You’re a wiseass, Harry.

February 12th, 2013 · 69 comments

It turns out Harry Potter had more than a little in common with his jerk of a father. (And yes, James Potter was a jerk — Yahoo! Answers says so!)

Dear Hagrid, I understand you're half giant, but could you try to be a little more light footed? P.S. If you're not Hagrid, stop fucking stomping around, it's pissing me off. Sincerely, Harry Potter, apartment under the stairs

Meanwhile, on Diagon Alley…

Notice from The Green Witch Re discount...Please do not embarrass my staff by asking for discount. If the prices could be lower, they would be. Therapists who shop regularly and consistently at the shop may receive a discount on their products that are relevant to their business but not on any other goods. Any discount given is purely at the discretion of myself and is a priveledge [sic], not a right. Demanding discount simply angers both me and Maggie — after all, do you ask Tesco for discount because you shop there every week...I think not. Thank you, The Green Witch

related: Do these stilettos match my broomstick?

extra credit: How P-A Harry Potter fans deal with junk mail

extra extra credit: We Are Wizards [hulu.com]

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  • #1   PinkPlaidRibbon

    Lol, the first one is creative, though definitely P.A.

    The second one…I’m guessing is a small local business? Sounds like it. Though she kind of contradicts herself. Therapists may get a discount if they shop there a lot, but you won’t even if you shop there every week like Tesco’s. Maybe they should start a loyalty card.

    Also, am I the only one curious what kind of business this is that sells frequently to therapists for business purposes? :)

    Feb 12, 2013 at 1:46 pm   rating: 14  small thumbs up

    • #1.1   CarTails

      You are not the only one. What do Therapists need? Pencils and notebooks perhaps?

      Feb 12, 2013 at 2:01 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.2   ckk66

      A shop called The Green Witch? I’m picturing a shop that sells crystals and essential oils and the kind of therapist that would use those.

      Feb 12, 2013 at 2:18 pm   rating: 28  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.3   pfarmer bang

      Um, yep.
      http://www.greenwitch.co.uk/

      I suspect spell casters prefer the term “therapist” these days. 400 years after Salem, there are still some unpleasant connotations to “witch.”

      Feb 12, 2013 at 2:26 pm   rating: 13  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.4   Jami

      Not that kind of therapist.

      http://www.greenwitch.co.uk/

      I wonder if I bothered to register if I’d still have to wait for moderators to approve links.

      Feb 12, 2013 at 2:32 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.5   H for Toy

      Massage therapists? I know there is such a thing as “aroma therapy,” but does that require an aroma therapist?

      Feb 12, 2013 at 3:13 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.6   f2point8

      The Green Witch leans towards verbose. Never use four words when twenty will do, thank you very much.

      Feb 12, 2013 at 6:40 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.7   Seanette

      And her spell-check spell seems to not be working.

      Feb 13, 2013 at 2:46 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.8   TRT

      I like the runs on Green Witch’s poster. Obviously made by the falling tears of someone who didn’t get their discount.

      Feb 13, 2013 at 1:09 pm   rating: 13  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.9   FeRD bang

      @Jami: Yep, you would. We get few privileges, beyond the ability to edit ourselves. Of course, that alone can be invaluable.

      Feb 13, 2013 at 1:54 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.10   jibbsfubbs

      I’m assuming Green Witch is a take off of Greenwich.

      Feb 15, 2013 at 2:06 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #2   Roto13

    I’d be like “Oh, man, why do these people have to stick Harry Potter into every damn thing? Now I have to buy some bowling balls to throw around.”

    Feb 12, 2013 at 2:02 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #2.1   Sigh

      I much preferred the world without Harry Potter. When will this crap go away?

      Feb 12, 2013 at 2:18 pm   rating: 15  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.2   Jami

      Never. Because Harry Potter is well written and fun.

      Now Twilight on the other hand…. *growls* God, I hate those books passionately. Did you know that Edward and Bella’s “relationship” has all 15 warning signs of domestic abuse? Yeah, great, lots of girls are going to grow up thinking abusive assholes are romantic heroes. Thanks for setting women back 70 years, Meyers.

      At least Harry Potter teaches independence, true friendship, bravery, and how wrong and sick bigotry and racism are.

