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As I understand it, the early hours were chosen because the store would just have been cleaned and restocked. The stores are closed 8 pm - 6 am now, which was not previously the case. for those purposes.

Everyone cramming into the store in the 90 minute window is no more conducive to their health, or that of the employees. IMO. In addition to limiting amounts of products, there should be a limit on how many people can be in the store at once. IMO. Maybe using ticket numbers like at the deli.

The situation in my neighborhood, at the store I go to:

https://ctmirror.org/category/ct-viewpoints/stuck-in-a-stop-shop-traffic-jam-of-seniors/

And another from another place with the same special hours:

https://www.nj.com/coronavirus/2020/03/hundreds-of-nj-seniors-lined-up-for-toilet-paper-at-6-am-it-was-gone-in-8-minutes.html

 

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10 hours ago, Nordly Beaumont said:

they have to put up with jerks, too. It must be so stressful.

Gee, and of course people in service jobs NEVER had to put up with jerks before. 😁

Sorry, not trying to be snide to you for displaying empathy, just had to giggle a little.

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22 hours ago, ABay said:

In addition to limiting amounts of products, there should be a limit on how many people can be in the store at once.

There is here.  I think Costco lets in 200 or something like that since it's huge, but the grocery stores are anywhere from 10-40 depending on size.  And they've put tape on the floor to mark off six feet in the checkout lines.

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On 3/22/2020 at 3:25 PM, icemiser69 said:

That said, if some older folks are cleaning off the shelves, leaving little for everyone else, that is a huge problem.  If they haven't been put in already, I wouldn't be surprised if purchase limits per customer were put into place in an effort to stop hoarding.  Allowing customers to buy a certain number of items per grouping.  That would give other customers the opportunity to buy what they need, instead of staring at empty store shelves.

I actually think it's the other way around. Most supermarkets don't get their stock replenished until late at night, so that the shelves are fully stocked in the early morning. I'd venture a guess to say they normally get them later in the morning or mid-afternoon.  We'd been putting off grocery shopping for over 2 weeks b/c we are both in our 60s, although in decent health.  We were super low on toilet paper, had run out of napkins, so we decided to avail ourselves to the 6 a.m. opening for seniors. We arrived at 5:45 and when the doors opened at 6 were told there were NO PAPER GOODS AT ALL!  The shelves were all BARE, BARE, BARE! No  cleaning supplies, no canned goods, no pasta, no meat, no frozen vegetables. The only things that were plentiful were the in the dairy and bread aisles. Some stores are instituting a 2 package policy on chicken, etc, but toilet paper is nowhere to be found around here.  I'm an hour out of NYC, the epicenter, so I'm freaking out quite a bit.  My county has over 1200 confirmed cases already.

There was a video on Facebook the other day showing a woman in a warmer climate (palm trees visible), who had 2 metal dollies filled to the top with cardboard boxes. Inside the boxes were packages of toilet paper. She had cleared out the entire inventory of Dollar General or Dollar Tree. The woman filming her did so b/c she was greeted with an expletive when questioned. I don't understand how the store manager could allow something like this. Some people are just odious!  

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The grocery store I worked at until recently (a Southern U.S. regional chain) gets their trucks in the mid-to-late afternoon, so by closing (10pm), everything is out on the shelves.

Obviously, different stores have different schedules.

Also, during the best of times, we had only one or two rolls of paper towels and three spray bottles of glass and surface cleaner (NOT chlorinated or antibacterial disinfectant) for the whole front end (five registers). I have a very hard time thinking it's gotten any better since then.

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6 hours ago, annzeepark914 said:

The Dollar GeneralDollar Tree mgr must've been thrilled to make such a good sale. This is disgusting.

Stores don't make more money if one person buys everything than if a bunch of people buy just one. All letting someone buy the entire stock does is create bad feelings with their other customers. This isn't going to last forever, but how pissed off the (former) customers are, will. It's not in a store's best interest to let this happen.

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18 hours ago, ECM1231 said:

There was a video on Facebook the other day showing a woman in a warmer climate (palm trees visible), who had 2 metal dollies filled to the top with cardboard boxes. Inside the boxes were packages of toilet paper. She had cleared out the entire inventory of Dollar General or Dollar Tree. The woman filming her did so b/c she was greeted with an expletive when questioned.

It was here in Florida, in the county above mine. Because of course it was.

