Best Buy and the Used Car Salesman

Since when did Best Buy become like a used car dealership?  Actually, I’d now rather go to a used car dealership.

I needed to get a new tripod for my cameras.  I had done some online research and had narrowed down my options to two models.  I wanted to physically look at the two models and proceeded to the camera department.

I was in the store no more than 5 minutes total – that includes checking out and inspecting the tripods.  Within the first minute I was approached by two sales people (and yes, they were sales people not just workers.)  I am a social person, but I don’t usually engage in extended conversation with a sales person unless I initiate it.  I was asked by both associates (who were not more than 5 feet apart) what kind of camera I had and I got the idea they wanted to have a longer conversation.  I was trying to read the package and inspect the equipment – they were getting annoying.  They got the hint that I was fine and scampered off to accost other customers.

Right after this, I had someone come up to me asking if I had heard about the in-store promotion.  I stated nicely that I was not interested in anything but the item I was looking at.  He too, thanked me and went off looking for other prey.  I get the idea of providing good customer service, but I felt that this bordered on the annoying.

I have shopped at Best Buy for years and I remember when they were the “Bait and Switch” place back in the 80’s.  The bait and switch seems to have gone, but they have brought back the annoying salespeople.  If I can go somewhere else for these items (or shop online at another vendor,) I will.  These tactics will be the end of Best Buy one day.

I am also in the market for a used car….


Of course, that is just my opinion.

Rob’s Rant

Those Crazy Baptists

The Westboro Baptist Church has really over stayed their welcome, if they ever were welcome anywhere.  These are the people who protest at the funerals of fallen military personnel.  Shameless and ridiculous.

I’m not a Baptist, but I feel sorry for the real Baptists that have to put up with these jacklegs spewing their hate.  Just once I wish the finger of God would come down out of the heavens and tell these idiots – Hey dipwad, love the sinner hate the sin.  Sorry, that would make too much sense.

I heard the plight of the Snyder family on a local radio show a couple of days ago.  This family actually took this Church to court and were ordered to pay the court costs.  The story has since broke nationally and many people have started to give to the family’s legal fund.  Here is a brief synopsis:

Matthew Snyder, of Finksburg, Maryland, died from a non combat-related vehicle accident in Al Anbar province, Iraq. He was assigned to Combat Service Support Group-1, 1st Marine Logistics Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, California. Died on March 3, 2006. Matthew was 20 years old.
Matthew graduated from Westminster High School in 2003. After graduation, he enlisted in the Marines on October 14, 2003, and was stationed at Camp Lejeune, N.C. In August of 2004, Matthew was assigned to Combat Logistics Batallion-7, Twentynine Palms, Calif. as a generator mechanic.

“He was a hero and he was the love of my life.” – Albert Snyder, Matthew’s Father

The family of Lance Corporal Matthew Snyder, US Marine Corps, has begun this civil lawsuit* against Mr. Phelps and certain members of the so-called Westboro Baptist Church to bring an end to the reign of terror and abuse that they inflicted upon the grieving families of US service members killed in defense of our nation. Using innocent children to deliver their twisted message of hatred and fear, the defendants in this suit have sought to attack the memory of our departed heroes, to strip their loved ones of their dignity, and to use abuse and intimidation as a tool for preventing surviving family members from reaching closure over their loss.

It is the sincere hope of Mr. Al Snyder, Matthew’s father, that this suit will spark similar legal actions against Mr. Phelps wherever he seeks to inflict harm upon the memory of our heroes and their families. If you feel strongly that such actions should be stopped, please consider a donation to help offset the legal expenses of bringing this suit.

*This is a private civil lawsuit that is separate from any actions being pursued by states or the federal government against Mr. Phelps. While those cases involve Government action and potential 1st Amendment issues, this case is distinct. This case simply alleges that one does not have the right to conspire to use lies in order to inflict intentional harm upon persons who are grieving the death of their children.

If you feel like giving to the legal fund, here is the link:  Thank God for the Patriot Guard.

Here are a couple of videos about Westboro:

Hard to believe these people have a forum.

Of course, this is just my opinion.

Rob’s Rant

English Only For Missouri Driving Tests

I’m a big proponent for the citizens of the United States to speak English. For now, English is our main language. There is no problem, in my opinion, with individuals conversing with others in their native language, but they need to assimilate and speak the national language.State Rep. Cynthia Davis of Missouri, a Missouri Congresswoman, is pushing the Missouri State Highway Patrol to offer driver’s license examinations only in English. She has introduced a bill to do just this.

