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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25350 on: February 04, 2014, 10:51:08 PM »
So, Tuesday morning starts bright and early and ICE-Y as all get out.  The hardest part is getting out of my driveway, but I figured it would be clear and smooth sailing after that....until I got to one of the main streets.  Usually I take a road that goes from my small side street straight out to the Main Drag.  One look at it this morning, a gleam in the early morning sun, suggested that climbing the hill in my little car would not be fun and would likely make me late for work.

So I went past the turn and out to the larger secondary road, made the right hand turn onto the secondary road which has two lanes for going right and left at the light.  I am going to be going right, so I pulled up behind the drivers waiting in the right hand lane.  I should have noticed there was something odd going on:  not one of those three people had their brake lights on, but you never know.

Took me, the car ahead of me and the car behind me a good ten minutes to realize the reason we are not moving is because all the special snowflakes had pulled their cars out of their driveways and parked right in the right turning lane. 

Yup, I was late for work.  Also felt really stupid that I didn't notice these guys weren't going anywhere.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25351 on: February 04, 2014, 11:57:27 PM »
Ok Yarnspinner. That actually was funny.
sounds like something I would do.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25352 on: February 05, 2014, 12:56:21 AM »
I would have honked after three.  And then since I'm stopped, might as well call the police and tell them to come tow these dingdangety cars... Those are some hefty tickets for obstructing traffic.

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« Reply #25353 on: February 05, 2014, 08:15:31 AM »
I would have honked after three.  And then since I'm stopped, might as well call the police and tell them to come tow these dingdangety cars... Those are some hefty tickets for obstructing traffic.

Depending on weather conditions, the police may have declined to write tickets.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25354 on: February 05, 2014, 09:50:11 AM »
Not sure if this is quite a SS, but related.

I interviewed for a job at another charity and didn't get it, but got a nice phone call from the interviewer saying I'd been great, their 2nd choice, very close run thing. Disappointing but that's the way the cookie crumbles.

Went to a specific-for-our-type-of-charity event a couple of weeks later and bumped into interviewer. Said a friendly hello and she then introduced me to the person who had been appointed to the role. Ok, my best friendly hello.

Interviewer then said she was glad I was there as she'd been going to call me to ask me something. New person had lots of experience but NOT in charities, and she was sure I could be a big help. Would it be ok for new person to call me if they had any queries and could I sort of mentor them and help them settle in to working in this field? (to her credit new person looked mortified!) Said something along the lines of 'that will not be possible'.

What? You don't give me the job but you want to use all my knowledge and experience and contacts anyway? Not going to happen.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25355 on: February 05, 2014, 09:58:09 AM »
Not sure if this is quite a SS, but related.

I interviewed for a job at another charity and didn't get it, but got a nice phone call from the interviewer saying I'd been great, their 2nd choice, very close run thing. Disappointing but that's the way the cookie crumbles.

Went to a specific-for-our-type-of-charity event a couple of weeks later and bumped into interviewer. Said a friendly hello and she then introduced me to the person who had been appointed to the role. Ok, my best friendly hello.

Interviewer then said she was glad I was there as she'd been going to call me to ask me something. New person had lots of experience but NOT in charities, and she was sure I could be a big help. Would it be ok for new person to call me if they had any queries and could I sort of mentor them and help them settle in to working in this field? (to her credit new person looked mortified!) Said something along the lines of 'that will not be possible'.

What? You don't give me the job but you want to use all my knowledge and experience and contacts anyway? Not going to happen.

Woooooow.  You may have dodged a bullet by not being hired by them...
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25356 on: February 05, 2014, 10:37:02 AM »
Not sure if this is quite a SS, but related.

I interviewed for a job at another charity and didn't get it, but got a nice phone call from the interviewer saying I'd been great, their 2nd choice, very close run thing. Disappointing but that's the way the cookie crumbles.

Went to a specific-for-our-type-of-charity event a couple of weeks later and bumped into interviewer. Said a friendly hello and she then introduced me to the person who had been appointed to the role. Ok, my best friendly hello.

Interviewer then said she was glad I was there as she'd been going to call me to ask me something. New person had lots of experience but NOT in charities, and she was sure I could be a big help. Would it be ok for new person to call me if they had any queries and could I sort of mentor them and help them settle in to working in this field? (to her credit new person looked mortified!) Said something along the lines of 'that will not be possible'.

What? You don't give me the job but you want to use all my knowledge and experience and contacts anyway? Not going to happen.

Woooooow.  You may have dodged a bullet by not being hired by them...

My assumption would be that the other person agreed to work significantly cheaper, and they hoped since you are such a charitable person, you wouldn't mind volunteering your time and talents to help them out.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25357 on: February 05, 2014, 11:14:47 AM »
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My assumption would be that the other person agreed to work significantly cheaper, and they hoped since you are such a charitable person, you wouldn't mind volunteering your time and talents to help them out.

Either that, or the other person was someone's relative, and it was decided that it was far more important to hire them based on WHO they know as opposed to WHAT they know.

POD to Magpie -- I think you dodged a bullet, too.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25358 on: February 05, 2014, 11:19:18 AM »
Not sure if this is quite a SS, but related.

I interviewed for a job at another charity and didn't get it, but got a nice phone call from the interviewer saying I'd been great, their 2nd choice, very close run thing. Disappointing but that's the way the cookie crumbles.

Went to a specific-for-our-type-of-charity event a couple of weeks later and bumped into interviewer. Said a friendly hello and she then introduced me to the person who had been appointed to the role. Ok, my best friendly hello.

