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magicdomino

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25455 on: February 11, 2014, 04:38:50 PM »
At the grocery store:


I used the on-line pre-order from my house on Sunday.  I chose and ordered my meat & cheese, sliced, and picked the time to come collect it at the bin next to the deli counter.  I threaded my way through the six-deep mass of humans crowded around the deli counter, all politely yet impatiently clutching their little number slips.  I reached the pre-order bin, and started checking the five packages in the leftmost slot, all of which had my name on it.  One woman came charging up to me, and said "WHAT? are you DOING!?"  Completely startled, I said "picking up my order?"  "How do YOU know it's YOURS?" - this was said while taking a step closer to me.  "Well, my name is on there," I said, waving the cheddar cheese, extra sharp, 1/3 lb, sliced medium (because cheddar is brittle and it breaks at the "thin" setting.)

"HOW DO WE" (accompanied by a wave toward the throng at the deli) "know that's YOU?"  Generally, I'm not at a loss for words, but...this time I was.

"Um....you don't."  I tossed the packages in my basket, waved at the "throng" that she'd gestured toward, and headed over to the fish counter.

I....still don't know what happened.  But I was forced to buy three boxes of Girl Scout cookies to calm myself.

I wonder if the store has had problems with people taking the packages, figuring "The line is too long.  I'll just take this package of ham."  Not that it excuses the counterperson's rudeness at all.

Or was this one of the other customers?  In that case, I'd be hitting the Thin Mints myself.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25456 on: February 11, 2014, 04:44:00 PM »
At the grocery store:


I used the on-line pre-order from my house on Sunday.  I chose and ordered my meat & cheese, sliced, and picked the time to come collect it at the bin next to the deli counter.  I threaded my way through the six-deep mass of humans crowded around the deli counter, all politely yet impatiently clutching their little number slips.  I reached the pre-order bin, and started checking the five packages in the leftmost slot, all of which had my name on it.  One woman came charging up to me, and said "WHAT? are you DOING!?"  Completely startled, I said "picking up my order?"  "How do YOU know it's YOURS?" - this was said while taking a step closer to me.  "Well, my name is on there," I said, waving the cheddar cheese, extra sharp, 1/3 lb, sliced medium (because cheddar is brittle and it breaks at the "thin" setting.)

"HOW DO WE" (accompanied by a wave toward the throng at the deli) "know that's YOU?"  Generally, I'm not at a loss for words, but...this time I was.

"Um....you don't."  I tossed the packages in my basket, waved at the "throng" that she'd gestured toward, and headed over to the fish counter.

I....still don't know what happened.  But I was forced to buy three boxes of Girl Scout cookies to calm myself.

I wonder if the store has had problems with people taking the packages, figuring "The line is too long.  I'll just take this package of ham."  Not that it excuses the counterperson's rudeness at all.

Or was this one of the other customers?  In that case, I'd be hitting the Thin Mints myself.

It was, indeed, another customer.  And the Girl Scouts only had one box of Thin Mints left, so I was forced to purchase two boxes of Samoas as well as the last box of Thin Mints.  Furtively.  Because, you know, if I snitch random deli, I'm clearly suspect at the cookie booth.
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GlitterIsMyDrug

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25457 on: February 11, 2014, 05:15:52 PM »

It was, indeed, another customer.  And the Girl Scouts only had one box of Thin Mints left, so I was forced to purchase two boxes of Samoas as well as the last box of Thin Mints.  Furtively.  Because, you know, if I snitch random deli, I'm clearly suspect at the cookie booth.
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Crazy Deli Lady to girl scout: What you mean you don't have any thin mints left?!
Innocent Girl Scout: Well someone bought the last box, I'm sorry.
Crazy Deli Lady: WHO! WHO BOUGHT THE LAST BOX!!?!?!
IGS: That person over there
CDL: WHAT!!! YOU!!! FIRST YOU CUT IN LINE AND STEAL FOOD AND NOW YOU TAKE THE LAST OF THE COOKIES!!!!!!!!

Yeah...that'd end badly.

