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WHOA, WHY YOU WANNA GIVE ME THE RUN-AROUND?

I ordered a bridesmaids dress for my BFF Ginny’s wedding off Amazon. She opted to let us pick our own dresses, which is great. So I thought I found a great option and ordered it, despite the $20 shipping charge. Not only that, the dress would take almost a month to arrive. I think the long lead time had to do with the shipping location, and the seller supposedly custom stitching the dress to your specified measurements. I ordered the dress, despite the expensive shipping cost and shipping time. They asked for my measurements, and I sent them along right away to avoid delays.

About 3-4 weeks later, I got the dress. The color wasn’t what I was expecting, but I guess it is regency purple (since I ordered another dress from a different seller and the color is the same). The fabric on the skirt was also not what I was expecting. But I guess that can be the hazard of ordering things online? That is beside the point. The dress was about six sizes too large. Yes, SIX! I have no idea why they bothered asking for measurements when they clearly didn’t bother checking. Ugh.  I contacted the seller and sent them the measurements of the dress vs the measurements I gave them. After some back and forth, involving me taking loads of pictures with a measuring tape to show the size difference and screenshots of my original email to them, they agreed the dress was totally wrong. Uh, NO DUH!

Instead of being normal and offering me a full refund, they wanted to offer a partial refund and use the money to get it altered. I kid you not. I LOL’d at this, and declined. I’m pretty sure it would cost more than the full price of the dress with the crazy shipping to get it altered. Not only that, I don’t actually think the dress could be altered that much. You’re really only supposed to take dresses down two sizes, not six. So they gave me the refund on the dress, not the shipping. This was not acceptable to me. After all, it wasn’t my fault they sent the completely wrong size.

They said I could keep the dress as it was “customized to my measurements” [**COUGH**] and couldn’t resell it. Which I find perplexing, but whatever.

At this point, I was a bit sick of dealing with this seller as it was like pulling teeth to get them to admit the error and refund me. So a couple days later, I opted to reach out to Amazon directly to see if they could get my shipping refunded, or at least get it as Amazon credit. I guess what ended up happening was I opened claim. Since I’m not a seller, I don’t know how severe claims are against your seller rating. I ended up getting a sob story from the seller, saying she could lose her job…etc. I’m guessing they must have other claims against them, in order for the seller to freak.

I have no idea if her story is true or not, but I gave her the benefit of the doubt and cancelled the claim. This allowed her the chance to refund my shipping without my re-opening it. Now suddenly, she wanted me to send the dress back?! She claimed it was part of the Amazon policy, but seeing as I cancelled the claim, I have my doubts.

She sent me an address of a person named Alex…who apparently doesn’t have a last name to ship the dress. I was mad at this point. So I opted to wait a few days before replying back. But hey, I’m still mad. So I called her out on the mysterious person with no last name, and told her I’d be happy to send the dress back, once she gives me a prepaid label to do so. TBD on what happens now, I’m expecting another sob story. In the meantime, I got another dress. I’m not in love with it, but it fits and it’s appropriate for the wedding. 

 

 

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I’LL TAKE YOUR BLISSFUL IGNORANCE, PLEASE!

I don’t do politics. I get easily frustrated with political candidates, and everyone with a keyboard blasting their views all over social media. I don’t mind people sharing their views, that isn’t what this post is about. I don’t really understand why certain issues are still issues in 2015? Get with the program, people! I get frustrated because I do not have a political party affiliation that suits me. I registered as a Democrat when I was eighteen, because EVERYONE [except Alex P. Keaton] is a Democrat when they register. 

But now I’m older, wiser, and pay taxes. Which means my needs have changed. That leaves me a bit marooned. When it comes time to vote, I generally go with the lesser of two evils. I’ve concluded I will NEVER find a candidate I like and trust. This is a truly depressing conclusion. I also can’t watch debates or over-run myself with articles. I used to do that, and all it did was leave me seething and full of questions. So now I just “opt out”. I know this isn’t really effective, and I’m taking the somewhat-ignorant escape route. But at this point, I’ll take that blissful ignorance. You can find me on an abandoned island drinking bathtub gin from a coconut during the zombie apocalypse. 

I would like to add, I do vote. I wish I lived in a swing-state where my vote would hold more weight.

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MY “TICKLE ME ELMO” OF CHRISTMAS 2015

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Remember in the 90’s, when all of a sudden people went on a “save $5 on a big screen TV at Walmart on Black Friday” frenzy to secure their child a Tickle Me Elmo for the holidays? The price of a $20 Elmo went into the hundreds and people were insane enough to pay for it! I actually never had a Tickle Me Elmo, but I do remember people losing their shit over him.

Ever since I spotted the interactive R2D2 in the Skymall catalog on my way home from Nashville, I wanted one. HE PLAYS TAG, DANCES, AND FOLLOWS YOUR COMMANDS! Also, he will carry your beer around for you. Clearly they kept the kids in mind with this one.

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Anyway, this was (of course) before Skymall went the way of Buffalo Bill. I found it on Amazon for around $150, and that was much cheaper than Skymall (which is probably the reason they went under). But I never got around to buying it. [EDITORS NOTE: I guess Skymall was revived after another company bought them out.]

