Holidays, Christmas & New Year Themed Giveaway Roundup

, | Not Always Right | Right | January 5, 2014

Holidays, Christmas & New Year Themed Giveaway Roundup! Here’s a final roundup of stories from last month’s themed giveaway!

  1. Santa Will Know Who’s Nicer Than Nice (3,497 thumbs up)
  2. Too Rich For Jesus’ Blood (1,536 thumbs up)
  3. The Weather Outside Is Frightful And The Customer Is Not Delightful (1,691 thumbs up)
  4. Doesn’t Understand The ‘A Time For Giving’ Part (2,372 thumbs up)
  5. Meeting The Evil Stepmother (1,618 thumbs up)

PS #1: check out our Extras section, with pictures, videos, and news galore!

PS #2: Read more roundups here!

Send You Off The Rails

| Nashville, TN, USA | Right | January 5, 2014

(I am self-employed in the real estate appraisal business. I have made an FHA appraisal of a home that needs some minor repair. Once the repairs have been made, it will be necessary for me to re-inspect the home to make sure that the repairs have been satisfactorily completed. In this case, I have required that railings be installed around the front porch and stairway because they are several feet above the walkway. Shortly after submitting the appraisal and repair list, I received a call from the seller’s realtor.)

Realtor: “I want to talk to you about the repairs you required. Why do we have to put up stair and porch railings?”

Me: “It’s an FHA requirement. When a home sells with FHA financing, it has to meet minimum safety standards set by FHA.”

Realtor: “Well, I don’t see why they’re necessary. The house already has an FHA loan. Why weren’t the railings required when my client bought the house?”

Me: “I don’t know. Maybe the other appraiser wasn’t paying attention.”

Realtor: “Why can’t you just look the other way?”

Me: “I’m sorry. That’s not the way I do business.”

Realtor: “We’re not going to put up the railings. And that’s that.”

Me: “I understand your frustration, but it seems to be a shame that you’re going to allow this sale to be killed over a few hundred dollars.”

Realtor: *long pause* “Okay, but you can’t charge for the repair inspection.”

Me: “What do you mean?”

Realtor: “I mean if we’re going to pay for a repair that’s clearly not necessary, then the least you can do is waive your fee for the repair inspection.”

Me: “Let me call you right back. I’ll have to talk to my supervisor about this. I don’t know what he’ll say.”

Realtor: “Okay. That will be fine.”

(The realtor doesn’t know that I’m self employed. I wait ten minutes and call the realtor back.)

Realtor: “Hello?”

Me: “Hello. I just spoke to my supervisor and he got mad as h***. I argued on your behalf and he finally agreed to a 50 percent discount on the fee. This is the best I can do. He’s really upset with me.”

Realtor: “A 50 percent discount? Okay. That will be fine.”

(The realtor and seller were good to their word and quickly had the railings installed. On the invoice to the mortgage company, I charged full fee, but wrote in blue ink, ‘This fee represents a 50 percent discount.’ I later did several more appraisals for that realtor. He thought he had gotten the best of me!)

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Enough To Split Your Sides

| WA, USA | Right | January 5, 2014

(A waitress is taking my father-in-law’s order, which comes with a choice of side dish.)

Waitress: “And what would you like, sir?”

Father-In-Law: “Filet mignon, please.”

Waitress: “And how would you like that cooked?”

Father-In-Law: “Medium, please.”

Waitress: “And which side?”

Father-In-Law: “Both.”

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Holidays, Christmas & New Year Themed Giveaway Roundup

Not Always Right | Right | January 5, 2014

Holidays, Christmas & New Year Themed Giveaway Roundup! Here’s a final roundup of stories from last month’s themed giveaway!

  1. Santa Will Know Who’s Nicer Than Nice (3,497 thumbs up)
  2. Too Rich For Jesus’ Blood (1,536 thumbs up)
  3. The Weather Outside Is Frightful And The Customer Is Not Delightful (1,691 thumbs up)
  4. Doesn’t Understand The ‘A Time For Giving’ Part (2,372 thumbs up)
  5. Meeting The Evil Stepmother (1,618 thumbs up)

PS #1: check out our Extras section, with pictures, videos, and news galore!

PS #2: Read more roundups here!

A Minor Problem

| Boston, MA, USA | Right | January 4, 2014

(I am a chaperone on a preschool field trip. We have six chaperones including me. All the other seats on the bus are filled with our two-year-olds. About 40 people can fit on each bus. It is near the end of the day, and the driver is clearly exhausted. A woman approaches the driver, who is outside on the ground with her.)

Woman: “I’d like to get on this bus.”

Driver: “Sorry. You can’t get on this one.”

Woman: “Well, why not?”

Driver: “Because it’s full!”

(It’s important to realize that the bus is open-air, so there are no tinted windows. However, the walls are fairly high, and the bus is high up. The woman, from her vantage point on the ground, cannot see all the small children.)

Woman: “No, it’s not. You only have 6 people in there.”

Driver: “No. You see—”

(The woman starts complaining loudly about how lazy and incompetent the driver is. The driver tries to explain that the bus is full of small children, but the woman keeps cutting her off. Having had enough, I pick up the two-year-old beside me, and walk up to the bus entrance.)

Me: “There are over 30 of these in here!”

(The woman promptly shuts up and, red-faced, walks away.)

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