      Feb 12, 2013 at 2:35 pm   rating: 59  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.3   Captain Hampton

      I find that Harry Potter apologists almost invariably bring up Twilight because, ostensibly, everyone must like one or the other.

      Feb 12, 2013 at 4:06 pm   rating: 27  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.4   Smokey

      There are really only two kinds of people in this world. Those that like Neil Diamond and those that don’t.

      Feb 12, 2013 at 5:51 pm   rating: 30  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.5   Harry Potters Pimp

      Damn stupid twilight, oh your boyfriend is a hundred years old and stares at you in your sleep, and incidentally wants to murder you? Sounds like a fan-dabby-dozy relationship… Pffft.

      Feb 12, 2013 at 6:13 pm   rating: 11  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.6   Kitty

      @Jami Harry Potter is not well written. I will accept that many people enjoy the stories, but Rowling’s grasp of the English language is far from the beauty and nuance you can find in proper literature. It’s an entertaining read, it’s pop-culture. Don’t try to make it more than it is.

      Feb 12, 2013 at 6:41 pm   rating: 19  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.7   The Elf

      Why do I get the feeling there are some people who would have despised Shakespeare because it wasn’t “proper” at the time.

      The Harry Potter books are good reads and I enjoyed them. That’s what matters to me.

      Feb 12, 2013 at 7:19 pm   rating: 27  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.8   Dot

      Eh, Harry Potter was good up to the 4th book. Then it practically became a hit overnight and she released the last 3 books with confusing back-stories, and made it was more complicated than it needed to be.

      Also, with some of the last books I felt like she added all that extra stuff just to add pages. She was up to over a thousand per book by the end.

      Feb 12, 2013 at 9:56 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.9   a-Arialist

      @Kitty – as an English literature graduate, I have to dispute your (rather snobbish and reactive) dismissal of Harry Potter.

      What do you consider ‘proper literature’? Jane Austen? Jane Austen was dismissed as romantic rubbish at the time. Dickens? Dickens was very much a popularist – his novels were serialised in the paper, for God’s sake.

      Harry Potter is a children’s book, and it’s written in the style of many good children’s books – straightforward, but well plotted. It’s had a massive effect on our culture, and reinvigorated reading for millions of children – that’s hugely important.

      It’s not going to go away, no matter how much you sniff at it, and nor should it.

      Yes, there are more beautifully written books out there (such as the His Dark Materials trilogy) but Harry Potter is far more than entertaining, throwaway pop-culture (like Twilight – may it die in pain).

      Feb 13, 2013 at 3:17 am   rating: 42  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.10   My name is Princess!

      Gasp! Then they’d be Professor Trelawney’s crystal balls not bowling balls.

      Feb 13, 2013 at 11:17 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.11   JK

      I agree with a-Arialist. I’ve got a BA in English Literature, and you can grumble about Rowling’s use of adverbs all you want, but the books are just fine. I tried to read an excerpt of Twlight just to see what it was like, and I felt like I’d suffered brain damage. Harry Potter has deeper messages–that people can choose to be good, that good and bad exist within all of us, and it tackles bullying and racism. My biggest beef with JK Rowling is that she doesn’t even have a middle name, she just borrowed the K for Kathleen (I believe based on an aunt or something), but now if I wrote using my actual first and middle initial, they’d think I was copying her.

      I haven’t read the His Dark Materials books, but I saw the first run of the (rather long) play in London. Truly brilliant.

      Feb 13, 2013 at 3:05 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.12   Clumber

      a-A? Is it alright if I, today right this moment, insist that Jane Austin remains rubbish?

      I refer to all manner and interpretations. Though I have not read the Zombified versions simply because I have become somewhat allergic to Jane Austin; severe desire to either fall asleep, barf, or both. I enjoy many forms of the Zombie genre (if it is) and don’t want to have any of that enjoyment ruined by any version of her writing.

      A movie based on her shit remains the only movie I ever walked out of. I was on a date at the time. The fact that we both wanted to GTFO at the same moment is just one more sign that we are perfect together. 16 years now, our disdain for Jane Austin just one more thing that brought us together!

      Wait… what was the PAN again?? heh

      Feb 13, 2013 at 4:25 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.13   H for Toy

      I love Jane Austen, but that still made me laugh, clumber.

