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    [–] What's a deep, dark secret you've never told anyone? Catona 2 points ago in AskReddit

    I experienced something similar when I was pretty young, like in elementary school.

    The only difference was that it felt like food was getting stuck in my throat when I ate. Kind of a hard thing to explain. At first I started avoiding anything hard or crunchy. It eventually got to the point where i could only stand eating completely smooth or mushy foods.

    It genuinely felt like anything that I ate other than totally smooth foods was sticking to the sides of my throat, getting stuck and irritating it. I tried to tell my parents about it but they just brushed it off.

    I started to get paranoid, thinking I had throat cancer or something. Spurring the anxiety further.

    Parts of my childhood were very stressful and at that time my anxiety levels manifested themselves in that way. It's strange what anxiety can do to people.

    [–] His kid gets it Catona 3 points ago in insanepeoplefacebook

    Ah, you're right. The text sort of covers the dot of the exclamation point.

    Good on them, wouldn't want to be confused with some kind of stupid globehead, would they? /s

    [–] His kid gets it Catona 6 points ago in insanepeoplefacebook

    I mean, can you really still use the word planet there?

    [–] Urine Therapy.... For Your Dog! Catona 31 points ago in insanepeoplefacebook

    Ah yes, detoxing with the very product the body dispenses to relieve itself of toxins.

    What the hell do the kidneys and liver know anyhow?

    [–] What are some free things we can do to help people and increase peoples happiness? Catona 9 points ago in AskReddit

    Always do the best you can to see things from the perspectives of others.

    Do not live your life with a "me against the rest of the world" attitude. We are all in this together.

    [–] What Should I Do, My Daughters Preschool Teaches About Astronauts and Space? - Read Her The Bible, Take Her Out, HomeSchool, etc. Catona 146 points ago in insanepeoplefacebook

    Thousands of years of observation, collective knowledge and scientific advancement and they are ready to decree every bit of it rubbish because they watched a couple of youtube videos in 2018.

    [–] [Serious] What happened to you years ago that still makes your blood boil when you think about it? Catona 1 points ago in AskReddit

    I'm not sure where you've gotten the idea that I was blaming me not having insurance on the woman that hit me.

    I could have just not included the part of the story of me being two days past the deadline of needing to have insurance in compliance with the new law if I wanted to, and just explained that my license was suspended as a result of the accident. But I think making it clear that the license suspension was due to me being two days late on getting it was clearly me owning up to my mistake on that one. It was just part of the story and another hardship that came out of the situation.

    As far as calling it "pulling into traffic", regardless to your inexplicable want to paint me as the bad guy here, that's definitely not an accurate description of what actually transpired.

    [–] [Serious] What happened to you years ago that still makes your blood boil when you think about it? Catona 3 points ago in AskReddit

    "Even if the SUV was going 60 in a 35 it had to have been easily in sight. It did not come "out of nowhere in a millisecond"."

    You do realize that this has everything to do with the type of terrain the road is on and a myriad of other variables including the angle of the road, incline, roadside obstructions that might only allow view up to a certain distance, if she was coming from the main road or made a turn onto it close cetera.

    For you to disregard every possible variable and say that it is simply not possible that she came up upon the intersection dangerously quick and without being able to be seen coming in time is an absurd and uneducated assumption.

    [–] [Serious] What happened to you years ago that still makes your blood boil when you think about it? Catona 23 points ago in AskReddit's people like her that should absolutely not be in the teaching profession working with young vulnerable students.

    [–] [Serious] What happened to you years ago that still makes your blood boil when you think about it? Catona 31 points ago in AskReddit

    That is just awful.

    If you don't mind me asking, what did you get surgery to fix? It was something about your looks that was the cause of the bullying?

    I have a large port wine stain birthmark on my chin that I got lightly bullied for when i was in Junior High School. Thankfully for me, I never took it to heart and always really liked having it. It's something unique and I never felt that it took away from my looks at all. If some little shits wanted to have a crack about it that was fine by me.

