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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25470 on: February 12, 2014, 03:06:37 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.  ::)

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25471 on: February 12, 2014, 03:14:55 PM »
Our Sam's Club is set up like that. There is an attendant at all times and they do tell people to leave if they go in the wrong way to avoid the line.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25472 on: February 12, 2014, 03:43:32 PM »
Our Sam's Club is set up like that. There is an attendant at all times and they do tell people to leave if they go in the wrong way to avoid the line.

My Costco just got gas a year or so ago, and I've been pleasantly surprised that there have been NO SSs. Its set up off to the side of the parking lot, and has narrow lanes, wiht maybe 8-10 pumps. so you go in, and wherever you choose to go, get in line and wait. Each side can take two cars, lengthwise. And since NJ is full serve only, even if you are the second car getting gas, you have to wait for the one in front of you to go, and you both pull out, and the next two up. There simply isn't any room to go around and manuver to the front pump.

I totally expected a lot of SS behavior because of this, but haven't seen any, and I go pretty much every week. I guess people have realised they move fast, so even if you are done, and the car in front of you isn't, unless its giant and taking in a lot of gas, you only have to wait a couple of minutes to get out.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25473 on: February 12, 2014, 03:55:35 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.  ::)

Being that the gas station attendants have the power to turn the pumps on and off, her wait could have ended up long and with a call to he local law enforcement.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25474 on: February 12, 2014, 04:05:55 PM »
I got a gas station SS this afternoon!

I'd gone to a local gas station with my mom, while she was filling up the car I went inside and got us some drinks, when I'm coming out a lady across the little lane waves me on over and asks if I can help her. So being a nice person like I am I head over and ask her what she needs. She asks me if I saw the attendant inside and if he was coming out. I told her there were several employees but no actual attendant. She says "I mean to pump the gas", at which point I figured out she was thinking of a full service station and thought she might be from out of state so I told her that this was not a full service station, it was self service, all smiles, very nice me, I promise. But apparently I said the magic words to unleash her inner SS.

SS: What do you mean self service?
Me: Well, you have to pump the gas yourself.
SS: What?! That's just...god, are you *bleeping* serious?
Me: Yeah, most gas stations here are self service. I don't think I've seen a full service one in 15 years or so...
SS: *Bleep* Well what the hell am I supposed do?
Me: Not to pry, but if you're physically unable to pump the gas they will send someone out....(they have a sign up about helping people with disabilities, not exactly sure how you get their attention for it, never paid close attention)
SS: What?! You think I'm *bleeping* handicapped?! Do I look handicapped?
Me: I don't know ma'ma.
SS: *Bleep*, this is the worst. Do you know where a full service station is?
Me: No, I'm sorry I don't, I'm not sure we have any around here. (I said so earlier...never mind)
SS: Well, hell, I'm E! The light is on!! And it's been on for awhile! I can't pump my own gas! I mean...do I look like someone who knows how to pump gas?
Me: Um...(Well, you're driving a car so I'd assume yes but clearly...no?)
SS: Screw it, I'm just gonna call triple A.
Me: Ok great, sounds like you have a plan, have a nice day!

And I escaped to the safety of my mom's car. Who was hysterically laughing because my "Helping people is nice" attitude gets me in situations like these. She's more of the "sorry I can't help you" attitude. Before she even knows the problem. Oh and I checked as I was walking away...in state plates. I mean, still could've just moved here I guess...

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« Reply #25475 on: February 12, 2014, 04:13:40 PM »
My late great-aunt, who, even while older, was perfectly capable of pumping her own gas and knew how, would go to gas stations and lay on the horn until someone came out to help her. She was definitely an SS, in that and many other ways.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25476 on: February 12, 2014, 04:49:40 PM »
I grew up in a state that has all self serve stations so it always takes me a minute when I go up to visit family in NJ to remember I'm not supposed to pump it myself. 
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25477 on: February 12, 2014, 04:52:49 PM »
I miss full service stations, you rarely see them now. There used to be one went to where they cleaned the windscreen while they filled you up and then gave us kids minties.

