Archive for December, 2011

It’s All Abaht Customer Service

Sunday, December 11th, 2011

A letter I sent to the fine people at Brown Bear Car Wash:

Hi there, Brown Bear!

I visited your self-serve location on 15th Avenue last week to wash my hearse. I put $5 into the change machine to receive the equivalent amount in quarters, but instead I received $4.75 in US currency and the coin in this picture:

The coin was later identified by several of my more worldly friends as a Thai baht. It was so similar to the US quarter, I didn’t even notice it at first.

Baht wait, there’s more.

I attempted to insert it into the car wash machine and it was repeatedly returned to me. It was then that I realized what the mix-up was all a-baht. I was still able to wash my car thanks to your fine establishment, baht I would like inform you of the discrepancy between the scanner in your change machine and the scanner in your car wash machine.

Unfortunately, I did not fair too well from this error. According to the current exchange rate, 1 USD is approximately 31 baht. This means the non-quarter that I received from your change machine is worth roughly 16 cents.

In exchange for the 9 cents I was forced to give you, I am interested to know how one machine was able to read the foreign currency, baht the other wasn’t. If you can give me some insight abaht how this happened, I will drop my claim for monetary damages as well as the terrible puns.

Thank you!

Kat Taylor

Barbie Dream Idiosyncracies

Monday, December 5th, 2011

Got a new laptop and had to call tech support. We had to repair iTunes, and after we hit the splash screen…

“Are you Barbie Dream Phone?”



“Well, see it’s named after my car…”


“Yeah, that doesn’t make it sound more normal, does it?”