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Originally Posted by Lightning Slim View Post

You guys can't endure the three days of stubble before a beard appears?
Slim, some of us aren't actually werewolves.
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I'm more like a barewolf..
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Originally Posted by JacknifeJohnny View Post
 

Firing (or giving them the opportunity to resign) older people who can't retire because they're not financially prepared to do so, but who also can't do the sort of complex, tech-heavy work that my employer requires. Had to do it today and it sucked. It was worse for her than it was for me of course, but there weren't any tears and she wasn't blindsided by the whole thing. She knew it was coming and I tried to arm her with as many suggestions and pathways so that she could take care of herself.

 

I can fire someone who is my age or younger (especially if they're a worthless, undisciplined fuck), but looking across the table from someone who is roughly the same age as your parents, especially after you've seen them try so hard, is deeply unpleasant.

 

I've done this. First, yeah, it's way worse for that person. But it absolutely sucks being the person firing them. 

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It's different perhaps in other states than Maryland & DC where I've had my Management (retail) experience, but there's important consequences to how that is phrased.

'let go' & 'laid off' will not keep the ex-employee from collecting unemployment insurance benefits, if unchallenged by ex-employer--because they will be contacted to verify severing of employment.  'fired' will, usually a penalty period is attached, where employee won't receive any benefits for 4-8 weeks. Gotta be 'through no fault of your own', which I grant you can be interpreted differently. I was 'employment terminated' once and still got unemployment. Employer has already paid into this fund while that person worked for the company, so it's not additional out of pocket expense.

So many of us work paycheck to paycheck, and being 'penalized' for a month or more before receiving funds, can be crucial. Please consider this when you have to make these decisions.

post #10455 of 12450
Getting back to this:
 
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Originally Posted by erik myers View Post

I made a film. It got distribution. It even charted on iTunes in the U.K.

Never saw a dime.
 
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Originally Posted by Virtanen View Post


This is just tired fucking shit. Kind of like with narcotics, the guys who distribute the stuff get the profit, instead of the people who actually make it.
 

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Originally Posted by erik myers View Post


The worst part was, it was a small distributor, so they didn't do any marketing. I had to do it all myself, aggressively. I had to pound the pavement in order to get newspaper coverage, or reviews in major publications websites. I knew I'd have to shoulder quite a bit of that, but I never thought I'd be doing all of it. So essentially I advertised for distributor, who collected the profits. Wheeeee!

I have a new film and post, and we are discussing where we want to go with it. In this day and age, so many people are self distributing ( not just films, but books and music); but it's typically not taken as...seriously? Almost like, if it wasn't released through a studio or publisher, it doesn't "count"...?

It's a shitty state of affairs.
 

The wife noticed a former classmate from her art school was in the news today. He had confessed on trial to forging 104 paintings (eg. Matisse, Simberg and Léger to name a few) and being involved in selling them for millions of euros. He was sentenced two years on probation and return his brushes, paints and share of the forgery money to the state. How much was his share over these millions, you ask? For the guy who made the paintings, and without whom there'd be nothing to sell?

 

40'000 euros. The hardest way to make an easy living and all that.

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Blisters. Especially under your heel. Especially when you cant avoid walking, but the skin on your foot is too thick to pop, so it spreads the blister out into new territory.

Spoilered for the squeamish or foot phobic
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Good lord. That shit must feel like walking on a water bed filled with glass.

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Traveling anywhere with kids.

Arghh.
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Check them with your baggage?
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They're not too bad flying (as long as they're separated), but any time in a car is a horror.

We're visiting the UK in a couple of months and I'm honestly tempted to upgrade me and the wife and leave the kids in steerage.
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This thread is turning in to "The Trials and Tribulation of Andy Bain."

 

Your misfortunes amuse me. Proceed. 

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Andy is the thread's Job.
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Originally Posted by stelios View Post

Your misfortunes amuse me. Proceed. 

I heard Lady Lyanna Mormont's voice in my head saying this thanks to your avatar.
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We don't have a general aches and pains thread so I'll just post this in here.

If doctoring doesn't work out for guy who gave me my prostate examination this morning then he should know he has a promising career in coal mining.

