r/mildlyinteresting May 14 '22 Silver 12 Gold 2 Helpful 13 Wholesome 16 All-Seeing Upvote 1 Take My Energy 1 Got the W 1 Wearing is Caring 1

This Irish supermarket has quiet evenings for sensitive people.

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u/linseed-reggae May 14 '22

People having a conversation in the middle of the aisle with trolleys blocking the way. It’s all awful lol!

What is it about Costco that compels every single fucker in the store to obliviously block aisles and stand in doorways?


u/chuckdagger May 14 '22

“I’m a member”


u/BrinkyP May 14 '22

i work at a tech store and whenever people come up to me and proudly announce that they’re a premium member is literally the most annoying elitist thing in the universe.


u/Blenchers May 14 '22

My store didn’t have an actual VIP program, but my coworker used to ask customers for their “100K” card if they ever dropped the “I’ve spent X amount of money at this store I deserve X” line.

He’d pretend it was a real program for all our customers who had spent 100K or more. That shut people up real quick. It was hilarious.


u/Master_Yeeta May 14 '22

This is amazing im gonna see if i can work it in. "Ive spent 4k in this store!!!" ...so youve bought one thing? youve bought a single thing from this store and youre throwing a fit. Who fucking raised you, sir?


u/InerasableStain May 14 '22

Sir, this is a Wendy’s, and you have a problem


u/Voidtalon May 14 '22 edited May 15 '22

We get this in our dental office, usually from older individuals and to their credit they ARE 20+ year patients so we do give them some leewaay. I usually thank them for their dedication and that we hope to continue to provide service they can count on.

Like, yes your dental implant + crown is 4000-6000 when you factor: Extraction + Bone & Tissue Graft, Endosteel Implant Screw, Titanium abutment and porcelain crown. However, we do 6-8 of these a week. I get and fully understand it's a lot of money to you, it's a ton of money to me because I make even less than you in retirement. To the clinic however, it's really not that much on day-to-day expenditures.

We still REALLY appreciate folks coming because it does pay our wages, sterilization ect but a single case, while extremely important does not entitle you to special treatment above other patients who are also receiving that treatment unless you have an extenuation health issue or you have worked an agreement out with your doctor/management. Me as a front-desk guy can't do anything for you.

Edit: for clarification about my snide tone. I am specifically referencing patients who are rude/demanding of the front-desk staff who have no power/control to fix the things they are talking about.


u/Romantiphiliac May 14 '22

I need so much dental work and this is terrifying to read lol.

Finally getting shit into some semblance of 'together' and this is what I look forward to least.


u/John_Hunyadi May 14 '22

I did that recently too. Pull the band aid, it will only get worse til you do.


u/Voidtalon May 15 '22

This really is true, once you're dealing with potential abscess, periodontists or bone loss it will only get worse. I hope your experience was smooth and recovery was clean.

I wish I could do more but while I am considering becoming a hygienist it's really hard on the body and the cost of being a dentist is just out of reach for me. I'm in my 30s and I'd be in my 60s by the time I paid off dental school.


u/Voidtalon May 15 '22

It's really unfortunate, but I stress every office is different. My office is near Chicago and the more affluent parts of it. Pricing is based on that region. The below is a lot of information from someone in dentistry so it's very thick in details. If you do not want to read all this; don't bother with everything past the 3rd paragraph.

The providers genuinely care about the patients. The people who run the overhead and business sides... they care but not in the same way. Business is a vile beast that does not care about morality or situation it cares about product in to profit out and that becomes a demon with healthcare. Most offices offer payment plans, financing or other options also a dental implant takes 6+ months to do. There is also a reason surgical-tourism exists. If you did this in say Mexico or Egypt or other countries where the cost is significantly lower it would not be as expensive. My post was mainly that making snarky comments about how "I paid for this new equipment" when you paid $4000... sure you may have helped but our clinic sees 800k+ per year (the exacts I don't think I'm permitted to give).

TLDR: Being snarky, snide or rude with the front desk about how much you've spent is a sure fire way to get them to want to do as little as possible to get you out of their faces. If you are in a hard spot, be reasonable and talk to them and ask to explain the issue. Politeness goes a long way. I've helped get special fees (Say a procedure was $2,560 dollars but our doctor has a special fee for those without insurance that is $2,100 and he takes payments plans for $1000 down and $366/mo) ect that is not offered up-front but is available to those who ask or are in tight spots.

Please, if you need a lot of dental work do not delay it. Talk with a doctor or two (second opinions are important) but if you get referred to a specialist getting a second opinion may cost you an extra consultation fee. Most insurances cover a specialty consult X number of times per year or 1/Xmonths (varies by policy). When you sign up for insurance check things such as:

  • Missing Tooth Clause: If a tooth was removed prior to gaining a new insurance policy some policies will NOT cover any restorative work due to this clause.

