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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20850 on: May 03, 2013, 10:41:32 PM »
She could have been told by her bosses that if she did she'd get fired.

And then every greedy lawyer in her state would be chasing after her to take her case to court.  I could see a HUGE lawsuit resulting from something like that.
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« Reply #20851 on: May 03, 2013, 11:06:54 PM »
She could have been told by her bosses that if she did she'd get fired.

And then every greedy lawyer in her state would be chasing after her to take her case to court.  I could see a HUGE lawsuit resulting from something like that.

Pretty hard to afford a lawyer on a retail wage.

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« Reply #20852 on: May 04, 2013, 01:52:12 AM »
She could have been told by her bosses that if she did she'd get fired.

And then every greedy lawyer in her state would be chasing after her to take her case to court.  I could see a HUGE lawsuit resulting from something like that.

Pretty hard to afford a lawyer on a retail wage.

Zero wages if she was fired. Lawsuits are a nice thought, but if you are poor and the rent is due you can't afford to lose your job and wait however many months (or years) for the court case to be resolved. Not to mention most employers who do this would lie and say you were fired for something else. Retail can be brutal sometimes.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20853 on: May 04, 2013, 06:40:01 AM »
Not sure if this is Special Snowflake, or just Special Stupidity.

In the Boston subways there a few doors that look like this:

http://www.turnstiles.us/pdf/MPT%2052-53%20-%20Tandum.pdf

Except they are really old and pointier. 

Someone decided to today to try to take his bicycle through one. He could have walked another few feet in any direction to stairs, but no, he had to go through there. At rush hour. (You're not supposed to bring bicycles on the train at rush hour anyway, so I'm not sure how he got away with it) When he got through the door, he would have had to bring the bike up an escalator since there were no stairs, which is also against the rules.

The bike was completely and totally jammed into the door.

By the time I got there, there were repairmen taking the door apart.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20854 on: May 04, 2013, 06:45:46 AM »
She could have been told by her bosses that if she did she'd get fired.

And then every greedy lawyer in her state would be chasing after her to take her case to court.  I could see a HUGE lawsuit resulting from something like that.

Pretty hard to afford a lawyer on a retail wage.

Zero wages if she was fired. Lawsuits are a nice thought, but if you are poor and the rent is due you can't afford to lose your job and wait however many months (or years) for the court case to be resolved. Not to mention most employers who do this would lie and say you were fired for something else. Retail can be brutal sometimes.

True, but there are enough shady lawyers that would take a case like that on contingency, and that's more what I was referring to.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20855 on: May 04, 2013, 08:08:00 AM »
A lot of lawyers will take cases with a good prospect on contingency, specially if the client can't afford to pay cash. It certainly isn't restricted to shady lawyers.

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« Reply #20856 on: May 04, 2013, 08:55:07 AM »
Sighting at the supermarket today.

I take my basket of 4 items to the "15 items or less" checkout. In front of me is a cart that obviously has more than 15 things in it. "Gosh," I say cheerfully to the guy with the cart. "That looks like more than 15 items."

I've done that before without a problem. Usually the person says something like "Oops! I didn't see the sign." and moves off. Sometimes the person just glares at me and moves off. I've een ha stotroe clerks thank me, because they are not allowed to say anything. Not this guy.

He starts counting items. "One, two three.." He stops when he gets to 20.  "Oh well, " he says to me. "We won't tell anyone."

"Actually," I replied "You are delaying me."

"But, see, some of these are multiples of the same thing, so they only count as one." (Even though, in this store, the clerk must scan each individual one.)  My stony gaze apparently convinces him that I'm not going to be very understanding, so he turns his attention to the clerk, regaling her with his tale of how this food would be used to provide lunch for a volunteer activity he was coordinating--congratulating himself several times on how he was "giving back to the community."

When it was my turn, the clerk apologized for the delay. I told her I understood that she was probably not allowed to say anything to customers about too many items, and that I hoped maybe my comments got to the guy.

"No," she said. "He does this all the time. He thinks that because he's a regular customer, the policies don't apply to him."





I'm not sure that saying, "You are delaying me," was appropriate at all.  No one is entitled to get in and out of the grocery store faster than anyone else, no matter how few groceries they have.  There might have been 15 people deep in the 10 items or less lane, after all.  You still have to wait like everybody else.  It's understandable being annoyed at someone thumbing his nose at the store's policy, but that's all he was guilty of.  It could be said that anyone in the store ahead of you in line is "delaying you." 

