'd given him. He just would not eat it, so after a few days of him starving himself, we'd change it. We spoiled him, we did.

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19 September 2013
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My cat will eat the food, shes just fat. She is the fattest out of the 3 cats. Part of has to do with her breed, her being fixed, and the other has do with laziness. All she does is eat and lay around. 

19 September 2013
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Looks like this really did become a 'Pet' Peeve thread.

The only thing my dog Lily does that drives me bonkers is she wakes me up for her morning walk 10 minutes before the alarm is set…regardless of what time it is set for!

Why does she not want me to get that last 10 minutes sleep?!?!paul-mccartney

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Zig said

Looks like this really did become a 'Pet' Peeve thread.

The only thing my dog Lily does that drives me bonkers is she wakes me up for her morning walk 10 minutes before the alarm is set…regardless of what time it is set for!

Why does she not want me to get that last 10 minutes sleep?!?!paul-mccartney

You can try to outsmart your dog -- set your clock ten minutes ahead (if it's 10:10 pm, set it so it shows 10:00 pm).  Then if you set the alarm for 8 am, it will go off when it's 8:10 am, but your dog will wake you up 10 minutes early -- at your desired time of 8 am!

(In order to successfully outsmart your dog, don't let her read this topic blue-meanie)

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20 September 2013
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Too funny, FP.

As it is, my dog is nearly as smart as I am. If she could tell time and read…

*shudders*

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20 September 2013
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If a dog worked out how to work how to feed itself (can opener, getting into the cupboard to get the food) you'd never see it. That must be high on its list of things to achieve. Once had a cat that worked out that if he sat on top of the fridge he could paw at the door and open it. Took us a while before realising why all this cold meat was disappearing, once discovered the left over Christmas turkey with bits missing. 

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Misbehaving kids in IKEA. I went yesterday and it was so busy, I've never seen anything like it. There was loads of naughty, screaming children running round the place, knocking my shelves off the space bit underneath your trolley, which then got in the way of other shoppers and caused a traffic jam. If they can't behave in a busy, public place, then leave them at home.

''We're just knocked out. We heard about the sell out. You gotta get an album out, you owe it to the people. We're so happy we can hardly count.''

10 November 2013
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Standing in queues whilst the customer has a conversation with the check-out operative holding everyone else up. Yesterday had a check-out operative who had to look at every item put thru and comment on each one – "ooh that's a good brand, had that for my tea last night; ooh that's good toilet roll, use that myself, very soft; that wine's expensive, £35!? i'm not a wine person, more Bacardi with a little lemonade". 

I've also been in a queue where i've learnt the server's plans for the next week, that her husband had retired, her son's birthday was that week and that she was off on holiday soon. 

When did it become shop policy for staff to have to chat to us, just serve please, courteously and  quickly.

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10 November 2013
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fabfouremily said
Misbehaving kids in IKEA. I went yesterday and it was so busy, I've never seen anything like it. There was loads of naughty, screaming children running round the place, knocking my shelves off the space bit underneath your trolley, which then got in the way of other shoppers and caused a traffic jam. If they can't behave in a busy, public place, then leave them at home.

 

That reminds me, I needed to go to Costco, but it was a Saturday. And I already know that for many reasons – kids, parking, lines, slow browsers clogging up the aisles – a special circle of hell resides in Costco on a Saturday.

 

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Standing in queues whilst the customer has a conversation with the check-out operative holding everyone else up. Yesterday had a check-out operative who had to look at every item put thru and comment on each one – "ooh that's a good brand, had that for my tea last night; ooh that's good toilet roll, use that myself, very soft; that wine's expensive, £35!? i'm not a wine person, more Bacardi with a little lemonade". 

 

Haha, Kristen Wiig had a recurring character like that on SNL. Sometimes she would just leave her station to grab whatever it was the shopper had.

 

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I don't know why people on tills ask you if you've got everything you'd come for. I've noticed people starting that relatively recently. I saw David Mitchell talking about it on the telly, he said something like no, I came for all this invisible shit, too :)

Really, though. What are they going to do if you didn't manage to find something else you were after. If they haven't got it, they haven't got it. Never say if there was anything, by the way, a lengthy coneversation awaits – and that gets on my nerves, too. Don't pretend to be my friend. You're not my friend. You're paid to put my items through the ''beep-thing'' because the shop don't trust everyone to do it for themselves. Just a quick hello and a thank you is absolutely fine, perfect in fact. I might never see you again, and we certainly won't remember each other, so why do you want to know if I'm wearing my new dress to a party?

''We're just knocked out. We heard about the sell out. You gotta get an album out, you owe it to the people. We're so happy we can hardly count.''

10 November 2013
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I don't know why people on tills ask you if you've got everything you'd come for. I've noticed people starting that relatively recently. I saw David Mitchell talking about it on the telly, he said something like no, I came for all this invisible shit, too :)

Really, though. What are they going to do if you didn't manage to find something else you were after. If they haven't got it, they haven't got it. Never say if there was anything, by the way, a lengthy coneversation awaits – and that gets on my nerves, too. Don't pretend to be my friend. You're not my friend. You're paid to put my items through the ''beep-thing'' because the shop don't trust everyone to do it for themselves. Just a quick hello and a thank you is absolutely fine, perfect in fact. I might never see you again, and we certainly won't remember each other, so why do you want to know if I'm wearing my new dress to a party?