Sheila Take a Bow

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25458 on: February 11, 2014, 05:20:29 PM »
There is a meeting I attend that involves people of different levels from all our locations. Some of the people who attend like to have a chair to sit their purses in. It becomes a problem when we do not have enough space in the room for the people and the purses to sit side by side.

Today, as usual, there was some sighing and rearranging every time someone came in. Someone even used one of the conference table chairs (rolling) to place their bags in, then pushed it against the wall, instead of using a side chair (fixed) that was behind them. We had someone with no chair because of that.

I find the purse chair proclivity SS when there is obviously not enough space for every single person to have an accessory chair. What do you think?

Totally SS. I hate when this happens on public transportation, particularly when people act all put out because their need to set their baggage on the seat beside them trumps your right to sit down.

A long time ago, a guy was sitting in front of me on a bus.  Next to him was a shopping bag from Nordstrom.

A woman got on the bus and there were no empty seats.  She saw the Nordstrom bag and asked the man (very nicely) if she could have that seat.

The man acted incredibly put out and told her that he had just bought something very expensive, and he needed the seat for his bag.

So she asked him if he paid a fare for the bag, and he said no, and she told him that one fare meant one seat.  He tried to argue that his bag needed the seat, and she told him that if it was true, he could get up and let the bag have his seat, but she was not going to stand so his bag could sit.

The guy let her have the seat.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25459 on: February 11, 2014, 05:41:46 PM »
My philosophy is that the seats at the table are for the meeting participants and any spare seat is fair game for stashing your personal items, but it is rare for there to be a spare seat. There are other chairs against the wall.
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CharlieBraun

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25460 on: February 11, 2014, 06:31:46 PM »

Crazy Deli Lady to girl scout: What you mean you don't have any thin mints left?!
Innocent Girl Scout: Well someone bought the last box, I'm sorry.
Crazy Deli Lady: WHO! WHO BOUGHT THE LAST BOX!!?!?!
IGS: That person over there
CDL: WHAT!!! YOU!!! FIRST YOU CUT IN LINE AND STEAL FOOD AND NOW YOU TAKE THE LAST OF THE COOKIES!!!!!!!!

Yeah...that'd end badly.

LOL!

Heck, yeah, I'd be likely to end up on an episode of some cut-rate detective show....complete with my face in a black blur and altered voice.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25461 on: February 11, 2014, 06:51:32 PM »
At the grocery store:

B/g - my grocery chain has recognized that the deli counter is a real source of delay in the shopping experience, and has taken some great steps to alleviate it.  The first is pre-ordering on-line; another option that they have is the wandering staffer with an Ipad, taking orders from people wandering the aisles and giving them a pickup number and time so they can continue shopping.   Important note:  you don't pay when you pre-order, you pay at the same time you go through checkout with all your other grocery items.  end b/g

I used the on-line pre-order from my house on Sunday.  I chose and ordered my meat & cheese, sliced, and picked the time to come collect it at the bin next to the deli counter.  I threaded my way through the six-deep mass of humans crowded around the deli counter, all politely yet impatiently clutching their little number slips.  I reached the pre-order bin, and started checking the five packages in the leftmost slot, all of which had my name on it.  One woman came charging up to me, and said "WHAT? are you DOING!?"  Completely startled, I said "picking up my order?"  "How do YOU know it's YOURS?" - this was said while taking a step closer to me.  "Well, my name is on there," I said, waving the cheddar cheese, extra sharp, 1/3 lb, sliced medium (because cheddar is brittle and it breaks at the "thin" setting.)

"HOW DO WE" (accompanied by a wave toward the throng at the deli) "know that's YOU?"  Generally, I'm not at a loss for words, but...this time I was.

"Um....you don't."  I tossed the packages in my basket, waved at the "throng" that she'd gestured toward, and headed over to the fish counter.

I....still don't know what happened.  But I was forced to buy three boxes of Girl Scout cookies to calm myself.
They have a kiosk at my grocery store where I can order my deli stuff, then return in 15 min to pick it up. Most of the time I walk up they hand me my order. One time someone got upset because I was "cutting" in line. The manager shut the customer down pretty fast. Saying that  I had preordered so that put me at the beginning of the line.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25462 on: February 11, 2014, 07:00:20 PM »
There is a meeting I attend that involves people of different levels from all our locations. Some of the people who attend like to have a chair to sit their purses in. It becomes a problem when we do not have enough space in the room for the people and the purses to sit side by side.