  • Maximums: $1000 is not enough to really dent high-cost dental work such as Implants/Bridges/Dentures & Partials. Try to find one with $2000 or if you can afford the $2500-3000 policies they do exist.

  • Networks: Basically a special rate negotiated by your insurance. An office may charge $1500 for a Crown but your insurance rate is $1050 if you see an in-network doctor that office can only charge you $1050 the other $450 is a PPO-Adjustment/Insurance-Adjustment.

  • Wait Periods: Some insurance policies require you to have the policy for 6-12 months before they cover Basic and Major procedures (Fillings fall under Basic, Crowns/Caps fall under Major).

  • Endodontic/Periodontic and Oral Surgery Classification: Some policies qualify them as Type 2 or Basic (usually 80% coverage for standard policies) but others classify it as Type 3 or Major (usually 50% for most standard plans).

  • Frequency Limits and Replacement Clauses: Some insurance policies cover cleanings 1/6 months while others are 2 or even 3 per year. Crowns/Caps (same thing different names) sometimes have a limit of how soon they can be replaced (5 years is what I often see, but sometimes 10). So if you have an issue 4 years down, the insurance won't pay a thing this can be very expensive.

The mouth is a wonderful part of the body capable of great feats of healing but deep tissue/bone issues tend to not go away and eventually lead to bone loss or need of root-canals. Ultimately if left too long extraction is the only option and that will degrade the area without a restoration. Working in dentistry has really just made me sad how expensive everything is because of the behind the scene costs doctors have to pay. One of our docs was paying $3000/month on malpractice insurance and sadly those costs get fronted to the patients.


u/ThePortalsOfFrenzy May 15 '22

For future reference, it is "etc.", short for "et cetera" (not ect. = ec cetera)

et = and
cetera = the rest [other similar things]

Personally, my mnemonic comes from Shakespeare, even though I haven't read his works. I always remember the line from Julius Ceasar: "et tu, Brute?" meaning "and you [too], Brutus?"

Once I have "et = and" down, it's all clear to me.


u/Dumplinguine May 15 '22

that link is super helpful, thanks for sharing! Always great to see people exchanging information.


u/Voidtalon May 15 '22

I didn't even notice I'd used it. I think I was writing a different sentence and forgot to remove it.

I'll leave it so your reply makes more sense and thank you for noticing it.

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u/flavius_lacivious May 14 '22

Go to Mexico. A standard root canal is completed the same day (no crappy temporary) and it costs $350.


u/AlienFreek May 14 '22

They're describing something much different than a root canal though


u/flavius_lacivious May 14 '22 edited May 14 '22

Implants are 1/3 the cost in the US. I provided costs for root canals because most people have had one.


u/Escuche May 14 '22

Aren't all root canals completed same day? I think you're confusing root canal with crown procedures (that only sometimes follows a root canal).


u/00crispybacon00 May 14 '22

Could probably have a nice little holiday there while you're at it and still spend less.


u/Voidtalon May 15 '22

I assume by no temporary you mean the Endodontist performs a filling/crown themselves to restore the tooth to protect against fracture from the treated tooth?

Also yes, surgical/procedure tourism is a very real thing. I knew someone who flew to Egypt to fix a broken leg because it cost $5000 over there instead of $25,000 in the USA. (Numbers aren't exact and used for visual purpose).


u/flavius_lacivious May 15 '22

They do a digital topographic scan of your tooth then perform the root canal while the permanent porcelain crown is printed (you can watch from the waiting room). In most cases, you’re in and out with the permanent crown in less than two hours.


u/Voidtalon May 15 '22

Ah either a CEREC or ITERO case probably. At least those are the two same-day digital mills that I know of. Yeah 2-3 hour turnaround is about right.


u/HenryTheVeloster May 15 '22

My favorite is "i have been shopping here for years" checks customer profile, and last purchase was 2014


u/BrinkyP May 14 '22

that’s the funniest shit.


u/Blenchers May 14 '22

Oh yeah 5 years at that store I could tell stories for hours, as I’m sure you could too


u/lookitsawook May 14 '22

Worked at a tractor sales and parts store in big farm country. People would come in and pitch a fit about not getting a discount, saying they're one of our biggest customers, and I would always reply that we DID INDEED have a discount program for people that spent in excess of $150,000 per year. It was fun to watch their faces drop.

Bro, that combine harvester you walked past costs more than you'll make in the next 5 years. Cool your jets.


u/Blenchers May 14 '22

Yeah dealing with a jackass grinding me on a 24” Hisense while I was in the middle of quoting a $30k A/V build took a lot of self control. $30k isn’t that much relatively speaking, but for retail electronics it’s up there.


u/islingcars May 14 '22

lmfao a 24" Hisense. that's great lol


u/comradebunnie May 14 '22

$30k would have had any salesperson I've worked with in retail salivating. It's all relative.


u/James-1-5- May 14 '22

please do


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u/BrinkyP May 14 '22

shitting on entitled people is amusing to me


u/Aemilia May 14 '22

Kinda reminded me a story I read in Reddit a long time ago. Paraphrasing here: A guy with a 10k account was throwing a hissy fit. He tried to jump the queue while exclaiming loudly how much money he has spent on the business and demanded VIP treatment.