Must be different over where you live. In our area, you're lucky to get even "hello" and "thank you." I don't have to worry about being asked how my day was, because they don't inquire. As far as being asked if you've got everything, I believe they're mandated to ask that nowadays, so it might be more out of job necessity than generosity. 

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10 November 2013
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fabfouremily said
I don't know why people on tills ask you if you've got everything you'd come for. I've noticed people starting that relatively recently. I saw David Mitchell talking about it on the telly, he said something like no, I came for all this invisible shit, too :)

Really, though. What are they going to do if you didn't manage to find something else you were after. If they haven't got it, they haven't got it. Never say if there was anything, by the way, a lengthy coneversation awaits – and that gets on my nerves, too. Don't pretend to be my friend. You're not my friend. You're paid to put my items through the ''beep-thing'' because the shop don't trust everyone to do it for themselves. Just a quick hello and a thank you is absolutely fine, perfect in fact. I might never see you again, and we certainly won't remember each other, so why do you want to know if I'm wearing my new dress to a party?

Ok, I've worked in customer service for over 12 years now, so I will attempt to explain…  I tend to ask people this (mind you, I am Canadian and we can be ridiculously polite) because sometimes you actually can't find where something is.  It happens to me all the time in grocery stores, because they are all different.  

I also try to chat with people a bit when I am ringing them though.  I am good at reading people so I can tell when people just want to take their shit and go, so I'll just leave them alone.  I wonder does this bother most people, or are you just one of the people that want to be left the fuck alone?  I'm just trying to be friendly and make the day a little better for everyone…  does this seriously bother people, or is it just a Canadian thing?  Hmm…

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10 November 2013
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I understand it's probably something they're told to do, but it still gets on my nerves a bit. I suppose I don't really mind if they try and talk to you a bit, but I don't want to have a really in-depth converstion with someone just because they're paid to ask. They can ask some really personal quesions about why you're getting this or that, or if it's for you or a friend. I just want to go in, get my stuff, and go.

I suppose, on reflection, I'd rather I got this than someone really unpolite (which I have encountered more than once, too), but it can get a bit much sometimes.

''We're just knocked out. We heard about the sell out. You gotta get an album out, you owe it to the people. We're so happy we can hardly count.''

10 November 2013
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I understand it's probably something they're told to do, but it still gets on my nerves a bit. I suppose I don't really mind if they try and talk to you a bit, but I don't want to have a really in-depth converstion with someone just because they're paid to ask. They can ask some really personal quesions about why you're getting this or that, or if it's for you or a friend. I just want to go in, get my stuff, and go.

I suppose, on reflection, I'd rather I got this than someone really unpolite (which I have encountered more than once, too), but it can get a bit much sometimes.

I see your point.  It's like places like gas stations, I want to be in and out.  And I do run into people in grocery stores that talk TOO much, and can't multi-task so it really slows them down.  That can be irritating.

In my job I don't just ring things though a till, I tint paint for people and so 80% of the task is talking to them to figure out what the hell they need, and then I have to physically make it too…. then ring them though.  

"Please don't bring your banjo back, I know where it's been..  I wasn't hardly gone a day, when it became the scene..  Banjos!  Banjos!  All the time, I can't forget that tune..  and if I ever see another banjo, I'm going out and buy a big balloon!"

 

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I'm with emily on this one.  What I'd like to see in stores (particularly big busy stores) is not only two different kinds of check-out lines (one with a clerk, the other self-serve) -- but two further types of check-out, each one with a big sign overhead:

* Check-Out Line #1 -- for People Who Want Inane Chit-Chat with Forced Smiles Over Here

* Check-Out Line #2 -- for People Who Just Want to Buy Their Stuff and Leave as Quickly As Possible and Not Pretend Like We're All Living in a Small Town and We're All Family

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10 November 2013
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We have a lot of self serve checkouts here…  does anyone else have those?

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Yeah, most big stores in my neck of the woods have self-serve alternatives.  Maybe that's less common in England…?

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10 November 2013
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I dont get this being asked at tills if you have forgotten something. Does that mean that the cashier will then go and get it? Won't that take ages and hold everyone else up? Anyway if i can't find it in the shop i'll ask a shop assistant not at the till when i'm paying. That signals i'm done and want to get away. 

The newest one is trying to push offers onto you, "do you want this chocolate bar/magazine/bottle of juice/sweets/whatever?, NO. If i did i'd have picked it up already".

The etiquette i'm looking for is polite and courteous without a 5 hour chat and/or running commentary on what has been bought. Just serve quickly and let people go. It's not difficult. I will happily offer a cheery hello and hello. Everything and anything else is superfluous.

The worst thing in any store is staff who would happily spit on your shopping and through their body language are telling you to fuck off, I'm sorry they're working for shit money and find it boring but have some fucking manners. That is followed very closely by staff who need to have a conversation with people, the worst being local stores where they chat to their mates, processing the groceries so slowly so they can get all the gossip whilst everyone else in the queue is standing there truly fed up.

 

LongHairedLady said 
We have a lot of self serve checkouts here…  does anyone else have those?

Yes. Try to use them as much as possible but at times end up having a fight as some insist each item must be bagged before scanning the next and you cannot remove the bag at any time until after paying. And this might be rude but some people should just not be allowed to use them due to their sheer inability to work them so stand for 10 minutes wondering how to scan an apple as there is no bar/code. And what is up with parents letting their kids put the items thru, it takes ages and holds everyone else up? Just get a move on.

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