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Old 01-20-2011, 05:49 AM   #2576
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Double Down - dad stories, please.
+ one million. You've done a good psycho-analysis on your father... but this is OOT and we want stories.

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Old 01-20-2011, 05:54 AM   #2577
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you should write a book about you & your dad
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Old 01-20-2011, 06:33 AM   #2578
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Double Down, is this your Dad?

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Old 01-20-2011, 01:32 PM   #2579
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+ one million. You've done a good psycho-analysis on your father... but this is OOT and we want stories.
I posted a good one just a few posts up from my psychoanalysis post. I'm going to be posting one story a day.
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Old 01-20-2011, 02:30 PM   #2580
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OK, here we go. So there is a chocolate manufacturer based out of Vegas called Ethel M. It's the Mars corporation, but their box of chocolates version, like See's or Godiva. So you can go to the factory in Vegas and get a tour, which is free and unguided and is essentially a 100 foot long corridor and on your left through glass windows is the factory, and you can walk along and watch the chocolate get made.

So at the end of the hallway, you enter a huge gift shop with all their wares, and if you've gone through the "tour" you can get one free sample of chocolate, one of whatever you want. There was no hand stamping or tickets for it or anything like that. The employees just see you emerge from the hallway and you can walk up to any of the counters and ask for a free sample.

So when I was a kid (maybe from ages 8-11) my dad and I would go once or twice a year, and the fun would begin. We would go through 5, 6, up to maybe a dozen times through the corridor to the end to get a free chocolate each time. By the end, it was a matter of sprinting through the "tour", racing each other, to see who could get to the end and get the next free chocolate. We made a game out of it. The gift shop was pretty big, with probably 4 or 5 different counters, so we would split up and try to approach different cashiers so as not to double up.

Here's where it got really fun. By round 4 or 5, the employees would recognize us and get wise to what we were doing, so at some point when asking for a chocolate, an employee would say to us, "I'm sorry sir, it's only one free sample per person per day." My dad would try to argue and swear that he had just shown up for the first time.

Now here's where it goes of the mother effing deep end. And I swear to god this is true. My dad and I after getting "caught" would go to the parking lot and get "in character". It started innocently enough with me wearing his glasses and putting on a more scholarly demeanor, and him wearing my baseball hat backwards and acting "younger" and then going back in. It eventually led to us bringing disguises, things like different pairs of sunglasses, manners of walking (limps FTW), different accents, bringing different shirts to change into, different pants, my dad's doctor jacket (yes my dad is a doctor!), etc. Pretty much everything short of professional face putty or fake facial hair and wigs.

Of course, we'd get caught after a few times of this. I have a very vivid memory of a lady saying to my dad, dressed like his young hip dude character, "Sir, I already told you, there's only one free sample per person per day," and my dad sort of doing a two wild and crazy guy shimmy dance saying, "What are you talking about, lady? Never seen you before. Come on, don't be such a square."

How's that for starters?
Awesome. Reminds of this clip. sorry, I couldn't find the English version...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-Lwg...eature=related
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Old 01-20-2011, 02:41 PM   #2581
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Awesome. Reminds of this clip. sorry, I couldn't find the English version...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-Lwg...eature=related
Couldn't have animated it better myself.
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Old 01-20-2011, 03:23 PM   #2582
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Here it is in English:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMWFcWOeaps
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Old 01-21-2011, 12:53 AM   #2583
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Re: Stingiest thing you've seen someone do

Read a story on yahoo that reminded me of this thread.

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A 33 year old man had back surgery, took leave from work, lost his home, but ended up winning some ESPN fantasy football promo for a $3500 best buy gift card. He ended up selling the gift card to his Mom for $2500 cash.

Stingy on the part of his mother or no? I think it's pretty fair considering his mother is probably 60+ years old and best buy is generally a rip off. Also, couldn't he have gotten more from some gift card swapping website?
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Old 01-21-2011, 01:05 AM   #2584
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The Adventures of Dr. Assburger Dad!




very entertaining. sounds like an interesting guy.
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Old 01-21-2011, 02:40 AM   #2585
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Read a story on yahoo that reminded me of this thread.

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A 33 year old man had back surgery, took leave from work, lost his home, but ended up winning some ESPN fantasy football promo for a $3500 best buy gift card. He ended up selling the gift card to his Mom for $2500 cash.

Stingy on the part of his mother or no? I think it's pretty fair considering his mother is probably 60+ years old and best buy is generally a rip off. Also, couldn't he have gotten more from some gift card swapping website?
Considering his mom isn't well-off enough to help her crippled homeless son, she probably doesn't have any use whatsoever for the gift card and $2500 is as much as she could scrape together to do what she could to help.
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Old 01-21-2011, 02:46 AM   #2586
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am i getting thsi right, he sold you a 30$ coupon for 15$ and you call him terribly stingy? really?
is germany actually bizarro world?
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Old 01-21-2011, 02:47 AM   #2587
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Double Down:

Please confirm that your dad has a lot of money as it will make the stories better.
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Old 01-21-2011, 02:50 AM   #2588
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Old 01-21-2011, 03:00 AM   #2589
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Daddy double down sounds awesome
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Old 01-21-2011, 03:43 AM   #2590
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Obv a 3500 gift card is much different than a 30 coupon. Not stingy at all for the mother and the dude was probably happy to have the cash
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Old 01-21-2011, 04:15 AM   #2591
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Please confirm that your dad has a lot of money as it will make the stories better.
Duno about a LOT of money but his dad is a doctor...
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Old 01-21-2011, 04:27 AM   #2592
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Duno about a LOT of money but his dad is a doctor...
So he had enough degrees to keep his kids warm at night too?
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Old 01-21-2011, 07:22 AM   #2593
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He's not rich by any means, but is very comfortable. He failed out of his last year of med school. His mother died when he was 21 and it ended up having a major effect on his studies. He ended up getting a master's degree in the Child Heath Associate program and so has been a pediatrician for 32 years now, but getting paid about 1/2 as much as he would if he had if he had his m.d. instead of just a Masters. He probably makes 60-70k/yr, and has a very nice 3 bedroom house with his wife, my stepmom.

