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Old 01-30-2019, 08:14 PM
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I left my warm home to brave the wind chill to ring up this customer*

Customer: It's soooo cold!
Me: "I have no idea what you're talking about."
Customer: It's a shame that they put you on a register where it's so cold!
Me: "I do whatever my corporate overlords request of me."
Customer: You stay warm!
Me: "Sorry, I've retail so long my soul is cold and dark and doesn't allow me to be warm."


*It wasn't just one customer but pretty much the same conversation I had with everyone I rang up today. And I just had to add in what I may or may not have been thinking.
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Old 01-30-2019, 09:01 PM
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The cold was all anybody was talking about here, too. We had maybe 10 customers in the lobby today. But plenty came through the drive-up. Apparently, they were ok driving to the bank and rolling down the window, but not getting out of the car.

I lost track of how many people I've told to "stay warm!" this week.
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Old 01-31-2019, 02:19 AM
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Really hate the well-intentioned but obnoxious "stay warm!" shit, same thing with "stay cool!" when it's 95 degrees out and I'm pushing carts through a sweltering parking lot.

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Old 01-31-2019, 03:00 AM
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Really hate the well-intentioned but obnoxious "stay warm!" shit, same thing with "stay cool!" when it's 95 degrees out and I'm pushing carts through a sweltering parking lot.
People who say that to workers stuck in hot/cold environments need to be passing out hand warmers or ice packs as appropriate.

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Old 01-31-2019, 03:31 AM
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At 11 p.m. it is down to 11° F in my back yard. It is supposed to get down to 6° F in the DC area.
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Old 01-31-2019, 05:30 AM
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I started my day with -23 F. I admit I told a couple customers in warmer climates to stay warm as a joke. Coworker was happy when it warmed up to 3 F.
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Old 02-01-2019, 05:00 PM
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I started my day with -23 F. I admit I told a couple customers in warmer climates to stay warm as a joke. Coworker was happy when it warmed up to 3 F.
*snicker* There is a small in joke between my husband and I referring to sub zero C temps raising a degree or two as becoming 'positively tropical' because of a pair of books by Alan Dean Foster - IceRigger and Deluge Drivers, set on an ice planet where if it does get above the temp of water freezing it is a heat wave. One of the characters makes the comment that it is getting positively tropical when they come across actual liquid water puddles.

We had our pipes freeze briefly the first time it got down to 0F, we are currently living in our barn, and the only real heat is upstairs and on the middle floor in the bathroom, and one normally adequate heater in the semi-underground 'basement' where the pump controller, water tank and water heater are. [3 level barn, the 'basement' is half underground and has 2 1 car garage doors] Rob simply lugged a couple of kerosun liquid fuel heaters down and lit them to thaw them out. The cute little 'keep the water running at a trickle' doesn't work when you have a pump and well system, you burn out pumps that way. ]
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Old 01-31-2019, 01:31 PM
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My heart goes out to all those people who have to work in this crap, including but not limited to postal carriers.

There was a petition circulating asking the post office to NOT deliver the mail in such conditions. I can wait a day or two for my bills and eBay/Amazon purchases to arrive, thank you.

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Old 01-31-2019, 02:20 PM
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My car said -32F on the way to work. But somehow it's supposed to be warmer than yesterday.

ETA: My coworker had -41F on her car. She comes from the town that's consistently the coldest town in the US.

WRT "stay warm!" I agree that it's often obnoxious, but I genuinely worry about some of my customers who go out in -50F windchills without hats or gloves.
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Old 02-01-2019, 02:17 AM
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WRT "stay warm!" I agree that it's often obnoxious, but I genuinely worry about some of my customers who go out in -50F windchills without hats or gloves.
I can't stand it when I see a customer -- usually a teenager -- walk into the store in shorts when it's under 30 degrees. When I'm out in the lot doing carts and see that, I have to suppress a strong desire to whip a snowball at them.
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