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What will Marten do?

Call back right away and apologize.
Run to her apartment and apologize.
Wait until tomorrow, and get arrested at the airport trying to apologize at the gate.
Call/go over and ask for an explanation.
Decide it's a lost cause, toast a waffle or two, and try to move on.

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Author Topic: WCDT January 9-13, 2012 (2096-2100)  (Read 135522 times)

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WCDT January 9-13, 2012 (2096-2100)
« on: 08 Jan 2012, 19:46 »

Fillin' in for J-dubs this week.  Hope everything's ok, man.  Anyway, should be an interesting set of comics!  As for option #4, had anyone brought that up yet?  Because holy shit, that just came to mind and it was just...whoa. :psyduck:
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Re: WCDT January 9-13, 2012 (2096-2100)
« Reply #1 on: 08 Jan 2012, 20:09 »

Momo should look into Direct Deposit.
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Re: WCDT January 9-13, 2012 (2096-2100)
« Reply #2 on: 08 Jan 2012, 20:13 »

Must be the F.I.C.A. deductions.  :psyduck:
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Re: WCDT January 9-13, 2012 (2096-2100)
« Reply #3 on: 08 Jan 2012, 20:14 »

Do any companies still cut paper checks, or has everything gone direct deposit/digital?



Wtf, red text already??  Go to bed, people!  Don't you have jobs or school you need sleep for?  :-P
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Re: WCDT January 9-13, 2012 (2096-2100)
« Reply #4 on: 08 Jan 2012, 20:24 »

Do any companies still cut paper checks, or has everything gone direct deposit/digital?

Quite a few, especially the smaller ones. It wasn't until very recently that the company I work for (37,000 employees) switched over to a digital-only system. And of course there are situations where certain employees do need that physical paperwork (income verification, government SSI and such).
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Re: WCDT January 9-13, 2012 (2096-2100)
« Reply #5 on: 08 Jan 2012, 20:52 »

Even in a direct deposit situation, you still get the earnings statement, AKA the check stub.

Also, this is Momo's first check, and it may take a week or two to set up direct deposit.
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Re: WCDT January 9-13, 2012 (2096-2100)
« Reply #6 on: 08 Jan 2012, 20:57 »

It's no big deal, but for future reference it's possible to add a poll to a thread that didn't have one to start with, by asking a moderator.
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Re: WCDT January 9-13, 2012 (2096-2100)
« Reply #7 on: 08 Jan 2012, 21:33 »

Momo no like IRS! Momo smash!

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Re: WCDT January 9-13, 2012 (2096-2100)
« Reply #8 on: 08 Jan 2012, 21:50 »

Dawwww.

Momo in cute mode.




Hmmmmm

There could be something metaphorical with it ripping in half.
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Re: WCDT January 9-13, 2012 (2096-2100)
« Reply #9 on: 08 Jan 2012, 22:25 »

momo's so cute its ok its not like its actual money
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Re: WCDT January 9-13, 2012 (2096-2100)
« Reply #10 on: 08 Jan 2012, 22:27 »

in before people saying "what about direct deposit"

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Re: WCDT January 9-13, 2012 (2096-2100)
« Reply #11 on: 08 Jan 2012, 23:01 »

Hmmmmm

There could be something metaphorical with it ripping in half.

Tai has hitherto unmentioned voodoo powers without realizing it (I would insert a TVTropes link, but I cannot find the appropriate one) and the paycheck accidentally represents Marten's relationship with Padma. However, the fact that she can easily print another one hints at the fact that Marten will get better and find a new relationship. It also indicates that his relationship is not unique, but easily replaced, although it still has a personal touch, represented by Tai's signature on the check.


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Re: WCDT January 9-13, 2012 (2096-2100)
« Reply #12 on: 08 Jan 2012, 23:26 »

Do any companies still cut paper checks, or has everything gone direct deposit/digital?

Most state government business is done with paper checks.
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Re: WCDT January 9-13, 2012 (2096-2100)
« Reply #13 on: 09 Jan 2012, 00:01 »

Even in a direct deposit situation, you still get the earnings statement, AKA the check stub.

It depends. We don't get a "stub" on paper unless we specifically request it. They're available, yes, but we don't get anything sent out to us by mail anymore.
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Re: WCDT January 9-13, 2012 (2096-2100)
« Reply #14 on: 09 Jan 2012, 00:10 »

We have an ESS (Emplyee Self-Service) website where you can print off your stubs if you need them. 

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Re: WCDT January 9-13, 2012 (2096-2100)
« Reply #15 on: 09 Jan 2012, 00:11 »

My shop is a part of a franchise but small enough that I get paid cash in hand.

