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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24150 on: October 31, 2013, 02:50:58 AM »
For those talking about getting the attention of deaf people - waving your hand or stepping into the line of vision is a good way to politely 'interrupt' a conversation or to get attention.  Stomping on the floor is useful too... unless you're on concrete.   When I worked in a deli (more "behind the scenes" than front work) my supervisor got a few complaints from other people about how I was ignoring them.  That stopped as soon as she pointed out that I'm deaf and they need to change how they get my attention.  One guy took to sliding the little metal mixing bowls down the length of the stainless steel workbench.  Before I left that job, we were talking about getting a sort of pager system set up for the occasions when customers needed my attention on the other side of the wall (out of line of vision).   

The real problem is just that it's just not a visible issue, compared to say, a broken leg. (I recently got silver aids with purple ear molds.  People STILL fail to see them!)

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« Reply #24151 on: October 31, 2013, 06:54:28 AM »
I've seen the other side of that- where I used to work we had a lovely deaf lady on staff. Customers who come up and compain about her sometimes- "I tried to get that lady to help me and she ignored me!"

"Did she look like (described co-worker)."

"Yes!"

"Oh, she's deaf, if she can't see you, she won't notice you trying to flag her down."

The looks people would get when they realized were priceless.

This just reminded me of something I didn't even realize I do until Partner pointed it out to me! I have two friends who are deaf (one only in one ear but her hearing in the other isn't so great), because of being around them whenever I'm trying to get someone's attention, I try to walk into their line of vision rather then just coming up behind them or hollaring at them.

Honestly, I think that's more polite anyway.

Speaking as someone with decent hearing who often gets absorbed in what she's doing (or is listening to podcasts, heh) I certainly prefer it to being startled out of my wits!
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24152 on: October 31, 2013, 07:21:26 AM »
Well, when house hunting, we did happen to come across one house with a shower and toilet in a den, and the real estate agent explained that the seller's wife had been very depressed and didn't want to leave that room so they put in some plumbing so she could at least maintain some personal hygiene.

Like....just out in the open? Would it have been easy to build walls around it to make a real bathroom?

Well I guess, but they were pretty much in the open.  It's been years since then but I think there were at least doors separating this room from the rest of the house, but other than a shower curtain, there really wasn't much to divide the utilities from the rest of the room.

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« Reply #24153 on: October 31, 2013, 10:04:45 AM »
This guy comes up behind me, grabs my elbow- nearly made me drop my phone - and when I whipped around, he says, "Since you refuse to say hello, the least you can do is come over and look at my lotions! You could really use some!"  I came very, very close to hitting him, and I could certainly make an argument for legally being able to do so. 

I'd have hit him and then called the cops on him.  I have no tolerance for people intentionally touching me without my consent.  Grabbing someone from behind is a great way to get hurt (or killed, depending on the circumstances).

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« Reply #24154 on: October 31, 2013, 10:25:52 AM »
A very stupid snowflake took a flying run from the local hs into bumper to bumper traffic on the main road. He's very lucky nobody's car killed him :o It's especially messed up because recently *death warning* a student a few miles away had been hit by two different cars, in an area where students often unsafely ran into the streets

I just ran into a news article the other day about a kid who ran into the street and got hit by a car (hit and run) on his 7th birthday (he survived and was fine, barely injured).  The news article was focused on the horrible driver, the "bad man," etc.  I saw the security footage they're posting.  The kid came *running* full out into the road from behind a parked car!  I have no idea if the driver was going over the speed limit, and obviously he should have stopped (although, given that the boy's injuries mostly amounted to his foot being run over, it's *possible* that the driver didn't even see the boy/realize he was hit), but really, I think the boy and his family are kind of special snowflakes for putting all the blame on the driver, when, unless the driver was really speeding, the boy seems mostly at fault.  And, seriously?  I have a 6-year-old.  What was the boy *thinking* to run out into traffic like that?  Hadn't his parents taught him about that?  I can't imagine my 6-year-old *ever* just deciding it was a really fun thing to bolt out into traffic.  Nor the 5-year-old, either!

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« Reply #24155 on: October 31, 2013, 10:33:29 AM »
@ Mommy Penguin

In the city where I attended university, if you (general you) run out into traffic or are otherwise improperly crossing the road (against the light, not at a crosswalk, etc) and get hit by a car... you would be the one to get a ticket, even if you were injured.  The driver of the car, as long as they weren't doing anything illegal like speeding, would have no consequences. 

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« Reply #24156 on: October 31, 2013, 10:54:14 AM »
A very stupid snowflake took a flying run from the local hs into bumper to bumper traffic on the main road. He's very lucky nobody's car killed him :o It's especially messed up because recently *death warning* a student a few miles away had been hit by two different cars, in an area where students often unsafely ran into the streets


I just ran into a news article the other day about a kid who ran into the street and got hit by a car (hit and run) on his 7th birthday (he survived and was fine, barely injured).  The news article was focused on the horrible driver, the "bad man," etc.  I saw the security footage they're posting.  The kid came *running* full out into the road from behind a parked car!  I have no idea if the driver was going over the speed limit, and obviously he should have stopped (although, given that the boy's injuries mostly amounted to his foot being run over, it's *possible* that the driver didn't even see the boy/realize he was hit), but really, I think the boy and his family are kind of special snowflakes for putting all the blame on the driver, when, unless the driver was really speeding, the boy seems mostly at fault.  And, seriously?  I have a 6-year-old.  What was the boy *thinking* to run out into traffic like that?  Hadn't his parents taught him about that?  I can't imagine my 6-year-old *ever* just deciding it was a really fun thing to bolt out into traffic.  Nor the 5-year-old, either!

