Wassup Wit Dat!
This blog entry is dedicated to Bruddah Lance.
Gift Card Fees – As of this past Sunday (8/22/10) new gift card rules have been put in place to “protect the consumer”. For instance, gift card expiration dates must be 5 years from when the gift card was purchased or the last time it was reloaded. Previously, card issuers would charge “inactivity fees” if a card wasn’t used for a period of months. Now, they can charge this fee only after one year and can hit fees for your card only once per month. Some places even have the gall to charge you a fee to buy one of their gift cards. WWD?!
Let’s take a step back and look at the big picture here. These companies want to charge me, what – for the PRIVILEGE – to give a gift that will guarantee that my gift will be spent at their store? Shouldn’t these companies be paying me an INCENTIVE to give a gift that the recipient MUST shop at their store? Maybe in the form of a discount to purchase the card.
I know, I’m going to screw it to these companies and give gifts of good ol’ USA cash. That’ll teach them.
Luggage Fees – That’s another one I don’t get. Isn’t it a “given” that when people travel, they WILL have to change clothes? And will NEED to bring extra clothes? And airplanes are designed with room for luggage because it is expected. WWD?!
That’s like saying that you can rent a hotel room, but you’ll have to pay extra for the bed. Isn’t it a “given” that you will be sleeping in the hotel room and need a bed?
Now, I can understand the 50# limit on the weight of luggage. But shouldn’t at least 1 bag per person be included as part of the ticket price as it’s pretty much a REQUIREMENT when traveling?
If the airlines were smart, they’d work the price of the first piece of luggage into the price of the ticket – and tell folks that they don’t charge for the first piece of luggage. And if someone somehow can travel without at least 1 piece of luggage, then the airlines make out.
But I digress – at least 1 piece of luggage should be allowed with the price of the ticket. It’s a “given”.
Tip Jars at Take Out Counters – Now tell me again, what exactly am I tipping them for? For ringing up my purchase? For providing me the opportunity to purchase their food or beverage? I mean, it’s not like they’re bringing me the food to my table. WWD?! It’s TAKE-OUT!
Okay, now I can see places like Kakaako Kitchen where although it is a take-out counter place, they actually do bring the food to your table should you decide to eat there. I can see leaving them a tip. But places like coffee kiosks and eateries that make you carry your food or beverage from their counter SHOULD NOT have tips jars.
UH Live Football – $500.00. Are you crazy? Yeah, it’ll include a few Wahine Volleyball games and a few Men’s Basketball games. But what if you don’t give a rat’s okole about the volleyball and basketball games? Too bad, you gotta watch them anyway. LOL
I can see having to pay if you want to catch a game LIVE on TV, and if they feel that $55 and $65 is a fair price, then that’s fine with me. I’ll just wait for the 10:00 PM rebroadcast.
Wait. There is no 10:00 PM rebroadcast. No, now I have to wait until 10:00 AM (then next day) to watch the rebroadcast. WWD?!
So in other words – UH wants me to forgo reading the Sunday morning paper to avoid the outcome of the game so I can watch it on TV in the morning? And let’s see – I’ll have to choose: Do I want to watch NFL PROFESSIONAL football or UH COLLEGIATE football. Duh! I’ll watch the pros play.
All this does is make me a UH Football un-fan. At least when I could watch the game at the late 10:00 PM rebroadcast, I could watch the game in peace as the dishes were done, the kids were settled down, and maybe I’d already be home from Hawaiian Brian’s. :wink: And I’d keep up with the team and cheer them on. Sadly, not anymore…
Share The Road – Then follow the law! So I’m driving in the right lane on Ala Moana Blvd. and there is a bicyclist riding next to the curb in the right lane. So I slow down behind the bicyclist, wait for a break in the traffic, then cautiously pass the bicyclist. But when I come to a red light and there is no cross traffic, the bicyclist blasts right though the intersection – against the red light. Now I have to pass this person all over again. WWD?!
Or the bicyclist will pull the ol’ “Make a right turn on the cross street, pull a U-Turn, then turn right, back on the to main street” trick. Aaauugg!
Okay, enough ranting from me. What causes you to say Wassap Wit Dat?
Note: Let’s keep it clean. Religion and Politics is NOT ALLOWED.