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Elfmama

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Re: Not Going To Happen 'Cause I'm Not Harry Potter (Impossible Patron Requests)
« Reply #2565 on: November 30, 2012, 10:28:50 AM »

If I use my spelling of "Katie" (that is, "Kaiti") I am the only person in the USA with my same first & last name. If I go with Katherine instead, I am one of 28. Cool!

OK, I'm not in the USA, I'm in the UK - but I tried this anyway. And in both my maiden name and my married name there's only me. I gave it the full name I use, Forename Maiden Name Married Name, and it had a conniption fit and fell over so I think it's fair to say there's only me in that too.

Why don't we have this in the UK? That's a cool site!

Kaiti, we must be the Specialest of Special Snowflakes!

Me too! I'm in Australia, there is "1 or fewer" people with my name in the US.
Very cool site!   I am the ONLY person with my name in the whole US.
As am I.  SIL is one of 30 (one of whom is his father).  And now I'm wondering if his father is the one who incurred the charges; he has stolen SIL's identity before.
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Re: Not Going To Happen 'Cause I'm Not Harry Potter (Impossible Patron Requests)
« Reply #2566 on: November 30, 2012, 11:08:19 AM »

If I use my spelling of "Katie" (that is, "Kaiti") I am the only person in the USA with my same first & last name. If I go with Katherine instead, I am one of 28. Cool!

OK, I'm not in the USA, I'm in the UK - but I tried this anyway. And in both my maiden name and my married name there's only me. I gave it the full name I use, Forename Maiden Name Married Name, and it had a conniption fit and fell over so I think it's fair to say there's only me in that too.

Why don't we have this in the UK? That's a cool site!

Kaiti, we must be the Specialest of Special Snowflakes!

Me too! I'm in Australia, there is "1 or fewer" people with my name in the US.
Very cool site!   I am the ONLY person with my name in the whole US. 


A little more off topic conversation.

There are 1734 people with my last name in the US and it is the 17483rd most common last name. I love how close the two numbers are.

There are only 373 people in the USA with my last name.  And I'm fairly sure I'm related to all of them!  :D  By marriage anyway.  If I use my spelling of my first name, I'm the only one.  Although there are two other people with the more common spelling.  (I wonder how often they update.  DH's aunt had the more common spelling, but she died last year.)
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Re: Not Going To Happen 'Cause I'm Not Harry Potter (Impossible Patron Requests)
« Reply #2567 on: November 30, 2012, 01:07:19 PM »

If I use my spelling of "Katie" (that is, "Kaiti") I am the only person in the USA with my same first & last name. If I go with Katherine instead, I am one of 28. Cool!

OK, I'm not in the USA, I'm in the UK - but I tried this anyway. And in both my maiden name and my married name there's only me. I gave it the full name I use, Forename Maiden Name Married Name, and it had a conniption fit and fell over so I think it's fair to say there's only me in that too.

Why don't we have this in the UK? That's a cool site!

Kaiti, we must be the Specialest of Special Snowflakes!

Me too! I'm in Australia, there is "1 or fewer" people with my name in the US.
Very cool site!   I am the ONLY person with my name in the whole US. 


A little more off topic conversation.

There are 1734 people with my last name in the US and it is the 17483rd most common last name. I love how close the two numbers are.

There are only 373 people in the USA with my last name.  And I'm fairly sure I'm related to all of them!  :D  By marriage anyway.  If I use my spelling of my first name, I'm the only one.  Although there are two other people with the more common spelling.  (I wonder how often they update.  DH's aunt had the more common spelling, but she died last year.)


The data they use for this program is so old I'd be skeptical about its accuracy.  It uses data from the 1990 census.  A lot of things can change in 22 years.

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Re: Not Going To Happen 'Cause I'm Not Harry Potter (Impossible Patron Requests)
« Reply #2568 on: November 30, 2012, 01:21:39 PM »
Elfmama: Tell SIL#1 to go to howmanyofme.com and look up how many people share his name.  So when the billing company calls he can say "there are X number of people in the US with that name, so unless you can provide proof this debt is mine I will not be paying."

Thank you for the new timekiller!

I am fascinated with this, especially how common certain last names are! I know 2 families with 117 or fewer people in the US.

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Re: Not Going To Happen 'Cause I'm Not Harry Potter (Impossible Patron Requests)
« Reply #2569 on: November 30, 2012, 04:00:30 PM »
There are lots of people with my first name or my last in the US, but according to this, only 26 with first AND last. Pretty cool.
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« Reply #2570 on: November 30, 2012, 08:02:13 PM »
There are 3 people with my first name/married name.
There is one person with my first name/maiden name (and if this info is from 1990, that would be me).
There are 232 people with my maiden name.

This probably needs its own thread.

