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New postby missfleecy on Wed May 23, 2012 5:33 pm

From today's Not Always Working, a supposedly true incident:

FABRIC STORE | WISCONSIN, USA

Me: “I’d like you to measure off three feet of that material for me.”

Clerk: “I can’t do that.”

Me: “Why?”

Clerk: “We can only sell it by the yard.”

(As the clerk is obviously high school age, I try another approach.)

Me: “Okay, then give me one yard of that material.”

Clerk: *cheerfully* “Okay, I can do that!”
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Re: By the yard

New postby bridesmom on Wed May 23, 2012 7:21 pm

LOL, makes you wonder though, what are we teaching in schools??
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Re: By the yard

New postby DorothyL on Thu May 24, 2012 7:45 am

Hey, I had to explain how long a yard is to my MENSA member daughter!

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New postby Magot on Thu May 24, 2012 12:14 pm

Well, we buy it by the metre....
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New postby carman on Thu May 24, 2012 1:42 pm

same here, by the meter, which is 39 inches :-) the ladies at the store have a conversion chart if you start asking them for yards etc lol

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New postby HeyJudee on Thu May 24, 2012 2:17 pm

As most quilting patterns always specify the amounts in yards, I usually forget and go to the counter and say 2 yds instead of 2 meters. The young gals sometimes look back at me confused :? Then I just say oh, I meant 2 metres. I've been in some quilt shops where the ladies buying fabric are asking for conversion from yards to metres...as they don't want to buy 1 inch more than necessary! I'm sure some of them get home and run out of fabric because they didn't want to get any extra... :shame: Unfortunately, that rarely happens to me...cause I usually add extra so I don't run out. Guess that's why I have so much fabric... :(
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New postby bridesmom on Thu May 24, 2012 4:16 pm

That me too Judy! You get some funny looks in the US when you ask for meters too.
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Re: By the yard

New postby DorothyL on Fri May 25, 2012 7:32 am

You get some funny looks in the US when you ask for meters too.


I can work with in either fluently but I don't convert. It seems fabric shops near the border would have the capacity to easily measure both.

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New postby bridesmom on Sat May 26, 2012 2:59 pm

They do, it's when you get down into California that they kind of look at you funny. Course that may just be those California Girls!! :D :D
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Re: By the yard

New postby lendube on Sat May 26, 2012 4:00 pm

You're just waiting for me to take that bait, aren't you, Laura??? :x
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