Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 04-29-2020, 05:21 PM
psychobunny is online now
Guest
 
Join Date: May 2000
Posts: 2,872

Share you Covidiot stories


Yes, I will see you via telemedicine. Yes, that means we can connect via audio and video on your phone. No, it does NOT mean that you can actually be driving during our appointment! You are a grown-ass person. Pull over and park or this appointment ends now and you will NOT be getting your refills!
__________________
Can we reboot 2020? I think it has a virus.

Last edited by psychobunny; 04-29-2020 at 05:21 PM.
  #2  
Old 04-30-2020, 07:01 AM
pullin is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: N Texas
Posts: 3,331
After stents n' stuff last year, cardio doc says I need a stress test and something called a carotid Doppler test. After quizzing the office, they say it's essential and shouldn't be rescheduled. One test is held offsite at their testing clinic. One test is held in the main office where the cardiologists themselves have their offices. For both tests I get emailed instructions to stay in car, phone in, and I will be escorted inside at the appropriate time, etc.

Arriving for the first test, I'm told over the phone to ignore the distancing/stay-in-car stuff "we're not doing that" so come on inside. No distancing at all, waited in a line to get "screened" before entering main waiting room. Screening was (I'm not making this up) some doofus who didn't understand the remote thermometer and pressed it up against everyone's neck -- no cleaning between patients, no nothing. On the questionnaire I noted I had been in contact with a sick person recently arrived from Singapore. He said as long as I wasn't sick it was OK and changed the answer to "No" on the form. Then I was placed in a small waiting room crowded with other patients so closely our knees almost touched. Each went in for their testing and each returned, via crowded hallways, to sit in the group again. One was visibly ill and coughing. Then to checkout, stand in line, and hand debit card back and forth, etc. Finally over after 3 hours and back home.

Next day, next test. Arrive, call from parking lot, and a fully gowned/masked tech walks out and checks me in, staying six feet from my truck. When my time arrives, I'm escorted through an empty waiting room, empty halls to the lab area. Test is done, and I'm offered cleaning solution for my hands again. Then escorted all the way back to my truck and told we can settle the bill by phone/email. With the exception of the actual test specialist, I never got within 6 feet of anyone.

I'll let you guess which location had the actual cardiologists working onsite.
  #3  
Old 04-30-2020, 12:38 PM
bump is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: Dallas, TX
Posts: 19,675
TPTB recommend shopping in grocery stores as a last resort, and that the best option is to do either delivery or pick-up. The Wal-Mart by me has done the pickup method for about a year or more now, and has like 8 slots earmarked specifically for it. And a free app to browse groceries and other stuff, and buy them for pickup, and schedule a time.

So during this whole lockdown time, I've gone by there 3-4 times to pick up groceries. Only ONE time has there been more than 2 of the 8 slots taken. But every time the parking lot is 2/3 to 3/4 full. Part of it I'm sure, is that the pickup people take a good while to come out once you check-in on line.

But even at that, you'd think there would be at least 8 people at any given time wanting to pick up. Nope... apparently people would rather go in and take that risk than the less risky pickup method.
  #4  
Old 04-30-2020, 03:43 PM
Bijou Drains is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 12,090
there was the sign that a guy was holding that said "give me libety not tranny"
  #5  
Old 04-30-2020, 03:51 PM
Caldazar is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Posts: 899
Quote:
Originally Posted by bump View Post
But even at that, you'd think there would be at least 8 people at any given time wanting to pick up. Nope... apparently people would rather go in and take that risk than the less risky pickup method.
Not terribly surprising. You'd need to:

1. Own a computer or other internet-capable device
2. Plan ahead enough to order online
3. Have sufficient computer literacy skills to navigate the online shopping site

Heck, my wife has a STEM-field PhD and is plenty tech-savvy, but even she gets frustrated at online grocery shopping.

My own contribution: Picked up a coffee order today; masks required to enter the restaurant. The other three people and myself were all dutifully complying with the mask requirement. However, the other three had their masks covering their mouths only, leaving their noses exposed. Was tempted to open my mouth and start explaining; the whole mask thing is new to most folks, so stuff like this is bound to happen. But nobody wants a lecture generally, and certainly not before they've had their coffee.
  #6  
Old 04-30-2020, 04:22 PM
Anny Middon is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 1,369
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bijou Drains View Post
there was the sign that a guy was holding that said "give me libety not tranny"
One reaction I've had to this whole lockdown thing is that my brain just doesn't seem to be working as well as it used to.

