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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25020 on: January 12, 2014, 06:07:58 PM »
I've been reading ehell for years but never ran across a movie theater SS--until yesterday.

I took DD to Frozen for the second time. The theater was surprisingly busy, considering how long the film has been out. Anyhow, it was pretty packed. A couple with three kids sat behind us. The mom bickered with the two older kids about passing popcorn, getting situated, etc., which was a little annoying as they'd arrived right as the previews started to roll. Then she and the husband discussed some of the movie previews, loud enough for me to hear them. But ok, the movie hadn't started yet.

Their youngest was older than a baby, but not quite a toddler--probably 18 months or so. He sat on Dad's knee for the first half of the movie, and was kind of noisy. Again, ok, it's a kid's movie, and happy baby noises are fine. But both his parents started asking him questions that they expected him to respond to, and cooed at him when he did..."What noise do horsies make?" "Oooh, isn't her dress pretty?" "Can you say snow? Yes, snow! Aww, so cute!"

So about 2/3 of the way through the movie, I heard the mom say, "Someone has poopy pants!" My first thought was, "Great! I'll get a few minutes of quiet." Then I heard velcro ripping, and look over to see the baby standing with his face 5 inches from my DD's head. This made him extra excited, and he started squealing and shouting. Yup. Mom is changing his diaper in the middle of the packed movie theater.  :o

When the movie ended, the mom burst in to song during the credits. I couldn't help but think of the poster with the tap-dancing MIL.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25021 on: January 12, 2014, 06:11:14 PM »
Last night while leaving a restaurant, I came across three SS's.  They were walking three abreast down the sidewalk, taking up all available space, and refused to make room for my DH and I until the very last minute, with much grumbling about "people who won't move out of the way".

It bothers me greatly when people come up out of the Subway and stop dead right at the head of the stairs.  There's plenty to move aside and let others get past.  Do it!
Or stop right In front of escalators

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25022 on: January 12, 2014, 06:48:34 PM »
Last night while leaving a restaurant, I came across three SS's.  They were walking three abreast down the sidewalk, taking up all available space, and refused to make room for my DH and I until the very last minute, with much grumbling about "people who won't move out of the way".

It bothers me greatly when people come up out of the Subway and stop dead right at the head of the stairs.  There's plenty to move aside and let others get past.  Do it!
Or stop right In front of escalators

When Loren and Brett were little but big enough to get on and off escalators by themselves, I would pick a target past the end of the escalators and tell them to get off and walk to that thing. Well I had had them during the day for the better part of a week and we had been to a bunch of places with escalators. Then BIL took them some place that weekend with escalators they hit the landing area and walked several feet to the nearest large object (A fountain I think he said). He wasn't expecting it - and thought they were just taking off. Loren told something to the effect of but Aunt Kimbie said to walk away from escalators so the people behind you don't trip over you. He was find with it after he realized they weren't just taking off - but said "You teach my kids the craziest things" (Said in good humor). (Sis recongized it when he told her because our dad did the same thing)
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25023 on: January 12, 2014, 07:32:20 PM »
Last night while leaving a restaurant, I came across three SS's.  They were walking three abreast down the sidewalk, taking up all available space, and refused to make room for my DH and I until the very last minute, with much grumbling about "people who won't move out of the way".

It bothers me greatly when people come up out of the Subway and stop dead right at the head of the stairs.  There's plenty to move aside and let others get past.  Do it!
Or stop right In front of escalators

I confess: I gently pushed someone who did that once. It was Macy's Herald Square, in the holiday rush. And the escalators were PACKED. And this party of people (whom I suspect were tourists, or near-tourists, by their gawking and indecision) stopped right--I mean RIGHT--off the escalators. The man was directly in front of me, and the step was pushing me onto the floor.

There wasn't time for me to say, "Excuse me," and have him (1) realize someone was talking to him; (2) stop his sentence to his companion; (3) turn around and say, "yes?"; and then for me to say (4) "could you keep going? Someone's going to get hurt."

I put my hand out into the small of his back and just kept moving forward at the escalator's pace, pressing gently. He responded to that immediately by moving, and then turned, and THEN I smiled and said, "I'm sorry, it's crowded," and kept moving out of the way.