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This is such a specific peeve and probably wouldn't be an issue if I was in a better mood in general,, but here goes: people on FB are posting photos their reading lists and piles of books, which is not my peeve; I like seeing what people are reading. My annoyance is driven by all the comments saying shit like "Oh, tra la la...that would keep me busy for about a day." Sure, OK, fancy, special, unique* genius--a pile of 6 or 7 books would take you only 24 hours? Shut it, because (a) no, (b) I read as a job and I wouldn't be able to do that, and (c) judging by the writing skills in some of these comments, again I say no (I realize that makes me sound so mean, hahahha! I'm sorry). I mean, just come on. Again, I'm sorry--I am in a mood!

*The irony here being that they're all saying the same self-congratulatory thing. 

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I don't understand this thing that people do, sitting in their cars in apartment complex parking lots--mine and my boyfriend's (two different complexes)--and listening to their music at window-rattling levels. It's so incredibly rude. And currently, there's someone sitting outside my apartment (my bedroom overlooks the parking lot) with the key in their car's ignition (car isn't started) and the door open so the car is beeping nonstop. I have a sensory issue, so the repetitive beeping is driving me slowly insane. Take the key out of the ignition!

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14 minutes ago, bilgistic said:

I don't understand this thing that people do, sitting in their cars in apartment complex parking lots--mine and my boyfriend's--and listening to their music at window-rattling levels. It's so incredibly rude. And currently, there's someone sitting outside my apartment (my bedroom overlooks the parking lot) with the key in their car's ignition (car isn't started) and the door open so the car is beeping nonstop. I have a sensory issue, so the repetitive beeping is driving me slowly insane. Take the key out of the ignition!

OMG, @bilgistic, I know you don't live in my neighborhood, but this happens here, too!  I was out for a walk earlier today, and someone around the corner was doing just that.  I could hear it all the way up the block to my house.  So annoying.

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50 minutes ago, bilgistic said:

And currently, there's someone sitting outside my apartment (my bedroom overlooks the parking lot) with the key in their car's ignition (car isn't started) and the door open so the car is beeping nonstop. I have a sensory issue, so the repetitive beeping is driving me slowly insane.

Could you arrange for, say, a flowerpot to accidentally fall off your windowsill and land on the windshield?

Of course I will disavow all knowledge of your mission should you choose to accept it.

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I'm ordering most of my groceries online now and am either shopping from a store where they have in-house staff who do the picking or from a third party service.  The former tend to be amazing, but the latter?  Hit and miss.  Last night, I received an item which expires THAT DAY.  I could have eaten it had it come earlier, but the delivery arrived at 9 PM.  Kinda moot, no?  Dude could have at least LOOKED?  

 

Also, I'm staying away from social media (especially Facebook) when I can (can't always do this since I'm supposed to help promote a podcast I co-host).  I don't even know what's fake news and what's not anymore.  I'm only getting my COVID updates from news alerts on my phone.  

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I hate elder exploiters! Case in point, for the past several months there's been this real estate person who'd been calling my mother's number several times a day despite my mother having told them that she's not interested in selling the house. Yes, I'm sure the realtor thinks that my mother being an elderly widow is an easy target and that she can be eventually worn down- and  my mother has quit picking up the phone when this individual calls. Well, I HAD it, I saw the person on display and picked up the phone so when this person asked if 'Mrs. ___' was available, I told the realtor that Mrs.__  would never be available AND that the realtor needed to quit calling because this was ELDER ABUSE and hung up!  I REALLY hope this puts a stop to those calls!  The gall of that person doing that especially during these times! 

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4 hours ago, Blergh said:

I hate elder exploiters! Case in point, for the past several months there's been this real estate person who'd been calling my mother's number several times a day despite my mother having told them that she's not interested in selling the house. Yes, I'm sure the realtor thinks that my mother being an elderly widow is an easy target and that she can be eventually worn down- and  my mother has quit picking up the phone when this individual calls. Well, I HAD it, I saw the person on display and picked up the phone so when this person asked if 'Mrs. ___' was available, I told the realtor that Mrs.__  would never be available AND that the realtor needed to quit calling because this was ELDER ABUSE and hung up!  I REALLY hope this puts a stop to those calls!  The gall of that person doing that especially during these times! 

