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Weird stuff that's happened to you

Post by Gavin Chipper » Wed Feb 19, 2014 12:52 pm

I've just come back from the Netherlands and while I was there, I was in an Indian/Nepalese restaurant. It was basically the same as an Indian restaurant here, except it wasn't very good. Anyway, I ordered a sag aloo for my main course and a peshwari naan. Except the waitress said that you can't have a peshwari naan if you order the sag aloo, but could only have a plain naan. What the fuck? I asked her why, but she didn't seem to have an answer. It made literally no sense. To be clear, this wasn't a "meal deal" I was doing where you get set things for a set price. Or if it was, no-one told me that I'd asked to be part of this meal deal, and there was no indication on the bill afterwards. I could have pressed her further, and probably should have done, for example by asking for a list of the main courses that would allow me to have a peshwari naan, telling her it's completely insane and that obviously I can order whatever I want from the menu, but I didn't. But that was fucking weird.

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Post by Ian Volante » Wed Feb 19, 2014 1:05 pm

Was staying in a guest house in Athenry a couple of years ago in the run-up to a friend's wedding. Me and our lass woke up in the middle of the night for no apparent reason to discover that the curtains covering the small window in the wall high above our bed had been opened at some point since we went to sleep. That was weird.
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Post by Charlie Reams » Thu Feb 20, 2014 6:26 am

I was recently shopping for some dinner for me & Ms Hatred in Tesco, and since she was back at home, I took a photo of the available frozen pizzas and texted it to her to get her opinion. Just at that moment, I heard some shouting but I had headphones in and, this being north London, random public shouting is pretty common, so I ignored it and went to check out the Sainsbury's next door. As I was about to leave the Tesco, the security guard blocked the doorway and, putting his face inches from mine, started shouting that I have no right to take photographs and something something something (I still had the headphones in). I have heard that supermarkets don't like people taking photos (because it makes price comparison easier) but I've seen the guards in the same Tesco just shrug when people actually steal the merchandise and run, so I thought it was pretty weird that they decided to make a big fuss about someone photographing a pizza. Anyway, I was well aware that he couldn't detain me for taking a photograph and didn't feel any need to justify myself, so I just shrugged and slipped past him, but it was still a weird experience.

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Post by David Williams » Fri Feb 21, 2014 2:26 pm

I can see that it's slightly weird that Sainsbury's should be next door to Tesco, and fairly weird that you have to visit two shops and seek a second opinion before buying a frozen pizza, but I'm a bit lost as to the weirdness of anything else. Maybe the role of the headphones means you have misread something and you are recounting a wired experience.

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Post by Charlie Reams » Sat Feb 22, 2014 1:27 am

David Williams wrote:I can see that it's slightly weird that Sainsbury's should be next door to Tesco, and fairly weird that you have to visit two shops and seek a second opinion before buying a frozen pizza, but I'm a bit lost as to the weirdness of anything else. Maybe the role of the headphones means you have misread something and you are recounting a wired experience.
If you live a life wherein people are frequently detained for pizza photography, you must have some great anecdotes for this thread.

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Post by Gavin Chipper » Sun Jun 19, 2016 5:20 pm

I was minding my own business for several years using Facebook on the browser on my phone, when all of a sudden Facebook decided that I had to use their messenger app to view my messages. But just the messages. I can still use Facebook on my browser, but can't view my messages. This makes no sense. Why that rather than allowing me to use the browser apart from when viewing friend requests? Why doesn't it insist on me installing an app for viewing events? Absolutely stone-cold mental, I genuinely can't see any other description that applies.

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Post by Jon O'Neill » Mon Jun 20, 2016 7:48 am

Gavin Chipper wrote:I was minding my own business for several years using Facebook on the browser on my phone, when all of a sudden Facebook decided that I had to use their messenger app to view my messages. But just the messages. I can still use Facebook on my browser, but can't view my messages. This makes no sense. Why that rather than allowing me to use the browser apart from when viewing friend requests? Why doesn't it insist on me installing an app for viewing events? Absolutely stone-cold mental, I genuinely can't see any other description that applies.
Not saying it's a good move, cos it's probably not, but it's obviously to promote the Messenger app. To not be able to see that is, itself, stone-cold Steve mental.

