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Old 06-14-07, 11:16 PM   #1
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Things people do to look important.

I love going into a retail store and the sales associate is trying to act like he's the store owner by saying things like "I"M out of that right now. MY shipment hasn't come in yet". Home depot employees do that all the time. "I don't have any in stock right now, MY shipment comes in on Monday" Waiters do it a lot also, there was a waiter at a "Smokey Bones" in RI that always said things like "Is this your first time in MY restaurant". "Are you familiar with MY BBQ sauces". "I"M out of baked potato's right now" There's nothing wrong with being just a waiter, but you sound like a tool bag when you try to act more important than just a waiter.
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Old 06-14-07, 11:39 PM   #2
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Somebody's toast got burned on the wrong side, eh?
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People talking about themselves in the third person. Weird.
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Old 06-14-07, 11:47 PM   #4
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How about talking importantly into your cell phone in public?
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Old 06-15-07, 12:30 AM   #5
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Or you go into a Louis Vuitton(sp?) store or some other high end stores and some workers act like they own the place and try to talk down to you. Hullloooo... You're the one "working" at the store making $10/hr . It's not like you are Louis himself! Get me the dang wallet and be quick about it boy!
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Old 06-15-07, 07:06 AM   #7
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Old 06-15-07, 07:14 AM   #8
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I love going into a retail store and the sales associate is trying to act like he's the store owner by saying things like "I"M out of that right now. MY shipment hasn't come in yet". Home depot employees do that all the time. "I don't have any in stock right now, MY shipment comes in on Monday" Waiters do it a lot also, there was a waiter at a "Smokey Bones" in RI that always said things like "Is this your first time in MY restaurant". "Are you familiar with MY BBQ sauces". "I"M out of baked potato's right now" There's nothing wrong with being just a waiter, but you sound like a tool bag when you try to act more important than just a waiter.
I think that's a technique to get employees to take more pride in their work. If they feel ownership, the theory says, they'll work harder. So... as a management technique, tell or let staff use that phrasing and you get better employees.

I don't see it as someone trying to make themselves important. As they say, "Lighten up, Francis!"
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Old 06-15-07, 07:28 AM   #9
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saying things like "I"M out of that right now. MY shipment hasn't come in yet". Home depot employees do that all the time. "I don't have any in stock right now, MY shipment comes in on Monday" Waiters do it a lot also, there was a waiter at a "Smokey Bones" in RI that always said things like "Is this your first time in MY restaurant". "Are you familiar with MY BBQ sauces". "I"M out of baked potato's right now" There's nothing wrong with being just a waiter, but you sound like a tool bag when you try to act more important than just a waiter.
To me it sounds better than the employee saying "they're out of that right now, + they're out of baked potatos. That sounds like they are passing the buck. The "It's not my fault" attitude .
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Old 06-15-07, 07:47 AM   #10
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And what about the Pope? What a pretentious A-hole. Oh, look at me, I speak for the holy trinity and all the Cathlic Faith, AND I have a pointy hat.
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Old 06-15-07, 08:05 AM   #11
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Here are yesterday's observations:

A young lady trying to make an earlier train (I was too) was trying to desperately jump ahead of me on line saying out loud "I want to get on the 5:00!" She was really dressed provacatively in a really low cut dress so most of us kind of tried to avoid looking at her.

I was desperate to find a private telephone booth at this hotel to do a webcast and I asked someone if I could just use it for 45min. They looked at me strangely, didn't say anything and continued to stare at some paperwork. They weren't even on the phone.
Another chap let me use his booth - thank you whoever you are!

I'm in the quiet car on an Amtrak train from DC and someone starts talking loudly to the person behind. I just shoved my earphones in a bit further - that seemed to work, but a couple of other people started to get into an argument with them, converting it into the "unquiet car"

I'm in the pet store last night and someone is carrying their little dog who is sneezing all over the place. I'm figuring the little guy may be allergic to the catnip I'm carrying, but I'm trying to avoid the little doggies sneeze all over my cat stuff - I don't want my guys catching anything. I guess she was just trying to get some attention by carrying a dog that could perfectly walk on its own

My friend keeps texting me even after I tell him I'm in a freaking meeting with some govt people. He's sitting at home like Jabba the Hut and I'm trying to shut my phone off quickly. I got some pretty strange looks
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wearing a bluetooth headset without talking on it.
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Old 06-15-07, 08:12 AM   #13
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I HATE that sh*t!!
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Old 06-15-07, 08:19 AM   #15
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Old 06-15-07, 08:21 AM   #16
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You all do realize that having the headset is really just a cover - it doesn't work. But, if they start talking to themselves, people won't think they are crazy, just rude...
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I think that's a technique to get employees to take more pride in their work. If they feel ownership, the theory says, they'll work harder. So... as a management technique, tell or let staff use that phrasing and you get better employees.
What about "we" instead of "I" or "they" .... Go team! Yay! Hooray beer!
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Old 06-15-07, 08:50 AM   #18
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And then there's the whole 'ranting about peoples' shortcomings on the internet.' That gets pretty old, too.
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one common thing people do to look important in my business is people who come in and say Hi, there are 4 of us,and I know the owner and his wife very well..( there is always a long wait to get in)





humm... ok

( Im the wife)
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Bluetooth headset = little wiener.
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1.blue-toolOne who wears a blue-tooth ear piece at all times, even when they're not using a phone or it is inappropriate to use a phone, (i.e. movies, restaurant, car) simply to have the appearance of being sophisticated and trendy.
Dude, that guy over there is a total blue-tool, just look at his ear piece.
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Whenever I see someone wearing a blue-tooth in public (what they wear in the privacy of their own home is their business ) I just wanna smack em up side the head!

My daughter was talking about getting one. I told her if she did I would steal it and hide it in the kitty litter box.
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Whenever I see someone wearing a blue-tooth in public (what they wear in the privacy of their own home is their business ) I just wanna smack em up side the head!

My daughter was talking about getting one. I told her if she did I would steal it and hide it in the kitty litter box.
Why would you want to do something mean like that to those poor kitties?
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