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  1. Hi there I'm feeling pretty hurt and upset by the parents at my son's school. About ten days ago I gave out party invitations asking them to a birthday party for his birthday next week. The closing date for rsvping was today. So far I've only heard from a few parents saying their kids are coming. As it stands it will not be able to go ahead as we don't have enough people. I know how busy it is when you have young kids but I think at least they could've let me know. Maybe I'm just being too sensitive but he will be gutted if I need to cancel it and how do I explain it to him. I don't give a s*** about presents but I just wanted him to enjoy himself. As I work most days, I've not been at the school to remind them so I've just done it by email (addresses from a contact list one of the parents gave me) but it really pained me to do so. I feel embarassed having to do this and I hope they don't think I'm hassling them. Maybe I'm just being over emotional but I feel like crying over this. He really loves school and is happy there and likes his class so this is disappointing. Maybe yet another reason to go home. Susie :sad:
  2. I say 'new' because it's been open for a while but I'd never really been in there until today. I think they are still doing work anyway as I saw a few 'tradies' sitting out on the mall eating their lunch. The dining area was absolutely PACKED at lunchtime with both office workers and shoppers. David Jones on Castlereagh is linked up to it as is Myer between Pitt and George. David Jones has its nativity scenes up and running in a line of shop windows. It seems a little incongruous seeing all the 'snow' but the kids love it. I think I know the city well but each time I go there I see new buildings, pubs, cafes, shops and I feel like a tourist.
  3. The Pom Queen

    Pretty Woman GASP in Melbourne

    Just read this story in the paper, I can't believe how a company can afford to be so rude, I don't know the company from Adam but after reading the story it just shows how unprofessional they are and I'm sorry but bad publicity isn't going to win them customers no matter what they think:no: Keara O'Neil claims a shop assistant at GASP made digs at her size 12 frame. Picture: Ben Swinnerton Herald Sun Click here to share on Facebook. Read More GASP clothing has defended its position involving a customer dispute, releasing yet another jaw-dropping response. The statement came after a spat between the retailer and a customer, who was told that their clothes were too exclusive for her, turned into a viral email sensation. Keara O'Neil was on a shopping trip to find bridesmaid dresses for her wedding and a frock for her hens night at the GASP Chapel St store on September 24 when she had a dispute with a sales assistant named "Chris". Like a scene straight out of Pretty Woman, O'Neil, a retail assistant herself, claims Chris was initially helpful but soon turned nasty, making a dig at her size 12 frame and yelling out as she left the store, "Have fun shopping at Supre... I knew you were a joke the minute you walked in". Distressed by the treatment, O'Neil then sent a letter to the customer service centre at GASP, which was answered by GASP area manager Matthew Chidgey. In the email, O'Neil was told the fashion chain aims to appeal "to a very fashion forward consumer" and that the sales assistant O'Neil made a complaint about was a "retail superstar" who's "only problem is that he is too good at what he does". It went on to say, "As I am sure you are aware, people whom are talented generally do not tolerate having their time wasted, which is the reason you were provoked to leave the store... "It is probably fair to assume a lot of what I have said in this email either doesn’t make sense to you, or you totally disagree with it" and we "respectfully ask that you side step our store." Mr Chidgey confirmed today that the email was legitimate. Later GASP, whose website advertises dressed priced from $100, released a statement in its defence. "We respect that not all consumers strive for a glamorous appearance; some prefer to simply blend in," the statement said. "We respect and welcome all customers whom wish to visit our store, even though the intention to buy may not exist. But we ask that their opinions be expressed through blogs, social media or around a warm latte, but certainly not inside our stores." It is understood GASP today closed its Facebook page following a deluge of negative comments concerning the incident. Celebrity Ruby Rose was one of many taking to Twitter to add their views on the incident, writing: "I am actually laughing.. I can't believe gasp called themselves fashion forward.. Sweetheart you sell polyester dresses u ain't no Prada. "This can't be real hahahaha gasp sells the most cheap tacky clothing in Australia," she said. Read the emails going viral below in full: Email by Keara O’Neil to GASP: I had the privilege of shopping at your brand new Chapel St store on Saturday 24th September with my three bridesmaids in tow. On the hunt for bridesmaids dresses and a hens dress for myself we walked into the store and were automatically pounced on by a male staff member, I understand that this is protocol for many retail outlets and ours is no different. The staff member was initially funny and extremely helpful with sizes etc. I chose a bright pink dress to try on but was unable to do the zip up so asked for the size up, when I eventually got the correct size and came out of the change room I was unable to discuss the likes or dislikes of the dress with my bridesmaids as the sales assistant kept saying “you should just get it”, when I told him I would think about it, he pulled me aside and whispered “Is it the price your worried about”. By now I was extremely frustrated, and again told him I’d think about it, I walked back into the change room and closed the door behind me, only to have it pushed open with the sales assistant half standing in my change room, again whispering “I think you should just get it”, when I gave him attitude and said rudely, “I already told you I would think about it”, he then replied, “With your figure I really think you should buy it”.