Things that annoy you beyond reason...(Vol 5)

Things that annoy you beyond reason...(Vol 5)

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Shakermaker

9,746 posts

46 months

Tuesday 15th January
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Lemming Train said:
£1000 from an ATM? scratchchin Unless you specifically ask for higher amounts with the card issuer I believe the max withdrawal is capped at £250.
Yes, £1,000. His credit card was not capped at £250 (and in fairness, neither is mine)

Said mate was quite a bellend about making sure everyone knew he had more money than anyone else in the vicinity, the kind of person who said "I'm just taking the [Audi] S4 to get some petrol" rather than "I'm off to get some petrol" or similar - making a show of having a £50 poking out of his shirt pocket. Asking to get mugged really but he hasn't been yet, as far as I'm aware.

nonsequitur

10,117 posts

62 months

Tuesday 15th January
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Balmoral said:
Temporary traffic lights at roadworks that are no bigger than a legally parked car, that we all seem to be able to negotiate day in day out without the need for temporary traffic lights to be set up around it.
'Elf & Safety I suspect.yikes

yellowjack

11,996 posts

112 months

Tuesday 15th January
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captain_cynic said:
yellowjack said:
At this point, if Mr Impatient hasn't either amended his attitude, or fked off to another ATM, I may also decide to print a mini-statement for another account too.
So basically you are the annoying tt who cant use an ATM. If someone behind you is being impatient it's usually due to your dawdling and dithering.

Deliberately being an even more annoying tt does not help your case.
Headmaster! Haedmaster! Ithink we have a winner in the "worst entry in a comprehension test" competition.

Far the avoidance of any ambiguity...

yellowjack already said:
Annoying things about ATMs?

The fact that some mouth-breathing knuckle dragger is stood behind me fuming about how long it's taking me to use the machine, and blaming me for being slow when I'm one step ahead of the damned machine at every stage, and know exactly where the next menu item I'm going to need to press a button for will appear. But the machines seem to have slowed down compared to a few years ago. Presumably fraud checks or something? But whatever it is that causes them to "go slow" it isn't me!

So if you're standing there muttering to yourself that "I'd have finished and gone by now" you're a bigger nugget than I first thought, because it's still showing me the "One moment, while we check your card" screen, the one it seems to linger over for longer than strictly necessary. The one that coincidentally has advertisements for the bank's other financial products on it. Hmmmm? Advertisements being held longer on screen while my card is being "checked"?

scratchchin

Perhaps the machines are set to run deliberately slow to get more ads in front of me? But it doesn't work because my eyes are fixed on the message at the top, waiting for the menu screen to appear, and so I barely register exactly what product is being advertised to me anyway...
...wherein he explained to the willfully stupid that he is quite capable of proceeding with an ATM transaction at as fast a pace as the technology within the ATM will allow.

rolleyes

Quite frankly, sometimes I wish I'd been born stupid. Or at least worked harder to become stupid. At least then I'd be able to resist the temptation to read things properly and think for myself, and I could better fit in with the PH herd...

yellowjack

11,996 posts

112 months

Tuesday 15th January
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Shakermaker said:
Lemming Train said:
£1000 from an ATM? scratchchin Unless you specifically ask for higher amounts with the card issuer I believe the max withdrawal is capped at £250.
Yes, £1,000. His credit card was not capped at £250 (and in fairness, neither is mine)

Said mate was quite a bellend about making sure everyone knew he had more money than anyone else in the vicinity, the kind of person who said "I'm just taking the [Audi] S4 to get some petrol" rather than "I'm off to get some petrol" or similar - making a show of having a £50 poking out of his shirt pocket. Asking to get mugged really but he hasn't been yet, as far as I'm aware.
Your mate didn't live in Saffron Walden by any chance? There was a bloke who used to put his card into ATMs there, and only ask for a printed balance. Then he'd leave his balance slip in the slot for the next person to have to remove it. Only to find that this bloke's current account balance was tens, occasionally into hundreds of thousands of pounds. I found one once when I went to draw £50 from the Lloyds in the square. Something around £32,500 in his account. Whoopdee-fking-doo fella. Good for you. But you're a ccensoredt, because that's littering right there, but no matter because you've got...