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« Reply #25478 on: February 12, 2014, 04:58:06 PM »
I miss full service stations, you rarely see them now. There used to be one went to where they cleaned the windscreen while they filled you up and then gave us kids minties.

They also checked your oil and your tire pressure too.  I admit that I miss them and would be more than willing to pay a little bit more for my gas for a full service station!

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25479 on: February 12, 2014, 05:10:02 PM »
I grew up in a state that has all self serve stations so it always takes me a minute when I go up to visit family in NJ to remember I'm not supposed to pump it myself.

I always forget. When we were stationed at Ft. Dix, NJ, the on post gas station was self service. I was always getting yelled at by attendants off post. They didn't clean the windows though.

 

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25480 on: February 12, 2014, 05:16:40 PM »
I grew up in a state that has all self serve stations so it always takes me a minute when I go up to visit family in NJ to remember I'm not supposed to pump it myself.

I'm in WA state, I have to remember that in OR they aren't self serve either.

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« Reply #25481 on: February 12, 2014, 05:22:37 PM »
Nominating my director again.  Tomorrow the New England area is expecting a huge ice and snow storm.  Our Mayor is already telling us to STAY HOME.  The Governor is getting ready to declare a state of emergency.

Stonecold has told everyone they answer to her and not to the Mayor.  We are not, repeat NOT city employees.  (Never mind that our checks are signed by the comptroller and are paid for with taxpayer dollars.)  She expects everyone to be in or they will be docked.  Not being able to get out of the driveway or catch the buses that won't be running is no excuse. 

She isn't coming in HERSELF you understand.

Yup, more union action.  Maybe this time the mayor will even make good on his threat to fire her. 

And since I am talking blizzard snowflakes, I will also nominate the patrons who called last year when the city was shut down for four days and complained that they weren't able to get into the library to "get movies".  As in "We had to watch our old movies because you wasn't open!"  How did they get here?  Well, they WALKED through the three foot drifts, of course. 

While I understand the horror of being trapped in a house with only your family to entertain you, I do think you can find ways of keeping yourself going that don't entail hiking through unplowed streets to get a couple of DVDs.


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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25482 on: February 12, 2014, 05:33:20 PM »
She isn't coming in HERSELF you understand.

Isn't that nice? Yeah, maybe the mayor and union will finally do something.

Of course, if they do no more Stonecold stories! ::)

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« Reply #25483 on: February 12, 2014, 05:41:13 PM »
She isn't coming in HERSELF you understand.

Isn't that nice? Yeah, maybe the mayor and union will finally do something.

Of course, if they do no more Stonecold stories! ::)
I would LOVE to have a reason to stop telling the stories.  Then I would not need (and my coworkers would not need) therapeutic and chemical help to keep going.  ^_^

The director of another library system told me that she had had a talk with the president of our board and asked him if he realized that we were the laughing stock of the state because of Stonecold's "policies".  He let on that they were going to stand behind her 300% and that they had stopped the mayor from getting rid of her "last time." (I'm going ahead and guessing that was the time she threw a clipboard across the room because all the people attending the meeting were required to sign their names and she announced that she wasn't forced to put up with that *bleep* and walked out.)  All of this used to surprise me, then I remembered how hard it was to get rid of the elected officials who were caught on camera sleeping on the job, going home to watch television all day and taking their kids to Chuck E. Cheese on the taxpayer dollar,  the election official who proudly admitted she didn't send enough ballots to the parts of the city that conformed to a different political party because "they had so many left over last year" and so forth.  We may not be the MOST corrupt in the U.S. or even on the east coast, but we are running someone a close second! 

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25484 on: February 12, 2014, 05:51:04 PM »
She isn't coming in HERSELF you understand.

Isn't that nice? Yeah, maybe the mayor and union will finally do something.

Of course, if they do no more Stonecold stories! ::)

I am sure that Yarnspinner has at least a few untold stories to add to the archives...but would have to heavily edit them to avoid identifying details.  Sort of like the ending of the old Dragnet television series.....
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