If you're ordering a 2 for 5 from Burger King to win a free PS5 there will be employees who will try to keep your receipt and use it for themselves. I had to experience this shit today from this prick named Josh who was trying to use my receipt to redeem in the Burger King App. I had to argue with the fucker for about 5 minutes to get my receipt. Luckily the manager came to the window and made Josh give back my receipt and I went on with my day. Turns out it wasn't a winning receipt. I hope they fire people who would do this and just cheat try to win a PS5.
I'm a moderate participant in the world of "indie" (small batch, usually single maker, usually natural or naturally-based) perfumes. For perfume lovers, the world of indie fragrances can often be a major revelation---highly unusual scents, custom scents, and fandom scents--usually at very affordable prices compared to niche designer fragrances. There are a few older major players such as Nocturnal Alchemy and Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab, but every few months or so, a fresh "house" enters the scene usually through etsy and Instagram.
Generally the routine follows a well-trodden path: a launch announcement with giveaways, small fanfare, and samples. A few people test it out, then come back with glowing reviews. Then more and more people hop on the bandwagon and start the hype train. Soon the "resale" market is established with people looking for rare or limited edition scents. Soon the new house is everywhere and everyone is trying them out.
For a house with established business best practices and/or marketing experience + no personal challenges this is the best case scenario.
But about half the time, there's a spectacular flame out that results in TONS of drama. (and that usually follows a well-trodden path too---flailing, blaming emergencies, a well-timed distraction, cross-accusations, and then a tearful retreat/flounce. This is all conducted under an absolute hail of back and forth from skeptics/the 'I told you so' crowd and rabid fans)
This is one of those second kind of stories.
Alphamusk launches September 2019. Shoppers are immediately taken by the maker's deft hand with scent blends. Alphamusk gets tons of positive attention in the form of gushing reviews on specific subReddits [that I won't link to as to avoid brigading] that cover these things.
Alphamusk starts pumping out collections with dozens of options. She also offers a complicated custom fragrance option with what turns out to be, mathematically, hundreds/thousands of options. By July of the next year, close to 300 perfumes were being offered for sale. One key aspect of the popularity of this house is the super-approachable price point. The owner was offering 5ML for like $8 or similar. Most indie fragrances are about $25 per 5ML plus $8 or so for shipping. A combination of "dollar sign eyes" and FOMO and hype meant an absolute feeding frenzy started occurring on the etsy page.
An important note here is that for most indie sellers of hand-blended perfumes, the perfumes are... keep reading on reddit ➡
Lol. I'm not spending anymore seconds on this sub putting in effort to search up and then provide the quotes for casuals who think Kvothe is a Mary Sue. Here are the receipts, immortalized. I'm just going to refer them to this thread from now on. [Adem Signs Entreaty] Please do the same.
Kvothe=Hero of a Greek Tragedy. In Greek tragedies, the heroes are almost supernaturally gifted, but brought to failure/humility by their inability to overcome their character flaws, their decisions, their lack of wisdom. His mentor's thoughts on him:
> Ben took a deep breath and tried again. "Suppose you have a thoughtless six-year-old. What harm can he do?" I paused, unsure what sort of answer he wanted. Straightforward would probably be best. "Not much."
> "Suppose he's twenty, and still thoughtless, how dangerous is he?"
> I decided to stick with the obvious answers. "Still not much, but more than before." "What if you give him a sword?"
> Realization started to dawn on me, and I closed my eyes. "More, much more. I understand, Ben. Really I do. Power is okay, and stupidity is usually harmless. Power and stupidity together are dangerous."
> "I never said stupid," Ben corrected me. "You're clever. We both know that. But you can be thoughtless. A clever, thoughtless person is one of the most terrifying things there is. Worse, I've been teaching you some dangerous things."
...Is this your Kingkiller? (Note: I will be parodying a specific half a minute of dialogue from the movie Black Panther throughout my post, which you can find to the exact timestamp at this URL: https://youtu.be/uZMoFMGM48o?t=180 )
> I drew in a deep breath and spoke the words to bind the air in my lungs to the air outside. I fixed the Alar firmly in my mind, put my thumb and forefinger in front of my pursed lips, and blew between them.