So maybe it's me, but what the hell did this guy mean? I'm sure the first part was supposed to be Give Me Liberty, but does he think staying inside will make him a transexual?
  #7  
Old 04-30-2020, 04:25 PM
ISiddiqui is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Decatur, Georgia, USA
Posts: 7,105
Quote:
Originally Posted by Anny Middon View Post
One reaction I've had to this whole lockdown thing is that my brain just doesn't seem to be working as well as it used to.

So maybe it's me, but what the hell did this guy mean? I'm sure the first part was supposed to be Give Me Liberty, but does he think staying inside will make him a transexual?
He terribly misspelled 'tyranny'.
  #8  
Old 04-30-2020, 04:39 PM
wolfpup's Avatar
wolfpup is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Posts: 11,732
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bijou Drains View Post
there was the sign that a guy was holding that said "give me libety not tranny"
He is quite correct. I would certainly rather have a libety than, say, an advanced 9G-Tronic Mercedes-Benz nine-speed automatic transmission in my new car. Who wouldn't?
  #9  
Old 04-30-2020, 04:43 PM
Anny Middon is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 1,369
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bijou Drains View Post
there was the sign that a guy was holding that said "give me libety not tranny"
That does make more sense.
  #10  
Old 04-30-2020, 05:03 PM
psychobunny is online now
Guest
 
Join Date: May 2000
Posts: 2,872
I can’t tell you how many patients I have had to instruct on the correct use of masks. First, the elastic that goes around your ears should be attached on the outside of the mask so that it holds it closer to the face rather than increasing the gap. Second, the section with the embedded metal goes at the top, not under your chin. Finally, the purpose of the metal is to bend it to fit your nose. Luckily, as their doctor I allowed to gently offer corrections on thing that may benefit my patients’ health and keep them from driving me insane. I blame the public schools. There is a serious mask education deficit in this country. Maybe they should come with instructions.
  #11  
Old 04-30-2020, 05:08 PM
bump is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: Dallas, TX
Posts: 19,675
Quote:
Originally Posted by Caldazar View Post
Not terribly surprising. You'd need to:

1. Own a computer or other internet-capable device
2. Plan ahead enough to order online
3. Have sufficient computer literacy skills to navigate the online shopping site

Heck, my wife has a STEM-field PhD and is plenty tech-savvy, but even she gets frustrated at online grocery shopping.

My own contribution: Picked up a coffee order today; masks required to enter the restaurant. The other three people and myself were all dutifully complying with the mask requirement. However, the other three had their masks covering their mouths only, leaving their noses exposed. Was tempted to open my mouth and start explaining; the whole mask thing is new to most folks, so stuff like this is bound to happen. But nobody wants a lecture generally, and certainly not before they've had their coffee.
NONE of that should be an obstacle for pretty much anyone who can walk and chew gum at the same time. Nearly everyone these days, especially in my part of town, has a smartphone and knows how to use it, and planning ahead shouldn't be *that* hard if you're in this pandemic situation.

The app itself is trivially easy- you just search by category or keyword, and then add the quantity to the cart, or tap on it to see more information. Once there, it's swipe right/left to delete from the cart, or tap to change the quantity.

It's sheer laziness on most people's part. Or something equally dumb like "I can't get the brand I want" (at Wal-Mart, no less). None of that stuff trumps the idea that you can easily spread or catch the virus grocery shopping in person.
  #12  
Old 04-30-2020, 05:34 PM
UltraVires is online now
Guest
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Bridgeport, WV, US
Posts: 17,451
Quote:
Originally Posted by bump View Post
TPTB recommend shopping in grocery stores as a last resort, and that the best option is to do either delivery or pick-up. The Wal-Mart by me has done the pickup method for about a year or more now, and has like 8 slots earmarked specifically for it. And a free app to browse groceries and other stuff, and buy them for pickup, and schedule a time.

So during this whole lockdown time, I've gone by there 3-4 times to pick up groceries. Only ONE time has there been more than 2 of the 8 slots taken. But every time the parking lot is 2/3 to 3/4 full. Part of it I'm sure, is that the pickup people take a good while to come out once you check-in on line.