Rude, yes, but safety trumps etiquette. We could have had a lot of injured people, because that elevator was totally packed, and there were *three* of them, and there was no way for me to get around them at all.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25024 on: January 12, 2014, 07:44:32 PM »
The SS woman who kept a cigarette in her mouth the entire time she shopped at local warehouse club. Smoking is not allowed inside any business but a bar in my state. I had a few double takes as I passed by her.


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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25025 on: January 12, 2014, 08:09:52 PM »

I confess: I gently pushed someone who did that once. It was Macy's Herald Square, in the holiday rush. And the escalators were PACKED. And this party of people (whom I suspect were tourists, or near-tourists, by their gawking and indecision) stopped right--I mean RIGHT--off the escalators. The man was directly in front of me, and the step was pushing me onto the floor.

There wasn't time for me to say, "Excuse me," and have him (1) realize someone was talking to him; (2) stop his sentence to his companion; (3) turn around and say, "yes?"; and then for me to say (4) "could you keep going? Someone's going to get hurt."

I put my hand out into the small of his back and just kept moving forward at the escalator's pace, pressing gently. He responded to that immediately by moving, and then turned, and THEN I smiled and said, "I'm sorry, it's crowded," and kept moving out of the way.

Rude, yes, but safety trumps etiquette. We could have had a lot of injured people, because that elevator was totally packed, and there were *three* of them, and there was no way for me to get around them at all.
I've done the same. I also use a similar tactic to protect my feet. I always wear pretty solid shoes, but even with that protection getting stepped on can cause painful fissuring because of my skin condition. My parents taught me to put my forearm in front of me palm towards me in crowded situations. If someone "gets in my box" I use that arm to define my space. Usually it is someone backing up, and technically I don't touch/push them the pressure is caused by them backing into me.  I just apologize saying I that I have a "problem with my feet". I can't remember anyone getting upset. I think the key is using the back of my hand not the palm. Back of hand = they ran into me. Palm = me touching them in most people's minds.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25026 on: January 12, 2014, 11:55:40 PM »
I'm going to nominate a recent patron at my library. A large percentage of our patrons are coughing and sniffling these days, which is fine. People have to live their lives even when they're sick. This woman took it to a new level, though. She was coughing and sneezing as she came up to the desk, and told my colleague, unasked, that the entire senior living facility where she resides has been quarantined because of the flu.

My colleague, after a moment, asked, "Then why are you here?"

"Oh, they had to let me out for a doctor's appointment."

Apparently she thought that was the perfect time to do some errands, including a trip to a public building where an extremely large percentage of the patrons fit into the "high risk" category for flu by being very old or very young.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25027 on: January 13, 2014, 12:26:17 AM »
Reminds me of when I worked at the library and we had a little boy come in and ask to use the computers--during the school day.  We'll call the truant officer over non-homeschoolers who are at the library during school hours, plus this boy was very young to be at the library by himself.  The librarian asked him why he was there, and he said that his father had dropped him off after they'd been to the doctor's office.  The father was not in the library.  So she asked the boy for his father's cell phone number and called the father.  Turns out that the father had taken the boy to the doctor's, and the doctor had said that the boy was contagious and should not go back to school.  The father, however, had to go to work and couldn't take the boy, so he figured the boy could stay at the library until he was off work.  The disease?  Ringworm.  And, of course, he'd been using the computer.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25028 on: January 13, 2014, 12:31:35 AM »
And the sign saga gets worse...

My sister (let's call her Nell, for simplicity's sake) woke up this morning to find that the neighbor (who we'll call, oh, Jerk) has been at the sign he was trying to remove again while she was sleeping. Now it's completely lying on the ground, the metal pole - one of those perforated ones that resembles a sort of sideways U-shape, like you generally see stop signs and the like on - either having been uprooted or broken off, I'm not entirely sure which but most likely the latter. It was sticking out a good ways into the road, but Nell managed to get the rather heavy sign completely onto the sidewalk and then promptly called the police again to give them an update.

The police are Very Not Happy, as might be expected, and as Jerk managed to completely knock down the sign, I believe they can now go after him for actually removing it, rather than just having the intent to.

