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Topic : 12/09 Fighting Back

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Created on : Friday, December 05, 2008, 12:46:01 pm
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Would you return a diamond ring if a jeweler gave you the wrong one by mistake? Is it fair for a company to ask an employee to lose weight? Dr. Phil’s guests are fighting back against what they believe are injustices. Eddie says he had already proposed to his fiancée, Ashley, when the jewelry store called and dropped a bombshell. He had accidentally been given another customer’s ring  -- of a much greater value -- and the store wanted it back. Should Eddie be held responsible for the jeweler’s mistake? He finally has his day in court … on Dr. Phil’s stage! Then, Virginia was a bartender for a popular nightspot in Los Angeles, but says her employer asked her to lose five pounds and reassigned her to the kitchen. Virginia says she’s always been a size 6, and the ordeal has damaged her self-confidence. Her attorney Gloria Allred weighs in on gender stereotypes in the workplace. And, Trevor says his neighbor’s dog, Chloe, constantly barks and interrupts his sleep and meditation time. He says the canine has caused him to file several complaints with Animal Control, and he often videotapes Chloe to collect evidence. His neighbors, Ric and Sandy, say Trevor is barking up the wrong tree because he’s the only one in the neighborhood who complains about their pooch. Can these feuding neighbors reach a compromise? Share your thoughts, join the discussion.

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December 9, 2008, 7:17 am CST

here's my problem with that

Quote From: juliekope

Hello all...Am I totally not getting it?  Seriously, if you were given something that wasn't yours...First of all, wouldn't you notice?  If so, maybe you would try to keep it and hope for the best thinking you struck it "rich".  I guess we're all human!  Many of us would automatically return the item honestly.  Either way, it's NOT yours, right.  I won't place judgement.

However, if you were approached and requested to return the wrong item for the one you actually paid for...DUH!!!  Again, it's not yours.  How can you even attempt to dispute the proper, legal, whatever action!  IT'S NOT YOURS!  GIVE IT BACK!!!  This is ridiculous.  And these people are agreeing to go on the show and be idiots in front of the entire world!???!!!  What a joke!

My husband, whom I adore, would NOT have noticed the difference in stone size.  Bless his heart, but he's not that observant when it comes to stuff like that.  And if that ring had been put on my finger, they would have pried it off my cold dead hand.  The jewely store showed a severe lack of customer caring, and though I don't think he should have kept the ring, the jewelry store has some liability in just handing over the wrong ring.  What kind of stupid jewelry store would make such a mistake?  And why would they be so hateful over THEIR mistake?  I'm sick and tired of companies who rely on OUR business not giving the customer service that is deserved, and I'm sick and tired of people rolling over and taking it.  That was not a mistake that should have been overlooked more than thirty minutes, and therefore I think the jewelry store is out of luck.  Dr. Phil was far too nice to those slimy guys from the jewelry store, but I am glad he fixed the situation so she could keep her ring.  And the person I quoted is far too judgemental.  You really sound like you have issues.  Own a jewelry store or something?
 
December 9, 2008, 7:24 am CST

What if

I would just like to ask, what if the rings cost was 600. less than Eddie paid for it, would he still want to keep it or would they want to get it back?
 
December 9, 2008, 7:28 am CST

The Ring

Quote From: juliekope

Hello all...Am I totally not getting it?  Seriously, if you were given something that wasn't yours...First of all, wouldn't you notice?  If so, maybe you would try to keep it and hope for the best thinking you struck it "rich".  I guess we're all human!  Many of us would automatically return the item honestly.  Either way, it's NOT yours, right.  I won't place judgement.

However, if you were approached and requested to return the wrong item for the one you actually paid for...DUH!!!  Again, it's not yours.  How can you even attempt to dispute the proper, legal, whatever action!  IT'S NOT YOURS!  GIVE IT BACK!!!  This is ridiculous.  And these people are agreeing to go on the show and be idiots in front of the entire world!???!!!  What a joke!

I am watching this mess about the ring. I feel that they should have been ashamed of themselves. They knew they did not pay for that ring and should have taken it back. It was like trying to get something for free.  Where is integrity?? Honesty?? She 's talking about attachment to the ring. They probably won't even stay married. They truly can't be God fearing christians!!! Dr. Phil was wrong to pay for it as well. They need Jesus and  to repent right now for this wrong. That show was a joke!!!
 
December 9, 2008, 7:40 am CST

Just curious

Does Darren practice law with a paper bag over his head?  To be honest with you, he ain't the sharpest looking guy in L.A.; wouldn't his "A" list clients want something better, that looked better, that maybe had HAIR?  By his own reckoning, he's too ugly to work in the public arena.  Maybe he ought to rethink his position.
 
