Waiting room at the gynecology unit
In a Copenhagen, Denmark hospital!
The following is an account of what happened to a friend of mine. For whatever reason he decided to check the tax calculation on his cellular bill and found a mistake:
I have just noticed and believe that Bell Canada has been incorrectly charging the GST and PST on my Bell Mobility account.
My exact example is as follows:
Plan charge of $20
Usage charge of $22.80
Long Distance charge of $3.00
Subtotal of $45.80
The above was/is undisputed and agreed upon by both Bell and myself. However the discrepancy lies with the tax amounts charged.
They were charging $2.31 for GST and $3.76 for PST. I can’t tell you why I decided to double check the amounts but I do periodically with all my bills and when I did I discovered that those amounts were incorrect. 5% GST on $45.80 should be $2.29 and 8% PST should be $3.66.
The difference was only $0.12 but it was the principle of the matter. If Bell is doing this with all of its customers they are making quite a mint! I spent just over an hour on the phone with Bell, and at times it got quite heated. In the end I got my $0.12 back but couldn’t get it through their heads that their system was improperly calculating the amounts. And for the life of me they refused to follow the simple calculations on a calculator. Now I will be going back through my previous bills to see just how much they have over charged me.
After talking to a couple of my own friends and asking them to double check their bills, they too have small discrepancies. I know its only a few cents, but on a large scale, Bell is potentially taking in millions of dollars that they should not be.
I am curious to know if anyone else has had the same complaint or if I am missing something?
Let’s do the math together, shall we?
Actual math: $45.80 x 5% (GST) = $2.29
Bell’s math has to be either $45.80 x 5.05% (GST) = $2.31 OR $46.25 x 5% (GST) = $2.31
For the PST:
Actual math: $45.80 x 8% = $3.66
Bell’s math: $45.80 x 8.22%= $3.76 OR $47.00 x 8% (PST) = $3.76
Now a simple calculation on say 3 million customers being overcharged $0.12 per month = $360,000 per month = $4.32 million a year from miscalculating the tax. Nice work if you can get it.
Bell’s math is just wrong. Or am I? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?
“Tell me the company you keep, and I’ll tell you who you are.” – Miguel De Cervantes
“Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example.” – Mark Twain
“I do not care to belong to a club that accepts people like me as members.” – Groucho Marx
“My inner and outer life depend on the labors of other men, living and dead, and… I exert myself to give in the same measure as I have received.” – Albert Einstein
“It contributes greatly toward a man’s moral and intellectual health, to be brought into…companionship with individuals unlike himself, who care little for his pursuits, and whose sphere and abilities he must go out of himself to appreciate.” – Nathaniel Hawthorne
“We are, in truth, more than a half of what we are by imitation.” – Lord Chesterfield
“We love in others what we lack ourselves, and would be everything but what we are.” – R.H. Stoddard
As found in Men’s Health, November 2004
“Courage is not simply one of the virtues but the form of every virtue at the testing point.” – C.S. Lewis
“The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who at best, if he wins, knows the thrills of high achievement, and, if he fails, at least fails daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.” – Theodore Roosevelt
“A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way.” – Mark Twain
“If the creator had a purpose in equipping us with a neck, he surely meant us to stick it out.” – Arthur Koestler
“It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees.” – Dolores Ibarrui
“Life is a fatal adventure. It can only have one end. So why not make it as far-ranging and free as possible?” – Alexander Eliot
As found in Men’s Health, 2005
“It’s not the men in my life that count; it’s the life in my men.” – Mae West
“All real men are gentle; without tenderness, a man is uninteresting.” – Marlene Dietrich
“Not only is it harder to be a man, it is also harder to become one.” – Arianna Huffington
“Men should be the ones who succeed. It makes me feel comfortable if men are the ones in control.” – Angie Dickinson
“I like to wake up feeling a new man.” – Jean Harlow
“I love waistlines that are not too big, I love legs, and I love hands. I kind of like it all, to be honest with you.” – Ann Curry
“The only thing worse than a man you can’t control is a man you can.” – Margo Kaufman
“I think men who have a pierced ear are better prepared for marriage. They’ve experienced pain and bought jewelry.” – Rita Rudner
“I have to say that men in general are a good thing.” – Jennifer Anniston
As found in Men’s Health, 2004
“Nobody will ever win the battle of the sexes. There’s too much fraternizing with the enemy.” – Henry Kissinger
“Our courtship was fast and furious – I was fast and she was furious.” – Max Kauffmann
“I wanna die with you Wendy on the streets tonight/In an everlasting kiss.” – Bruce Springsteen
“Love is the delusion that one woman is different from another.” – H.L. Mencken
“The best love affairs are those we never had.” – Norman Lindsay
“A man falls in love through his eyes, a woman through her ears.” – Woodrow Wyatt
“Lots of women go out with me just to further their careers – damn anthropologists!” – Emo Philips
“It is strange, the stages by which you realize you are too late – you have swallowed the hook.” – John Herman
“Love is a rose but you better not pick it/It only grows when it’s on the vine.” Neil Young
