Pet Peeve #38: Fast Food Cashiers That Don’t Listen to Your Order

Most of us are very experienced when it comes to ordering fast food from whatever chains we frequent.  We are familiar with the menu options.  We understand what information is required by the cashier to complete our order.  We certainly subscribe to the mission that our overall experience should be characterized as “fast” and “efficient.”  If we wanted ambiance and a...
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Pet Peeve #37: Speed Cameras Designed to Fleece Normal Driving Patterns

I have already been nailed at least 4 times in MD by the $40 speed camera infraction.  In each case, the speed limit was only 30 miles per hour and I was branded a transgressor for traveling at a very normal rate of 41-43 mph on a road that was a fairly main thoroughfare.  There is one box right in our neighborhood in Catonsville on North Rolling Road near the high school.   They keep moving the...
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Pet Peeve #36: Ridiculous Attempts to Redefine Reality

Sometimes companies try to redefine reality to shift liability away from their operations.  It would be nice if just saying something would make it true … but that is not how things work in the real world.  My favorite example is the sign which I saw recently on the back of a dump truck for a major excavation company here in Baltimore.  We all are too familiar with the experience of having our...
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Pet Peeve #35: Freezing the Kicker at Last Second is Bush Move

The NFL needs to modify its rule allowing a timeout to be called at the last possible second before the final field goal attempt at the end of a game.  I have no problem with the strategy of trying to ice the kicker (no different than icing a free throw attempt in basketball).  But you should not be allowed to create the type of confusion that allows the play to go forward (as in Sunday...
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Pet Peeve #34: Broken Glass Left on the Street After Accidents

Doesn’t it irritate you when you come up to an intersection and have to dodge a pile of broken glass left from a previous accident?  Of course the problem is Who should be responsible for cleaning this up?  Certainly the EMT responders cannot be diverted from their life-saving efforts.  You might expect that one of the police officers on the scene would have a broom and...
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Pet Peeve #33: Telephone Behavior That Makes No Sense

Playing phone tag can be particularly irritating — especially when you are trying to nail down a critical piece of information.  In this age of answer machines and phone prompt directories we are not surprised at the difficulty of making person-to-person connection — even with the proliferation of cell phones.  But some people compound the vexation with some curious...
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