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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25485 on: February 12, 2014, 04:52:25 PM »
And people wonder why so many have a lack of faith in government and public servants... ::)

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25486 on: February 12, 2014, 05:15:04 PM »
Yarnspinner, I used to be amused at your stories about Stonecold but no more. I truly, deeply feel for you and your co-workers. It sounds so far beyond awful that Jupiter would be closer.

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« Reply #25487 on: February 12, 2014, 05:20:25 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! 

So is there any way to get rid of the board..or at least reassign them to other boards?
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25488 on: February 12, 2014, 05:42:40 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...

The heck? I'm from Oregon, one of (I believe) two states in the Union where pumping your own gas is illegal, and the first time I drove out of state by myself it took me all of 2 minutes to figure out how to pump my own gas, despite never having done it before. It's not rocket science.

Although now, living in the frozen Great White North, I miss having a guy come over to fill up my tank for me while I wait in the toasty warm car.


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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25489 on: February 12, 2014, 05:48:58 PM »
Snow flake failure to merge.

This afternoon I was attempting to merge on to the interstate (I live a rural area, the interstate had a fair amount of traffic, but usually plenty of room to move over when someone is trying to merge on). As I turned on to the entrance ramp, I looked down/over and saw that there were no vehicles on the road, so I sped up to the speed limit on the interstate and looked over again 5 seconds later to merge on and I'm glad I did. There was a big pick up truck in the lane next to the ramp. He was going the same speed as I was at that point, and I couldn't move over, so I had to slam on my breaks to avoid going off the road and to be able to move over before the merge lane ended.

The part that makes that person a snowflake (at least in my book) is that there was no one else around on the interstate, he could have moved over without much effort. :(

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« Reply #25490 on: February 12, 2014, 05:54:29 PM »
Snow flake failure to merge.

This afternoon I was attempting to merge on to the interstate (I live a rural area, the interstate had a fair amount of traffic, but usually plenty of room to move over when someone is trying to merge on). As I turned on to the entrance ramp, I looked down/over and saw that there were no vehicles on the road, so I sped up to the speed limit on the interstate and looked over again 5 seconds later to merge on and I'm glad I did. There was a big pick up truck in the lane next to the ramp. He was going the same speed as I was at that point, and I couldn't move over, so I had to slam on my breaks to avoid going off the road and to be able to move over before the merge lane ended.

The part that makes that person a snowflake (at least in my book) is that there was no one else around on the interstate, he could have moved over without much effort. :(

Well the truck on the interstate has the right of way.  It's up to traffic entering the highway to modulate their speed to merge into traffic.
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« Reply #25491 on: February 12, 2014, 05:56:51 PM »
I know that, but the fact that the road was wide open and he could have moved...and well, that's what I would do, I guess I the SS in this one, eh?

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25492 on: February 12, 2014, 05:57:58 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! 

So is there any way to get rid of the board..or at least reassign them to other boards?

Ah, more than one of us has asked that over the years.  I was told the board can only be dissolved by the mayor.  Sadly, they are also a self perpetuating board which means when one of their members leaves they invite someone to be on the board...there are no elections.  Almost three years ago, they won a legal point against the city and promised that when legal point about finances became official, they would step down and hold board elections.  Yeah, that hasn't happened, either.  In private, one or two of them will admit that Stonecold is the most incompetent creature on earth.  However, they all like having power over the $$$$$ which they didn't have before.  TBH, we very much doubt that it isn't Stonecold who makes policy anymore...we suspect the board does it because she doesn't know how to or won't.  I've been to board meetings and had others described to me where the board members try to get any kind of answer out of Stoney regarding policies and budgets and....she sits and plays with her smartphone.  Another coworker/union steward told me about a meeting with state officials where a board member had to reach over and take the phone away from her because she wasn't listening to what the officials were saying. And of course, there was the classic meeting where Stonecold got bored, got up from, called someone and left the meeting....and the board didn't realize she was gone for almost forty five minutes.  We'd make a great sitcom.  So basically, a lot of library policy MIGHT be made by a judge with no judgement, an accountant without accountability, a teacher who is unable to learn and several other ethically challenged individuals.....

Anyway, let's not derail the other snowflakes.  If anything happens to Stonecold, I promise to make an entry about it here somewhere.