...to pay your fine with, eh?

shoot

Langweilig

3,344 posts

157 months

Tuesday 15th January
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Some banks and building societies, particularly the ones I use have a rule "respect other customers privacy" when queueing up to use ATM's indoors. Some will actually go to the lengths of fitting convex mirrors onto the machines to ensure that anyone behind you in the queue isn't being too "inquisitive".

TameRacingDriver

12,690 posts

218 months

Tuesday 15th January
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yellowjack said:
Your mate didn't live in Saffron Walden by any chance? There was a bloke who used to put his card into ATMs there, and only ask for a printed balance. Then he'd leave his balance slip in the slot for the next person to have to remove it. Only to find that this bloke's current account balance was tens, occasionally into hundreds of thousands of pounds. I found one once when I went to draw £50 from the Lloyds in the square. Something around £32,500 in his account. Whoopdee-fking-doo fella. Good for you. But you're a ccensoredt, because that's littering right there, but no matter because you've got...



...to pay your fine with, eh?

shoot
They’d be wasting their time with me as I have no interest whatsoever what was in their account, I wouldn’t even bother picking up the slip, but I know EXACTLY the sort of prick you’re talking about. Probably the same kind of muppet who leaves extra plates on the machines at the gym when they get off to make them look like a plastic strongman biggrin

I Love Cake

2,387 posts

117 months

Tuesday 15th January
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captain_cynic said:
MartG said:
Hoverers - the people who stand close behind you waiting for you to finish at the ATM
Slow people at ATMs.

These are not new inventions, we've had them for 50 years. They aren't complex, you have at the very most 8 options, usually no more than 3 or 4. Its not like you accidentally go to an ATM either, you should know exactly what you're there for and how to get it by the time you arrive. There is absolutely no reason to dither at an ATM.
Card machines in shops are still a mystery to the masses.

yellowjack

11,996 posts

112 months

Wednesday 16th January
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TameRacingDriver said:
They’d be wasting their time with me as I have no interest whatsoever what was in their account, I wouldn’t even bother picking up the slip, but I know EXACTLY the sort of prick you’re talking about. Probably the same kind of muppet who leaves extra plates on the machines at the gym when they get off to make them look like a plastic strongman biggrin
That's something that winds me up at ATMs though. In the "olden days" (I remember a time before the ATM was commonplace, and banking was done by "cashing a cheque" over the counter in the heavily wood-paneled branch) the machine always gave you a receipt, whether you asked for one or not.

This generation of ATMs asks you if you want a receipt. It even gives you the option at the first menu screen to choose "Cash Only" or "Cash with a receipt". So if you are going to walk away without waiting for the receipt to print, and therefore leave it in the slot, why ask for one in the first place? Is it because you is thick? Or do you do it deliberately to annoy others? Many's the time I've gone to a Cashpoint™ to get a mini-statement to check a payment has cleared, only for the machine to be out of paper, and capable only of displaying my balance on screen. But I know the balance already, and it's not what I was expecting (£53.28 down) so I need a bloody mini-statement to decipher what exactly isn't as predicted. This time it turned out to be one of those once-a-year Direct Debits that I'd forgotten about, but missing money could be an early warning of fraud on my account. So if the Muppets who routinely ask for a receipt but don't take it away could kindly refrain from being such irritating halfwits, and leave the paper for those of us who actually use it properly, that'd be very nice indeed...


...and I feel compelled to take the abandoned slip left by the previous customer, and bin it somewhere, because I hate littering and I need their slip out of the way to get at mine.

Edited by yellowjack on Wednesday 16th January 09:17

yellowjack

11,996 posts

112 months

Wednesday 16th January
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Today's "beyond reason annoyance" is this...




...what even is it? I have no effing idea.

