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  • #268450

    Anonymous

    GAWD! This week I am feeling more irritated than normal by the following:

    1. The obsession with sitting down for lunch…sometimes for 2 hours…EVERY DAY!! It is SO freakin irrittating to have a deadline to meet, usually one that has been set by a Brazilian friend or student, and usually which was set at the last minute, so that there is ALWAYS a time crunch to get things done like YESTERDAY! And even though there is a time crunch, they INSIST on having a 4 course lunch for 1 – 2 hours, because it would shatter the whole family if they didn’t go home for lunch one day, and a sandwich is just undignified. I have been told that sandwiches and cereal do not count as “real food”, even during a crisis….WHAT????!!!!
    2. We lose at least 4 – 7 days of productivity each month because each month has at least 4-7 days of vacation! And GAWD! Don’t let the vacation day be on a Thursday, because that somehow translates into the “unwritten rule” of also having a Friday off! And forget about making it up on Saturday, cuz…ya know…DA BEACH!
    3. Why are SO many people devoid of basic logic and reasoning ability??? Even the smart people can’t do basic things like: keep a schedule using an agenda, plan more than 5 minutes into the future, understand that the line at the grocery store would move faster if they helped the cashier bag their groceries, pay their bills using internet banking, answer questions that begin with “what do you think about….? What is your opinion on….?”, understand that you should begin to decelerate when approaching a red light rather than accelerate and stop suddenly, understand that cars and buses are much larger than motorcycles and should be treated as such, understand how their native language works (therby making it almost impossible to teach them another language using logic or reasoning).
    SHEESH!!!Confused
    Ok BYE!
  • #268451

    gengibre
    Member

    I agree with most of what you say.
    Brazilians are pretty awful drivers, period. No more required on that one.
    People paying bills at ATMS, OMG this has got to stop, it’s like something from last century. Brazilians: start using direct payments, direct debits and internet banking. Anything other than standing in that pathetic line at the ATM to pay a R$20 bill. On the other hand I understand that people don’t trust companies to take the correct amount from their accounts. I don’t blame them. But there’s got to be a better way to pay a bill.
    I can’t say I agree about the holidays. I get paid when one of the numerous public holidays pops up, so the more the better I say. Being paid and not having to work, I don’t have a problem with that. I understand the bigger picture though; the negative impact on some people and the economy must be frustrating.
    Yes, the whole rice, beans, meat, fejoada and God knows what else can be a frustrating experience if you have other stuff to do. I have a 2 hour lunch break but I don’t have to go home so I guess I’m not able to comment first hand.

  • #268473

    Kathy2012
    Participant

    Everything is an emergency here because if it’s not an emergency, it can wait.

  • #275119

    Ron
    Participant

    Has anyone ever heard of ‘Burger King’ or like franchise running out of produce. Yesterday at Barra Shopping in Salvador, Burger King had run out of cheese!!! What sort of management could allow that to happen? The same management that still wanted to charge the same price for a cheese burger that didn’t have any cheese in it.

    Vent #2…….. What is it about the aisle seats that attract the most obese people to plant themselves there effectively blocking the use of the other seats in the row? Yesterday on the ferry I indicated to such a woman that I wished to take up a seat that she was effectively blocking – I literally could not slide a piece of paper between her and seat in front. I pointed out to her that it would perhaps be easier for her to move/slide/roll across to the vacant seat rather than for me to attempt to squeeze past her. She declined, mumbling something about access to the toilet and made some insignificant and basically impossible attempt to turn sideways – being even more broad than she was deep this had absolutely no effect and probably made it even more difficult. As a former rugby player I was eventually able to trample and pummel past this slob. Not only did she not use the toilet during the trip but decided to wait until all the other people were off the boat before moving – this resulted in about three other people she had trapped having to climb over her to get out.
    I notice this practice of refusing to relinquish the aisle seat also prevalent on buses.
    Vent over – that feels better.

    Captain Ron2015-05-08 11:03:55

  • #275121

    Anonymous

    I can top it, Cap’n- we were in SP last week and babysat our nephew, and as my husband likes to be The Cool Uncle we take the brat where he wants to go– so here we are at a Burger King within a Carrefour (where, thanks to the magic of Brazil, I was able to sit in the food court and have a beer and a pastel). He sends the nephew over to ask for the debit card because “they can not accept cash today”. I have heard of the card machine being down, we don’t have change, okay, but they can’t accept cash? Really?

    I was getting my pastel and the pastel lady overheard and said “those stupid BK people don’t officially own the franchise and are run by kids and have problems like this, every single day.”

  • #275123

    lynchem
    Member

    I don’t tend to agree but yes, sometimes there can be irritations living in another country. But I do not see how trying to overthrow and change the system will ever be a reality for you – find a way to coexist and you’ll live a lot longer..

  • #275124

    ffm
    Member

    [QUOTE=Captain Ron]Has anyone ever heard of ‘Burger King’ or like franchise running out of produce. Yesterday at Barra Shopping in Salvador, Burger King had run out of cheese!!! What sort of management could allow that to happen? The same management that still wanted to charge the same price for a cheese burger that didn’t have any cheese in it.

    Vent #2…….. What is it about the aisle seats that attract the most obese people to plant themselves there effectively blocking the use of the other seats in the row? Yesterday on the ferry I indicated to such a woman that I wished to take up a seat that she was effectively blocking – I literally could not slide a piece of paper between her and seat in front. I indicated to her that it would perhaps be easier for her to move/slide/roll across to the vacant seat rather than for me to attempt to squeeze past her. She declined, mumbling something about access to the toilet and made some insignificant and basically impossible attempt to turn sideways – being even more broad than she was deep this had absolutely no effect and probably made it even more difficult. Being an ex rugby player I was eventually able to trample and pummel past this slob. Not only did she not use the toilet during the trip but decided to wait until all the other people were off the boat before moving – this resulted in about three other people she had trapped having to climb over her to get out.
    I notice this practice of refusing to relinquish the aisle seat also prevalent on buses.
    Vent over – that feels better.

    [/QUOTE]

    LOLSorry….but…LOL
    You have a way with words my friend.
  • #275125

    ffm
    Member

    [QUOTE=Leblon]I don’t tend to agree but yes, sometimes there can be irritations living in another country. But I do not see how trying to overthrow and change the system will ever be a reality for you – find a way to coexist and you’ll live a lot longer..[/QUOTE]

    Thanks Ghandi. Clap
  • #275240

    needhelp
    Member

    everything is ruined here. that’s true.

  • #275243

    Anonymous

    [QUOTE=Tiredforeigner]

    I can’t say I agree about the holidays. I get paid when one of the numerous public holidays pops up, so the more the better I say. Being paid and not having to work, I don’t have a problem with that. I understand the bigger picture though; the negative impact on some people and the economy must be frustrating.
    [/QUOTE]
    The sun must be getting to you. This is like how people say they get free healthcare as part of their salary. Haha! Nothing is free. Someone is paying for it. If you work for a private sector employer, they’ve already taken those holidays out of your pay, or rather factored them into your hourly rate or salary. Of course if everyone gets the holiday, it results in decreased economic activity, and therefore it’s taken out of everyone’s pocket.
    The only ones making off like bandits are the overfed public sector employees who force the extra cost onto the taxpayer while they sit back on the beach. In Brazil, the concursado always wins, which is why they reserve those jobs for those who can pass a multiple choice test to then work 40 hours a week and retire early! Haha! Wonder why the country has so much trouble…
  • #27696

    luizfeliz
    Member

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