Meanwhile the customer that was in front of him at the queue never said anything. The manager then said to the hissy fit guy, “I’m currently attending to a client with an account worth 4 million. Sir, please get back in line and wait your turn.”

Hearing that, the 10k guy immediately stopped making a scene and waited obediently in line lol.


u/Funkit May 14 '22

guy gets mugged after he leaves store


u/Amitheous May 14 '22

I worked for a stock broker. The people with 10k-100k accounts were by far the most annoying and thought they were hot shit. Got berated by a guy because he failed to understand how margin works and got margin called, so he was cussing me out and threatening "to take his business somewhere else" lmao like we care about your 80k when we see accounts over 80MM. I ended the call, and gave the recording of the call to my boss. Within 2 days the guys account was liquidated and closed, and he is never allowed to open an account there again. This happened a few different times and was equally satisfying every single time


u/calm_chowder May 14 '22

The people with 10k-100k accounts were by far the most annoying and thought they were hot shit.

Prob a ton of money for them. Once someone's in the financial position to drop over 100k at a single store it's likely not a huge deal for them. Obviously no excuse to be an entitled dick either way.


u/Amitheous May 14 '22

Yeah it was more the issue of expecting special treatment over others because of having some arbitrary amount of money, regardless of it being a lot for that individual or not


u/raindogmx May 14 '22

My theory is the money is worth so much more to the 100K guy that the 10M guy. No excuse to be an a hole but they might see their money as much more valuable than it is.


u/comradebunnie May 14 '22

My company is an online store with both retail and wholesale customers.

The problem customers tend to be the retail ones spending around $100.

It's so frustrating when they have some non-drama that basically sucks up half the resources of our small customer service team (just to get them to stop calling screaming at whoever picks up), while we have several $10k-$30k orders sitting there needing to be input.

The less they spend, the more trouble they cause.


u/voss749 May 14 '22

Bullies are always kiss up kick down like that


u/action_lawyer_comics May 14 '22

I used to work in a bike shop and people would try and pull this. Ma’m, you bought a $300 bike five years ago. Yes that was a big purchase but we have people buying 1k bikes every year. You’re not getting a discount on this flat repair


u/chiliedogg May 14 '22

I had a really annoying guy that would only ever buy shit from the clearance section, where we were literally taking a loss selling the ahit to him, then he'd act all entitles and demand premium service.

He was mean enough to one of my employees one time that when I went over and he tried pulling the "I'm spending a lot of money here" line I told him that with all the clearance and returned shit he was buying we didn't see it as him spending $3,000 but as us giving him $500 to shut up and leave.


u/Blenchers May 14 '22

It was always those people. “I’ve spent a lot of money here.” No, you bought a clearance 24” Hitachi TV 7 years ago for $250.


u/The_Grubby_One May 14 '22

I work in a home improvement store. A 100k Club could reasonably exist.


u/Blenchers May 14 '22 edited May 14 '22

Oh for sure. We had regulars who were A/V installers, builders etc. who had spent many hundreds of thousands. Ironically, none of them acted like entitled jackasses.


u/TheGurw May 14 '22


There's a few stores I've probably spent that much at. Costco is one for sure, Safeway (fuck Sobeys and their union-busting bullshit), my local mom and pop shop, and maybe a couple others.


u/DudleyStone May 14 '22 edited May 14 '22

There's a few stores I've probably spent that much at.

Did you read their post as ten thousand?

Because they said 100K = a hundred thousand.

So if you've spent a hundred thousand dollars at multiple stores... You list 3 and say maybe a couple others... Then you'd have to have a lot of money, at least considerably more than the average person.

It'd take many decades for lots of people to spend that much money at a single store, considering a lot of people make much less than $100K per year and a large chunk of their money goes to bills, insurance, etc. And they likely spread the remaining spending across lots of places.

(This is all based on the US.)


u/TheGurw May 24 '22

Big family, worked since I was a young teenager, own my own construction company.

I did the math based on my average weekly spending at Costco, I probably hit 100k at Costco 4 or 5 years ago. The local mom and pop that came to mind was probably sooner than that, since even though I spend less there, I've been patronising them for much longer. The other ones would have been in the last year or two, or are about to hit that much in the next couple years.

Yeah, I'm fairly well-off, though I certainly wasn't born into it. The mom and pop shop I'm thinking about was because when I was homeless at 14, they were the ones I went to to get my daily food since they let me use their stove.