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20857 on: May 04, 2013, 09:44:16 AM »
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I'm not sure that saying, "You are delaying me," was appropriate at all.  No one is entitled to get in and out of the grocery store faster than anyone else, no matter how few groceries they have.  There might have been 15 people deep in the 10 items or less lane, after all.  You still have to wait like everybody else.  It's understandable being annoyed at someone thumbing his nose at the store's policy, but that's all he was guilty of.  It could be said that anyone in the store ahead of you in line is "delaying you."
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« Reply #20858 on: May 04, 2013, 09:44:57 AM »
There was a 17 year old kid in my state who, upon getting a yellow flag during his soccer/football game last weekend, argued with the ref. Not so special right? Everyone disagrees with the ref at times. Well, this kid really freaked out, PUNCHED the ref in the head, and put the ref into a coma, where the ref is currently in very critical condition.
http://www.ksl.com/index.php?sid=25027303&nid=148&title=family-says-soccer-referee-still-in-coma-from-players-punch

The kid is sitting in a detention center, waiting to be charged. Hasn't been determined the actual charges yet, or if he'll be charged as a minor or adult--it's all TBA at this point.

Meanwhile, the league has been issued warning by the school district that their utilization of the school fields may be revoked....not because of the attack on school grounds, but because they found garbage littering the fields after the game. Everything from water bottles to dirty diapers and beer cans. I consider anyone drinking beer on school grounds to be SS, as well as anyone who would leave a dirty diaper on the ground for someone else to pick up.
http://www.ksl.com/index.php?sid=25041667&nid=148&title=school-district-may-revoke-league-permit-after-referee-attack&fm=home_page&s_cid=featured-1

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20859 on: May 04, 2013, 10:41:33 AM »
There was a 17 year old kid in my state who, upon getting a yellow flag during his soccer/football game last weekend, argued with the ref. Not so special right? Everyone disagrees with the ref at times. Well, this kid really freaked out, PUNCHED the ref in the head, and put the ref into a coma, where the ref is currently in very critical condition.
http://www.ksl.com/index.php?sid=25027303&nid=148&title=family-says-soccer-referee-still-in-coma-from-players-punch

The kid is sitting in a detention center, waiting to be charged. Hasn't been determined the actual charges yet, or if he'll be charged as a minor or adult--it's all TBA at this point.

Meanwhile, the league has been issued warning by the school district that their utilization of the school fields may be revoked....not because of the attack on school grounds, but because they found garbage littering the fields after the game. Everything from water bottles to dirty diapers and beer cans. I consider anyone drinking beer on school grounds to be SS, as well as anyone who would leave a dirty diaper on the ground for someone else to pick up.
http://www.ksl.com/index.php?sid=25041667&nid=148&title=school-district-may-revoke-league-permit-after-referee-attack&fm=home_page&s_cid=featured-1

Honestly I don't think the district was out of line. The timing was unfortunate, and the addition to the letter poorly worded. I'm thinking it went like this.

Soccer field left a mess - someone calls league and ask them to clean up after themselves but still trying to be community building. THis happens several time. Finally TPTB are done with community building that is harming the students and teachers and order next time it happens tell them point blank to clean up their mess or they are out.

So the field is left a mess again - the secretary opens the letter already written and gets ready to print it out and send it.

Someone says - oh what about the referee, who was injured?
Secretary "What referee?
Someone (tells story)
Secretary guess I should add something

Honestly I think that if they cut off access because of 1 player acting violent - they would deserve to be critizied for ruining things for the other kids. But the league players and spectators leaving the area such a mess is a good reason for  cutting off access.

I don't know about Utah but in Texas the cigarette butts would be reason enough to revoke their access. It is illegal to have tobacco on school grounds at any time. I also sympathize with the school because 2nd grade is the first grade to have recess. At one point last year I was taking the sharps box from the science lab to recess to dispose of the beer bottle shards and used birth control. One of the local cops came by to eat with the kids and asked about the sharps box. We got increased patrols after that.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20860 on: May 04, 2013, 11:06:10 AM »


"Actually," I replied "You are delaying me.


I'm not sure that saying, "You are delaying me," was appropriate at all.  No one is entitled to get in and out of the grocery store faster than anyone else, no matter how few groceries they have.  There might have been 15 people deep in the 10 items or less lane, after all.  You still have to wait like everybody else.  It's understandable being annoyed at someone thumbing his nose at the store's policy, but that's all he was guilty of.  It could be said that anyone in the store ahead of you in line is "delaying you."