      Feb 13, 2013 at 9:19 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.14   juju-skittles

      I liked the sequel to “Sense and Sensibility” better. “Dumb and Dumber” just had a greater feeling of verisimilitude. Though I have only seen the movie, I must admit.

      Feb 14, 2013 at 11:34 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.15   Brian

      A couple points:

      There are in fact 10 types of people in the world, those who understand binary and those who don’t.

      Re: Harry Potter, I don’t know ‘literature’ but the success of Potter confirms my suspicion that success is predicated on relatable and interesting characters. There was nothing new in the series, at it’s core it was a rehash of some well worn fantasy tropes, but the characters made it worth reading.

      Re Twilight: Let me see if I get this straight. If a 40 year old man gets together with a 15 year old girl, he ends up getting interviewed by Chris Matthews. If a 100+ year old man does it…it’s romance?

      Plus, I’m only 40, but I’d rather cut my ears off than have to converse with a HS girl. I can’t imagine I’m going to find inane prattle more endearing in 100 years.

      Feb 15, 2013 at 7:10 am   rating: 10  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.16   PinkPlaidRibbon

      This is probably unpopular, but I don’t really have a problem with the whole 100 years old thing. Now before I get mobbed, hear it out. I’ve read other romance novels (aimed at adults, not teens), and some of them have been about supernatural creatures. Most of the time the supernatural guy is 75-100+ years old. But the difference if they aren’t cruising high schools looking for girls. They present themselves as working adults and the woman in the stories are mostly in there 20s. While it’s still a huge age difference, I don’t find it that creepy as long as he isn’t going after teens.

      Feb 16, 2013 at 8:56 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.17   Kris

      That’s generally because proper supernatural romances are between adults and not vampires and teenage mary sues. There is also the fact that Twilight is nothing more than a Mormon housewife’s wet dream of the “perfect” man and an unhealthy relationship(and one in the making if you factor in Jacob imprinting on B&E’s freak hybrid baby)

      At the end of the day no self respecting vampire is going to be hanging around a high school for too long and nothing that “glitters” in the light of day is going to be out during the day without a burka ;-)

      Feb 18, 2013 at 3:10 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #3   Headset Hellion

    I don’t think the second note is passive aggressive at all. It’s a clear and concise response to customers who mistakenly believe they are entitled to a discount. I think it’s awesome that the shop owner refuses to allow their employees to be bullied.

    Feb 12, 2013 at 2:50 pm   rating: 27  small thumbs up

     
  • #4   The White Clouds of Opium bang

    The Green *itch.

    Feb 12, 2013 at 4:11 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

     
  • #5   SeeYouInTea

    Maybe Hagrid isn’t at home and left Buckbeak to dogsit Fang? They are very sensitive about their weights as it is.

    Feb 12, 2013 at 4:12 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

     
  • #6   it's naptime

    When I read the title of this post I immediately thought of Harry Dresden, not Harry Potter.

    Harry Dresden is very much a wiseass.

    Feb 12, 2013 at 4:58 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

    • #6.1   magickal wife

      You made me laugh! Yes Harry Dresden was a wiseass. Brilliant lines in those books!

      Feb 13, 2013 at 7:31 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #7   Beatus Mongous

    That does it. I’m getting my discount at Tesco right now, dammit. I support them all the time, so I’m entitled to a discount. After all, I could go elsewhere, right?

    Feb 12, 2013 at 8:02 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

     
  • #8   Silence

    I’d be more concerned about Hagrid’s hairballs clogging the plumbing than I would about his footsteps.

    One doesn’t -have- to choose the lower apartment, after all, unless Vernon and Petunia co-signed your lease.

    Feb 13, 2013 at 1:28 am   rating: 10  small thumbs up

    • #8.1   Splint Chesthair

      Tis true, if you choose an apartment with another apartment above and you don’t want to hear footsteps, you’re going to have a bad time.

      I’ve lived in both. I have a light step because I am barefoot as often as possible and the lady downstairs still used to accuse me of stomping around. I thought she was crazy until I moved into a downstairs apartment and the upstairs cats running around sounded like a herd of elephants.

      Feb 13, 2013 at 8:04 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.2   Mawwd

      There are always compromises to be made in the world. Unless you’re made of lots and lots of money and time, not everyone can have the perfect house/apartment/job/car/location for their lifestyle.