After my mom died, my dad's dementia became very apparent. He would whip out his credit card for anyone who called with a sob story. He was giving thousands of dollars to the RNC even though he was a lifelong democrat. I went to the bank and disputed all the charges and since I have his power of attorney, they removed the charges. It got so bad I had to have his phone number changed. I have never been so angry. I finally had to put him in care and he isn't bothered with constant demands for money.

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Ordering groceries online. The person doing the shopping sent me a series of links which I didn't see until almost 30 minutes later because my phone didn't notify me, and I couldn't open them anyway. So frustrating. I ordered 6 things and 3 of them were out of stock, and none of them were toilet paper. How can you run out of feta? And the delivery window is tonight 9-11. If things are going to be out of stock anyway, I might as well risk infection and at least shop for the things they don't have at a decent hour.

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Forking mouse just ran across my living room.  Now I have to go out and get traps and peanut butter (if I can find any -- I don't eat peanut butter).

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On ‎3‎/‎28‎/‎2020 at 11:30 AM, Blergh said:

I hate elder exploiters! Case in point, for the past several months there's been this real estate person who'd been calling my mother's number several times a day despite my mother having told them that she's not interested in selling the house. Yes, I'm sure the realtor thinks that my mother being an elderly widow is an easy target and that she can be eventually worn down- and  my mother has quit picking up the phone when this individual calls. Well, I HAD it, I saw the person on display and picked up the phone so when this person asked if 'Mrs. ___' was available, I told the realtor that Mrs.__  would never be available AND that the realtor needed to quit calling because this was ELDER ABUSE and hung up!  I REALLY hope this puts a stop to those calls!  The gall of that person doing that especially during these times! 

Me, too.  Before my grandfather died, people would call him trying to sell him things. Having had many "conversations" with my grandfather over the phone in the 2 years of so before he died, I can tell you it was darned obvious he couldn't understand a word you say.*  But my grandfather was always an agreeable guy so he'd just say yes to everything.  Luckily he lived in government subsidized housing and his rent came straight out of his social security and my mom bought his groceries, and she didn't feel a bit bad for any of those scammers that got stiffed when she helped him file for bankruptcy. 

*I actually told my mom I was going to stop calling because I figured it was pointless.  She told me not to because even though it was true he didn't understand me, he did know that it was me and he would always "brag" (her word, not mine) that I had called.  I thought that was so sweet.  Nobody else would ever brag about a phone call from me. 

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3 hours ago, Browncoat said:

Forking mouse just ran across my living room.  Now I have to go out and get traps and peanut butter (if I can find any -- I don't eat peanut butter).

I remember my husband coming into the house looking for my peanut butter (he never ate peanut butter). What he wanted it for was mice and chipmunks in the garage. I gave him the jar for his mousetraps and told him to keep it in his workbench drawer. I bought myself a new jar. Lol

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Having had many "conversations" with my grandfather over the phone in the 2 years of so before he died, I can tell you it was darned obvious he couldn't understand a word you say.*  But my grandfather was always an agreeable guy so he'd just say yes to everything. 

That is exactly like my dad. He's such an affable man he couldn't say no to anyone. 

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7 hours ago, Browncoat said:

Forking mouse just ran across my living room.  Now I have to go out and get traps and peanut butter (if I can find any -- I don't eat peanut butter).

I'm so sorry!  I had this problem in my apartment earlier this month, but my landlord couldn't get the exterminator in that week and I left that weekend for NJ(I live in nyc) and haven't been back since so I'll probably still have the problem whenever I eventually go back.  Actually in my case the thing was dead in my kitchen which may actually be worse since I have no idea what killed it.

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I've set the trap -- plenty of PB in the grocery this afternoon.  Now we wait.

I've actually set more than one trap, in a couple of places around the house and basement.

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Or you could get a cat and name it Peanut Butter!  🐈

We live out in the country, and field mice getting into the house was a big problem.  We've since closed the gap around our garage doors, and not such a problem anymore.  But before we figured out where they were entering, we lost our beloved dog, and my husband said no more pets, he couldn't stand losing them.  I finally was able to persuade him to say yes to a cat.  She's like a mouse-catching machine!  And I pretend she's a dog, so everybody's happy.

 

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16 minutes ago, Browncoat said:

If a cat moved in, I'd have to move out.

Any cat I've ever known would be fine with that arrangement.

I'm kidding.  Sorry about the allergy.  Maybe you could get one of those horrible-looking hairless cats.  That'd probably scare the mice to death.

