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Old 01-30-2019, 08:14 PM
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Default Polar Vortex 2019

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 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 01-31-2019, 04:10 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.
According to this article (about half way down):

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Mail service is still suspended
The massive cold snap has also frozen some mail and blood donation services.
The US Postal Service said due to arctic temperatures, Thursday deliveries are suspended in parts of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
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Old 01-31-2019, 04:49 PM
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According to this article (about half way down):
Well, I'm glad to see that someone in government has some sense.

The freakish thing is that over the coming weekend, it's supposed to be quite moderate, with highs in the 50s predicted for Monday - at least, in my particular area.

Mother Nature, take your damned meds, willya?
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