      I live in the 2nd floor of a 3 story very very old building and have never heard my neighbors walking around more than a light creak now and then. I also lived in another old building where the people above were always drunk and high, and they sounded like they were bowling every night. So I imagine that when you can hear footsteps it’s mostly people who did not learn to walk without stomping directly on their heel (what I would call “normally”…)

      Feb 13, 2013 at 9:33 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.3   Silence

      Sorry, Mawwd. I don’t buy it.

      I’ve lived in apartments for 13 years, and I’ve only lived below someone once, by choice. It doesn’t take buckets of money to find a good apartment.

      If hearing people above you bothers you that much, then finding a top-level place should become as important as finding a place with the right amount of rooms, or desirable amenities. If you’re somehow in a position where you absolutely cannot choose where you live, then suck it up and look forward to the day when you can.

      Feb 13, 2013 at 11:25 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.4   H for Toy

      Splint, when your aliases include Bulk Vanderhuge and Thick McRunfast, I have to wonder if your footstep is as light as you think…

      Feb 13, 2013 at 11:30 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.5   redheadwglasses

      I’m living in an old apartment building with wooden floors for the first time in 25 years. Last night was the second time upstairs neighbor’s son kept me up with his constant heavy walking up and down the 23′ long hallway outside my bedroom door.

      I thought two things:

      1. He’s nice and his mother is nice. I’m not going to gripe at them over something that’s happened only twice in the three months I’ve lived there.

      2. I’d much rather tolerate someone else’s noise than feel self-concious about the noise I am making (I walk heavy for being a small person).

      Feb 13, 2013 at 11:37 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.6   The Elf

      My smallest ferret weighed just over a pound. SHE sounded like an elephant when she ran down the stairs at full speed (looking like some crazy fuzzy waterfall) and slammed into the closet door at the base of the stairs, chuckling all the while. How a tiny animal could sound so loud is beyond me, but my little weasel managed.

      I’m also not certain how she avoided injury. She’d hit that closet door hard.

      If a one pound ferret can be loud, imagine what a human could do even with a light step.

      Feb 13, 2013 at 12:41 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.7   H for Toy

      Whenever I hear that poem about the fog coming in on little cat feet, I always think, “So the fog makes it sound as though there is a 200 lb intruder coming through an upstairs window?!”

      Feb 13, 2013 at 1:03 pm   rating: 22  small thumbs up

       
    • #8.8   Mawwd

      Silence, I have no problem living where I do. Like I said, the people above me don’t make noise.

      And I do say that sometimes people have to deal with being the lower apartment. SOMEONE has to live there, after all. Like I said, the world is full of compromises (or as you say less nicely, “suck it up”). It may just be you one day where the only reasonably priced apartment within your given radius of school/work is one that’s under someone else’s apartment. Like you said, it’s not forever. But not always does your life situation give you enough of a choice and you have to compromise between living 8 miles from school without a car, or living 1 mile without a car, but underneath somebody else. You might not -have- to choose it, but it’s sometimes the only sane choice.

      Feb 13, 2013 at 1:12 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #9   Nope

    I hear the 2nd note writer about discounts. People ask for them all the time at my job and we don’t do discounts and so I have to tell them that every time and it gets old and repetitive. Then they like to chew me out over it, like I set the policy. 99% of the time, the person answering a phone or e-mail has no control over company policy. Yelling at them accomplishes nothing. If you want results you need to speak directly to the manager/president/CEO/owner. If you don’t like their prices, don’t shop there.

    Feb 13, 2013 at 10:48 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

    • #9.1   H for Toy

      It’s because they’re the people who read all those Reader’s Digest articles about asking for deals wherever you go. I am all for asking for deals at places like garage sales and car dealerships, where it’s expected, but, most of the time employees at large businesses don’t have the authority to change prices, and small businesses are just trying to make a living.

      Feb 13, 2013 at 11:22 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.2   redheadwglasses

      Reader’s Digest? Now THERE’S your fine literature!

      (kidding! I’ve read Chaucer and Shakespeare and enjoyed both, but one of my guilty reading pleasures is my monthly Reader’s Digest!)

      Feb 13, 2013 at 11:38 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.3   pooham

      Are you supposed to haggle when buying a mattress? furniture?

