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charlesj17

Charles J.

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Seminole, FL

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About Me

White, middle-aged, single gay man who collects antique clocks, antique black amethyst glass, does massive gardening, but only with flowering plants. Avid reader. Have been to 14 countries.

How I Can Help

Antiques, flowering plants, motorcycles.

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Children, animal companions, antiques, travel, spirituality.

91 Reviews by Charles

10/7/21

First let me say, I am a huge fan of Ryobi products, which is owned by TTI Group NA. One of my Ryobi batteries casing partially melted and I sent TTI an email asking for a replacement. The battery was new. A very nice representative, Alyssa Burns, contacted me and asked for a picture of the melting battery. I sent the photo on August 23,2021. On August 26, the emailed me and told me the battery was ordered. On September 14th, I emailed again asking when I would receive the battery. Ms. Burns emailed me back on Sept. 16th that it was back-ordered and they should receive the batter by the next week. It is now October 6th and still no battery. It's a hurry up and wait situation. These batteries cost around $180 at a local big box DIY type store. It appears the TTI Group NA is painfully slow in fulfilling two of their six points in the "Mission, Values and Quality" statements: (1) Doing the Right thing, and, (6) Exceeding Customer Expectations. (As a side note, one of Ryobi's batteries I had on charge in January 2021, exploded in my garage and I was unaware of it until the house filled with acrid smoke. It took the fire department to put the battery out after I had used 4 foam fire extinguishers on it. It took a friend and I one entire day of cleaning the entire house to get rid of the smoke damage. I was so traumatized by the whole experience, I never asked TTI Group NA to replace the 5 burned batteries, charger, the stand alone rolling tool box and tools that I lost in the fire. Watching one of these batteries explode and burn is like watching a mini-fireworks display! I now only charge the batteries outside, when I doing yard work and can watch the battery.)

Tip for consumers:
If you have to ask TTI Group NA to replace a faulty product, expect a very long wait.

Products used:
Ryobi 40 Volt battery

8/16/21

This service is an escort service approved by Bay Pines VA Medical Center. I had a procedure at the Bay Pines VA on the 13th of August. Because I had no ride and an escort is required for this procedure, the VA recommended Helping Hands as my ride service. I call them on 12 August, and talked to a wonderful lady. We even had a lengthy conversation about her father's military service and how he and I are both sticklers for being on time. I wanted to be picked up at 6:15 am for a 7 a.m. appointment. She convinced me that 6:30 am would be early enough. At 6:30 am the morning of the procedure, I called her and asked where my ride was. She said she would call me back. She did, she said the driver, Jeremy, would be 15 minutes late. Jeremy also called me at 6:40 am and told me he would be 10-15 minutes, he was on his way. I told him t cancel. I called the lady back at Helping Hands and told her I had cancelled because the driver was late. She then proceeded to lecture me on how life is not always perfect. I will never use Helping Hands in the future. They are unreliable.

Tip for consumers:
Use someone else, this company and it's drivers are unreliable

4/17/21

Two friends and I try out breakfast style restaurants we have never been to and Benedict's (Park Blvd in Pinellas Park, FL) was our target this morning. Parking is cramped and full. Tables in the restaurant are close together. The food was fantastic! Portions are huge, the flavor was fresh. I had the vegetarian omelet with English muffin and sweet tea. The large platter was packed. The waitress, (Nivea?) kept a full glass next to the glass I was drinking. Never ran out of tea! The food tasted great. Service was fast, extremely pleasant. The meal was really, really well-priced. As I left, I called the Manager over and complimented the restaurant, the food and the waitress. It was her first day! I would recommend this breakfast / brunch / lunch restaurant to anyone! Especially to vegetarians like myself.

Tip for consumers:
Appears to be very popular and packed. Get ready to enjoy some really good food.

Products used:
Vegetarian omelet, hash browns, English mufffin, sweet tea

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4/17/21

Having had several all-in-one printers, the Brothers MFC-J491DW is my latest. The control panel is fairly complicated. The production is excellent. It's the ink cartridges I have a complaint about. I pay around $60 for a set of cartridges that include all the colors. I found out that it only costs around 23 cents to fill the cartridge. The copier manufacturers, and this includes all manufacturers, sell the copiers at almost cost to be competitive knowing they will make their adsorbent profit on the cartridges. And, all personal copiers are built to fail after so many years. You could fill your own cartridges, but under the holographic label on the cartridge is a small metal plate that has to be replaced if the cartridge is to be reused. The metal plates have to bought on-line from a third party manufacturer. It's a real shame that ALL copier manufacturers pull this same shill games on consumers.