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7 minutes ago, Mondrianyone said:

Maybe you could get one of those horrible-looking hairless cats.  That'd probably scare the mice to death.

It would scare me to death, too!  Imagine waking up and seeing one of those first thing -- especially before I put my glasses on.  

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20 hours ago, Mondrianyone said:

Or you could get a cat and name it Peanut Butter!  🐈

We live out in the country, and field mice getting into the house was a big problem.  We've since closed the gap around our garage doors, and not such a problem anymore.  But before we figured out where they were entering, we lost our beloved dog, and my husband said no more pets, he couldn't stand losing them.  I finally was able to persuade him to say yes to a cat.  She's like a mouse-catching machine!  And I pretend she's a dog, so everybody's happy.

 

We used to have a cat named Silver. He was super smart and also kind of a smart ass. We live on the lake so we occasionally get rats. Once when we went to Europe for a few weeks we came back and he yelled at us for a solid hour. The next day he killed a rat. and the day after that he killed another. Five rats in five days, it was a record. It was like "Leave me alone will you? I'll show what I can do!"

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"Prolly." What the fuck? Just type the fucking word; that is not even a sensible abbreviation.

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I don't like surprises, and I don't like it when people pop in to visit without being given the heads up first.

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3 hours ago, icemiser69 said:

I don't like surprises, and I don't like it when people pop in to visit without being given the heads up first.

😮 I hope you mean in normal times, and not that people are popping in at your house recently,  instead of social distancing?

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Yeah, I certainly hope it's not happening now!

But I don't understand why it ever happens.  This came up in conversation with my mom's cousin many years ago, and when she said she enjoys when people unexpectedly stop by, I was gobsmacked.  I've never known anyone to regard the pop-in as anything other than the rude intrusion it is, and I really can't wrap my mind around thinking it's okay to just turn up at someone's door without asking and expect to be welcomed with open arms.

My mom, who had a visiting friend with her, once phoned me from the car - meaning she was on "speakerphone" - to say they'd just had lunch in the area and wanted to know if they could stop by so Friend could see all the work I'd done on my house.  At least they didn't just show up, but the hell?!  I barely know this woman; show off your own projects!  If she's into home renovation projects herself, tell me in advance she'll be visiting and ask if I might like to show her what I've done.  Then I can plan, and invite you over at a convenient time.

I replied, "Remember when I was a kid, and you'd admonish me for asking you if a friend could stay for dinner or spend the night in front of said friend?"  And, no, I didn't let them come over; I said hello the friend, and hoped she was having a nice visit, but I was not prepared for company at the time.

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12 hours ago, Kiki777 said:

😮 I hope you mean in normal times, and not that people are popping in at your house recently,  instead of social distancing?

Yes, in normal times.

 

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I don't know if I mentioned it before, but three other things annoy me.

On more than one occasion, someone has volunteered me to do something on a certain day at a certain time for someone I don't know and have never met.   Then that person gets all annoyed when I am the least bit annoyed that I wasn't asked first.

On another occasion, I had made it abundantly clear that I did not want to be called for high school reunions due to the fact that my grade school years were pretty horrible and I wanted it all in the past.  Let sleeping dogs lie.  And yet, my best friend gave out my number to the reunion committee.  Which made me none to pleased, given that they kept calling and calling and calling when it was already well known that I wasn't interested.  Who wants to spend $100.00 to hang around people that suck?  And I don't mean suck in the good way.

A person that I thought I could confide in, only to find out I couldn't.  I caught her running her mouth after she promised she wouldn't, within five minutes of my conversation with her.  Then she acted like it wasn't a big deal.  I am the one that determines that, given that I am the one that wanted the conversation kept secret in the first place.

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15 hours ago, icemiser69 said:

And yet, my best friend gave out my number to the reunion committee.  

I never had any interest in school reunions either.  And yet my DAD gave my address to the elementary school committee AND the high school committee.  I would have been safe otherwise since I had moved to the other side of the country!  Luckily at that time I moved a lot.

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What is really amazing, and annoying, is how my college (a major California university where I earned my undergraduate degree a bazillion years ago) keeps finding me, despite several major moves and a legal name change (when I married) to ask for donations, like they need it! Their alumni association must have some incredible connections inside the DMV or somewhere because I have not escaped them sending me regular pleading letters. No, I say - the answer is no! Go away! Stop killing trees to send me begging letters!

