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post #1 of 109
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Here's a pet peeve of mine:

Using the word Asian to mean East Asian.

Siberia, Singapore, and Syria are all in Asia, but "Asian" usually refers to East Asia only. What are your pet peeves?
post #2 of 109
My pet peeve is people who are ALWAYS late :rolleyes:.
post #3 of 109
Andy, I agree with you. That came up in a discussion last night during a class I'm taking. India? But that's not in Asia at all. ;)
post #4 of 109
Free Rider, isn't it considered South Asia??

In the culinary world my pet peeve is the mis-use of terms like "coulis" and "roasted".

Otherwise, I'd agree with Sallie about the punctually impaired and add to that people who never acknowledge gifts with a simple note. My niece thought she had a year to send us a thank you note for a wedding check! I explained that gift-givers have a year to send a gift, but a thank you note should be sent within three months of the wedding. Sheesh!
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post #5 of 109
LOL another one of these -- great release of frustration ;)

- not cleaning the lint catcher in the dryer
- leaving a prep area filthy and not cleaning up spilled olives and juice in the cooler! You can guess what I did when I got to work yesterday....
- customers who complain about a dish for a rediculous reason, then deny about complaining when you confront them.

Ahhh, we can't please everyone, can we....

Cheers! S
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post #6 of 109
Mezzaluna, I was faced with a group of people who insisted that Indians could not be considered Asians. :rolleyes: I guess that means India is not in Asia. :confused:
post #7 of 109

office lunches AARRgHH!!

Dropping off a buffet lunch for a departmental training session/Board meeting. going back to pick up the dishes, only to find they're not where you left them. everyones gone off to their respective offices with a doggy dish.
You'll find your stuff eventually. Weeks later. Having been put through the dish washer (it wasnt supposed to have been)
I lose a lot of dishes/platters this way. Dont want to use disposables. Wish i could find a way of catering these events (as they are our main business) without the losses. Any ideas??
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post #8 of 109
Bug -- when I used to cater business meetings etc. we would leave containers of various sizes for solids and liquids with a small and tactful note offering the receptacles for their "doggy" convenience ;)

Cheers! Stevie
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post #9 of 109
My pet peeve of the moment.........

Everytime there is a rise in the cost of postage, the US Postal service issues stamps that say "First Class" and they don't have a $/value printed on them.
And from the same period they may have printed two or three versions.

So months later when you stamp a letter, you don't know how much postage you are putting on the letter. You either risk having it returned to you or you put two stamps on it just to get it in the mail, which means $.70 +/- to mail a letter.

Really now, is it to much to ask that they print the value of the stamp on it??

No wonder Fed. Ex is so successful. Just think how arrogant the post office would be if we didn't have UPS, Fed Ex!!!
post #10 of 109
a couple of weeks ago I took in my stamp box and had the post guy tell me their value.....ugh.
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post #11 of 109
If it helps anyone, this is the link on the USPS website about the values of nondenominated stamps. QSG 604a Basic Standards for All Mailing Services - Nondenominated Postage. If I messed up attaching this link , go to USPS - The United States Postal Service (U.S. Postal Service) search for nondenominted stamps.
post #12 of 109
Last second changes and at work, there are departments that are notorious for doing this.

We did a 400 person breakfast catering. Nothing fancy, just a croissant per person, coffee and tea, and about 25 cases of water. After delivering, we needed an extra coffee pot for another 100, extra 100 croissants that we couldn't get now because we ordered them, and another 5 cases of water. This was all an outside catering and the taxi bill came up higher then what the client was willing to pay. On top of that, they had the audacity to ask if we could give them a break on the cost of the croissants. Again, it was ordered from a supplier since we couldn't handle such large numbers and what we charged them was what we paid for them. Anyone got a 4" long rope with a noose on the end?
post #13 of 109
My pet peeve is agressive driving and people who can't seem to take a few seconds out of their lives for whatever reason. That and negative attitudes.
post #14 of 109
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Jeez! I hate it when the customer asks for maintenance on their equipment and you get there and it's not working at all and they want you to fix it as part of the maintenance price. Kind of the same deal. Sucks! Plus i have another customer to get to in a certain time frame.
post #15 of 109
As much as I too hate aggressive drivers, I also hate stupid people on the streets in general. Just the other day, I'm 5secs away from a car making a left and the right lane is totally clear so I switch over. There was a father and son combo just standing in the middle of the right hand lane when its green for me talking about god knows what. I slow thinking they'll move on their own, I mean how stupid can they really be...apparently very because it took 2 honks after I stopped right in front of them to get them out of the way. Then there was the lost Chinese driver doing 10kmph, an idiot overtaking a vehicle by crossing into oncoming traffic narrowly missing me, and kids playing on skate board ramps in the middle of the street and not moving the ramp when I'm passing by. God I love city driving, never a dull moment.
post #16 of 109
People who make a recipe for the first time, change the ingredients and proportions, and then complain that the recipe is "no good" or that the results were poor.

Shel
post #17 of 109
I guess it's like calling Canadians "Americans". Big no-no!
post #18 of 109
But Canadians are Americans - North Americans. Why is it a "no-no" to call an American and American? Are you suggesting that "American" means, or refers to, those people from the United States?

Shel
post #19 of 109
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What about people who pass you only to pull in front of you and brake hard for their right turn. grrr
post #20 of 109
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There are at least some people in South America who call themselves Americans, so I have heard.
post #21 of 109
Shell, we're a small country. We've always had an identity crisis. There are a lot of Americans who think Toronto is in the US. Maybe there's a bit of resentment that the US took the name of the entire continent for their people. I don't know exactly what it is. "North Americans" is ok though. :)
post #22 of 109
my pet peeve is people who write without proper punctuation and spacing and use of capital letters at the beginning of a sentence.also people who use texting shorthand when communicating in non texting situations like e-mails and posting on boards like this etc. things like how r u. i can see using that on a cell phone where it costs money but it should never be used otherwise.

Jock
post #23 of 109
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Hee hee you are your own pet peeve :)
post #24 of 109
Many of my friends leave their lights/music on in their house when they lock their door on our way out. I suppose I should say something.. but it's their house :P Bugs the crap out of me.
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post #25 of 109
I can't stand people who are brain-dead and yet go out in their cars and get in my way. They should stay at home! :)

doc
post #26 of 109
A lot of people do that for security reasons. Seems reasonable to me. Not a whole lot different that having lights on timers. Many police departments suggest leaving lights, TV, or radio on when no one's at home, and are often quite specific about which lights in what part of the house.

Shel
post #27 of 109
You seem to be using the term "Americans" to mean the United States of America, or just the United States for short. The entire western hemisphere is sometimes called "the Americas," and includes many countries, even Canada.

BTW, I know that Toronto isn't in the US. It's part of Mexico <LOL>

Shel
post #28 of 109
When the president says "My fellow Americans", he's not referring to Canadians. ;)
post #29 of 109
That's actually a pretty good security system. Less likely to get burgled if you leave lights and music on.
post #30 of 109
That particular president was referring to "gullible voters", I think. :D
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