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14 hours ago, Carol the Dabbler said:

VBS -- glad to see your shadowy face again!!!   :cowdance:

Carol and Hikari, happy to see you both are well. Oh, how much I miss that dancing cow!

I've always wanted to come here to discuss something, but when I had time I forgot what I wanted to say. I also need reading glasses now (I'm lucky, a bit late. I am 47) and it takes away one of favorite activities, reading! This forum doesn't display well in my mobile version, and I still haven't found the nice balance of not getting headache between wearing and not wearing the glasses! 

You can injure your forehead with the size of fonts I use now, but somehow it doesn't work on every site so I barely do any serious reading except when I am on my laptop or kindle. Oh well. Those are my excuses.

 

14 hours ago, Carol the Dabbler said:

The only recommended method seems to be soaking with various liquids, followed by rinsing with a rubber-bulb syringe of water.

Oh that sound pretty uncomfortable! 

Sometimes I got water in my ear for being in there for too long or because of some wrong movements, I had to clear the clog by putting in more water, bent the body so the ground was perpendicular with the ear canal direction, let it settle for a couple of second, and then tilt the whole body in opposite alignment to pour it out. It would poop and the stuck water would be gone, maybe it's similar concept? Not sure if that also cleaned my ear or took out some of my brain matter as well, but I only did that when there was water in my ear.

 

14 hours ago, Carol the Dabbler said:

If such leniency were helping the thieves to support themselves while getting a legitimate job, I might be somewhat sympathetic, but I fear that it's only encouraging them to continue in a life of crime.  I also fear that this will be the ruin of several of our big cities. 

1 hour ago, Hikari said:

Theft is not “okay” but is often overlooked if the value of the items is not deemed worth the effort of prosecution.  Under $1000 in value is considered petty theft—a misdemeanor.  If one is convicted of “grand larceny”—$1000+, that is a felony.  Generally you are not required to disclose misdemeanors on job applications but felonies are different.

Apparently yes, it encourages crime, because I think $1000 is a lot of money for grocery anywhere, right? It probably lasts me a long time. So, it's very lucrative for those who prefers not to earn money the honest way, especially because working could pay much less.

I have seen too many footages and read about thieves simply walked in and took merchandizes without anyone doing anything about it. And worse, for shop owners who took action, they were punished for protecting their places instead of the thieves, which is very ridiculous to me. I read about big chains closing like Target, Starbucks, Walmart, and more because of blatant retail thefts, I saw merchandizes locked behind glass cabinets or priced above $950 (shoppers get their 'refund' on the cashier). There are more news about organized retail thefts for high value stuffs like electronics and branded goods.

It sounds unbelievable to me and I don't discount that the reports might have been overblown, it probably worse than the actual data, but one thing is for sure: it happened. Well, free $950 grocery, I'd be tempted!

I have read about Romanian pickpocket's confession that he operated in Spain because the punishment for pickpocket was 3 days jail (regardless of how many times you offend) while it could be years in Romania, and they made much more than working or being a police officer.

 

2 hours ago, Hikari said:

with the current push being toward self check out, retailers are having more and more prosecutions of people who take items without scanning and paying for them.

I love self check-outs, although it sometimes not user friendly for my parents. I don't need to interact and I can use coins from my piggy bank all I want (most cashiers have policy that limits the number of coins you can use). That's why we can't have nice things.

On another note, I read interesting articles that revealed Amazon's 'just walk out' checkout tech was powered by 1,000 Indian workers which is hilarious to me because I am going to hell Amazon's Just Walk Out technology relies on hundreds of workers in India watching you shop but then Amazon sort of 'denied' it Amazon insists Just Walk Out isn’t secretly run by workers watching you shop. I tried to check Snopes but there was nothing about it.

 

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On 6/8/2024 at 11:25 PM, Hikari said:

Theft is not “okay” but is often overlooked if the value of the items is not deemed worth the effort of prosecution.

Unfortunately, the burden to the shop owner is not just the value of the items stolen.  There are apparently a growing number of cases where thieves enter after hours by breaking a window, quickly find the highest-price item(s) within easy reach, then flee, often before police can respond.  Those big store windows can't be cheap to replace!

