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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25230 on: January 29, 2014, 02:18:53 PM »
I used to work in a hospital, and we had to go to fire safety lectures.  One showed photos from a burnt out ward caused by a man smoking a cigarette with one hand and holding his oxygen mask in the other.  The cigarette lit the curtain around his bed.  These are actually made to be flame retardant.  And it was.  Just not in an oxygen enriched environment, such as the one caused by the oxygen mask being waved around.  Then the oxygen lines in the walls ignited.  Because the SS had to have his gag.

I attended the same lecture, back when I worked for a hospital.

On Yelp, I was reading reviews of the Vet Clinic where I took my cat.  Now I understand that not everyone will have a positive experience, but this one woman's review was just out there.  Her main complaint had to do with the address: the address says that they are located in Bloomfield Hills (upscale suburb), but they are really in Pontiac (working class image!)  The way she went on about it, she was accusing the clinic of pretending to be somewhere they weren't.

Except, I live in the area.  The clinic is in Bloomfield Hills.  And it always has been that city since I was a child.  She also complained that since she thought it was in Bloomfield Hills, she didn't realize how long of a drive it would be for her (she lives south of BH).  Except if she had done the slightest research: Google maps, or Yahoo, or even pick up the phone and call, she would have learned that the cross street is the northern border of BH.

So that was her 5 paragraph complaint: the address misled her.  No complaint about the service, but one star because she doesn't know how to look things up.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25231 on: January 29, 2014, 02:28:41 PM »
I was at a gas station once when one of those big lifted trucks came speeding in and parked right behind me. Like, I had to jump out of the way or get hit, it was coming that fast and that close. Guy gets out, truck still running and starts to pump his gas. I'm saying nothing, as he has that look that says, I'm looking for a fight, and I'm finishing up as is. Well another lady on the other side of the pump does say something along the lines of "You need to turn off your car, that isn't safe", to which he proceeds to calmly agree and ceases pumping the gasoline while he turns off his.

Just kidding, this is the SS thread, he looses his freaking mind and starts screaming about how he needs to keep his A/C running because he's not getting back into a hot car. She counters that fire is a heck of a lot hotter (well she isn't wrong), and it pretty much goes down hill from there. They were getting in each others faces and yelling when I hopped in my car and got the heck up out of there.

On the discussion of Yelp: I had a company I had done some work for in the past try to hire me to write a positive review of their company. On yelp and any other online media. They figured I could create a few different accounts using different email address and make the company look good. I refused the job, reported them to the BBB, and have turned down any work from them since.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25232 on: January 29, 2014, 02:30:24 PM »
Unlucky for her, she had no insurance and a suspended license.

I think that probably cost her...

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25233 on: January 29, 2014, 05:55:20 PM »

And just to throw this in the argument; diesel engines can be safely run while filling up. In fact, the Oz army manuals used to say this was the proper way to do it. Park up in the truck bays, put on idle, and then fill as normal. Diesel is a different fuel base though. There's a good trick you can do with it . . . but I'll leave it to your imagination.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25234 on: January 29, 2014, 05:57:18 PM »
I used to work in a hospital, and we had to go to fire safety lectures.  One showed photos from a burnt out ward caused by a man smoking a cigarette with one hand and holding his oxygen mask in the other.  The cigarette lit the curtain around his bed.  These are actually made to be flame retardant.  And it was.  Just not in an oxygen enriched environment, such as the one caused by the oxygen mask being waved around.  Then the oxygen lines in the walls ignited.  Because the SS had to have his gag.

I attended the same lecture, back when I worked for a hospital.

On Yelp, I was reading reviews of the Vet Clinic where I took my cat.  Now I understand that not everyone will have a positive experience, but this one woman's review was just out there.  Her main complaint had to do with the address: the address says that they are located in Bloomfield Hills (upscale suburb), but they are really in Pontiac (working class image!)  The way she went on about it, she was accusing the clinic of pretending to be somewhere they weren't.

Except, I live in the area.  The clinic is in Bloomfield Hills.  And it always has been that city since I was a child.  She also complained that since she thought it was in Bloomfield Hills, she didn't realize how long of a drive it would be for her (she lives south of BH).  Except if she had done the slightest research: Google maps, or Yahoo, or even pick up the phone and call, she would have learned that the cross street is the northern border of BH.

So that was her 5 paragraph complaint: the address misled her.  No complaint about the service, but one star because she doesn't know how to look things up.

