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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #26371 on: April 18, 2014, 06:21:17 PM »
Seriously - she comes off like some kind of sociopath - blaming the bicycle rider that SHE hit for the accident and being more upset about the dent in her car than the other person's spinal damage...

Umm - is she living inside a soap opera where they'll just replace the actors around her if they get injured and can't keep up with the demands that her leading role in the show places on them?

Or something equally outrageous?
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #26372 on: April 18, 2014, 09:33:19 PM »
Two SS Stories, one mine and the other from a friend...

1)  Our condo board met last night and a unit owner who has been ignoring warnings about rule violations FINALLY showed up ONLY because we started fining him massive amounts of money.  (Funny how violations get fixed now that we are fining people in three digits.)  He went on and on for forty five minutes about how he shouldn't be fined because he never got any of the warnings (We know they were received because someone signed for them) and he's been sick and it's not fair because he's been in the country for 30 years and has worked hard and now he's losing everything. 

But here's the thing.  He kept changing the story:  sometimes he was in the country 50 years and other times, 30.  He had diabetes and heart disease...and one of my fellow board members said "Me, too.  I've had three surgeries in the last five months.  Somehow I still pay my bills.  Then it was his mother's fault for not giving him the letters on time.  Then he had no money.  Then he was paying out a few thousand on another condo he owned...the upshot of this was, no matter how many times it was pointed out that he DID in fact receive and sign for letters, he only acted when we started fining him.

He left...then kept coming back.  We had agreed we were going to reduce the fine since he had finally fixed the violation, but we were reconsidering it after he came back the fourth time to whine at us some more.   

2) A friend told me about HER friend's teen son's friend.  Max just got his driver's license.  In our state you are not allowed to drive for several months unless the person in the car with you is a responsible adult.  No friends, no peers, and so on.

Max lied to his friends, claimed the months were up, took the neighbor's car and took them joy riding.   He got the car up to 100 miles per hour (according to friend's friend.)  Kids were screaming for him to stop and let them out.  He only did when the police caught up with him and stopped him...and fined him Large Sum of Money and took away driver's license.

Max is an idiot and his friends are probably not terribly bright, but what puts this in special snowflake territory is that Max's parents want the neighbor (whose car Max essentially stole) and the other kids in the car, to share in the fine. 

Friend's friend says it isn't going to happen.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #26374 on: April 19, 2014, 02:11:21 AM »


2) A friend told me about HER friend's teen son's friend.  Max just got his driver's license.  In our state you are not allowed to drive for several months unless the person in the car with you is a responsible adult.  No friends, no peers, and so on.

Max lied to his friends, claimed the months were up, took the neighbor's car and took them joy riding.   He got the car up to 100 miles per hour (according to friend's friend.)  Kids were screaming for him to stop and let them out.  He only did when the police caught up with him and stopped him...and fined him Large Sum of Money and took away driver's license.

Max is an idiot and his friends are probably not terribly bright, but what puts this in special snowflake territory is that Max's parents want the neighbor (whose car Max essentially stole) and the other kids in the car, to share in the fine. 

Friend's friend says it isn't going to happen.
There was a similar incident near here - but 4 of the other teenagers died. They stole the neighbor's car, tried to "jump" the car going way to fast over an unlit/unguarded railroad crossing (Many RR crossings here are still higher than roads like massive speed bumps) There was a train stopped on the tracks.


4 kids were killed and 2 including the driver survived. The families tried to put the blame on the RR company (Which had broken no rules, regulations or laws) and the poor woman who's car was stolen and totaled. When she was interviewed she expressed sympathy for the teens who were killed and injured but also mentioned she didn't know what she was going to do to get to work. Which the families tried to play up as if she were an selfish person. I think the kids were able to get her keys from the house or carport so the parents said it was her fault they stole the car.


The driver plead no contest was was sentenced to 8 years. 
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #26375 on: April 19, 2014, 02:34:22 AM »
Unfortunately, my boss was a horrible snowflake recently.

Boss and I went to a conference recently - the sort where you book and pay to attend, and in return they give you lots of yummy food along with the conference content.

Conference comes, and then food is laid out for lunch. Along with the hot foods and salad, there's a sealed Caesar salad sitting off to the side. Boss is on a diet, and so opens up the Caesar salad because it has more lettuce and he isn't going to eat anything else.

Me: That's a sealed salad, and there's a name on the side. That's for someone specific.
Boss: Why would they get their own salad?
Me: They probably can't eat anything else because of food allergies. Leave it and eat the other salad.
Boss: Its fine. They're not here, so they don't want it, and besides there's plenty. And if they want more salad, they can eat the shared one as well.
Me: No, the open salad might contain what their allergic too, or be cross-contaminated from the kitchen.
Boss: Oh.

And then continued to dole out forkfuls of the sealed salad onto his plate.