      Feb 13, 2013 at 12:31 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.4   redheadwglasses

      I don’t dicker over prices when I’m at garage sales. I jsut walk away if the price is too high. When I have a garage sale, I don’t allow dickering until the end of the day. I set the prices very low. There are people who will argue over the price of a 25 cent item just to do it.

      Feb 13, 2013 at 12:45 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.5   H for Toy

      Not me. When I have a garage sale, I just want to get rid of that stuff! I would like to make money, but honestly, if you come at the end of the day, I will literally just give it to you, if you’ll take it away! I would never argue over 25 cents… that’s a little ridiculous, but I don’t mind someone asking if I’ll take $10 for a $12 item, because, chances are, I will.

      Feb 13, 2013 at 1:07 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.6   Brian

      This. I have no problem with someone asking for a discount, sure it gets repetitive, but it’s a simple ask and answer request.

      When people…I’ll be nice and say campaign…for discounts, that’s annoying as hell. No, I’m sorry, I can’t authorize a discount for you. The end. No more bloody discussion needed.

      Feb 15, 2013 at 7:14 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #10   Macca

    My boss once told me that he got in a big hissy fit with a large retailer’s manager over an expired coupon for $1. His argument was “it’s such a piddly amount, why didn’t they just give it to me!”. I couldn’t help but point out that the manager must have been thinking the equivalent “it’s such a piddly amount, why does he want it so bad!”.

    I mean, on top of the fact that I had to remind my boss that he was not a special snowflake that deserved to use coupons whenever he wanted regardless of the rules. He was a casebook bad customer, with the “never coming back here again” (he went back), and the “but I spend so much money here” (no you don’t). Maybe I finally talked sense into one of them.

    Feb 13, 2013 at 1:19 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #10.1   redheadwglasses

      He’ll find good company at notalwaysright.com.

      Feb 14, 2013 at 1:06 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #11   shepd

    Oh, I ran my own store for 5 years and I had to really wrestle myself not to write a note like that. I had one guy come in with just barely enough command of the English language to demand a “cash price”. I’d had more than enough attempting to converse with people who know only the words “cheaper” “best price” “less”, so I gave up and wrote the price already stickered on the box on a piece of paper and I said “There you go”. He repeated he wanted “better price”.

    So I crossed it out and wrote it again.

    This went on for 30 minutes (it was at the least busy time of day). I filled the entire page with crossed out identical prices. He then paid the price on the page and went on his merry way. Frankly, I’d rather he’d have just left. For the $10 “profit” on a $100 item, it just wasn’t worth it.

    This same scenario (without the paper) would go on day after day, week after week. It isn’t all that hard to get a job that pays $20 an hour around here–they’d do better working for a living than wasting their time like that. I should know, sold the store because it was only making me $10 an hour to work for someone else for twice that. :) The freedom was awful nice, though.

    Feb 13, 2013 at 4:20 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #11.1   JamiSings bang

      *hugs*

      I have people try to do that at the library. All I can think is “You’re the one who spilled red wine all over this book/returned 10 books a month past the due date/took a book on vacation and left it in a hotel room – why should I waive any part of your fines because you’re an idiot?”

      Feb 13, 2013 at 11:31 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

       
    • #11.2   The Elf

      On the plus side, when I was a very disorganized and broke kid who liked to read, I was very happy when librarians waived part of my fines. My money came only from payment of extra chores around the house, and the vast majority of those funds went to the library for fines or their used book store. I was too shy to demand or even ask, but occassionally the librarian would waive part of it. The same librarian introduced me to both the Dune series and Lord of the Rings, so I am forever grateful. Librarians rock!

      Feb 14, 2013 at 7:45 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #11.3   redheadwglasses

      I know two librarians who routinely waive overdue book fines for families they know are poor — they want to encourage more reading!

      Feb 14, 2013 at 1:08 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #11.4   Jami

      My library’s in a rather well to do area. While we get some poor families, the majority of the people who haggle about their fines can more than afford to pay them. Especially the country club ladies.

      And there’s always the fact you can arrange a payment plan so you don’t have to pay it all at once or get sent to collections.