To be fair I wouldn't call Pontiac working class its has some pretty bad high crime areas but since it wasn't actually in Pontiac thats sort of a mute point.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25235 on: January 29, 2014, 10:38:03 PM »
A few years ago we were setting up a professional fireworks show in a local park for the 4th of July.  We had the perimeter roped off with caution tape and no one who did not work for the fireworks company was allowed inside the perimeter.  On top of that, there was ABSOLUTELY  *NO* SMOKING past the tape.  I was taking a turn at patrolling the edge when a couple of women ducked under the tape and were strolling right toward our mortars...with lit cigarettes in hand!  I ran over to them and tried to herd them out but they were having none of it.  I explained that this was a no smoking zone because of about 500 pounds of fireworks.  One of the women got rather snotty with me and said that it was okay for them to be there, she was the wife of the fire marshal.  :o :o :o  I was rather blunt in stating that I didn't care who she was married to, there was no smoking allowed, and that if she really was the wife of the fire marshal she should know that.  We finally got her chased out, but it wasn't easy.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25236 on: January 29, 2014, 10:55:54 PM »
I don't use Yelp at all.  I think the potential for abuse is just too high and there's no system with checks and balances.  Irate customers can be nasty and not always completely truthful.
What you say is true, but I still find Yelp a useful tool. It's usually not that hard to sort out the fairly reliable reviews from the "outlying" oddballs. And then, of course, a user must "take all of the reviews with a grain of salt", and come up with an approximation of the quality of the business, plus a few telling details.

It's all a part of the new skills involved in using the internet ... overlooking flame wars, posts from the business's owners, complete lunatics, and so on.
« Last Edit: January 29, 2014, 11:19:38 PM by magician5 »
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25237 on: January 29, 2014, 11:09:45 PM »
I don't know about the mainland, but here on this island, I notice a static shock when I slide out of my seat and touch the car door.  There are signs in front of the pumps saying to be sure to touch the door and discharge the static charge before pumping.  Since I can't seem to exit my car without discharging that static charge, I don't worry, but I could definitely see that as a danger if one were pumping the gas and touched the gas cap cover (which is metal on my car).  I guess worse would be if you had a fiberglass chassis which doesn't discharge the static.  Then you better touch something metal before you pump gas.

One of my friends used to be responsible for assuring the quality of government-purchased aviation fuel. He told me that just the friction involved in flowing fuel into a tank can build up a sizeable static charge, so it was mandatory to ground each aircraft (usually with a steel chain that touched the ground) while fueling. I'm guessing this might apply to cars, too.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25238 on: January 29, 2014, 11:20:25 PM »

Isn't that the point of the static strap that hangs at the back of every car?

You know, the black strap underneath, often hangs near a tow hitch or tow ball. They come standard on all cars.

Don't they . . . . . . ?
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25239 on: January 29, 2014, 11:32:28 PM »

Isn't that the point of the static strap that hangs at the back of every car?

You know, the black strap underneath, often hangs near a tow hitch or tow ball. They come standard on all cars.

Don't they . . . . . . ?

Nope.  ;D And for my retroactive realisation - oh, of COURSE that's their main purpose! All the people I know who've actually talked about them (like, two people, ages ago :P) installed them as an anti-carsickness measure.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25240 on: January 29, 2014, 11:48:22 PM »
I forgot all about this till now.  :o

Church on Christmas Eve. There was a family of five in the first pew, a bit over to the side of the building. Me and my mom were about four rows behind. One of the kids was badly behaved, but the dad decided that he was tired of corralling the badly behaved kid, and thought it would be a great idea to instead toss his infant in the air during the sermon...complete with some 'wheee!' sounds.

Keep in mind, the infant was fairly quiet during the service.

We were also treated to seeing his buttocks when he chased the toddler around, as his golf shirt was a couple of sizes too small.

Granted, it was the 'Chrildren's Mass', but I think our father took it a bit too literally. After all, it's not akin to being in your own living room.  ;)

I told my mother I will not be escorting her next year if she chooses the kids mass.  ;D
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25241 on: January 30, 2014, 04:34:06 AM »
A friend sent me this, I'll just leave it here:

http://www.kentonline.co.uk/kentonline/news/2012/august/20/car_fire.aspx

The first sentence is brilliant.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25242 on: January 30, 2014, 04:58:53 AM »
A friend sent me this, I'll just leave it here:

http://www.kentonline.co.uk/kentonline/news/2012/august/20/car_fire.aspx

The first sentence is brilliant.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25243 on: January 30, 2014, 09:37:20 AM »

Isn't that the point of the static strap that hangs at the back of every car?

You know, the black strap underneath, often hangs near a tow hitch or tow ball. They come standard on all cars.

Don't they . . . . . . ?

I've never seen them on passenger cars, or even commercial vehicles except for fire trucks or power company trucks.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25244 on: January 30, 2014, 10:33:20 AM »
New guy at work.

We have a large fridge in the break room where you can store anything you want.  We also have a much, much smaller fridge in our office area.  Its the size of a dorm fridge.  Typically, every night before I leave I put 2 bottles of coke in there to have the next day.  Others do the same.   

Last night I went to put my cokes in and found that the new guy had completely loaded the fridge with his drinks, leaving no room for anyone else.   There was at least 12 in there.   As he was already gone, I removed all but 2 and put mine in there.

He was quite upset when he came in the next day.  ( I wasn't around).  The other manager told him that we all had to share that fridge, and why on earth did he think he could load it up with his drinks.   He told her he didnt' know he shouldn't do that.

Really?   You don't know that a shared fridge isn't just for you?