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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23085 on: August 26, 2013, 01:33:21 PM »
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« Reply #23086 on: August 26, 2013, 01:42:10 PM »
Jerry Seinfeld had a rant about why he felt justified leaving his trash behind in the theater...he paid $7.50 (it's an old routine :-) ) for his ticket, the theater was making enough money, let them clean it up.

Except of course he wasn't hurting the theater owner one tiny bit, just adding one more little bit of aggravation to the lives of the minimum wage employees who have to clean up after his lazy, entitled millionaire butt.

If I drop the stuff, by mistake, then yeah, that is what the employees are paid for, though I feel pretty crummy that I've made their jobs harder. If I throw the stuff on the floor, or even LEAVE it there intentionally, I'm jist being a jerk.

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I don't see how leaving an empty popcorn bag on the floor of a theatre is making someone's job harder.  Their job is to clean up.  I could see how stepping on popcorn and grinding it into the carpet, or spilling soda, or leaving it wedged in your seat, could be an issue.  In fact, if everyone took their trash with them and was perfectly clean, there would be people losing their jobs because there would be nothing to clean up.

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« Reply #23087 on: August 26, 2013, 01:43:59 PM »
Their job is to take out the garbage and sweep, not pick up your trash. It's your job to throw out your own trash - empty or not.

ETA: I used to work in a theater. There is plenty of work for people to do without people deciding that they weren't going to pick up their own gargage and toss it. Seriously, every theater I've been to has trash receptacles at the bottom of the stairs and before you get out the door. You can't miss them!
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« Reply #23088 on: August 26, 2013, 02:03:19 PM »
I doubt they'd lose their job because people were throwing things away.  There's still kids who accidentally spill popcorn, candy or drinks.  Lord, I spilled so much popcorn as a kid that for a while I wasn't allowed to hold the bag.  And while parents might try to clean up what they can see there's only so much they can get to.  So there would still be stuff to clean up.

Not to mention, with as buttery and greasy as that popcorn can be and some theaters having a pump so you can add as little or as much butter as you want, some spills of popcorn might turn out to be messy even if someone does try to clean up after themselves.
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« Reply #23089 on: August 26, 2013, 03:22:26 PM »
Some customers seem to have the odd idea that people who work in stores or theatres or wherever will be standing around bored unless they (the customers) do something about it.  I seem to recall a story from NotAlwaysRight about a customer dumping a pile of newly-folded sweaters on the floor deliberately, then turning to the aghast clerk with a smile and saying "There, now you have something to do!".   :o

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« Reply #23090 on: August 26, 2013, 03:34:48 PM »
Some customers seem to have the odd idea that people who work in stores or theatres or wherever will be standing around bored unless they (the customers) do something about it.  I seem to recall a story from NotAlwaysRight about a customer dumping a pile of newly-folded sweaters on the floor deliberately, then turning to the aghast clerk with a smile and saying "There, now you have something to do!".   :o
Ooooh, I saw that one.  It burned me up.

It's not an issue of whether "It's their job" or not, it's an issue of common courtesy. Leaving your trash or messing up sweaters, either is extremely rude.
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« Reply #23091 on: August 26, 2013, 03:56:07 PM »
If I ran a business and some customer pulled that sweater-dump, the next thing getting dumped would be that customer's butt. Right onto the sidewalk. People do crap like that because they think they can get away with it. Perhaps some negative consequences would teach them better.

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« Reply #23092 on: August 26, 2013, 04:00:00 PM »
Yah, what many others have said. 

It may be "their job" to clean up the trash and spills, but it is never not rude to deliberately make a mess, whether it's by dumping your popcorn on the floor or the sweaters from the display. 

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« Reply #23093 on: August 26, 2013, 04:07:23 PM »
I went with my SIL to pick up the kids from school today. As we were picking up the kids  a father walks into my niece's room and says "What's this list all about, public school is supposed to be free. IF you want my kid to have this stuff --you blanket-blank pay for it!" Slammed the school supply list on the desk and walked out.
 
  Honestly, we spent less than $10 for the entire list buying on sales, the list is not that onerous - and if you can't afford it, you can go to one of the food kitchens show them that you can't and get free stuff.

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« Reply #23094 on: August 26, 2013, 04:12:25 PM »
I went with my SIL to pick up the kids from school today. As we were picking up the kids  a father walks into my niece's room and says "What's this list all about, public school is supposed to be free. IF you want my kid to have this stuff --you blanket-blank pay for it!" Slammed the school supply list on the desk and walked out.
 
  Honestly, we spent less than $10 for the entire list buying on sales, the list is not that onerous - and if you can't afford it, you can go to one of the food kitchens show them that you can't and get free stuff.

Where has he been for the last, oh, 20 years or so?
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« Reply #23095 on: August 26, 2013, 04:34:19 PM »
Heck, even in the Dark Ages, we started the year with school supplies.  I don't remember the teacher sending home a list; certainly it would have been a lot shorter (I'm pretty sure no one was expected to bring boxes of tissues, and hand sanitizer didn't exist.)  But we were expected to have pencils, notebook, eraser, crayons, etc. 

