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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22380 on: July 22, 2013, 02:29:06 PM »
I've had people ask me to help them with things while buying groceries. I'm a very non-confrontational looking person, so I get people asking me for directions on the street and so on literally daily. It carries over into the supermarket. Last week a little old lady asked me if I could please help her read the label on this sauce because her eyes just weren't what they used to be. She was very polite and I was happy to help--I left the situation feeling better than when I went in. Now that is the way to do it.

The trouble with jokes is that, if it's a stranger, you don't know your audience, so it's hard to judge what's the best way to do it. Maybe it's just best to err on the side of caution and just ask politely if you don't want to search for a store employee a dozen times during your shopping trip.

As I said before, unless you made it very obvious that it was a joke, I would find it off-putting. And I'm hardly an extreme; I sit somewhere in the bulky part of the bell curve. A lot of people would certainly be offended much more easily by a stranger suddenly making a joke about them. Snowdragon has a good point about not making comments about people's appearances (e.g. how strong they look, even if in jest).

This is all very true!

Being 5'2" I've had to ask for help several times and, unfortunately, there are not always employees around to help. So I've asked for help on several occasions from other shoppers. I never joke except in one instance: if a man is with his wife I always talk to her and ask, "may I borrow your partner's height for a moment?" She and he will usually laugh then I direct my request to the male. Very nicely with many thank-you's. I've never had anyone be annoyed at me.

I've also asked tall women for help although if she was part of a couple I wouldn't feel the need to address the male partner.

I'm an equal opportunity favor-monger. :)

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« Reply #22381 on: July 22, 2013, 02:38:47 PM »
That's a good point, although the "You look strong" line was used on a 14 year old boy, and he did grin and help me.

So a joke is ok, depending on the audience, but definitely no more teasing when asking for help.

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« Reply #22382 on: July 22, 2013, 03:53:58 PM »
So I used to work for a Major American Airline. These are the two SS that really stood out. They both happened during a hurricane, I think it was Hurricane Irene.

First SS had requested a refund for his ticket since he wasn’t able to fly. Totally legit. No one has control over a hurricane; we issue a full refund, no problem. The problem was he wanted his money back NOW. He was not satisfied with the 3-5 business days, he needed that money back on his credit card IMMEDIATELY. I tried explaining that that was something he’d have to take up with his credit card company, and he could have been returning a shirt to Macy’s and it would still be 3-5 business days to get the charge taken off b/c that was industry standard. That was UNACCEPTABLE and he needed a supervisor NOW. I have no idea how that was resolved, but it’s not like we had any control over the credit card companies refund policies.

The other was a family that had been vacationing in Europe. Their flight back to NYC had been cancelled, so they were trying to reschedule. The problem was, there was nothing in to the NYC area. Which is really frustrating, it’s what we were dealing with all week since NYC got hit so hard. The SS came out when she played the doctor card. “Well, my husband and I are doctors with our own practices, and we need to get back to our patients!” I tried to be sympathetic. They volunteered to go through any European city. I finally had to flat out tell them, Look, it doesn’t matter what city you fly out of, I can’t get you into New York for the next week. There are no flights available into LaGuardia, JFK, Newark, White Plains, Albany, Boston, Providence, Philadelphia, nothing. She was Not Happy. But what did she want me to do? I can’t make another plane magically appear b/c she had an MD.

(I think we eventually manually forced the system to do a two-stop flight, connecting in one of the DC-area airports. A supervisor took care of that since it required us to basically write the fare up as if there was no computer. It was a long phone call.)

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22383 on: July 22, 2013, 04:32:14 PM »
This one from Not Always Right.

I give you fashionable SS

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« Reply #22384 on: July 22, 2013, 04:39:28 PM »
SS or not?  I know what I would have done if it was my child, but it wasn't my child.

Was at the Bullseye today and stopped for the usual popcorn and drink special on the way out.  There is a fountain drink machine and a 4-flavor Icee machine that has transparent rotating drums so you can see the color of the Icee, as well as written labels for each flavor..  Small child was at Icee machine who wanted mixed flavors and wants to mix her own.  She might have been too young to read, and definitely was too small to see the color of the mix.  She was almost too small to reach the handles, but she managed.  So she pulls each handle, allowing some of Icee (probably about a half-cup with each pull) to flow into the drain tray area.  She then proceeds to mix her drink.  Both parents were with her, and NEITHER made an effort to tell her the flavors, or what flavor was in each cylinder.  They just stood back and let her pull on the handles.  Before the child arrived, the drain area was clean.  After she mixed her Icee, it was a multi-colored mess.  I felt sorry for the cleanup crew. 

