I went on Amazon dot com to buy a book for the class that I will be teaching in less than a month--I was tired of waiting for the school district to come up with it. It costs $60, but Amazon tells me that if I apply for a credit card, I can get a $30 credit making the book only $30. Such a deal, who can pass that up. (The used books available did not say if they were the latest edition and it is a workbook that I'll have to make copies out of for the students so I didn't want to chance a used copy). Anyway, I fill in all the spaces and it says I need a password for Amazon, which I've forgotten, so I say I'm new. It knows my e-mail address and refuses to allow me to be new, so I say, I forgot and it lets me pick a new password. I put in the new password and now it starts all over again and I have to fill in all the spaces again. Long story not as long, it took all my info and then said the credit was temporarily not available.
I still want the book, so I order it.
Then I send an e-mail to cancel the credit card application. Today I get an e-mail back telling me that a different company will handle that request. So I call the credit card company and they tell me that they cannot cancel my credit card application--it's pending, so for my PROTECTION they cannot make any changes to it, including canceling it. I questioned how that protected me, when in fact it hurts my credit rating by having an additional card that I do not want and that I did not receive the promised credit for applying, but the very nice lady on the phone said that IF my credit card application is approved I will get a credit for future purchases at Amazon. Sorry, never shopping there again.
What gets me is that the woman was perfectly polite and poised telling me that there was not a thing I could do about it. I'll bet someone else has already run the card through a shredder and sent it back to them in a million pieces. I'll have to come up with something more creative.
So I got a call from the county responding to my inquiry about the inservice training for new teachers. The woman said that I had to call her to make a reservation for the times that I wanted to go to the training and I said, I'll tell you right now that I'll go next monday, but I can't go on wednesday (it was a two day course--this is in addition to the level 1 requirement). She got all flustered and said, you can't do that, you won't get paid to come on monday only. [GET PAID. I'm going to get paid for the time I go to all these crazy requirements. That is interesting.] So I say, fine, I'll go to the trainings in October. She said, you'll have to call me to make a reservation. Aparently there is magic bureaucratic juice generated when I place the call to her rather than simply tell her something when she's placed the call to me. Ay yi yi.