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    This is bothersome, but not surprising to me.
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    I think it was in this thread that we had once discussed Crocs...

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    WASHINGTON (AP) - At rail stations and shopping malls around the world, reports are popping up of people, particularly young children, getting their toes caught in escalators. The one common theme seems to be the clunky soft-soled clogs known by the name of the most popular brand, Crocs.

    One of the nation's largest subway systems - the Washington Metro - has even posted ads warning riders about wearing such shoes on its moving stairways. The ads feature a photo of a crocodile, though they don't mention Crocs by name.

    Four-year-old Rory McDermott got a Croc-clad foot caught in an escalator last month at a mall in northern Virginia. His mother managed to yank him free, but the nail on his big toe was almost completely ripped off, causing heavy bleeding.

    At first, Rory's mother had no idea what caused the boy's foot to get caught. It was only later, when someone at the hospital remarked on Rory's shoes, that she began to suspect the Crocs and did an Internet search.

    "I came home and typed in 'Croc' and 'escalator,' and all these stories came up," said Jodi McDermott, of Vienna, Va. "If I had known, those would never have been worn."

    According to reports appearing across the United States and as far away as Singapore and Japan, entrapments occur because of two of the biggest selling points of shoes like Crocs: their flexibility and grip. Some report the shoes get caught in the "teeth" at the bottom or top of the escalator, or in the crack between the steps and the side of the escalator.

    The reports of serious injuries have all involved young children. Crocs are commonly worn by children as young as 2. The company introduced shoes in its smallest size, 4/5, this past spring.

    Niwot, Colo.-based Crocs Inc. said it does not keep records of the reasons for customer-service calls. But the company said it is aware of "very few" problems relating to accidents involving the shoes, which are made of a soft, synthetic resin.

    "Thankfully, escalator accidents like the one in Virginia are rare," the company said in a statement.

    In Japan, the government warned consumers last week that it has received 39 reports of sandals - mostly Crocs or similar products - getting stuck in escalators from late August through early September. Most of the reports appear to have involved small children, some as young as two years old.

    Kazuo Motoya of Japan's National Institute of Technology and Evaluation said children may have more escalator accidents in part because they "bounce around when they stand on escalators, instead of watching where they place their feet."

    In Singapore, a 2-year-old girl wearing rubber clogs - it's unclear what brand - had her big toe completely ripped off in an escalator accident last year, according to local media reports.

    And at the Atlanta airport, a 3-year-old boy wearing Crocs suffered a deep gash across the top of his toes in June. That was one of seven shoe entrapments at the airport since May 1, and all but two of them involved Crocs, said Roy Springer, operations manager for the company that runs the airport terminal.

    One U.S. retailer that caters to children, Mattel subsidiary American Girl, has posted signs in three locations directing customers wearing Crocs or flip-flop sandals to use elevators instead of escalators.

    During the past two years, so-called "shoe entrapments" in the Washington subway have gone from being relatively rare to happening four or five times a week in the summer, though none has caused serious injuries, said Dave Lacosse, who oversees the subway's 588 escalators, the most of any U.S. transit system.

    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said escalator accidents caused more than 10,000 injuries last year, but the agency has few records of specific shoe problems. Only two shoe entrapments have been reported by consumers since the beginning of 2006. One reported in May involved "rubber footwear."

    Agency spokesman Ed Kang urged people who have had problems to report them on the commission's Web site.

    Crocs officials said they were working with the Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation on public education initiatives. But the group's executive director, Barbara Allen, said that's not true.

    Allen said a Crocs official called her in September 2006 about possible cooperation, even suggesting the company might put a tag in its shoes with the foundation's Web address. But since that first contact, Crocs has not called, and nobody from the company will return Allen's calls, she said.

    Washington Metro's Lacosse and other escalator experts say the best way to prevent shoe entrapments is to face the direction the stairs are moving, keep feet away from the sides and step over the teeth at the end.

