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Pay by Check no more!

Sorry, your sentence structure was rather convoluted. Let's just say we agree that judgmentalism should be suspended when people are clearly not "vegetating", or even perhaps sometimes when they are (I'm sure you make allowances for people being tired at the end of a long day).

about 21 hours ago
LilBrownBat in Greater Boston Area

$1000 mandatory minimum bill for a large group?

Yeah, that makes sense to me as well -- if it's a slow time, you'd expect them to be staffed accordingly, and not to have staff standing around doing nothing. To accommodate a large party, they will probably have to add staff.

Pay by Check no more!

How incredibly petty.

Pay by Check no more!

"People who don't get out their checkbooks or wallets or credit cards before the cashier starts on their purchase are supremely inconsiderate, IMO."

Haven't you ever had the experience of getting to a checkout line with no one ahead of you, loading your purchases onto the belt (during which time another two people get into line behind you), and two seconds after you're done placing your items on the belt, the cashier is done scanning your items? This happens to me fairly frequently since I do most of my shopping after 8 pm. Sorry, I can't simultaneously place your items on the belt, hand the cashier my loyalty card, and get my payment method all squared away. Perhaps you can, in which case I applaud you, but I also have to wonder why you grind your gears over such minor stuff as this. Seriously, with all your talk about "supremely inconsiderate" and "twiddling your thumbs" and "vegetating", you sound like you go through life just looking for ways to find fault with others.

Pay by Check no more!

I am starting to pay cash for many purchases, for just that reason. I dunno, do you think I'm a luddite? It is really inconvenient, but every time I hear of another data breach, like the one that just happened at Shaw's...

Pay by Check no more!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKYJV...

I think we can all be forgiven for wishing/hoping that things will go smoothly for us. That's understandable. But I try to remember that the slow people in the checkout line aren't doing it to make my life miserable. I try to remember that annoyances are part of life, and we all get our share. Every day I hope I won't have to deal with many annoyances -- that's fine. But when they happen, I try not to make myself crazy over it (and yes, it is me making myself crazy -- not "them" or "the world" or "those stupid people" or whatever, making ME crazy). And, specifically with regard to "slow" people, I think of my parents, and how I would feel if someone was rude to them (or even just glared at them in frustration) because they were being "too slow" in the checkout line.

Pay by Check no more!

I don't think you understood what I wrote, so I'll break it down: the odds of having your information acquired through a transaction at a small local business are much lower than through a transaction at a major nationwide retailer. The methodology doesn't matter, whether remote acquisition of customer data or using a card skimmer to get it at the POS -- it's a matter of motive. The risk is equal, so is the work, but the reward is much greater in the latter case -- hence, a small business is a much less attractive target.

Pay by Check no more!

It's the low-hanging fruit principle, Luther. Hacking via check is much harder than via POS transaction.

Pay by Check no more!

I wonder how the impact of bounced checks compares to the impact of having customers' cards compromised, as it seems just about every single large retailer has had happened or will happen. Think about it. Anything's hackable with enough determination and time -- so the obvious targets are the large retailers which accumulate large amounts of card data. I don't worry about using my card at my local grocery or general store, but I'm starting to think that using a card at a big box store is just STUPID.

Is there a quality lunch spot near I-91 in MA/Pioneer Valley?

You take exit 27 for Route 2 EAST, magiesmom, not exit 26 for Route 2a.

John Crow Farm CSA - What Happened to Them?

OK, so who's "he" and what does your story have to do with this other story of "many ( NOT ALL) farmers are buying "boxed" beef and having it labeled with their farm label CALLING it their own"? Still waiting on supporting evidence of that claim, at least anecdotal evidence with specifics.

three nights in boston -- please help, lots of questions! (warning--long post)

Ha, I knew Maria's would win the cannoli contest.

Vendor Says Market Basket May Be Trying to Sabotage Itself

It would be nice to think so. Unfortunately, they have to sustain their businesses in the meantime, so by the time ATD returns (if it happens), they may no longer be in a position to supply Market Basket.

Where are the best tomatoes north of boston?

I wish I could point you to a good source -- it is not a good tomato year because of the crappy weather. A friend from Vermont says the crop there is close to a total loss.

