Tuesday, October 30, 2018

WARNING: QUICK THOUGHTS IS A SCAM


I had previously highly recommended the Quick Thoughts app. I spent many hours answering surveys for them. Then, when I attempted to cash out for iTunes points, I received the message that there was a "problem" with my account. I sent them a message, assuming that they could get it resolved quickly.
In the meantime, I discovered that one could also download the app for Amazon, and I thought, "Why not?"
In point of fact, one is not allowed to have accounts for two different platforms. That error was mine. Had this been pointed out, I would have deleted the newer account. However, there was already a "problem" with my account when I only had the iTunes account, which, again, I had used for many hours and had taken many surveys for them, accruing a lot of points. The "problem" occurred when I tried to spend the points.
They took more than a month to get back to me about the "problem" with my account. Here is their sketchy reply.

Hi Cara,

We apologize for the delay.

Unfortunately, the accuracy and attentiveness of your account activity has been flagged, and upon review of your account, we have been forced to suspend your account.

As a member of our program, you may only have one account, provide accurate profile information and survey responses. You must also be thoughtful and attentive in responding to our surveys. When we have concerns about any of these program rules, we are obligated to take steps to investigate and unfortunately suspend accounts.

We do not take account suspension lightly and do so only when account issues have been identified. At this time, your account has been indefinitely suspended and you will no longer be able to participate in surveys or claim rewards from our website.

Thank you for your understanding.

Kind regards,

Abigail

Here is my reply to them.
Right. After participating in your program for a long time and accruing a lot of points, you will not allow me to utilize those points.
I was not aware that you couldn't have the account for two platforms and thought it might be nice to have it for Amazon as well, which I use more often than iTunes. 
You might have just told me that I couldn't have two accounts. I would have deleted the newer one.
This is a nasty way of not paying people what they are owed. I spent many hours answering surveys for you. The least you could do is compensate me for the surveys I did fill out by allowing me to use the points on the account associated with iTunes. Of course, you will probably not be so forthright.
This is, in my opinion, a scam. I have a blog where I share survey programs and other ways for people to make and save money. You may rest assured that I will be rescinding my previous good review of this program and warning people to stay well away. 

Cie

"Accuracy and attentiveness of your account activity." What the hell does that even mean, Abigail?
Never mind. What it means is that Quick Thoughts is more than happy to utilize your time, but when it comes to compensation for your time, they will be more than happy not to pay you for your work.
Stay away from this scam app. 
I apologize for recommending it to you.

~Cie~

Here is a copy of the review which I wrote for Survey Police:

I spent literally hours filling out surveys on Quick Thoughts. I really liked the platform. It was easy to use and they gave me lots of surveys. But when it came time to cash out, suddenly there was a "problem" with my account.
I contacted support and waited for literally a month before receiving this sketchy reply.

Hi Cara,

We apologize for the delay.

Unfortunately, the accuracy and attentiveness of your account activity has been flagged, and upon review of your account, we have been forced to suspend your account.

As a member of our program, you may only have one account, provide accurate profile information and survey responses. You must also be thoughtful and attentive in responding to our surveys. When we have concerns about any of these program rules, we are obligated to take steps to investigate and unfortunately suspend accounts.

We do not take account suspension lightly and do so only when account issues have been identified. At this time, your account has been indefinitely suspended and you will no longer be able to participate in surveys or claim rewards from our website.

Thank you for your understanding.

Kind regards,

Abigail

"The accuracy and attentiveness of your account activity" is a vague way of saying "we aren't going to compensate you for the work you did. 
I answered their surveys honestly, and, as attentiveness goes, this was my go-to app until they decided to screw me and not compensate me for my time.
Do not download this app.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

The Cheese Grates A Tale: When the Driver Met the Douche-Lord: A Tale of Entitled Customers