It also turns out that Nell is not the only person Jerk is inconveniencing by trying to find new places for his junkers. The neighbor on Jerk's other side, who we'll call May, has no place to park her own vehicle because Jerk has taken up all the curb space in front of her house, and her driveway on the side is quite frankly not even worthy of being called a driveway, being perhaps only large enough for two bicycles side by side. May, unlike Nell, does not shy away from telling people exactly what she thinks of them, and she has repeatedly confronted Jerk about taking her parking spaces. The last time she did, Jerk laughed in her face and then got his younger brother (Grump) to threaten May every time she dared leave her house for a few weeks. May did call the police on Grump, but basically all they did was come out, tell him "stop that" and then left again, at which point May decided it just wasn't worth it and stopped trying to confront Jerk.

Now Nell's new husband (Jules) has offered to try and talk Jerk over in an attempt to get him to at least leave the signs alone. I don't think this will end well. :-\
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25029 on: January 13, 2014, 08:59:36 AM »


That's how it is in my state too: the car that gets there first has right of way.  If two cars arrive at the same time, THEN the one going straight has right of way.

I thought it was that way everywhere.  I guess when I drive in other states, I may be disobeying the local laws!

Me too. It's that way in Kentucky. When both drivers have a stop sign, the person who was there first, goes first. I've never heard of the law being different. Guess it's a good reminder to brush up on out-of-state laws if I'm visiting a place I'm unfamiliar with.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25030 on: January 13, 2014, 09:58:19 AM »
And the sign saga gets worse...

My sister (let's call her Nell, for simplicity's sake) woke up this morning to find that the neighbor (who we'll call, oh, Jerk) has been at the sign he was trying to remove again while she was sleeping. Now it's completely lying on the ground, the metal pole - one of those perforated ones that resembles a sort of sideways U-shape, like you generally see stop signs and the like on - either having been uprooted or broken off, I'm not entirely sure which but most likely the latter. It was sticking out a good ways into the road, but Nell managed to get the rather heavy sign completely onto the sidewalk and then promptly called the police again to give them an update.

The police are Very Not Happy, as might be expected, and as Jerk managed to completely knock down the sign, I believe they can now go after him for actually removing it, rather than just having the intent to.

It also turns out that Nell is not the only person Jerk is inconveniencing by trying to find new places for his junkers. The neighbor on Jerk's other side, who we'll call May, has no place to park her own vehicle because Jerk has taken up all the curb space in front of her house, and her driveway on the side is quite frankly not even worthy of being called a driveway, being perhaps only large enough for two bicycles side by side. May, unlike Nell, does not shy away from telling people exactly what she thinks of them, and she has repeatedly confronted Jerk about taking her parking spaces. The last time she did, Jerk laughed in her face and then got his younger brother (Grump) to threaten May every time she dared leave her house for a few weeks. May did call the police on Grump, but basically all they did was come out, tell him "stop that" and then left again, at which point May decided it just wasn't worth it and stopped trying to confront Jerk.

Now Nell's new husband (Jules) has offered to try and talk Jerk over in an attempt to get him to at least leave the signs alone. I don't think this will end well. :-\

Wow. I finally gave in last week and got my handicapped tag.  If someone was going to this much trouble to steal a parking space that I needed and was legally set up for my use I would not be a nice person about it at all.

Then again, I have wireless webcams that can be set up (had to get them because of crazy neighbor) and would have probably got him on film by now.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25031 on: January 13, 2014, 10:22:37 AM »
I'm going to nominate a recent patron at my library. A large percentage of our patrons are coughing and sniffling these days, which is fine. People have to live their lives even when they're sick. This woman took it to a new level, though. She was coughing and sneezing as she came up to the desk, and told my colleague, unasked, that the entire senior living facility where she resides has been quarantined because of the flu.

My colleague, after a moment, asked, "Then why are you here?"

"Oh, they had to let me out for a doctor's appointment."

Apparently she thought that was the perfect time to do some errands, including a trip to a public building where an extremely large percentage of the patrons fit into the "high risk" category for flu by being very old or very young.

I would have absolutely lost it at that lady.  My LO is barely 6 months old (aka, has only been eligible to get a flu shot for a few days, and her next appointment isn't until next week), and my local library has a program that I could have started taking her to at just 1 month.  I know that every time we leave the house there's a risk of one or both of us catching something, but I do what I can do minimize the risks while staying sane and not locked up in the house.  Finding out that someone was essentially deliberately trying to make people sick by being somewhere that she didn't have to be when she had the flu would have sent me over the edge.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25032 on: January 13, 2014, 10:29:57 AM »
And the sign saga gets worse...

