Sideswipe

A daily look at life's oddities by Ana Samways

Sideswipe: Oct 8: 'Jeff' Key?

Photo / Supplied.
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Hannah took her niece to the only park in Thames and noticed they were laying down new bark. "School holidays seemed like a strange time to be doing this," she says. "But what was more odd was that there were at least eight children on the park with adults and a Bobcat driving around dumping bark. There was no tape, or cones inside the park or warning signs. The supervisor told me they would normally close the park but weren't given any notice so couldn't on this occasion. Poorly planned and to be honest, quite dangerous ..."

Goodbye to the bank that just won't let go

National Bank just doesn't want to let go of bus driver Urug Iser, who has relentlessly tried to stop credit-card statements arriving in his mailbox after cancelling the account two years ago. Every month, a two-page statement arrives saying he owes 3 cents. Urug cancelled his National Bank account after the bank blocked his credit card when the postman couldn't reach his letterbox so didn't deliver the account. But a month after he received a confirmation letter that the credit-card account was closed, National Bank sent him a new credit card. He called the bank several times and even went in and spoke to a teller.

Urug hopes the National Bank-ANZ merger will finally end their relationship. An ANZ National Bank spokesman said it was probably a quirk in the system and the bank would not normally require an amount that size to be repaid.

And another point about sexist ads ...

A reader writes: "I think what Leo fails to realise (re so-called sexist ads) is that ads for tools are very rarely targeted at women to entice them to purchase for their man (with the exception of the lead-up to Father's Day). Whereas the billboard "She will love you forever with a new kitchen" appears to be targeted at men to purchase for their wife/girlfriend, by implying they are the sole breadwinner and thus hold the purse strings. Or it may be tongue-in-cheek, in order to garner attention from women, which it has no doubt achieved. Whether that results in sales or not is for the advertiser to find out."

Hammering DIY duty home for men

Glenn makes a good point about the DIY game ... "Most of my mates can certainly think of better things to do with their time than DIY. But they all see it as part of their 'duty' to a relationship. I see the expense, collecting and storage of power tools as taking work from others. It's no wonder good tradesmen are a dwindling resource."

Who needs who the most?

The New York Times renamed our Prime Minister "Jeff" in a column on its website. The post was later corrected after the Wellington-based journalist, Nicola Kean, said on Twitter:"Hey @nytimes, I'm pretty sure it's John, not Jeff."

- NZ Herald

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