Not only that, but some of them are told "If the customer asks for a
supervisor, put on hold hand the phone to your neighbor. If your
neighbor hands you the phone, wait fifteen seconds, then go off hold and
repeat what the script says."
On Monday, November 4, 2013 8:33:53 AM UTC-8, Robert Macy wrote:
Similar happened to me years ago when traveling through rural Mexico with s
mall son. Left my &*^^%$))^^%$ WALLET somewhere - can't remember where. We
nt back in fear & trembling -- was told me a young man had found it and tak
en it home, leaving his address. We went there; he had it; I had to practi
cally twist his arm to accept a small thank you. Whew! Restored my faith i
n people's decency.
Glad to hear of excellent experience
Historically, I've had my share of 'learned' bad experiences from Hispanic
community. Examples: freshly poured concrete sidewalk in front of home
being defaced by young children ACCOMPANIED by their mothers on a walk!
Mothers saying nothing in spite of me charging out and yelling at them to
stop it. Out about in public, being subjected to attitude towards me,
attitude uncalled for, more like getting a 'pre-emptive' attitude. Or,
enjoying an extremely private area along the beach, when suddenly being
imposed upon by huge group, plopping down within 20 feet, on an empty
beach that goes for over 1000 feet - why next to us? etc etc.
Then, late one night while driving through the bad sections of the dreaded
'east side' I ran out of gas! had to walk to a service station, yes, even
late at night the station was occupied by a roudy crowd that immediately
took umbrage at my presence as I walked in. Almost like What are YOU doing
here? When I told them I ran out of gas at so-and-so intersection, they
became very concerned. The lady station attendant handed me a plastic
gallon can to go fill with gasoline, and told me to bring it back when I'm
done. She never even asked for a deposit on the can, nor payment at that
moment for the contents. She just said come back and when you get more pay
then. One of youths said he was on his way home and had to go by where I
had abandoned my car so he could drop me off, which he did. I 'primed' the
car with the one gallon can the lady had given me [could have completely
left that neighborhood], drove back to the station, gave her back the can
and paid for the gasoline. Where upon I profusely thanked her and went on
home not too much later than expected due to all the help I had received.
That experience completely erased the bad impression of the Hispanic
community I had formed, ...up until that event. Now I realize, if you NEED
help, you'll probably get a shirt off someone's back.
Ddin't know about using a tree for a straight stick, but...
you can also push start an automatic. had it done to me once when no
jumper cables around. First, slightly apply the brake to maintain good
contact else a gap can be devastating and have to start over. put in
drive, not low, get up to around 25 to 30 and STARTS right away, once
dried out the massive flooding that had happened.
I remember the night the clutch cable on my Chevette
snapped about half past midnight. I figured it out
after a while. Shift in neutral. Start the engine.
Push like everything, and got it going about 1 MPH.
jump in, cram the shift into first. Goose the gas, and
put the flashers on. Got me to the repair garage. Walk
home from the garage.
On Thu, 07 Nov 2013 08:09:11 -0500, Stormin Mormon
Push starting a car with standard shift is easy. I used to do it, by
my self, regularly, with our Gremlin (the most appropriately named car
in history). Well, it gets to be a problem if you have fuel injection
and the battery is completely dead. DAMHIKT.
To me, the most frightening aspect is that the petroleum industry a long
time ago learned that it could raise the rpice with impunity, ...by simply
removing the gasoline for a while. Price went from ?? to $2 instantly, yet
very few stations were burnt to the ground, and no one in Congress was
Of course the justification for the increase was the instability in the
MidEast. Ok, so then if the crude cost so much, why did the top seven oil
companies then post the most outrages profits in history? Even as they
tried to shovel the money into tax exmpt investments, so they subtract
from those profits? What did they do with that money, they bought
farmland, like you would NOT believe. Of corse all the farmers encouraged
to 'borrow' easy money from govt sources with promises of fortunes and
promptly removing most subsidies further reducing profits until many, many
famers got into financial troubles and were foreclosed on and HAD to sell.
Making farmland readily available at incredibly low prices.
Now, oil companies armed with the knowledge that it is possible to raise
the price of a 'necessary' commodity to any level by simply removing it
for awhile have bought a huge percentage of food source lands... One must
wonder whether the same technique to increase profits will happen after
becoming completely entrenched in food source supply. And, let's add a few
laws to prevent people from growing their own food and you have an
Even utilities do not seem to be exampt from the effect. After moving to
AZ and being surprised at the cost of electricity; I noticed a pattern.
Everytime the evening news carried people complaining about the high cost
of electricity; we suddenly had power outages. Outages that lasted about
two hours, just long enough to panic you, but not so long as to lose
fridge and frozen foods, ...and no more talk about the high price of
The attitude of folks living in rural America is quite different from
that of people living in urban areas. If you had lost your wallet in
Washington D.C. or New York City, the money and credit cards would have
been removed then the wallet tossed into the nearest trash can. If the
wallet had been found by a congressman, you would have gotten the wallet
back with taxes taken out of the money. ^_^
Around Birmingham, it really depends on the area and the individual. I
found a new Motorola cellphone and belt clip in a trashcan where I was
doing some work where me and JH were moving some equipment to a the new
location of a women's clothing store. I got home with the phone and had
a charger that would fit so I charged it up, found it was working then
discovered a phone book entry labeled "Mom". I called the number, got
voice mail, left my name and number explaining that I had found the
phone. I later got a call from a young woman who had lost the phone in
the clothing store. I met her at a service station nearby and returned
it to her. Someone asked me why I returned the phone and my answer was,
"It wasn't mine." Simple huh? ^_^
"thought you might want it back...."
One time when I was working at a factory, a woman
lost her eye glasses. She put out the word, and
we searched the trash barrels, dumpsters, etc. The
factory found four or five pair of Rx eye glasses,
none hers. Not sure if she ever got them back.
Suppose it could have been a "troll" ?
At my high school's "homecoming bonfire" someone suddenly said "Nobody
move! I just dropped my contact!" So all the people in the little
group got down and started hunting. After a little bit, I heard him say
it again--somewhere else. The people near me either weren't paying
attention or couldn't hear as well as I could and they kept on hunting.
I didn't say anything for a while, and he did it several times more,
till there were several small groups in all parts of the field looking
for a contact lens in the dark.
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