I think it's meant to be an 'Emoji', but can't be sure. I belong to a site called Strava. A running/cycling type fitness "app" that also runs on a PC. So I'm getting comments from people who I assume are using it on their mobile phone, inserting these little squares ('Emojis"?) into their comment in place of words.

This is all well and good if it's one or two words, or something extra at the end of a sentence or comment, but some folk seem to communicate mostly in these little squares, which my (Windows Vista OS) PC cannot seem to translate into the intended 'Emoji'. It therefore annoys me beyond reason.

random Strava user said:
"Hi yellow jack, what a □ ride. Excellent result on that □ and a great □ □ □ too! How about a ride next Tue am? We could do the □ loop, and stop at the □ for □ and □ if you'd like? Let me know... □□□"
Am I being offered some company for a bike ride and a trip to the cafe for coffee and cake? Or is it an invitation to participate in a swingers' party? I'm presuming it's the former, but even so, are these positive "Emojis" or negative ones?

Words, people! Type effing WORDS! ffs!!!

irked

loudlashadjuster

3,417 posts

130 months

Wednesday 16th January
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yellowjack said:
Am I being offered some company for a bike ride and a trip to the cafe for coffee and cake? Or is it an invitation to participate in a swingers' party? I'm presuming it's the former, but even so, are these positive "Emojis" or negative ones?

Words, people! Type effing WORDS! ffs!!!

irked
You are using an old, out of date and unsupported operating system though...

yellowjack

11,996 posts

112 months

Wednesday 16th January
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loudlashadjuster said:
You are using an old, out of date and unsupported operating system though...
Well I drive an old car, ride an old bicycle, and live in an old house. I wear old shoes too. All of which, like my "outdated, unsupported operating system" are still completely serviceable. Should I scrap my car, donate my bike to a museum, demolish my house and replace hand made shoes with something from M&S too?

I'm still using kitchen knives and a Black & Decker power drill that were wedding presents from 30 years ago. Are they suddenly "unfit for purpose" because something new came along?

Grrrrr! irked

Modern consumer capitalism, insisting that we all must spend, spend, spend in order to shore up some venture capitalist pricks and keep them in the robber-baron luxury they've become accustomed to.

Well fk you, Apple iAddicts, etc. I'm keeping my shonky old crap until it becomes beyond economic repair, thank you very much...

...I'd post this from my mobile phone, but that's a PAYG Nokia C1, and although it's fully functional still, it "doesn't do apps" so...



tongue out


Edited by yellowjack on Wednesday 16th January 11:27

Number_Six

145 posts

49 months

Wednesday 16th January
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yellowjack said:
Should I scrap my car, donate my bike to a museum, demolish my house and replace hand made shoes with something from M&S?
No need for that, just pack yourself into a box and have someone put you into a cupboard somewhere out of harm's way. Before you do that bin the operating system though - Vista was a dog's dinner the day it was released, you must represent 50% of the user base in the UK all these years later!

loudlashadjuster

3,417 posts

130 months

Wednesday 16th January
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yellowjack said:
Well I drive an old car, ride an old bicycle, and live in an old house. I wear old shoes too. All of which, like my "outdated, unsupported operating system" are still completely serviceable. Should I scrap my car, donate my bike to a museum, demolish my house and replace hand made shoes with something from M&S too?

I'm still using kitchen knives and a Black & Decker power drill that were wedding presents from 30 years ago. Are they suddenly "unfit for purpose" because something new came along?

Grrrrr! irked

Modern consumer capitalism, insisting that we all must spend, spend, spend in order to shore up some venture capitalist pricks and keep them in the robber-baron luxury they've become accustomed to.

Well fk you, Apple iAddicts, etc. I'm keeping my shonky old crap until it becomes beyond economic repair, thank you very much...

...I'd post this from my mobile phone, but that's a PAYG Nokia C1, and although it's fully functional still, it "doesn't do apps" so...



tongue out
Bully for you, no-one saying there is anything wrong with using old stuff but there is more than a bit of false equivalence in your post.