Tip for consumers:
Go with the cheapest home printer you can find. They are all about the same. You will pay out the nose for ink cartridges.

Products used:
Brother MFC-J491DW All-in-one-Printer

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3/26/21

The ad for Air Physio states: "This All-Natural "Lung Cleaning" Device Helps Me Breathe Easier & Strengthens My Lungs!" Essentially, it's a plastic pipe that you blow into to raise a metal ball. It creates resistance in your lungs and supposedly helps cough up phlegm from the lungs. It sells for around $60. Looking at the pipe and ball bearing, it couldn't have cost more than $2 to manufacture. I have emphysema and have continual build up of phlegm in my lungs, making me cough a lot. My specialist told me to buy a $1 pack of balloons from a dollar store and practice blowing them up. It does the same thing as the $60 for the Air Physio device. What a "crock" from a company in New South Wales to shyster someone out of money. I even read their medical documents from an unknown University written by an unknown scholar. He uses the words "theory" a lot in his medical dissertation. And since it's considered a "supplement" it is not evaluated by our FDA. Ads like this and companies like this that try to take advantage of a suffering and gullible public, really anger me. (The preceding statement is my personal opinion and has no scientific basis.) I do believe that if it looks like a skunk; if it smells like a skunk; if it sprays like a skunk; then it's a skunk. It stinks!

Tip for consumers:
This site receives compensation for listing this device on the web. As does another tiered company. The companies that offer this device are not the manufacturers.

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None

3/14/21

Went to Kim's Family Restaurant on Starkey Rd in Largo Fl this morning for a late breakfast. It replaces the old Peter's Restaurant which is a blessing! Kim's is clean, pleasant and spacious. The owner works the register and greets everyone coming in. She knows most of the locals by name. All of the waitresses are personable and pleasant to deal with. I had a vegetarian omelet with hash browns and onions with biscuits and sweet tea. My entire bill was less than $11. Very inexpensive. The menu is impressive and when my waitress was busy, another waitress came over to get me more tea. The menu is typical breakfast fare, delicious and well priced. The only thing I would recommend that the owner do, is remove the open boxes of jelly packs off the floor, under the table behind the counter. There is room on the shelves under the table.

Tip for consumers:
Enjoy. It is friendly, economical, clean and has a pleasant atmosphere. Kim has done a fantastic job compared to the previous restaurant at that site.

Products used:
Vegetarian omelet, has browns with onions, biscuits, sweet tea, butter, jelly.

3/14/21

I went to Largo Family Restaurant last week-end and was very disappointed. There was a large banquet in an off-set room and only 2 other diners besides me. There was the owner, his daughter and two waitresses handling everything. One of the waitresses made toast in a conveyor toaster, which had a large pile of toasted bread just sitting on the counter. That waitress also handled and cut the toast with no gloves on. The father and daughter did not pull their masks over their noses. And I had to ask for jelly for my toast and refills on my tea. The prices are reasonable. The restaurant is a favorite with Eastern European clientele. It embraces the fact that someone can come to this country and do well. I applaud the owner for that. Unfortunately, the place seemed a little unclean to me and I will not be going back there.

Tip for consumers:
Waitresses do not check on their patrons to see if they need refills or to ask if the food is good.

Products used:
Breakfast omelet

2/23/21

I had price estimates from 7 different installers. Almost all had the same price within $500. All the other installation companies sent out slick salesmen. What impressed me about 2 Cool Air, was their installer and estimator. Brett came out to estimate the cost of the removal and installation of my unit. Brett was so into what he was doing, he wasn't a salesman, he was an encyclopedia about HVAC. Although their office is located more than an hour away, I chose 2 Cool Air. In installing my Bryant unit, the first unit did not work and had to be replaced. Then there was a problem with wiring to the thermostat. And it was the wrong thermostat. But there were also problems with the house and house wiring. Brett had to custom build a return box to attach to my return so the system would meld correctly. I must have called their office person, Marcia 20 times. And each time she was pleasant and understanding. She must carry her office phone with her, because I've called her at home, at work, at restaurants, driving, etc. When it was all said and done, I had one of the best installers ever, Brett, who did the work. Brett explained in detail why he recommends Bryant over the other top name HVAC units. (I recommend giving Brett a nice raise. He's worth it!) And one of the nicest office managers I've ever dealt with, Marcia. When the County Inspector came out he told me the installer did a superb job. (It's the only compliment I've ever heard a Pinellas County Inspector give!) Marcia also informed me about rebates that my local power company gives after the installation and guided me to interest free 12 month financing. I highly recommend 2 Cool Air, but only if you get Brett as the installer! :)

Tip for consumers:
Get Brett as the estimator and installer!

