Dairy Queen Sour

I had a terrible experience last night and just had to write about it, so forgive me this one ranty post.

It has been about a month since a Dairy Queen opened recently in our area. This is after going probably a decade with the closest one being about an hours drive away. Naturally, the place has been swamped and in high demand so I avoided the opening. After it having been open about a month my wife and I decided to give it a try last night. So we took a little detour on the way home from picking up our daughter from grandmas house and drove a little out of the way to the new establishment. On getting their we found a long line but weren’t really surprised, the same thing happened when the Del Taco opened a couple months back. After about a twenty minute wait we ordered our food. We asked for something we saw on the online menu but couldn’t find on the board they had and they were very polite and helpful in finding out if they could make it(a Flamethrower Chicken wrap). We order a couple blizzards to compliment our meals since they were more the purpose of our visit than anything.

Up to the window we go and we pay for our food and receive our blizzards then were asked if we could pull out and around, there was to be a slight delay on our meal. I agreed and pulled into position and waited. Again, it was all polite and reasonable. So far it was how I expected, a little crazy with all the people but seeming worth the wait. We waited probably 10 minutes and my wife decided to try her blizzard while she waited. The Geogia Mud Fudge Blizzard she ordered turned out to be a Reese’s Blizzard instead. Annoying, but eh, it happens and we couldn’t really give it back having tried it already. A little after this a server comes out and gives us our food. She hurriedly hands us a bag and a box and then goes to leave. My sharp eyed wife realizes that her combo is lacking fries and calls the lady back. We tell her about the fries and also decide to say that we got the wrong blizzard. She seemed very upset by us calling her back, telling us something like ‘hold on’. We see her go not back into the restaurant but up to their drive through window and talk for a couple minutes. Naturally we assume shes just grabbing the blizzard and fries direct from them rather than go back in and out real quick.

However when she is done talking she instead goes back inside with no food. About 5 minutes pass while my wife and I are trying to figure out if someone is coming out or if we need to go inside to get it. Finally we see some people coming out but no servers. An older man in a brown leather jacket and no uniform comes up to our car with a bag and a blizzard. He asks us if we are waiting for a blizzard and fries. We tell him yes and then go to grab our food, and this is where it gets bizarre.

He says(in front of my 1 and a half year old daughter sitting in her car seat) that the server that brought our food said we called her a ‘bit–‘. Shocked I don’t even think to correct him on swearing in front of my daughter and we tell him that is not the case. He introduces himself as ‘David’, saying he is the owner of the restaurant. He then says he is ‘Giving us this one, but if he ever hears of this again he will “ban” us from his restaurant’. He says this again saying if we call one of his employees a ‘bit–‘, swearing in front of my child a second time. I introduce myself and my wife then, still shocked by this and explaining exactly what happened to him. He cuts me off and says in the same breath that the girl that served us is a new employee, but than she had never lied to him. Again he repeatedly talks over me and then admits they got the order wrong so they are giving us two orders of fries instead of one. With the correct blizzard and fries passed over he warns us a final time what will happen and then asks my name again before leaving us dumbfounded sitting in our vehicle.

By the time it was all said and done we had half melted blizzards, cold food, and a sour taste in our mouths. He doesn’t have to worry about trying to ban us from his restaurant though, we’re never going back with that kind of service. I’m not sure how this entire scenario made sense to him. I understand its probably crazy and they’ve dealt with people annoyed about a wait. But, in what world does someone wait all that time and then swear at the person they want food from? The server claimed my wife cussed at her and my wife has worked multiple fast food jobs, she knows what you have to put up with in that line of work. Shes also not going to swear in front of our daughter.

It’s a really bizarre situation and just unpleasant. I understand that the customer is no longer right anymore. That’s old fashioned thinking, sure. But should I really be threatened by owner of a restaurant and have him swear in front of my daughter when a server doesn’t want to bring us the correct order out again?

Dissapointing

So I’m a pretty curious guy with too much time on his hands. All the likes I get I visit the persons page and check things out. Sometimes I find things I like, sometimes I don’t. I can usually tell if the person was just liking me for a re-like/re-follow or if they were generally interested. On my last couple of posts I noticed something even more annoying. Pyramid scheme-ish spam likes. Its a business called the Empower Network. They sell blogs to people so they can sell blogs to people who can sell blogs to people. Everyone up top is making bank, and the majority are barely paying the monthly fee. For details on this business check here, he sums it up pretty well. Two of the likes I got are most likely the same person, with another two possibly being a duplicate as well. It’s disappoints me to know I’m entertaining robotic pyramid scheme spam with my blog. Is there some kind of way to block certain users? I’d rather not have likes based on commissions for someone else.