But even at that, you'd think there would be at least 8 people at any given time wanting to pick up. Nope... apparently people would rather go in and take that risk than the less risky pickup method.
I see the same thing: the pickup spots only 1/4 full, yet when I try to shop online there are no spots available for the next 5 to 6 days. I always used the pickup service before the outbreak.
  #13  
Old 04-30-2020, 05:53 PM
Beckdawrek's Avatar
Beckdawrek is online now
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2017
Location: Boonies??
Posts: 23,503
My DIL is doing grocery pick-up for both our houses. Our online Wal-Mart order has yet to be right. Dozens of orders. She invariably has to go in a grocery store.
She said the largest grocery store has one door in and the other side of the building is out. All the people park on the 'In' side of the building. The 'out' side there is a traffic jam of carts and people waiting for their SO to bring the car to that end of the building. She says everyone, bar none, pull their masks down as soon as they get out the door. And many light up cigarettes.
__________________
Bad, bad, bad!
  #14  
Old 04-30-2020, 08:46 PM
Caldazar is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Posts: 899
Quote:
Originally Posted by bump View Post
NONE of that should be an obstacle for pretty much anyone who can walk and chew gum at the same time. Nearly everyone these days, especially in my part of town, has a smartphone and knows how to use it, and planning ahead shouldn't be *that* hard if you're in this pandemic situation..
As an IT guy, I think you're seriously overestimating the computer literacy of the populace and/or underestimating the complexity of technology. The fact that you're posting on this message board already implies you have above-average computer proficiency.

As a data point, the OECD adult skills assessment done some years back found that only 31% of people in the US are capable of performing computer-based tasks where "... Some navigation across pages and applications is required to solve the problem. The use of tools (e.g. a sort function) can facilitate the resolution of the problem. The task may involve multiple steps and operators..." For a random sampling of the population, it's just not that easy.

That's said, many of the grocery stores in my area are trying to ramp up staffing to handle the influx of curbside/online orders, and perhaps that's the case in your area too; no idea.
  #15  
Old 04-30-2020, 08:57 PM
Seanette is online now
Guest
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 5,010
The biggest problem is getting a delivery or pickup slot booked AT ALL. Availability is a serious problem in some areas. There's also the issue of minimum order size vs. available funds for the customer. If you just need some salad (for example) and have $15 in the checking account until payday, racking up $35 of groceries to meet the minimum isn't going to work, even if you can get a slot any time in the next week.

Delivery services are also having problems even filling orders. Before mid-March, I was doing very well with Instacart at a specific local store. Since then, of the five orders I've placed at that store, two yielded NO groceries at all due to stock issues and/or shopper problems (Shipt was able to shop that very store with no trouble in the same time period), ONE was actually correct (one out-of-stock that wasn't that big a surprise at that point), one had six items charged that did not make it to me (I did get those refunded), and the last screwed up a product substitution (when the customer specifies diet cola, DO NOT substitute regular, especially without communication about a preferred alternate that I already had on file anyway. This is a problem for a household that includes a diabetic).

Between dubious shoppers, cashflow, and just not needing much, I find that I have to do some in-person shopping anyway.
  #16  
Old 05-01-2020, 12:04 AM
rowrrbazzle's Avatar
rowrrbazzle is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Jul 1999
Location: Chicago
Posts: 8,805
At the grocery, I saw someone wearing a tie-on mask rotated 90 degrees, so the space intended for the nose was on the side of the mouth.
  #17  
Old 05-03-2020, 02:07 PM
madsircool is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 8,673
https://i.imgur.com/HftBqx1.jpg

At my neighborhood Ralphs this morning when I saw a newsvan from local TV station KTLA5. Neither the camaraman nor the reporter were masked.
  #18  
Old 05-03-2020, 03:28 PM
Horatius is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Ottawa, ON
Posts: 1,464
Quote:
Originally Posted by wolfpup View Post
He is quite correct. I would certainly rather have a libety than, say, an advanced 9G-Tronic Mercedes-Benz nine-speed automatic transmission in my new car. Who wouldn't?


Given that definition of "libety", it's entirely possible that his sign meant exactly what he intended it to mean.

