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Postby JR8 » Thu, 17 Oct 2013 8:50 pm

Went to the neighbourhood 'Cheers' convenience store.

Usual chorus of 'Hi [JR8], Hi [JR8]how are you!?' etc as I walk in.

Put beer, crisps, and a little tub of Haagen Daz ice cream in basket.

Get to check-out...

'Oh cannot buy this ice cream'
Me: 'Why?'
'Special offer. This is free if you get two pints'
But I don't want two pints, I just want this.
Go and get two pint, this one free
I just want this, as a little treat for my wife.
...
...

She then took the pot of ice cream off me*, and so essentially was declining to sell it to me. I'm 98% sure the little pot was priced to sell individually; $4.50 or something.
WTH!!?

* I even offered to go and put it back in the fridge. But she looked at me like a customs man, who has just found and impounded a bag of weed. 'This ain't goin nowhere!!'...

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Postby BedokAmerican » Sat, 19 Oct 2013 10:11 pm

That kind of stuff has happened to me at grocery stores, especially with fruit.

I want 1 avocado but I'm told I must buy 2 or 3. That would be ok if the avocados were of varying degrees of ripeness, but they're not.

I come forward with dragon fruit and get told I have to buy in increments of 5 or I can't buy any.

I learned I must read signs really closely (if there is a sign).

The cash registers aren't programmed to divide and then round up to the nearest cent (or 5 cents) or divide in half for the buy-one-get-one deals. I would think that major grocers would have machines that could do that, but apparently not.

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Postby JR8 » Sat, 19 Oct 2013 10:17 pm

It is very strange. It's like they refuse to accept you don't want to partake of a special offer. lol

The little tubs ARE priced individually, but they wouldn't let me buy one individually.

Weird.

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Postby JR8 » Thu, 24 Oct 2013 4:18 pm

Further strangeness, this time at KFC: -

I was having lunch in KFC when I noticed two shaven-headed female monks on an adjacent table, dressed in dark red robes, one with a golden yoke design across her shoulders. And I was thinking, this is a bit odd, monks eating in KFC. I then noticed several colourful stone bead bracelets on her wrists, and I was thinking, odd, don’t they have to give up all worldly possessions? Then one pulled a netbook (in dayglo pink) out of her modest cloth shoulder bag, plugged in some ear-buds and commenced a phone conversation. I looked down and was further surprised to see that she was wearing a pair of electric blue New Balance ($$$) trainers. At that point, her companion whipped a mobile out of her similarly modest monks bag and went outside to make a call ... what, how... ?

This reminds me of a few years back, at the nurseries on Upper Thompson Road two female monks, dressed in grey that time, choosing a Christmas tree (think about it for a moment :)). A real imported Canadian blue spruce (/$250, and up), while I had to make do with a $30 artificial one.

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Postby Mi Amigo » Thu, 24 Oct 2013 4:26 pm

Perhaps they are taking a cue from the 'bishop of bling'...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-24638430

Nice work if you can get it. :twisted:
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Postby JR8 » Thu, 24 Oct 2013 4:34 pm

Mi Amigo wrote:Perhaps they are taking a cue from the 'bishop of bling'...


:lol: A euro15,000 bath-tub, and flying first class to India 'to visit the poor'.


p.s. Mind you the Bishop of London lives in a palace...

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Postby Steve1960 » Thu, 24 Oct 2013 4:54 pm

If the meek do ever inherit the earth the money grabbing Church of England's luck will run out.

There are several interpretations of the work 'meek' and the Archbishop does not fit any of them!

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Postby JR8 » Thu, 24 Oct 2013 5:39 pm

Steve1960 wrote:If the meek do ever inherit the earth the money grabbing Church of England's luck will run out.

There are several interpretations of the work 'meek' and the Archbishop does not fit any of them!


Neither does Mother Theresa (shockingly enough) if you take the most cursory glance at reports of her monetary affairs! :o

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Postby eastcoastsg » Thu, 24 Oct 2013 11:46 pm

Check out this private jet monk quoted saying , "Now boarding Air Nirvana." :D
http://www.smh.com.au/world/wirapol-sukphol-jetsetting-fugitive-buddhist-monk-stuns-thailand-20130719-2q7z5.html

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Postby earthfriendly » Fri, 25 Oct 2013 12:08 am

JR8 wrote:Further strangeness, this time at KFC: -

I was having lunch in KFC when I noticed two shaven-headed female monks on an adjacent table, dressed in dark red robes, one with a golden yoke design across her shoulders. And I was thinking, this is a bit odd, monks eating in KFC. I then noticed several colourful stone bead bracelets on her wrists, and I was thinking, odd, don’t they have to give up all worldly possessions? Then one pulled a netbook (in dayglo pink) out of her modest cloth shoulder bag, plugged in some ear-buds and commenced a phone conversation. I looked down and was further surprised to see that she was wearing a pair of electric blue New Balance ($$$) trainers. At that point, her companion whipped a mobile out of her similarly modest monks bag and went outside to make a call ... what, how... ?

This reminds me of a few years back, at the nurseries on Upper Thompson Road two female monks, dressed in grey that time, choosing a Christmas tree (think about it for a moment :)). A real imported Canadian blue spruce (/$250, and up), while I had to make do with a $30 artificial one.



Are you sure they are real monks or just dressing up for the upcoming Halloween :P ?

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Postby JR8 » Fri, 25 Oct 2013 8:53 am

earthfriendly wrote:Are you sure they are real monks or just dressing up for the upcoming Halloween :P ?


Well it left me shocked! :) :wink:

Such an all-in-one clash. The rimless titanium spectacles and IT gear vs the buzzcuts and robes. And all the rest I mentioned.

When you witness such a sea of contradiction your mind, which presumes the good in people, works from a position of not wanting to accept anything is amiss - until the evidence is overwhelming. Isn't this how con-artists thrive?

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Postby Mi Amigo » Fri, 25 Oct 2013 9:00 am

Maybe the monk look is the new black?
Be careful what you wish for

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Postby earthfriendly » Fri, 25 Oct 2013 10:03 am

JR8 wrote: The rimless titanium spectacles and IT gear vs the buzzcuts and robes.


Are you sure it is titanium because they come at a premium price, and not some kind of silver or imitation material :P ?

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Postby JR8 » Fri, 25 Oct 2013 3:30 pm

earthfriendly wrote:
JR8 wrote: The rimless titanium spectacles and IT gear vs the buzzcuts and robes.


Are you sure it is titanium because they come at a premium price, and not some kind of silver or imitation material :P ?


They were the kind that are hinge-less hence my assumption, which was perhaps not unreasonable given she was wearing a new pair of $150 trainers.

http://www.newbalance.com.sg/running/pr ... rodid=Mjcw


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