What cheeses me off

Forg

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What Cheeses Me Off - when I miss a call from a number I don't recognize and when I call back only to hear the number is not connected. Kept getting these calls from a AU mobile number, but when I call it's not connected. Wondering if someone is trying to hack/steal/scam
Is this really a rarity? I get about 3-6 of these a day! I never say "hello" when answering a number I don't recognise, because most of them are fake numbers being spoofed by call-centres in India, and me not saying anything seems to make most auto-dialling systems drop out.
 

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What cheeses me off (and gives me heart palpitations) is people who grab their supposedly "unique looking" bag off the airport luggage belt without checking whether it is actually theirs and blithely toddle off leaving you behind with their bag eventually coming through, complete with their brightly multi coloured fabric ribbon attached to presumably prevent such a mishap. Luckily said "unique looking" bag was able to be spotted by me before the culprits had sailed through customs at LAX out into the greater LA blue yonder. Something along the lines of "oh we didn't think anyone else would have a bag like this" was muttered......
This happened to me in SYD in 1993
On a solo student RTW and my black and yellow rucksack had been taken with a similar one circling the belt
Went to baggage services and they said they would be in contact.
Pretty stressed as only due to be in Sydney for 28 hours but not much I could do
Got onto the bus into Sydney and there was my rucksack
Bloke who had inadvertently picked up was very apologetic.
After reuniting bags with owners went out for beers (and later did same in Honolulu when ran into him a month later)
 

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What cheeses me off (and gives me heart palpitations) is people who grab their supposedly "unique looking" bag off the airport luggage belt without checking whether it is actually theirs and blithely toddle off leaving you behind with their bag eventually coming through, complete with their brightly multi coloured fabric ribbon attached to presumably prevent such a mishap. Luckily said "unique looking" bag was able to be spotted by me before the culprits had sailed through customs at LAX out into the greater LA blue yonder. Something along the lines of "oh we didn't think anyone else would have a bag like this" was muttered......
This really cheeses me off too! I was approaching the carousel in Sydney couple years ago just in time to see a bloke pick up my luggage and head off. 30 seconds later and he and my bag would have been out of the terminal. He did have an identical bag but clearly didn't bother to check the name tag (which was obvious). I've since stuck squares of bright yellow 3M tape on multiple surfaces and no-one has mistaken it since.
 

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Flat Earth Theory. Trying to get to USA before 4th July (SYD-PDX). One way $1900 to $8000 coach, was 1000 odd a few days ago. Booking engines have got smarter, and even via a vpn, it knows I have been looking. I am prepared to travel to Dubai, then US if that works out cheaper, as the via Asia options are not happening. Continents have not moved that much further apart. I have no idea, but does this means planes are packed 95% plus full now?
 

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What cheeses me off are those screen based order things in cafes. You order a regular skim latte and its tap-tap-tap-tap, on and on. 10 taps this afternoon!! Oh. made a mistake - another 10. Or a coffee and a biscuit - 15-20 taps. Just make the damn coffee (please) and take my money.

Oh, and while I'm at it. Any baristas here? If there are 2 or 3 or more single coffees on order, say from 2 or more customers, why do they need to froth the milk for just the first customer, then wash the jug, wipe down the nozzle etc, then froth the milk for the second serving etc, repeat.

Why not froth the milk for two serves, in a bigger jug while running two expressos simultaneously, like they do anyway?

Whenever I go into a cafe for a coffee, I look at the coffee queue - at local chain (Banjos) you can immediately see the order queue on the screen above the machine. Otherwise I look at the cups lined up or the chits waiting to be done. Anymore than 2-3 orders in front of me, I move on. If I'm sitting down, that's a different matter, but on-the-go, I don't wait for the stuffing around.
 