My sister (let's call her Nell, for simplicity's sake) woke up this morning to find that the neighbor (who we'll call, oh, Jerk) has been at the sign he was trying to remove again while she was sleeping. Now it's completely lying on the ground, the metal pole - one of those perforated ones that resembles a sort of sideways U-shape, like you generally see stop signs and the like on - either having been uprooted or broken off, I'm not entirely sure which but most likely the latter. It was sticking out a good ways into the road, but Nell managed to get the rather heavy sign completely onto the sidewalk and then promptly called the police again to give them an update.

The police are Very Not Happy, as might be expected, and as Jerk managed to completely knock down the sign, I believe they can now go after him for actually removing it, rather than just having the intent to.

It also turns out that Nell is not the only person Jerk is inconveniencing by trying to find new places for his junkers. The neighbor on Jerk's other side, who we'll call May, has no place to park her own vehicle because Jerk has taken up all the curb space in front of her house, and her driveway on the side is quite frankly not even worthy of being called a driveway, being perhaps only large enough for two bicycles side by side. May, unlike Nell, does not shy away from telling people exactly what she thinks of them, and she has repeatedly confronted Jerk about taking her parking spaces. The last time she did, Jerk laughed in her face and then got his younger brother (Grump) to threaten May every time she dared leave her house for a few weeks. May did call the police on Grump, but basically all they did was come out, tell him "stop that" and then left again, at which point May decided it just wasn't worth it and stopped trying to confront Jerk.

Now Nell's new husband (Jules) has offered to try and talk Jerk over in an attempt to get him to at least leave the signs alone. I don't think this will end well. :-\

Whoah.

You know what?  Based on what happened to May, I wouldn't bother trying to talk to Jerk at all.  Report him to the police and let them handle it.

And may I say I sincerely hope that Jerk is fined and/or arrested?

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25033 on: January 13, 2014, 10:53:48 AM »
And the sign saga gets worse...

My sister (let's call her Nell, for simplicity's sake) woke up this morning to find that the neighbor (who we'll call, oh, Jerk) has been at the sign he was trying to remove again while she was sleeping. Now it's completely lying on the ground, the metal pole - one of those perforated ones that resembles a sort of sideways U-shape, like you generally see stop signs and the like on - either having been uprooted or broken off, I'm not entirely sure which but most likely the latter. It was sticking out a good ways into the road, but Nell managed to get the rather heavy sign completely onto the sidewalk and then promptly called the police again to give them an update.

The police are Very Not Happy, as might be expected, and as Jerk managed to completely knock down the sign, I believe they can now go after him for actually removing it, rather than just having the intent to.

It also turns out that Nell is not the only person Jerk is inconveniencing by trying to find new places for his junkers. The neighbor on Jerk's other side, who we'll call May, has no place to park her own vehicle because Jerk has taken up all the curb space in front of her house, and her driveway on the side is quite frankly not even worthy of being called a driveway, being perhaps only large enough for two bicycles side by side. May, unlike Nell, does not shy away from telling people exactly what she thinks of them, and she has repeatedly confronted Jerk about taking her parking spaces. The last time she did, Jerk laughed in her face and then got his younger brother (Grump) to threaten May every time she dared leave her house for a few weeks. May did call the police on Grump, but basically all they did was come out, tell him "stop that" and then left again, at which point May decided it just wasn't worth it and stopped trying to confront Jerk.

Now Nell's new husband (Jules) has offered to try and talk Jerk over in an attempt to get him to at least leave the signs alone. I don't think this will end well. :-\

Whoah.

You know what?  Based on what happened to May, I wouldn't bother trying to talk to Jerk at all.  Report him to the police and let them handle it.

And may I say I sincerely hope that Jerk is fined and/or arrested?

Do all of those junker cars have license and registration and insurance on them?  I think it's illegal to park an unregistered car on the road.   
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25034 on: January 13, 2014, 10:55:01 AM »
Do all of those junker cars have license and registration and insurance on them?  I think it's illegal to park an unregistered car on the road. 

It is in my jurisdiction.  It probably depends on where you live but definitely something to look into.
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