Gizmodo has an article on designs that differ from the usual burial experience. Some are wonderful, the wind chime I’m not as sure about.
Reposting in the tradition of the people’s mic
In August of 2009 I bought my daughter a cell phone through Virgin Mobile Canada. It was a cute little phone – an LG Rumour she could use to text, browse the web and phone home. 2 year plan which seemed pretty good as cell plans go. Unfortunately, the phone got broken in her backpack on the bus.
Rather than throw good money after bad we went to the Virgin kiosk and got a cheap candy bar phone, Nokia 2730. This phone had a sim card unlike the CDMA phone originally on the contract. I asked, as is my want, “will this cost anything extra or change the contract”. He said no and so it seemed as no extra charges were incurred.
Fast forward to Nov. 2010 when the screen on the Nokia started to seem faded, this worsened over the course of weeks and in December my daughter took the phone to the Virgin kiosk to see if they would send it away for repair as it was still under warranty. She was all but told to f off. Came home nearly in tears. No effort was made even to look at the phone let alone look up that it was in fact still under warranty. I then called the call centre and asked that her plan be reduced to calls only as the screen was no use for anything else.
I found a phone the next day, that I had when I had a previous contract with Virgin Mobile Canada and phoned the call centre to see if that phone could be put on her plan. I asked again, “will this cost anything extra or change the contract in any way”. I was told that the only change would be that her friends plan would include fewer people as we had dropped that featured and the original was a promo. Fine no problem.
Wait. Big problem. January’s bill includes an extra 179 dollar charge!
I spent one hour and forty-seven minutes on the phone to the call centre to try to sort it out and apparently this is a charge for changing from the candy bar sim card phone to the Samsung Vice CDMA phone. CDMA the same type of phone the plan started with. And seriously a 179 dollar downgrading charge!
When I asked if they have no legal obligation to full disclosure of charges – see above I did ask – I was told the charges still stood and that I should have read the contract if I wanted the information.
And to add insult to injury if I want to just cancel that will be another $160 to $180.
I was so frustrated with this ridiculous nonsense I told the call centre rep I was hanging up as I could no longer be polite. I was in tears by the end of it.
It is really unfortunate that the company has sunk to this level. My very first cell was a Virgin pre-paid and unlike other companies I had heard stories of they treated their pre-paid customers well. I then had a contract with them and their service was good but not the kind of service they had before. Now in my opinion if you want a cell plan look anywhere else but with Virgin Mobile Canada.
From this experience – Virgin Mobile Canada does not honour their phone warranties, does not require their employees to tell you the truth about added charges you may incur and will refuse to give you a number to higher authority with which to take up the matter. At this point the over 400 dollars it will cost to remove Virgin Mobile Canada from my life seems well worth it, though it would have been nice if any attempt had been made to recognize the mistake on their part and the charge for their error.
Virgin Mobile Canada – a name you can’t trust.
The line however, remained unmoved…
Being both an omnivore and a plant lover I’ve always hated when some vegetarians/vegans try to claim higher moral ground based on their food choices. Scientists are becoming more aware of just how spectacular plants really are;
“Plants are not static or silly,” said Monika Hilker of the Institute of Biology at the Free University of Berlin. “They respond to tactile cues, they recognize different wavelengths of light, they listen to chemical signals, they can even talk” through chemical signals. Touch, sight, hearing, speech. “These are sensory modalities and abilities we normally think of as only being in animals,” Dr. Hilker said.
So the next time you are munching on veggies remember – Carrot Juice is Murder
When I was young I said I would never have children. Part of that, a large part, was because I had already seen so much viciousness in the world. Today as a mother of six I often feel guilty for having had children and bringing them into this shithole of a world.
This story doesn’t do anything to change that.
According to a report by Officer Dustin Bradshaw, obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press, police were called to the Ozark home Nov. 11 because of a domestic disturbance. When he arrived, the girl was curled up on the floor, screaming, the report said.
Bradshaw’s report said the girl screamed, kicked and resisted any time her mother tried to get her in the shower before bed.
“Her mother told me to tase her if I needed to,” Bradshaw wrote.
Note to all child abusers out there the police are more than happy to help you out!
Apparently the father, who hopefully has more sense, is trying to seek full custody. Let’s hope he gets it.
Sickening story in full