Last night I had to run an order over to Entitlement Palace, a nightmare high-rise known for its bad-tempered valets and stuck-up, entitled, rich-bitch customers.
The service I work for delivers food curbside, not to the door. This is made clear a couple of times in the app: once at the beginning of the process, and when the order is placed. After the order is placed, a message appears which says “delivery is on us, but it is your responsibility to meet your driver at the curb.”
Offering curbside service means that the driver does not have to find a place to park in a city which is notorious for having little in the way of available parking. The driver pulls up as close to the customer’s address as possible and puts on the hazard lights. If all goes smoothly, the customer is either waiting there or comes out quickly after the driver hits the “arrived at customer” command on their app, which alerts the customer to the driver’s presence in their app.
I’ve had customers who somehow failed to realize that they were supposed to come out before (or were hoping that we’d make an exception for them because they’re soooo special), but none of them ever acted like the absolute tosser that I encountered last night. At worst the huffed a little, took their food, and were on their way.
There are occasions where the driver will make an exception. On one such occasion, the customer was a clerk in a liquor store who had a broken leg and was confined to a wheelchair. There was a convenient parking lot, and he was nice, even tipped cash.
On another occasion, a security guard couldn’t leave her post. But there was a nice, convenient loading area in front of the building, and she was right inside at the front desk. Again, she was pleasant and apologized for any inconvenience.
Not so Lord Cantankerous Wankerous.
His Douchiness put “lobby” in the special instructions area on the app. My thought as I drove off? “Not happening, Bitch.” Customer service contacted him sometime during the process. I pulled up to the curb as I always do, dreading the inevitable unpleasant interaction with the miserable valet. The valet told me I’d have to move across the drive, which I did, and sat waiting for His Douchiness to grace me with his presence.
When the seven minutes were almost up, I attempted to call the illustrious Lord of Douchebag Manor. The line was still ringing when I got a text from customer service, asking if the customer was picking up. I replied “no,” and in that moment, Lord Wankerous deigned to appear.
“I said lobby!” he snapped, shaking his finger at me.
“Service is curbside, Sir,” I said calmly.
He huffed away. I sent a text to customer service which read ‘he was a dick. He left without taking his food, and I’m not going to chase after him.’ I then marked the order “undeliverable” and went back to the kitchen.
In the meantime, the kitchen remade the order and was going to send one of the bicycle couriers with it. However, Lord Wankerous complained to customer service that I should be fired for my insolence towards him. They said that wasn’t going to happen. At that point, the assistant manager in the kitchen decided he’d had enough and told customer service that he wanted them to 86 Lord Wankerous.
Thus, the bicycle courier and I both got free meals, and Lord Wankerous can no longer order from us.
The moral of this story: 
Don’t act like an entitled bitch. Just because you live in an overpriced high rise with miserable valets doing your bidding (they’re probably miserable because they’re treated like trash) doesn’t make you superior to the peasants who make your life easier, your Royal Douchiness.

~The Cheese Hath Grated It~


Friday, October 26, 2018

Drive Safe: the Kenu Airframe Phone Mount


There are numerous phone holders to keep your smartphone visible and within easy reach in your car. Harry the Rideshare Guy describes a few of these here. I agree with Harry that these simple safety tools are essential for any driver, whether professional or no. I disagree with his number one choice.
For me, there can only be the Kenu Airframe.
I tried the rest and found that Kenu Airframe was the best.
This simple, low-tech device holds your smartphone securely in place on your vehicle's dashboard vent. The air from the vent helps keep the phone cool in the summer. It is easy to see and doesn't take up room on your windshield. Personally, I don't like things that stick out from my windshield like some sort of Borg contraption, and the damn suction cups never stick properly anyway.
I most certainly agree with Harry that it is appalling when drivers are looking at a phone in their lap or lying on their dashboard. There is no excuse. Get a phone mount and never compromise on convenience and safety for you and your smartphone and whatever passengers or parcels you may have in your car again.

~Cie~


Thursday, October 25, 2018

A Love Letter to EA



This comment that I left on the Sims Freeplay Facebook page is "under review." I am sure it will never see the light of day there, but that doesn't mean I won't publish it elsewhere.

Not allowing players to finish collecting the items they were crafting when a quest ends is a serious dick move. Surely it isn't a cash grab at all to instead offer the chance to pay ludicrous amounts of money to complete the project without even allowing players to finish collecting the items they were crafting at the end.
This sort of thing is predatory at best. I guarantee that there are not a ton of millionaires playing games like this. A lot of faithful players are disabled and don't have money to spare.
For my own part, I have been sick with a severe respiratory infection this past week. I finally fell asleep at dawn after being up all night coughing. I left my Sims working on one last set of crafts.
When I woke up and sat there coughing up yellow crap for about 10 minutes, I then injected my insulin and went to collect the final items. Lo and behold, I was not allowed to do that. But there was this very generous and not at all predatory offer to finish the quest for the low price of $70.
I don't have $70 just lying about, and neither do many of your faithful players.
I am not so disabled that I can't work at all, but have severe enough health problems that I can only work part time and am on Medicaid.
I am probably stupid for continuing to play this game, but I love the characters and the interaction with them helps distract me from my deteriorating health.
Shame on EA for their predatory practices.