And I'm wondering--did your engaging him in conversation make it slower? i always hate when people decide to scold the person ahead of them, because the ARGUMENT or even the conversation then slows everything down even more.

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« Reply #20861 on: May 04, 2013, 11:42:57 AM »
Met a few SS's last night.  My 6 yr old DD and I went to the big screen outdoor area outside of the arena to watch the Pens-Islanders playoff game.  It is a great atmosphere, bands playing, lots of fun stuff going on.  Everyone brings their lawn chairs and sets up on a huge parking lot.  So DD and I get our spot, and set up.  Next to us in our row (everyone is respectful and it somehow seems like it is perfect rows) are 2 nice girls, behind us 4 older teen boys.  So when it starts, they show the players coming out and everyone stands and are waving our rally towels.  I am all of 5'3", the 6 year old is just a tiny thing.  So EVERYONE is standing and cheering and I feel a tap on my shoulder.  I turn around and it is some young lady who informs me she cannot see  ::) So I just give her a smile and go back to cheering.  When everyone is seated again, I casually turn to see where she is sitting...4 'rows' behind me!!!  So there is other people standing in front of her and I am blocking her view???  The kid behind me leaned forward and said she did the same thing to him!  So, you are at a free outdoor sporting event where people are going to be standing and you just start tapping on peoples shoulders to tell them to sit???  (btw, most people were on their feet through the game). 
The other incident happened at the lines for the port o' potties.  There was 3 HUGE line (for the different sections) and everyone was waiting patiently, chatting and watching the screen.  My DD and I were almost to our turn and 3 young ladies come sauntering up and attempt to slide in .  The woman in front of me, myself and the gentleman behind me all said the line is back there and pointed.  The one stomped her foot and whined but we have to gooo!  The lady in front of me says tough, so do we.  The whiner then decided to use language not really appropriate for the amount of kids standing there and told us she would do what she wanted.  Her friends were trying to sneak a little closer when a security guy came over and told them to go to the back of the line.  They stood there and argued !  I don't want to make any judgements but these girls looked like the kind that figure that because they are tanned, blonde, skinny and dressed with bits and pieces barely covered they can get what they want...they were wrong!

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« Reply #20862 on: May 04, 2013, 12:02:43 PM »
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I don't want to make any judgements but these girls looked like the kind that figure that because they are tanned, blonde, skinny and dressed with bits and pieces barely covered they can get what they want...they were wrong!

I think that is supposed to work with bartenders and drinks and cops and traffic tickets, not desperate people needing to use the bathroom....
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« Reply #20863 on: May 04, 2013, 02:39:42 PM »
DH's friend Sam is dating a very special snowflake, Jill. Jill is an inveterate speeder; she claims she simply can't help herself from driving waaaaaaay over the speed limit. She currently has 5 points on her license and it will be suspended if she gets one more. To reduce her points, she signed up for an online driver safety course. But she can't be bothered to actually take the course, so Sam is taking it for her.  :o

Hmmm.  I'd be tempted to tell on her.  "You know, this person has someone else taking their test for them, and I don't want to drive on the same road with them." 

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« Reply #20864 on: May 04, 2013, 02:55:16 PM »
This really belongs in the Brain Hurt thread but, since that no longer exists, I'll put it here.

Back in my library days, we had a request.  Someone wanted to write, 'Sorry about the broken leg.  Good luck, King Tut' on a friend's cast.  This was a cute idea but he wanted to write it in Egyptian hieroglyphs and I was supposed to tell him how to do it OVER THE PHONE!   :o  ???

'Okay, let's start.  Quail chick, dish, forearm, vulture, animal skin, face-forward human head, begin cartouche ...'

Because I don't read hieroglyphs,  this was total bushwah on my part but the request was absurd and I was feeling a bit frisky that day. 

At that point he decided that this was a bit more than he bargained for and hung up.

Sometimes, you can nail the SS people.   

     

I am sitting here regretting the fact that I am not, and can never hope to be, this awesome.

Love this.  The Bloom County comic strip had something similar:  Two young hackers had hacked their way into Pravda and changed the headline to "Gorbachev urges disarmament - immediate!  Unilateral! (or something like that.)  Since they didn't know Russian it came out "Gorbachev sings tractors - turnips!  But----cks!"