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Financial Goofs, Loud Coworkers and Toilet Seats

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By Dawn Bright


Dear Dawn,

I park next to the same truck almost every day when I go to work, and I’ve noticed a toilet seat sitting on the backseat for about six months now. And then today I saw a huge flat screen TV sitting on top of the toilet seat. What do you think is going on there?

– Danny B. from 30A



People carry a lot of stuff around in their vehicles, Danny. Maybe whoever owns that truck is planning to go to a donation center and keeps forgetting? When you get into a truck, you can’t really see what’s in the backseat, so that’d be easy to do. I forget stuff all the time. I’ll see something in my purse, for example, and think, How did that get in there?!


If life was like a movie we’d pan to the day before and watch me putting it in there. But I don’t remember doing it unless someone saw me doing it and says, “You put it in there yesterday.” In fact, just a few weeks ago I cleaned out my freezer and threw away a full bag of shredded chicken I had just put in the day before, but I didn’t recognize it and thought, “Well, if I don’t know what it is, it just needs to go in the trash.” So, see? Shredded chicken, toilet seats, just a couple of things we keep forgetting about. It’s nothing to worry about, so just forget about it!

Dear Dawn,

I am a very organized person financially and rarely (if ever!) make mistakes when it comes to money. But in the past two weeks I’ve had several issues. An online purchase got lost in the mail and I had to contact them to research and issue a refund. I had a trip cancelled and had to negotiate with the airline for a refund for my seat upgrades. I got paid for something in a PayPal account I don’t have and had to contact the payee to correct the mistake. I also paid a large bill out of the wrong bank account, double paid on my P.O. Box, and sent a phone payment in with a wrong account number. This is all just so weird. Why do you think this is happening? 

Buddy D. from Crestview



Some of these events are clearly out of your control. A package getting lost, a trip being cancelled and someone paying you via an account you don’t have are all issues created by someone else. Having to contact everyone involved to resolve these issues is probably something you’re not used to doing. Maybe this threw you for a loop and you lost your concentration just long enough to create several issues of your own. Making payments from wrong accounts, double payments, and wrong account numbers all indicate a lack of attention to detail. And since you said you’re “very organized” financially, I’m guessing you’re just a little discombobulated right now. So my advice is to take your time and double-check your work. This will save you a lot of wasted time (and money!) in the long run.

Dear Dawn,

The large office I work in has always been a very quiet place. But another group of folks moved in, and one of the women in that group is really loud. She sits clear on the other side of the room, but she talks so loud you can hear every word she says. She also sings at her desk. And laughs at everything, even if it’s not even remotely funny. I find her very disruptive. What should I do?

– Amy K. from Fort Walton Beach



There’s probably not much you can do, Amy. Loud people are just loud people. You can talk to her about it, but it probably won’t do anything but create a hostile environment. And you don’t need that. Maybe earplugs would help. I wear earplugs all the time. I wear them at night because my boyfriend and two of my four dogs snore. And not just snore, but SNORE. I also put them on at work when maintenance decides it’s time for some sawing, drilling and hammering, when my co-worker decides it’s time to watch YouTube videos with the sound up, when another coworker turns on his screeching “simulator,” when another coworker launches into one of his political tirades, and when yet another coworker…


Actually, it sounds like I’m the one who is working in a hostile environment! Good thing I have these Mack’s disposable, moldable, highly rated, sound-blocking earplugs. I buy them in bulk and suggest you do the same.


Dawn Bright is an eternal optimist. And that’s pretty much all you need to know about her. Email your questions to


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