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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #11745 on: October 02, 2011, 10:25:52 PM »
When I got my licence renewed they had me do the test without my glasses - and didn't want to put corrective lens on the licence because I passed their test. I know I need them to see things like addresses and street signs - so I insisted on them putting corrective lenses on. I was afraid if I got stopped with my glasses on it would cause more trouble.

This whole "take your eye test without your lenses" nonsense is completely new to me.  What on Earth?  Wouldn't they want to make sure that your prescription is correct and you're driving safely?  And what about those of us who wear contact lenses?  I'm not about to peel my eyeball covers out in the middle of the DMV.  Ewww.



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« Reply #11746 on: October 02, 2011, 11:04:47 PM »
Still recovering from my daughter's birthday party, where I met Special Snowflakus Eternal Guestus.  We went to an indoor play area/arcade complex and rented one of the party areas.  The complex is always crowded because it's a really nice facility. There is a constant rotation of parties cycling through. When your child is invited to a party, they are allowed in the party area for as long as the area is reserved, but they can stay in the play area/arcade after the party is over.

The party went as well as could be expected. The only problem we had was with kids from other parties wandering into our area and trying to eat/be included in our activities. In general, the kids had just wandered into the wrong place and didn't realize it. If I didn't recognize a kid, all I had to do was inform the facility's party hostess and she found a polite way to re-direct them elsewhere.  But this one little girl  WOULD NOT GO AWAY. 

She was around my daughter's age (7) so at first, I thought it was just someone from DD's class that I didn't know.  But then, DD asked me why "that girl I don't know" was trying to open her presents!  The party hostess sent her away, but she came back two more times. The hostess asked where the girl's mom was, she pointed all the way across the huge complex to the cafe area.  The hostess took her to mom and I saw her talking to mom at length.  I assumed that was the end of it.

But we all know that wasn't the case.

Part of the "agenda" was that the hostess put clues all over the facility for a treasure hunt, the "treasure" being the kids' goodie bags. It was a lot of fun and the kids really enjoyed it. But when they finally tracked down the treasure, I saw this same little girl swoop and push other kids away so she could grab a bag.  The hostess said, "Sweetie, I've already told you, this isn't your party.  Your friend's party was over a while ago. This is another girl's party.  You need to go back to your mom now."

"No!" the girl shouted.  "My mom told me I could have a goodie bag from THIS party!"

A nicer woman probably have just given her a bag, but I was tired of dealing with this kid. I stepped in and told her quietly that my daughter didn't know her, so it would be best if she left.  She burst into tears and did the tantrum stomp back to her mom.  Her mom gave me the stink-eye, but she didn't come back. The hostess told me that this girl had attended a friend's party hours before, and had been hanging around ever since, poaching from other kids' parties with her mother's encouragement.

Later, my sister told me that this same little girl had followed her around the arcade area, repeatedly asking for tokens.  And when sis put tokens into the games for my toddler niece, this girl would try to edge my niece out of the way so she could play instead. Sis finally used her teacher voice to tell her to "LEAVE NOW." (For the record, Sis tried to redirect her politely several times.)

Next time, it's pinatas and hot dogs in the backyard.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #11747 on: October 02, 2011, 11:55:15 PM »
When I got my licence renewed they had me do the test without my glasses - and didn't want to put corrective lens on the licence because I passed their test. I know I need them to see things like addresses and street signs - so I insisted on them putting corrective lenses on. I was afraid if I got stopped with my glasses on it would cause more trouble.

This whole "take your eye test without your lenses" nonsense is completely new to me.  What on Earth?  Wouldn't they want to make sure that your prescription is correct and you're driving safely?  And what about those of us who wear contact lenses?  I'm not about to peel my eyeball covers out in the middle of the DMV.  Ewww.

I've worked at the DMV now for 13 years, and I know that at one time, we were told to make the customer take off their glasses before taking the eye test, even if the customer insisted that they needed them.  That procedure was abolished about the same time I started, however.

We do prefer to take the photo without the glasses because then there is no glare on the glasses.
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« Reply #11748 on: October 03, 2011, 08:14:10 AM »
When I got my licence renewed they had me do the test without my glasses - and didn't want to put corrective lens on the licence because I passed their test. I know I need them to see things like addresses and street signs - so I insisted on them putting corrective lenses on. I was afraid if I got stopped with my glasses on it would cause more trouble.

This whole "take your eye test without your lenses" nonsense is completely new to me.  What on Earth?  Wouldn't they want to make sure that your prescription is correct and you're driving safely?  And what about those of us who wear contact lenses?  I'm not about to peel my eyeball covers out in the middle of the DMV.  Ewww.

I've worked at the DMV now for 13 years, and I know that at one time, we were told to make the customer take off their glasses before taking the eye test, even if the customer insisted that they needed them.  That procedure was abolished about the same time I started, however.