Products used:
Bryant HVAC with Heat pump, UV light, whole house filtration, smart thermostat and dehumidifier. Rated at SEER 16.00

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2/23/21

I bought an Ozark Trail LED Spotlight SLV20 from Wal-Mart. I wanted a spotlight that was inexpensive, had a lot of lumens, lightweight and versatile. Was pleased with the purchase. The lights are very bright. It is rechargeable thus eliminating purchasing batteries over and over. I paid around $30 for the light. It can be positioned so that is can sit on the ground or any surface in several positions. Does not have to be hand held. Great light and fair price.

Tip for consumers:
Worth the money!

Products used:
Ozark Trail Ultra bright LED Spotlight SLV20

2/23/21

I researched hydraulic desks. One stood out fro the rest, but had never heard of the company. Bought the desk anyway, working from home, figuring I could return it if I wasn't satisfied. What a hidden gem. The desk is easy to assemble. Has programmable heights or raise and lower to your satisfaction. Quiet operation. AND NO SHIPPING COSTS. I paid $239 for the desk. It's now been reduced to $229. It is below the cost of comparable desks and all the other companies charge a shipping fee. I like it so well, I'm going to buy a 2nd one for my personal computer. I'm frugal with my money and was happy with the cost, free shipping and ease of assembly. The model I got, (from Amazon) is PTESD-S3B

Tip for consumers:
That it's more economical that comparable desks and there is NO SHIPPING FEE!

Products used:
Putorsen Electric Sit-Stand Desk, Model PTESD-S3B

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2/23/21

I bought a Ohaho gaming chair through Amazon for $149.00 plus tax. It is listed as a gaming chair and an office chair. It has a high back with detachable vibrating lumbar cushion and a detachable head cushion. The seat part of the chair is not cushioned well and the wheel base is off-set to the rear of the chair. If I sit on the edge of the seat, it will tip over. The arms can rotate left or right and be lowered or raised. It has a pull out foot rest for someone who leans all the way back with a gaming console in their lap. And the back can be tiled back to super-reclining position. It I put pressure on the arms, they swivel out against my will. Because it is uncomfortable to sit in for long hours, I am not keeping the chair and will try to resell it to someone who wants it. I work from home and have 11 hour shifts every day. This chair IS NOT made for office use. I would not recommend this for office use or home office use. Additionally, Ohaho's web-site does not exist. When you do go to their web-site, all you get is a picture of the chair with neon lites embedded in it's outline. I could send it back to Amazon and ask for a refund, but I don't want to pay for shipping and the hassle of dis-assembly.

Tip for consumers:
Do not buy this chair for office use.

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Ohaho Gaming Chair

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2/22/21

I have never used a gay dating site. I am 66 years old and just broke up with my partner. I joined Grindr because I knew my partner had used the site. Boy, was I naive. Most of the participants wanted to meet at my place only. Sounds like a great way to look over my residence for future burglary! And some participants sounded like trash. Maybe I'm living in the past, but with all the other comments I've read from other reviewers, it sounds like Grindr is a trap and a snare.

Tip for consumers:
Don't. Pure garbage filled with deceit, lies and hidden agendas.

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Gay Dating

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12/27/20

Purchased a 14 kt gold 7 1/2" wrist chain from ClassyGlassandJeweles through the Esty.com website. The price was low and the quality high. I was impressed with how beautiful the wrist chain was. It was a perfect match to a 16" 14 kt gold neck chain I had also purchased through Esty.com.

Tip for consumers:
I have nothing but praise for this vendor. Fast, efficient, great quality, ridiculously low prices.

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a 14 kt gold, 7 1/2" wrist chain

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12/27/20

I bought a 16' 14 kt gold necklace with the recipients name, custom made, as part of the chain. Impressed with the workmanship and beauty of the piece. And got 35% off the normal sales price. It's delicate look and classic gold shine make this piece of jewelry an eye catcher! Highly recommend this seller to anyone. I went through Esty.com to purchase the piece for Christmas.

Tip for consumers:
Shipping is slow, but well worth the wait. Purchased through the web-site, Esty.com.

Products used:
The 14' 14kt gold name neck chain.

