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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #26070 on: March 29, 2014, 05:59:19 PM »
Cattlekid,
I had the same thing happen! But my book was stolen from a ladies' room, and then resold to the bookstore. I found it in the pile of returned books and they gave it back to me, disgruntled. I realize there wasn't a practical way to tell if the name in a book was that of a former owner or the current owner, but I didn't care- I hadn't had my final exam yet, and I needed the book! :)

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« Reply #26071 on: March 31, 2014, 08:07:27 AM »
Were they disgruntled AT YOU or at the situation? Because blaming you would be dumb.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #26072 on: March 31, 2014, 12:13:15 PM »
DH and I encountered a whole birthday party full of Special Snowflakes yesterday.  We were at a place that has bowling and bocce, as well as a restaurant and a bar.  We had a reservation for bowling and an early dinner to be eaten at the bowling lane. 

Everything was fine until a large party showed up for their reservation at the lanes next to us.  There were approximately 10 children, most of whom appeared to be under the age of five, even a couple of really little ones who were just toddling around.  It appeared that all of the parents/guardians were there as well.

Chaos ensued.  The children were allowed to "bowl" at will - they were taking our 13-16 pound bowling balls and trying to push them down the lanes.  They were walking all over the lanes and there were a couple of times that they walked directly in front of us as we were on the approach.  At some point, I feared that someone was going to get hurt. 

After several minutes, it was clear that the parents were not going to keep their kids out of harm's way.  It was unclear who belonged to who as far as parents/kids and also who was in charge of the party, so we went straight to the manager.  There were no other lanes open so we could not be moved but they did put up a rope (think like in an airport) between our lane and theirs and they spoke to the parents.  Of course, that didn't work too well as the kids just ducked under the rope and the parents remained unconcerned.

I shudder to think what would have happened if DH or I would have actually knocked down one of their kids as we aren't used to bowling with a swarm of small children to watch for.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #26073 on: March 31, 2014, 12:58:09 PM »
Not to mention with young ones who have short attention spans, you could bring something with you, they might play with it for a few minutes or look at pictures if they're not good readers yet, and get tired and restless if the trip goes longer than expected.

I had to take my youngest with me to get a window replaced on our van a couple months ago, as the back window had broken. I brought along a small toy that did make noise but it wasn't loud and you can actually control the volume.  I also brought a book with a few Thomas the Tank engine stories and some snacks.  We were there for about an hour and he barely touched the toy, let me read him two of the 5 minute stories but the rest of the time he wanted to wander around the lobby, run behind the desk, drink from the fountain, try and get into the bathrooms, pull flowers off the potted plant (I have to admit he got one but it at least was already dying).

So even well prepared moms can have a hard time if the child has a lot of energy but a short attention span.

This has happened to me, too.  DS was two when I had an emergency on the road and had to take the car to an auto repair shop right away.  It was supposed to be just a quick trip to the supermarket.   I had some toys in the car, but in my frazzled state due to the emergency I left them in the car.  By the time I realized they were not with me, it was too late to get them from the car that was getting repaired.  I had a couple of small toys in my purse but it was not enough to keep him occupied the entire time.  There was definitely a lot of "DS, stop running and sit here with me," or "DS, stop touching that!"

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #26074 on: March 31, 2014, 01:34:28 PM »
With the bowling, man that would make me mad as well to see behavior like that!  DH used to bowl in leagues, and would like to still but for his schedule making it tough to do so.  His mother taught him to bowl when he was young and as part of that, also taught him lane etiquette.  For instance, if the person in the lane right next to you is approaching, you wait till they're done and released the ball before you make your approach.

Letting kids run amock is quite rude, IMO, when it could lead to injury to the child or another bowler.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #26075 on: March 31, 2014, 09:49:16 PM »
Our gym has two main sets of locker rooms.  One is adults 19 and over only.  The other is a general locker room. There are signs on the door of this set that an adult with a child of opposite gender over the age of 5 should use the special locker rooms.  There was a woman with a young boy, approximately 9-10 years old in the women's locker room.  Kid was looking all around and making a lot of women very uncomfortable.

Another woman told her she should not have her child in the main locker room.  SS said that she couldn't let pwecious go in the men's locker room alone & there was no reason not to have him in there.  First woman pointed out that there were big HONKIN' RED signs on the door of the locker room with the policy stated & that son was making everyone very uncomfortable.  SS claimed she hadn't seen the signs....

I can understand being uncomfortable sending your kid alone into a locker room, but there are separate rooms for just that purpose.  Don't give everyone else the willies by dragging your child where he shouldn't be.

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« Reply #26076 on: April 01, 2014, 12:14:28 AM »
Our gym has two main sets of locker rooms.  One is adults 19 and over only.  The other is a general locker room. There are signs on the door of this set that an adult with a child of opposite gender over the age of 5 should use the special locker rooms.  There was a woman with a young boy, approximately 9-10 years old in the women's locker room.  Kid was looking all around and making a lot of women very uncomfortable.

