@sherlock Yeah, I feel the same way. Why get a packaged sandwich if you can get a freshly made one? I feel like you can always smell the plastic on the food after you unwrap it. But maybe technology has advanced since the last time I had a packaged sandwich, lol.
I had a similar experience leaving a newly bought pair of shoes on the BART in the bay area. I accepted that they would be gone but filed a lost-item notice on the BART website anyway. I got an email saying the item was turned in and was being held for me at the station at the end of the line. I was flabbergasted.
@goodtimesnoodlesalad The Buffalo Exchange (clothing resale shop) used to do this! At least in 90s Southern California, maybe they still do.
@MHZ She didn't seem to think it was a big deal that she was 15 min. late twice within the first three weeks of work. It seems like some of us wanted to let her that a late train is not actually a valid excuse, especially not the second time. Once you learn the trains are not reliable, you need to leave extra early just in case. This is basic adult stuff. This is not to say that the woman treated her nicely or fairly, but the expectation that everyone would agree that her infractions were no big deal was a bit off putting.
@Lily Stop putting your dresses in the dryer!
I don't know why they had to have a "launch party" for a chair that is basically a replica of a classic Arne Jacobsen chair. It's a famous chair that has been copied many a time by various retailers so you can get a much cheaper version if you like it. I have these chairs but they're a version from West Elm or some place like that that I also got used on Craigslist. The original design is of course, way out of my range. http://www.dwr.com/product/series-7-chair-natural-veneer.do?sortby=ourPicks
@RachelW Who buys their mother a Tiffany necklace?
I was friends with someone who was a salesperson at a very high end oriental carpet shop in the SF Bay Area. In the Bay Area especially, what with all the tech rich, it is very possible for a casually dressed person to have potential to be a big spender. He said that he could tell if they were rich, regardless of whether they were in t-shirts and jeans, by looking at their shoes and jewelry, especially women. It's not that he was trying to treat people with greater means better, but it probably helps to get a sense of someone's disposable income when you are trying to make a sale. He might direct them towards a different level of quality/ price for instance, even if they say they are just browsing.
@muggles California has a law that if a gift card has 10 dollars or less on it, they have to give you the cash. Businesses were making so much money from remainders on gift cards that were too small to buy anything.
@ATF I feel you on the ordering thing. I also have a local grocery store that I sometimes stop by to grab a dessert. There are three areas that have desert-like items, and I have caught myself looking at the options in each section more than once. I had the thought that if someone was watching me on security cameras or whatever, they'd find me very suspicious, just walking back and forth in the store, inspecting things repeatedly. I definitely feel an edge of OCD there. Like, if you get something that isn't that great, you just won't get it again! Not the end of the world!