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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #14475 on: April 14, 2012, 03:25:19 PM »
<snip> Luckily, in the big panel rooms we have some fantastic volunteer staff who deal specifically with the special needs line (separate from the main queue) so we don't all have to be sidetracked by the SS tantrums while we're trying to load the other two thousand people into the room!

Just out of interest, how do you manage the length of the special needs line vs the regular line?  I always wonder how it's made "fair" if a person in the regular line has been queuing for an hour yet the special needs line is shorter and therefore they effectively queue jump.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #14476 on: April 14, 2012, 03:52:04 PM »
My SS Next-Door Neighbour started building a fence today.

With power tools.

At 5am.

On a Saturday.

*cries*

(No point complaining to him/any one else. There's no laws against it in my area, and this guy is an SS to the extreme. Truly believes he's the centre of the universe.)

May his power tools all simultaneously die. (((hugs)))
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #14477 on: April 14, 2012, 03:56:16 PM »
<snip> Luckily, in the big panel rooms we have some fantastic volunteer staff who deal specifically with the special needs line (separate from the main queue) so we don't all have to be sidetracked by the SS tantrums while we're trying to load the other two thousand people into the room!

Just out of interest, how do you manage the length of the special needs line vs the regular line?  I always wonder how it's made "fair" if a person in the regular line has been queuing for an hour yet the special needs line is shorter and therefore they effectively queue jump.

I'm not that OP, but it sounded to me like there is specific seating for special needs.  So the special needs line is queueing up for 20 handicapped seats/wheelchair spots, and then open wheelchair room at the back, or something, and so they aren't trying to get the same spots as the regular line.

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« Reply #14478 on: April 14, 2012, 04:12:23 PM »
<snip> Luckily, in the big panel rooms we have some fantastic volunteer staff who deal specifically with the special needs line (separate from the main queue) so we don't all have to be sidetracked by the SS tantrums while we're trying to load the other two thousand people into the room!

Just out of interest, how do you manage the length of the special needs line vs the regular line?  I always wonder how it's made "fair" if a person in the regular line has been queuing for an hour yet the special needs line is shorter and therefore they effectively queue jump.

Yeah, it's a bit like when the airline staff call people with special needs or small children to board the plane first.  You're not so much giving them a special privilege as accomodating the fact that it takes a little longer for them to board the plane and it would be more difficult to board in the "rush" of other passengers.

I'm not that OP, but it sounded to me like there is specific seating for special needs.  So the special needs line is queueing up for 20 handicapped seats/wheelchair spots, and then open wheelchair room at the back, or something, and so they aren't trying to get the same spots as the regular line.

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« Reply #14479 on: April 14, 2012, 06:40:03 PM »
<snip> Luckily, in the big panel rooms we have some fantastic volunteer staff who deal specifically with the special needs line (separate from the main queue) so we don't all have to be sidetracked by the SS tantrums while we're trying to load the other two thousand people into the room!

Just out of interest, how do you manage the length of the special needs line vs the regular line?  I always wonder how it's made "fair" if a person in the regular line has been queuing for an hour yet the special needs line is shorter and therefore they effectively queue jump.

I'm not that OP, but it sounded to me like there is specific seating for special needs.  So the special needs line is queueing up for 20 handicapped seats/wheelchair spots, and then open wheelchair room at the back, or something, and so they aren't trying to get the same spots as the regular line.

Yes, this.  There are spaces reserved for wheelchairs throughout the room (on the aisles), plus special spaces in the front row and right in front of the speakers and, if there is going to be an ASL interpreter, the closest seats in line of sight to him/her.  Right before we open up the room, we check the disability services line and find out how many people are there and what special seats they need, then (depending on the size of the panel) we can open up some of the non-wheelchair spots for everyone else.  The disability services folks go in first and get settled, but they only get the special seats that are already reserved for them - having a cane doesn't mean you get to sit front and center, just that you get an aisle somewhere (for example).  Then after everyone with mobility issues is settled, we open up the doors to the main line.

