Dear Readers: Today’s Sound Off is about taking advantage of the public. - Heloise
“Dear Heloise: Recently, I had a repairman out to inspect my heating system, and he came back with an estimate of how much I needed to pay to repair and replace parts. It was a little over $1,200. I said I was going to get a second opinion, which he didn’t like, and he told me the price was good for only 24 hours, then it would go up.
“I got a second opinion, and yes, there were some repairs needed that would cost me about $89. My system is only 6 years old, so I couldn’t imagine how there could be such a high repair bill. Turns out, there was no need to replace so many parts.
“Why do some repair people want to take advantage of a senior citizen or women in general? I know they aren’t all like that, but I’ve encountered too many. Tell your readers to get a second opinion if the price seems too high.”
- Tanya L., Ironwood, Mich.
Dear Readers: Here are some additional uses for mayonnaise:
- Remove sticker residue. Rub in a circular motion.
- Conditioner: Rub a little on your hair and leave for 30 minutes, then shampoo as usual.
- Erase water stains on wood by rubbing a small amount on the stain and letting sit overnight, then wiping up with a clean cloth.
- Rub into cuticles to soften and moisturize them.
Dear Readers: A new scam is hitting homes all over America. Your phone rings once or twice and the caller hangs up. It may have a number with your area code on your phone. Whatever you do, DO NOT call back.
These robocalls connect you to an overseas premium-rate number that keeps you on the line with long holds and other tactics, which are designed to increase your phone bill. If you get scammed, call your phone-service provider and ask that the charges be removed.
Dear Heloise: What is considered a moderate drinker of alcohol as compared with an excessive drinker?
- Pamela D., Springfield, Tenn.
Pamela, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention claims that moderate drinking for women is up to one drink per day, and up to two drinks per day for men. A drink is defined by the following:
- 12 ounces of beer
- 8 ounces of malt liquor
- 5 ounces of wine
- 1.5 ounces of 80-proof distilled liquor such as whiskey, gin, rum or vodka.
Excessive drinking for women is having eight or more drinks a week. For men, it’s 15 or more.
If you need help with a drinking problem, speak with your doctor or contact Alcoholics Anonymous in your state.