      Feb 14, 2013 at 9:16 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #11.5   Brian

      I worked at a bank’s call center for a time, and was astounded at the people who would overdraw their accounts by hundreds of dollars, generating hundreds of dollars in fees, and then threaten to take their business elsewhere.

      If you constantly have a negative balance in the account, you’re costing the bank money. We would really prefer you be a drain on someone else thanks.

      Feb 15, 2013 at 7:18 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #11.6   shepd

      Really?

      I figured the banks were making good coin not just off of the overdraft fees, but if you stay in overdraft, you usually end up with revolving compounded interest. And the interest rates I’ve had for overdraft have always been terrible, usually around 19%, just like a credit card.

      But I don’t work at a bank, so I can’t say. I don’t even have overdraft as an option on my current account. :)

      Feb 17, 2013 at 2:44 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #12   Roxanne

    I totally agree on the second post, I work as an escort and customers constantly try and haggle my fixed rates (despite the fact this is clearly pointed out). I could probably stand it if it was just a cultural thing and the odd foreigner but plenty of white well off guys do it too. It’s annoying because it’s disrespectful and it implies you’re product isn’t worth it’s price. Especially irking is ‘Well you better be worth it’, ‘other girls charge this’ go see them then! I love my job but when I get this attitude it makes me bite my lip, I understand people can’t always afford things but if that’s the case they should save up like the rest of us. Being a pain in the neck is only going to get you less genuine service when you pay the orginal price anyways. I’ve had two guys purposely turn up at my house with the wrong fee! Yet when it comes to buying some crisps from Tescos most people don’t even care if it costs more than elsewhere even for the same brand.

    Feb 13, 2013 at 7:15 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #12.1   it's naptime

      You don’t have to put on a red light. You could be a lawyer or basket-weaver or something instead. Maybe a line cook. No price haggling there.

      Feb 13, 2013 at 7:37 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #12.2   Macca

      What?
      I don’t think there’s hardly any profession free from haggling aside from those that literally never interact with the buying customer (i.e. assembly line workers perhaps). Everyone gets shitty customers. Is this some sort of subtle shaming? If it is, just stop it, naptime.

      Feb 14, 2013 at 12:17 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #12.3   it's naptime

      It’s random occupations that have nothing to do with anything. Except line cook. There really is no price haggling there.
      And the line cook idea comes from past and current occupational experience for which I have no shame, so calm down.

      Feb 14, 2013 at 3:42 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #12.4   Macca

      I think my point was the she didn’t complain about being a worker in escort service. Her problem was with customers haggling fixed prices; a rather universal problem with anyone who works with customers. But your comeback was that she should get out of escort regardless of the fact that she’s evidently fine with escort – why? The only conclusion I could draw was you thought being an escort was “bad”.

      I was also pointing out that your list was poorly thought out.

      Feb 15, 2013 at 12:03 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #12.5   it's naptime

      There is a song called Roxanne that is about a man telling a woman that she does not have to be a prostitute. One line of the lyrics is “you don’t have to put on a red light.”
      I was attempting to make a joke by replying as though I thought the poster really is an escort and should find other employment.
      In the future I shall just reply with one of those “I see what you did there” posts and save everyone some trouble.

      Feb 15, 2013 at 1:03 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #12.6   it's naptime

      @Roxanne
      I see what you did there.

      Feb 15, 2013 at 1:05 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #13   FeatherBlade

    Wizard, n. – from the Old Morkorkian “wys-ars”, literally one who, at bottom, is very smart.

    Feb 14, 2013 at 11:20 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #14   Jessi

    I work for a pretty well-known retail chain (well, in the U.S. and Canada, anyway) and it’s amazing how many people ask if we can give them a discount because, “we shop here all the time.” Never once has a person who actually shops at my store on a routine basis uttered that line. The last customer who said it to me said it while I was surrounded by three other full-time associates and the store manager. That’s four of us who work between 36-40 hours a week, plus the manager who, since he’s salaried, pretty much never leaves and works about 60-70 hours a week.

    None of us had ever even seen this person before.

    My store isn’t stingy about giving out discounts, either. When you act like you’re entitled to one, however, it makes us far less inclined to give you one.

    And when you threaten to go to the competition, we really hope you mean it, because they’re more expensive than we are, and you’re more than welcome to take your crappy attitude to them.

    Feb 14, 2013 at 9:47 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     

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