Edit: So now several of the pyramid scheme guys have liked this post too. The post describing their operation as a scam. I wonder if anything I tag Empower Network would get likes from them. Dave Hunter, thomasmaxwell12, Jordon Latour, and Dominik Mikula, all part of that nonsense. If you’re going to be a fake blogger  selling fake things, be good at it. Don’t just click randomly like these guys.

Spot the Differences

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There are 88 in Total

Layout

I hope everyone enjoy the new digs. I browsed the free themes awhile and this one seems to have pretty good flexibility with a layout I like. I have no idea of the number of actual differences, but 88’s a good a number as any. I had planned to have a poem up today, but sadly it was not well received by its target audience. Can’t share a poem written for a woman that she doesn’t like, that’s poetry 101. Maybe someday I’ll sneak it in somewhere, let it see the light of day. Revisit them and see what I can do to spruce them up.

I’m still going to be tinkering with the layout some, trying to organize things a bit better and have it more easily digested by the eyes. In the meanwhile feel free to comment on the changes or suggest any useful widgets I might not be using. Still new to wordpress and the whole blogging thing, so I’ll gladly take advice on such things.

Love

Today is Valentines Day, the federally mandated day of love for your significant other. It is a reminder to us all to do a special thing for that special someone, though we shouldn’t need a day to mark such occasions. Still, the day does put you in the mood to reminisce. I fondly recall when I first met my wife, when I first looked into her eyes and knew I wanted to marry her. Its coming up on two years now for us, the anniversary of our wedding. Marriage is a wonderful thing, and I look forward to spending the rest of my life beside my wonderful spouse.

I couldn’t imagine spending it any other way, but that is not the case for many. I feel marriage gets quite the bum wrap these days in popular opinion. The most common complaint I get out of people who tell me they aren’t getting married is “I don’t want to go through a divorce”. As if somehow breaking off with your loved one without a legal contract is easier to bare. The emotions involved and the shared memories are the bigger issue than who gets the golf clubs. I also hear “I don’t believe in marriage”. Which I’m not sure if that means they don’t believe in monogamy and spending their life with one person, or just the faith involved.

I also don’t like the attitude of “I don’t want to get married so I can keep my options open”. You can’t commit to someone while spending your spare time looking for the next new thing. Its not fair to anyone involved. I think I’m getting kind of ranty now, so I’ll stop it here. I just get worked up about it. In this and perhaps the past generation we will have many children asking why mommy doesn’t have daddy’s last name, or who will never know what marriage is outside of antiquated sitcoms.

Corporate Decisions

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Where The Dollars Are

The company I work for recently changed their PPTO(Paid Personal Time Off, aka sick time) accruement policies. The old policy was that every month we gained a flat 4 hours of PPTO for a total of 48 hours by the end of the year, or six days of sick leave. Now the system has been setup so that based off an arcane formula of hours worked plus overtime, you get up to 4.5 hours. This is our slower season right now, with some early days. So the vast majority of workers will only earn about 3.5 hours. This is a little upsetting to some, but theoretically it will work out to gaining more than 48 hours in a year. Which is fine, I suppose. My question is as always, why.

Whenever we get decisions like this passed down the chain I wonder at the purpose behind it. I know of course the leading factor is almost always money, as it should be in any business. I just have to ask  at the reasoning behind it. It could either be a reward for those actually putting in the hours, or a penalty for those forced to call-in often or dealing with issues. I’m no stranger to long days at the company, I’ve had close to 60 hours of overtime on a check before. So it is nice to be compensated a little extra for that. But what I don’t particularly like is the idea that my overtime in the busy season is just making up for the time I didn’t gain in the slow season, PPTO wise.

It seems like more of a numbers game to me, and I’m puzzled by what the company really gains from this. Managers will have a headache figuring out partial time usage, people won’t start hesitating to use it just because its in odd amounts. They’ll try to use it just as frequently. Perhaps it is viewed as non-productive money by the company, and that’s why we have an effort to limit it some here. I’m not really sure, there are some things I’m just too far down the rung to really fathom. I like to assume someone in the chain is really aware of whats going on, and that there is some kind of master plan, but this makes me doubt it…

 

All one can do is adapt I suppose. That’s my rant for the week, kind of been in my head all day. My lovely wife says ‘Hello blogworld’ and asks that you quit keeping her husband from bed. Many thanks and salutations to the forty brave souls following me, I promise I’ll quit rambling soon and produce some more poetry, since that seems to be the fan favorite. Thanks for reading, liking, and commenting, you all are making these thirty days fly by and doing wonders for my ego.