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I didn't know I was a vegetarian (& my house is still standing)

June 17th, 2010 at 03:09 am

Anyone who has a clue what either item in the title is referring to has gotta be a psychic. That said...

I decided late tonight to use some store coupons that expired tonight at a grocery store a about 4 miles away. As these were special "not available at the store" coupons, but only mailed to your home, there was nothing marking the items in the store that these were the items the coupons matched up with. As you can guess, occassionally the items to use the coupons on might not be perfectly clear. So, after checking out I saw that one coupon never registered, and went to the service desk. It was for a pack of turkey hot dogs. Looking at the coupon I saw that the brand was right, the size was right, even the style was right (bun length), so I couldn't have the wrong item, could I? I show the guy behind the counter the receipt and the item, and he says "oh you didn't get the right type."
"I didn't?"
"No, see these are for meat hot dogs. These aren't meat."
"Um... I'm sorry. Turkey isn't a meat?"
"No, these coupons are for meat hot dogs only."
"Huh? Do you mean beef hot dogs? I don't think any of the packages are labelled 'meat hot dogs'."
This went on for a bit longer. The guy was pleasant, and returned the money when I asked, so I'm not complaining. But this was like I was on one of those "Jay Walking" segments on the Tonight show, where people say the most absurd things, and seem to mean it.

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As for my house, why wouldn't it be standing? Well... I returned home yesterday from my doctor appt. (shoulder got a clean bill of health) to find the street blocked near my house, and fire trucks parked out front. Turns out the neighboring house had been on fire (again!). About a decade ago they had a decent fire, and now in almost the same location of the house (closest to my house - of course) another fire started, again when no one was home. This time was worse, melting sliding, blistering paint off a car out front (as well as melting the head lights), and buring off a good chunk of the roof. Even the tree between the houses has a nice chunk of brown leaves now on it.

You could say they are unlucky (you could), but lets see. After the last fire, their family (not professional contractors) seemed to be involved with a lot of the restoration of the house, and then after moving in they seemed to come into a sizable chunk of money that went into buying a very expensive motor home they park out back and use for (I don't know - going to NASCAR races perhaps?) And now a fire starts in the same part of the house the family did the work. Hmmmm, relatives do house work, then money appears, then fire starts in same spot - you don't think they are related, do ya? (I'll leave any conclusions up to the readers)

Lets just say I won't be bringing up the neighbors to my home insurance company any time soon. I don't need my insurance rates going up, thank you very much.

4 Responses to “I didn't know I was a vegetarian (& my house is still standing)”

  1. frugaltexan75 Says:

    Heh! That is too funny. I get that all the time though ... a person will *insist* that they are vegetarian, and then in the next breath say --"I do like my turkey at Thanksgiving though." or "I had McDondald's Chicken Mcnuggets for lunch today."

    Yikes! I hope you've put some fire proof spray on that side of the house.

  2. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Whoa. I believe I would make sure insurance would cover every possible thing in case the neighbor's burning house --next time-- should catch yours on fire.

  3. gamecock43 Says:

    oh jeeze- imagine living next door to people who are doing that purposefully!? I would maybe think of moving. It's bad enough to worry about when people are actively trying NOT to do that!

  4. Jerry Says:

    Insurance fraud is rampant, and it's pretty scary to see it happening up close and personal like that. Especially when it involves a fire that near to the house! It would lead me to want to move, but that's not always so simple. Good luck with that ugly situation...
    Jerry

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