We do prefer to take the photo without the glasses because then there is no glare on the glasses.
Yeah--if you ask me to take off my glasses at the DMV to do the vision test, the glasses stay in my hand (I'm paranoid about losing them .. at home they have a precise location where they go when I sleep and when I shower, otherwise they are always on) and if it's one of those paper charts on the wall, it's going to be "eye chart?  Um, which way?" or the machine that has a lit up chart inside "um, the light's on".  When I got my most recent driver's license (moved states), at the vision check, they just said that if I took the vision test with glasses on that they would have to mark the corrective lenses restriction, which is hardly a problem for me (every license I've ever had was with that restriction as I got my first glasses when I was in 2nd grade and even then wouldn't have passed a vision test uncorrected).  I don't think it's SS to not want to take your eyes off in public.


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« Reply #11749 on: October 03, 2011, 08:22:34 AM »
Can we take the DMV and how blind am I discussion to a different thread? Thanks  :)
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« Reply #11750 on: October 03, 2011, 08:43:35 AM »
Came across a Special Snowflake in the supermarket today. She had parked her pram in the fruit and vegetable section and was chatting away on her phone while her precious little Snowflake was occupying herself by tossing all of her mothers purchases onto the floor. And not just dropping packets, little SS was upending bags of produce onto the floor, first a punnet of strawberries spilled across the floor, followed by a punnet of cherry tomatoes and then a bag of mushrooms and a few handfuls of mixed lettuce.

When SSMommy turned, still on the phone and saw the mess her little pwecious was making on the floor... did she A. rush to pick things up? B. Take the groceries from little SS's pudgy little hands and tell her not to do that or C. Take the pram and walk away?

Obviously if you guessed C. you would be right... the aisle looked like a tossed salad as SS whisked around the corner and out of sight, still chatting away in rapid french.

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« Reply #11751 on: October 03, 2011, 09:38:48 AM »
Speaking of eye tests, no one was a Special Snowflake here, but I thought it was kind of funny. When I got my first driver's license, they had me do the eye test, of course. Now I have terrible eyesight. I can see pretty well with my glasses, but without them I will literally walk into walls.

DMV Guy: Okay, I'm going to test your eyesight, please take your glasses off.
Me: I really can't see without my glasses.
DMV Guy: Well, you have to take them off for this.
Me: Okay then. ::take off glasses::
DMV Guy: Okay, look over on that wall. Can you tell me where the tree is?
Me: What tree?
DMV Guy: On the chart.
Me: What chart?
DMV Guy: You can't see the chart?
Me: I can barely see the wall.
DMV Guy: Okay...I'm gonna put "requires corrective lenses" on your license.
Me: Good plan.

Same thing happened to me when I went to renew my license a few years ago.
DMV Lady: Are you wearing contacts right now?
Me: Yes.
DMV Lady: You'll need to take them out for the test.
Me: Why?
DMV Lady: In case you ever drive without contacts or glasses.
Me: If I didn't have my contacts in or my glasses on, I couldn't find the car. Much less the door. Much less the lock. Much less the ignition.
DMV Lady: That bad, huh? Okay, you can leave them in.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #11752 on: October 03, 2011, 09:45:01 AM »
Speaking of eye tests, no one was a Special Snowflake here, but I thought it was kind of funny. When I got my first driver's license, they had me do the eye test, of course. Now I have terrible eyesight. I can see pretty well with my glasses, but without them I will literally walk into walls.

DMV Guy: Okay, I'm going to test your eyesight, please take your glasses off.
Me: I really can't see without my glasses.
DMV Guy: Well, you have to take them off for this.
Me: Okay then. ::take off glasses::
DMV Guy: Okay, look over on that wall. Can you tell me where the tree is?
Me: What tree?
DMV Guy: On the chart.
Me: What chart?
DMV Guy: You can't see the chart?
Me: I can barely see the wall.
DMV Guy: Okay...I'm gonna put "requires corrective lenses" on your license.
Me: Good plan.

Shea, that reminds me of the time I got a new doctor, and he decided at my first physical that he'd do the eye chart thing, despite me telling him that my eyes were very bad, and he really should check with my optometrist if he wanted the reading.

Dr.: So, what is the letter on the first line?

Me: E...

Dr.: And the second line?

Me: ...Mind you, I only know it's an E because it's ALWAYS an E. Not because I can actually see it.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #11753 on: October 03, 2011, 09:48:53 AM »
Would it be possible to move on to various SS topics, rather than keep discussing eyesight etc.  I know it has been mentioned, but is being ignored.  My thanks (along with others, I'm sure).  I imagine a spin-off thread could be utilised if the topic is absorbing to others.
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« Reply #11754 on: October 03, 2011, 09:53:35 AM »
Still recovering from my daughter's birthday party, where I met Special Snowflakus Eternal Guestus.  We went to an indoor play area/arcade complex and rented one of the party areas.  The complex is always crowded because it's a really nice facility. There is a constant rotation of parties cycling through. When your child is invited to a party, they are allowed in the party area for as long as the area is reserved, but they can stay in the play area/arcade after the party is over.