> There was a light puff of wind at my back that tousled my hair and caused the tarpaulin covering the wagon to pull taut for a moment. It might have been nothing more than a coincidence, but nevertheless, I felt an exultant smile overflow my face. For a second I did nothing but grin like a maniac at Ben, his face dull with disbelief.
> **Then I felt something squeeze my chest, as if I was deep underwater. I tried to draw a breath but... keep reading on reddit ➡
I realize some will read this title and dismiss this as a blind defense of TwoSet while trying to slander a small-time, struggling content creator. Please, please give this post a quick skim before doing so. I have receipts.
// Context - skip this if you already know the story //: TwoSet reviewed Fadi’s “Learning to Play Violin in 24 Hours” in a now-deleted video. They saw that Fadi’s performance at the end had dubbed audio and referred to it as fake, and expressed disappointment that he didn't just play it live.
Fadi made this post about it. It got 6k upvotes. He explained that he recorded multiple takes of his violin playing with just audio to get a better sound and then recorded video after to match - it was dubbed, but it was his own playing. He said he had never gotten so many hate comments or dislikes, and that his channel was hurt because of TwoSet’s video.
I was extremely sympathetic to him, as was nearly everyone else. Go read the comments; they are filled with apologies, support, well-wishes, offers to like his YT video, etc. There was also a lot of sentiment that the fans were out-of-control and TwoSet needed to do something about it - publicly address it, make a statement or apology, feature Fadi in some way, etc. // End context. //
Fadi repeatedly said that his channel was hurt because of TwoSet’s review. I thought of him a few days ago and looked up his channel to see how he was doing. I was... very surprised.
He posted here on Oct. 27. Except this is what was happening on his channel the previous week. And this is what was happening with his followers. TwoSet reviewed Fadi on Oct. 18. Two days later, he finally got enough watch hours on his channel to be monetized (he can now earn money for ads) after five years of trying. Six days after that, he celebrated reaching 10k subscribers - a third of which he’d gained that week. The next day, he came here and said he’d been ruined.
You can probably see why I was getting suspicious.
Fadi said that viewers went through his other videos just to dislike them. I checked a month of Fadi's videos from the day before TwoSet reviewed him. [Here’s a sampl... keep reading on reddit ➡
I want to make an announcement to notify you that please review your restaurant receipt before you pay.
The reason is I went out with 4 other friends yesterday to Yurakucho Yokocho for dinner in Tokyo. We had a merry time, but the bill was totally wrong. They overcharged many things, things that we never ordered: they charged us 6 people otoshi お通し instead of 5, added 4 dishes that we never ordered.
At first we notified the waitress about it, they took a few items off, came back with a new bill, still have other items that we did not ordered. So we have to complain again about it. The initial bill was 42k, the ending bill was 34k, an 8k difference, 23% extra if I did not review the bill. I didn’t go through the drink orders since we lost count, so there might be discrepancies there also.
Not sure if it is because we are foreigners so they took advantage of us. I have been here a few years and this never happens. But I have seen it happened a few times since COVID started. Another fish grilling restaurant charged us drinks that we never order, for instance.
So fellow global citizens, please check the restaurant bill as closely as possible if you don’t want to be taken advantage of.
Warm Regards, V
Hi, I work for a large company in England and every other month or so I have to travel to a different site for work, which is a lot further away. I claim the miles back through our internal system at 45p/mile and am asked to provide a fuel receipt for the claim, which is all fine.The problem is that they ask for a receipt that covers or exceeds the entire claim amount. That might be ok for a day or two of driving since I can just fill up my car and that will exceed the claim. However, if I'm driving to the alternate workplace for 2 weeks, the claim amount (which covers wear & tear etc, it's not just for fuel) rapidly exceeds the actual fuel costs.When that happens, the payroll department just tell me that 'It's company policy that you must provide a receipt covering the full amount of your claim'. That doesn't make any sense, since I'm claiming for something intangible - the value of my vehicle, and its maintenance.What can I do to challenge this policy? I've tried arguing back, but I just get a standard 'It's company policy' reply and that's that. After 30 days the claim expires and remains unpaid. It feels incredibly frustrating to try and fight a large company as it seems they hold all the cards and I've got no power to do anything about it.
Seems a bit counter productive to ask us to use self checkouts where possible, pay by contactless and to limit touching things with our hands when you have to press 3 or 4 buttons on the screen each time to confirm that we’re doing just that.