Interviewer then said she was glad I was there as she'd been going to call me to ask me something. New person had lots of experience but NOT in charities, and she was sure I could be a big help. Would it be ok for new person to call me if they had any queries and could I sort of mentor them and help them settle in to working in this field? (to her credit new person looked mortified!) Said something along the lines of 'that will not be possible'.

What? You don't give me the job but you want to use all my knowledge and experience and contacts anyway? Not going to happen.

Woooooow.  You may have dodged a bullet by not being hired by them...

My assumption would be that the other person agreed to work significantly cheaper, and they hoped since you are such a charitable person, you wouldn't mind volunteering your time and talents to help them out.


i had sthg similar a few years ago, i was being let go and the boss introduced the new "junior (yeah right!!).

he said "so i told suzy she'll be able to call you to get all the info you have.." at that point i had started laughung and made a comment like "yeah right, good joke!" and as i knew he was serious, i followed up with, "oh you were being serious?? no thats not going to happen". 

he huffed and walked off, luckily i wasn't using him for a reference ;)

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25359 on: February 05, 2014, 11:23:37 AM »
I think that's a good time to metion your consultant rates.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25360 on: February 05, 2014, 11:24:38 AM »
Not sure if this is quite a SS, but related.

I interviewed for a job at another charity and didn't get it, but got a nice phone call from the interviewer saying I'd been great, their 2nd choice, very close run thing. Disappointing but that's the way the cookie crumbles.

Went to a specific-for-our-type-of-charity event a couple of weeks later and bumped into interviewer. Said a friendly hello and she then introduced me to the person who had been appointed to the role. Ok, my best friendly hello.

Interviewer then said she was glad I was there as she'd been going to call me to ask me something. New person had lots of experience but NOT in charities, and she was sure I could be a big help. Would it be ok for new person to call me if they had any queries and could I sort of mentor them and help them settle in to working in this field? (to her credit new person looked mortified!) Said something along the lines of 'that will not be possible'.

What? You don't give me the job but you want to use all my knowledge and experience and contacts anyway? Not going to happen.

Woooooow.  You may have dodged a bullet by not being hired by them...

My assumption would be that the other person agreed to work significantly cheaper, and they hoped since you are such a charitable person, you wouldn't mind volunteering your time and talents to help them out.

Hence reinforcing the stereotype that people who work for nonprofits shouldn't make a living wage.  You dodged a bullet, English1.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25361 on: February 05, 2014, 11:30:41 AM »
Not sure if SS or just basically rude.  I'm taking classes at the University and one student is always late.  He will come in from the left door, walk in front of the teacher while she's lecturing and go sit on the right side of the room.  There are available sitting spaces on the left side or he could use the right door. It really annoys me, but unless the teacher says something, I don't think I can comment.
Comment to the instructor. I had this happen last semester, and I debated about saying anything to the student, because I didn't want it coming off as being petty on my part. It would have been nice to know if it were bothering other students; in that case, I would have felt like it wasn't just my issue, but a class management issue. I may tolerate things that feel rude to ME, but if they're interfering with the learning environment, I'll say something.

It could be that the student has a hearing impairment in one ear, thus the need to sit on a specific side of the room (my son has hearing loss in his left ear). Doesn't really excuse the coming in late, but then again, the student may have already talked with the instructor about having to be late for a specific reason, and the need for sitting in a specific area.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25362 on: February 05, 2014, 11:36:56 AM »
I think that's a good time to metion your consultant rates.

I did that once.  It was a company that had laid me off when they deemed that my project was complete.  They neglected to give me the time to train their employees on how to use the database software I set up for them (even though I told them that their employees would need to be trained).  My rates were pretty exhorbitant (they started with a $1,500 signing fee). Needless to say, they didn't call me again.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25363 on: February 05, 2014, 11:39:18 AM »
Not sure if SS or just basically rude.  I'm taking classes at the University and one student is always late.  He will come in from the left door, walk in front of the teacher while she's lecturing and go sit on the right side of the room.  There are available sitting spaces on the left side or he could use the right door. It really annoys me, but unless the teacher says something, I don't think I can comment.
Comment to the instructor. I had this happen last semester, and I debated about saying anything to the student, because I didn't want it coming off as being petty on my part. It would have been nice to know if it were bothering other students; in that case, I would have felt like it wasn't just my issue, but a class management issue. I may tolerate things that feel rude to ME, but if they're interfering with the learning environment, I'll say something.

It could be that the student has a hearing impairment in one ear, thus the need to sit on a specific side of the room (my son has hearing loss in his left ear). Doesn't really excuse the coming in late, but then again, the student may have already talked with the instructor about having to be late for a specific reason, and the need for sitting in a specific area.

That doesn't explain why he can't use the door on the right side of the room.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25364 on: February 05, 2014, 11:44:53 AM »
Not sure if SS or just basically rude.  I'm taking classes at the University and one student is always late.  He will come in from the left door, walk in front of the teacher while she's lecturing and go sit on the right side of the room.  There are available sitting spaces on the left side or he could use the right door. It really annoys me, but unless the teacher says something, I don't think I can comment.
Comment to the instructor. I had this happen last semester, and I debated about saying anything to the student, because I didn't want it coming off as being petty on my part. It would have been nice to know if it were bothering other students; in that case, I would have felt like it wasn't just my issue, but a class management issue. I may tolerate things that feel rude to ME, but if they're interfering with the learning environment, I'll say something.

It could be that the student has a hearing impairment in one ear, thus the need to sit on a specific side of the room (my son has hearing loss in his left ear). Doesn't really excuse the coming in late, but then again, the student may have already talked with the instructor about having to be late for a specific reason, and the need for sitting in a specific area.

No hearing problems, he sits in the back of the room and his comments/replies to general class discussions are in context and to the point.

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