Come to think of it, there must of been some kind of list.  In first grade, I was supposed to have thick pencils for some reason.  The teacher kept telling me to use the fat pencils; my mother kept refusing to buy fat pencils because we had lots of regular pencils.  Why did they keep telling me instead of each other?   ??? 

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23096 on: August 26, 2013, 04:46:51 PM »
I work at a gas station. Today, a man threw his trash on the counter and politely informed me that now I had something to do.

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« Reply #23097 on: August 26, 2013, 04:52:34 PM »
Good grief, d_d!  That makes me stabby.

I'm old enough to remember when kids were given everything, school supply-wise.  That included pens, pencils, and a fresh new pack of crayons.  (Honestly, was there anything more wonderful than brand-new Crayola crayons, with the points all pointy and the paper un-ripped?  Siiiigh.)  But yeah, that hasn't been the case in my hometown for decades. 

I remember one year when our daughter's list included playing cards and dice.  I joked that the teacher must be planning to teach them how to gamble.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23098 on: August 26, 2013, 05:00:32 PM »
I went with my SIL to pick up the kids from school today. As we were picking up the kids  a father walks into my niece's room and says "What's this list all about, public school is supposed to be free. IF you want my kid to have this stuff --you blanket-blank pay for it!" Slammed the school supply list on the desk and walked out.
 
  Honestly, we spent less than $10 for the entire list buying on sales, the list is not that onerous - and if you can't afford it, you can go to one of the food kitchens show them that you can't and get free stuff.

This reminds me it only happened 2 years but when I asked for a school supply list i was told something to the effect "well we cant tell you , you must provide anything but we have a list of things parents may want to donate to the school for their child's use"  something like that.   I was surprised that the classrooms now have at least one scientific calculator per student , for their use.

I did feel bad for the (what looked like grandparents ) buying school supplies for their 7 year old granddaughter and son " Ok , pencils. Which type? Wow these are $4.99 a pack and you and need 4 packs ? *under breath and eye-roll* geez she's 7"

 *insert small vent*  I used to sometimes think the teacher went and looked at the sale prices and specifically and exactly described only items that were still full price the first weeks of school.   100 page spiral notebooks are $1.68-$2.68 , 70 page are 9-19 cents I've been buying school supplies for 14 years the 70 page ones are always almost free the 100 page are always full price. When you ask for 6 in different colors that's a difference of 6-12 dollars.  24 crayons 10 cents the 12 you asked for 2.49 , again every year same price ratio and so it went for all 20 or so items.   The first year I followed the list exactly I don't know why you asked for 12 crayons maybe 24 is just too many choices for 6 year olds maybe they kids with 24 crayons are mean to the kids with 12 I assumed you had a reason to specifically request the most expensive option. That's not to mention the 10 red , green and black pens of which I still have 9 red and 9 green (years after the first time red and green implements were requested) and he never once filled the entire 70 page notebook when you insisted on 100 pages.  Teachers please take the extra moments to say "6 colors suggested/exactly 6 colors must include green and yellow" or "crayons minimum 12 colors/exactly 12 colors" or suggest your school adds it to the downloadable supply lists.   

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23099 on: August 26, 2013, 05:07:07 PM »
Jerry Seinfeld had a rant about why he felt justified leaving his trash behind in the theater...he paid $7.50 (it's an old routine :-) ) for his ticket, the theater was making enough money, let them clean it up.

Except of course he wasn't hurting the theater owner one tiny bit, just adding one more little bit of aggravation to the lives of the minimum wage employees who have to clean up after his lazy, entitled millionaire butt.

If I drop the stuff, by mistake, then yeah, that is what the employees are paid for, though I feel pretty crummy that I've made their jobs harder. If I throw the stuff on the floor, or even LEAVE it there intentionally, I'm jist being a jerk.

Rob

I don't see how leaving an empty popcorn bag on the floor of a theatre is making someone's job harder.  Their job is to clean up.  I could see how stepping on popcorn and grinding it into the carpet, or spilling soda, or leaving it wedged in your seat, could be an issue.  In fact, if everyone took their trash with them and was perfectly clean, there would be people losing their jobs because there would be nothing to clean up.

Retail worker here. Actually, no. We wouldn't.

If you didn't leave trash around, we would be able to do other, more pleasant things. We would have more money - the company wouldn't spend half as much money on cleaning supplies or damaged stock, resulting in higher raises and bonuses (I think we lost close to a million dollars in shoplifting/customer damage last year in our store alone. And that comes out of OUR bonus, not the bosses). Since we would be doing more technical things, we would have more training and have a much better-looking resume if we wanted to go elsewhere.

And most important, I would never again reach into the back of a shelf and put my hand in someone's half-chewed leftover lunch. :( I'd be really happy with that!
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