Coin counting machines… a rip-off or convenience?

So I went to the local supermarket today with a jar of coins hoping to convert them into “real money”. Coin counting machines are ubiquitous at the supermarket as the RedBox DVD machines. So after answering a battery of lame questions (do I want to donate my coins to charity, do I want to convert my coins into worthless gift cards….) I poured the jar into the machine.  After what seems to be endless whirling and clanking noise from the coins circulating inside the machine stopped. On the screen is the amount of real money that is part of my share minus 9.8% as the condition for using the service. Below  is the reject tray where I found a rusty an old Penney and a Canadian quarter I assumed that where from my jar. The machine is waiting for me to make a decision to add more coins or “cash out”. I riffled through my pockets and found 2 dimes in my jacket. So I threw in the first dime and the machine again whirl and clank but the dime disappeared into nowhere. There is no change in the total amount on the screen. Hmmm…. I then threw in the second dime. Again the machine whirl and clanks and like the first dime, the second also disappeared into oblivion. The total amount on the screen is still the same as before the addition of the 2 dimes. I look down at the reject tray hoping to find my 2 dimes but no dice.

I’m not sure whether I was ripped off or 20 cents is not worth for the machine to count. Then I start to look around for the seal from the “weight and measurement” office. You know the one we see at the groceries scales, fuel pumps…. but found none. So I guess that these machines are not regulated or certify by anyone. In today’s world of  bureaucratic regulations and red tapes  exist a business machine that takes in real money without governmental oversight?

These machines already ripped you off 9.8% up front and only god knows how much more in intentional “miscount”. So it is back to the old saying “caveat emptor” or “you are on your own” in new English.

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Sad time to be a Republican

Last night I was sadden to be affiliated with a bunch of buffoons known as the Republican. What is happening to us? A once proud and mighty GOP are now known as “the do nothing” bunch. It all started with someone open the door to the “tea party” idiots and allowed them to jump on our band wagon.

In Oabama’s State Of The Union speech he took credit for a lot of successes that we as Republicans tried our best to keep it from happening. There is the come back of the American auto industry, the Bin La-din trophy hunt, tax break for the middle class, the passage of the health care bill, and this morning Navy SEALS successful mission in Somalia. WTF? don’t we have a single thing we can claim that we did something? We couldn’t even get the Pipeline pork project to pass.

No wonder we are set to doom because our leaders consist of: a “recycled has been” who is still trying to answer to whether or not he asked his EX if he can have sex with other women while married to her. A clue-less business man who is playing hide and seek with his income tax return. An old coot whose ideas seems like jokes from SNL with Betty White. These morons are preoccupied with these “who gives a shit” issues while Obama is talking about jobs and the economy.

The scariest part is one of the 3 stooges will represent us against Obama next year. God help us if we actually win.

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What happen to common sense?

So the San Francisco’s DA office will file charges for domestic violence against the newly elected sheriff Ross Mirkarimi for a new year eve’s incident with his wife. A neighbor claim she witnessed Mirkarimi “abused” his wife resulted with bruising to her arm. The wife publicly denied the assault charges saying ” it is all a misunderstanding” and defended her husband.

The San Francisco’s DA office thinks that it knows more about the dynamic of the Mirarimi’s family than the couple will press charges against the Sheriff over his wife’s objection. They are trying to convince Mrs Mirarimi that she is a victim of domestic violence.

Are you kidding me? Why are we wasting money prosecuting when the victim herself claim nothing happened. Shouldn’t we use that limited resource to go after the real criminals? What happen to the thing call common sense?

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What is wrong with America’s military leaders?

It seems like the Commander In Chief and US military leaders are having a guilty complex over the 4 Marines urinating on dead Taliban fighters incident. The US press had been playing it up as though as it is some sort of atrocity. The enemy is not angry over this, they are laughing at our military leaders for their responses to the issue. The bigger laugh is when Leon Paneta called Afghanistan’s president Karzai to apologize for the action of the 4 Marines. Paneta promised Karzai that there will be a witch hunt to punish the men involved.

What is wrong with America’s military leaders? Why do warriors lost their “balls” (for lack of better word) when they become Generals? All of the “brasses” are condemning the 4 Marines as though they have committed some sort of atrocity. And please, spare me from  “we have higher standard”. If we resort to war to resolve conflict than we lowered ourself to the enemy’s level. We train these Marines snipers to shoot the Taliban in the head to kill them but they can’t “piss” on the enemy. And when boys will be boys our leaders abandon them.

By the way, why did Peneta apologized to  Harmid Karzai when the Taliban is a common enemy of US and Afghanistan? Why would Karzai be offended or is it because they are both the same. If this is the case than we have a bigger issue than just some youngsters pissing on some dead guys.


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