Tater’s Weekly Wrap Up 9/1/17

Dogs – I have a dog. I love my dog, but I don’t need to take my dog everywhere with me. I don’t understand why people want to take their dogs everywhere. There are dogs in bars, dogs at outdoor concerts, dogs on vacation and even a Ravens football practice where bringing your dog was encouraged. Why are we doing this? I barely want to take my kids places with me and I don’t have to pick up their poop with a plastic bag. Why would I want to take my dog? I don’t get it.

FLOTUS’s Shoes – I don’t care what shoes the First Lady chose to wear while walking from the White House to the plane to fly to Texas. I’m not a fan of Trump and think he is a disaster as president, but this need to pick on everything his family does is ridiculous. The shoes she wore on the plane mean absolutely nothing. There was an entire article about it in the Post. That’s really, really stupid. I know horrible people said horrible things about the Obama family when he was in office. That does not make it right to pick on the Trump family at all. Take the high road when it comes to the family.

Customer Service – Two instances this week of really bad customer service. My daughter and her friends went through the drive-thru at McDonald’s. The person at the window was not very friendly and when they got home they discovered that the box for the chicken nuggets was filled with tartar sauce packages instead of food. They had to go back to get the nuggets and apparently got free apple pies in apology. Had I been there, the entire order would have been refunded. I’m also once again dealing with poor delivery service with the Washington Post. I still like to read the print edition, but will likely switch to digital because the carrier does not care if I get my paper on time. Delivery is getting more and more inconsistent lately. This happened last year and no one cared until I tracked down the head of customer care on Twitter. Once he was involved it got better. It looks like I might need to talk to him again. Good customer service can be hard to find.

Mini-Career Rant – I managed a one person branch of a library for 19 years. It was in jail, but I still managed it. I did all of the day today, supervised volunteers(inmates) and purchased the collection. No one seems to consider that real management because I didn’t officially supervise a staff and didn’t write evaluations. Somehow writing evaluation is now equated with management and leadership. You can teach anyone to write a decent evaluation. Real leadership is much harder.

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2 Comments

  1. You’ve hit on the main reason I quit going to fast-food places when Jane was still in school (she’s 31 now). Whenever we went, as a family of three or, later, two, there was always something wrong with my order. Nothing ever as bad as a box containing condiments, mind you, but always something. I finally started checking the box before we left so I could have it remedied because there was no way I was going back to get it fixed.

    I think Chelsea Clinton reprimanded someone on Twitter for criticizing (needlessly) something about Barron (sp?). I agree, the family (or at least the children, who are innocent) should be left alone. Melania has her own issues that open her up to some criticisms. But when it comes to the fashion items, first ladies have always been critiqued. Sad but true. I think it’s telling that the fashion bloggers Tom + Lorenzo stated at the outset that they wouldn’t be talking about Melania’s fashion and style. They knew that would not be viewed objectively by certain people and just didn’t want to go there.

    And don’t get me started about people and their dogs! I don’t have a dog. I’m allergic to dogs. I do not stop on the street for every dog to ooh and aah. And I don’t understand the need to take one’s dog everywhere. Why do they assume that everyone’s fine with their dog? I could go on and on, but I won’t.

    Obviously I’m in a somewhat cranky mood today. Hahahahahahaha.

  2. Ok. I’m a really nice person, except with inept customer service. Once, I had an issue with Best Buy. They were horrible. I got no satisfaction from cust ser, so I found out the nomenclature of their email addresses. I emailed the top 20 people in the organization with a timeline of the complaint. I actually got a response……

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