Virginia Gazette Last Word for Aug. 13: Just wondering; Scam the scammers; Spare key

Shopping center auction

"I hope Williamsburg City Council reads the Gazette. I think a lot of residents are getting tired of all the shopping centers going up. Williamsburg will be Hampton in 10 years."

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Just wondering

"Following trucks and work vehicles, I see 'Do Not Follow' signs on Route 199. How is one supposed to get down the road if you don't follow the truck? Also, you see the sign, 'Stay Back 500 Feet.' How does one measure that and what happens if you don't stay back 500 feet? Are you subject to a ticket? Just wondering."

Military to teaching

"I was pleased to see the article about people becoming teachers after military or business careers (Aug. 9 Gazette). Both of our children were taught by Bob Howell and they raved about his classes. They showed interest in government for the first time, and they felt that Mr. Howell treated them respectfully and as adults. His perspective on teaching certainly benefitted my children, and I think it's because he had another career first."

Cheers and jeers

"I recently discovered The Sub in Shop Williamsburg Shopping Center. I returned four times in two weeks. Best subs and Reuben's in Williamsburg!"

"Compliments to Michael McGurk for his well-researched and written letter to the editor in Saturday's Gazette, and thank you, Virginia Gazette, for publishing it. The same newspaper edition, made thick by the many realtor advertisements of homes for sale, attested to his point that there is an overbuilding of homes in the area. A ten-year moratorium on building, as called for by Mr. McGurk, may allow the paper to become reasonably thin."

"Who had the brilliant idea of renaming the senior center at the James City County Rec Center 'Club 55'? What in heaven's name does that mean? What is the matter with calling it the 'Senior Center'?"

Scam the scammers

"The Microsoft scam going around can be fun! I set my goal at 20 minutes of talk, wandering here and there before finishing with something like 'your mother would be more proud of you if you got an honest job and were not a criminal.' See if you can equal or beat 20 minutes (if you have time) without turning on your computer for them. My scammer said New York City when I asked where he was from. Have fun and be careful."

"One way to discourage scammers is to tell them you do not reveal financial information to anyone over the phone unless you've initiated the call on a number you found in the phone book."

"Thank you to the Last Word and the people that have said that they received calls from Windows Technical Support. I have had two such phone calls. The first was from a lady who hung up on me when I told her that I needed to call her back because I needed to talk with my husband. The second time a man called, and he did leave a call-back number. I wish I knew what can be done to stop these scams."

"Regarding the item asking if someone with authority would tell us what to do about junk phone calls: Here is what we do. We simply do not answer our phone. We are usually within earshot of our answering machine, and when someone we want to talk to starts to leave us a message, we answer the phone. We have been using this method for years and are very happy with it."

Customer service

"I recently had a very pleasant experience buying a new car at Williamsburg Chrysler. Every person we came in contact with was extremely personable and helpful. The usual car buying horrors were not at all true with this dealership. I bought a Kia and couldn't be happier."

"Many thanks to Katie, the very helpful clerk at Jo-Ann Fabrics. She found a discount coupon for me and gave me a penny out of her own wallet so I didn't have to break a $10 in making a purchase. Thank you, Katie. I'll refund your penny on my next visit to the store."

"Thanks to the wonderful staff at Trader Joe's. When I shared some really good medical news, they responded with smiles, well wishes, hugs and beautiful flowers. You sure made my day! You're the best."