Why he'd bring up his own transphobia at a time like this is still an open question, of course.
__________________
Where am I going, and why am I in this handbasket?
  #19  
Old 05-03-2020, 03:45 PM
Kimera757 is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Posts: 836
Quote:
Originally Posted by Caldazar View Post
As a data point, the OECD adult skills assessment done some years back found that only 31% of people in the US are capable of performing computer-based tasks where "... Some navigation across pages and applications is required to solve the problem. The use of tools (e.g. a sort function) can facilitate the resolution of the problem. The task may involve multiple steps and operators..." For a random sampling of the population, it's just not that easy.
My work would be a lot easier if people knew how to do this kind of thing. I assumed the problem was relying on smartphones rather than computers. I guess I was optimistic.
  #20  
Old 05-03-2020, 04:19 PM
Chefguy's Avatar
Chefguy is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Portlandia
Posts: 44,089
The news last night featured a dimwit in some town on the Washington side. He owns a barbershop and has opened it in defiance of the governor's edicts, after surreptitiously giving haircuts in his home prior to that. He's your typical MAGA hat wearing fat fuck whose only comments were that "people need to grow some balls and take charge", and how he "was a Marine for a few years, so. . ." He didn't finish the sentence, so I guess we're supposed to fill in the blank. And yes, he was actually wearing a MAGA hat for the interview. No masks for either him or his visible customers.

"I was a Marine for a few years, so. . ."

". . .that explains why I'm now as dumb as a bag of hammers."

Feel free to fill in your own thoughts.
  #21  
Old 05-03-2020, 05:20 PM
Monty's Avatar
Monty is online now
Straight Dope Science Advisory Board
 
Join Date: Feb 1999
Location: Beijing, China
Posts: 24,688
Oddly enough most of the Marines I've known IRL are not stupid at all. However, many of the people I know claiming to have been Marines...that's a different story.

And you'll probably get grief over adding the word fat in front of fuck.

By the way, anyone else recall all those people saying "The constitution is not a suicide pact" so people, other people of course, should not be complaining about their rights being violated way back around 11 September 2001? I'm sure you can figure out what their political bent was.

Last edited by Monty; 05-03-2020 at 05:24 PM.
  #22  
Old 05-03-2020, 05:40 PM
Chefguy's Avatar
Chefguy is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Portlandia
Posts: 44,089
Quote:
Originally Posted by Monty View Post
Oddly enough most of the Marines I've known IRL are not stupid at all. However, many of the people I know claiming to have been Marines...that's a different story.

And you'll probably get grief over adding the word fat in front of fuck.

By the way, anyone else recall all those people saying "The constitution is not a suicide pact" so people, other people of course, should not be complaining about their rights being violated way back around 11 September 2001? I'm sure you can figure out what their political bent was.
Sorry: weight-challenged American.
  #23  
Old 05-03-2020, 06:11 PM
Dewey Finn is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Posts: 30,675
Quote:
Originally Posted by psychobunny View Post
I canít tell you how many patients I have had to instruct on the correct use of masks. First, the elastic that goes around your ears should be attached on the outside of the mask so that it holds it closer to the face rather than increasing the gap.
Perhaps your masks are different from the ones I've seen, on which the eye loop attachment points are on the white side. The other side is blue and is the one meant to be facing out.
  #24  
Old 05-03-2020, 06:28 PM
psychobunny is online now
Guest
 
Join Date: May 2000
Posts: 2,872
The elastic attachment points should be on the outside so the mask fits closer to the face. It sounds like your masks were incorrectly made. Nevertheless I continue to see people wearing them wrong. I had to go to the tire shop (had nails and leakage in 2 tires!) and while everyone was wearing masks, many had them on wrong. The ones that made me the angriest were those with P95 masks one one of the elastics just hanging down from it. Health care workers are dying because they can’t get properly fitted N 95 masks and some idiot has them but can’t be bothered to even wear them correctly. Also, to the guy next to me, you see everybody else in this waiting room has these things in their ears? They’re called earphones and they connect to your phone so that we can each listen to what we want and I don’t have to hear your sporting event.
  #25  
Old 05-04-2020, 05:51 AM
Irishman is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Dec 1999
Location: Denton, TX, USA
Posts: 12,663
Quote:
Originally Posted by pullin View Post
I'll let you guess which location had the actual cardiologists working onsite.
I'm sure it was the first with the "we don't care" attitude.