Should I have stopped them?  I admit I was a little shocked, but maybe I just have different values (I am not sure I COULD have stopped them, anyway).

I would have told the child what was in each, and let her do the mixing.  But that would have been me and my child.

Parents were SS.

A few weeks ago, we stopped at a local gas station/convenience store to get drinks. I noticed a young woman with two teenage girls. Each girl was sticking their fingers inside each nozzle of the Icee dispenser, then would lick their fingers and do it again. I immediately went to the manager and told her they had to be cleaned before any customer dispensed them. The young woman with the two girls was completely oblivious to what they were doing.  ::)

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« Reply #22385 on: July 22, 2013, 05:44:12 PM »
SS or not?  I know what I would have done if it was my child, but it wasn't my child.

Was at the Bullseye today and stopped for the usual popcorn and drink special on the way out.  There is a fountain drink machine and a 4-flavor Icee machine that has transparent rotating drums so you can see the color of the Icee, as well as written labels for each flavor..  Small child was at Icee machine who wanted mixed flavors and wants to mix her own.  She might have been too young to read, and definitely was too small to see the color of the mix.  She was almost too small to reach the handles, but she managed.  So she pulls each handle, allowing some of Icee (probably about a half-cup with each pull) to flow into the drain tray area.  She then proceeds to mix her drink.  Both parents were with her, and NEITHER made an effort to tell her the flavors, or what flavor was in each cylinder.  They just stood back and let her pull on the handles.  Before the child arrived, the drain area was clean.  After she mixed her Icee, it was a multi-colored mess.  I felt sorry for the cleanup crew. 

Should I have stopped them?  I admit I was a little shocked, but maybe I just have different values (I am not sure I COULD have stopped them, anyway).

I would have told the child what was in each, and let her do the mixing.  But that would have been me and my child.

Parents were SS.

A few weeks ago, we stopped at a local gas station/convenience store to get drinks. I noticed a young woman with two teenage girls. Each girl was sticking their fingers inside each nozzle of the Icee dispenser, then would lick their fingers and do it again. I immediately went to the manager and told her they had to be cleaned before any customer dispensed them. The young woman with the two girls was completely oblivious to what they were doing.  ::)

__Teenagers__ were doing this?!? Wow.  Gross. Ew.  And definitely old enough to know better.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22386 on: July 22, 2013, 08:10:19 PM »
This one from Not Always Right.

I give you fashionable SS

Oh wow. What is wrong with some people? how on earth do you schedule something, sell tickets and expect it to just happen magically?

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22387 on: July 22, 2013, 08:39:25 PM »
Alamo Drafthouse will kick you out for using your cell phone period

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1L3eeC2lJZs (language caution)


"Magnited State of America" >:D

One of the things I miss most (along with HEB grocery stores) about Austin. We went almost every week and I've seen them escort out unruly patrons.

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« Reply #22388 on: July 22, 2013, 09:00:21 PM »
Alamo Drafthouse will kick you out for using your cell phone period

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1L3eeC2lJZs (language caution)


"Magnited State of America" >:D

One of the things I miss most (along with HEB grocery stores) about Austin. We went almost every week and I've seen them escort out unruly patrons.

We got the first one outside of TX here.  I have to say they do seem to run a tight ship.  We went to see Despicable Me 2 last weekend - herds of kids, but the only sound I heard from the audience (other than laughter) after the movie started was "She's gonna say it!" and then "awww" when she did.  It enhanced the experience.

(If you've seen the movie, you will know what I mean.  Details omitted because it would be a spoiler)
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22389 on: July 23, 2013, 12:17:34 AM »
SS neighbor story about family friends (let's call them the Smiths): The Smiths have a pool, one of those screened hot tub gazebos and a  fence in their backyard. The Smiths have some odd neighbors behind them, the Green family.

