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    [–] So a man came to my hotel for a suicide attempt tonight. Catona 6 points ago in TalesFromTheFrontDesk

    It has always been policy since I've been here that the police are the only people we are able to give information to.

    I've been here for a decade and a half, and this has always been the policy that we have followed. I had always assumed that it was a lawful thing. Perhaps it's local law here, I do not know.

    Our property is in a pretty nice suburb where thankfully not much happens in which we have to involve law enforcement. They have always worked hand in hand with us whenever we have had any issues and have always been great.

    We've always complied with them, and have never encountered any issues where doing so was the cause of any kind of repercussions.

    [–] How you know when a company sells your information Catona 1 points ago in funny

    Yes, that's the entire reason I made the comment. Because it was a hilarious (to me, at least) screw up on their part born out of sloppily sourced information. And it wasn't like I only got one of them. I got several.

    [–] How you know when a company sells your information Catona 1 points ago in funny

    They obviously had my nickname tied to my social security number, which is how it happened. Pretty sloppy of them, really.

    [–] How you know when a company sells your information Catona 1 points ago in funny

    Of course, the incorrect name must have been associated with my correct Social Security number and all other proper details for this to have happened.

    [–] How you know when a company sells your information Catona 1 points ago in funny

    This was around 2001. I had yet to establish any credit what so ever, and this was just after I turned 18.

    I'm guessing it was the fact that I had just turned 18 that is what got them all sent to me. I assume that was a strategy of theirs that likely worked well.

    A fresh new face on the credit market and what 18 year old could resist $500 in immediately spendable credit that they've already got in their hand, all they have to do is call a number to activate.

    Apparently, I was the odd one out, as I never used any of the ones that actually were in my real name. I just cut them all up and used them for guitar pics.

    [–] How you know when a company sells your information Catona 1 points ago in funny

    These contained the card already, and all you needed to do to use them was to call a number and activate them. This was around 2001 or so.

    [–] Cave minerals collected yesterday Catona 3 points ago in rockhounds

    Those pieces of what look to be chlorite on calcite are pretty cool.

    [–] How you know when a company sells your information Catona 7 points ago in funny

    My comment was meant to be taken in a tongue in cheek manner.

    And this is a scenario that has long since passed, so not as if it's something I am actively considering doing.

    If I would have used them, I would have paid them. I just thought the situation was humorous.

    [–] How you know when a company sells your information Catona 14 points ago in funny

    I just figured it would have been an interesting situation for them, finding out that they issued preapproved credit to a non-existent person and then trying to get a hold of that person.

    The cards only had 500$ limits on them, so it's not like I would have had any issue paying them back, just seemed like it would have been a bit of fun for their lax procedures.

    [–] How you know when a company sells your information Catona 105 points ago * (lasted edited 14 hours ago) in funny

    I had a nickname when I was in high school that credit card companies somehow got a hold of and when I was 18 I kept getting preapproved credit cards in that name. The kind where all you have to do is call and activate it.

    I now regret not doing so and using them because I'd be interested to see what would happen in terms of trying to collect any debts put on them. You can't take a person that does not legally exist to court, can you? /S

    Edit: added symbol to denote sarcasm, as the responses I'm getting make it clear it did not come off that way.

    [–] What is the one thing you do every week or everyday but no-one knows about it because it is frowned upon? Catona 3 points ago * (lasted edited 15 hours ago) in AskReddit

    I had the joy of having a mother and two juvenile ravens that hung out in my back yard. They nested in a large conifer tree two yards over, but seemed to really like my wooden fence, so they'd come over and hang out on it all the time. Rubbing their beaks on it frequently to clean them I presume.

    I'd come out and talk to them every day. The juveniles were already full sized, you could tell they were still young though by their feathers, behavior, and the fact they hung out with mom all day.

    The mother didn't pay much mind to me but I was able to make a good impression on the kids. Little by little i worked my way up to being able to feed them by hand. It was so cool. Beautiful things they are.

    This was when I lived in Australia for a bit, so these were Australian ravens. One of the largest raven species in the world. Gorgeous birds.

    Bonus pic of them

    [–] What are some things that people claim happen all the time, but you've never seen? Catona -1 points ago * (lasted edited 16 hours ago) in AskReddit

    I was at the mall once and we have a brand name clothing store, and then a separate store right next door to it that is "brand name" PLUS, for plus sized clothes of the same brand.

    A largely overweight woman was walking into the non-plus sized store and a sales woman let her know that "brand name" PLUS was next door.

    This woman was genuinely just trying to be helpful by what I could tell, since nothing on that side would have fit her, and she didn't say it in a rude or disrespectful way, but the woman turned into a fiery hurricane of rage as a result.

    Starting with a loudly yelled "HOW DARE YOU!", she went off on this woman for fat shaming her and not everyone can be a "size 0" (which the other woman wasn't by any means), and just on and on while the sales woman apologized with a face as red as a tomato and tried to explain she meant no offense.

    I'll agree that it was bad tact of the sales woman, as the customer may have been shopping for someone else and not herself and even if not there's a high chance of embarrassing the person, but sometimes just the mere mention of a persons size is construed as shaming to some.