Another woman told her she should not have her child in the main locker room.  SS said that she couldn't let pwecious go in the men's locker room alone & there was no reason not to have him in there.  First woman pointed out that there were big HONKIN' RED signs on the door of the locker room with the policy stated & that son was making everyone very uncomfortable.  SS claimed she hadn't seen the signs....

I can understand being uncomfortable sending your kid alone into a locker room, but there are separate rooms for just that purpose.  Don't give everyone else the willies by dragging your child where he shouldn't be.

My local YMCA has the same type of locker room set up.  The staff there have no problem with telling parents like this that they need to use the family locker room and not the adult room. 

I don't know if they actually followed through, but when they opened up the family locker room, they made it clear in the email that they would be willing to cancel memberships if there were multiple complaints. 

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« Reply #26077 on: April 01, 2014, 11:10:13 AM »
That reminds me of when my daughter was a baby, and I wanted to use the "family bathroom" at our local mall.  This was a large room with the usual bathroom stuff (toilet and sink) as well as a changing table and a chair for breastfeeding.  As it so happened, I needed all of it.  Trouble was, the room was occupied.  I waited for a good ten minutes for the people inside to be done, but I didn't really mind, because I know how long it takes to deal with babies and small children ...

... except that, when the door opened, one person emerged.  A man, who had no children with him.  I stared at him in disbelief and he gave me an insolent "What are YOU looking at?" expression.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #26078 on: April 01, 2014, 12:04:24 PM »
One from my husband:

He works at Starbucks and he was called over to the drive through to run money on a woman's loyalty card.  She was buying a drink and wanted the card run for the drink first and then money added. No problem.  He runs the card for her drink, adds the $50 she handed him to her card, gives her both receipts, all is well. 

Not quite.

This woman could not understand why she had two receipts and refused to understand that two transactions generate two receipts.  She accused them of stealing her money.  No amount of math or explanations would satisfy her.  She parked her car in the drive through during morning rush and refused to move.  She blocked in everyone behind her.  After 15 minutes my DH said that he was tired of being nice and comping drinks for the people stranded behind her and he called the police.  She finally moved when she saw the car come up.

By call the police I mean he sent someone to the hospital next door to get one f the cops who is always in their parking lot for some reason.  they came right over.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #26079 on: April 01, 2014, 12:41:57 PM »
Hoo boy.  That reminds me of one that I saw recently on Not Always Right - a woman had bought a big-ticket item (a TV, possibly) and put it on her credit card.  She then phoned the store a month later in a fury, accusing them of double-charging her for the TV.  Why?  Because she'd already "paid" for it with her credit card, and now the credit card was asking her to pay their bill. 

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #26080 on: April 01, 2014, 12:49:21 PM »
I went to the zoo with a friend of mine yesterday.  Now friend has multiple 6 month old babies.  By multiple, I mean more than 3 (she made the news.  I don't want to be too specific).  Obviously, her stroller is huge, and she gets lots of stares.  A woman walked up to my friend, and asked if she could take a picture.  Friend said no.  Apparently the lady was not expecting that, because she moved around and started bringing up her phone like she was going to take the picture.  Friend said "No thank you" a little more firmly, and the lady looked really surprised that my friend was not jumping at the chance to be in some random person's pictures.

OTOH, I apparently have RBF (resting ***** face) and don't look approachable.  Friend went into the bathroom, and I started changing baby diapers.  A lady came over with her child, and counted the babies.  Looked at me like she was going to ask something, did a double take at me (note I also had my own LO on my back), said "Oh, wow" and turned and went inside.  I was generally amused.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #26081 on: April 01, 2014, 03:23:35 PM »
That reminds me of when my daughter was a baby, and I wanted to use the "family bathroom" at our local mall.  This was a large room with the usual bathroom stuff (toilet and sink) as well as a changing table and a chair for breastfeeding.  As it so happened, I needed all of it.  Trouble was, the room was occupied.  I waited for a good ten minutes for the people inside to be done, but I didn't really mind, because I know how long it takes to deal with babies and small children ...

... except that, when the door opened, one person emerged.  A man, who had no children with him.  I stared at him in disbelief and he gave me an insolent "What are YOU looking at?" expression.

I wouldn't call him a special snowflake. It's still just a bathroom and I think it falls under the same etiquette as a handicapped stall. It's there for when certain people need it, but it isn't rude for anyone else to use it if it's available.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #26082 on: April 01, 2014, 03:42:32 PM »
There was a tiny jeep on the road in front of me yesterday. It was perched on ridiculously wide, gigantic truck wheels. And the driver was dangerously cutting off anyone he could, including a car about to cross the railroad tracks. It was like watching a toddler in their mommy's heels and dress trying to race past a bunch of adults & not trip. I'm honestly surprised he didn't kill anyone.


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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #26083 on: April 01, 2014, 04:55:27 PM »
Thing is, the family bathroom is supposed to be reserved for parents with small children.  That guy could've used the men's room.

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« Reply #26084 on: April 01, 2014, 04:57:26 PM »
Thing is, the family bathroom is supposed to be reserved for parents with small children.  That guy could've used the men's room.
Maybe not.  He could have bashful bladder.
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