    Over the years I've had random people just outright inform me that i can get that removed if i want. Which I always thought was kind of rude. You should probably first be aware how the person feels about something before you just inform them of their options of removal.

    [–] [Serious] What happened to you years ago that still makes your blood boil when you think about it? Catona 97 points ago * (lasted edited 5 days ago) in AskReddit

    When I was 18 I was driving someplace with a friend of mine.

    I was at a 4 way intersection on a 4 lane road in the inner lane. The light was green, but the person in front of me was stopped waiting to make a left turn.

    So I went to switch to the outer lane to pass, that lane was empty with no incoming cars in sight. Literally just as i turn my wheel to start going into the outer, my friend yells "wait!".

    I look up to see a large SUV going at least 60 in a 35mph zone that came up out of nowhere due to how fast they were traveling. They were upon within a millisecond. My right front wheel was no more than 2 inches over the center line when I stopped, completely stationary, to let the speeder pass.

    Instead, what happened was that the person in the vehicle was on their mobile phone, clearly was not looking at the road, and hit the few inches of my fender that were technically in that lane full speed. Hard enough to cause my hub cap to fly entirely across the intersection, about 200 feet.

    My fender was damaged heavily.

    Their SUV had zero damage other than a superficial scuff my blue paint from my vehicle on their bumper, that would have buffed right off.

    We both pull over. And the police are called.

    I remained in my car, while the woman ran out when she saw the police and gave her "rendition" of the events to the officer. She also had three young crying children in the car (which she was speeding and on her phone traveling with, great mother) which just play up the sympathy factor for her.

    She tells the cop that I swerved right into her and she tried to go around me but couldn't. An absolute bullshit lie given that I was stationary before she even came near me, she had plenty of room in her lane to not hit the mere 2 inches that were over the center line, and even if i HAD been even farther over the center line, the edge of the road where this took place sloped gradually into a vacant parking lot, with no curb or any obstruction that would have afforded her limited space to pass me safely.

    The officer then comes to talk to me. A young girl with hair died blue and who is immediately profiled as the one who caused the accident.

    I explain what actually happened. Even pointing to the hub cap 200 feet away that shows VERY clearly that she made zero attempt to stop what so ever and was going full speed (way over the limit) when she hit me.

    He seems to disregard everything I said and tells me that it's "technically" my fault, and points to the 2 inches of tire that is technically over the center line.

    Back then I was very shy and timid and not experienced at standing up for myself. I would not ever have imagined that i would get blamed for someone who blatantly was speeding and hit me.

    The next thing I know, this woman has called a tow truck to have her entirely non-damaged car towed from the scene. For literally no reason.

    As it turned out, the women then rented another car to drive for a FULL WEEK. to have her car "checked out". There was never any actual damaged reported to her car at all after this inspection that somehow took a whole week.

    She then had her car detailed and the small bit of paint buffed out that like took all of ten minutes, all billed to me as well.

    I was then given a final bill by her insurance company for $2,500. This was mostly the cost of the rental car which was apparently one of the most high end rentals you could even find in my area.

    I was not employed at the time and definitely did not have $2,500.

    Further more, this accident happened literally 2 days after my state enacted a law making it mandatory to have auto insurance. I had yet to acquire any, and had borrowed some cash from my mother to do so the following day, appointment already set up to get that taken care of.

    Because I didn't have insurance yet when she hit me, the new law mandated that my license then be suspended for 6 months, along with a fine that was a few hundred dollars. And since the accident was deemed my fault, the insurance i did finally acquire was required to be "high risk" and considerably more expensive than what I otherwise would pay.

    They also made it a condition (and this is a long time ago now so I don't remember much of the specifics) but basically, they said I had to pay off her insurance claim in full before i could even get my license back at all, even after the suspension was up. This made all the more difficult given that I couldn't just go out and get a job to save up and pay for it without the ability to drive, and where I lived at the time pretty much had zero functioning public transportation.

