Another Public Announcement Regarding Change Rooms

Tonight I was at the pool getting ready to swim some laps and once again I was confronted with a lack of public change room etiquette… so I have decided that is time for another public announcement… While there are still some issues about extreme nudity, I have not seen snacking or exercising the change rooms since so I am hoping that this will also work… so here is another community service announcement on public change rooms and public pools in general.

If you are using public pool changing rooms please take note of the following:

Do NOT ‘Pedegg’ your feet… for those of you who are not sure what I am taking about, I am referring to those little do it yourself pedicure things that scraps your feet to remove dead skin, leaving what remains super soft.  And while, yes, they do have a small catcher to collect the dead skin you remove, more often than not this doesn’t collect everything leaving behind your dead foot skin on the floor.  As a fellow change room user, who for safety reasons will continue to wear thongs in the change rooms anyway, I don’t appreciate you dropping dead foot on the floor.  I know swimming, or general submersion of skin in water softens the skin and therefore makes it easier to do… but do it at home, I don’t want to see it and I definitely don’t want to risk stepping in it, or breathing it in as little flakes become airborne…. it’s disgusting.

If you are using a public pool please take note of the following:

Do NOT walk in the medium lane… Medium is the suggested speed, if you are walking, chances are you are slow… please move to the slow lane… thats for you.

Do NOT stand in the middle of a lap lane and wonder why I am staring… It’s coz I am waiting for you to move… seriously either make you way to the end or get out… you are in the way.

Do NOT swim down the middle of the lane… it’s a two way thing… keep to the left so that everyone can swim in an orderly fashion.  If you swim down the middle you will kick me and I will kick you back… be warned.

Do wear appropriate bathers… just keep it covered… it makes it nicer for everyone… if we want to see more, we will ask, but chances are we don’t.

So there you go… here endith another community announcement.


A Public Announcement Regarding Internet Shopping

While I was on placement I witnessed… well overheard, a conversation about how someone had just lost a lot of money shopping on the internet.  No, they didn’t just unleash the credit card on ASOS, or start collecting expensive things from ebay… they had become another ‘victim’ of a ‘Nigerian Internet Scam’.  Here is the thing… this is the type of story that I have watched on the news (ok… maybe more like a current affair) and thought to myself… how dumb can you be… money is NEVER free.  In fact, I had put it in the box of things that don’t really happen, but it turns out this does… it really does… real life people actually fall for this… seriously they do…  let me tell you the story…

In this case, the person in the story had attempted to sell a computer on eBay, the buyer… in Canada… (why you wouldn’t select Australia only I don’t know… but there are a number of issues with this whole thing so let’s move on)… asked her to wire some cash to them so that they new the deal was legit before they sent her the cash for the computer.  Now as if that wasn’t dodgy enough… the buyer asked her to deposit money… lots of money into an account that was from an ‘international’ bank as well as a fee for customs as the computer needed to go through ‘Nigeria’.  Anyway, despite the fact that this should have sent alarm bells, she did all of this and then was shocked when she had suddenly lost the money and couldn’t get it back.  Now we aren’t just talking a couple of hundred dollars (which would still be annoying and very inconvenient), no this person lost $4500… So because it clearly isn’t already clear enough, these are a few tips for buying and selling things on the internet…

If you are buying or selling things on the internet…

DO NOT offer to send large expensive things overseas… it’s just not worth it.  Especially electronic goods… seriously think about it, how will you package it and send it without getting broken, how many adapters is the person going to need, and if you don’t get your money it’s much harder to chase.

DO NOT send them money as well… seriously they are buying from you, the either want it or they don’t, you should be able to call the shots, if they don’t trust you they can go somewhere else… seriously why would you ever give a stranger money so that they can give you some back… it’s not only a waste of time but just a little bit stupid.

DO NOT continue if there is anything that says ‘Nigerian Customs’.  Now don’t get me wrong I don’t have anything against Nigeria, but common sense would say that on the internet they don’t have a great reputation.  Firstly go back to the first suggestion…. but if you must… just have a think about what you are being asked to do… why would you need to pay Nigerian Customs for Canada… If you are actually sending something to Nigeria… maybe… but Canada… or any other country for that matter… no.

Internet shopping is fun… please use your brain… or you too will lose a lot of money!

Here endith another community announcement.