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Love Momo's hair in this. Another example of hair being an expressive feature in the comic. :)

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Re: WCDT January 9-13, 2012 (2096-2100)
« Reply #16 on: 09 Jan 2012, 04:32 »

oh my dear lord jesus almighty can this comic go back to being witty

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Re: WCDT January 9-13, 2012 (2096-2100)
« Reply #17 on: 09 Jan 2012, 04:41 »

Still remember my first paycheque.

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Re: WCDT January 9-13, 2012 (2096-2100)
« Reply #18 on: 09 Jan 2012, 05:37 »

Fillin' in for J-dubs this week.  Hope everything's ok, man.  Anyway, should be an interesting set of comics!  As for option #4, had anyone brought that up yet?  Because holy shit, that just came to mind and it was just...whoa. :psyduck:

Thanks for the assist, MOM and Mr. Hodges. Had a little... "issue"... at work.
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« Reply #19 on: 09 Jan 2012, 05:39 »

Do any companies still cut paper checks, or has everything gone direct deposit/digital?

Most state government business is done with paper checks.

No it isn't. I have direct deposit for my payroll checks.
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« Reply #20 on: 09 Jan 2012, 07:35 »

I thought of putting it there, too, but I'm still messing around with in a big hole in my sidewalk. 
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Re: WCDT January 9-13, 2012 (2096-2100)
« Reply #21 on: 09 Jan 2012, 11:49 »

It seems unlikely to me that Tai would have the ability to print checks. I could see her calling the payroll office and asking for a new check, however.
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« Reply #22 on: 09 Jan 2012, 13:54 »

For awhile I had a payroll package that let me print checks.

It consisted of check-blanks with the MICR-line and bank imprints, and a line to sign along with the name of my company.     The dollar amount would be added by the printer, and all the required info printed on the stub.

I use a service now,  it's much easier than dealing with it myself.     Submit the hours by email,  make sure the proper amount of money is in the account and checks arrive on Thursday.  :)

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Re: WCDT January 9-13, 2012 (2096-2100)
« Reply #23 on: 09 Jan 2012, 14:46 »

So, I know QC time does not go by at the same speed as OUR time, or even at a consistent speed. But is payday in QC world on Monday? Or do you think it's Friday there? And if it's Friday, is it last Friday or this coming Friday? Or some other Friday?

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Re: WCDT January 9-13, 2012 (2096-2100)
« Reply #24 on: 09 Jan 2012, 15:51 »

We've just seen Marten go through at least a week, and it was a while ago that he introduced Momo to the library.  So she has been at the library for well over a week.  Either she is being paid at the end of a month of work (and many places pay on some particular date, which could be any day), or more likely she is getting pay pro rata  for the part of the month she worked (from her starting date to the end of the month).

It's a bit surprising, though, that she hasn't calibrated the sensors controlling her paper-tearing strength yet, given that she is now working with books!
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Re: WCDT January 9-13, 2012 (2096-2100)
« Reply #25 on: 09 Jan 2012, 18:40 »

Do any companies still cut paper checks, or has everything gone direct deposit/digital?



Wtf, red text already??  Go to bed, people!  Don't you have jobs or school you need sleep for?  :-P

To be fair I'm stationed in Japan so my hours are all messed up :D
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Re: WCDT January 9-13, 2012 (2096-2100)
« Reply #26 on: 09 Jan 2012, 20:44 »

Well, I work for my college as a student employee, and we get two paychecks per semester--one at the midway point and one at the end. If it works the same way in the world of QC (which I doubt), then that would mean that there's some kind of time jump, and she's got half her salary for the semester. I do think it's unlikely, but I figured I'd present another time option just to get people discussing further. :mrgreen:
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Re: WCDT January 9-13, 2012 (2096-2100)
« Reply #27 on: 09 Jan 2012, 21:04 »

With my college job, we got paid every two weeks.  However, the pay period was two weeks, and you get paid for that pay period the day the next one ends, so if you started at the beginning of a pay period, it could be nearly a month to your first paycheck.
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Re: WCDT January 9-13, 2012 (2096-2100)
« Reply #28 on: 09 Jan 2012, 21:39 »

Even in a direct deposit situation, you still get the earnings statement, AKA the check stub.

I haven't gotten paper stubs at my job for over a  year. Wal-mart is completely paperless now, no paper checks or paper stubs, except for new employees, because direct deposit takes a week to go through. If you don't have a bank account, you get a Wal-mart money-card.

It seems as though more and more places are going completely paperless. But I know a few people who still get paper checks and/or stubs.
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Re: WCDT January 9-13, 2012 (2096-2100)
« Reply #29 on: 09 Jan 2012, 21:48 »

I am retired, and all of our (mine and my wife's) regular income is direct deposited.  The only paper checks I get are rebates from buying equipment or appliances. 