From The Suburban Journal:

Davis said she was surprised by the steps taken by the highway patrol to accommodate non-English speakers in a state where in 2008 voters approved a constitutional amendment making English the official language at all public meetings. In addition to testing in foreign languages, she said, those who don’t speak any of the 12 languages may hire a translator from a state-approved list and have the test read to them in their native language.

How do these people read all the street signs? Just a question.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

more about “English Requirement for Driving Test“, posted with vodpod

Of course, this is just my opinion.

Rob’s Rant

Awesome Weatherman!

Why can’t the local St. Louis weather people do the weather report like this?  This would really inject some excitement into the weather report.  Hat’s off to Accu-Weather Dude Jim Kosek.  Awesome.

Of course, this is just my opinion.

Rob’s Rant

The Drinkingstein Game: Just In Time For The “Big Game”

I’m not really much of a drinker but my brother-in-law developed a creative drinking game just in time for the Super Bowl (or whatever the No Fun League allows us to call it.)  He was listening to the Scott Van Pelt Show on ESPN who evidently issued a challenge to come up with a creative drinking game for the big game.  It’s seems that they were worried with the typical take a drink when they mention “Manning” or “Dynasty” or something close to that.  I doubt anyone participating would make it to the awesome half-time show featuring The Who.

I thought this was creative enough to publish.  I dubbed it “The Drinkingstein Game” since those who participate will probably be talking like the famed monster by the end of the evening.  Here’s the conversion chart for those who plan to play along:

1 Drink   = Mentioning Kardashian
2 Drinks = Mentioning Katrina (As in Hurricane)
3 Drinks = Mentioning Favre
4 Drinks = Mentioning Archie (Manning)
5 Drinks = Mentioning Bruce Jenner

Be sure to let me know if you survive the game. 

Of course, it’s just my opinion.

Rob’s Rant

Daughter Throws Back Baseball at Phillies Game

Nothing political here, just a great video.  This is the best reaction from a Dad at the ballpark I’ve ever seen.  Too bad it was a Phillies Fan, but a great video none-the-less.

Marcus the Lamb is Slaughtered!

sheepI always love stories that end the way I think they should. 

A group of kids in Great Britain had a rather interesting school project.  Around 250 of the kids in this school participate in a program to teach them about rearing and breeding animals.  They care for many animals including a male lamb they named Marcus.  After caring for the lamb the children decided to send Marcus to slaughter to pay for additional animals and continue the cycle.  That’s where their problems began.

It seems that several adults and animal loving celebrities were aghast at the notion of slaughtering an animal.  The whole idea of this project is to expose the students to farming life.  News to all these do-gooders: This means that animals will eventually be sent to slaughter.  Where do you think those scrumptious lamb chops come from? 

From Reuters:

LONDON (Reuters) – A group of schoolchildren who reared a lamb from birth and named it Marcus has overridden objections by parents and rights activists and voted to send the animal to slaughter.

Marcus the six-month-old lamb has now been culled, the head teacher of the primary school in Kent confirmed on Monday, after the school’s council — a 14-member group of children aged 6 to 11 — voted 13-1 to have him killed.

The decision has provoked fury among animal-loving celebrities, animal and human rights campaigners and the parents of some of the children, and led to threats against Lydd primary school and its teachers, according to a member of staff.

The educational farm was started this year, with Marcus being hand-fed by the children. The children also look after ducks, chickens, rabbits and guinea pigs.

The intention had been to buy pigs with the money raised from slaughtering Marcus, but those plans have been put on hold following the furor created by the lamb’s culling. The school said the program may now have to be stopped.

“It’s all up in the air,” said a member of staff. “There’s been so much pressure on us as a result of all this.”

Despite that, the school said there had been overwhelming support among the children, the staff and most of the parents to have Marcus — a castrated male who could not have been used for breeding — sent to the slaughterhouse.

But opponents branded it heartless and cruel, with animal rights campaigners asking why Marcus could not have been used to teach the children about wool, and human rights campaigners worried about the emotional impact of Marcus’s death on the children.

A popular talkshow host offered to buy the lamb and give it sanctuary and Facebook groups sprung up to rally support to keep Marcus alive. But the children had the final say. The school defended the children’s decision, calling it educational.

“When we started the farm in spring 2009, the aim was to educate the children in all aspects of farming life and everything that implies,” the school said in a statement.

“The children have had a range of opportunities to discuss this issue, both in terms of the food cycle and the ethical aspect… It is important for everyone to move on from this issue, so the children can focus on their education.”

It’s funny when kids have more sense than the adults around them.  Hopefully they won’t lose that.

Of course, this is just my opinion.

Rob’s Rant