12/27/20

I bought a cell phone jamming device from Jammerall that said it would jam cell phones from 9 to 30 ft away. And jam WiFi. It did neither. And since I bought it from directly from China, to return it would cost me more than $30. I paid less than $90 for the unit. It's nothing more than a cigarette-sized piece of plastic junk with a pretty blue "on" light. Jammerall's web site promises a lot and delivers nothing. Payment through PayPal was to JKDCSECURITY.COM.

Tip for consumers:
I can't speak for their other products, but I feel if this unit from Jammer Sales is junk, I assume all their products do not offer what they promise. And because there would be a huge shipping/import fee, they pretty much know you're unlikely to return it for a refund.

11/13/20

My room mate craved garlic knots. We usually get them at another nearby restaurant. We ordered garlic knots from Mama's. Some of the garlic knots were over cooked and tough. And several were perfect. The varied in size from one bite to three bites. It's as if each one was cooked in a different oven at various temperatures. The tomato sauce used to dip the garlic knots in was obviously canned and watery. Maybe Mama's is great at pizza, but the garlic knots were horrid. While waiting for my order, I noticed there was limited seating, with crowded tables. It is a hole-in-the wall restaurant and that the toilet room sat out in the room. I would hate to be the one sitting at one of the two tables right next to the toilet.

Tip for consumers:
Atmosphere was cramped, appeared to be not very clean. Seems to specialize in pizza by the slice.

Products used:
Garlic Knots.

7/19/20

As you know, if you've read my reviews, I rarely find a restaurant that is so horrible that I can't find anything good to say about it. Bellissimo's Italian Eatery is that restaurant. And people know I'm exceptionally easy to please. My friends ordered garlic knots as an appetizer. They were not cooked all the way through and were doughy. My friends meat lasagna was cooked so much earlier that the bottom pasta was hard, dried out and burned. My other friend had a salad and was given dressing in a plastic tear open pack! My vegetable dish was watery with over cooked spaghetti. The vegetables had no flavor. I NEVER use salt and pepper because if food is cooked correctly you don't need it. This needed lots of salt and pepper. The only plus I can find for this restaurant was the waiter. He was courteous, professional and very accommodating. You can't give less than 1 star to a restaurant. If I could I would give this establishment minus 5 stars.

Tip for consumers:
Be prepared for substandard food that is old, overcooked and pricey. But great wait staff!

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Garlic Knots, french fries with cheese. Vegetables over spaghetti. Two salads. A meat lasagna.

7/5/20

I have, or had, a Canon Printer MG2520 that I have used for 5 years now. It recently quit working and when I looked up the error code it said the Ink Absorber was full. I went on line to find a way to fix it. It was there that I found out, you can fix it by taking the printer apart and squeezing out the Ink Absorber. Or send it in for repair, which costs twice as much as the printer did. I also saw reviews that said Canon Printers are purposefully made this way so that you have to buy a new printer every few years or so. What a devious way to get people to scrap a perfectly good printer and sell them a new one. I just bought a competitors all in one printer and will NEVER buy another Canon product. I hate underhanded deceit!

Tip for consumers:
The printer will only last for about 5 years before it stops working.

Products used:
Canon All-In-One Printer MG2520

7/5/20

Previously I had written a highly critical review of another Cracker Barrel that I will never go to again. I recently went to the Cracker Barrel at 2151 54th Ave N, St Petersburg, FL 33714. It was an amazing experience. The food was cooked to perfections, the waitress was friendly and pleasant and the restaurant was clean. I enjoyed that experience so much that I will return to this Cracker Barrel.

Tip for consumers:
Go! It's a wonderful restaurant experience.

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Eggs, pancakes, hash browns, grits, biscuits, tea.

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7/4/20

As you can see from previous jabs, I have bought rainbow trees from several sources. The source I normally use has not had any rainbow trees since before February 1st, my last order. I cancelled that order after 5 months. I found Snyder and Sons on Amazon and took a chance in ordering 2 rainbow trees to replace the two ripped from the ground during Irma. What an impressive company! The trees arrived within a week in tough boxes, individually together. Each box is configured so that the plant is held securely in place and can not move around. Each seedling was packed in pot, the pot cover in a tight fitting plastic bag. On the top of the soil was wadded up paper towels and news paper to keep moisture in the pot. And a stake in the center of the pot to hold the seedling upright and damage free. The plants were in perfect shape, moist and VERY green. Hats off to Snyder and Sons Nursery. You are now my go to nursery for plants. (I do buy a lot of plants.) If I could give you 10 stars, I would.

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