When I was still employed, all of our regular income was direct deposited. 
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Re: WCDT January 9-13, 2012 (2096-2100)
« Reply #30 on: 09 Jan 2012, 22:01 »

I'm a substitute teacher, I get a check in the mail twice a month.  I probably could get direct deposit, but as strange as that might sound, I don't really want to.
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Re: WCDT January 9-13, 2012 (2096-2100)
« Reply #31 on: 09 Jan 2012, 22:29 »

The libraries will be the last to go completely paperless.

Obviously.
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Re: WCDT January 9-13, 2012 (2096-2100)
« Reply #32 on: 09 Jan 2012, 22:33 »

I still don't get how libraries can "lend" e-books.  Sure, there's DRM attached, but that's easily removed.
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Re: WCDT January 9-13, 2012 (2096-2100)
« Reply #33 on: 10 Jan 2012, 00:57 »

I've just noticed that Momo seems to have lost her teeth. They were certainly visible back when her new chassis was first introduced (see panel 2 here, and in the strip where she beats up Pintsize, but in the last couple of strips her mouth is just a pink slot.

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Re: WCDT January 9-13, 2012 (2096-2100)
« Reply #34 on: 10 Jan 2012, 03:48 »

Yeah, the lack of teeth looks kind of weird.

Also, hopefully you guys wont think I'm butthurt, pissed off or anything... This is just an observation.
I felt that Marigold was kind of like... I dunno, rude in the third panel.
I mean, did Marigold REALLY expect that she would get all the debt paid immediately? It feels kind of selfish to me because Momo has barely any selections of clothes and it's still HER money. Also... wouldn't that game count as a part of the pay back? It's not like Mari would do anything too productive with the money besides buying more anime and manga stuff.
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Re: WCDT January 9-13, 2012 (2096-2100)
« Reply #35 on: 10 Jan 2012, 04:47 »

I had to grin at that panel! I'd half-hoped that my stepson might use some of his first paycheque to contribute to the household bills for a change.  Instead, it went in it's entirety on a very shiny new phone for his girlfriend.  In all honesty I couldn't blame the guy for treating her to a new phone but, dear God, was it a struggle to hold my tongue when I was completely broke myself!  Marigold wouldn't have learnt stuff like that yet.
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Re: WCDT January 9-13, 2012 (2096-2100)
« Reply #36 on: 10 Jan 2012, 04:48 »

It's also kinda hypocritical of Mari to be criticising Momo for not being responsible, when she's basically been holding the responsibility fort for both of them since we've met them.
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Re: WCDT January 9-13, 2012 (2096-2100)
« Reply #37 on: 10 Jan 2012, 04:53 »

Well, I work for my college as a student employee, and we get two paychecks per semester--one at the midway point and one at the end. If it works the same way in the world of QC (which I doubt), then that would mean that there's some kind of time jump, and she's got half her salary for the semester. I do think it's unlikely, but I figured I'd present another time option just to get people discussing further. :mrgreen:

I remeber how the reserves used to be paid - one month in arrears at the end of the month.  We used to get September's pay at the end of October as an example.  Then in the summer we'd get paid twice a month - in cash.
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Re: WCDT January 9-13, 2012 (2096-2100)
« Reply #38 on: 10 Jan 2012, 04:55 »

First paychecks usually go to work clothes.  


Or food...
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Re: WCDT January 9-13, 2012 (2096-2100)
« Reply #39 on: 10 Jan 2012, 05:02 »

Well, she DID cover clothes, since she doesn't have work-clothes. So I see no problem with her buying clothes.
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Re: WCDT January 9-13, 2012 (2096-2100)
« Reply #40 on: 10 Jan 2012, 05:27 »

"So that's why I'm sleeping on the couch."
"Gross."

Am I the only one who is slightly off-put by this line of conversation?
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Re: WCDT January 9-13, 2012 (2096-2100)
« Reply #41 on: 10 Jan 2012, 05:38 »

I googled ika hime harem fighter in case it was a real thing. I got no hits, but Google suggested that I might have intended to search for ikea home harem fighter, which casts an odd light on Sweden...

That would certainly be an innovative way of using their pictures of home layouts and also advertising. I can see that actually working pretty well. And then you could throw items of furniture for more damage, and it would name them as they hit...


Why is it gross that Angus is sleeping on a couch?

Presumably he's relating this story.