    [–] What are some things that people claim happen all the time, but you've never seen? Catona 1 points ago in AskReddit

    Surprisingly, this is a movement that, beyond all sense and reason, has been gaining some serious steam over the last year or two.

    The easiest way to view it is as a religious movement, because by all definition, that's pretty much what it is for most of those involved.

    I have a person who has been on my facebook friends list for many years and in the last couple, they have "found the truth" and become a rather prolific flat earth crusader. It's absolutely fascinated me. While most people spend their time telling him what a monumental idiot he is, I have taken the opportunity to politely engage with him so that I may gain some tiny sense of what kind a perspective this man has in order to be able to be convinced of this notion.

    What I've found is that people who are into this idea spend a huge amount of time adamantly, and sometimes, intimidatingly, trying to convince other's that it is truth. They all group together and create this reciprocal reinforcement of their ideas that further concretes them in their minds.

    Most of the people who have somehow been convinced of this are the types that never leave the sanctity of their own homes to do any actual research on the idea themselves, and just sit around watching youtube videos that supposedly show "proof".

    One of the largest articles of "proof" that I've seen get tossed around is a photo someone took of the chicago skyline being seen over the lake from an area in Michigan which you normally cannot see it from. This was due to a fata morgana mirage caused by a temperature inversion over the lake.

    They say that if the earth was round, there would be no way to see the Chicago skyline from that point. Which is true, you normally can't, and the only reason they even know that this picture exists was due to it being circulated around the internet and shown on the news because of it being an incredibly rare occurrence.

    This area is a few hours drive from where I'm at and any of my local believers could simply just drive there and see for themselves that you cannot see the skyline from there. But none of these people are going to go and do that because they've accepted this world view as faith.

    [–] What's the most useless argument you've ever had with someone that went on for ages? Catona 3 points ago * (lasted edited 2 days ago) in AskReddit

    An argument about absolutely nothing, put on by a significant other because they were too emotionally immature/unstable to just let me know they were no longer interested in me. So instead they tried having a days long argument whilst I sat there asking them repeatedly why they were angry and what the argument was about because i was totally lost and had no idea.

    It's so much easier to convince yourself that the other person has done something wrong and give yourself an excuse to just drop them without explanation than to actually go through the process of breaking up with them and accepting the reality of the situation and the personal responsibility that goes along with it.

    [–] What's the coolest thing a guest has ever given you? Catona 7 points ago * (lasted edited a day ago) in TalesFromTheFrontDesk

    I once had my personal laptop stolen right from the front desk. (this gets relevant to the question, I promise)

    A guy came into our lobby mere minutes after I'd just gotten on shift that day. Said he was with a group of contractors and was just waiting for the rest of his crew to arrive. He then asked if we had coffee available.

    I told him I could happily make him a fresh pot while he waited (because I like being nice and making everyone feel welcome). I left the desk to go into our breakfast room and put a new pot on (just about 15 feet from the desk, only gone abut a minute and a half). And when I got back to the desk my laptop was gone, and so was the guy.

    I freak out, check out security cameras and see the dude prop himself up onto our very high front desk and reach over to grab my laptop and run out with it.

    I was very upset about this as it contained a lot of really important to me photos of my husband and I that were not backed up and a lot of other stuff that I could not replace.

    A guest who had been in house for a bout a month and a half, who I chatted with daily, came down and saw that I was almost in tears I was so upset.

    He came back a bit later and handed me a rose that he had hand made himself out of metal scraps from his job. And told me that while it couldn't make up for what just happened, he hoped it could brighten my day a little.

    It was a spectacular work of art, full scale to a real rose, beautifully crafted. It was a very touching gesture and I have it displayed in my room still. It was so touching and kind and definitely cheered me up a bit. I was so angry at how selfish and terrible some people can be, and this balanced it out well to have someone so kind and wanting to help.

    [–] I'm going to sue! Catona 3 points ago in TalesFromTheFrontDesk

    Screw this guy, what a pathetic turd.

    Just wants to find anything to complain about, and has made that overwhelmingly clear.

    Even to the point of complaining about the free things he received because he was complaining? Seriously. At that point I would simply laugh and tell them to go ahead with their (obviously not happening) lawsuit.

    [–] Pouring gas tank on bonfire, what could go wrong? Catona 2 points ago in Whatcouldgowrong

    Exactly, had he not kept a constant stream of gas from going out while it was lit it would back up into the container and explode.

    It was a very smart move.

    [–] Awkward.....so awkward. Catona 1 points ago in TalesFromTheFrontDesk

    "I know you just want to get in on my sweet free upgrades..."

    [–] I just experienced the most outstandingly awkward moment while at work. Catona 2 points ago in cringe

    Clearly, you'd really be very surprised by the type of interactions and people one meets working the front desk of a hotel.

    We have an entire sub for stories of these folks. Take a minute to browse r/talesfromthefrontdesk for a bit and you will no longer be so unequivocally convinced that this just has to be fake.

    [–] A few years back during my final divorce hearing my lawyer messed up in a big way. Catona 6 points ago in cringe

    Right, sounds like the lawyer may have had quite a rough night of his own before coming to court that morning.