Questions you want answered.

Stupid too old question: What is the origin of this meme and memes like it? I understand the reference here, but more generally what is the origin of the guy shooting someone then either blaming the victim or a systemic evil?

IMAGE(https://i.imgur.com/vCHf3aV_d.webp?maxwidth=640&shape=thumb&fidelity=medium)

*Stolen from P&C and specifically DSGamer

it's the "Who Killed Hannibal" meme from The Eric Andre Show

Baron Of Hell wrote:

For those of you buying and selling items $10 to $100 in person using sites like Next Door and Craigs Lists how are you exchanging money?

I've done contactless pickup by putting the thing under my carport and asking them to drop cash in a flower box.

Sure it's honor system, but I'm selling $10 items so it's not a big deal if they rip me off. Which they haven't yet.

Jonman wrote:
Baron Of Hell wrote:

For those of you buying and selling items $10 to $100 in person using sites like Next Door and Craigs Lists how are you exchanging money?

I've done contactless pickup by putting the thing under my carport and asking them to drop cash in a flower box.

Sure it's honor system, but I'm selling $10 items so it's not a big deal if they rip me off. Which they haven't yet.

That's not a bad idea.

The two popular ones around here are just straight cash and Venmo. Venmo has gotten a bit less popular since a lot of the credit card companies started charging fees earlier this year for using it.

And yes if they are like porch pickups for cheaper things, leaving cash in an envelope is a common practice.

Baron Of Hell wrote:

For those of you buying and selling items $10 to $100 in person using sites like Next Door and Craigs Lists how are you exchanging money?

I was watching a lady shot guns and she was at a place that only excepted cash so she asked the guy behind her if she could bower $20. She named off a couple of apps that she could use to pay the guy back. I never heard of either app but she seem to think it was all the rage now. So I'm thinking I'm behind in the exchanging cash game.

You guys using a app or physical cash? Oh and don't worry I always carry a infinity gauntlet on me case one of these fools try to rob me when I show up for the buy or sell. Snap those fools up. However, if you have some other ideas of best practices when buying and selling in person let me know.

My wife buys and sells a bit of stuff on Facebook Marketplace and she uses a variety of stuff like cash, Cash.app, Venmo, and even good ol' Paypal.

I bought a computer and desk from Craigslist ads over the summer. Both times I just paid cash but it was only $100 and $20.

For the most part, I insist on cash just to weed out the scammers.

"Can I pay you with a cashier's check" doesn't even warrant a response.

I usually insist on weed to cash out the scammers.

I usually insist on ass, half as a joke on the old saw about cash, grass, or ass, and half on the off chance someone takes me up on it.

hbi2k wrote:

I usually insist on ass, half as a joke on the old saw about cash, grass, or ass, and half on the off chance someone takes me up on it.

hbi2k housered!

I know the “grass, cash, or ass” line from some stoner flick. Also, “You know the best thing about high school girls? I keep getting older and they just stay the same.” f*cking slime-ball.

I once had a supervisor try to talk to me about that movie. I think he was trying to establish that I was a stoner so he could hold that over me. It was a hilarious crash and burn on his part.

I think that phrase predates any stoner movies, it goes back to the sixties when hitchhiking was very prevalent

"Gas, grass, or ass; no one rides for free."

Edit: reordered.

It's the code of the road!

IMAGE(https://i.ytimg.com/vi/diFDBNNmnnU/maxresdefault.jpg)

Paid $1,200 cash for a mountain bike a month ago off of Facebook Marketplace. Actually, I deal exclusively in cash for buying personal items in person.

With contractors like landscapers - mostly for rental properties, I usually end up having to Paypal or Venmo since on the first job since we haven't set up billing. I've avoided Cash App.

You know those scenes in Christmas movies where some adult gets convinced that Santa is real because they get some small toy they had always wanted for Christmas? If Santa was real in that movie's world, why didn't they GET that toy for Christmas when they originally wanted it?
Them being on naughty list as kids is never given as the reason, and they're never huge items you'd need to be really good to earn, and not getting the present is often the event that leads them to stop believing in Santa in the first place.

Stengah wrote:

You know those scenes in Christmas movies where some adult gets convinced that Santa is real because they get some small toy they had always wanted for Christmas? If Santa was real in that movie's world, why didn't they GET that toy for Christmas when they originally wanted it?
Them being on naughty list as kids is never given as the reason, and they're never huge items you'd need to be really good to earn, and not getting the present is often the event that leads them to stop believing in Santa in the first place.

They didn't get a gift because they were little assholes who didn't in believe in Santa. This doesn't put them on the naughty list, it puts them on another list entirely: the 'Santa Doesn't Exist So You Get Nuthin!' list. You gotta believe first, then you get the gift. Doesn't work the either way.

PaladinTom wrote:
Stengah wrote:

You know those scenes in Christmas movies where some adult gets convinced that Santa is real because they get some small toy they had always wanted for Christmas? If Santa was real in that movie's world, why didn't they GET that toy for Christmas when they originally wanted it?
Them being on naughty list as kids is never given as the reason, and they're never huge items you'd need to be really good to earn, and not getting the present is often the event that leads them to stop believing in Santa in the first place.

They didn't get a gift because they were little assholes who didn't in believe in Santa. This doesn't put them on the naughty list, it puts them on another list entirely: the 'Santa Doesn't Exist So You Get Nuthin!' list. You gotta believe first, then you get the gift. Doesn't work the either way.

