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Re: What gives you the S&#T's!?

Postby ScaniaGrenda » Wed Apr 25, 2018 10:01 am

* The fact if I'm not carrying my DSLR camera with me something amazing always goes down Happened this week where after leaving Maitland I see PSC's Newly transferred EX Brisbane City Council Scania L94UB Volgren do a run to Maitland station on an emergency train replacement shuttle. Not only that, they also had FRIGGIN AUSTRALS out that i'd kill to get a photo of too and the recently delivered Marco Polo Audieces. The only bonus out of this is that I got my shopping done quick smart then caught the 180 back to Maitland just in time to get on board one of PSC's Volvo Endura's that is an ex Volvo Stock bus that's sign written about something to do with "Volvo Safety". One of my first Endura's I've ridden on and It left me happy. Never been on a CDC one since their exclusive to school routes and am yet to see one on RR. Later on while heading to an appointment in Thornton, I see Newcastle Transport buses also operating Rail replacement in Thornton way outta their zone. Would've made for a few cool photos had I had my DSLR on me. Fingers crossed the next time it happens I have my camera on me.

* Rare buses or rarely seen buses come out when I'm not around. It took forever for me to get a few shots of m/o 3406 from Newcastle Transport and same goes for m/o 5515. Then Newcastle Transport operates their B10B Custom Coaches 238 buses on service routes when I'm not around. I only have 1 photo of a B10B but would like to catch all (3?) operating in service and the only chance I have of seeing them in service again is to get lucky they are operating service routes when I'm in Newcastle again or see if it's operated on a school route.
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Re: What gives you the S&#T's!?

Postby Newcastle Flyer » Mon May 07, 2018 10:16 am

And again, because several motorists over a few days parked in the bus zone, the bus driverS couldn't stop in the bus zone, and had to stop in the middle of the street, and the other day, due to this, the bus driver had to stop forward of the bus stop. If he stopped any further away, the Opal machine would not have been able to tap off.

Oh well, at least I took photos of it.
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Re: What gives you the S&#T's!?

Postby scott » Mon May 07, 2018 1:10 pm

Perfectly good houses being knocked down, to be replaced by ugly king size mansions. We have one that was done last year, another ugly mansion just being completed and another house tore down this weekend. They don't fit into the streetscape and stand out like sore thumbs.

One of the mansions is now occupied by four families.
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Re: What gives you the S&#T's!?

Postby Swift » Mon May 07, 2018 6:28 pm

scott wrote:
One of the mansions is now occupied by four families.

Hmm, and I'm betting they are not white caucasians.
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Re: What gives you the S&#T's!?

Postby scott » Mon May 07, 2018 6:47 pm

You are correct.

Our neighbourhood is not quite the same anymore, many residents have moved away, getting absolutely massive prices at auction, even on houses that are dumps.
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Re: What gives you the S&#T's!?

Postby Newcastle Flyer » Tue May 08, 2018 8:17 am

Swift wrote:
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One of the mansions is now occupied by four families.

Hmm, and I'm betting they are not white caucasians.

And?
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Re: What gives you the S&#T's!?

Postby homer9000 » Sat May 12, 2018 10:03 am

troublemakers on cruise ships.mostly of the middle eastern variety although we do have some indians too.
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Re: What gives you the S&#T's!?

Postby Swift » Sat May 12, 2018 4:11 pm

Telstra's silly ad with a family doing cartwheels and backflips like it's routine. Indulgent tripe. Guess who pays for them.
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Re: What gives you the S&#T's!?

Postby Newcastle Flyer » Sun May 13, 2018 10:17 am

Swift wrote:Telstra's silly ad with a family doing cartwheels and backflips like it's routine.

Well backflips were routine for "Back Flip Barry", and now it's "Aunt Gladys" turn of back flipping - Fe Fi Fo Fum do I smelle thy election-ith?
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Re: What gives you the S&#T's!?

Postby Newcastle Flyer » Sun May 13, 2018 5:47 pm

Just because you have a disabled sticker on your car gives YOU ABSOLUTELY NO RIGHT TO STOP IN THE BUS BAY at Kotara, you b. If I didn't say anything, she (& he for the car in front) would've held the two buses up.

Two motorists parked their car in the bus bay at Kotara. Their should be a "NO ENTRY, BUSES ONLY" not that will stop them.
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Re: What gives you the S&#T's!?

Postby scott » Mon May 14, 2018 10:18 am

That biopic on Olivia Newton John last night. It was awful, only watched a few minutes before switching it off in disgust. I find it tacky doing a biopic on someone who is still alive.

Did not do well in the ratings apparently.
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Re: What gives you the S&#T's!?

Postby Swift » Mon May 14, 2018 3:16 pm

scott wrote:That biopic on Olivia Newton John last night. It was awful, only watched a few minutes before switching it off in disgust. I find it tacky doing a biopic on someone who is still alive.