Quote:
Originally Posted by bump View Post
TPTB recommend shopping in grocery stores as a last resort, and that the best option is to do either delivery or pick-up. The Wal-Mart by me has done the pickup method for about a year or more now, and has like 8 slots earmarked specifically for it. And a free app to browse groceries and other stuff, and buy them for pickup, and schedule a time.

So during this whole lockdown time, I've gone by there 3-4 times to pick up groceries. Only ONE time has there been more than 2 of the 8 slots taken. But every time the parking lot is 2/3 to 3/4 full. Part of it I'm sure, is that the pickup people take a good while to come out once you check-in on line.

But even at that, you'd think there would be at least 8 people at any given time wanting to pick up. Nope... apparently people would rather go in and take that risk than the less risky pickup method.
The online grocery is just swamped. They are understaffed to handle the load they would be getting in this current situation, if the app didn't schedule pickup times. Basically, the load is constrained to prevent 8 people needing pickup at one time.

And that assumes everyone is working as scheduled. With call outs, they have everyone who can running picks. Managers are making picks. And in my store, one morning they announced there was a confirmed case for an employee. That morning, 5 or 6 OGP folks just left. That was a bad day.

That said, there are plenty of folks just not taking this seriously. Like the ones who are there every day. Not wearing a mask. We have some customers that are really sensitive, some who are giving it an effort to comply, and plenty who are oblivious. Not wearing masks, crowding the line even though there are marked spots to wait.

As a cashier and self-checkout host, I'm required to check IDs for alcohol and tobacco purchases. At the self-checkouts, I have to go up to the screen to enter the data. Plenty of folks are oblivious that they need their ID - that's normal. But many people stand right in front of the machine so I can't get to it or have to reach over from the side. Do you know how hard it is to hit touch screen buttons from the side? It's hard to get your contact point in the right spot, and these people are forcing interaction from inches away rather than backing off a smidgen - you know, social distancing.

But one of my biggest annoyances is the store staff not wearing masks until finally made mandatory, and even then most are wearing them wrong. They typically have their mouth covered but nose exposed. Yes, I know it's hard to breathe and the air is warm and it makes your glasses fog up. Deal with it. Sadly, some of the culprits are the managers.

The other concern is folks in the breakroom. Yes, I know you have to remove your mask to eat and drink, but the room didn't magically get larger to allow social distancing. I quit bringing my lunch and drive home, but I only live about 10 minutes away. J
  #26  
Old 05-04-2020, 05:58 AM
HMS Irruncible is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 9,366
A month ago my entire neighborhood was all on board with social distancing and "flattening the curve". We mostly stayed inside, kept distance outside, reprimanded one another's children if they were being unsafe.

As soon as the weather turned pleasant, everybody shrugged "what are you gonna do" and started talking about barbecues and pool parties.

These aren't the uneducated "give me liberty and give me death" bunch. Just a bunch of people who acted like frightened rabbits in March, and then decided "fuck it" in May because sunshine is nice. INCLUDING A FAMILY WHO HAD COVID AND POSTED ON FB HOW AWFUL IT FELT AND RECOVERED FROM IT. INCLUDING A FAMILY WITH A MEDICALLY FRAGILE CHILD WITH RESPIRATORY ISSUES.

People are idiots. We deserve to die.
  #27  
Old 05-04-2020, 06:17 AM
kitap is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: May 2019
Posts: 591
Quote:
Originally Posted by bump View Post
NONE of that should be an obstacle for pretty much anyone who can walk and chew gum at the same time. Nearly everyone these days, especially in my part of town, has a smartphone and knows how to use it, and planning ahead shouldn't be *that* hard if you're in this pandemic situation.

The app itself is trivially easy- you just search by category or keyword, and then add the quantity to the cart, or tap on it to see more information. Once there, it's swipe right/left to delete from the cart, or tap to change the quantity.

