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Old Mar 5th 2014, 1:00 am   #31
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Another one is how car dealerships always have the largest US flags on a flag pole.
That's not purely an American thing, there's a Toyota dealer near me that claims to have the largest Canadian flag. It is big, I'll say that for it.
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Old Mar 5th 2014, 2:10 am   #32
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That's not purely an American thing, there's a Toyota dealer near me that claims to have the largest Canadian flag. It is big, I'll say that for it.
I didn't realise that Toyota is a Canadian company.
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'Save the date' cards
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I still remember ordering my new flat screen tv to be delivered here whilst I we still in England. I was a little concerned about my wife being home to receive the delivery as she doesn't get home from work till about 6. She told me not to worry so I ordered it and on the day UPS emailed to say it was out for delivery, sure enough I had photo confirmation from the wife to say she had it. I remarked on how lucky it was that we were one of the last deliveries enabling the to catch her in when she said no, it was sitting on the front porch she I got home. Whaaaaaaaaaaat? That would have lasted 30 seconds in the UK. I've put broken furniture out for the bin men in the UK that's been nicked within the hour LOL.
This ^^. Exactly the same thing - 42" LED TV left on the porch. Apparently it's norm here for deliveries just to be left on the doorstep, in full view. No signature required.
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AM radio reception at night sucks in the US because the FCC requires most stations to reduce their transmitter power at night to avoid interfering with other stations.

In contrast, the BBC (at least back in the 1970's - not sure about today) would increase their transmitter power at night to prevent their signal from being swamped by other European stations.
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Old Mar 5th 2014, 2:57 am   #36
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Realtors' glossy, re-touched photos of themselves
....in which they're always shown as even
uglier
glitzier
trashier
emptier
and more pretentious
than the McMansions they're so desperately hawking.

Our mailbox is stuffed with their unsolicited rubbish every day....but maybe that's more WTF in LaLaLand?
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....in which they're always shown as even
uglier
glitzier
trashier
emptier
and more pretentious
than the McMansions they're so desperately hawking.

Our mailbox is stuffed with their unsolicited rubbish every day....but maybe that's more WTF in LaLaLand?
Normally yes, but one of our local realtors has a billboard to show that she literally is the devil:
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Realtors who take property photographs which include separates of a fridge, a sink, a door etc, but no clear picture of the external house.

How hard can it be people?
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I miss the USA
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Old Mar 5th 2014, 2:11 pm   #40
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Similar thing - I was always surprised that private mail was delivered to an unlocked box at the end of the drive. In Britain, that would never work!
Mail theft is a federal crime, with potentially heavy penalty, along with the USPS having its own police force to investigate theft and mail crimes, crooks generally will leave the mail alone.

The post office takes the mail serious in the US, when I worked at an airline and we carried mail, they paid people to meet flights to watch us unload mail to make sure it didn't touch the ground, was placed in secured carts, delivered to them within 30 minutes of arriving, along with their own background check.

By contrast up here in Canada, Canada Post seems to really have no interest in doing much to safe guard mail, and mail theft is pretty rampant.
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Blimey, you lot are cynical! I'm in the UK and always leave cash on the table at a restaurant, wouldn't even occur to me that it might be pinched.

But then I also have an 'honesty box' with money in it at the end of our driveway where we sell eggs, that's never had anything taken from it either - in fact, most people overpay. And I leave my back door open when I go out. And I'd have no issue if a delivery driver left something on my doorstep either.

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'Save the date' cards
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Removal of all body hair
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Healthcare
Day labourers
Paperwork/red tape
Realtors' photos of themselves
Yes, this! We're house-hunting at the moment and I can't stop laughing at the realtor's photos, why do they all have 1980s hair and/or look constipated?
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How about this, 18 year old teen is suing her parents for financial support and college tuition, she says she was kicked out, and parents say she left voluntarily.

Judge denied some motions, and another hearing is in April. Apparently NJ law does not automatically emancipate a child at 18.

http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/04/justic...html?hpt=hp_t2
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How about this, 18 year old teen is suing her parents for financial support and college tuition, she says she was kicked out, and parents say she left voluntarily.

Judge denied some motions, and another hearing is in April. Apparently NJ law does not automatically emancipate a child at 18.

http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/04/justic...html?hpt=hp_t2
Screw her. I'd do time before I would give her a penny.
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...... I'd do time before I would give her a penny.
Me too.

We've said as much to little Miss P: "You live in our house, we make the rules." If she complains about the rules, she's going to hear that repeatedly until she leaves home, however old that is!

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