Today, as usual, there was some sighing and rearranging every time someone came in. Someone even used one of the conference table chairs (rolling) to place their bags in, then pushed it against the wall, instead of using a side chair (fixed) that was behind them. We had someone with no chair because of that.

I find the purse chair proclivity SS when there is obviously not enough space for every single person to have an accessory chair. What do you think?

It drives my teammates crazy that I put my purse on the ground. They are all from the same culture - and there is a superstion that if you put your bag on the ground the money will drain out. They know it isn't true - but putting your bag on the floor just isn't done.

My view - I usually have 1 laptop, 1 Ipad, and a phone in my bag. That is a lot of money that is going to get broken if the bag falls from that little hook thing, or gets knocked off a chair - or if it gets stolen. (THe strap is always rapped around one leg and bag between my feet.)

But they always either keep their bag in their lap, on the backs of their chairs or hanging off one of those hook things that you put on the edge of the table.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25463 on: February 11, 2014, 08:11:51 PM »
There is a meeting I attend that involves people of different levels from all our locations. Some of the people who attend like to have a chair to sit their purses in. It becomes a problem when we do not have enough space in the room for the people and the purses to sit side by side.

Today, as usual, there was some sighing and rearranging every time someone came in. Someone even used one of the conference table chairs (rolling) to place their bags in, then pushed it against the wall, instead of using a side chair (fixed) that was behind them. We had someone with no chair because of that.

I find the purse chair proclivity SS when there is obviously not enough space for every single person to have an accessory chair. What do you think?

Totally SS. I hate when this happens on public transportation, particularly when people act all put out because their need to set their baggage on the seat beside them trumps your right to sit down.

A long time ago, a guy was sitting in front of me on a bus.  Next to him was a shopping bag from Nordstrom.

A woman got on the bus and there were no empty seats.  She saw the Nordstrom bag and asked the man (very nicely) if she could have that seat.

The man acted incredibly put out and told her that he had just bought something very expensive, and he needed the seat for his bag.

So she asked him if he paid a fare for the bag, and he said no, and she told him that one fare meant one seat.  He tried to argue that his bag needed the seat, and she told him that if it was true, he could get up and let the bag have his seat, but she was not going to stand so his bag could sit.

The guy let her have the seat.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25464 on: February 11, 2014, 09:53:01 PM »
There is a meeting I attend that involves people of different levels from all our locations. Some of the people who attend like to have a chair to sit their purses in. It becomes a problem when we do not have enough space in the room for the people and the purses to sit side by side.

Today, as usual, there was some sighing and rearranging every time someone came in. Someone even used one of the conference table chairs (rolling) to place their bags in, then pushed it against the wall, instead of using a side chair (fixed) that was behind them. We had someone with no chair because of that.

I find the purse chair proclivity SS when there is obviously not enough space for every single person to have an accessory chair. What do you think?

Totally SS. I hate when this happens on public transportation, particularly when people act all put out because their need to set their baggage on the seat beside them trumps your right to sit down.

A long time ago, a guy was sitting in front of me on a bus.  Next to him was a shopping bag from Nordstrom.

A woman got on the bus and there were no empty seats.  She saw the Nordstrom bag and asked the man (very nicely) if she could have that seat.

The man acted incredibly put out and told her that he had just bought something very expensive, and he needed the seat for his bag.

So she asked him if he paid a fare for the bag, and he said no, and she told him that one fare meant one seat.  He tried to argue that his bag needed the seat, and she told him that if it was true, he could get up and let the bag have his seat, but she was not going to stand so his bag could sit.

The guy let her have the seat.

Good for her!  I like her style.

Yes, she handled the situation with class.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25465 on: February 11, 2014, 11:44:04 PM »
There is a meeting I attend that involves people of different levels from all our locations. Some of the people who attend like to have a chair to sit their purses in. It becomes a problem when we do not have enough space in the room for the people and the purses to sit side by side.

