Coffee Talk #188: Has Technology Ever Gotten You Out of a Jam?

Last night I was at Ralph’s buying some groceries and the Motorola Droid X helped me save $5. You see, I love taking advantage of promotions. Ralph’s currently has this deal that lets you save $5 for buying 10 participating items. I diligently found sale items that were eligible for the promotion. Getting an additional $5 off items that are already on sale is awesome. As I was walking out the grocery, I noticed that two of the items didn’t register for the promotion and I didn’t get my $5 savings.

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Last night I was at Ralph’s buying some groceries and the Motorola Droid X helped me save $5. You see, I love taking advantage of promotions. Ralph’s currently has this deal that lets you save $5 for buying 10 participating items. I diligently found sale items that were eligible for the promotion. Getting an additional $5 off items that are already on sale is awesome. As I was walking out the grocery, I noticed that two of the items didn’t register for the promotion and I didn’t get my $5 savings.

Naturally I turned around and went to the service desk. Next I was directed to a manager. As she was checking out customers, I explained my situation and showed her my receipt. She insisted that the two tubes of toothpaste I selected were not part of the promotion and that I needed to buy two more items. Annoyed, I went back to the toothpaste aisle, snapped a picture of the toothpaste that showed it was part of the promotion and returned to the manager. For some reason, this wasn’t enough proof for her and she went to check it out for herself (as if I could doctor photos on a phone in two minutes). After seeing she was wrong (and stupid), she gave my my $5.

So yay for the Droid X for saving me $5!!! Too bad it couldn’t get back the 15 minutes I wasted on the situation. I missed a train home and my ice cream got a little melty. Ha! Today I’d like to know if you have any stories of technology getting you out of a jam. It doesn’t matter if it’s big or small. I’m just curious to see if gadgets or tech have helped you catch a break or get out of a silly situation.

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19 thoughts on “Coffee Talk #188: Has Technology Ever Gotten You Out of a Jam?”

  1. Well my phone is probably the most useful at that. Good old standard calling and texting makes trips in separate cars a breeze for finding each other again or staying in touch on the go. I can remember a lot of times when my parents (who have only had cell phones for a couple years now only because my dad had to get one for work) could have saved a lot of time and frustration by being able to make a call without having to stop somewhere or be at home.

    I can't really think of too many specific instances where my cell has helped get me out of a jam, but it most likely has done so numerous times. It's just so common now that it isn't worth remembering to most people.

  2. My phone helped me get $30 back from my gym membership. I was double billed so i pulled up my Chase app and showed them where i was double billed. Unfortuantely, it took about 20 mins for the lady to get that i was double billed. I started my gym membership on the 23rd so i have to pay for it by the 23rd. I signed up for auto-pay so it pays for it on the 23rd. So it removed my payment on the 23rd and then again on the 2nd. The girl tried to explain to me that it the second payment for the 2nd was correct. I'm like how if from the 23rd to the 2nd isn't 30 days or a month. I explained it to her in many different ways and my sister was saying that i was talking down to her but it was frustrating to explain from i.e. july 23rd to Aug 2 is not 30 days. Eventually she got it and claims that someone changed my start date from the 23rd to the 2nd. So they had to pull up my contract and see that i started it on the 23rd. It could've been an easy 5 minute conversation if she would've just listened and not try to think i'm trying to swindle them out of money.

    @Dez Bryant

    You're a rookie. There's a tradition of rookie hazing. Just man up and take it. Everyone in the NFL had to do it. The media doesn't have to make a big deal out of this but it's the media, enough said.

    @BBQ sauce recommendations

    Idk not much of a bbq sauce person.

    @laptop vs. desktop

    Laptop. I'm upset at myself i dropped my laptop and now it won't boot up. I have an Acer and it just stays on the Acer screen. I didn't backup my info and i want to get into one time and save it to my ipod or something. Anyone have any ideas?

  3. @tokz
    Remove the drive and plug it into your desktop and view it as a storage drive. I had to do that once. Your jobbis much easier if it is SATA.

    They also sell adapts for this. Use and return.

    I wouldn't carry pads either. Too much pride.

  4. @smartguy

    is there a usb port on the HDD once i remove it out of the laptop? or i have to get that adapter you mentioned. I do believe it's a SATA HDD. I was thinking of using this on my PS3 now that it's crapped out.

  5. @bsukenyan I was reading an article that said more than half the episodes of Seinfeld wouldn't work today because the problems would have been avoided through a simple mobile call.

  6. @tokz
    The SATA connection in your laptop is the same as your desktop. Plug and view. I'm not sure your PS3 will recognize it with Windows still on it. Might have to format first.

  7. @smartguy

    thank you, i'll see how this goes for me. I hate to see that laptop go. It survived 5 good years.

  8. @Ray

    I can believe it. I know there are plenty of people out there who still aren't on the cell phone bandwagon, or who despite having a cell phone think that they are the cause of many problems today (and I'm not saying they are wrong). But just in my own family I can remember there being plenty of instances where a simple phone call could clear up a lot of issues. Where were you reading this article? I can think of a couple people who would find that information to be an interesting read.

  9. All the time. Bothe the guitarists and myself prefer to use the tuner in my phone as opposed to other ones because it seems the tuner in my phone is more accurate. (Not to mention that a tuner period helps save time from having to tune by ear)

    I could go on with lists of stories about how my iPhone has gotten me out of sticky situations.

    @ Iceman

    So… it's pretty dangerous to hit people in the face with a creampie down there in Florida, huh?

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/426108-florida

    Funniest sports injury ever.

  10. @rpad for a bbq sauce recomendation I say Pappas Bros. Spicy BBQ sauce, I don't know if you can get it outside of Houston, but damn is it worth it

  11. @ N8;

    Yeah, thanks for rubbing that in. Chris is a pretty solid player and shaving cream pies happen all the time, but in all honesty, who thinks a pro athlete is going to get an injury while landing from a celebratory jump? It makes him seem like an 80-year-old man or a clutz. Not good either way.

    -M

  12. @n8/iceman

    Didn't some player get hurt celebrating a walk off hr???

    oh yeah, Kendry Morales, that has to be in contention for the funniest sports injury ever.

  13. i forgot about Gramatica! i can't argue with that one. Gramatica getting hurt celebrating has to win!

  14. there are several that i can think of, kendry morales breaking his leg after a walkoff homerun…mat latos had to be placed on the DL a week ago because he sneezed wrong

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