95% of people (able-bodied or not) are perfectly nice and pleasant and happy to be seeing their favorite famous people - it's just the other 5% who drive me nuts :P  And since we're working on such a tight turnaround schedule, all it takes are one or two special snowflakes who insist on my attention now now NOW to effectively mess up the flow of traffic for everyone else  :-\  Those of us who are veterans at room-loading can use this to our advantage: "Sorry, ma'am, I need to get everyone in their seats now.  I can talk to you after the line is loaded.  Oh, you'd rather be sitting and saving your seat than arguing with me?  Yes, I understand."

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #14480 on: April 14, 2012, 07:38:21 PM »
Just out of curiosity, how do you handle the friends accompanying special needs individuals?  I'm sure some people with special needs require an assistant which should be accommodated.  However, I also think that people with special needs might want the seats next to them for their friends.  Do they get to save some seats for people who may be at the back of the able bodied line?  Do those friends join in the special needs line?  Is there a limit on how many friends can stay in the special needs line?  Just curious.  You can PM me if you'd like.

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« Reply #14481 on: April 14, 2012, 08:11:25 PM »
Just out of curiosity, how do you handle the friends accompanying special needs individuals?  I'm sure some people with special needs require an assistant which should be accommodated.  However, I also think that people with special needs might want the seats next to them for their friends.  Do they get to save some seats for people who may be at the back of the able bodied line?  Do those friends join in the special needs line?  Is there a limit on how many friends can stay in the special needs line?  Just curious.  You can PM me if you'd like.

Many of the seats have companion seats reserved also - each person gets one companion seat.  I'm not sure what happens if they're with a larger group - most of the time the room doesn't fill all the way, so it's usually possible to get a whole group of seats closer to the back (including a wheelchair spot and/or an aisle seat if necessary).

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« Reply #14482 on: April 14, 2012, 08:48:10 PM »
DH and I encountered not one, but two, versions of SS "I'm so important I don't have to wait in line" today while running errands.

First SS was found at the stoplight leading out of our neighborhood.  The street doesn't have any lines painted on it, so there's never a nice, tidy line - you can have cars shifted one way or the other - but there's still clearly a line.  So we were pretty stunned when a car drove up past three cars to park itself to the left of, and in front of, our car.  It was so far off to the left, that several cars turning into the street nearly hit it.  DH doesn't believe in using his horn  ::), and neither of us could figure out another way of telling these people they were doing something messed up.  If the light had lasted longer, I was considering getting out of the car, walking up to that other car and saying "You do realize the line of cars started back there, right?"

Second SS was at a stop sign at the exit to a strip mall.  DH was at the sign, waiting to turn right, with about three people behind him.  A guy in a minivan roars up next to him, doesn't even slow down for the stop sign, and just careens out into traffic.  He nearly got hit by oncoming traffic, which was the reason DH hadn't made his turn yet! 

I amused myself for the rest of the drive home imagining what would happen the day either of those people repeated their behavior in front of a cop, or someone who doesn't have anger management skills.  Or, for that matter, when they make a slight miscalculation and get T-boned by someone. 

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« Reply #14483 on: April 15, 2012, 01:42:11 AM »
I was at PetSmart the other day and witnessed a woman busy explaining to the check-out cashier that as she was from a state that does not have a state sales tax [for non-USAns, not all states have state taxes on items, and when states do what is taxed and the amount can vary greatly] she should be exempt from paying sales tax.

Here in Washington (sales tax state), residents of Oregon (no sales tax) shopping in WA can show their ID in stores and have the sales tax waived. Not sure if other states do that...

I doubt Arizona does it, but even if we did you would think you'd be pulling out your ID or whatever. Nope, she was simply telling them tht since she was a resident of whatever state she should get it.

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« Reply #14484 on: April 15, 2012, 01:35:31 PM »
I was at PetSmart the other day and witnessed a woman busy explaining to the check-out cashier that as she was from a state that does not have a state sales tax [for non-USAns, not all states have state taxes on items, and when states do what is taxed and the amount can vary greatly] she should be exempt from paying sales tax.

Here in Washington (sales tax state), residents of Oregon (no sales tax) shopping in WA can show their ID in stores and have the sales tax waived. Not sure if other states do that...

I doubt Arizona does it, but even if we did you would think you'd be pulling out your ID or whatever. Nope, she was simply telling them tht since she was a resident of whatever state she should get it.