A tasty food (or drink) gift between Providence and Stonington CT?

Thanks for the suggestions, all! Given the timing, I think it will be Seven Stars (some other suggestions are not open Sunday evening). I'm sure the deliciousness will be appreciated!

Seeking input on outdoor Puerto Rican pig roast facility under development [Holyoke, MA]

Me too. Please post details!

Is there a quality lunch spot near I-91 in MA/Pioneer Valley?

Hope and Olive is a good choice. Very good food and a nice atmosphere.

People's Pint is an excellent choice for anyone who likes great beer or hard cider. The food is good quality but I've always felt it to be a bit overpriced for Greenfield.

Brass Buckle's food is really a standout in terms of both quality, value and creativity. Unfortunately, the place is very popular. It's crowded, at times it is hard to get a seat, and it's usually rather noisy -- not the best spot if you want to catch up with a friend.

Local Burger is a truly great and unique burger experience, but has nothing special for atmosphere and can also be quite crowded (probably not too bad for a weekday lunch, though)

A tasty food (or drink) gift between Providence and Stonington CT?

I'll be attending an event in Providence on Sunday the 24th (in the Summit neighborhood) and leaving at about 5-6 to visit my brother and sister in law in Stonington CT. Somewhere along the way, I'd like to stop to pick up a nice tasty visiting gift. Does anyone know of anything reasonably convenient (or noteworthy enough to be worth going out of my way)?

Is Seigle D'Or bakery actually open?

mmocpi, thanks for the heads up -- maybe I'll try again tomorrow if it's not pissing down rain, which I think it will be.

Is Seigle D'Or bakery actually open?

Same here, I went by maybe 15 minutes after what was supposed to be their opening time, all ready for authentic French bakery awesomeness. Alas, it was not to be. Anyone got the beta?

John Crow Farm CSA - What Happened to Them?

"Unfortunately many ( NOT ALL) farmers are buying "boxed" beef and having it labeled with their farm label CALLING it their own, when in reality you are getting the same feedlot raised beef that you can purchase in the grocery store"

Got a cite for that? Any specific case of this actually happening?

Seeking input on outdoor Puerto Rican pig roast facility under development [Holyoke, MA]

I've heard of your organization - more power to you! Please keep us posted on this, and if you have a Facebook page, post there too. I have lots of friends (who also have friends) who would love to be there for the fall festival, and Facebook is the easiest way to get the word out to them.

Seeking input on outdoor Puerto Rican pig roast facility under development [Holyoke, MA]

Keep it in WMa. I'll be a regular. In fact, where can I get some now???

Affordable Bershires Dinner Recs to Satisfy a Somewhat Jaded Brooklyn Family plus other Recs for Food Stops in the Berkshires?

A "great dinner rec" that's gonna wow your jaded Brooklyn palate, for under $20 an entree, is asking for a lot. Just sayin'.

Looking for wood *chunks* appropriate for smoking fish

I recommend alder. Beech, god knows our forests have enough of it, but I've never used it or heard anything about it as a smoking wood. I use alder for salmon, bluefish, tuna etc. I'm sure it would not suck if you used apple, but I like alder enough to buy it online.

Seeking input on outdoor Puerto Rican pig roast facility under development [Holyoke, MA]

In Holyoke? Where? Is this open now? Can I get delicious roast pig and yellow rice now???

I'm in WMa with frequent travel to Boston, and I'd visit and talk the hell outta something like this. DO IT!!!

Going away drinks and apps in Downtown Crossing Area

We were in the downstairs area. It was excellent.

Where to Buy Sour Cherries in Boston

I got some fresh sour cherries from New York at Bazaar on Cambridge this week.

Going away drinks and apps in Downtown Crossing Area

We had a company party at Stoddard's which was really nice. Good food, good drinks, good atmosphere.

Alternative to Market Basket for cheap lobsters

I don't think it's true that "a live lobster is a live lobster". They don't thrive in captivity, so it stands to reason that the longer they've been out of the ocean, the less yummy they'll be. I know the best lobster I've ever had was at Captain Cass in Orleans, right on the wharf.