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Mail Call for 11-30

December 01, 2004

Editor's note - Please be as brief as possible when calling Mail Call, The Daily Mail's reader call-in line.

Mail Call is not staffed on weekends or holidays so it is best to call Mail Call during the week. The Mail Call number is 301-791-6236.

You are welcome to leave a recorded message on any subject, but some calls will be screened out. You must include your town or county of residence.

Here are some of the calls we have received lately:

"I need someone else's opinion on a problem. Recently my husband and I dined at a restaurant and our bill at the end was roughly 20-some dollars and we placed two $20 bills in a folder with our bill and waited for our server to come over and take care of our bill. Which is the procedure for this particular restaurant. Upon coming over, the server looked at our bill and the money we put in and asked us if we needed any change. We are people who normally tip well, but $15 is a bit much. What bothered me the most was the question, 'do you need change?' I think this is very rude to ask a customer. Shouldn't they be courteous and not ask that question? I know they do a hard job and depend on the tip, but this is not right to ask this to a customer. By the way, I tip very low when asked this question. Am I the only one that has problem with them asking this question?"

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- Hagerstown




"In response to the person from Washington County complaining about the $23 bill for subs at a convenience store. You have to be kidding me. Who do you think you are, first off to complain about what someone else is spending, then try to start a petition to ban pre-made foods? You have to be kidding me."

- Jefferson County, W.Va.




"I got my flu shot this morning and I would like to thank all those involved with the Washington County Health Department in distributing the flu shots on Monday, Nov. 29. Even though the crowd was rather large at 7 a.m., the operation was efficient and well organized. Thanks again to all those involved."

- Cascade




"Thanks to the Health Department for the great job they did on Monday morning. There were hundreds of people out there Monday morning, I got in within five minutes, got my shot and was out of there. Congratulations on your well-organized efforts."

- Washington County




"In Sunday's paper there was a letter to the editor written by Michael Nye and was about the hospital wanting to move to Robinwood. He seems to be the only one who understands fully with what's going on with the hospital. I believe he needs to write a few more articles."

- Washington County




"I was completely appalled by the remarks by Chief Smith's comments in Monday's Morning Herald. I am a native of the greater New York Metropolitan area and am absolutely disgusted with Chief Smith and his staff. Be quiet, get on the streets with your staff and clean up the downtown area. Downtown Hagerstown is a disgrace."

- Hagerstown




"I am a 92-year-old man who has many physical difficulties, including my fingers in my right hand going numb making it impossible for me to write. Christmas cards is a real challenge. I can't handle it the way it is normally done. When I get a Christmas card from someone, I will return with a phone call to that person, bringing them up to date on me and they bring me up to date on them. This works well and they seem to be happy with it. This will be my third year in doing this. If this suits your purpose, try it, you might like it. You will find that it is nice and gratifying."

- Hagerstown




"It would be nice if the Herald Mail would put a list of all the names and addresses of all the men and women now serving overseas right now, especially in Iraq, so the local people could send Christmas cards to them. Thanks a bunch."

- Hagerstown




"I am sending to you, Todd and Derek of Williamsport a nice big hello for two very nice boys. Both of you are very nice and yes, Tiffany of Williamsport, sweet and caring, that is you, too."

- Williamsport




"I think it's a shame that in these days and times that there is a coach involved in one of our youth leagues that makes a decision based on race rather than performance."

- Hagerstown




"A comment about the doctors and their malpractice insurance. Everyone is talking about the high rates for the malpractice. But there isn't anyone out there talking about all the bad doctors out there. Don't get me wrong, there are a lot of good doctors out there. But if the doctors aren't going to police themselves, does that mean if they make bad mistakes, they will serve time in jail? What is the alternative here because if a doctor makes a mistake and I need long term care, do I have to pay for it or does the doctor?"

- Hagerstown




"I want to congratulate three important men in my life, Bam Sterling, Tyler Sterling and Tyree Sterling. Bam completed the recent JFK 50-mile run, Tyler for making the honor roll again and Tyree for passing his recent exam. This is from Nanna and your mom. I love all three of you so much. Congratulations."




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