Mother  Penguin - perhaps the kid's parents are like the lady who just moved into my mother's cul de sac.  Mom was driving down her street (barely a block so probably 20 mph) and one of the new kids comes zipping out.  Mom commented to the new lady and the lady told my mom that "well, my kids have the right away"  When my mother mentioned that this is the road, the lady still said that her kids have the right away and cars shoudl watch for THEM.    For some reason, she is teaching these children that they have the "pedestrian right away" in all situtations.  Yeah, my mother was not impressed. 

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24157 on: October 31, 2013, 10:56:58 AM »
@ Mommy Penguin

In the city where I attended university, if you (general you) run out into traffic or are otherwise improperly crossing the road (against the light, not at a crosswalk, etc) and get hit by a car... you would be the one to get a ticket, even if you were injured.  The driver of the car, as long as they weren't doing anything illegal like speeding, would have no consequences.

Except for the horrible nightmares from severely injuring or killing someone.  I always feel sorry for truckers who end up killing someone because that someone does something stupid like backing up in the live lanes of the freeway.  Even though they managed to only kill the person winning the Darwin Award, it must be horrible for those poor guys (and gals) to live with.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24158 on: October 31, 2013, 10:59:05 AM »
In Santa Rosa recently, a 13-year old boy had a toy AK-47 (with orange tip removed) and pointed it at a police officer.  The police officer shot him dead.  Now, a great many people are protesting and "demanding justice" for this kid. 

The kicker was that a passing driver saw the kid with the gun, rolled down the window, and told him to put it away because there was a police car coming.

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« Reply #24159 on: October 31, 2013, 11:05:35 AM »
@ Mommy Penguin

In the city where I attended university, if you (general you) run out into traffic or are otherwise improperly crossing the road (against the light, not at a crosswalk, etc) and get hit by a car... you would be the one to get a ticket, even if you were injured.  The driver of the car, as long as they weren't doing anything illegal like speeding, would have no consequences.

Except for the horrible nightmares from severely injuring or killing someone. I always feel sorry for truckers who end up killing someone because that someone does something stupid like backing up in the live lanes of the freeway.  Even though they managed to only kill the person winning the Darwin Award, it must be horrible for those poor guys (and gals) to live with.

I have a good friend who's a trucker who just went through this, though in this case the other driver was trying to get hit by a truck.  He doesn't actually know if the other driver eventually survived (he was alive but with severe head and chest trauma when he was transported from the scene).  That was two weeks ago.  My friend is driving again, but he's still an emotional wreck.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24160 on: October 31, 2013, 11:10:45 AM »
A singer out on tour in a bus (living quarters while being driven from place to place) was in one of these accidents and the man was killed by the bus.

The singer has apologized to the family - but the news article did mention that it was dark and the man was wearing dark clothing when HE walked in front of the bus.  I haven't seen a follow up as to whether the guy was drunk or what else might have contributed to the accident.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24161 on: October 31, 2013, 11:43:38 AM »
People in dark clothing have NO idea how invisible they are to someone in a car. Esp. in NYC, where few people drive, we think of the streets as being "well lit" (and they are--but...you're wearing black), pedestrians impinge on the roadway all the time, and everybody wears black.

I didn't realize it until *I* was driving in NYC.

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« Reply #24162 on: October 31, 2013, 11:44:17 AM »
^^If it is the incident I heard about, the victim was arrested previously for walking down the middle of the road.  Impeding traffic, I think the charge was.  I feel badly for the singer and the driver of the bus.  Not exactly the kind of publicity you want.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24163 on: October 31, 2013, 12:24:12 PM »
In Santa Rosa recently, a 13-year old boy had a toy AK-47 (with orange tip removed) and pointed it at a police officer.  The police officer shot him dead.  Now, a great many people are protesting and "demanding justice" for this kid. 

The kicker was that a passing driver saw the kid with the gun, rolled down the window, and told him to put it away because there was a police car coming.

I saw that article... the second kicker is that the kid also ignored the officers yelling at him to drop the gun.

I feel sorry for the officers.  The kid, not so much.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24164 on: October 31, 2013, 01:30:54 PM »
We have kids who live nearby and are really, really stupid about riding their bikes into the street.  See, ours is a through street with a great deal of curb parking and traffic due to the fact that there's a popular ice cream shop across the street and a lot of trucks go up and down this street as well.  And not everyone does the speed limit. 

I live right next to an alley and the kids would set up a ramp for their stunt bikes and without even looking for oncoming traffic (hard to do anyway with cars and houses) they'd ride their bikes off the ramp and into the street or they'd just go forth without looking for traffic at all.

Another neighbor gave them a lecture about it but it didn't stop them.  I'm not hoping they'll get hurt, but I'm sure one day it will happen and I would not be surprised if the kids whine "But we're just kids!! Bikes have the right of way!"

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