* I’m not sure exactly what he meant by that, but considering the attitude used to deliver such a statement I can only imagine that it was an immature dig in relation to my healthy size 12 frame. I got changed in a hurry and walked right out of the change rooms and out of the store, I could hear the sales assistant yelling out to me, but I just ignored him and continued to leave, assuming my bridesmaids would follow. After waiting down the road for my bridesmaids to come out of the store I was told by one of them that the sales assistant yelled out “Have fun finding something at Supre”, when one of them approached him in regards to his comments, he replied “I knew you girls were a joke the minute you walked in”. When my bridesmaids walked out of the store another two customers walked out with them, they too could not believe the immaturity of the sales assistant. * I have worked in retail for 12 years and have come across an array of customer complaints over the years, none of which come even close to what I encountered on Saturday at your store, I wish I was exaggerating but unfortunately for your company this person actually exists and is working in one of your stores. I am pretty laid back and was quite happy just leaving your store, it was my bridesmaids who felt the need to say something to him………I dread to think how many customers he has not only offended but how many customers have left your store due to the pressure placed on getting the sale, and then to be harassed when that sale hasn’t taken place. * Ring me, don’t ring, not fussed………I’m just one retailer notifying another of an extremely inappropriate sales assistant. Keara O'Neil Response by GASP area manager Matthew Chidgey: Dear Keara O’Neil, Having now had the privilege of having both version of events, I am now in a position to respond to your complaint. From the very outset, one thing that you should be mindful of is; Our product offerings are very, very carefully selected, so to ensure that we do not appeal to a broad customer base. This is something which is always at the forefront of our minds when undertaking buying duties. The reason for this is to ensure that we only carry products which appeal to a very fashion forward consumer. This by default means that the customer whom is acclimatised to buying from “clothing for the masses” type retailers, is almost frightened by our range, sometimes we have found that this type of customer, almost finds our dresses funny, and on occasion noted comments such as 'it looks like a dead flamingo'. When we receive comments like this, we like to give ourselves and our buyers, a big pat on the back, because we know we are doing our job right, and modus operandi is being upheld.* Our range is worn by A list celebrities to the likes of Kim Kardashian, Selena Gomez and Katy Perry to name only a few. Now, as one might appreciate, the style counsel for these types of celebrities are not ones to pick “run of the mill” type clothing, and they do so on the basis to ensure that the styles are cutting edge, and only worn by a select few. Similarly these items are priced such that they remain inaccessible to the undesirable. Insofar as our employee goes; Similar to our product offerings, our employees are selected with a similar approach. Chris whom served you is a qualified stylist whom has a sixth sense for fashion, and Chris’s only problem is that he is too good at what he does, and as I am sure you are aware, people whom are talented, generally do not tolerate having their time wasted, which is the reason you were provoked to leave the store. Whilst I concede that you work for chain retailer, unfortunately that does not make us like for like. It is probably fair to assume, a lot of what I have said in this email, either doesn’t make sense to you, or you totally disagree with it all, which is what I would expect (unless of course I have you totally wrong – which I doubt). Let me guess, you would never, ever hire Chris in the course of your duty, would you? This is the very reason, why your comment “from one retailer to another” is so disproportionate, it’s almost as though we are in a totally different industries. Chris is a retail superstar, who possess unparalleled ability, and I am sorry you feel upset by him, but he knew you were not going to buy anything before you even left your house. So if you would like to do us any favours, please do not waste our retail staff’s time, because as you have already seen, they will not tolerate it. I am sure there are plenty of shops that appease your taste, so I respectfully ask that you side step our store during future window shopping expeditions. * Thank you for your enquiry.
