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Room 101

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by TimHeath, Jan 3, 2015.

  1. TimHeath

    TimHeath Well-Known Member

    Let's have a thread where you can dump all the irritating nonsense that you encounter in this world of ours.

    I'm going to start off with supermarket 'offers':

    I generally don't want to buy "3 for £7" and I also therefore don't want to buy 1 of the same items for £3 each. I'm in a lose/lose situation because I know if I buy 3 items one will possibly end up being thrown away - I don't like waste and I'll end up paying £3.50 each for two items. In this case I will often go without said item - lose/lose!

    Additionally you need to have your wits about you when shopping in some stores (M&S esp). An end of aisle display (for example) will often have a 'themed' promotion, let's say 'Summer Picnic' food items, 3 for £8, where items are 'normally' priced £3-4 each, a 'saving' if you require three items. The catch is they will strategically place non-promotion items amongst the display, meaning the unwary will pick up three items believing them to be 3 for £8 and end up being charged maybe £12. The same applies to 'reduced' items, they also 'nullify' the offer. I suspect a lot get caught out this way and the retailer is applauded for being so profitable.

    I would simply rather pay a fair price for my purchases and not be 'tricked' when buying a few groceries and for this reason I wish the practice be consigned to Room 101!
  2. Olderbutnotwiser

    Olderbutnotwiser Well-Known Member


    If you're going to charge £30 less for something, charge £30 less. Don't initially charge the £30 and make somebody jump through hoops before getting the £30 back several weeks or even months later!
  3. Sejanus.Aelianus

    Sejanus.Aelianus In the Stop Bath

    Cyclists in pedestrian areas where there's a specific "Cyclists Dismount" sign!

  4. mark_jacobs

    mark_jacobs Retired

  5. LesleySM

    LesleySM Well-Known Member

    The minute I see the words "special offer" I remind myself they aren't making this offer because they're nice people who want to give me something for nothing. Then again the next thing I think is "Can I beat them at their own game here?"

    No special offer has ever made me buy something I didn't want or couldn't use. Yesterday I spotted a buy one get two free on kitchen towel. Don't need any right now but it doesn't go off and it will get used so I took full advantage= paid for four walked out with 12 - won't be buying much of that until Easter again
  6. TimHeath

    TimHeath Well-Known Member

    A friend of mine having uncomfortably encountered cyclists on the pavement (slightly different to a 'pedestrian area') has reminded them that the only cyclists really allowed to use the pavement are 'babies and young infants'!
  7. TimHeath

    TimHeath Well-Known Member

  8. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    Weathermen who use 'windy' - an unspecific airspeed.
    Ditto who talk about the North West - when what they mean is the Lake District (and not what I mean).

    Most of all, Sundays!
  9. TimHeath

    TimHeath Well-Known Member

    To Room 101 as it were?
  10. alindsay

    alindsay Well-Known Member

    Sainsbury's had a special offer (I have a picture of the shelf to prove it), on sachets of baking powder, £1 each, or (big red sign) "2 for £2".

    Walked out with twenty at that price ...
  11. TheFatControlleR

    TheFatControlleR :Devil's Advocaat: Forum Admin

    Pretty much my M.O. too. I only buy on 'special offer' if, as you say, it's something we do us and will keep.

    I do get a bit miffed though when they have offers on and we pick up a load and get told at the till that there is a limit on how many can be bought per customer - occasionally it says on the shelf/promo label, which is fine, ish. I just put them aside and say I'll pay for them separately in another transaction, doesn't always work though, depends who's on the till so that'd be a 101 moment.
  12. PhotoEcosse

    PhotoEcosse Well-Known Member

    ....and cyclists who ride two (or more) abreast on a busy but twisty A-road, causing a half-mile queue of traffic behind them.

    ...and those who think the "Midlands" are somewhere in the deep south - round about Birmingham, rather than in the middle of the country round about Carlisle.

    But, most of all, competition judges (and I admire 90% of them) who erroneously complain that a "horizon" is not level in a photograph that has no horizon. A horizon is an astronomical phenomenon whereby a line of sight ends due to the curvature of the Earth. There is no Earthly reason (literally) why the far shore of a lake, the opposite side of an estuary or the top of a rise in the land should be either level or horizontal.

  13. art

    art Well-Known Member

    Point of order Milord . . . . Carlisle might be closer to the centre of the UK, but Birmingham IS closer to the centre of the country of England. ;)
  14. dangie

    dangie Senior Knobhead

    Signs which say something like:


    Nanny society does my head in :mad:
  15. spinno

    spinno Well-Known Member

    may contain nuts....
  16. TheFatControlleR

    TheFatControlleR :Devil's Advocaat: Forum Admin

    We have a jar of peanut butter in the cupboard right now with that on the label, I noticed it the other day and my heart sank with despair (having heard the rumours but never seeing the evidence). :(
  17. dangie

    dangie Senior Knobhead

    Forum Threads that within half a dozen posts have deviated into a totally different topic.
  18. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    Why? Peanuts aren't nuts after all, so it's quite sensible really. ;)
  19. DaveS

    DaveS Well-Known Member

    Oh, come on now, half a dozen is pretty good going for the lounge. :)

    PS I prefer the short, OE derived "six" to the French derived "half a Dozen" even if "Half" does have good OE roots.
  20. dangie

    dangie Senior Knobhead

    Here we go..... :D

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