Want a raise? Take your vacation days

Want a raise? Take your vacation days

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Americans are bad at taking vacation days. That’s a fact. But if the reason you don’t use your vacation days is because you think it’ll help your career if you’re there every single day . . . it’s exactly the opposite.

A new survey found that you’re MORE likely to get a raise or a bonus if you take at least 11 vacation days a year. Maybe everyone at your job sees how TERRIBLE it is without you and they realize they need to pay you more to keep you around?

Here are a few more results from the survey . . .

1. The main reason people pass on taking vacations is they hate the mountain of work that’s waiting for them when they get back.

2. 58% say their boss isn’t very supportive of them taking vacation time.

3. And the average person took 20 vacation days a year between 1976 and 2000 . . . but that’s down to 16 vacation days a year today.

(PR Newswire)

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The Top 10 Naughty Things We Did This Year

The Top 10 Naughty Things We Did This Year

The Top 10 Naughty Things We Did This Year

The Top 10 Naughty Things We Did This Year

Regardless of whether you were “naughty” or “nice” this year, you’re going to get Christmas presents.

It’s like how you basically HAVE to tip a server even if they’re terrible.

Or how we HAVE to elect one of these idiots president.

A new survey found the top 10 NAUGHTY things we did this year. Check ’em out . . .

  1.  57% faked being sick to get out of doing something.
  2.  52% used their kids as an excuse to get out of doing something.
  3.  33% threw trash in a recycling bin.
  4.  33% lied to their significant other about where they were going or what they were doing.
  5.  29% had sexual thoughts about their significant other’s friends.
  6.  27% gossiped. Which seems WAY too low.
  7.  19% of people in relationships cheated. Which seems kinda high, right?
  8.  17% cheated on their taxes.
  9.  8% bullied someone.
  10.  And 7% of the people who found a purse or wallet KEPT it.

(PR Newswire)

How Do You Handle Getting a Terrible Gift? Plus the Top 10 Worst Presents Women Have Received

How Do You Handle Getting a Terrible Gift? Plus the Top 10 Worst Presents Women Have Received

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This Christmas, like every Christmas, there’s a chance your significant other is going to give you something HORRIBLE. So how are you going to react?

A new survey asked women what they do with a particularly bad gift. Here’s how they handle it . . .

  1.  33% return it immediately.
  2.  25% actually wear or use it to avoid hurting their partner’s feelings.
  3.  20% re-gift it.
  4.  And 10% sell it on eBay.

The survey also found 40% of women now pick out what they want their significant other to buy them . . . and 30% practice looking thankful in the mirror in case they have to react to a present they don’t like.

Women also named the WORST gifts they’ve ever gotten. Here’s the top 10 . . .

  1.  A chainsaw.
  2.  Nose hair trimmers.
  3.  A fishing pole.
  4.  A fossil.
  5.  Hair removal cream.
  6.  A dustpan and brush.
  7.  A sweater with an alien printed on it.
  8.  A tube and funnel to help pee outdoors.
  9.  Cellulite cream.
  10.  A cleaning wash for their lady parts.

(Daily Mail)

A Woman’s Terrible, Generic Password Ended Up Saving Her Life

A Woman’s Terrible, Generic Password Ended Up Saving Her Life

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Here’s someone who’s lucky she picks terrible passwords . . . because it ended up saving her LIFE.

On Monday, a 28-year-old woman lost control of her car and drove off a cliff near San Jose, California. And she had OnStar, which should have told police where she was. But for some reason, it didn’t work right. (The woman hasn’t been identified.)

Luckily, a cop named Dave Cameron showed up at her family’s house after they reported her missing. And he asked if she had an iPhone, because he knew they come with an app called “Find My iPhone” that shows exactly where it is.

The problem was, they needed to access her iPad to check it, and her family didn’t know her password. But apparently it was pretty generic . . . because Dave was able to guess it on the THIRD TRY. And the app ended up leading them straight to her.

It turned out she was face down in a ravine, and couldn’t reach her phone. A Coast Guard helicopter eventually got to her more than 17 HOURS after the crash happened.

At the hospital, she was treated for injuries to her legs and stomach. And she was pretty out of it, so it’s still not clear what caused the crash. But it sounds like she’ll be okay.

 

(San Jose Mercury News

A Waiter Gave Terrible Service . . . So They Left a 150% Tip?

A Waiter Gave Terrible Service . . . So They Left a 150% Tip?

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On Saturday, a couple named Steven and Makenzie Schultz went to a new restaurant in Cedar Rapids, Iowa for their anniversary, and got TERRIBLE service. It’s not clear how old they are. From the photo we saw online we’re guessing early 30s.

They haven’t said the name of the place. But they waited 20 minutes for water, 40 minutes for an appetizer, and over an HOUR for their entrees. Meanwhile, their waiter was spending most of his time at other tables.

For the average person, that would mean one thing . . . he’s getting a bad tip. But instead of getting angry, Makenzie noticed he was the ONLY waiter . . . had TWELVE tables . . . AND was doubling as the bartender.

Steven and Makenzie both used to be servers, and now they own a restaurant called BBQ This. So they knew how INSANE that is. And when their check finally came, they talked it over, and decided to leave him a really GOOD tip.

Their bill was $67, so they left a HUNDRED BUCKS . . . that’s 150%. They also wrote a message. Quote: “We’ve both been in your shoes. Paying it forward.”

They posted a photo of the receipt on Facebook, and asked people to think about the CONTEXT of a situation before blaming someone. It’s already gotten over 1.5 MILLION likes. It turns out another waiter had called in sick at the last minute.

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(Facebook / CNN)