Thursday, September 17, 2015

It was easier

Try to top this true story.  A guy came in our plastics shop in July to buy a piece of plastic 15 by 27.  So, we cut him a piece of plastic 15 inches by 27 inches.

He looked at the plastics and said "It's too big. It's supposed to be 15 inches by 27 centimeters."  I looked at him and I said, "How did you decide to measure in inches one direction and centimeters the other?"

He said he had a tape measure that reads inches on the top and centimeters on the bottom. When he measured the top, it was easier to read the inches and when measured the side it was easier to read the centimeters.

I was NOT expecting that.

A friend recommended that we charge the guy the same per square centimeter as we charge per square inch.  If he complained, just tell him it's easier that way.

Hemp Macaroons

Earlier this Summer, I stopped into Nature's Food Market and Juice Bar on H Street in downtown Bakersfield at lunchtime for a to-go sandwich and a juice drink. I recommend you try their store. 

Bakersfield Plastics had made some machinery parts for them and I wanted to see that they were working the way the store needed. 

Talking with the store owner, Chuck, is always a pleasure and he graciously gave me a box of macaroons they make.

Since they are from Nature's Food, there is going to be a natural food angle. So, the macaroons contain spirulina algae and hemp. They are dark green, but Chuck assured me that there is no active THC and he will not be putting a green cross on his building.

I put the cookies on the center console of my truck and drove off on the next errand which happened to be the federal prison at Taft

Only after driving past the prison entrance and reading a K-9 search sign did I realize that I did not want to have to explain bringing a box labeled "Hemp Macaroons" into a federal prison!

I found that the space under the truck seats decreases in proportion to the need to put something there in a hurry.

At the ATM

This morning, I went to a bank ATM to make a deposit a little after 7.

There on the keypad, was a paper receipt from 6:37 a.m. for a $20 cash withdrawal leaving a balance of $0.35.

A second customer found the receipt, read it carefully, formed an opinion of the first customer, got out a pen, looked to see the that no one was watching, circled the balance, wrote "LOSER!", and left it for the rest of us to see.

So, who is the real loser here?

Human nature does not always please me, but it rarely surprises me.

Facebook responses to this story included:

Mark:Bill, please mail me my receipt. Thanks.

Rusty: I think $20.35 is way too much money to trust Wells Fargo with, good for him to get at least 20 back.