It's sheer laziness on most people's part. Or something equally dumb like "I can't get the brand I want" (at Wal-Mart, no less). None of that stuff trumps the idea that you can easily spread or catch the virus grocery shopping in person.
Or they're in there looking at everything to make their dollar stretch as far as they can. And no, not everyone has internet or smart phone access: example A, my father. Or they're picking up prescriptions. Or they work when the only pick up times are available - or asleep.
  #28  
Old 05-04-2020, 06:24 AM
Irishman is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Dec 1999
Location: Denton, TX, USA
Posts: 12,663
I think part of the problem with the breakroom is a mistaken psychological perception of it being a "safe zone", built up from our regular use as a room away from the customers and being full of people we know/work with. I know I initially had that reaction, and had to consciously think "this is not a cleanroom".
  #29  
Old 05-04-2020, 11:10 AM
John Bredin is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Apr 1999
Location: BuffaloGrove IL (Chicago)
Posts: 2,194
Quote:
Originally Posted by HMS Irruncible View Post
A month ago my entire neighborhood was all on board with social distancing and "flattening the curve". We mostly stayed inside, kept distance outside, reprimanded one another's children if they were being unsafe.

As soon as the weather turned pleasant, everybody shrugged "what are you gonna do" and started talking about barbecues and pool parties.
Are they having them or just talking about them?

Quote:
These aren't the uneducated "give me liberty and give me death" bunch. Just a bunch of people who acted like frightened rabbits in March, and then decided "fuck it" in May because sunshine is nice. INCLUDING A FAMILY WHO HAD COVID AND POSTED ON FB HOW AWFUL IT FELT AND RECOVERED FROM IT. INCLUDING A FAMILY WITH A MEDICALLY FRAGILE CHILD WITH RESPIRATORY ISSUES.

People are idiots. We deserve to die.
People are human and don't deserve to die because they're getting cabin fever (don't know where you are, but winter fairly closely preceded the start of stay-at-home here in metropolitan Chicago) and start talking/planning/daydreaming about doing things that have been irresponsible or unduly risky only in the last few months and were cherished staples of human life for years (generations!) before that.

I've been obeying the stay-at-home order, including mask-wearing a few weeks before it became mandatory, but I've also been utilizing the exceptions in it including exercising, grocery shopping, and carry-out dining without "rationing" them. Golf is now allowed here with various restrictions, and I'm looking forward to golfing in a week or two. Moreover, I've been looking forward to it since the prospect of allowing golf was announced, so I was contemplating the death of the king doing something in the near future that wasn't allowed at the time I discussed it.
  #30  
Old 05-04-2020, 11:53 AM
Czarcasm's Avatar
Czarcasm is online now
Charter Member
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Apr 1999
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 64,055
Are any of those protesting covidiots demanding that libraries and/or bookstores be opened?
  #31  
Old 05-04-2020, 12:19 PM
dropzone's Avatar
dropzone is offline
Charter Member
Charter Member
 
Join Date: May 2000
Location: Bedlam
Posts: 30,732
Snerk! I haven't seen it.
  #32  
Old 05-04-2020, 01:19 PM
Horatius is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Ottawa, ON
Posts: 1,464
Quote:
Originally Posted by Czarcasm View Post
Are any of those protesting covidiots demanding that libraries and/or bookstores be opened?

Knowledge?!? That shit's CONTAGIOUS!
__________________
Where am I going, and why am I in this handbasket?
  #33  
Old 05-04-2020, 01:54 PM
Chefguy's Avatar
Chefguy is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Portlandia
Posts: 44,089
I just saw a news item from Michigan where a Dollar Store security guard was shot and killed over an argument with a customer who refused to wear a face mask. Fucking hell, man.
  #34  
Old 05-04-2020, 02:49 PM
bump is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: Dallas, TX
Posts: 19,675
Quote:
Originally Posted by kitap View Post
Or they're in there looking at everything to make their dollar stretch as far as they can. And no, not everyone has internet or smart phone access: example A, my father. Or they're picking up prescriptions. Or they work when the only pick up times are available - or asleep.
I'm not saying that the parking lot should be empty, but what I am saying is that if your typical Wal-Mart parking lot is perpetually 3/4 full, I would think that they could find EIGHT people at any given time who are doing pickup orders.

