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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22020 on: July 01, 2013, 12:29:34 PM »
I remember hearing a story years ago about a woman who went to a casino in California during the day and since children weren't allowed in, she left her small child in the car for hours, which of course was fatal for the child.  The woman, iirc, was charged and put in jail. 
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22021 on: July 01, 2013, 01:01:11 PM »
Something Bad has happened to Our Internet Service Provider that has caused internet and library catalogs to crash across the state.  It is not just Our Library.  It has been going on since Thursday.  We have no control over this.  So to our patrons who do not understand "no"  I would like to say:

1) The internet is down.
2) Yes, really.
3) No, we are not doing this to annoy you alone.
4) We really do not have the kind of time to pick on one person.  Seriously, cut it out.
5) I'm on because my computer hooks into the wifi, not all of them do.
6) I didn't do this so please stop yelling at me.
7) I don't know why it crashed.
 8) I don't know when it crashed, either.
9) I don't know when it will be back up.
10) Yes, we DID call the service provider.  They have been working on it since Thursday of last week.
11) Yes, really.
12) Please stop giving me the stink eye.  I am sorry you cannot access Farmville today, but I am not able to get to my own work.  Seriously, I am begging you to stop snarling at me.
13) Our service provider is in Other State.
14) No, other town's system is not working either.  As I just said, this is throughout the whole state.  It isn't just us.
15) Really.
16) Okay.  If you never use this library again, it will be fine with us.  Thank you for looking elsewhere.
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(B) the company they were working for was owned by a person leading the fight against the district's expansion in another town.


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Then in the spring the district  was hit with multiple Denial of Service attacks. Surprisingly it was fairly easy to get the technophobes on campus to understand that one. We told them it was like when a boy had a crush on your daughter and didn't want him talking to another boy on the phone. So crush boy got a couple of friends and they kept making hang up calls to your daughter's phone to keep her phone engaged. That way other boy got a busy signal. Except instead of 3 boys, it was hundred of thousands of bot programs hitting the school district's servers. 
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22022 on: July 01, 2013, 01:15:10 PM »
I contacted my local police substation to see if they will do hourly patrols of our apartment complex on the 4th starting at sunset. We are hoping to avoid the celebratory gunfire this time.

Gunfire?  Wow...
Yep. Idiots think that since they're lacking fireworks, the best way to celebrate is to fire guns into the air.  A little girl was killed by a falling bullet on New Year's Eve, here in Baltimore.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22023 on: July 01, 2013, 01:29:53 PM »
Special Snowflake at the library:

During the summer, our town library usually closes at 1 pm, instead of staying open until 5. This week, with the 4th of July holiday on Thursday, the library is closed Thursday, Friday and Saturday, as well as closing as usual on Sunday. Our library staff is getting a long weekend. There have been signs up in the library for the past three weeks about the closing. There have been at least two emails that I've seen announcing the closing. The library's website has the closing in big red letters on the home page.

So I went to the library today to stock up on fun things to read for the next week or so. While waiting in line to check the books out, I overhead the following conversation.

Patron: That sign says you are closed this week?
Library staff: Yes, We will be closed on the 4th, as well as Friday and Saturday.
P: You can't do that.
LS: The decision was made by the mayor and the City Council--all city offices are closed those days.
P: Well, you will need to open the children's room. This is outrageous! What am I going to do with my kids on Saturday?
LS: The City has a lot of activities going on this weekend. There's a brochure on that table over there. There are a lot of kids' activities at the Children's Museum, there's a special walking tour of downtown, the pool is open extra hours.
P: No. I need the library open on Saturday so you can watch my kids. I can't take them to those stupid activities.  I have to work. It's bad enough you close at one, so my mother has to come and pick them up early.

Sure, the city will open the building, pay the utilities, pay the staff, and pay the security people, so you can have free child care on Saturday morning. 
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22024 on: July 01, 2013, 02:23:10 PM »
I contacted my local police substation to see if they will do hourly patrols of our apartment complex on the 4th starting at sunset. We are hoping to avoid the celebratory gunfire this time.

Gunfire?  Wow...
Yep. Idiots think that since they're lacking fireworks, the best way to celebrate is to fire guns into the air.  A little girl was killed by a falling bullet on New Year's Eve, here in Baltimore.

I'm leaving my neighborhood for the 4th.  The idiots in my neighborhood like to set off fireworks in the alleys and across the street in a large park

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22025 on: July 01, 2013, 02:26:01 PM »
I remember hearing a story years ago about a woman who went to a casino in California during the day and since children weren't allowed in, she left her small child in the car for hours, which of course was fatal for the child.  The woman, iirc, was charged and put in jail.

A friend of mine used to work at a casino. She had to call the cops when, very late at night, a little boy in his jammies wandered in to the casino, crying for his mommy. "Mom" had apparently waited til kid was sleeping, put him in the car, drove to the casino, and left him sleeping in her vehicle in the parking lot so she could gamble.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22026 on: July 01, 2013, 02:37:08 PM »
Years ago, my dad bought me a contraption to keep in the car[...]

