What cheeses me off

Denali

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Try 2004. I moved to Hobart in 2004 and I remember thinking “what have I done?” as I watched my luggage arrive on the back of the cart.
Still, it was efficient.
I think it was Launceston 1997 for me and they used a small tractor to pull the cart over

But still better than Yap were they used a wooden cart and ox :D
 

kevviek

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[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!
My bags turned up this morning, hooray. However...what are people's thoughts on this, issue for Qantas or best to go to Samsonite?
 

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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!
Buy some air tags. Always have medication in carry on
 

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Worse, when a company rep cold calls you (say a bank or insurer etc) and asks you to identify yourself and give them your DoB, account # etc etc. Yeah - ya reckon?

And worse, when I say "I don't give that info to old callers - please identify yourself" they either a) decline or b) acknowledge that its bad practice to ask (encourage) people to give cold calls their personal info - but (the company) does it anyway!
Yes this x5! So infuriating. And they seem quite put out when I point out that they could be a scammer.
 

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People standing next to the carousel. I still remember the time before we had carousels, you had to retrieve your luggage directly off the cart/trolley which was driven direct to the baggage claim area from the plane
And still happens for “premium cabin baggage” on the dash 8 services in Canberra.
 

Forg

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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.
I’m in no way any sort of psychologist, nor whatever you call someone who studies cultures. Bad-place-of-choice, I’m not actually perceptive in any way, what’s going on?

However; I suspect road usage, in places which have been excessively-populated for enough generations to cause a cultural behaviour, reflects pedestrian/on-foot behaviour within that culture. Which is to actively ignore everything that’s going on around you, as that means you’re not being rude when you push in front of someone you didn’t notice, and it also means everyone’s not overdosing 24/7 on excessive sensory input.

Which may be fine when people aren’t operating vehicles that move at more than walking pace &/or don’t have over a tonne’s worth of kinetic energy to dissipate on soft bodies when stopping very suddenly …

It’s also why people are unable to walk properly when they move from such places to Straya.
 
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JohnK

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Nicely said @Forg but still frustrating.

You don't appreciate how we've got a great road system until you start driving outside of Australia.

I mean seriously. I'm driving in traffic at a low 40 km/h and a female on a motorcycle with another female passenger pushes of the footpaths with her foot in front of me.

Note she was not using the acceptor. She just pushed off the motorcycle off the footpath onto my path.

I give up trying to understand the mentality of people who risk their lives this way.
 

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What cheeses me off - when an airline delays the first leg of the multi stop trip involving its partner airlines and pax miss their partner airline connections, the aforementioned airline washes off its responsibilities and offers a refund rather than trying to get the pax to their destination.

What cheeses me off, even more - when an airline mucks up your whole trip, promises to resolve the issue by telling pax to expect a call from the customer service center, which never happens and as the crowning moment, leaves the pax stranded in a transit port. Such times we live in #CustomerServiceFail
 

dajop

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Another “what cheese me off”. Not travel related and don’t know why it cheeses me off but it does. People saying “I stand with X “ or “We stand with X”. etc.
 

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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.
Ditto!

I've noticed that if I keep silent, the calls drops/hangs up at exactly 3 seconds if they are not legit callers!
 

BrockF

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Should I mention the Australian Electronic Passenger Declaration. I have had to fill a few of these in since March and am so glad it is gone. I don’t think I have ever been able to log in without requesting a new password, and the need to keep scanning and re-scanning passports! Heaven help you if you have a connecting flight with a stopover! So glad to see this gone and what a waste of $75M! One of the worst apps I have ever used!
 

JohnK

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What cheeses me off is missing a bus/train because they have left early and the next scheduled service is delayed.
 

kyle

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The attempt by children to cover up cough and sneeze using their palm, but the palm is centimetres from the mouth and the fingers are spread wide open.
 

kyle

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Shopping sites and apps that only allow either a coupon code or gift card, but not both.
 
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