    Lacosse, of the Washington subway system, said he is personally skittish of Crocs and other soft-soled shoes.

    "Would I wear them? No," he said. "And I tell my children not to wear them either."
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    Anyone out there allergic to peaches? We found out last night that my son is. He ate a peach and shortly thereafter his upper lip got very swollen, he said it was getting hard to swallow. So off to the ER. By the time he got there, his face was bright red, he had some kind of a rash on his forehead, and he said it was getting a little harder to breathe.

    Many shots of benedryl later, he's home and seems to be fine this morning. Ahhh, the joys of parenthood!

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    Re: FORT Koffee Klatch

    Quote Originally Posted by ScoutMom;2576729;
    Anyone out there allergic to peaches? We found out last night that my son is. He ate a peach and shortly thereafter his upper lip got very swollen, he said it was getting hard to swallow. So off to the ER. By the time he got there, his face was bright red, he had some kind of a rash on his forehead, and he said it was getting a little harder to breathe.

    Many shots of benedryl later, he's home and seems to be fine this morning. Ahhh, the joys of parenthood!
    Oh how scary Soutmom. I haven't heard of the peach allergy, but my daughter is allergic to bananas.

    did they tell you to keep benedryl on you just in case? My daughter avoids bananas like the plague, but I always have her carry benedryl, just in case.

    I had a bad drug reaction last week and had to take benedryl for it due to the hives.
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    They didn't say to keep benedryl on hand, but you know I'll always have it on him! I have the same allergy, but I've never had such a bad reaction. My lips just start feeling funny and my throat gets scratchy. That's it. The strange thing is, if the fruit is cooked, we're both fine. Just another mystery of the human body, I guess. But thank God, he's fine this morning. He said his throat is just a little scratchy, like when you first start to get a cold.

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    Re: FORT Koffee Klatch

    Quote Originally Posted by ScoutMom;2576729;
    Anyone out there allergic to peaches? We found out last night that my son is. He ate a peach and shortly thereafter his upper lip got very swollen, he said it was getting hard to swallow. So off to the ER. By the time he got there, his face was bright red, he had some kind of a rash on his forehead, and he said it was getting a little harder to breathe.

    Many shots of benedryl later, he's home and seems to be fine this morning. Ahhh, the joys of parenthood!
    I had the exact same reaction to eating a peach as a child. I've come to learn that I am allergic to any fruit that is not peeled or cooked. I need to immediately wash my hands after even touching peaches, pears, apples etc...

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    My sister has the same sort of allergy to the enzymes in stone fruits. She has no problems if the fruit is cooked or processed (canned, etc.), because the heat kills the enzymes.
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    Carryout orders

    Have you guys ever had this happen to you? The other night, the husband and I ordered out from an Italian restaurant that we like. As usual, we left our name and phone # with the person who took our order. When we got home, we noticed that something we ordered wasn't there...and they had substituted in something else that wasn't anything like what we had ordered. (We had wanted mussels pomodoro and they gave us bruschetta instead.) So I called and asked for the manager. This is how the conversation went -- And there were no language barriers--everyone is fluent in English, including me :


    Me: Hi, we just picked up a carryout order and are missing an appetizer, and there's a different appetizer in here that we hadn't ordered.

    Manager: What did you order?

    Me: Mussels pomodoro, and there's bruschetta here instead.

    Manager: We don't have mussels today. No mussels at all.

    Me: OK, but why didn't they tell us that when we called in the order? Or at the very least, why didn't they call us back to ask if we wanted something in its place?

    Manager: We don't have any mussels. None at all. We discussed this in our morning and afternoon meetings.

    Me: I wasn't at your meetings. Why did you give us bruschetta if you didn't have mussels?

    Manager: We didn't have any mussels today.

    At this point, I just decided not to reply because he was making no apologies and was just being clueless. So I think we were both quiet for about 1 minute. Finally, he said something.