~Cie~

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Spare 5

Hi Delivered ones! Today I want to introduce you to my newest micro task app discovery, Spare 5. You get paid for quick tasks such as photography and even web based tasks. Click the link to try it out!

Check out the Spare5 app!

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Perk

Some of you may have heard of Perk. Perk provides a series of apps which allow you to earn points that can be cashed out for money and prizes. The main Perk app lets you check in and earn points at various locations. There are several other apps which allow you to earn points.

The pros of Perk:
Free apps 
Various ways to earn 

Perk has one big drawback. You lose your points if you don’t use it for a while. I had over 1000 points and ended up losing them, which really ground my gears. I didn’t use Perk for a while after this, but decided to give it another try.

My favorite Perk apps are the trivia app and the word search.

Follow my link to give Perk a try. When you sign up, you will get a link to share.

Perk 

Monday, October 15, 2018

Important tip for getting the most out of Panel App

I have mentioned before that Panel App is one of my favorite survey apps. This is still true, and I want to let you in on a tip to help you make the most of Panel App.
When you go to redeem points, do not bother with any of the sweepstakes at the top other than the free monthly sweepstakes. Save your points for the guaranteed prizes at the bottom.
Panel App is always free for you to participate in.
Here is the link to join me in earning cash and gift cards.

Get the Panel App and start earning free gift cards & more! panelapp.me/MNZvQIhRRNiV7uoNqRvK4Aii

Saturday, October 13, 2018

HOW TO FINGER CROCHET A JUMBO BLANKET





Hello, Delivered Ones! If you, like me, are feeling trepidation regarding the holidays because money is tight and you have no idea how you can possibly stretch the budget further, I have ideas and a philosophy snack for you.
I honestly can't afford any sort of fancy gifts, and people like my mother really don't need another knick-knack. My mother is also on several medications that mess with her appetite and digestion, so she doesn't want food gifts. What to do?
I rediscovered the time-honored tradition of one-of-a-kind homemade gifts quite by accident when looking for a way to relax a bit. Writing and drawing are creative, but for me, they are not relaxing. Sometimes they are quite the opposite.
Many people enjoy knitting and crocheting. 
"But I'm all thumbs!" I protest. "The time my poor old grandma tried to teach me to crochet, I made a chain and then ended up throwing the hook across the room because I have all the manual dexterity of an ox!"
As it happened, I was in Wal Mart looking for marker paper when I discovered a scarf loom and some very thick, soft, chunky yarn. I bought both, even though I didn't exactly know what I was going to do with this strange yarn. I also bought some normal-weight yarn for my new loom.
I got the hang of using the loom pretty quickly and found it fun and relaxing to loom knit the little rows of the scarf. But I was curious about what in the world to do with the yarn. I got around to searching for "chunky yarn" and "jumbo yarn," and I discovered techniques such as arm knitting.
When you have manual dexterity like mine, you will end up tying yourself up when trying to arm knit. I might be willing to give it another bash at this point, but initially, it only left me frustrated.
I then discovered finger crocheting, but most of the videos and instructional pages I found before this video said things like "make your chain of 30, then turn and double chain as you normally do when you crochet."
Um...
If I knew how to crochet, I wouldn't need instruction, would I?
Fortunately, I found this video, suitable for absolute beginners like me.
My first blanket has a few weird areas, but I really feel like I've gotten the hang of it. My son is going to be the recipient. He has some special collectible plushies and it will be used to spread under them. Future blankets shouldn't have some of the interesting (and unique) special effects that this one does.
I really enjoy finger crocheting and loom knitting, and, gentlemen, take note. This isn't just a hobby for women. Interestingly, a lot of professional athletes find knitting an enjoyable hobby because of its relaxing properties.
Now, for my philosophy snack.
We have become far too used to giving gifts with a high price tag attached. We have developed a desire to be the bestest gift giver, to show that we can out-give everyone else. This really is not done in the spirit of generosity or caring and it is not about the recipient, it is about the giver. We have also developed the erroneous attitude that mass-produced gifts are superior to handmade gifts.
I think it is time to change these attitudes.
This year, don't make the holidays about competing. Nobody wins that game.
Whether you love making tasty treats or you are a whiz with a needle (or your hands), consider making gifts utilizing your skills and an attitude of true thoughtfulness and generosity this year.

Peace,
Cie


Thursday, October 4, 2018

Cash 💰 Show



I'm playing Cash Show! Come and play with me! Enter my invitation code and I will get an "Extra Life" in game!
Cash Show is a trivia game where you can win real money 💴 and cash out at $10. You are not likely to get rich playing Cash Show, but it’s fun to hone your trivia skills and make a little money 💵 too.