I promise to post more stories soon, just got swamped today. Although here is a quick story:

Last time I visited him about 6 months ago, we stopped by the Palms before heading home from a movie because he had a coupon for free $20 worth of food in any restaurant there, so we stopped in at the coffee shop and ordered a few things to go (obviously trying to get as close to exactly $20 worth of food, but without going over, like it's Price is Right. Pretty standard imo.)

So he got himself a crab meat Cobb salad. We wait around 15-20 min for the food (they're so damn slow at that coffee shop, aren't they?) and our food arrives and we head home, which is in Henderson.

So we open up the food, and my dad finds that his Cobb salad is missing the crab meat. He calls them up to complain and see if he can get a refund or credit towards the restaurant. They tell him they can't do that unless he brings in the salad. Of course, not sure how this would prove anything, seeing as how someone could just eat the crab meat out of it and make the same claim, but whatever.

You all know where this is going. Yep, he drives back to the Palms (in rush hour, so probably took him 1/2 hr from our house in Henderson) to exchange the salad. He comes home a good while later and I ask if he managed to get a new salad. He said that he'd been mistaken, that there was crab meat in it the whole time. He'd seen it in there but had mistaken it for shredded radishes or whatever.

I'm thinking of all kinds of funny small things about him, like how he ha a library of probably 300-400 VHS tapes, each with 4-6 movies that he copied on there from back in the day when you could rent vhses from Blockbuster and copy them onto a blank tape. He seriously must have every single film made before 1998 on VHS. Of course, not such an ethical travesty considering that Napster relatively recently dulled us to the idea of copying something for free. Still funny though.

When going to restaurants, it would be pretty standard for him to say it was his birthday so that he could get the free slice of cake and song and dance from the waiters. Although as he's gotten older, he's gotten better about not doing this so much, and usually limits it to the month of his birthday.

When going to buffets, he will usually wrap up a few cookies in a napkin to take with him. His justification is that since he's diabetic, he likes to have a sweet treat or two on hand in case his blood sugar gets low.

Whenever going on a trip (and he travels a ton), he tries to book flights that he knows will most likely be overbooked so that when getting there, he can ask to be bumped up to first class for the next flight, or give up his seat for a nice juicy voucher. This drives my stepmom nuts when they travel together, because he'll do it on trips where this is really risky, like for example, getting bumped on a later flight to Florida where they're supposed to be trying to catch a cruise ship that takes off at 4, and taking this later flight gets them in at 3 instead of much earlier, making it a really close call.

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This thread just got seriously back on track. Great stories.

I didn't know that flights got deliberately overbooked or that regularly you could predict it? How does that happen?
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Old 01-21-2011, 09:32 AM   #2595
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Double Down, is this your Dad?
Actually, the image I had in my head was a different character from that show:

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Old 01-21-2011, 10:22 AM   #2596
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This thread just got seriously back on track. Great stories.

I didn't know that flights got deliberately overbooked or that regularly you could predict it? How does that happen?
It's very common for airlines to overbook their flights because people frequently no-show the flight. So instead of having guaranteed empty seats on a sold-out plane, they oversell. I think it's only a handful of seats max, though.

Can't think of any good story.

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Old 01-21-2011, 11:10 AM   #2597
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He failed out of his last year of med school.
wow, what a beat
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Old 01-21-2011, 11:32 AM   #2598
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Whenever going on a trip (and he travels a ton), he tries to book flights that he knows will most likely be overbooked so that when getting there, he can ask to be bumped up to first class for the next flight, or give up his seat for a nice juicy voucher. This drives my stepmom nuts when they travel together, because he'll do it on trips where this is really risky, like for example, getting bumped on a later flight to Florida where they're supposed to be trying to catch a cruise ship that takes off at 4, and taking this later flight gets them in at 3 instead of much earlier, making it a really close call.
My dad probably can't compare with yours for cheapness, but he absolutely loves being on an overbooked flight. He's 6' and about 100 lbs overweight, but I've seen him sprint up to the counter when there was an announcement for an overbooked flight. Come to think of it, this is the only time I've ever seen him run.
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Old 01-21-2011, 11:46 AM   #2599
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No great stinginess stories, but a good flight one: I went to Mexico during spring break last year. The return flight was out of Cancun on Sunday. The flight was ridiculously overbooked and ticket agents were going through the line trying to get people to accept a flight out on Monday. Nobody wanted to because school starts on Monday, work, etc. We manage to get them to put me, my wife and my daughter up in an all-inclusive resort directly on the beach for Sunday afternoon - Monday noon. Free taxi to/from, free food, free drinks, room with a jacuzzi, pool/game room for the daughter.

They also gave us $500 in cash.

I felt pretty awesome about the deal. On the way back to the airport, I talked to two other guys who got the same thing, but also convinced them to upgrade the seats to first class. I guess I'm an overbooking fish.

Anyway, the people at the airport in Cancun said this happens every year around spring break.
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Old 01-21-2011, 12:06 PM   #2600
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A+ stories Double. keep em comin.
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