Did not do well in the ratings apparently.

Wasn't there another one done with a different actress only recently?
It looks like it was all made mainly as a homage to Delta Goodrem!
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Re: What gives you the S&#T's!?

Postby Newcastle Flyer » Tue May 15, 2018 10:33 pm

So how many more times? (Let's just say he/she found a note on his windscreen)
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Re: What gives you the S&#T's!?

Postby homer9000 » Thu May 17, 2018 8:39 am

people picking up and dropping off in bus zones.
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Re: What gives you the S&#T's!?

Postby TA3001 » Thu May 17, 2018 3:46 pm

All too common in the Adelaide CBD. At night, it's the headlights that are annoying whilst I'm looking out for a bus I'm waiting for. They often sit there idling from anything between 3 and10 minutes.

I just haven't been able to identify that sign that says 'Bus zone - Free 24/7 parking for cars and vans only!'. But apparently motorists seem to have no trouble with at least envisaging it!
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Re: What gives you the S&#T's!?

Postby ScaniaGrenda » Fri May 18, 2018 8:47 am

Leave it to Mcdonalds to have their self-service terminal eftpos reader's paywave to fail and not give any notice or indication that it's not working what so ever. I was getting dinner last night since I was out with my friends, as usual at this time of night this Mcdonalds is packed out, the register lines is long but I see an empty spot in the self-service area so I go for it. Make up what I wanted and go to pay, "I know, I'll use paywave since I won't have to hunch my back down to slide my card in and enter my PIN like a caveman". Nope card isn't reading, maybe I'm not doing it right?

I try again, leaving it a few cm away from the reader (nope), try putting it directly on the reader in all sorts of directions (nope) finally I see a young employee fiddling with another terminal that had broke (That thing was running Windows ME when it rebooted or had a theme like it applied to it) and I say "Excuse me but my card isn't being read". That's when she tells me that "Paywave doesn't work on this one". Yeah good going because there's a line now backed up behind me, I'm there looking like a buffoon trying to get my card read and now find it out that "paywave doesn't work", Had their been a sign I would've stuck to the other working terminal which I definitely know has working paywave. Anyway for my self serve machine my time to pay is up and gives the option to "retry" or "Cancel", she says someone will serve me at another register (which at this time the line was now clear for this one) I tell the next employee about it and say there should really be a sign if your paywave isn't working to save time being wasted and 2ndly a crowd of people to generate from the time wasted. I just got the usual "Yeah we will" spill and "blank stares", it's not the messages (person at the registers fault) but surely if an employee knows it's broken management at that store would too.

Yeah all this over "paywave" not working but no notice what so ever that it was out of order.
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Re: What gives you the S&#T's!?

Postby Swift » Fri May 18, 2018 2:54 pm

Is a piece of paper with a note taped to the offending terminal too much to ask?
Filthy disease carrying rodents who give blank stares to a reasonable enquiry deserve a backhand slap to the dial. The ultimate disrespect as far as I'm concerned!
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Re: What gives you the S&#T's!?

Postby ScaniaGrenda » Fri May 18, 2018 10:11 pm

Swift wrote:Is a piece of paper with a note taped to the offending terminal too much to ask?
Filthy disease carrying rodents who give blank stares to a reasonable enquiry deserve a backhand slap to the dial. The ultimate disrespect as far as I'm concerned!


To Mcdonalds?

Yes it's too much to ask. To make matters worse I've used the terminals at many other stores and 95% of them are always out of receipt paper (I like to keep it to know I haven't been overcharged or proof of my order even tho it's sent to their system in the kitchen) Heck 3 or 4 weeks back I was at one of my locals and the terminal gave me the receipt paper but it HAD NO INK on it. it was 100% pure blank paper.

I can on the other hand recall most of the times I've been to KFC and left without trouble or issues.

And this new Mcdonalds I was at last night doesn't even have an "Orders being prepared / ready" screen. Go figure but the KFC next door does. I've only been at Mcdonalds as of late due to their deals on some foods they are selling, once they're over I'll go back to KFC as I find their food more filling than Mcdonalds.
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Re: What gives you the S&#T's!?

Postby scott » Sat May 19, 2018 8:24 am

The Mcdonalds store I go to has a orders being prepared/ready screen that is there, but has never worked, the poor girls have to scream out the numbers, often multiple times, the people in the queue often have their heads buried in their smartphones, and ignore their call. They have a new system(at this store anyway) where if you eat in, they give you a number, you take a seat and they bring it to you.

Also the staff turnover has been massive in recent months.
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Re: What gives you the S&#T's!?