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Post by Gavin Chipper » Mon Jun 20, 2016 8:10 am

Jon O'Neill wrote:
Gavin Chipper wrote:I was minding my own business for several years using Facebook on the browser on my phone, when all of a sudden Facebook decided that I had to use their messenger app to view my messages. But just the messages. I can still use Facebook on my browser, but can't view my messages. This makes no sense. Why that rather than allowing me to use the browser apart from when viewing friend requests? Why doesn't it insist on me installing an app for viewing events? Absolutely stone-cold mental, I genuinely can't see any other description that applies.
Not saying it's a good move, cos it's probably not, but it's obviously to promote the Messenger app. To not be able to see that is, itself, stone-cold Steve mental.
But why have a Messenger app, separate from Facebook itself? Why not have an app dedicated to friend requests?

It's also a really fucking intrusive app, and I've had to deselect all the options to make it less so.

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Post by Jon O'Neill » Mon Jun 20, 2016 12:11 pm

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Jon O'Neill wrote:
Gavin Chipper wrote:I was minding my own business for several years using Facebook on the browser on my phone, when all of a sudden Facebook decided that I had to use their messenger app to view my messages. But just the messages. I can still use Facebook on my browser, but can't view my messages. This makes no sense. Why that rather than allowing me to use the browser apart from when viewing friend requests? Why doesn't it insist on me installing an app for viewing events? Absolutely stone-cold mental, I genuinely can't see any other description that applies.
Not saying it's a good move, cos it's probably not, but it's obviously to promote the Messenger app. To not be able to see that is, itself, stone-cold Steve mental.
But why have a Messenger app, separate from Facebook itself? Why not have an app dedicated to friend requests?
Facebook is obviously trying to differentiate Facebook from Messenger. I would imagine they don't see chat as a core feature of Facebook, unlike Friend Requests.
Gavin Chipper wrote:It's also a really fucking intrusive app, and I've had to deselect all the options to make it less so.
It is and always a clunky piece of shite, much like the Facebook app. If you don't like it don't use it. Stick it to Facebook by only using the Facebook-owned WhatsApp instead.

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Post by Gavin Chipper » Mon Jun 20, 2016 12:29 pm

Jon O'Neill wrote:
Gavin Chipper wrote:It's also a really fucking intrusive app, and I've had to deselect all the options to make it less so.
It is and always a clunky piece of shite, much like the Facebook app. If you don't like it don't use it. Stick it to Facebook by only using the Facebook-owned WhatsApp instead.
But if someone sends me a message on Facebook (like I have done to you just now), would that come up on WhatsApp?

I haven't downloaded the Messenger app to chat to people. I've downloaded it so I can see if someone has sent me a message on Facebook or so that I can send one as part of a discussion that might have started when I was on my laptop.

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Post by Jon O'Neill » Mon Jun 20, 2016 12:37 pm

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Jon O'Neill wrote:
Gavin Chipper wrote:It's also a really fucking intrusive app, and I've had to deselect all the options to make it less so.
It is and always a clunky piece of shite, much like the Facebook app. If you don't like it don't use it. Stick it to Facebook by only using the Facebook-owned WhatsApp instead.
But if someone sends me a message on Facebook (like I have done to you just now), would that come up on WhatsApp?
This is like having a conversation with my granddad. No, Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp are two distinct platforms (and probably will be for the forseeable future).

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Post by Gavin Chipper » Mon Jun 20, 2016 12:44 pm

Jon O'Neill wrote:This is like having a conversation with my granddad. No, Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp are two distinct platforms (and probably will be for the forseeable future).
But that was my point. WhatsApp would be of no benefit. People send messages on Facebook, I want to be able to access these when I'm out.

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