Well then... yeah, that's a Special Snowflake...

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #14485 on: April 15, 2012, 04:16:01 PM »
I saw what seemed to be a SS of the "technically, my dog *is* leashed, though not under my control" variety, though it may have been more a failure to comprehend the risk in the situation than entitlement leading the way.

We were leaving a multi-deck parking tower which is attached to one facility which does not allow dogs, but is also near a public park which I believe does allow dogs on leash.  The parking deck is used by many folks who are visiting the park, and it is paid parking, has an access gate to a path to the park, so seems intended that park visitors may use the deck without taking parking space reserved for non-park visitors.

It is a beautiful weekend day here, so lots of cars coming and going.

The way our car was heading was clear, though cars were coming from the other direction, and there were cars approaching behind us.  Suddenly, a mid-sized dog darted in front of our car, trailing a leash, and we stopped abruptly as did a car coming from the other direction.  We figured someone's dog got away from them, and thankfully was not hit.  Both we, and the driver from the other direction sat waiting for the dog's owner to get the dog.

A woman came out from between some parked cars, called the dog without moving towards the dog, the dog thankfully did head in her direction though making a few detours.  The dog walked up to her, she started walking towards the car - without leaning over to pick up the dogs leash.  The dog followed her for three or four steps, then seemed to think "hey, running between cars is more fun" and took off again into the two lanes of cars which had begun cautiously starting to move.

The woman stayed by her car called the dog, and rinse, lather, repeat, but then she somehow got the dog into the car, though I never saw her pick up or reach for the leash.

I was watching, and thinking that she seemed to misunderstand the concept of a dog "being on leash" actually requiring someone to be on the other end of the leash.
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« Reply #14486 on: April 15, 2012, 05:26:29 PM »
I have seen a sign that read:  "Dogs, please note that your person must be on the other end of your leash."

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« Reply #14487 on: April 15, 2012, 08:34:56 PM »
I have seen a sign that read:  "Dogs, please note that your person must be on the other end of your leash."

Me too, because I do know dogs trained well enough to carry their own leashes in their mouths and still fully obey their owners.  The managers caught on really quick and put out a sign like above.

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« Reply #14488 on: April 15, 2012, 09:08:35 PM »
I have long known that the shopping centre near my house was infested with SSs of the pedestrian variety. Note - there are safe walking routes to everywhere but they are sometimes not in a direct straight line between point A and point B. So there are often special snowflakes who would rather risk their lives or serious injury rather than walk an extra couple of hundred metres. Ironically many of these people are heading for the gym  ::) Anyway, I know this and always drive extra cautiously in those areas.

Yesterday took the cake though. There is a side entrance for cars, nowhere near any shops, not on the direct route from anywhere to anywhere, that is usually pedestrian free because there is honestly no reason for a pedestrian to go there. However special snowflake 1 decided that it would be a really good idea to stand IN the turning lane waiting to cross the road about 10 metres away from the actual pedestrian crossing lights. Naturally all the cars had to swing extra wide to avoid him. In doing so we then nearly hit special snowflake 2 who was walking up the OTHER side of the ramp (you know, the one for cars). There is a bend in the ramp and a concrete wall beside it so there was literally about 3 metres of visibility between this guy and the oncoming cars. I have to say I was really quite annoyed because my plans for the day definitely did NOT involve taking a human life and I'm not a fan of that particular type of nasty surprise.

I couldn't decide if it was day release from the local loony bin, some type of BIG scenario where adult bodies were secretly containing small children's brains, or a suicide pact, but something was definitely up...
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« Reply #14489 on: April 15, 2012, 09:44:53 PM »
One of the nearby towns has a good six/seven crosswalks going down Main Street, all clearly marked with paint and signs (some in the street). Twenty percent of people use them. I've seen people crossing the street five feet from a crosswalk, like that extra three steps was just too much for their little bodies to take. At one point someone actually glared at my sister when she stopped to avoid hitting them as they jaywalked past!  :o I can't speak for anywhere else but around here, you can't be charged for hitting someone who's jaywalking. 

So given, I'm gonna go with suicide cult.
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