Cue to now. All of a sudden, the price has gone INSANELY high for said dancin’ R2. If I was iffy about paying $150 for it to begin with, I sure as fudge won’t pay $300-$400 for it now. So I need to find an email address for Amazon (LOL) and ask them if they plan to get more in stock. I’m (a new) hope(ing) if they flood the R2 market with more of my beer-toting friend, the prices will drop more dramatically than a Sally Field award acceptance speech. Wish me luck!

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PLAN YOUR SHIT IN ADVANCE, PLEASE!

Let me just Rantasaurus Rex here, for a minute. I really hate when people throw last-minute parties and “don’t get” how you already have plans on basically every Saturday. Birthdays generally don’t change dates (maybe people lie about the year, but the day itself stays put). So I don’t understand why people can’t plan IN ADVANCE?! If you want to throw something together for my mother’s birthday, let’s try making arrangements at least a month or two in advance. That way it’s not half-assed, and gives people time to align schedules.

Don’t get me wrong, I love my family and I love my parents. But I already got my mom a card and a gift (Read: I PLANNED IN ADVANCE!). I assumed we would get her a cake and some flowers and plan something for a SUNDAY. Which is the day of the week we all try to get together on, regardless. So my sibling sends a group message today asking if Sunday 11/1 works to do something for her birthday (at that point it would be a belated gathering), but I said it would.

Then all of a sudden, the day they initially suggested doesn’t work. It’s like why did you use that date to begin with?! So let’s just change to this Saturday, because you shouldn’t already have plans, right?! After more back and forth, I just said I’m out unless it’s some kind of lunch thing. I feel bad, but you can’t plan last-minute shit and expect everyone to stop, drop, and roll! I also told them I already got her a gift. My sibs are also awesome at buying expensive, last-minute gifts and expecting everyone to chip in for it. I put the Kibosh on that. Unless I’m given enough notice, don’t stiff me with essentially buying 2 gifts and a last-minute party to boot. Just to create a good example, I’m going to set a reminder for at least 30 days in advance next year. That way nobody can “spring” a party on me. 

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CAN WE JUST MAKE AN ISLAND FOR ALL THESE “K’S”?!

I get people like to raise money/awareness for causes by holding charity 5K,8K,10k, whateverK, races. But do they really need to be held in a major city? OR GOD forbid, have people do the run on the sidewalks?! I knew there was some kind of run business being held yesterday, but nobody told me they would be blocking off streets that are off mine, so people have to make U-turns on a narrow street with traffic coming at you in both directions. THINK YOU COULD WARN PEOPLE NEXT TIME?! Also, could you maybe not schedule two different runs at the same time? I mean, most people have places to be and things to do. We can’t be stuck circling in an endless loop of closed streets!

My suggestion is to hold these events at a field, stadium, or your local treadmill. I don’t think we need to close off major city streets for people to walk around, especially when there are perfectly good sidewalks available. Better yet, let’s designate an island or under populated town to hold all these races! That way you don’t need to inconvenience people that are NOT involved with the event. No need to be selfish guys, let’s find a solution!

I’m posting this without irony. I’m complaining about running events when I’m actually going to one this week. But at least it’s at a stadium, so there aren’t any blocked off streets involved. See, guys? Some races know how to do things right!

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D-DAY

Well folks, it’s the most dreaded day of the year. It’s the day all the asshole* college kids return to school and basically ruin my life. That is, until they take a brief reprieve during December/January break. But till then, the bars will be over-crowded with bros, and not a parking spot open within a fifty mile radius. I’ll have to dodge various moving trucks and sofas in the middle of street on my ride home today. Why does my city have to be such a college hub? I’d prefer they disperse them around the country a bit, so other people can feel our pain.

I guess I should just be grateful my neighborhood is mostly filled with old people and young professionals. But, please pray that my Notre Dame neighbors move today. SERIOUSLY, PRAY FOR ME! They aren’t college kids [and to be honest they probably couldn’t get into college even if they tied a brand new 60 million dollar university library to their belts]. Otherwise I may take a machete to tear out their vocal cords and tie their arms to a pole so they can’t fight eachother in my driveway anymore.

*Unless it’s a college student I’m related too, I don’t know you and therefore don’t like you. So go to college some place far away from us!

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23 DAYS LATER!

If you read my post about my frivolous attempts at quitting a certain DS company, it finally happened! After my last post, I ended up sending them 3 more support tickets. FINALLY some kindly woman named Diane helped me out. This was after I was sending numerous furious messages asking for someone to be a pro, and respond to peoples queries instead of ignoring them. 

I mean, I get maybe the support ticket option may not have been the correct avenue. I did not know any other way to get it done, since my team leader and friggin’ district manager couldn’t return a message.  But the online support team should have told me the correct contact method, instead of IGNORING ME! I’m just glad that is all over with and I didn’t have to wait to miss more ordering cycles for my account to automatically inactivate itself. Now I can have my life and wallet back, instead of bleeding out by being my own best customer. Ha!

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