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What cheese me off is the Australia Post... for so many reasons but these are the ones on the top of my mind -

1. My package from ADL to SYD went ADL-SYD-MEL-PTH-SYD-delivered (not surprisingly it was late)

2. Getting a missed delivery card for packages when they are 'attempted' to be delivered to our office during business hours and our office is clearly open and has people coming in and out

3. Not getting cards for packages that are delivered straight to the Post Office with any attempt to deliver (only found out after the Post Office called me and said that there were x packages waiting for us)

4. Getting cards saying that packages are at Post Office X when they are sitting at Post Office Y (taught me to always call first)

I'm sure that I've got more but that's enough to bore everyone with.
Not to mention the fake sms from non descript Aust mobile phone numbers, pretending to be Auspost.
Auspost-facility.xx_
Waste of time when the mobile plings, and you think, ah, somethings coming, but nak, its a scam sms.
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Is this really a rarity? I get about 3-6 of these a day! I never say "hello" when answering a number I don't recognise, because most of them are fake numbers being spoofed by call-centres in India, and me not saying anything seems to make most auto-dialling systems drop out.
Block, and then delete.
Depending on your phone, after you block, when the next time the culprit tries, your phone might not ring for that number, but the call will go straight to the blocked number section, where you can delete.
By them getting you to ring back, they know your number is "hot" ie, live, and they will onsell you.
You might get the message, "your call could not be connected", but how do you know that message is genuine?
Unless it says "Optus regrets that your call cannot be connected, please check the number and try again".
Worst case is you get an Indian accident helpline, or fake amazon "you have logged into your account from Sydney" message, when you live in Perth.
Or the Wangiri.
 
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Is this really a rarity? I get about 3-6 of these a day! I never say "hello" when answering a number I don't recognise, because most of them are fake numbers being spoofed by call-centres in India, and me not saying anything seems to make most auto-dialling systems drop out.
Block, and then delete.
Depending on your phone, after you block, when the next time the culprit tries, your phone might not ring for that number, but the call will go straight to the blocked number section, where you can delete.
By them getting you to ring back, they know your number is "hot" ie, live, and they will onsell you.
You might get the message, "your call could not be connected", but how do you know that message is genuine?
Unless it says "Optus regrets that your call cannot be connected, please check the number and try again".
Worst case is you get an Indian accident helpline, or fake amazon "you have logged into your account from Sydney" message, when you live in Perth.
Or the Wangiri.
 

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What cheeses me off is people using the soles of their feet to press buttons at traffic signals and anywhere else.

I mean seriously? Prime candidates for the sawdust on skull award. Disgusting practice especially if you notice how young kids behave when they encounter these buttons....
What cheeses me off, are people that are flexible enough and have the ability to push the buttons with the soles of their feet.
 

Forg

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Block, and then delete.
Depending on your phone, after you block, when the next time the culprit tries, your phone might not ring for that number, but the call will go straight to the blocked number section, where you can delete.
By them getting you to ring back, they know your number is "hot" ie, live, and they will onsell you.
You might get the message, "your call could not be connected", but how do you know that message is genuine?
Unless it says "Optus regrets that your call cannot be connected, please check the number and try again".
Worst case is you get an Indian accident helpline, or fake amazon "you have logged into your account from Sydney" message, when you live in Perth.
Or the Wangiri.
The numbers are random, you never get the same number twice, so blocking the number has no effect. The chances aren't high, but there Is a very slight possibility they might use a number that belongs to someone you know ... but that's never happened to me.

If you pick up but don't answer, the auto-dialler thinks it's had a dud number.
 

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Slow cars in the right hand lane on highways.
The drivers in the right hand lane that I refer to as Trots fanatics. They stay one out and one back and will not overtake or move into a left hand lane.
Cars that drive well under the speed limit on highways until you move to the right lane to overtake them at which time they accelerate to the speed limit causing you to significantly increase speed. If you decide to drop back behind them again then they slow down. 🤬

Recently had the situation where cars in both right and left lane were travelling below the speed limit jamming up a procession of cars behind them. Person In right hand line refused to look left or behind and clearly had no idea of the hot mess they were creating behind them.
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What cheeses me off, are people in the window and aisle seat, who don’t know that the middle seat owns both arm rests.
Good luck with that.
 