That's the part that perplexes me. I could totally see if all 8 slots are perpetually full, and people say "Screw that, I'll just go in." But it's actually LESS full now that we're under lockdown than beforehand. Beforehand, it wasn't uncommon to find 6 out of the 8 slots full. Now if there's more than 2-3, it's extremely unusual.
  #35  
Old 05-04-2020, 03:31 PM
silenus's Avatar
silenus is offline
Isaiah 10:1-3
Charter Member
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: SoCal
Posts: 52,502
Quote:
Originally Posted by Chefguy View Post
Sorry: weight-challenged American.
Speaking as a fat fuck, feel free to call out anybody you want for egregious stupidity. And 40 quatloos says the closest the aforementioned fat fuck (no, not me. The other guy!) has ever gotten to the Marine Corps was watching Sands of Iwo Jima on cable one night.
  #36  
Old 05-04-2020, 03:57 PM
arles is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
Posts: 69
From the DailyMail: Incredible moment Kentucky Covidiot explains she has cut a hole in her face mask because it 'makes it easier to breathe'


https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...r-breathe.html
  #37  
Old 05-04-2020, 05:13 PM
JRDelirious is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Aug 1999
Location: Distanced
Posts: 16,466
Quote:
Originally Posted by Chefguy View Post
Sorry: weight-challenged American.
"Customer Of Size" (Credit: Southwest Airlines)
  #38  
Old 05-04-2020, 05:20 PM
Chefguy's Avatar
Chefguy is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Portlandia
Posts: 44,089
Quote:
Originally Posted by silenus View Post
Speaking as a fat fuck, feel free to call out anybody you want for egregious stupidity. And 40 quatloos says the closest the aforementioned fat fuck (no, not me. The other guy!) has ever gotten to the Marine Corps was watching Sands of Iwo Jima on cable one night.
My brother always liked to preen about being a Korea veteran, and even had it in his obituary and on his tombstone. Well, technically he was. He joined the Army two weeks before the Korean War ended and got the service ribbon. He spent his entire tour in Anchorage.
  #39  
Old 05-04-2020, 09:09 PM
Kevbo is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 5,950
On the WalMart online/pickup thing:

There have been empty shelves for a number of items, and generally with the online order, you are not informed of missing / substituted items until pickup. Given that the shortages are because those are the very items people most want to buy, it may be that people want to be in a position to make substitutions like pinto beans instead of black beans without having to go through the hassle of another order/pickup cycle that may not work either. If you are in the store, you can substitute something, or ditch that menu plan completely, which may mean you don't now need the 2-3 other ingredients that went with the missing item.

The computerized in-store inventory systems are not reliable even for pharmaceuticals which are tightly controlled by well trained staff. They are nearly useless for items that can be stolen or moved by customers, and newish employees may not be able to find when filling an order. I'm hearing 2-3 day lead times between order and pickup, which is a lot of time for an item to sell out, or a delivery be delayed.

At any rate, that is what makes ME far less likely to use the online pre-order option now than in the past.
__________________
-Never tell a politician they are a two-bit whore, unless you want to be beaten silly with their bag of quarters.
  #40  
Old 05-05-2020, 07:17 AM
Manda JO is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Jul 1999
Posts: 12,098
I was doing curbside pick-up at a liquor store the other day and a mom, dad, and three school-age boys walked in, holding but not wearing masks. So they apparently don't understand how social distancing, masks, or liquor stores are supposed to work.
  #41  
Old 05-05-2020, 08:38 AM
HMS Irruncible is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 9,366
Quote:
Originally Posted by John Bredin View Post
Are they having them or just talking about them?
Neighbors are just talking for now. Maybe they were dissuaded when I started at them like they grew another head.

Our private community pool is seriously having a meeting to decide whether to re-open and resume the keg parties and kids swim team. Insanity.

Quote:
People are human and don't deserve to die because they're getting cabin fever
I get cabin fever, honestly I do, but I have no sympathy for people who were militant about social distancing and then abruptly change tunes when you dangle a margarita in front of their noses. The numbers are the numbers.
  #42  
Old 05-05-2020, 09:13 AM
Manda JO is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Jul 1999
Posts: 12,098
Quote:
Originally Posted by HMS Irruncible View Post
Our private community pool is seriously having a meeting to decide whether to re-open and resume the keg parties and kids swim team. Insanity.
Having meetings and letting people be heard is the best way to get accurate information to people who, even now, aren't really paying attention to the news.
  #43  
Old 05-05-2020, 09:18 AM
VOW is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: NE AZ
Posts: 4,299
Cruise lines are getting ready to set sail on 1 July! Whoopee! All aboard the SS Pestilence!

Hope there is an expanded sick bay and room in the hold for a refrigerated morgue!