Jesus. Fucking. Christ.
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He didn't fly a canary in first did he?
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OK, I need an opinion on something.

Backstory: the wife, awesome person that she is, wanted to get me a really nice jacket...something cool and sleek looking, preferably in leather. We spent the last 4-5 months looking at different stores and online shops and never found 'it'. I mean, I found some that I felt would fit the bill, but they didn't meet her needs. She had something specific in mind that she couldn't quite articulate, so we kept looking. Well, we found it at Nordstrom a couple of weeks ago: it's a Belstaff jacket in waxed cotton that has a really cool leathery look. I tried it on and she was like THAT'S IT. She hesitated when she found out it wasn't leather, so we held off on actually purchasing it, but I tried it on in various sizes (settling on two to consider).

Last weekend, we went back to Nordstrom to try them on again and buy one of them. Only one of them was there, and it was the smaller of the two. After trying it on again, we agreed that the other size was the one that we wanted. The sales rep (who was great) did a search and found that there was ONE LEFT in the entire chain. We did a DTC (Direct to Customer) purchase with free shipping from the other store, and we left happy.

That was Saturday.

Today, the jacket arrived. Whoever packed the jacket at the other store folded it over a few times, wadded it up and stuffed into a plastic bag, and then stuffed the bag into too small of a box. This is a $695 jacket, and whoever packed it treated it like it was a pair of gym shorts to be stuffed into the bottom of gym bag. Needless to say, I'm pissed. It's wrinkled as fuck, especially in the back.

Could I wear it? Yes. I shouldn't have to, though. Good God, you don't ship an expensive item in this manner. I've ordered t-shirts online that have been shipped to me in pristine shape, so I'll be damned if I'll be happy about getting an expensive jacket like this that's been treated like absolute dogshit by the clerk at the other store.

So yeah, I took photos of the jacket and the box and went online to Nordstrom.com. There, I chatted with some guy who did absolutely nothing for me except to say 'we're sorry' over and over again. Pathetic.

I ended up emailing Nordstrom directly at their customer service email, giving them a long, long, long email with several pictures on the matter. I expected a response.

Well, I got a response a little while ago (about two hours after sending my email). Here's what it says (this is a copy/paste of the text of the email with identifying things struck out):


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'Dear Mr. RXXX,

I am very sorry that your jacket was received in such a small box. I completely understand your frustration with this order, especially with the price that this jacket was purchased at. This jacket should of been shipped completely different from the way it was shipped to you. I will forward this email to the XXXXXXX store manager Mr. GXXXX to look into and contact you. Once again I am very sorry the way this order was packaged and sent to you. I realize that we let you down and that was never our intentions and I hope if given the opportunity we could demonstrate through our actions that we warrant your goodwill and patronage.

Warm Regards,

JXXXXXXX L. | Customer Care | Nordstrom.com |


I count at least 5 grammatical errors in this email. Good GOD, this is the kind of response that they let go out and represent their company???

So my question: do I be a total dick and forward this response to someone higher up and go 'read this and tell me if this is how you want your company represented', or do I let it go?
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Be a dick. It's the only way to get anything done customer-service-wise in this country unless you actually know somebody within the company.
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I'm leaning towards being a dick, that's for sure.  I shit you not, I'm at about a 9/10 on the rage-meter over this.

 

The funny thing: on the same day that we purchased my jacket, we also did a DTC for my wife on a jacket for her.  Her jacket arrived yesterday and was beautifully packaged: it was on the hanger, folded up nicely with some packing paper around it, and the box was the perfect size.  I took pictures of her jacket (and the box that it came in) and sent those along with the pictures of my jacket for comparison.  My jacket was about 50% bigger than hers and her box was about double the size of mine.

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If you're able, take it to one of their social media channels. Companies slow to respond to traditional channels have been known to reply with alacrity when getting slammed publicly.
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I despise social media.  I'm going to hold off on doing that unless I have to.

 

In all honesty, this is all the fault of the clerk at the other store who used a crowbar and a hydrolic press to jam my fucking $695 jacket into a shoebox.  I'm not even sure what I want Nordstrom to do about it...I don't expect them to give me the jacket for free or waterboard the clerk, but I expect something.  An 'I'm sorry' email isn't going to cut it, that's for sure.