December 9, 2008, 7:56 am CST

Engagement ring

The couple picked out a somewhat different wedding set.  Why isn't that one sentimental?  That is the one they picked out together at the jeweler.  I would thing the ring they had picked out together would have been the one with the sentimental value.  I believe that if they had been sent a smaller diamond they would have been upset.  The set that they have belongs to another couple.  What about there sentimentality?  Shouldn't this couple have some understanding of the sentiment that belongs to the couple that actually picked out the ring?

 

A store clerk made a mistake.  That happens.  This is not a life or death situation.  The fact that Dr. Phil got the jewler to come to a compromise was nice, however I think the couple should have paid the difference, not Dr. Phil and then to give them a nice dinner out was beyond.  They were not victims.  This is another situation of someone getting more than they paid for by playing the victim.  I was very disturbed to see that 63% of peopled polled thought the jeweler should take the loss.  It just appears to be people trying to get back at big corporations.  Don't people understand that big corporations are made up of regular people.

This impacts them as well.

 
December 9, 2008, 9:08 am CST

People these days...

I actually joined this website just because this episode got me so fired up.  I can not BELIEVE the entitlement people feel these days....the people with the ring should definitely give it back or pay the difference - like most others have said, if it were a LESS expensive ring, they would make sure to get what they originally picked out.  And I got engaged a little over a year ago...YES the ring is special, but if it weren't mine and WERE someone else's, I'd have a difficult time wearing it.  To the bartender, I agree with her first suit.  Telling her to lose 5 pounds was crazy.  HOWEVER, THEY GAVE YOU YOUR JOB BACK!!!!  So you go back for one day and then sue them again for MONEY because you've been emotionally damaged....why didn't she sue for these "emotional damages" at the same time she was pursuing the discrimination charge?  Come on.  And the barking dog...I can't believe those people would go on the show and embarrass themselves...you're grown ups, act like it.  People like the ones featured on today's show make me feel sad about the world we live in.  Everyone is human and everyone makes mistakes, but now you have to pray your mistakes don't get you sued by someone looking for a quick buck!
 
December 9, 2008, 9:39 am CST

12/09 Fighting Back

Quote From: juliekope

How on earth can an employer believe it is okay, after hiring someone for a job, to request any change in appearance?  Unless someone is filthy, smelly, dressing inappropriately, these types of issues...Well, it is completely unfair, degrading, probably illegal in some areas of topics, rude, none of their business, insincere, uncaring .........The list goes on and the employers are beyond wrong and out of line!
I agree a small weight gain, such as 5 pounds, is pretty ridiculous to harass an employee over, but if you are a pretty woman who goes to work as a bartender in a place called "Foxtail", you must be delusional to think it's only for your bartending skills...
Being very attractive- winning the genetic lottery- was part of why she was hired in a private, trendy club (we're not talking public sector here)- is anyone suing because they weren't pretty enough to get hired there?
Again, I think 5 pounds is pretty trivial, but let's not kid ourselves about how she was hired in the first place. She was happy enough to take advantage of her looks to get hired, but now is crying the blues because a change in her appearance will affect her job? Please.
 
December 9, 2008, 9:55 am CST

barking dog

I was pretty angry to see how the neighbor was being played as a fool on this show! If that dog was barking at night, disturbing the sleep of the people working days, no-one would have been laughing at them. As someone who worked nights in a hospital, I can tell you that inconsiderate neighbors can have bad consequences. How funny would you find it to know the doctor, nurse, or lab tech involved in your treatment when you go to an ER late at night was groggy because their neighbors could not be bothered to train their dog? What, not so funny now?
 
December 9, 2008, 10:03 am CST

news flash-

Quote From: saemae

Does Darren practice law with a paper bag over his head?  To be honest with you, he ain't the sharpest looking guy in L.A.; wouldn't his "A" list clients want something better, that looked better, that maybe had HAIR?  By his own reckoning, he's too ugly to work in the public arena.  Maybe he ought to rethink his position.
Some people hire others based on their skills, not their looks... and as much as no-one wants to admit it, she was hired at least in part for her looks. These days, people want it both ways- look at the bank bailout! Free market capitalism all the way, baby, while it's profitable. Then, when they are about to lose their shirts, they want a socialistic bailout. Private profit, public loss. Get hired for your looks, then whine all the way to the lawsuit when your looks are not judged in your favor.
 
December 9, 2008, 11:31 am CST

Engagement ring

The problem I have with the engagement ring story is that when the young man went to pick up the ring, I'm sure he looked at it before he left the store.  He said it was very similiar to the ring he ordered except the diamond was larger. I believe he knew it wasn't his ring, but took it anyhow.  It made me really upset that Dr. Phil offered to pay the difference for the ring.  I feel for the couple whose ring it actually was. 
 
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