~VOW
__________________
Klaatu Barada Nikto
  #44  
Old 05-05-2020, 09:49 AM
Zyada is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Apr 1999
Location: Foat Wuth!
Posts: 5,546
Went to the store the other night and there were so many people wearing their masks wrong. One employee had uncovered not only his nose, but his mouth. Mask isn't going to do you much good if it's only covering your beard.
  #45  
Old 05-05-2020, 11:22 AM
Sunspace is online now
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Jun 1999
Location: Near the GT eeehhhh...
Posts: 27,958
Quote:
Originally Posted by Zyada View Post
Mask isn't going to do you much good if it's only covering your beard.
Depends on the beard, though, doesnít it?
__________________
Rigardu, kaj vi ekvidos.
Look, and you will begin to see.
  #46  
Old 05-05-2020, 12:00 PM
steronz is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Oh-hiya-Maude
Posts: 5,443
Quote:
Originally Posted by bump View Post
I'm not saying that the parking lot should be empty, but what I am saying is that if your typical Wal-Mart parking lot is perpetually 3/4 full, I would think that they could find EIGHT people at any given time who are doing pickup orders.

That's the part that perplexes me. I could totally see if all 8 slots are perpetually full, and people say "Screw that, I'll just go in." But it's actually LESS full now that we're under lockdown than beforehand. Beforehand, it wasn't uncommon to find 6 out of the 8 slots full. Now if there's more than 2-3, it's extremely unusual.
I've gotta say, I've never used curbside pickup before but my 2 experiences thus far have not been good. One, I had to pick a date like 3 days in the future, a 1 hour window. 5 minutes before my window, as I was on the way to the store, I started getting texts from Pam, my "personal shopper." Apparently the store contracts curbside pickup through Shipt. She was helpful and I had no real beef with my service, but despite having 3 days of advanced warning my order wasn't actually ready to go prior to my appointment window and I had to respond to text message at red lights on my way there.

Second experience yesterday, with a full day of lead time and 4 hours after I got the "your order is ready!" notification, I sat in the parking lot for 45 minutes while they picked my order. Meanwhile, yeah, I'm watching people go in and out of the store the whole time. I had to interact with 3 employees and it took about twice as long as if I'd just gone in, picked my own items, and interacted with 1 employee.

What's the benefit here? I can appreciate that stores that never did big business in online orders are suddenly getting hammered with them, but it's not like ordering a pizza yet.
  #47  
Old 05-05-2020, 12:07 PM
kayaker's Avatar
kayaker is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Rural Western PA
Posts: 34,801
I just had someone walk into my business with a mask around their neck. She tried to argue that the state requires you to wear a mask but doesn't specify how you wear it. I told her to GTFO. She said she was claustrophobic and couldn't wear a mask. I told her I would call the police if she didn't put her mask on or leave. She left.

This shit is getting old.
  #48  
Old 05-05-2020, 01:13 PM
MrsTime is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 284
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bijou Drains View Post
there was the sign that a guy was holding that said "give me libety not tranny"
They learned a lot in skool.
__________________
ďArguing with a trumper is like playing chess with a pigeon. They knock over the pieces, shit on the board, then strut around like they won.Ē
  #49  
Old 05-05-2020, 01:57 PM
psychobunny is online now
Guest
 
Join Date: May 2000
Posts: 2,872
Quote:
Originally Posted by kayaker View Post
I just had someone walk into my business with a mask around their neck. She tried to argue that the state requires you to wear a mask but doesn't specify how you wear it. I told her to GTFO. She said she was claustrophobic and couldn't wear a mask. I told her I would call the police if she didn't put her mask on or leave. She left.

This shit is getting old.
Be thankful that she didnít send her husband and son back to shoot you.
  #50  
Old 05-06-2020, 08:40 AM
kayaker's Avatar
kayaker is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Rural Western PA
Posts: 34,801
Quote:
Originally Posted by psychobunny View Post
Be thankful that she didnít send her husband and son back to shoot you.
Yeah, it could happen. I've only had a couple people complain about having to wear a mask. One guy called me a socialist for cooperating with the state.!?
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:52 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

Send questions for Cecil Adams to: cecil@straightdope.com

Send comments about this website to: webmaster@straightdope.com

Terms of Use / Privacy Policy

Advertise on the Straight Dope!
(Your direct line to thousands of the smartest, hippest people on the planet, plus a few total dipsticks.)

Copyright © 2019 STM Reader, LLC.

 
Copyright © 2017