  4. I know this is probably not politically correct to do this - BUT please indulge me :wubclub: Please fellow SA'ers (South Ausser's that is) vote for our baby's pic in a competition on FB!! :notworthy: We would love to win the photo-shoot by this amazing photographer. All you need to do is Like her FB page: Welcome to Facebook - Log In, Sign Up or Learn More And then place a comment underneath our daughter's pic - you need to leave the comment VOTE : Character Comp | Facebook She is Amy Thank you SO much!!!!!
  5. Hi everyone Well i found a course and applied for my student visa, my case officer rang today to say he would grant it but without any work permission - who can afford to study and not work?!?!?! he said my other option was to apply offshore but even then it would be granted without permission to work hmmm. I am currently working to save for college and cant afford to quit right now - course due to start in feb So i headed to immigration in Brisbane to do some research and think i am eligable to apply for a general skilled migrant visa as a general manager, the points i reach are 110 but i spoke to someone on the gen helpline and she said as long as i get it up to 120 during the processing time im cool.BUT as im on a bridging visa A i cant apply for it??? the bridging visa is an extension of my first whv so why cant i apply?? If i apply offshore is that a different case? but then can i continue to come back to oz and work? Second q is re the pmv...can i apply for the pmv offshore (say nz) but come back to oz to my job while the decision is being made, then leave once it will be granted?? Please any help would be appreciated, the stress is beginning to turn me into an emotional nut job!!!!!! Jo
  6. Hi all, my hubby and I are thinking to move to mt martha as we would love a more relaxed lifestyle. We have a 2yr old daughter. We both would work for ourselves, him a finance consultant and I am a graphic designer artist. Would anyone be able to tell us their honest opinions on: -if we would find some good clientele up in mt Martha? - good kinders / schools - kids activites, classes - good libraries, community centres - good hospitals doctors etc. - shopping for groceries and general - are their concerns with living by the sea and around bushland in relation to high winds and fire? Any other insights would be greatley appreciated! Would love to make some great local friends from the area in the meantime. much thanks, Melissa ps we are currently living in eastern suburbs
  7. Australia stands pretty high on Human Development Index :wink: http://hdrstats.undp.org/en/countries/country_fact_sheets/cty_fs_AUS.html
  8. My parents have applied for a CPV143 and are now looking into applying for a 676 Tourist Visa to "kill" the waiting time in Oz. :cool: Once they reach the stage in their CPV143 where they are asked to have their medicals done, will they have to return to UK or can they be done here in Oz? :err: Also, for them to be able to ship their belongings at this stage (ie whilst coming out on tourist visa and before permanent visa has been granted), will it be necessary to do it in my name? If so, does this have to be done in a "hush hush" manner (ie so that Oz don't realise the goods belong to them)? Does this also mean keeping it quiet from the UK shipping firm they choose, or is it ok for them to know what is going on? We have so many queries and questions, but these are two we would really appreciate some urgent advice on PLEASE! :confused: Big thank you in advance to anyone who can help us! :wink:
  9. Hi there everyone,my hubby is an airframe tech in the raf.We are looking to move around the port stephens area,is there much call for his trade he has 20 years experience,im a travel agent ,and can any suggest good family suburbs in that area please. thanx to anyone who replies.4:notworthy:
  10. WHEN A PRETTY SMILE STIFLES THE FIGHT Karen Thurgood, aged 20, and 5ft 7in. is a night-club bouncer. Bubbling with personality, she shrugs off any thought of danger. 'I just act nice and friendly, just like one of them. They respect me for doing a job.' Sandy-haired Karen, with the widest, friendliest grin in Toowoomba, south-east Queensland, was chosen to stand at the door of The Court House, a $1.1m. refurbished mecca for the rural ravers, when there were 16-stone footballers standing ready in line for the job. 'I put on my black pants, white shirt, jacket and black tie and realise that anybody intent on causing trouble is only trying to draw attention to himself. Once you understand that, it helps a lot when you're called on to the dance-floor.' The moment there is a disturbance in the boisterous crowd of 400-500 dancing to disco, Karen, from Newport Pagnell, knows she's got several male heavies to help sort it out. But her sweet reason always seems to work. Like the night a drunken female customer locked herself in the toilet. 'I got another guy to help me get her out, then I escorted her to the door to make sure she got into a cab safely. She went quietly. 'We are only there to keep the peace. As the boys come in some of them ask me if I can fight and what self-defence I use. The girls find it odd to see a female bouncer and want to know: "Aren't you worried you're going to get hurt?" ' She's not. 'It's mainly common sense and talking people out of being aggressive. I did a self-defence course when I was 18 and then security training where they taught us all the moves.' David Ash, her boss at the Court House club, says: 'She's always such a happy person she can change people's moods.' Toowoomba has been celebrating its annual carnival of flowers and Karen was runner-up in a Queen quest to raise money to help pay for the entertainment. Between her canteen work and nightclub bouncing she raised $1,510 through car washes, raffles and cosmetics parties. But there is a dark, underside to the rural city renowned for its gardens, its turn-of-the-century mansions once owned by a squattocracy who reigned over thousands of square miles of pasture; it has good seasons and gloomy spells, depending on rain. As grass turns tinder dry and farm incomes plummet, the effect is seen in doctors' waiting-rooms as despair brings on illness and psychological depression. Surveillance cameras have had to be mounted in the streets to help prevent an upsurge in crime. Fresh-faced Karen works by day at a hospital caring for the mentally ill, and sees the end result of the seasonal downturn. 'I serve in the canteen and every day I see the unstable, the mentally troubled, and the victims of drug and alcohol addiction. It's interesting to meet them to get a chance to chat with them and find out what is wrong with them. Sometimes it's hard to take, because they seem so normal. But they are sick people who are certifiable and have problems in their lives that handicap them. 'I give them a cup of coffee and get to know them. A lot of them just enjoy somebody saying "g'day, how are you?" You know, that somebody cares? It is,' she assures you, 'a very enjoyable job.' She gets to the canteen some mornings after only four hours' sleep. 'I am on the door from 10 pm until about 2.30 am.' Her long-distance coach driver father, who can be 2,000 kms away, is confident she can look after herself in her $11-an-hour job. But her mother, Moira Thurgood, admits: 'John, and I lie awake some nights waiting to hear Karen's car arrive. Toowoomba is not as bad as a lot of places, but nevertheless some disturbing things happen at night. A fortnight before my eldest daughter's wedding, her fiance was beaten up badly. Then Karen's car was broken into when she was raising money for her quest and lost a brief-case containing documents and money. She made up for the lost cash from her own pocket. 'She also had scratch lottery tickets stolen, but some English friends of ours living nearby kindly made up for that loss; their caravan had been broken into recently and they knew how she felt. The downturn in the rural industry has made so many people around here depressed and they see no way out of it. I took my youngest daughter to see where Karen works the other day and she found it hard to understand. I explained that it wasn't so long ago they locked up young mothers here for having a baby out of wedlock.' Karen's ambition? 'I want to get into the tourist industry. I am going to England next year to go on tour with a leading firm so I can learn the ropes and hopefully get a job with them. I have aunts and uncles all over the country and I'm going to see my 94-year-old grandfather in London.'
  11. Hi everyone - I have just joined! We are going to Oz on our holiday visa. As 1 year vailidity and want to rent during that whole period - are we allowed to ship some of our household/personal effects?? I know the majority of rented property is unfurnished :? Has anyone been in that situation please:?: Thanks in anticipation