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« Reply #25493 on: February 12, 2014, 07:10:52 PM »

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.
That reminds me of another difference between my teammates and me. I always use purses/bags that zip close. They tend to use ones that have a flap with a magnetic snap or draw strings.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25494 on: February 12, 2014, 07:55:20 PM »
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.

The intersection at the end of our street is one of those.  We live on a fairly standard road, albeit a busy one, but the road it comes off is a major 4 lane each direction road.     Understandably, there are traffic lights to turn across the traffic into our street, given it requires crossing 4 lanes of high speed traffic!   

Special Snowflakes love, love, love running the red turn arrow.   The stupid thing is that this arrow goes twice in close succession - it goes once, then the traffic from the side street gets to come out, then there's another chance to turn before the vehicles on the main road get a green light again.   Yet regardless of whether it's the first green or the second green, several cars will go through on the yellow and usually at least 1-2 on the red.  I'll turn on yellow on occasion in certain circumstances, but I never run a red light.

On one occasion I was queueing with a bunch of cars to turn, but didn't make it through the green.   Three cars ahead of me went through on yellow/red.   I stopped at the red light (the most definitely red, no question about it, red light!)  The vehicle behind me sat on his horn in fury because I hadn't run the red light....  because apparently he wanted to run it too.    When the light went green he then tailgated me down the side street until I turned off into my driveway (and yes I considered going to a fake location just in case, but I think he was just in a hurry and impatient, not dangerous).  I still find it hard to believe somebody had the audacity to be angry at me for not breaking the law and endangering my safety and that of the other drivers.

The other infuriating thing is after the first green, the pedestrians get the green on the crosswalk, walking across the main road in front of the turning lane.  It would be quite easy for one of these SS to accidentally hit a pedestrian in their efforts to get through the intersection.    I was really pleased as a pedestrian one day as I crossed the road with DS in the stroller, that a police officer was behind the SS red-light runner, and pulled her over in the side street for a ticket.  I actually wanted to go up and thank the officers!!  I didn't, I let them do their job.  But it was so nice to see some consequences, particularly as I'd had to hesitate in crossing to avoid being hit by the car.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25495 on: February 12, 2014, 08:12:45 PM »
I'm getting sick of the SS fellow train travellers who use the wide gates because they're too lazy to get out their ticket (or they are travelling illegally without a ticket).    To be clear, the wide gate is clearly marked as being for people with disabilities, the elderly, pregnant women, and people with strollers, bicycles, or suitcases.    Basically anybody who can't safely get through the regular width turnstiles.   The staff do attempt to enforce this, however at certain times it's really hard for them to do so without seriously impeding the flow of commuters or having an unsustainable number of staff on duty. 

Back when I was a regular commuter it amused me a little, because having my ticket ready I could quite quickly get through the turnstile and on my way, while a crowd of people pushed their way through the wide gate.   (Basically, due to the nature of the people who need to use the gate, it doesn't shut as fast as the normal turnstiles.  What that means is if a crowd keep pushing through it won't shut for safety reasons, so they can all keep pushing through without needing a ticket).   Then when I was heavily pregnant it became unsafe for me to use the regular turnstile as it would close too fast and hit my belly - one close call and I stopped. And then I discovered that having to wait and queue in a big crowd to get through the 1 big turnstile gate, just because people don't want to go through the 8 other turnstiles, really sucks.   

I know all about invisible disabilities - my best friend is in her 20s, very slim and very pretty.  I tell you this because nobody at a glance would ever think there was something wrong with her.  But she has very complicated health issues including a rare spinal cyst that leaves her in constant pain, walks very slowly, and means climbing even 1 stair is agonising.  When I'm with her I'm great at coming up with creative routes to get places!  So I know a certain number of people do need the gate and we have no way of knowing which they are. However, there is no way this many people all have invisible disabilities.   No way.   If there were this many people with invisible disabilities in the world, we would be in serious crisis.     Today my stroller was kicked (accidentally) by a guy pushing his way ahead of me through the wide gate.  He was wearing a personal trainers uniform (labelled), carrying a sports bag and a sports drink, and playing with his mobile phone.    A small part of me wanted to call out "Idiocy is not a disability", but of course I did not.  Unfortunately my son is just too big now to carry in a baby carrier, so I have to use the stroller.   I'm also annoyed when I have to wait for the elevators or can't get a seat on the entrance area of the train (there are stairs up and down to the main seating sections, but some people just prefer to sit in the entrance area because it's nearer the doors).   However, those places are technically still for everybody so I get that I can't complain.  It is frustrating when you've spent years leaving the special accommodations for those who need them, and when you need them temporarily yourself others don't show the same courtesy!