    This one woman, speeding and on her phone who hit ME, and decided to lie and blame it all on the young teenager caused me years of ridiculous troubles and financial hardship.

    This was 20 or so years ago and it still upsets me to think about it to this day.

    [–] 🔥 red dragonfly with semi-transparent wings found in our garden 🔥 Catona 2 points ago in NatureIsFuckingLit

    Looks just like a scarlet meadowhawk, but with some red on the wings instead of just clear.

    Quite a gorgeous little fellow.

    [–] Also "Microwave?" Catona 8 points ago in TalesFromTheFrontDesk

    I once had a crazy lady who wanted the microwave in her room removed because she was (allergic) to them.

    She also requested to be in an area of the hotel where no rooms directly next to hers had microwaves either.

    Her initial explanation of the issue was that she would become deathly ill if exposed to one anywhere in a 50 meter range. (apparently even when they are not plugged in or running).

    I informed her that, unfortunately, we were sold out that night and we would not be able to have her in an area where a 150 foot radius worth of rooms around her were unoccupied, and we could not remove the microwaves from the guests who already have them in their rooms, as it's an amenity that many guests rely on and use frequently.

    She then just nonchalantly was like "I'm sure it will be fine as long as the one in my room is removed."

    Gatta love how these people go from "I will certainly perish from a horrifying and immediate death!" to "nah, it's cool I guess" when we are unable to accommodate their "allergies" and have no other options.

    [–] Anybody Got Some Crack? Catona 6 points ago in TalesFromTheFrontDesk

    There was no way to know how long it had actually been there before becoming dislodged finally. So no way to accurately blame anyone.

    I was just glad the women handled it really well. Could have been a lot worse. The hotel is not in a bad area at all, but having crack pipes in your room kind of paints a different picture for guests who don't know otherwise. Fairly embarrassing.

    [–] Anybody Got Some Crack? Catona 14 points ago * (lasted edited 10 days ago) in TalesFromTheFrontDesk

    Oh man. I had a very awkward experience one time involving a crack pipe.

    Two women had been staying in a room for three days already, when they came back to their room one afternoon and found a broken crack pipe laying on the tile floor of their bathroom.

    I was lucky enough to be on shift when they discovered this and they came up to me panicked and upset. Like you, I was aghast.

    The only person that could have been in their room besides them was a housekeeper. All of whom I knew very well and was positive that not only do they not smoke crack, but they also wouldn't leave a broken crack pipe on a guests floor even if they did.

    The women went back to the room to investigate further as they were then suddenly worried that if some crack head broke into their room then maybe they had been robbed of some of their belongings as well.

    They came back a few minutes later looking a lot more calm and relieved. They asked me to come have a look at something.

    They found a little rigging under the bathroom sink where the pipe had been stashed by someone, and surmised that when they closed the door to the room that day that it finally jarred it loose, falling onto the floor and breaking.

    A not so horrifying ending but it was a stressful experience for both me and the guests until what actually happened came to light.

    [–] You want me to do what? Catona 3 points ago in TalesFromTheFrontDesk

    "Sir, you've called a hotel, not a travel agency"

    [–] Reddit what is the dumbest question a customer or client has ever asked you at your job? Catona 4 points ago in AskReddit

    Actually, the set up we have isn't about saving electricity and money and doesn't prevent you from charging things when the lights are off.

    There are lamps on the wall inside the room. The set up is meant for having the lamps plugged into the top outlets, so that when you walk into the room you can turn the lights on with the light switch.

    The bottom outlets are not controlled by the light switch and are on all the time like normal outlets.

    Also, the lamps on the wall have their own on off switch on them so that you can turn them off and on without having to get out of bed to do so, and that also makes it so that you can have the light switch flipped up and use all outlets if you want while the lights are off.

    the problem is that guests like to unplug and rearrange things, and end up with the lamps in the bottom plugs and their devices in the top plugs. So their lights are on, the top switch is not working, but they don't think to check the light switch by the room entrance since the lights are already on.