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I've never had any interest in going to a high school reunion but I feel kinda insulted that I've never been invited to one. 

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Whoever was organizing our ten-year high school reunion went into full-on stalker mode.  Someone called my parents' house to ask for my address, and my mom said no, she would not give out that information, and she happened to know I had zero interest in attending a reunion, but she'd be happy to pass a message along anyway.  Then someone called the mom of one of my best friends, who's a teacher at the school, to ask for my address!  Thankfully, she also respected my privacy and said that's not information she's comfortable divulging, so no one ever got my address.

By our twentieth, someone would have easily been able to find my work contact info online, but thankfully we never had another reunion. 

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I went to my twentieth reunion and within half an hour everyone had slipped back into their high school cliques.  That cured my of any great desire to attend future reunions.

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I was pleasantly surprised to find that did not happen at my 30th high school reunion. It did a little at the 10th, less so at the 25th and not at the 30th.

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4 minutes ago, Rose Quartz said:

I went to my twentieth reunion and within half an hour everyone had slipped back into their high school cliques.  That cured my of any great desire to attend future reunions.

Same at all of the ones I attended.  But I suspect that I was only invited to any reunion because my mother was a favorite teacher, and they wouldn't invite her without inviting me.  Until Facebook, which I am not on, but my mother is -- all invitations go through there now. My classmates finally found a way to exclude me politely! 

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I went to my 10th and skipped the rest.  Anybody I want to speak to from those days can be spoken to on Facebook.  In fact, I am friends with people on there that were in my graduating class but never had a conversation with back then,  I do enjoy going down the rabbit hole and looking at everyone's pictures whether we're friends on there or not ("Wow, she looks middle-aged...whoa, we are middle-aged!").   The only way I'd have been enticed to go to a reunion at this point in the game would have been to see my 11th grade crush.  But, unfortunately, he was killed in a car accident in our twenties so that takes the fantasy out of that.

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If there was a 10 year high school reunion for my class, I never heard about it. I honestly don't know that high school reunions are or will be as much of a thing among my generation or younger ones, what with social media being what it is nowadays and all. 

My mom's high school class was planning a reunion for this summer, but now with the virus, that's looking pretty up in the air as to whether or not it'll get pushed back or happen at all. 

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I liked my reunions. Then again, I am still friends with a big bunch of these people anyway, so I guess reunions just seem like larger versions of our normal social events. 

Awww, I remember social events, haha!

Here's a peeve: this stupid virus ruined my plans to do the cheesiest thing ever! A Neil Diamond cover band was scheduled to play at the KoC right next to my condo, damn it! That would have been fun (and probably funNY).

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I went to my 10th year reunion, realized why I was so happy to graduate, and have ignored all invitations to the 20th. It was supposed to be this year, but I doubt it will happen. I wouldn't have gone anyway, like others have said, I keep up with the people I choose to through social media 

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Ugh, you guys, I cannot believe that the people on social media who tend to deny actual science  (because a certain person tells them to) are the very same ones posting memes that gargling with vinegar can stop COVID in its tracks. So, doctors and scientists=fake news, but homemade meme with terrible grammar and spelling=cure?

Also, it is very sunny and crazy windy where I am (North Jersey). Not 2 minutes ago, we had darkness and a snow-hail combo that was coming down so fast that it looked fake--especially with those pink-flower trees in bloom behind it!

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Perhaps people are turning to shady ways to generate income because I am getting spam emails like it's the year 2000. It's not been this bad in years and years, and just started in the last couple of weeks.

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That reminds me of a peeve I have: an online glasses site I use sends promo emails every day! How the hell often do they think I need new glasses?!

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1 hour ago, TattleTeeny said:

That reminds me of a peeve I have: an online glasses site I use sends promo emails every day! How the hell often do they think I need new glasses?!

There are a couple of flower bulb companies that send me six or seven emails a day. I should block them.

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I've noticed a marked increase in spam e-mails in the past few weeks. I guess with most everyone stuck at home, they don't have anything else to do but spam the rest of us. I probably delete/block a few dozen a day.

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I cannot stand to hear this condescending comment during Q & A sessions: "That's a good question". What? You mean that previous question was stupid, or a waste of your time? I'm cranky, been stuck in the house too long, and just wanting to grumble & bite an ankle or two. But I'm hearing that asinine comment a tad too much these days 😾

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