But these movies often frame it as not getting that gift was the reason they didn't believe in Sandy Claws. So, they used to believe, never got the thing they wanted and stopped believing. This sets it up so that when they get that thing as an adult they immediately flip back to believing in Sandy Claws.

Wembley wrote:
PaladinTom wrote:
Stengah wrote:

You know those scenes in Christmas movies where some adult gets convinced that Santa is real because they get some small toy they had always wanted for Christmas? If Santa was real in that movie's world, why didn't they GET that toy for Christmas when they originally wanted it?
Them being on naughty list as kids is never given as the reason, and they're never huge items you'd need to be really good to earn, and not getting the present is often the event that leads them to stop believing in Santa in the first place.

They didn't get a gift because they were little assholes who didn't in believe in Santa. This doesn't put them on the naughty list, it puts them on another list entirely: the 'Santa Doesn't Exist So You Get Nuthin!' list. You gotta believe first, then you get the gift. Doesn't work the either way.

But these movies often frame it as not getting that gift was the reason they didn't believe in Sandy Claws. So, they used to believe, never got the thing they wanted and stopped believing. This sets it up so that when they get that thing as an adult they immediately flip back to believing in Sandy Claws.

Exactly. Not getting that toy as a child is always a pivotal moment for them, they still remember their heartbreak and disappointment at not getting it decades later.
It's not the Hot Take thread, but:
Movie Santas are jerks who deliberately disappoints people as children so they can easily bribe them as adults.

Reminds me of this:

IMAGE(https://i.imgur.com/u1WPEgK.png)

You can't have the toy until it's needed for story development!

Stengah wrote:

You know those scenes in Christmas movies where some adult gets convinced that Santa is real because they get some small toy they had always wanted for Christmas? If Santa was real in that movie's world, why didn't they GET that toy for Christmas when they originally wanted it?
Them being on naughty list as kids is never given as the reason, and they're never huge items you'd need to be really good to earn, and not getting the present is often the event that leads them to stop believing in Santa in the first place.

I always assume that Santa Claus is like Dr. Manhattan and if you asked him about it, he'd be like, "I can't give you that for Christmas this year because I already gave it to you 45 years from now. You're standing in the snow next to your daughter holding it in your hand."

Stengah wrote:

You know those scenes in Christmas movies where some adult gets convinced that Santa is real because they get some small toy they had always wanted for Christmas? If Santa was real in that movie's world, why didn't they GET that toy for Christmas when they originally wanted it?
Them being on naughty list as kids is never given as the reason, and they're never huge items you'd need to be really good to earn, and not getting the present is often the event that leads them to stop believing in Santa in the first place.

Because Santa is a stand-in for God. When something good happens, it's because He loves us. When something bad happens, it's because He works in mysterious ways. All the credit for the good stuff, none of the blame for the bad stuff.

ClockworkHouse wrote:
Stengah wrote:

You know those scenes in Christmas movies where some adult gets convinced that Santa is real because they get some small toy they had always wanted for Christmas? If Santa was real in that movie's world, why didn't they GET that toy for Christmas when they originally wanted it?
Them being on naughty list as kids is never given as the reason, and they're never huge items you'd need to be really good to earn, and not getting the present is often the event that leads them to stop believing in Santa in the first place.

I always assume that Santa Claus is like Dr. Manhattan and if you asked him about it, he'd be like, "I can't give you that for Christmas this year because I already gave it to you 45 years from now. You're standing in the snow next to your daughter holding it in your hand."

I just assumed Santa's workshop is backed up and running 30 years behind.

So a package is in transit with the USPS and was supposed to be delivered on Friday. Then they updated that the delivery was running late and would be delivered by 8pm the next day, which was yesterday. Well yesterday came and went and now tracking is telling me that it is still in transit but the delivery date is unknown (??).

How can you have a specific delivery date and run late and then suddenly have NO IDEA when the package can be delivered?

Does it usually mean that they've lost it when something like this happens?

If you’ve ordered it from Amazon the USPS might not have lost it. They’re just delaying the delivery. I have no idea why they do this.

Report it as lost, and get your refund from Amazon ASAP. There is a good chance that you will receive the item a few weeks after you get your refund.

RawkGWJ wrote:

If you’ve ordered it from Amazon the USPS might not have lost it. They’re just delaying the delivery. I have no idea why they do this.

Report it as lost, and get your refund from Amazon ASAP. There is a good chance that you will receive the item a few weeks after you get your refund.

It's not from Amazon. It's a subscription box from an independent company. (And the box is insured.) I'll see what happens with it this week before following up, especially considering it's a weekend. But I was curious how they could suddenly just have no idea when to deliver it.

I've seen this happen when the package is accidentally misrouted. It might be that it went into the wrong delivery truck, or was sent to the wrong city, and I've even had a package that went to Oregon (probably by truck) instead of Maryland. The exception processing that then takes place can take a while. But usually, the package shows up eventually.

I’ve seen it several times with my packages, but they usually showed up within a week. Frustrating, to be sure, but so far not ever lost.

Antichulius wrote:

I’ve seen it several times with my packages, but they usually showed up within a week. Frustrating, to be sure, but so far not ever lost.

I get most frustrated when it shows as "delivered" but doesn't show up until the next day or the day after. I'm fairly sure it's my mail carrier deciding that she's done for the day but doesn't want to get dinged for a late package. Definitely annoying when I don't know whether its her shenanigans or if something has actually been delivered but to the wrong address.

It's a silly question, but in Dead Poets Society, were Pitts (tall guy) and Meeks (glasses redhead guy) involved romantically? I only ask because I'm wondering if I'm the only one who thinks that they are.