 

Whatever...I'm pretty sure I'm just going to say fuck it and take it back; truthfully, I'm not sure that I even want the fucking thing anymore (especially with it as wrinkled as it is in the back).  

 

This is just stupid.

post #10472 of 12450
Didn't you just get a leather Han Solo jacket for Christmas?

But, yes, definitely be a dick.
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What's a jacket?
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I did some digging and found the email addresses of the Blake and Erik Nordstrom.  I'm going to forward that response to Erik (he seems to be in charge of Nordstrom.com) and let him know about the quality level of the response that I received.  This is a reputation issue for the company at this point.

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Originally Posted by TzuDohNihm View Post

Didn't you just get a leather Han Solo jacket for Christmas?

 

I sure did (thanks to Schwartz), but it isn't quite what the wife had in mind in terms of a jacket for me.

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The fact alone that you asked if you should be a dick means that you really shouldn't. Assuming you don't become a doormat this story will end with the jacket returned and some store credit regardless of being a dick or not. So why be one? 

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wait and see what they do about it before escalating the situation. You always have the return option.

Won't the wrinkles steam out? Dry clean? (send Nords. the bill.)

Give them the chance of making this right to you.

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Whenever you have a dilemma, just put on your Han jacket and ask yourself "What would Han do?"

 

If the dilemma involves your son and he's armed with a weapon, feel free to ignore this advice. 

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Originally Posted by Judas Booth View Post

 

I sure did (thanks to Schwartz), but it isn't quite what the wife had in mind in terms of a jacket for me.

 

If you and/or the wife really want a quality leather jacket that looks damn good and you end up returning the jacket you bought, check out The Territory Ahead. It's catalog/online only, but they're reputable and sell quality stuff. I bought a leather jacket from them in 2010 and to this day get a lot of compliments on it. They ship quickly and have excellent customer service.

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In this case being a dick isn't being a dick. The guy who packaged your coat is the dick, you're a paying customer who spent his hard-earned cash on a product.

Similar happened to me a few years ago when I bought a suit that had to be ordered in from another store. When it arrived it looked like a pack of elephants had stampeded over it. My face was a picture as was that of the lady handing it over - she was mortified and the store ordered in some old guy who specialised in hand-pressing delicate garments. Went home with a pristine suit and a full sincere embarrassed apology. That's good customer service after something goes wrong. That's what you should expect here.

Don't feel bad about expressing your disappointment in service - $700 is a lot of money, that you worked hard for. You wouldn't like it if someone shortchanged you $400 - and that's what's happening here - you're buying an expensive jacket and being given a shoddy-looking one.

Complain to the highest level and complain further on social media and tag Belstaff in too. Fuck em.
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I ended up typing a really nasty letter to Erik Nordstrom last night.  Once I got it out of my system, I deleted it and wrote a much more even handed email wherein I expressed my concerns over what happened as well as with the poor grammar of the response.  He's co-president of the company...he should be made aware of how he's being represented in terms of written communication.  I also made a point of sincerely complimenting the company in terms of the two MN locations (both of which have been excellent for me, both in terms of service and in terms of merchandise).  In summary, I deleted the nuclear option and went with something much more diplomatic.

 

Not sure why this pissed me off so much.  I'm trying to take a step back and look at it objectively but I can't...this really, really set me off.  Indeed, I'm still absolutely livid about it this morning.

 

I appreciate all of the responses from everyone.

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Originally Posted by MrSaxon View Post
 

Whenever you have a dilemma, just put on your Han jacket and ask yourself "What would Han do?"

 

Han would shoot first.  Not sure if that'd be the right approach or not.

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Have it dry-cleaned and pressed and move on with your life, and be happy that you can afford a $700 jacket.

 

<just teasing a bit>

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Originally Posted by Virtanen View Post

The wife noticed a former classmate from her art school was in the news today. He had confessed on trial to forging 104 paintings (eg. Matisse, Simberg and Léger to name a few) and being involved in selling them for millions of euros. He was sentenced two years on probation and return his brushes, paints and share of the forgery money to the state. How much was his share over these millions, you ask? For the guy who made the paintings, and without whom there'd be nothing to sell?

