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What grinds your gears?

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by retrofit, Nov 20, 2016.

  1. Andrew Flannigan

    Andrew Flannigan Well-Known Member

    Public, private, faith, grammar, comprehensive - they're all just labels. What matters are the individual teachers and how well they can relate to thirty or so individuals going through the chaos of puberty, most of whom they'll only work with for five or six hours a week.
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  2. PhotoEcosse

    PhotoEcosse Well-Known Member

    I suspect that there is one potential flaw in your scheme - the pensioner check-out lanes would be hogged by the same morons who, not being elderly nor disabled, park their cars in the disabled parking spaces just to save a few metres walking.
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  3. dream_police

    dream_police Well-Known Member

    I saw a car park in the parent and child bay the other day. A young woman got out with her child, who must have 11 or 12. Yes, she was a child, but I think that was really taking the mick.
  4. Roger Hicks

    Roger Hicks Well-Known Member

    Then again, Frances and her mother did the same once. Her mother was in her 80s, and Frances was recovering from cancer surgery in her 50s..

    Quite honestly, I get p'd off with perfectly fit, healthy young women and their bursting-with-energy children having reserved parking spaces, when people who are more or less incapacitated by illness or age are expected to park elsewhere in order to accommodate them. When Frances had PPR we decided not to get a disabled badge (she was eligible) because we expected her to recover (as she did) and by the time we'd been through the bureaucracy needed to get the badge, she'd probably no longer have needed it. It turned out we were over-optimistic, but only by a couple of months. What is really needed is short-term, dated disabled parking badges; a form of prescription.

    A few months ago, though, I saw the classic Porsche-in-a-disabled-bay -- and I also saw the driver roll up in his wheel chair, ease himself into the Porsche, fold the chair and stow it beside him.


  5. Craig20264

    Craig20264 Well-Known Member

    Totally agree with this. The idea behind wider, bigger spaces for mother and baby/toddler, is for them to have more room to open doors, get buggies out etc. This does not render them incapable of walking, so why do these wider spaces have to be near the shop? Completely baffles me and always has!
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  6. PhotoEcosse

    PhotoEcosse Well-Known Member

    That's a good idea.
  7. willie45

    willie45 Well-Known Member

    Maybe I'm in a minority here, but I find it hard to get worked up about mother and child bays. I'm also fine with there being a whole host of disabled bays sitting empty because most people are fit enough not to need them and despite the fact that they take up spaces which these fit people could use. Honestly, I can't be bothered finding new things to be miserable about.
  8. willie45

    willie45 Well-Known Member

    And we could hire someone to test people every 6 months to see if... oh wait. Did we do something like that already ?
  9. PhotoEcosse

    PhotoEcosse Well-Known Member

    Looks like you've just found one!!

  10. willie45

    willie45 Well-Known Member

    Not miserable at all, Eric, but a bit bemused
  11. willie45

    willie45 Well-Known Member

  12. Andrew Flannigan

    Andrew Flannigan Well-Known Member

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  13. willie45

    willie45 Well-Known Member

    Yeah. Just a bit! I loved the fact that she said her husband had told her if they don't leave after 3 requests to open fire :D
  14. Dorset_Mike

    Dorset_Mike Grumpy Old Fart

    I can think of a few I'd like to do summat similar to
  15. GeoffR

    GeoffR Well-Known Member

    I don't think you have thought this through properly.
    As soon as someone starts working, even if they are drawing a pension, they have to: Pay into a pension scheme, pay national insurance, pay additional income tax. There are also employers contributions to consider.
    This would all very effectively make it expensive to employ pensioners for this work and may make it uneconomic for pensioners to take it on.
    Next, what are the unions going to say, these pensioners would be taking jobs from younger people.
    Sorry but I don't think this would work at all.
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  16. Catriona

    Catriona Well-Known Member

    No national insurance if you are drawing your OAP. I know that for a fact.
  17. GeoffR

    GeoffR Well-Known Member

    Not all pensioners are OAPs!
    I'm certainly not.
  18. Wheelu

    Wheelu Well-Known Member

    Can't let the opportunity pass to witter on about one of my favourite gripes. People who don't signal properly when driving.

    It seems to be on the increase, one symptom is that they don't indicate when changing lanes on motorways, but, in particular, they don't signal left on leaving a roundabout. (In addition, the number of people I see indicating right while turning left at a roundabout exit beggars belief, are they brain dead?)

    I have to say that lorry drivers are almost exempt from criticism here, it's the folk in cars who either don't understand the requirement, or are too bone idle or selfish to let other road users know their intentions. Should be flogged....
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  19. nimbus

    nimbus Well-Known Member

    I have come to the conclusion that indicators must be an item in the options list of car manufacturers. Professional drivers, those where the job requires training and a test before being let loose alone in a specific vehicle group are generally better than car drivers in this respect, but there are exceptions.
  20. Trannifan

    Trannifan Well-Known Member

    It's oh so strenuous having to stretch a finger to activate the blinker, and in any case, my smartphone conversation is much more important than blinking, observing traffic signs and so on...................OK, sarcasm OFF!

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