I worked at a Quiznos where we had exactly 44 trays, and we had to count them multiple times throughout our shifts to see if any had been stolen or thrown out.
My cheapskate boss made us dig through the trash to find them if any were missing. That was the only time I didn't mind seeing trays on the table--because I knew they weren't in the trash.
My sister and I are teaching my nephews to clean up after themselves in public.
It's so funny to watch other adults look on in horror as we make two little kids (ages 3 and 4) throw their garbage away and wipe up their spills on the floor.
From Huff Po:
When Charlotte Robinson learned that she would have to wear a cumbersome leg brace for a year she wasn’t quite so worried about that the pain and the recuperation.
She was concerned about having to wear frumpy clothing at the very start of high school, the 17-year-old told ABC News.
Robinson was born with a hemangioma, a disorder that caused vascular tumors to grow in her right tibia, which created holes in her bones and damaged her joints and growth plate, according to the news outlet. When she was 13, her right leg was 2.5 inches shorter than her left.
In 2011, the South Salem, New York, teen’s doctors told her that she would have to wear a Taylor Spatial Frame -- a leg brace -- in order to properly lengthen her right leg.
One of the first inconveniences Robinson faced was wearing uncomfortable Velcro underwear.
That’s when the idea for the "snap-on" underwear was born.
The cute knickers, which come in varying colors, snap along the sides, so anyone who can’t slip their legs into a pair of undies, can still find their way into these undergarments without a problem.
She’s now selling the line, which she dubbed No Guts, No Glory, on her website.
It’s this kind of "can-do" approach that has helped Robinson throughout her ordeal.
"I had the attitude that [the procedure] was going to work because, as my grandfather said to me '80 percent of the success of a surgery is the patient,'" she wrote on her blog. "Attitude is everything."
Often, it’s the patients who have the most innovative ideas when it comes to finding solutions for issues that come up during recovery.
Kylie Simonds, 11, from Naugatuck, Connecticut, had a similar experience.
After Kylie was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma -- a connective tissue cancer -- three years ago, she was forced to walk about with IV poles that usually got in her way and she wasn’t strong enough at the time to push, WTNH reported.
That’s why she recently invented a stylish and easy-to-use pediatric IV backpack. It’s a wearable, portable IV machine for kids receiving chemotherapy or transfusions.
"They are very light and they’re more convenient," she told WTNH. "To have something small for them and not as big like when I first went into the office, I was like, 'Whoa -- those things are huge and scary.'"
I only ever use the self scan checkouts if the other lines are busy because half the time they take longer. In defense of some custys, it's not that self scan checkouts are hard to figure out, they're just designed to make life difficult.
You put something in the bag a little off, it freaks out. You push the wrong button in the produce section because there are several different buttons marked 'cookie' that aren't labeled with prices and you need a void. You're shopping with a preschooler who brushes the bag stand and it thinks you're shoplifting.
I think they're actually harder to use than a regular register due to a lack of features like inputting multiples (scanning 5 boxes of pasta rather than just keying in '5' and then scanning one) and sometimes you can't even input the PLU for produce with a sticker.
Add to that the fact that my closest supermarket doesn't even have someone supervising the self-checkouts; meaning you have to stand around until someone free who has a magic little card notices the blinking light and you have a real exercise in frustration.
The bag weighing thing is probably my biggest peeve. I know they have to do it for theft prevention (both deliberate and accidental) but it makes life harder for the honest customers too.
I'm forever nudging bags and rearranging purchases because it says the weight isn't right and if you use your own bags you can pretty much guarantee that the thing is going to freeze up and make you wait for an assistant even if you hit the button saying you're using your own bag.
It can usually deal with a couple of things but once you get past 5 items or so the system almost always freaks out about at least one thing.
It's not all self scan systems though: the one at my local store is just particularly bad. There are some that are perfectly fine.
I've never had any trouble at the Home Depot for example; their machine freaked out once because my precious little angel decided to sit in the bagging area. Fortunately their registers are monitored and a woman was over and waving her magic card at the machine within seconds and she came bearing the most interesting object in a four year old boy's world, a strip of stickers, so we had no more trouble after that.
From Reddit: Boy watching TV for the first time in an appliance store window, 1948. Must have been on his way home, from a long day in the office, when he was interupted by a flash of light, and then his life changed. Now he had a reason to keep going to the office… to make money and buy a moving picture box thingy.
Usually internet coupons are "per visit," or "per day" unless they're actually emailed to you and specify that they have a unique code. I know Michaels coupons are "one per day per customer."
There's one woman at our local store who tried to enforce it as "one per family," and I had to call a manager on her once.
I had two coupons, so I was using one for myself and I gave the other to my son to use. He was using his own money to buy a toy and ringing it through as a separate transaction, but she tried to tell him he couldn't use the coupon because I'd already used one.
I tried to set her straight and she got all bitchy and started in on stuff like, "Do you think I don't know you just gave him the money to buy this for you so you could use a second coupon?"
Yeah lady, because I carry my cash in a Lightning McQueen wallet and I just adore playing with toys from the dollar section.
Thankfully she was a seasonal hire and she didn't stick around long.