The local Goodwill store had a HALF PRICE on all Electrical items
yesterday. The sign read: "Everything Electrical is Half Price Today -
Anything that plugs in".
Lamp timer with a 120V cord on it.
Computer mouse with PS2 cord/plug
A 6 foot A/V cable (3 wire RCA cable for a VCR or DVD player)
A USB to Mini USB cord for my cellphone.
When I checked out, the clerk said that the only item that plugs in, was
the timer. I explained to her that the computer mouse PLUGS IN to a
computer, the RCA cable PLUGS IN to a TV and VCR or DVD, and the USB
cord PLUGS IN to a computer and cellphone.
She called the manager. He asked her what the problem is.
She said this stuff dont plug in. He looked puzzled, when I said "It
dont say what it's supposed to plug *INTO*", and told hom the same as I
told the clerk (above).
He agreed with me, and said it all looked electrical, and told the clerk
to give me the half price. But said if anything needed batteries, that
would not qualify.
I'm not complaining, but that really is stupid and very vague wording.
Just saying "Electrical" should suffice.....
"Electrical" implies that it's something that runs on 115v "house
current" so to speak.
The lamp timer would be such.
Items for the computer etc, would be considered "electronics".
The clerk was technically right. but it could be subject to
interpretation and in a store such as Goodwill...I agree that they
should just be happy top get it out the door...sold.
On Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 4:52:35 PM UTC-4, philo wrote:
I don't see why "electrical" strictly means that it has to
run off 120V AC. I think the strongest argument is the next
part, where it says "anything that plugs in". I think you
could reasonably construe the two taken together to mean
that they meant anything that plugs into an outlet. But it's
a poorly worded offer.
What is your position on battery power
devices? Are they electrical?
For example, is a flashlight electrical?
How about a dustbuster?
How about a battery power AM / FM radio?
Christopher A. Young
learn more about Jesus
On Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 9:46:43 PM UTC-4, J Burns wrote:
By OED, I assume you mean the Oxford English Dictionary?
Definition of electrical in English:
1Operating by or producing electricity:
‘an electrical appliance’
‘Since when did the average boat owner need a generator to operate
the boat's electrical system?’
1.1Concerned with electricity:
‘an electrical engineer’
elec·tri·cal \-tri-kəl\ : of, relating to, or operated by e
lectricity <an electric current> <an electric heater>
I don't see where either of those strictly limit "electrical"
to requiring that it be intended to be plugged into an AC outlet.
You mentioned the electrical system
Is an electrical engineer also only electrical when he's
plugged into an electrical system for charging?
On Friday, May 15, 2015 at 10:03:42 AM UTC-4, bob_villa wrote:
What exactly is your problem? The question was about the
definition of electrical. I didn't say a damn thing about
cheating a charity. It's a favorite tactic of you screwy
libs to try to take a simple, legitimate discussion and
try to twist it into something it isn't.
Funny thing, you're even doing it to your own now. The president
of NOW just attacked Obama, accused him of treating Elizabeth
Warren as a "little lady who doesn't know what she's talking
about". Obama's offense? He gave an interview to Yahoo,
where he said that while he agrees with Warren on almost
everything, he disagrees with Elizabeth on the issue of the
trade agreement and she;s wrong on the facts.
I'm obviously no fan of Obama, but I watched what he
said and it was very benign, nothing personal, nothing
derisive. Yet the screw balls at NOW turned it into him
calling her a "little lady". Ironic, since it's NOW that used
those words to describe Warren, not Obama. They probably would
have accused Obama of being part of the war against women,
but they reserve that nonsense strictly for Republicans.
Your inane tactics are the same.
On Friday, May 15, 2015 at 12:03:05 PM UTC-4, bob_villa wrote:
You just did it again, another fine example of how you operate
and lie. I didn't say this was Obama's fault. I gave you an
example of how screwy libs like
you take something that someone said that was benign, factual, and
then try to twist it into something very different, claiming the
person said something totally different. NOW just did it *to Obama*.
You're doing it here. Do try to pay attention.
If I had me a boat, I'd keep her chained to the dock so I wouldn't need
a generator to operate her electrical system.
An electrical engineer tells you how to plug a flashlight into an
electrical system for charging. Some moonlight as flashlight repairmen.
That's where the big bucks are nowadays, what with all those leaky
Flashlight batteries provide volts and amps,
which operate a bulb measured in ohms.
I consider that electrical. I also consider that
"runs on electricity".
Christopher A. Young
learn more about Jesus
I was going to ask you to pick me up a digital wrist watch at Harbor
Freight. I don't want to get you all upset, but I've changed my mind.
You'd spend all day looking in the electrical goods department. :)
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