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Post: #1   PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 2009 7:42 pm Reply with quote
DAC
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Here's one for you. When it comes to parting with cash I consider myself to be quite prudent, not tight, but more that I like to get the best value for my money, which obviously means that sometimes you need to spend a bit more to get the best value. But today, one of our caravan customers totally blew me away and left me gob-smacked at how tight someone could be.

Whilst checking the internal electrics of the caravan I noticed that one of the 240v lights wasn't working, so I put my hand into the lamp shade and unscrewed the light bulb. The bulb had been dropped at some stage and the glass had cracked, so in order to save a few pence the customer had repaired the bulb by sticking it back together with 'Sellotape'. Wow, that's tight......!
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So what's the most tight fisted thing that you've ever seen...?
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Post: #2   PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 2009 8:10 pm Reply with quote
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surely if it was cracked it would have burn't out as soon as it was switched on?..... thats tight...

can't think of any real tight memories.... ( I can think of all the jokes... dropped a penny, bent down to pick it up and hit him on the back of the head..etc)

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Re: How tight fisted can you get...? 
Post: #3   PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 2009 8:13 pm Reply with quote
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DAC wrote:
Here's one for you. When it comes to parting with cash I consider myself to be quite prudent, not tight, but more that I like to get the best value for my money, which obviously means that sometimes you need to spend a bit more to get the best value. But today, one of our caravan customers totally blew me away and left me gob-smacked at how tight someone could be.

Whilst checking the internal electrics of the caravan I noticed that one of the 240v lights wasn't working, so I put my hand into the lamp shade and unscrewed the light bulb. The bulb had been dropped at some stage and the glass had cracked, so in order to save a few pence the customer had repaired the bulb by sticking it back together with 'Sellotape'. Wow, that's tight......!
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So what's the most tight fisted thing that you've ever seen...?


probably read your terms and conditions on fair play usage and realised he had to pay 50 euros to replace it Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing
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Post: #4   PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 2009 10:51 pm Reply with quote
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Very Happy Good one Pan! I once had a freind who could remove a ciggie from the packet without taking the packet out of his pocket for fear of having to give one to me! Tight Git-ex friend.
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Post: #5   PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 2009 11:46 pm Reply with quote
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Ahhhh.....but was it working when they got it?? Laughing Laughing Twisted Evil

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Post: #6   PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 2009 5:24 am Reply with quote
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one of my dads friends would take old light bulbs into his local pub and exchange them for the ones in the pub toilets.

he would also unravel some of the toilet paper and jam it up his coat sleeve before he left.

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Post: #7   PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 2009 6:03 am Reply with quote
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paul1978 wrote:
one of my dads friends would take old light bulbs into his local pub and exchange them for the ones in the pub toilets.

he would also unravel some of the toilet paper and jam it up his coat sleeve before he left.


That takes things to a whole new level of tightness. Laughing

The dad of my last boss used to take his newspaper back to the newsagents if there was nothing in it worth reading....

Somehow you just have to admire some of these people.
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Post: #8   PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 2009 6:11 am Reply with quote
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Did you know that copper wire was invented by two Scotsmen fighting over a penny ?
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Post: #9   PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 2009 6:28 am Reply with quote
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Pugwash wrote:
Did you know that copper wire was invented by two Scotsmen fighting over a penny ?


That's stretching things a bit Laughing

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Post: #10   PostPosted: Sun Aug 02, 2009 5:53 am Reply with quote
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My entry for the Tight-Fist Championships: You know that in the Ikea restaurant you can take an empty coffee cup to the cash desk, pay a few cents and then help yourself to as much coffee as you like? When I was eating there once I saw four middle-aged women coming in and sitting down without buying anything. One of the women then collected four used coffee cups from the tables, went to the soft drinks and washed them up from the soda water dispenser, then went to the coffee machine and got four cups of coffee free.

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Post: #11   PostPosted: Tue Aug 04, 2009 8:28 pm Reply with quote
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My brother in law once gave my husband a cup of coffee that was just hot water and milk. Reason given was that he didn't want to open his new jar of coffee!
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Post: #12   PostPosted: Wed Aug 05, 2009 8:11 am Reply with quote
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My Uncle used to take his false teeth out and put scruffy clothes on to attend the football match and he told them he was a pensioner long before he was so that he could get in at reduced money. Once seated he took off the flat cap and put the teeth back in. He did it for years. Before of course they started asking for proof.

Just done a Motor Show in Coventry and you would be amazed at the amount of folk who tried to get in free by saying they were a relative of one of the Exhibitors or the Manager's son!!!!!!!!!
Even I sneaked into the football match at the Arena from my hotel room and watched the game but I did pay for a testimonial programme!!!!!!!

I suppose we all like to save when we can.

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Post: #13   PostPosted: Thu Aug 06, 2009 8:36 am Reply with quote
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how about keeping last years ballons (christmas) for the following year .
yes knew some-one close to me that was going to do just that Shocked
must add i put a stop to it Laughing
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Post: #14   PostPosted: Thu Aug 06, 2009 9:43 am Reply with quote
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My wife and I keep our birthday, anniversary and christmas cards and bring them out each year. Saved us both a few bob. She's Scots and I'm a Yorkshireman, both nationalities reputed to be tight but we say we're just careful with our money.
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Post: #15   PostPosted: Thu Aug 06, 2009 5:17 pm Reply with quote
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PatCon wrote:
One of the women then collected four used coffee cups from the tables, went to the soft drinks and washed them up from the soda water dispenser, then went to the coffee machine and got four cups of coffee free.


That's not being tight fisted, that's theft.
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Post: #16   PostPosted: Thu Aug 06, 2009 10:05 pm Reply with quote
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When I got married 24 years ago, my uncle collected the drinking glasses you got free when you filled up with petrol, wrapped them in the blue paper provided for wiping petrol off your hands and gave them to me for a wedding present!!!
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Post: #17   PostPosted: Fri Aug 07, 2009 5:02 am Reply with quote
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Post: #18   PostPosted: Wed Aug 12, 2009 5:47 pm Reply with quote
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Deb just wondering do you still have the glasses Surprised Surprised Surprised
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Post: #19   PostPosted: Wed Aug 12, 2009 8:10 pm Reply with quote
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We have just watched a family drive their pickup and trailer to an area where the municipality has just delivered paving stones, sand and cement for new pavements, fill the trailer with sand and cement, then use water from a communal tap on their development to mix the concrete to lay a new floor to their house extension and tile it. We are just wondering where the tiles might have originated...
Some might simply define that as enterprising... others as tight-fisted... yet others as theft.
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Post: #20   PostPosted: Wed Aug 12, 2009 9:45 pm Reply with quote
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The same uncle, when I was part-exing a car for another one, took out the decent battery and put in a dud one, so that when the bloke brought my new(er) car round to my house he couldn't start my old car because the battery was flat! My uncle didn't care that it made it difficult for me, just so long as he got something for nothing. He was a real tight a--e, he literally squeeked as he walked!!!
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