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Old 11-20-2012, 05:40 PM   #491
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mmyap, I managed an eight apartment piece of property in Spanaway, WA for a relative. I too had military couples that for the most part were still wearing the confetti from their wedding. I had to teach them; how to order a phone, put utilities in their name, how to nurse a newborn, clean windows, dust off window sills, how to shop for groceries, and a myriad of other things that they should have learned before they left home. The youngest bride I ever had was 15. Her husband was 18 and had just graduated from H.S. and enlisted in the Air Force the next day. She was pregnant and so excited. I can't tell you how many times they woke me up in the middle of the night because the baby wouldn't stop crying. One bride had twins while her husband was out on maneuvers. All the husbands were assigned to Fort Lewis/McCord Air Force base just a couple of miles from the apartments. They couldn't live off base unless they had a phone number where they could be reached in a hurry. And there were plenty of those calls. Oh I just loved being woke up at 3 a.m.l and going around banging on doors getting the husbands up.

When they first arrived, they couldn't afford a phone. So I let them use my number. I used to get calls all the time in the middle of the night for the husbands to report to the base immediately. Their parents would also call to check up on them. One parent told me that she didn't worry about her child because I was there to take care of them. Huh??? I so wanted to tell her that her child could not function of its own. That their child was totally unprepared for life. I could go on and on. It was mostly the brides that drove me crazy. They simply could not grasp that their husbands had no choice when they military gave their husband an order, he HAD to obey. Even if it meant leaving the wife in the middle of the night.
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Old 11-20-2012, 06:26 PM   #492
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Andy, have you been watching the news? There is a 28 mile backup on the turnpike. And the South Shore is just as bad. Everyone is trying to get an early start to get out of town for the holiday. I am so glad I just have to go a couple of blocks to my daughter's.
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Old 11-20-2012, 06:48 PM   #493
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Andy, have you been watching the news? There is a 28 mile backup on the turnpike. And the South Shore is just as bad. Everyone is trying to get an early start to get out of town for the holiday. I am so glad I just have to go a couple of blocks to my daughter's.
I just talked to SO. She's at work and heard the same traffic reports. Dinner will be late tonight unless things clear up.
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Old 11-20-2012, 07:46 PM   #494
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Actually, I think this is too big for petty vents but...
A friend of mine works for a very large furniture company here in the states. Don't know if I can say the name here so...begins with an A (3 letter word, it is what charcoal turns into after its burned) ends in LEY. Every year around this time they give their employees a gift certificate worth $15.00, good for a turkey or something. The problem is that they then take the $15.00 back out of the employees paychecks. Unheard of. Unbelievable. A slap in the face. I was appalled! Sad. But True.
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Old 11-20-2012, 08:00 PM   #495
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Actually, I think this is too big for petty vents but...
A friend of mine works for a very large furniture company here in the states. Don't know if I can say the name here so...begins with an A (3 letter word, it is what charcoal turns into after its burned) ends in LEY. Every year around this time they give their employees a gift certificate worth $15.00, good for a turkey or something. The problem is that they then take the $15.00 back out of the employees paychecks. Unheard of. Unbelievable. A slap in the face. I was appalled! Sad. But True.
OMG ... that is more than a slap in the face !! That company could and should do something better than that ... I am shocked. I bet the bigwigs get more than that and don't have to pay it back.
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Old 11-20-2012, 08:03 PM   #496
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I don't get a gift at all. Come to think of it neither does Hubby. My brother always gets a turkey so for thanksgiving he always provides the turkey and lets my sister make it.
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Old 11-20-2012, 08:05 PM   #497
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So, let me get this straight, they force their employees to spend money on a gift certificate, as a what, punishment for yule? Do the employees at least get to decide which store they will be be forced to get the gift from or is that decided for them?
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Old 11-20-2012, 08:11 PM   #498
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I don't get a gift at all. Come to think of it neither does Hubby. My brother always gets a turkey so for thanksgiving he always provides the turkey and lets my sister make it.
I once worked a place where the Xmas bonus was $25 towards a turkey or give the money to a charity. Almost all the other employees let the money go to a charity. If I want to give to a charity, I will choose the charity and get my tax receipt, thank you very much. I said I would take the $25. I was told to bring a receipt and that yes, a goose and some booze would be okay.
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I once worked a place where the Xmas bonus was $25 towards a turkey or give the money to a charity. Almost all the other employees let the money go to a charity. If I want to give to a charity, I will choose the charity and get my tax receipt, thank you very much. I said I would take the $25. I was told to bring a receipt and that yes, a goose and some booze would be okay.
I prefer to pick my own charities too. I think I would have taken the 25 dollars like you did.
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Actually, I think this is too big for petty vents but...
A friend of mine works for a very large furniture company here in the states. Don't know if I can say the name here so...begins with an A (3 letter word, it is what charcoal turns into after its burned) ends in LEY. Every year around this time they give their employees a gift certificate worth $15.00, good for a turkey or something. The problem is that they then take the $15.00 back out of the employees paychecks. Unheard of. Unbelievable. A slap in the face. I was appalled! Sad. But True.
Technically speaking, the turkey is compensation and taxable. So what they should do is add the cost of the turkey ($15) to the paycheck so it is taxed then deduct it back out again. The only difference in the paycheck should be the taxes on the $15. If they did otherwise, it's immoral and possible illegal.
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