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Re: WCDT January 9-13, 2012 (2096-2100)
« Reply #42 on: 10 Jan 2012, 07:36 »

Ah, the "my-first-paycheck"-shopping spree. I still remember mine... it mostly went into a new graphics card for my computer. =)

And also I am assuming that "Ika Hime Harem Fighter" is an homage to the "Dead or Alive" franchise where you're never quite certain wether you're fighting in a porno or making a porno about fighting...
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Re: WCDT January 9-13, 2012 (2096-2100)
« Reply #43 on: 10 Jan 2012, 08:07 »

I've just noticed that Momo seems to have lost her teeth. They were certainly visible back when her new chassis was first introduced (see panel 2 here, and in the strip where she beats up Pintsize, but in the last couple of strips her mouth is just a pink slot.

I agree. Her mouth looked fine when I first saw it, but since you pointed this out I think it's a little odd looking. Also - and maybe this has been covered but I missed it, in which case I apologize - her, uh, hair has gotten shorter. As the ponytails themselves are also fuller, maybe she's just wearing them differently and it's the same amount of "hair," but I wouldn't think that she would be able to do even that. Considering, you know. Robot hair.

As for the responsibility argument, I think that Marigold was just speaking her mind at the time. It wasn't very polite, because it IS Momo's money, but I think they have a close enough relationship that it's okay. If she kept harping about it, then that would be one thing. But she said it, they moved on, they're playing video games now. Any potential crisis has been averted.
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Re: WCDT January 9-13, 2012 (2096-2100)
« Reply #44 on: 10 Jan 2012, 09:13 »

I definitely think Mari got over it quicker because of the nature of the purchases but I agree with those who said she was a bit harsh. She could have said something along the lines of "good for you, first paycheck ever! you can start paying me back with the next check." But then again, this is Marigold we're talking about. I think we sometimes forget that she's a bit...socially inept.
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Re: WCDT January 9-13, 2012 (2096-2100)
« Reply #45 on: 10 Jan 2012, 10:06 »

The social protocol database should have something in it about paying back debts.
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Re: WCDT January 9-13, 2012 (2096-2100)
« Reply #46 on: 10 Jan 2012, 10:11 »

So, I know QC time does not go by at the same speed as OUR time, or even at a consistent speed. But is payday in QC world on Monday? Or do you think it's Friday there? And if it's Friday, is it last Friday or this coming Friday? Or some other Friday?

She could get paid on the 1st and 15th (or the 15th and 31st). In that case, payday wouldn't necessarily be on Friday.

For example, I get paid once a month, at the end of the month. It is whatever day happens to be the end of the month (or the day before, sometimes).
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Re: WCDT January 9-13, 2012 (2096-2100)
« Reply #47 on: 10 Jan 2012, 16:36 »

Given that I recently started work in November, I know exactly how Momo felt when she got that paycheck >_>
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Re: WCDT January 9-13, 2012 (2096-2100)
« Reply #48 on: 10 Jan 2012, 17:58 »

"So that's why I'm sleeping on the couch."
"Gross."

Am I the only one who is slightly off-put by this line of conversation?
Why is it gross that Angus is sleeping on a couch?

I think "Gross" is referring to Faye being sick. Plus Angus' comment is, "...And that's why I was sleepin' on the couch."


I've just noticed that Momo seems to have lost her teeth. They were certainly visible back when her new chassis was first introduced (see panel 2 here, and in the strip where she beats up Pintsize, but in the last couple of strips her mouth is just a pink slot.


I hadn't noticed the lack of teeth but I knew something about Momo's appearance yesterday was bugging me. Maybe it's another touch by Jeph to distinguish her from humans?

I agree. Her mouth looked fine when I first saw it, but since you pointed this out I think it's a little odd looking. Also - and maybe this has been covered but I missed it, in which case I apologize - her, uh, hair has gotten shorter. As the ponytails themselves are also fuller, maybe she's just wearing them differently and it's the same amount of "hair," but I wouldn't think that she would be able to do even that. Considering, you know. Robot hair.

Her hair seems shorter even from a few comics ago. Like you said I think it could be the way she's wearing them. They seem a little higher up at the top in the last panel but not so much the others. They do change a lot to suit her expression.

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On Mari's comment, I'm not sure what to think. To me she has a pretty neutral stance and expression so while a poorly thought out comment, I don't think it was meant to be a criticism. Just a genuine wonder in that, "You said you were going to do this but now you've done a different thing." The new game probably helped a lot too. I think as long as she's not struggling for money, she wouldn't genuinely be worried about Momo paying her back quickly any way. Also Momo let the comment roll off her easily once Mari let it go.

I wonder if any of Momo's pay is going to go to the keeping of the apartment or any shared-costs like that?

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Re: WCDT January 9-13, 2012 (2096-2100)
« Reply #49 on: 10 Jan 2012, 19:20 »

I have no issue with it MariBear.  After all, she has been using clothes cast off/borrowed from Hannelore.


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