40'000 euros. The hardest way to make an easy living and all that.
Sometime when I've had too much to drink, I'll Google my film to see how many websites are offering illegal downloads. Then I'll click one of them at random and see how many times it's been...well, stolen. I remember seeing 20,000 downloads on one site alone and starting calculating my cut at $19.95 per blu ray and $14.95 per DVD. Those evenings don't typically end well.
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Originally Posted by Judas Booth View Post

 

Not sure why this pissed me off so much.  I'm trying to take a step back and look at it objectively but I can't...this really, really set me off.  Indeed, I'm still absolutely livid about it this morning.

 

When you spend $700 on a single item, it's not unreasonable to expect said item to be handled responsibly by the seller.

 

They fucked up. They should take the jacket back, refund your money, apologize, and throw something else in there.

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Something that preferably fits inside a shoebox.
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I'm outta rep, else I'd still be dishing it out in here.

 

Thanks guys.  I know I'm kinda being irrational about this and I can't really put my finger on why..  I've had lesser reactions to car accidents fer cryin' out loud.  I've had overreactions like this before...I still seethe about the motherfucker who drove over my foot with his wheelchair while I was at Disney World; I came very close to inflicting some serious mayhem on the guy.  I could provide other examples where little shit has made me hit the roof but you get the idea.  

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Going back on Facebook after a few months off and finding out an old friend died is some tired shit.
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This morning I self-diagnosed myself with the worst of all illnesses.

 

It's very likely that I may expire soon, either because I'm somehow sneezing my entire body weight of goo every five minutes or because I'll simply starve to death. Seriously, my appetite and libido are all gone. I know this because I looked at photos of See's Candies Apple Pie Truffles and sexy photos of Lucy Liu but neither evoked a response. I am dead inside.

 

This was me waking up this morning, wondering if I'd cum out of my face during the night ->  

 

That's right. 

 

I have Man Flu.

 

 

(RIP MrSaxon 2010 - 2017)

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Get better soon, but only after a few days of combined not-moving and moaning and shuffling around your home and moaning, all while refusing any help from family and friends.

 

Man-flu requires such things.

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I've already told my mother over the phone that she doesn't understand. She's a woman, how could she understand the terror of Man Flu?!

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looks like a job for ~

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You know what's tired shit? Living in California, which even in the northern part of the state has a plentiful supply of Asian people, and having fuck-all for good Chinese restaurants. I don't know what it is, but honest-to-God I have been looking around for the entire two-plus years I've been here, and there's like ten within lunch-hour driving distance of my work place, and absolutely none of them are even as good as Panda Express, which is just insane. I mean, I lived in Duluth and there were at least two there that were orders of magnitude better than Panda Express.
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Maybe you just like bad, Duluth-centric Chinese food?

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No, no, it was honestly really good! Whereas all this shit out here is bland and thin and undercooked and tastes like cafeteria food.
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Originally Posted by neil spurn View Post
 

Maybe you just like bad, Duluth-centric Chinese food?

 

We have very large Asian populations here in MN.  Indeed we have one of the largest Hmong communities in the US.  We have some absolutely amazing Asian restaurants in Minneapolis (there's a main drag in South Minneapolis with nothing but Asian restaurants that vary from good to awesome) and I'm told that Duluth has many similar restaurants.

 

So yeah.  Don't beat on Commodore here.

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Thai food > Chinese food

There's no going back
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Ha! Sorry, as I've already established here, I am an NYC-center-of-universe kinda guy. Which also means that I'm a small-minded, egocentric buffoon with blinders on, i.e., I couldn't possibly imagine there'd be any reason for good ethnic food in Duluth. My bad, carry on please.

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Originally Posted by Fraid uh noman View Post

Thai food > Chinese food

There's no going back
Nah. Thai can be all kinds of great, but there's no replacing good Chinese (or "American Chinese" or whatever you want to call it.)
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I really love both but curry dishes have changed my life lol..
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