    Manager: Would you like me to credit you for the bruschetta?


    Um, yeah, you big dummy! Oh my goodness. And this is the manager! I couldn't believe it. I know mistakes happen and no system is perfect. But why is it so difficult to acknoweldge an error (I'm sure no one did this maliciously) and be done with it? He ended up crediting my charge card for that amount...but it would've been nice if he hadn't been such a clueless idiot. All he had to say was, "Oh, I'm sorry for the mixup. Can I take your name and number and offer you a complimentary entree the next time you order from us?" Or, "Oh, I'm sorry for the mixup. Please let me offer you credit for the item you didn't order."

    What is it with people?!
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    Re: Carryout orders

    Quote Originally Posted by Lois Lane;2576979;
    Have you guys ever had this happen to you? The other night, the husband and I ordered out from an Italian restaurant that we like. As usual, we left our name and phone # with the person who took our order. When we got home, we noticed that something we ordered wasn't there...and they had substituted in something else that wasn't anything like what we had ordered. (We had wanted mussels pomodoro and they gave us bruschetta instead.) So I called and asked for the manager. This is how the conversation went -- And there were no language barriers--everyone is fluent in English, including me :


    Me: Hi, we just picked up a carryout order and are missing an appetizer, and there's a different appetizer in here that we hadn't ordered.

    Manager: What did you order?

    Me: Mussels pomodoro, and there's bruschetta here instead.

    Manager: We don't have mussels today. No mussels at all.

    Me: OK, but why didn't they tell us that when we called in the order? Or at the very least, why didn't they call us back to ask if we wanted something in its place?

    Manager: We don't have any mussels. None at all. We discussed this in our morning and afternoon meetings.

    Me: I wasn't at your meetings. Why did you give us bruschetta if you didn't have mussels?

    Manager: We didn't have any mussels today.

    At this point, I just decided not to reply because he was making no apologies and was just being clueless. So I think we were both quiet for about 1 minute. Finally, he said something.

    Manager: Would you like me to credit you for the bruschetta?


    Um, yeah, you big dummy! Oh my goodness. And this is the manager! I couldn't believe it. I know mistakes happen and no system is perfect. But why is it so difficult to acknoweldge an error (I'm sure no one did this maliciously) and be done with it? He ended up crediting my charge card for that amount...but it would've been nice if he hadn't been such a clueless idiot. All he had to say was, "Oh, I'm sorry for the mixup. Can I take your name and number and offer you a complimentary entree the next time you order from us?" Or, "Oh, I'm sorry for the mixup. Please let me offer you credit for the item you didn't order."

    What is it with people?!
    OMG, you'd think just BASIC customer service would have prevented this. I mean, as a manager, presumably he's had some kind of training and probably been working in restaurants, so you'd think he would be able to FIGURE this out on his own at this point. I've never worked in a restaurant and I could have done a better job.

    We don't eat at Hooters' (no big loss for me. ) because of a similar mixup with takeout and the manager REFUSED to do anything about it at all. Period, the end. Even after my husband flat out asked him to refund us on the missing item. He said we should have been more careful and checked our order before leaving the restaurant. Believe me now I do check. My husband told him it would be a cold day in hell before he EVER set foot in ANY Hooters restuarant from that day forward. And we haven't.

    But what you went through was ridiculous. To keep repeating that they had no mussels as if that just explained it all. Geez.
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    The other day we ordered a pizza from Double Dave's for delivery. I wanted the Big Dave which is just a supreme style pizza. When they delivered a Meat lover's (not sure what it was called but it was a lot of meat on that pizza!), I called them to let them know their mistake. The kid on the line said, mam, you ordered a meat (whatever they called it), and I said no, I specifically said the Big Dave. He had to hand over the phone to a manager because he didn't know what to say. The manager made a note on my account (they look us up by phone # for delivery) and we get a free Big Dave pizza the next time we call in. Pretty good but we really didnt' like our pizza that night.

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