Today, as usual, there was some sighing and rearranging every time someone came in. Someone even used one of the conference table chairs (rolling) to place their bags in, then pushed it against the wall, instead of using a side chair (fixed) that was behind them. We had someone with no chair because of that.

I find the purse chair proclivity SS when there is obviously not enough space for every single person to have an accessory chair. What do you think?

It drives my teammates crazy that I put my purse on the ground. They are all from the same culture - and there is a superstion that if you put your bag on the ground the money will drain out. They know it isn't true - but putting your bag on the floor just isn't done.

My view - I usually have 1 laptop, 1 Ipad, and a phone in my bag. That is a lot of money that is going to get broken if the bag falls from that little hook thing, or gets knocked off a chair - or if it gets stolen. (THe strap is always rapped around one leg and bag between my feet.)

But they always either keep their bag in their lap, on the backs of their chairs or hanging off one of those hook things that you put on the edge of the table.
I once left my purse on a plane because I put my bag on the floor and it fell out. I was sick on that plane, so didn't have the presence of mind to check through my bag as I normally do. And the bag isn't completely closeable, so stuff does just fall out, and in.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25466 on: February 12, 2014, 10:46:21 AM »
I saw one yesterday - the "Oh, well! I guess I'll actually pump my gas after all" snowflake.

The DH and I stopped in at our local Sam's Club to get gas last night, and as we pulled up to the pump, we noticed a woman sitting in her car at the front pump talking on her phone. After a bit of discussion about whether she was going to leave or get gas, we decided to stay at the rear pump and do our business.

While I'm fueling my car, she finally gets out of the car, goes through all the steps to buy gas, and begins pumping. She sets the auto thingy on the nozzle, gets back in her car, and continues her phone conversation. We finished filling and left.

Meanwhile, there is a car behind us waiting, so, although she did not delay us, she did delay them. We have no idea how long she sat there before finally getting out to get gas.

I hope she grounded herself when she got back out of the car. I'm thinking that she must have, as there were no news reports about a massive gasoline fire at the local Sam's Club.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25467 on: February 12, 2014, 11:00:05 AM »
I don't know what it is about one intersection near my house but it seems to bring out the SS behavior.  Yesterday was one of the worst.  I had stopped at the red light.  The left turn lane beside me also had a red light.  Two cars pulled into that lane and BOTH of them just blew through a left turn, against traffic, on a red.  The cars coming from the other direction had to slam on their brakes.  Then both cars turned in to the grocery store parking lot right past the corner. Don't know if they were together, but both were guilty of felony stupid in public.



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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25468 on: February 12, 2014, 12:11:29 PM »
Today, I had to drive to another site in order to conduct training.

On the way there, I had SS minivanus who wouldn't actually pass anyone, just tailgated them. At one point she was so close to me I thought she was going to hit the state car with the bright yellow license plate I was driving. I was so relieved when I turned off and she went straight.  ???

On the way back, local 2-lane road. I get drive-in-the-middle SS. I thought the car was trying to pass, although it was a no pass zone and there was oncoming traffic, but every time there was not a car right there, this car was straddling the double yellow lines in the middle. Finally, I could see a left turn lane ahead, and SS drove past me over the striped yellow section, through the turn lane and then over the median to get to the part where the lanes widen. I still have no idea how this helped them, since they had to turn right like I did.  ::)
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25469 on: February 12, 2014, 02:06:37 PM »
Another gas station SS:
Our local gas station is set up with quite narrow lanes which I first observed at Costco, and now are popping up all over the place. You are only supposed to enter from one end, and exit on the other. Each gas lane has two pumps - forward and rear, and several HUGE yellow arrows indicating the direction, and which way you turn when you pull forward to "EXIT==>" per the big huge sign and arrow. The single exit lane is a narrow drive which is hard to pass two cars through, and also has another gigantic arrow and "EXIT" on the pavement. I'm pulling up to a "front" pump when some huge minivan comes squealing around the blind side of the pumps to try to go the wrong-way down my gas lane.

What had happened was that since no one was using the rear pump in my lane, she had aborted waiting in line for wherever she was, and done a U-turn to pump that much sooner.  ::)