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Re: Not Going To Happen 'Cause I'm Not Harry Potter (Impossible Patron Requests)
« Reply #2571 on: November 30, 2012, 08:25:43 PM »
There are 3 people with my first name/married name.
There is one person with my first name/maiden name (and if this info is from 1990, that would be me).
There are 232 people with my maiden name.

This probably needs its own thread.

Yup.

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Re: Not Going To Happen 'Cause I'm Not Harry Potter (Impossible Patron Requests)
« Reply #2572 on: December 01, 2012, 04:48:15 AM »
I used to take orders from store owners over the phone for all the stuff drug stores sell.   There was one guy who always asked for "cigarettes in the red package".    I don't smoke, but even if I did, I'd need more than that - size of cigarette, number of packages in the case, and, oh, I dunno - how about a NAME?

Whereupon he'd tell me to "go look on the shelf".  Now, I wasn't allowed to go into our warehouse, and even if I could just leave my desk and go run upstairs, there were certain things that had VERY restricted access.  Cigarettes were one of them.  I'd try to tell him this, and he'd get exasperated, saying "just go check!  How hard is it to go look on the shelf?"

"Since you seem completely incapable of it, you tell me."

That said, I'm guessing Marlboros.

I'd say marlboros too but here most cigarette companies have one product with red packaging, usually indicating their strongest (most amount of nicotine) cigarette.

Marlboros are red and white.  Dorals are solid red.  I'd have guessed Dorals, but Marlboros are more popular.

The new packaging rollout for tobacco products has begun in Australia. I had a look when buying a phone recharge card at the tobacco counter and the new packaging is coming into effect, everything tobacco is that dark military green with interestingly gruesome picture warnings on it. I imagine the desk people will be having spirited conversations over what colour a brand was with a customer because the customer can't remember the strength (strength is colour coded to a paticular brand). You have 2 choices, green with an ugly picture or green with an even uglier picture.

They should have gone the Denis Leary route with packaging, it would have been more entertaining.


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Re: Not Going To Happen 'Cause I'm Not Harry Potter (Impossible Patron Requests)
« Reply #2573 on: December 01, 2012, 12:13:21 PM »
I actually tried to MAKE this happen for a patron...and after struggling for ten minutes decided that, while it was something I COULD do, it was also something waaaaaaay beyond my job description.

As a former children's librarian, I am more than used to helping kids zip in and out of snowsuits, clip up boots, sweaters with snaps and so on.  Was NEVER a problem for any of us to help someone with a zipper on a raincoat. 

I have never, EVER had to do this for an adult...until yesterday.

Cassie is overweight and she selects clothing items that are somewhat smaller than she is.  I will concede that Cassie is probably struggling with emtional and intellectual issues as well as financial problems which lead her to shop at thrift stores or depend on coat drives.  But I have been part of coat drives and I know that when an agency hands these things out, they try to match the patron with an item that FITS.

So yesterday was cold and we were closing and here comes Cassie.

"Pllllleeeeeeaaaaassssssseeeee zip my jacket for me."

Folks, I gave it my best shot.  But I could not get that thing to stay in place long enough to zip it up. 
It didn't help that Cassie kept moving, twisting around and generally not helping.  I asked her to at least hold the bottom parts of her coat together so I had a shot at getting the zipper to slide, but she would hold it for three seconds, get distracted and stare into space and let go of the coat just as I was about to zip.  After ten minutes of this and me nearly ripping the zipper out, I had to concede defeat.

Found out later that Cassie and her entourage were downstairs, blocking the door while two of them held the coat parts tightly together and friend #3 zipped.  My supervisor suggested to me that this was really not in my job description.
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« Reply #2574 on: December 01, 2012, 12:22:52 PM »
Also from yesterday...we had a blizzard, but Cassie and this lady were the stand outs...a patron came in eight minutes before we were going to close.  She had papers to fax and we figured, okay, we can do this before we close, no problem. 

Well, first she complained about the cost (We charge a dollar to fax, which is the cheapest rate going: Staples is next cheapest, but most people say to us "I am going to FedEx or UPS, these prices are ridiculous!"  I always wonder what some people think when they get to UPS and are told the cost is three dollars for page one and 1.50 for each additional page.

Anyway, she hands over her fax materials and explains that it MUST go through "You HAVE to send it!  It's due in at 5 p.m. at the state capitol.  It's for a job."

She was quite clear that she had had this material for over two weeks and could have sent it any time in between, but nooooooo, it's more dramatic and exciting to send it in last minute.  (I think some people wait until last minute because they think it's like a radio call in game where,if you are the ninth caller, you win a prize.) 

So I dialed the first of two fax numbers and got...the ear piercing whistle that tells you lines are blocked with callers and then the annoying automatic voice came on to say "All breakers are full.  Please hang up and try later."  I tried both lines that she gave me several times each.  And she WOULD NOT get that I could not keep trying all these lines indefinitely.  We finally gave her h er money back, but she was really angry at us.  Somehow it was our fault that she didn't get here last week or even the day before and it was also our fault, I guess, that the lines were blocked.