The party went as well as could be expected. The only problem we had was with kids from other parties wandering into our area and trying to eat/be included in our activities. In general, the kids had just wandered into the wrong place and didn't realize it. If I didn't recognize a kid, all I had to do was inform the facility's party hostess and she found a polite way to re-direct them elsewhere.  But this one little girl  WOULD NOT GO AWAY. 

She was around my daughter's age (7) so at first, I thought it was just someone from DD's class that I didn't know.  But then, DD asked me why "that girl I don't know" was trying to open her presents!  The party hostess sent her away, but she came back two more times. The hostess asked where the girl's mom was, she pointed all the way across the huge complex to the cafe area.  The hostess took her to mom and I saw her talking to mom at length.  I assumed that was the end of it.

But we all know that wasn't the case.

Part of the "agenda" was that the hostess put clues all over the facility for a treasure hunt, the "treasure" being the kids' goodie bags. It was a lot of fun and the kids really enjoyed it. But when they finally tracked down the treasure, I saw this same little girl swoop and push other kids away so she could grab a bag.  The hostess said, "Sweetie, I've already told you, this isn't your party.  Your friend's party was over a while ago. This is another girl's party.  You need to go back to your mom now."

"No!" the girl shouted.  "My mom told me I could have a goodie bag from THIS party!"

A nicer woman probably have just given her a bag, but I was tired of dealing with this kid. I stepped in and told her quietly that my daughter didn't know her, so it would be best if she left.  She burst into tears and did the tantrum stomp back to her mom.  Her mom gave me the stink-eye, but she didn't come back. The hostess told me that this girl had attended a friend's party hours before, and had been hanging around ever since, poaching from other kids' parties with her mother's encouragement.

Later, my sister told me that this same little girl had followed her around the arcade area, repeatedly asking for tokens.  And when sis put tokens into the games for my toddler niece, this girl would try to edge my niece out of the way so she could play instead. Sis finally used her teacher voice to tell her to "LEAVE NOW." (For the record, Sis tried to redirect her politely several times.)

Next time, it's pinatas and hot dogs in the backyard.

I think we have a winner.

This is one of worst stories I have heard in a while. Encouraging her kid to intrude on other kids parties ? Wow.

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« Reply #11755 on: October 03, 2011, 09:55:03 AM »
I think it's really unfortunate that the staff at the complex didn't take steps with management to have the mom and daughter removed after their party was over once the little girl started mooching off the other parties.

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« Reply #11756 on: October 03, 2011, 09:56:32 AM »
Pair of total Supermarket Special Snowflakes when I went shopping this morning!

The main thing on my list was milk. I could not leave the shop without milk, because I can't stand tea without milk, and there are no other shops for a couple of miles around my house. So I went to the chilled aisle, and over to the milk section.

There were two women, one with a toddler sitting quietly, standing with their trolleys end to end in front of the milk section, having a very loud, gossippy sort of conversation. They were visibly older than me (important later), but not by much. I'd say maybe early 30s at a push? I said "excuse me!" in a polite, cheerful voice. "Just want to grab some milk." The following action ensued:

Woman1: *ignores me* *blah blah blah*
Me: If I could just grab that pint? *reaches over trolley*
Woman1: *yells* What do you think you're doing? Get away!
Me: Sorry, I just wanted to get some milk. Could you move back a bit so I can reach?
Woman1: *to Woman2, while moving her trolley so it hit me in the stomach* G-o-d, some people! Can't she see we're having a conversation here?
Woman2: You should just wait till we're done! F*****g hell!
Me: If you'd just pass me that pint, please, *points* I would go away.
Woman1: B****y young people. No patience.
Me: I'm sorry, I'm just in a bit of a hurry.
Woman2: *to Woman1* Just f*****g give her the milk. She's obviously a spoilt little b***h.

The first woman gave me the milk and I hightailed it out of there. Goodness, some people have just no regard for acceptable manners in public situations!

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« Reply #11757 on: October 03, 2011, 09:58:17 AM »
Goodness, some people have just no regard for acceptable manners in public situations!

And they think it was you.   ::)

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« Reply #11758 on: October 03, 2011, 10:00:53 AM »
Goodness, some people have just no regard for acceptable manners in public situations!

And they think it was you.   ::)

That's actually quite hilarious, in a sad sort of way.
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« Reply #11759 on: October 03, 2011, 10:31:23 AM »
Goodness, some people have just no regard for acceptable manners in public situations!

And they think it was you.   ::)

Sorry you had to start your day that way, faithlessone.

That's all right - actually made me laugh on the way home. :)