Whenever the Smiths go swimming, the Greens parked themselves at the fence to watch. It was very creepy to the Smiths. Not to mention that the Greens had enough room in their yard / enough to entertain themselves with that this was unnecessary. After the Smiths put in the hot tub gazebo, the Greens put their outdoor glider right behind the gazebo, less than one foot from it. So the Smiths finally set up a barrier, in addition to the fence that was already there. Now the Greens are being vocal about it's unfair they don't a view into the Smith yard anymore.

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« Reply #22390 on: July 23, 2013, 12:21:45 AM »
SS neighbor story about family friends (let's call them the Smiths): The Smiths have a pool, one of those screened hot tub gazebos and a  fence in their backyard. The Smiths have some odd neighbors behind them, the Green family.

Whenever the Smiths go swimming, the Greens parked themselves at the fence to watch. It was very creepy to the Smiths. Not to mention that the Greens had enough room in their yard / enough to entertain themselves with that this was unnecessary. After the Smiths put in the hot tub gazebo, the Greens put their outdoor glider right behind the gazebo, less than one foot from it. So the Smiths finally set up a barrier, in addition to the fence that was already there. Now the Greens are being vocal about it's unfair they don't a view into the Smith yard anymore.
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« Reply #22391 on: July 23, 2013, 03:51:54 AM »
SS neighbor story about family friends (let's call them the Smiths): The Smiths have a pool, one of those screened hot tub gazebos and a  fence in their backyard. The Smiths have some odd neighbors behind them, the Green family.

Whenever the Smiths go swimming, the Greens parked themselves at the fence to watch. It was very creepy to the Smiths. Not to mention that the Greens had enough room in their yard / enough to entertain themselves with that this was unnecessary. After the Smiths put in the hot tub gazebo, the Greens put their outdoor glider right behind the gazebo, less than one foot from it. So the Smiths finally set up a barrier, in addition to the fence that was already there. Now the Greens are being vocal about it's unfair they don't a view into the Smith yard anymore.

Creepy. That's really weird.

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« Reply #22392 on: July 23, 2013, 11:10:44 AM »
SS neighbor story about family friends (let's call them the Smiths): The Smiths have a pool, one of those screened hot tub gazebos and a  fence in their backyard. The Smiths have some odd neighbors behind them, the Green family.

Whenever the Smiths go swimming, the Greens parked themselves at the fence to watch. It was very creepy to the Smiths. Not to mention that the Greens had enough room in their yard / enough to entertain themselves with that this was unnecessary. After the Smiths put in the hot tub gazebo, the Greens put their outdoor glider right behind the gazebo, less than one foot from it. So the Smiths finally set up a barrier, in addition to the fence that was already there. Now the Greens are being vocal about it's unfair they don't a view into the Smith yard anymore.

Creepy. That's really weird.

It is, but I'm betting they figured if they stared long enough, the Smiths would get tired and simply invite them over to partake in the pool, hot tub, etc. That's my theory anywya.

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« Reply #22393 on: July 23, 2013, 11:17:10 AM »
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Avid campers and backpackers who practice leave-no-trace ethics are running headlong into people who defile pristine areas.

Some people do not seem to know any better, come from a culture where this behavior is tolerated or simply choose not to do the right thing and do not fear enforcement from rangers or outrage by fellow campers.

The story is about people who have no problem leaving "used toilet paper, trash and human waste" along trails and in hike-in campsites.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22394 on: July 23, 2013, 11:20:17 AM »
SS neighbor story about family friends (let's call them the Smiths): The Smiths have a pool, one of those screened hot tub gazebos and a  fence in their backyard. The Smiths have some odd neighbors behind them, the Green family.

Whenever the Smiths go swimming, the Greens parked themselves at the fence to watch. It was very creepy to the Smiths. Not to mention that the Greens had enough room in their yard / enough to entertain themselves with that this was unnecessary. After the Smiths put in the hot tub gazebo, the Greens put their outdoor glider right behind the gazebo, less than one foot from it. So the Smiths finally set up a barrier, in addition to the fence that was already there. Now the Greens are being vocal about it's unfair they don't a view into the Smith yard anymore.

Creepy. That's really weird.

It is, but I'm betting they figured if they stared long enough, the Smiths would get tired and simply invite them over to partake in the pool, hot tub, etc. That's my theory anywya.

Yup, me too.  I wonder if they climb over the fence when the Smiths go on vacation.