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Thu Nov. 5th, 2015

08:36 pm - Good thing we talked about it...

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I am kind of averse to "making a fuss". Or, well, conflict. But I am not happy steaming in silence about very small things. So, one of my no-specific-date resolutions is to Do Something About It. Which worked out fine last week.

Thursday I found an anonymous letter in my mailbox. Computer printed, if I could close the shutters more quietly if I had to close them after 10 p.m., some people were trying to sleep. Which would have been completely unremarkable and I would have answered, "OK, sorry, I did not realize they were so loud" if this had been said to me on the stairs by a real live person.

But this being an anonymous letter made me angry, and scared, and then severely pissed off. So I took the letter and wrote (by hand) that I was shocked, shocked not about the unexpected noisiness of my shutters, but about being so scary a person that someone felt they could not even address me by name, much less sign their own on a completely reasonable request! If they came to talk, we could find out what shutter was so audible to them. Unless this was the kids from the other side of the street (a popular scapegoats in the house, to blame for everything) playing their Halloween-tricks early, in which case they could get cookies on Saturday, but not a day earlier!

I signed my full name and pinned the paper on the message board in the hall.

Friday, it was gone.

Saturday, a note pinned to my door, "could not reach you, will try again", signed by one of my neighbours, a very nice man.

Sunday, we had a short talk at the door, I apologized, he apologized, and declined some late Halloween candy.

So, that went well. And I know that it's the light shutter that's so loud, not the heavy ones.

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Monday at the cafeteria checkout, the cash-less till showed 0,00 and some strange message, but there was a long line and I might have missed the info showing up, so I kept quiet. An hour later I checked online and found that they had billed my account more than 12 Euro, which is about twice what I owed.

So I fired off a nice e-mail to the manager right there and then, got a "come into my office, we'll fix this" the next day, and got a voucher for a meal on Wednesday when I was back at work. (Taking Tuesdays off for comp time currently.)

He probably has me down as a troublemaker, because I raised a big fuss some weeks earlier about them using the food additive code for sugar substitutes/artificial sweeteners on every dish that contained sugar, because they were not aware that fructose, glucose, and sucrose are the real sugary thing and not ersatz. I was ready to throw the EU regulations at them, but after I came back from vacation, they had done it themselves and taken down the labels on the stewed fruit, rice pudding, and bacon-and-cheese rolls.

(I am not allergic, I just despise the taste of most ersatz sugars, so I want to avoid them. I have no reason to avoid normal sugar.)

So: Good thing we talked about it.

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From:trobadora
Date:November 5th, 2015 08:36 pm (UTC)
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because they were not aware that fructose, glucose, and sucrose are the real sugary thing and not ersatz

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Are you serious?! *boggles*
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From:lyorn
Date:November 5th, 2015 09:25 pm (UTC)
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Hard to believe, is it?

(Also not quite charitable. More likely they did not understand that natural sugars did not fall under the EU definition of "sweetener".)

Still, it's very fortunate that I had a suspicion they might have fallen off the clue train somewhere and had done some research beforehand...



Edited at 2015-11-05 21:27 (UTC)
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From:trobadora
Date:November 6th, 2015 09:15 am (UTC)
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Oh, I see! At least that makes some sort of sense, in a headdesky sort of way ... *g*

How did you even pick up on that? I don't think the idea would have occurred to me.
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From:lyorn
Date:November 6th, 2015 12:29 pm (UTC)
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How did you even pick up on that?

I *really* dislike the taste of artificial sweetners and most ersatz sugars and I am not too happy with what they do with my blood sugar, either.

So I am used to paying attention to the small print. When from one day to the next my "do not go there" number shows up on on 90% of the desserts, I notice.

As I had liked their desserts before, either someone along the chain had changed the recipes, or they had caught a bad case of overlabeling. I was actually quite curious to find out.

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From:siderea
Date:November 6th, 2015 03:03 am (UTC)
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Yay for standing up and saying something!
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From:trobadora
Date:February 21st, 2016 03:48 pm (UTC)
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Happy birthday! *hugs*
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From:lyorn
Date:February 21st, 2016 08:02 pm (UTC)
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Thank you!

Goodness, I haven't posted in ages...
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From:trobadora
Date:February 21st, 2016 08:04 pm (UTC)
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Hope you had a great day!

I do miss seeing you around. :)
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