I asked my supervisor if I could make up a big sign reading "A failure to plan on your part does not constitute an emergency on mine."

The good news was:  she provided us with a great story for the staff party we had that night.

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Re: Not Going To Happen 'Cause I'm Not Harry Potter (Impossible Patron Requests)
« Reply #2575 on: December 01, 2012, 02:52:34 PM »
The new packaging rollout for tobacco products has begun in Australia. I had a look when buying a phone recharge card at the tobacco counter and the new packaging is coming into effect, everything tobacco is that dark military green with interestingly gruesome picture warnings on it. I imagine the desk people will be having spirited conversations over what colour a brand was with a customer because the customer can't remember the strength (strength is colour coded to a paticular brand). You have 2 choices, green with an ugly picture or green with an even uglier picture.

What's hysterical is that people are now complaining that cigarettes in plain packaging tastes different from when it was in 'normal' packaging. Really? Cigarette makers change the 'recipe' of their smokes just cos they don't get to use brand-name boxes anymore? Or is more likely that you miss the pretty colours and the 'status' of a particular brand?

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Re: Not Going To Happen 'Cause I'm Not Harry Potter (Impossible Patron Requests)
« Reply #2576 on: December 01, 2012, 09:36:34 PM »
I used to take orders from store owners over the phone for all the stuff drug stores sell.   There was one guy who always asked for "cigarettes in the red package".    I don't smoke, but even if I did, I'd need more than that - size of cigarette, number of packages in the case, and, oh, I dunno - how about a NAME?

Whereupon he'd tell me to "go look on the shelf".  Now, I wasn't allowed to go into our warehouse, and even if I could just leave my desk and go run upstairs, there were certain things that had VERY restricted access.  Cigarettes were one of them.  I'd try to tell him this, and he'd get exasperated, saying "just go check!  How hard is it to go look on the shelf?"

"Since you seem completely incapable of it, you tell me."

That said, I'm guessing Marlboros.

I'd say marlboros too but here most cigarette companies have one product with red packaging, usually indicating their strongest (most amount of nicotine) cigarette.

Before reading further, my guess is Pall Malls.

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« Reply #2577 on: December 02, 2012, 05:45:04 AM »
That's funny - literally in the middle of reading this I got a text from my father regarding Marlboros (they're super expensive due to UK tax so he asks me to bring him back some from abroad). I cannot find anywhere in Beijing selling Marlboros, but I have found a brand that is absolutely covered in pictures of pandas*. Sweet monkey fritters!?? I wonder if people from China ever go into stores when they're abroad and try to find their brand of cigarette... "You know, the panda cigarettes. The ones covered in PANDAS!!"

*Now with 25% more panda.

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« Reply #2578 on: December 02, 2012, 10:06:48 AM »
That's funny - literally in the middle of reading this I got a text from my father regarding Marlboros (they're super expensive due to UK tax so he asks me to bring him back some from abroad). I cannot find anywhere in Beijing selling Marlboros, but I have found a brand that is absolutely covered in pictures of pandas*. Sweet monkey fritters!?? I wonder if people from China ever go into stores when they're abroad and try to find their brand of cigarette... "You know, the panda cigarettes. The ones covered in PANDAS!!"

*Now with 25% more panda.

One of my jobs at Evil Oil Company was to help host visitors from other countries, including China.  My duties including going to the Asian markets to find appropriate snack items, including cigarettes.  I couldn't find cigarettes that Chinese clients liked - it seems cigarettes in China are made of stronger tobacco and are usually unfiltered.  They had to settle for original Camels.

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Re: Not Going To Happen 'Cause I'm Not Harry Potter (Impossible Patron Requests)
« Reply #2579 on: December 03, 2012, 08:40:25 PM »

If I use my spelling of "Katie" (that is, "Kaiti") I am the only person in the USA with my same first & last name. If I go with Katherine instead, I am one of 28. Cool!

OK, I'm not in the USA, I'm in the UK - but I tried this anyway. And in both my maiden name and my married name there's only me. I gave it the full name I use, Forename Maiden Name Married Name, and it had a conniption fit and fell over so I think it's fair to say there's only me in that too.

Why don't we have this in the UK? That's a cool site!

Kaiti, we must be the Specialest of Special Snowflakes!

Me too! I'm in Australia, there is "1 or fewer" people with my name in the US.
Very cool site!   I am the ONLY person with my name in the whole US.

My DS is the only one with his name in the US as well.

Back on topic, we are having issues with misinformation being told to our students at one of our sites. The person involved actually refused to accept required paperwork from a student. The person suspected of being at fault has already been demoted and on extended probation. I imagine this is the last straw.
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