6 Things That Make Me Crazy

Posted: September 14, 2012 in THAT'S NOT FUNNY

  1. Courier companies that make an appointment to deliver your package at a time convenient to you. Say between Monday and Thursday, anytime between 8 am and 8pm—(and then don’t show up.)
  2. Terms and Conditions documents that contain about 10,000 words in size 5 font which you don’t have the legal torts background or time necessary to read, study and analyze.
  3. Company reps who ask if you read their Terms and Conditions after you call them to complain that you are not receiving the service promised in their advertisements!
  4. Companies that hire people who hate their jobs and hate their customers because they are overworked and underpaid and make you yell at them, where normally you are as sweet as pie!
  5. Telephone sales people who call you at home to talk you into buying rug cleaning services when you keep telling them honestly you don’t have rugs, only hardwood. “I don’t HAVE rugs. Yes, but I don’t’ have any rugs. No, no rugs of any kind. That’s right, all bare floor. Sure when one day I get a rug I’ll call you. “ Sheesh!
  6. Companies that claim they respect your privacy and confidentiality, then hire snooty customer service reps who before they agree to help you, demand your name, address, phone number, birthdate, social insurance number, your credit card number, expiry date on your credit card, the “secret code” on your credit card, your account number with them, the so-called secret pin number of your account, where you last made a purchase, your mother’s husbands brother’s name, his sister’s bank account, the first telephone number you ever had, your bra size…

Following a recent vacay to the sunny island of khaki pants and bearded revolutionaries, NDP MLA Jagrup Brar made some favourable comments about Cuba’s official policy to provide a more equitable distribution of food and education for its citizens than the corporate capitalist model here in B.C., as well as Cuba’s seeming avoidance of gun violence through legislative controls. Former cabinet minister and proud right wing politician Bill Bennett (currently supporting Premier Christy Clark) seized on these comments and cobbled together a press release that apparently suggested NDP MLAs aspired to a Cuban-style communist governance for British Columbia.

Mike Smyth, Province columnist who has been guest hosting for Simi Sara on CKNW’s talk show, became animated with this juicy tidbit and called on NDP MLA Shane Simpson for an on-air telephone interview to demand whether he had been to Cuba himself,  why he visited that country, and whether he liked it. (FYI  – If you are from another province, territory, or country, this kind of political red baiting is perfectly normal here in B.C.)

McCarthy Hearings

Anyway, Smyth fired a series of questions at Simpson, which seemed designed to ‘catch’ the MLA off guard so he would say that he liked and approved of Cuba and therefore its political system, which one supposes would confirm to CKNW listeners that Shane Simpson is a ‘Commie’. The force with which Smyth asked the questions was worthy of interrogators in the McCarthy hearings.

Now, American citizens as you likely know, are not permitted to vacay in Cuba for any reason, even if they sympathize with the poor and like khaki clothes. In other words, if you want to exploit a Third World economy for a cheap vacation and take advantage of the US embargo on the Cuban economy, the US government won’t permit you.

Canucks in Khaki

Here in Vancouver, people are rushing off to Communist Cuba all the time and no one ever questions their motives. But all of a sudden during this radio broadcast, we were made to feel guilty that we go to Cuba, enjoy Cuba, and that we might, just maybe, approve of universal health and education programs, and a broader distribution of wealth. I don’t know enough about Cuba to know if it’s truly successful for a more equitable distribution of wealth and services, and I’ve never had the pleasure of visiting that country myself, but one thing is for sure–I am not ready for American-style politics that makes it illegal for me to visit a particular country, like it, and feel good about saying so.