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Why do people sing Happy Birthday at the pace of an elderly person with a walking frame trying to get to the digestives in Coles while having a stroke on the way?

It makes is so freaking awkward and painful to listen to.

Can we all agree that when singing Happy Birthday that we keep it snappy and at a quick pace so we can get it over with as soon as possible?
 

Forg

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What cheeses me off, are people in the window and aisle seat, who don’t know that the middle seat owns both arm rests.
If enough of us propose the issuance of machetes to middle-seat passengers to enough airlines, they will surely see there is a market for airlines which offer this level of service.

Although there could be unexpected violence in the very middle of 3-4-3 & 2-5-2 layouts?
 

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If enough of us propose the issuance of machetes to middle-seat passengers to enough airlines, they will surely see there is a market for airlines which offer this level of service.

Although there could be unexpected violence in the very middle of 3-4-3 & 2-5-2 layouts?
I forgot about those rows with 4 seats, it’s been a few years since I have flown international.
 

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What cheeses me off, are people in the window and aisle seat, who don’t know that the middle seat owns both arm rests.
had exactly that today in my aisle seat. I was about to point it out when he all of a sudden retracted his elbow.

What cheeses me off is when Qantas delivers me to my destination without my bags, doesn't give me a reference number at the airport because they have no info, and then no-one in the contact centres can help me because I don't have a reference number. It was farcical today:
- baggage services only know my bags didn't make it because I told them, they had no info but said I would get a call with a reference number within 20 minutes so I should head to my destination
- no call after 90 minutes so I contact them, 30 minute wait to be told they can't help without a reference number, and said that I should send an email form to customer care as the only way to get a reference number, will reply in 24-48 hours. Says they have no way to contact the airport to get info directly.
- fill in the web form and get a priority customer service number to call for urgent issues
- call the customer service priority number, wait again, get a person that says they can't help without a reference number. Says they are in reservations. Said they will get a supervisor to call me within 20 minutes. No call.
- I ring the airport directly, go through the menus, get put back through to national contact centre in Qantas
- I ring the airport management, they give me the number for Qantas front desk at the airport. They say they have found the bag tag reference, that I should check online for updates
- Online page says they only have 2 of 4 bags. "Still searching" for the others.
- Call MCY again, they say there is no info on where my bags are. They may or may not arrive on the next flight. They'll call me if they arrive. But the courier doesn't work after 9pm, so if I want them I have to come back to the airport (90 min return trip)
- Flight arrives, 30 minute later have not heard, try MCY again. Recorded message.
- Try again 10 minutes later, phone gets answered. Still unloading the flight !!?? Says that even if my bags are there, the airport is closing and she will be going home. Tells me to "call back at 5am".

In the meantime my wife doesn't get access to her specialist medication and there is no way I can find a compounding chemist up here. Lesson there about what to put in carry-on.

*How is it in this day and age that they can't even tell me where my bags are?* They have Qantas bag tags which I thought were automatically scanned along the way...

[UPDATE]. Just got a call to say they have my bags, they were just brought in. 90 minutes after the flight landed...passengers can't have been happy!
 
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What cheeses me off is Motorcycle riders in Thailand hogging my blind spot on the left hand side when I am doing tight left turns.

Some roads are so narrow you're almost hugging the gutter and funny enough some dope on a motorcycle is trying to get past on the inside.

There's a reason Thailand has the worst road statistics per capita in the world. Some say they're aggressive. I'd say there's a lot more stupidity than necessary when they get behind the wheel of a car or motorcycle.

One of their most famous sayings is "cha cha" and also "jai yen yen" but neither applies when they’re on the road.
 
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