On 6/9/2024 at 1:49 AM, Van Buren Supernova said:

I've always wanted to come here to discuss something, but when I had time I forgot what I wanted to say.

That's OK, you can come here anyhow and see what's up.

On 6/9/2024 at 1:49 AM, Van Buren Supernova said:

I still haven't found the nice balance of not getting headache between wearing and not wearing the glasses! 

I can relate to that!  I'm nearsighted and wear bifocals.  I tried reading my computer screen through the bottom section of the bifocals, then realized that tilting my head that far back for that long was the cause of the mysterious stabbing pains in the top of my head.  I finally got "computer glasses."

On 6/9/2024 at 1:49 AM, Van Buren Supernova said:

I read about big chains closing like Target, Starbucks, Walmart, and more because of blatant retail thefts

Yes, but fortunately Indiana is still pretty much Indiana.  It's only in certain other states and/or certain cities that thieves are treated so leniently, so it's in those places that more stores are closing, including some stores in those big chains.

On 6/9/2024 at 1:49 AM, Van Buren Supernova said:

I have read about Romanian pickpocket's confession that he operated in Spain because the punishment for pickpocket was 3 days jail (regardless of how many times you offend) while it could be years in Romania, and they made much more than working or being a police officer.

Well, at least it's not just here in the US, then!

On 6/9/2024 at 1:49 AM, Van Buren Supernova said:

Weird!  According to this article, though, the system is mostly run by AI, and "its workers [in India?] are tasked with annotating AI-generated and real shopping data to improve the Just Walk Out system — not run the whole thing."  Apparently, even though Amazon is selling the "just walk out" technology to other businesses, it's replacing that system in its own stores with what sounds to me like self-checkout right in your shopping cart.

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13 hours ago, Carol the Dabbler said:

Unfortunately, the burden to the shop owner is not just the value of the items stolen.  There are apparently a growing number of cases where thieves enter after hours by breaking a window, quickly find the highest-price item(s) within easy reach, then flee, often before police can respond.  Those big store windows can't be cheap to replace!

Yeah, not to mention that it could be quite traumatic.

I read (but wasn't really sure how legit, wait I think it is) that San Francisco wants to make it illegal for grocery store to close without six months' notice and must seek 'successor.' I had tried my hand in small business, and this is bloody ridiculous because of how hard it is to even survive without crime.

 

13 hours ago, Carol the Dabbler said:

That's OK, you can come here anyhow and see what's up.

But, but, what about my eyesight excuse? I can't read the forum from my phone now without getting headache.

13 hours ago, Carol the Dabbler said:

I can relate to that!  I'm nearsighted and wear bifocals.  I tried reading my computer screen through the bottom section of the bifocals, then realized that tilting my head that far back for that long was the cause of the mysterious stabbing pains in the top of my head.  I finally got "computer glasses."

Yes, I am still considered lucky and I am really grateful because my eyesight is still okay for everything else. I heard stories about pain and bad posture from a friend who has a similar problem with yours.

13 hours ago, Carol the Dabbler said:

Well, at least it's not just here in the US, then!

And my neighbor threatened to cut my hand because I touched her flower! True story, I was six maybe. Charming woman.

 

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10 hours ago, Van Buren Supernova said:

I read (but wasn't really sure how legit, wait I think it is) that San Francisco wants to make it illegal for grocery store to close without six months' notice and must seek 'successor.' I had tried my hand in small business, and this is bloody ridiculous because of how hard it is to even survive without crime.

I hadn't heard about that, but (looking online) it was indeed being proposed a couple of months ago.  (I have no idea whether it's still under discussion.)  Apparently, though, it would *not* apply to stores that are closing because they're losing money.

10 hours ago, Van Buren Supernova said:

I can't read the forum from my phone now without getting headache.

That's OK, just come visit us when you're on your laptop.

10 hours ago, Van Buren Supernova said:

... my neighbor threatened to cut my hand because I touched her flower!

Well, did you get fingerprints on it?

 

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On 6/12/2024 at 1:09 AM, Carol the Dabbler said:

Well, did you get fingerprints on it?

No. She caught me red-handed. We were not each other's fans.

 

 

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