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Old 07-03-2010, 11:25 AM   #16
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Guy goes to a sports bar to watch a football game. Sits with us, just orders water. The entire night. No tip for waitress. Stopped inviting him. He shows up on his own another time, does the same thing.
With a bunch of other people, fine. By himself, uber-douche.
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Old 07-03-2010, 11:55 AM   #17
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my best friend wont buy anything (ANYTHING) unless its on sale
I do this. I stalked a pair of running shoes for months while they went on sale, then clearance, then 50% off that, on some kind of scratch-and-save day. Got them for like $25 and wore them for six years.

I can list off a lot of institutional stinginess. When I worked at McDonald's a million years ago I got in trouble for emptying the big dining room garbage bins when they were full but not yet overflowing (and thus, still a weight and size I could carry). The manager freaked out and followed me out to the garbage paddock, saying that businesses succeed or fail on their garbage bag consumption, and I was lucky that the owner didn't see this because I'd get written up for just throwing away $0.02 like that.

Years later I had a government job and the cleaning supplies were all from the dollar store, spray bottles with names like Glassdex and Amazing. Ordinarily I'd just call that cheap, but it has the stench of stingy considering their pay scales.
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Old 07-03-2010, 12:00 PM   #18
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I had a roommate who was going to the store and asked if I wanted a candy bar, he saw they were buy 1 get 1 free. I said sure. He came back and asked that I give him 50 cents for "my half." I had to go find 2 quarters in my room.
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Old 07-03-2010, 12:03 PM   #19
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Readers Digest recently did an article on these people. They take it to a level you couldn't imagine. I'm talking about people who don't leave their trash out for the garbage men like everyone else--instead, they keep watch, and when the garbage truck arrives, they run outside and dump their trash into the truck themselves so they can re-use the garbage bag.

If I have time later, I'll dig up the article and post more examples.
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Old 07-03-2010, 12:06 PM   #20
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Guy I know used to work in a vending machine call centre, basically said he spent his day mailing out 10c-€1 checks to people who got short changed or lost their money in vending machines
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Old 07-03-2010, 12:13 PM   #21
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About 10 years ago I was a manager at a Pizza Hut in NJ. There were always tons of cheap Indian people. At least once a week I would get a coupon that had expired 5-10 years prior. I mean we are talking like 2 larges pizzas for $4.99 or stuff like that. They would get pissed when I told them the coupon expired in 1985. I found out they used to go to the library and look at old Sunday newspapers and take coupons out.
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Old 07-03-2010, 12:14 PM   #22
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My dad used to scream bloody hell at my mom when she'd buy a national brand instead of a store brand. He made her cry over trashbags one time. He was quite mad about money, but now he's well off and he has relaxed a little.

He grew up in the Depression, and his father lost his big farm in a bank run.
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Old 07-03-2010, 12:18 PM   #23
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My dad used to scream bloody hell at my mom when she'd buy a national brand instead of a store brand. He made her cry over trashbags one time. He was quite mad about money, but now he's well off and he has relaxed a little.

He grew up in the Depression, and his father lost his big farm in a bank run.
Obviously yelling at someone is bad. But I don't think buying store brands is being cheap. Why would someone pay $4.00 for Glad garbage bags when they can get a cheapo brand for $1.50? It doesn't have to be just garbage bags, it can be anything. Soda, detergant, ect.
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Old 07-03-2010, 12:23 PM   #24
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The price difference isn't close to being that much in my experience. Typically it's less that 25%, often 10 or 15. Mostly it was just him being insane though.
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Old 07-03-2010, 12:46 PM   #25
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Bought some pizzas with friends. Everyone was allotted 3 or 4 slices. One guy cherry picked the largest pieces from different pizzas.
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Old 07-03-2010, 12:46 PM   #26
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my mom saves milk bags and cuts off the tops so she doesn't have to buy as many sandwich bags.

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Old 07-03-2010, 12:47 PM   #27
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I lived in Summit County over the winter to snowboard. I found a roommate once I moved out there after staying with a buddy a few weeks. Another friend of mine was in a similar situation a month later and I let him crash in the loft at our house a few times. My roommate (house owner) said he couldn't let him stay there because of the wear and tear he'd cause on the carpet. rofl

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Old 07-03-2010, 12:57 PM   #28
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What the **** is a milk bag?
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Old 07-03-2010, 12:58 PM   #29
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i think its a canada thing
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Old 07-03-2010, 01:04 PM   #30
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Wow, just Wow....
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