“Men play the game; women know the score.” – Roger Woddis
As found in Men’s Health, 2004
1. You used to buy cassette singles… and still have some stashed somewhere…
2. You can sing the rap to the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and can do the Carlton
3. Girls wore biker shorts under their skirts and felt stylishly sexy.
4. You yearned to be a member of the Baby-sitters club and tried to start a club of your own.
5. You owned those lil’ Strawberry Shortcake pals scented dolls (or your sister did).
6. You know that “WOAH” comes from Joey on Blossom
7. Two words: Hammer Pants
8. You watched “Fraggle Rock”.
9. You had plastic streamers on your handle bars… and spokey-dokies or playing cards on your spokes for that incredible sound effect
10. You watched “Duck Tales” (Woo ooh!)
11. It was actually worth getting up early on a Saturday to watch cartoons.
12. You (your sister, cousins) wore a ponytail on the side of your head.
13. You saw the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on the big screen…and still know the turtles names.
14. You made your mom buy one of those clips that would hold your shirt in a knot on the side.
15. You had big hair and you knew how to use it.
16. You wore stonewashed Jordache jean jackets and were proud of it.
17. L.A. Gear….need I say more?
18. You remember reading Tales of a fourth grade nothing and all the other Judy Blume books.
19. You know the profound meaning of “WAX ON, WAX OFF”
20. You wanted to be a Goonie.
21. You ever wore fluorescent clothing. (some of us…head-to-toe)
22. You can remember what Michael Jackson looked like before his nose fell off and his cheeks shifted.
23. You have ever pondered why Smurfette was the only female smurf.
24. You remember the CRAZE, then the BANNING of slap bracelets.
25. You still get the urge to say “NOT” after every sentence.
26. You remember Hypercolor t-shirts.
27. Barbie and the Rockers was your favourite band.
28. You thought She-ra (Princess of Power!) and He-Man should hook up.
29. You thought your childhood friends would never leave because you exchanged handmade friendship bracelets.
30. After you saw Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure you kept saying “I know you are, but what am I?”
31. You remember “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up”
32. You remember going to the skating rink before there were inline skates.
33. You ever got seriously injured on a Slip and Slide.
34. You have ever played with a Skip-It or Elastix
35. You had or attended a birthday party at McDonalds.
36. You’ve gone through this nodding your head in agreement.
37. Don’t worry, be happy
38. You wore like, EIGHT pairs of socks over tights with high top Reeboks.
39. You wore socks scrunched down
40. You remember boom boxes and walking around with one on your shoulder like you were all that.
41. You remember watching both Gremlins movies.
42. You know what it meant to say “Care Bear Stare!!”
43. You remember watching Rainbow Bright and & My Little Pony Tales
44. You thought Doogie Howser/Samantha Micelli was hot.
45. You remember Alf, the lil furry brown alien from Melmac.
46. You remember New Kids on the Block when they were cool…and don’t even flinch when people refer to them as “NKOTB”
47. You knew all the characters names and their life stories on “Saved By The Bell,” The ORIGINAL class.
48. You know all the words to Bon Jovi – SHOT THROUGH THE HEART.
49. You just sang those words to yourself.
50. You remember watching Magic vs. Bird.
51. Homemade Levi shorts.. (the shorter the better)
52. You remember when mullets were cool!
53. You had a mullet!
54. You still sing “We are the World”
55. You tight rolled your jeans.
56. You owned a bannana clip.
57. You used to (and probably still do) say “What you talkin’ ’bout Willis?”
58. You’re still singing shot through the heart in your head, aren’t you!
As found here.
I see a lot of the innuendo, but what’s up with this girl lying down at the bottom?
I vetted a few of these that were patently false, and added some additional info. If these aren’t true, let me know and I’ll remove them.
1.Apples, not caffeine, are more efficient at waking you up in the morning.
2. Alfred Hitchcock didn’t have a bellybutton. (it was sewn up through several operations)
3. A pack-a-day smoker will lose approximately 2 teeth every 10 yrs.
4. When you sneeze, all bodily functions stop even your heart!
5. 40 people are sent to the hospital for dog bites every minute.
6. Babies are born without knee caps. They don’t appear until they are 2-6 years old.
7. The average person over fifty will have spent 5 years waiting in lines.
8. The toothbrush was invented in 1498.
9. The average housefly lives for one month.
10. 40,000 Americans are injured by toilets each year.
11. The average computer user blinks 7 times a minute.
12. Your feet are bigger in the afternoon than the rest of the day.
13. Most of us have eaten a spider in our sleep.
14. If coloring weren’t added to Coca-Cola, it would be green.
15. Michael Jackson owns the rights to the South Carolina State anthem.
16. The first Harley Davidson motorcycle built in 1903 used a tomato can for a carburetor.