    Also, some people are just stupid.

    [–] Reddit what is the dumbest question a customer or client has ever asked you at your job? Catona 8 points ago in AskReddit

    I worked at a hotel where all of the top outlets in the rooms were controlled by the light switch on the wall when you first enter the room.

    Oh, the amount of trouble this caused with idiots who couldn't comprehend things like "how's a light switch going to control my dang cell phone! that makes no damn sense! there's NO POWER!"

    [–] Reddit what is the dumbest question a customer or client has ever asked you at your job? Catona 15 points ago in AskReddit

    I had sort of a similar experience while working at the front desk of a hotel.

    A guest came up and said "your free wifi has no sound!!"

    Me: I'm sorry ma'am, but how do you mean?

    Guest: There's no sound! Is that why it's free because you only get picture and no sound? Can I at least pay extra to get the sound? I want to watch netflix!

    Me: Ma'am....there is no way for us to remove the sound from the internet. You should be able to hear audio just fine as long as your device has speakers. (she has her laptop sitting on the desk)., long story short. She had her volume turned down all the way and just assumed we provided internet service with no sound....

    [–] Im notbrenting to you liar Catona 35 points ago in TalesFromTheFrontDesk

    A few months ago I had a similar instance that ended a bit differently.

    I had a guy come check in with a reservation made through Expedia. Check in was normal, and he went off to his room.

    No more than ten minutes later, I'm not even sure it was that long, I got a call from an expedia representative saying the guest had contacted them and wished to cancel his reservation.

    Now, I was a bit confused and explained that the guest had actually checked into the hotel just a mere couple of minutes ago.

    She says she understands this but the guest wishes to cancel because there are bed bugs in the room and crumbs all over the carpeting.

    Now that sends an alarm off in my head, as the word bed bugs is one of dread that no hotel worker takes lightly. I tell her that the guest has been in the room for only a few minutes and has not come to me with any issues, but that i would cancel the reservation and investigate what is going on.

    Just a minute after I hung up the phone the guy came up to the desk. I immediately say, with great surprise, "Sir, I'm told there are bed bugs in your room?"

    He immediately looked down and would not make eye contact. It became clear that he was not aware that I would be informed of what he told the third party.

    He stammered and said ", I just booked a little farther away from the place I need to be at than I thought I did."

    I explain that the Expedia representative told me that he told them the room had bed bugs and crumbs all over the carpeting.

    He just handed his key to me and hurried away looking a bit flustered and embarrassed.

    [–] Identification request! Catona 8 points ago in mycology

    Xylaria Polymorpha.

    [–] Gotta love complaints so stupid you can't even pretend to care Catona 17 points ago * (lasted edited a month ago) in TalesFromTheFrontDesk

    Reminds me of a guy who called ahead asking if there were restaurants near the hotel (literally everything out front of our hotel is a restaurant and I let him know this), and asks me if there is anything within walking distance.

    I let him know that there are literally 7 within walking distance as they all are directly next to us, and there is a Bob Evans restaurant that's directly in front of us whose building is literally a couple hundred feet from our door.

    The guy came in later in the evening complaining that whoever he spoke to promised him that there was food within walking distance, and clearly they lied to him just to get his business!!

    I point out the door at the Bob Evans that we can both clearly see and let him know that it was a restaurant and he says "I wouldn't consider that walking distance!!" all angrily.

    This was a perfectly able bodied man.

    Dude....if 200 feet isn't a reasonable length for you to walk, you're not even going to be able to make it to your room then! Better just camp out here in the lobby!

    [–] Found a couple of these little guys while walking near a lake. Catona 1 points ago in mycology

    Reminds me of a cortinarius species. Gorgeous whatever it is.