I read that as "contraception to keep in the car" and was very confused for a moment.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22027 on: July 01, 2013, 02:50:00 PM »
I remember hearing a story years ago about a woman who went to a casino in California during the day and since children weren't allowed in, she left her small child in the car for hours, which of course was fatal for the child.  The woman, iirc, was charged and put in jail.

A friend of mine used to work at a casino. She had to call the cops when, very late at night, a little boy in his jammies wandered in to the casino, crying for his mommy. "Mom" had apparently waited til kid was sleeping, put him in the car, drove to the casino, and left him sleeping in her vehicle in the parking lot so she could gamble.

Wasn't going to post, but during my one and only visit to a casino, I was horrified by the rows of occupied and unattended strollers and baby carriages lining the walls and hallways.  Seriously, you couldn't find a baby sitter?  Or better yet, couldn't just stay home?  I don't mean to sound judgy and self righteous, but gee-mah-nee!

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22028 on: July 01, 2013, 03:14:27 PM »
Years ago, my dad bought me a contraption to keep in the car[...]

I read that as "contraception to keep in the car" and was very confused for a moment.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22029 on: July 01, 2013, 03:57:00 PM »
I remember hearing a story years ago about a woman who went to a casino in California during the day and since children weren't allowed in, she left her small child in the car for hours, which of course was fatal for the child.  The woman, iirc, was charged and put in jail.

A friend of mine used to work at a casino. She had to call the cops when, very late at night, a little boy in his jammies wandered in to the casino, crying for his mommy. "Mom" had apparently waited til kid was sleeping, put him in the car, drove to the casino, and left him sleeping in her vehicle in the parking lot so she could gamble.

Wasn't going to post, but during my one and only visit to a casino, I was horrified by the rows of occupied and unattended strollers and baby carriages lining the walls and hallways.  Seriously, you couldn't find a baby sitter?  Or better yet, couldn't just stay home?  I don't mean to sound judgy and self righteous, but gee-mah-nee!

This became a big problem in my state when a casino opened. First, they found children left in cars. Once that was prohibited, the kids would be left in the hallways of the casinos, because they aren't allowing in the rooms where gambling is going on.

The casino is now the big venue for a lot of shows, and I've been there and seen small children left sitting on the hall floor, with a coloring book. But now you can report the child to the casino staff, who take the child and put him/her in their child care facility. And the parent has to pay whatever the per hour fee is to get their child back.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22030 on: July 01, 2013, 05:08:04 PM »
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This became a big problem in my state when a casino opened. First, they found children left in cars. Once that was prohibited, the kids would be left in the hallways of the casinos, because they aren't allowing in the rooms where gambling is going on.

Every time parents do that, I think of poor Sherrice Iverson's death  :(   

*graphic child death warning*
http://articles.latimes.com/1997-05-28/news/mn-63101_1_casino-surveillance
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22031 on: July 01, 2013, 05:21:39 PM »
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This became a big problem in my state when a casino opened. First, they found children left in cars. Once that was prohibited, the kids would be left in the hallways of the casinos, because they aren't allowing in the rooms where gambling is going on.

Every time parents do that, I think of poor Sherrice Iverson's death  :(   

*graphic child death warning*
http://articles.latimes.com/1997-05-28/news/mn-63101_1_casino-surveillance

Is there an update to that?  Did they find those men?
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22032 on: July 01, 2013, 05:30:15 PM »
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This became a big problem in my state when a casino opened. First, they found children left in cars. Once that was prohibited, the kids would be left in the hallways of the casinos, because they aren't allowing in the rooms where gambling is going on.

Every time parents do that, I think of poor Sherrice Iverson's death  :(   

*graphic child death warning*
http://articles.latimes.com/1997-05-28/news/mn-63101_1_casino-surveillance

Is there an update to that?  Did they find those men?
They did (warning, trigger-y), the NYT did a series of articles on it:
http://topics.nytimes.com/topics/reference/timestopics/people/i/sherrice_iverson/index.html

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22033 on: July 01, 2013, 05:32:24 PM »
One of the very first calls my husband did as a paramedic student was to a baby left....

In a locker at a subway stop outside a casino. Other people walking past heard faint and weak crying- the fire department had to break the locker and the baby was badly dehydrated and soiled, but otherwise apparently unharmed.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22034 on: July 01, 2013, 05:40:32 PM »
Here's an example of how awareness has changed:  I'm on a 70's TV kick, and one of my shows is 'Emergency!', which follows LA paramedics on their calls.  In one case, they're called to a mall parking lot because people see a young child, who appears to be unconcious, in the back seat of a locked car.  The paramedics break open the window and pull the child out, just as the mother comes running out of the beauty salon.  She abuses the paramedics pretty thoroughly for breaking the car window and 'scaring' her child, who was just sleeping.  The bystanders join in, and the paramedics slink away.

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