Uber Uber wherefore art thou?

this afternoon CE’s daughter booked an Uber in advance to drive her to JFK to catch a flight to meet her husband in Ireland. Six minutes before the car was supposed to arrive, CE’s daughter received a message from Uber that there were no cars available.  

Thank you Uber for caring and for refreshing CE’s recollection that if a corporation does something to benefit the consumer, it’s a coincidence.



Water jugs on course can be hazardous to your health | Golfweek

according to the Fenway website;

Fenway’s stature as one of the pre-eminent golf clubs in Westchester results from the time tested greatness of its golf course and the rich history of its professionals. The course, designed by A. W. Tillinghast, one of America’s greatest architects, opened on July 4, 1924. Fenway’s sloping greens, deep traps and deceptively difficult landing areas, have proven time and again that this golf course need be compared to no other and stands on its own as a premier test of golfing excellence  



CE and CEjr. Thank their hosts for an amazing day but isn’t it time for a water upgrade?  The community wears its Tillinghast legacy proudly on shirts and tees 



But it’s hot out there and 1924 could be imprinted on bottles, so perhaps it’s time to bring Poland Spring to the club. 

Fairways and greens.  


Come on people now

in days of yore CE was of the mindset that the lack of cleanliness as seen below was a corporate and lack of management issue. 



those days of yore are over 


come on people now we can do better.  As consumers we have the choice to purchase our espressos where ever we choose, but that does not give us the right to be disrespectful.  

Plastic straws have become the new #1 public outcast.

single use plastic items might soon become as rare as pet rocks. But remember if a paper ( it might be time to invest ) straw is not available, be sure that the drinking glass is clean because a cold virus can spread. 

Newsletter Active

CE has updated the email newsletter to keep you all informed. Stay tuned!

Caveat Emptor, Buyer Beware

Beware of

this Deli on sixth avenue. CE and Mrs. CE stopped in to purchase some water and were clearly treated like tourists.  We purchased two bottles of water (rather expensive) the cost came to $4.50 I handed the gentleman behind the register a $20 bill he proceeded to give us back $5.50.  



Save Dave

Explanation here soon  

Suburbs vs City living

Welcome back to caveatemptorbuyerbeware. In the days to follow, CE will explore this topic. 

Ethically speaking

As we commence and then speed through the new year CE will be raising a few Ethical concerns.  I.  You are done and there are still a few sheets left. Do leave the roll as is, or do you replace it?




For some reason as 2016 draws to a close and we reflect on the events of the year past, the first line of the Star Spangled Banner keeps coming to mind.

Oh, say, can you see? By the dawn's early light, what so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming;”

Let’s raise a glass to the year gone by and toast the year to come, and let’s be careful out there.

See you in 17’


Caveat Politico

CE has been asked by several of his colleagues and clients to comment on the election.  so without further ado here goes ____________ ( your choice for fill in the blank)

Prior to the election CE was clear in his comments and voiced a cautionary tale that should have raised our readers Caveatemptorbuyerbeware antennas.  But alas the people have spoken and CE will take a wait and see approach to see how the Trump Organization shapes the first 100 days of the new administration.  Is there another choice? NO.  Certainly the protestors have a right to protest but to what end?  The Republicans and Democrats will have another chance to go at it in less than 2 years when the Congress is up for reelection.  Until then, we wish, hope and anticipate that President-elect Trump and his administration take reasonable and measured steps in the days and months ahead, and that the vitriol of the election process is behind us.


From: CE

is it ok if I post this as indicative of what is wrong with america?


From: respondent

Of course it's ok. There are no rules when it comes to complaining

What's the specific issue? 

Waste- sanitary-or you wanted onion and none were left ??

From: CE 

1) they don't use the untensil
2) they often keep their filthy golf gloves on
3) they don't wash their hands
4) there are pesticides used on the course
5) they get their grubby pesticide covered hands on the bagels cut one in half and throw the other half back in the bin.
Who are these people? 


The CE Diet



Technical Difficulties

The amazing announcement we wanted to bring to your attention has been de-railed  by technical difficulties, which we are in the process if correcting.  In the meantime, we hope you are enjoying the last weeks of summer and spending time with friends and family.  Because to quote the great Art Rust Junior, "yesterday is a canceled check tomorrow is a promissory note. Today is the time you have so spend it wisely."

Fantastic Work All Around

Three cheers for United Airlines, which treated a friend who experienced a bit of trouble recently very well.

he wrote: 

I am a dedicated customer and mileageplus member who will go out of my way to fly with United. I do not often provide feedback, because my travel experiences with United are typically excellent. However, this
one was rough:

We started in Wisconsin and took a very easy flight (with United) to Ohare in Chicago. The layover time was quick and we made our way swiftly to the gate, which was located in a different concourse. Upon arrival, the two gate agents were very rude. Even though we had just come from a (smaller, mind-you) United flight, these two ladies decided our carry on luggage was not small enough to fit in the overhead space. Knowing our luggage was the right size, I suggested (and then proved to them) that they were incorrect. However, in the meantime the gate agents had forced us to re-pack our belongings before entering the plane. Ultimately, they caused an unfortunate and emotional scene that was very avoidable. They should have known better.

When I got onto the plane, I had the unfortunate luck to be seated in a chair with a tray table that does not work. As a result I had to use my computer on my lap, which was very  straining. To make matters worse, the wifi was not working on our flight.


united's response: 

Please accept our sincerest apologies for the many inconveniences that you endured with the lack of service provided bout our Chicago gate agents, broken tray table, nonworking WiFi service on your recent flight.  We truly appreciate you taking the time to point out the many issues that you encountered as we work hard to correct problems brought to our attention.  We understand how disappointing this was for
you and we apologize for the factors that contributed to your overall dissatisfaction.  Although we can't undo what you experienced, we can work to correct it.  Your feedback and experience has been recorded and will be reviewed and addressed internally.  I realize my apology cannot erase what happened, but I hope it helps to know we take your concerns very seriously.

As a gesture of goodwill I will be sending you a $150 Electronic Travel Certificate for the inconvenience.  You will receive this within 5 business days via email.


Res ipsa loquitur

CE and Mrs. CE are putting the finishing touches on our explosive new post which we hope to have to you in the next few days. In the interim however, we must make a mea culpa. In our quest for truth and fairness in marketing and services and products we attempt to make every effort to be sure that our criticisms are justified.  To err is human and CE must apologize to Arnie and his army for the fact that CE did not thoroughly read the instructions on the thirst quencher package prior to using it. Had CE read the instructions there is a great likelihood that he would not have chugged the bottle and the product would currently be a staple on CE's shelf.  Thank you to CE's daughter for bringing this matter to our attention and for helping us to rectify it.