How rude is that? It's up to you.
by HRIT Staff on November 16, 2010
Silly Aunt Mildred's off-the-mark gifts just too irritating for you? Up till now, you'd have to simply accept dear Mildred's thoughtful but unwelcome white elephant presents -- or, find a way to surreptitiously return them. But now, thanks to Amazon, ingrates of the world will never have to put up with their Aunties' bumbling attempts to bring them cheer -- because Amazon has just patented a way for you to return gifts before you even receive them!
Dubbed the "Gift Converter," Amazon's "thoughtful" invention allows you to pre-return gifts and get credit you can spend on whatever you want on Amazon. Mildred might have thought you'd enjoy that novel she cherished, but with the Gift Converter, you'll be free to automatically convert it to a gift card before you even receive it. (Perhaps you should find an outline of it somewhere online, though, in case poor, well-meaning Millie asks you what you liked about her favorite story.)
Some will no doubt applaud this modern convenience. Everyone wins, right? Millie needn't know you've pre-rejected every gift she'll ever send you for her remaining days, and you get to pick out whatever you want. And it's not as overtly gauche as saying "please just send cash." Problem is, in our minds, it's really no different than coming right out with the money grubbing -- except that it's a little less honest.
Not to mention, what about insecure gift-givers who worry they've been set up for Gift Conversion? Good news for them: since Amazon's patent presumably prevents other sites from using this invention, the easy way to avoid automated rudeness of your gift being secretly pre-returned is to just shop elsewhere.
by HRIT Staff on November 12, 2010
What is it about people, cars and rudeness? It just seems like there's something about driving that brings out the worst in our citizenry.
Bad Behavior Crusader Stanley Roberts of KRON has captured yet another example of road rudeness -- this time, it's people who open their car doors on busy streets -- and leave them that way.
On those occasions when opening the door into a busy street is necessary, you might think common sense would prevail, and people would simply know that getting in and out of your car quickly and using as little room as possible would be the best, safest course of action. But ... no. Hence a LAW stating that you may only have your door for as long as it takes to get in/out -- and no more.
But, as Stanley captured on video here, for some people, the law is just not clear enough:
We especially enjoyed the first dude -- not content to block the road, he also apparently had no shame about changing his outfit in the middle of the street.
We're generally amused by rude behavior (as you well know), but leaving your car door open unnecessarily isn't just rude, iit's illegal and it's dangerous -- especially for bicyclists. Check before opening, get in/out, and get your door out of the way.
by HRIT Staff on October 28, 2010
An Illinois town has decided to put an end to over-age trick-or-treating -- citing the inevitable terror that strikes when a person opens their door to an adult-sized Voldemort -- by handing out fines to anyone over 12 caught looking for candy on Halloween night. (We wonder how they'll catch all the
llittle grown-up-sized sugar grabbers!)
Is trick-or-treating an inalienable right for kids of all ages? Or are the grownups here breaking out their Scrooge costumes a couple of months early?
by HRIT staff on October 14, 2010
Apparently tired of having no legitimate reason for media attention for more than 20 years, Joan Collins decided the time was right to open her home -- and her big, rude mouth -- to British rag Hello!
Out of the spotlight for decades, the 77-year-old former star had a variety of delightful opinions to share with the world, including:
* Jennifer Aniston is not pretty, just cute. The woman who nabbed Aniston's husband, on the other hand, is the only pretty woman in Hollywood these days.
* The lucky fans of Joan's day weren't starved glamour like we poor slobs of today are. The fans of Joan's era were blessed with the stunning beauty of Lana Turner, Elizabeth Taylor, Ava Gardner, and ...of course, Joan herself.
* Like the lovely and sensitive Giselle, instead of being grateful for her genetic gifts, she credits her superior willpower for her preserved figure and bashes virtually everyone else in the world for their "greed." Inspiring!
Joan, we imagine that you may have been considered a dish half a century ago, but your inner beauty could use cosmetic surgery! Using insulting comments about others to pump yourself up and get undeserved publicity -- really, How Rude Is That?
by HRIT staff on October 11, 2010
16 students in India found out the hard way that Facebook is not a private playground for students, but a public site where -- gasp! -- even teachers and parents might be lurking. They began a nasty thread about a teacher whose grading was a little tougher than they liked -- and the thread evolved into a lengthy, rude teacher-bashing screed. The result: a three month suspension from their school!
Parents agreed that the students' extreme rudeness and disrespect warranted punishment. But was a three month suspension over the top?
Read about it on the BBC website.
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