The final update to Vista was made about six months before emoji were even added to unicode, it literally pre-dates them so it's a bit unfair to moan about a technology that probably 99.8% of other users will have when it is your system that is incapable of showing them. You might as well complain about how your FM radio doesn't allow you to listen to digital stations, or how your old CRT TV doesn't pick up Netflix.

You really can't compare a drill, still perfectly compatible with 2019 mains AC and with a bit bought today in Screwfix, with an obsolete piece of software which absolutely isn't built for the features and security needs of being online in 2019.

Software is, frankly, an immature and imperfect art and we're still not very good at it. The 10 years since the last Vista update equates more to like 100 years for more established technologies. Not sure you'd like to cycle a century on a 100 year-old bike wink


yellowjack

11,996 posts

112 months

Wednesday 16th January
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loudlashadjuster said:
Bully for you, no-one saying there is anything wrong with using old stuff but there is more than a bit of false equivalence in your post...

...Not sure you'd like to cycle a century on a 100 year-old bike wink
False equivalence? Damn right there was, that was the entire point of the post, to have a "silly old fart" rant about various "modern life is rubbish" stuff.

A century on a 100 year-old bike? Hmmmm? scratchchin I presume it's fully servicable, I can have modern tyres, and I get to choose the route? If so, I'm well up for giving that a go... wink

thebigmacmoomin

2,219 posts

115 months

Wednesday 16th January
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nonsequitur said:
Balmoral said:
Temporary traffic lights at roadworks that are no bigger than a legally parked car, that we all seem to be able to negotiate day in day out without the need for temporary traffic lights to be set up around it.
'Elf & Safety I suspect.yikes
Yes, H&S. It will give the workers a safe area to work in rather than having to 'watch their backs' on a 30mph road.

Grahamdub

2,999 posts

89 months

Wednesday 16th January
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thebigmacmoomin said:
nonsequitur said:
Balmoral said:
Temporary traffic lights at roadworks that are no bigger than a legally parked car, that we all seem to be able to negotiate day in day out without the need for temporary traffic lights to be set up around it.
'Elf & Safety I suspect.yikes
Yes, H&S. It will give the workers a safe area to work in rather than having to 'watch their backs' on a 30mph road.
I saw some a while ago that were just the 2 sets of traffic lights literally back to back. There was nothing there apart from the traffic lights and the generators to power them. It was a Sunday, so I assume they just moved them further apart on the Monday morning, but why leave them out all weekend ?

Balmoral

31,782 posts

194 months

Wednesday 16th January
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I was talking about a small hole kerbside that was fully coned and fenced off at the back of a Transit flatbed parked facing into the oncoming traffic. No need for traffic lights at all.

Composer62

288 posts

32 months

Wednesday 16th January
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Grahamdub said:
I saw some a while ago that were just the 2 sets of traffic lights literally back to back. There was nothing there apart from the traffic lights and the generators to power them. It was a Sunday, so I assume they just moved them further apart on the Monday morning, but why leave them out all weekend ?
I've seen seen this recently too. No obstacles or work going on but 2 sets of traffic lights with a gap in the middle. The only obstacles were the traffic lights themselves. They were there for a few days. I passed them several times at different times of the day and never saw any reason for them being there. Bit odd.

gregs656

3,974 posts

127 months

Wednesday 16th January
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yellowjack said:
False equivalence? Damn right there was, that was the entire point of the post, to have a "silly old fart" rant about various "modern life is rubbish" stuff.
It does annoy me beyond reason when people complain that the world isn't standing still precisely at the point they decided to stop adopting new technologies and processes.

thebigmacmoomin

2,219 posts

115 months

Wednesday 16th January
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Grahamdub said:
I saw some a while ago that were just the 2 sets of traffic lights literally back to back. There was nothing there apart from the traffic lights and the generators to power them. It was a Sunday, so I assume they just moved them further apart on the Monday morning, but why leave them out all weekend ?
Cheaper than the collection & delivery charges that the hire company would charge.
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