Postby ScaniaGrenda » Sat May 19, 2018 10:04 am

I forgot to mention that this is a new Mcdonalds that's just opened up in a shopping centre Foodcourt as part of the centres redevelopment over the past 2 years. With how noisy the food court gets and background ambience you think for a Mcdonalds like this an orders ready screen would've been a MUST. Apparently not.

I mean I'm always paying attention but I should mentioned that this Mcdonalds also has no line control what so ever so you have to sorta barge past people standing all over the place to get near the front to collect your order once they call out your number and that's even if you hear your order # being called out all over the loud noise but if you pay close attention to what the workers are putting in the bag you should be able to tell your order will be the next one that's ready.

Anyway enough of the Mcdonalds ranting & raving from me
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95% of the people in my area have opal cards which is good which means if they're ready before hopping on they can tap & go and get a seat quickly. As for the remaining 5% it's either cash which as we all know they spend minuets for digging in their wallet or purse or they have an Opal card but that's buried somewhere deep on them and they spend the next 2 minuets looking for it.
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Re: What gives you the S&#T's!?

Postby Newcastle Flyer » Sat May 19, 2018 1:43 pm

FOR GOODNESS SAKE, HOW MANY MORE TIMES WILL MOTORISTS STOP PARKING IN OR TOO CLOSE TO THE BUS STOPS, ESPECIALLY IF IT'S THE SAME MOTORIST?

(Okay that feels better!)

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Re: What gives you the S&#T's!?

Postby Swift » Sat May 19, 2018 3:10 pm

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• Um, no McDonalds, that Grand Big Mac, is just the size as a Big Mac USE to be!

Exactly what I thought. But charge a grand price they do.
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Re: What gives you the S&#T's!?

Postby Swift » Sun May 20, 2018 3:50 am

Young Aussies (mainly women) propensity to describe everything as sooo amazing! Makes me reflux every time I hear it. I might emigrate to Canada just to escape it!
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Re: What gives you the S&#T's!?

Postby BanksfielderIdiot823 » Sun May 20, 2018 7:30 pm

One word: BUSTECH

The fact that while STA and CDC are stocking up new Volgrens, Transdev is STILL ordering hundred-something Bustechs!!!

I. ABHOR. BUSTECHS. Along with the many faults with them, I have to sometimes deal with sore ankles and Bustech's special sloped floors just only make that pain worse, and this sometimes when I'm on my way to work, which I need to walk around. Also I've seen a number of the newer Bustechs on the 905 lately, which is part of the reason why I don't even take the 905 as much anymore.

Oh, and don't get me started on the 905's day-by-day changing fleet; it's like whenever I'm not about to board it, there's a Volgren CR228L Volvo B7RLE, but whenever I do want to join the 905, it always ends up being a Bustech. At least Punchbowl Bus Co never ordered a single Bustech.

Forgive me if I mentioned it before on this thread, but I've had to do it, since my foot's been sore yet again lately after having to ride a bunch of these pieces of garbage just to get to work!


Aaand on a non-PT-related note, Seven's Royal Wedding Coverage nudging the AFL to 7mate. I'm a Magpies supporter and because Sydney vs Fremantle was on and we don't have Foxtel, I completely missed the Pies vs Saints game!
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Re: What gives you the S&#T's!?

Postby ScaniaGrenda » Mon May 21, 2018 1:42 pm

So many parents who can't control their children and let them run about in circles and in front of people. After finishing my shopping and getting lunch I was making my way out of one of the shopping centre exits and there's a table with Chinese mothers near the exist having lunch, their 2 kids are running in circles and the mothers both have their faces looking towards each other talking instead of watching their kids. I had a shopping cart and I had to stop 4 times because the kids continued to run in circles in front of me. 4th time I screamed out to them to (to the mothers) "Watch your damn children" or something like that. I don't think they noticed or cared but don't be the one crying over spilt milk if your child get's injured by a shopping cart or bumps into someone and falls onto the ground for whatever reason and you were to neglectful to get them safely out of the way. I understand parenting isn't easy but that isn't a right or privilege to be neglectful and stop paying attention to them while you stuff your mouth & eat and talk with your friends.

I'm not starting any stereotypical crap or being racist. I'm just stating the events of what happened today. I wasn't this bad as a child and my parents (or whoever I was with at the time) would always tell me to watch out or let another adult through. These days it's all heads down in phones and letting children run amuck and waiting for them to get injured so you can make the guy on the other end look bad.

the fact that I had to stop 4 times and the first 3 times the parents still took no notice I was trying to get past their children and out of the centre is bad enough.

2nd Rant. Woolworths at my local centre is going under Butcher & Bakery renovations which I can understand can cause some items to become unavailable but apparently they have enough resources to do everything else except for cinnamon donuts. I was there Thursday evening... Nothing... this morning and still nothing but they have all sorts of other bakery crap no one wants. Coles had what I needed & wanted luckily.
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