Sideswipe: Confession not counselling

Save
Confession not counselling. Photo / Supplied

By Ana Samways

Secrets of used car salesfolk

When a customer is on the fence about buying a car the dealerships might insist they take the car home for the night. This is called "puppy-dogging". The idea is that once customers show it to their friends and neighbours, they will make such a fuss over it - just as they would a new puppy - that they'll have to buy it. Moving the cars around on the lot is another strategy - it creates a busy vibe and while there's no evidence to support it, an unspoken rule is that balloons somehow sell cars. On slow days, salespeople go nuts with them. "I worked at a dealership where you had to put 150 balloons out every day," one salesperson tells Mental Floss.com. "By the time you were done, you were exhausted. You didn't have any energy left to sell a car."

Spidermen versus litterbugs

With millions of Chinese visiting the country's sacred mountains every year, keeping them rubbish-free has become the job of so-called Spider-Man cleaners. These workers abseil down steep cliffs to reach plastic bottles and bags thrown there by uncivilised tourists. Photos released in the media show them dangling high above ground, on the side of steep mountain cliffs to highlight the danger of their work and make tourists think twice before littering. Some of the cleaners actually wear Spider-Man costumes, which has of course made them a hit with visitors who watch them descend into the abyss and cheer when they successfully retrieve the rubbish.

Irresistible headline. Photo / Supplied
Irresistible headline. Photo / Supplied

Pearl-clutcher to a T

"I loved the term pearl-clutcher, it pretty much describes my Mum when I was growing up in the 60s/70s," writes a reader. "Although I was allowed to wear a choker (a black ribbon with a brooch) she banned T-shirts with motifs (bikers' clothing) and bright colours (tarts). I wasn't allowed pierced ears until I paid for them myself yet she had no problem with hair dye and mini-skirts. These days I have a sister who freaked out at her 15-year-old son's new haircut, yet allowed him to get a Holden tattoo!"

We do gas analysis. What shall we call our company? Photo / Supplied
We do gas analysis. What shall we call our company? Photo / Supplied

Going postal in Takapuna

Sue writes: "My father lived in Waitemata County, Takapuna, Glenfield and Totara Vale without moving. Not as exotic as the St Petersburg, Petrograd, Leningrad mix but a lot more peaceful!"

Share this article

9 Comments

Temp8127

-
08:47 am Tuesday 09 May 2017
The sign is merely published under Sideswipe for its entertainment or oddity value.

Perhaps "no counselling" was not the best choice of words, but the sign is unintentionally amusing. Due to time constraints, confessors are asked to just confess their wrongdoing and not to spin it out by explaining why they did it. Confess and run. Time's up, next please. It is a funny sign. Lighten up.

Temp8127

-
08:47 am Tuesday 09 May 2017
The headline (with the article) is merely an amusing relic of the past. It unwittingly confirms and reinforces a rampant sexist attitude.

Aside from its entertainment value today, the point of "dragging up ancient history from 1995" is to show how much times have changed, how much progress has been made in those short 20 years. You would never see such a comment in the media today. No publisher would dare refer to a woman as a chick in that way as it isn't PC and there would be an astronomical backlash from the internet trolls.

Pedro

-
08:47 am Tuesday 09 May 2017
I note Wellington was voted the worlds best city to live in....Could some-one please tell me which three days they were talking about..?

Reiver

- Whangarei
08:46 am Tuesday 09 May 2017
We heard you the first time.

fats

- Hong Kong
09:01 pm Thursday 04 May 2017
I seem to remember people in Australia deciding against naming their organisation Australian National Animal Laboratory (it conducted specialist testing services for livestock or something).

fats

- Hong Kong
09:00 pm Thursday 04 May 2017
I seem to remember people in Australia deciding against naming their organisation Australian National Animal Laboratory (it conducted specialist testing services for livestock or something).

Landberis

- Hawkes Bay
09:00 pm Thursday 04 May 2017
I'm not a Catholic but I thought the idea of confession WAS confession not counseling. Why is Ana Samways so obsessed with anything otherwise? It makes her look stupid.

Ian M

- Kerikeri
09:00 pm Thursday 04 May 2017
At school, my French teacher's father was born in France, went to school and started work in Germany, retired in France, went doddery in Germany and finally died in France. All in the same village in Alsace. M. Steinberg (pronounced Shten-bear-g in French and Shtine-bear'g in German) himself was born in German Alsace but went to school in post war French Alsace.

Honest_Mike

- New Zealand
09:00 pm Thursday 04 May 2017
"Chick Accuses Some of Her Male Colleagues of Sexism"? One can't help but wonder if there's a vested interest in dragging up ancient history from 1995, over 20 years ago?

More Sideswipe