I work with people with disabilities and I know how frustrating this type of situation is for them.  I'm of course very grateful that this is a short-term frustration for me and that most of the time I don't have to contend with this type of thing!
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« Reply #25496 on: February 12, 2014, 08:15:52 PM »
My coworkers are being kinda SS at the moment, and it's really ticking me off.  >:(

We work on slightly different schedules - when we're not busy enough to have overtime, my coworkers (including our supervisor) work 6am-2pm, and I work 9am-5pm. Right at the moment we're really slow, to the point of sometimes running out of things to do. Slow enough, in fact, that my coworkers (yes, still including our supervisor) have taken to spending at least an hour every morning sitting outside chatting before anyone else (like the boss!) gets in to see them.

Why does this bother me? Because they're also being oh-so-careful to leave plenty of stuff for ME to do, so that after they've gone home I won't run out of work and 'have to' sit around. Not that I would - I've been finding things I can help another area with - but oh no, Deity forbid I might be forced to do the exact same thing they CHOOSE to do every day! >:(
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25497 on: February 13, 2014, 01:46:44 AM »
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!

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« Reply #25498 on: February 13, 2014, 06:39:08 AM »
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On one occasion I was queueing with a bunch of cars to turn, but didn't make it through the green.   Three cars ahead of me went through on yellow/red.   I stopped at the red light (the most definitely red, no question about it, red light!)  The vehicle behind me sat on his horn in fury because I hadn't run the red light....  because apparently he wanted to run it too.    When the light went green he then tailgated me down the side street until I turned off into my driveway (and yes I considered going to a fake location just in case, but I think he was just in a hurry and impatient, not dangerous).  I still find it hard to believe somebody had the audacity to be angry at me for not breaking the law and endangering my safety and that of the other drivers.

I'm ot sure if I have mentioned this on this thread before, but I had a situation a little while back where I stopped at a red light for some roadworks. It was red well before I got there, so not just changing . The roadworks were on a winding country road and the lights were just before a huge bend, so there was no way to see the traffic coming the other way.
Guy behind me decided that the thing to do was to overtake me in order to go through on red...!

Stupid and dangerous at any time, but given that the roadworks were to replace a retaining wall and the half of the carriageway which it supported, so there was literally nowhere to go if he'd met someone in the single file traffic - 7' high stone cliff on one side, long plummet on the other..

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« Reply #25499 on: February 13, 2014, 06:47:51 AM »
Had to deal with a few SS yesterday in the office.  We had some issues that caused call volume to spike a great deal then the issue was resolved within a hour.  Of course that did not stop some people from:

*Talking to their fellow co-workers around them instead of taking calls to help clear the queues faster

*One person who just had to walk to the large window facing the parking lot to remote start his car 15 minutes before the end of his shift.  There was no reason why he could not have waited till 5 minutes before (like it would make much difference anyways for his car).

*A few whining that they could not go to lunch immediately or work their special projects as the higher manager said none of those until the queues were under control.  Most people I work with I believe can wait an extra 30 minutes to eat lunch unless they are on a special diet or have a doctor's note on record that they must eat at an exact time every day (my opinion only)

Then there were the SS customers:

*I waited 30 minutes+ to talk to someone.  If I was calling in and the wait time was at least 10 minutes or more, I would think that was most likely an indication of an issue going on then call back when the wait time was less to ask about it as it is rare to be short handed staff wise.  I understand if some people are told by their bosses to sit and wait for someone but I am sure the people calling in would have wanted to do other things besides wait up to an hour to be told "yes there is an issue, we don't have details on it yet..." I could not say "do not yell or complain to the agents about things they cannot control like the issue that happened or the wait times, they are doing their best to answer calls & log them.."

*Customers who were asked to try to see if  the issue was resolved when we got emails the issue was resolved & to ask customers to re-test.  Of course some of them had fits when asked to test things after they made the complaint about wait time.  100% of my customers I spoke with who did the requested test noticed things were working again.