To whoever it was that went hungry that day, I'm so sorry.  :-\

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #26376 on: April 19, 2014, 03:19:47 AM »
Friend's friend says it isn't going to happen.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #26377 on: April 19, 2014, 04:21:31 AM »
Reading some of the posts I just realized I was a special snowflake all through childhood.

Where I grew up there was a Blue, a Yellow, a Pink, a Purple and a Red Church all within 6 blocks of each other.  And there was an Aqua church about a mile away.  While I was expected to read the Bible, my family didn't go to church much. 

I did, however.  During the summer I would get bored on Sunday and go to random Sunday Schools or stop in at different VBS during the week and help make popsicle stick arks or whatever.  Every single church in the neighborhood a few times a year.

Only now do I realize that I was being a special snowflake.  I don't know how I would go about apologizing, it's been over 40 years.


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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #26378 on: April 19, 2014, 04:38:33 AM »
What's SS about that, zyrs? Doesn't seem like an issue to me.
 
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #26379 on: April 19, 2014, 04:47:11 AM »
What's SS about that, zyrs? Doesn't seem like an issue to me.

Well, we weren't members of any of the churches; I never signed up to be at VBS.  This random child would show up for church, go to Sunday School, maybe stay for the sermon and then leave.  When we went to church we went to a church across town.  They had no idea where I lived or how to get in touch with my mom if something happened to me.  I was really putting them all at risk.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #26380 on: April 19, 2014, 05:38:01 AM »
The car stories have reminded me of something that tends to happen every couple of years in my home state.

A group of young teenagers (usually siblings and cousins) steal a car and go joyriding late at night.  Police spot a stolen car being driven erratically and hit the siren.  The kids panic, try to outrun the cops and crash the car.  The whole mess ends with several injured or dead kids.

The family of the kids says it's the police's fault for giving chase. 

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #26381 on: April 19, 2014, 06:59:32 AM »
What's SS about that, zyrs? Doesn't seem like an issue to me.

Well, we weren't members of any of the churches; I never signed up to be at VBS.  This random child would show up for church, go to Sunday School, maybe stay for the sermon and then leave.  When we went to church we went to a church across town.  They had no idea where I lived or how to get in touch with my mom if something happened to me.  I was really putting them all at risk.

Nowadays a random child would be a problem (for insurance and liability issues, if nothing else) but not so much back then.

40 years ago, it isn't likely they would ask you about your parents or have any membership requirements for Sunday school. They would have wanted a headcount for VBS (they have to buy snacks and craft supplies) but one extra child might have been fine with them. My parents dragged me along on many a visit to other churches, and we sometimes had little visitors at our church or at religious activities. I never heard anyone complain.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #26382 on: April 19, 2014, 07:47:52 AM »
What's SS about that, zyrs? Doesn't seem like an issue to me.

Well, we weren't members of any of the churches; I never signed up to be at VBS.  This random child would show up for church, go to Sunday School, maybe stay for the sermon and then leave.  When we went to church we went to a church across town.  They had no idea where I lived or how to get in touch with my mom if something happened to me.  I was really putting them all at risk.

Nowadays a random child would be a problem (for insurance and liability issues, if nothing else) but not so much back then.

40 years ago, it isn't likely they would ask you about your parents or have any membership requirements for Sunday school. They would have wanted a headcount for VBS (they have to buy snacks and craft supplies) but one extra child might have been fine with them. My parents dragged me along on many a visit to other churches, and we sometimes had little visitors at our church or at religious activities. I never heard anyone complain.

Yeah, for regular church services, visitors here and there are usually expected, no headcount required.  And I doubt that the parental signup/liability was as big a deal back then as it would be today.  If anything, I'd imagine that those churches would get a warm fuzzy feeling knowing that a child liked church enough to show up even if his parents weren't taking him, and they'd hope that maybe they were able to reach out to you and make you feel welcome.

Several churches that I've gone to have actually bused children in to activities, children whose parents don't care to attend the church activities but are willing to let their children do so.  One church had a big bus every week for AWANA, and another would bus kids in for VBS.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #26383 on: April 19, 2014, 08:24:37 AM »
What's SS about that, zyrs? Doesn't seem like an issue to me.

Well, we weren't members of any of the churches; I never signed up to be at VBS.  This random child would show up for church, go to Sunday School, maybe stay for the sermon and then leave.  When we went to church we went to a church across town.  They had no idea where I lived or how to get in touch with my mom if something happened to me.  I was really putting them all at risk.

Nowadays a random child would be a problem (for insurance and liability issues, if nothing else) but not so much back then.

40 years ago, it isn't likely they would ask you about your parents or have any membership requirements for Sunday school. They would have wanted a headcount for VBS (they have to buy snacks and craft supplies) but one extra child might have been fine with them. My parents dragged me along on many a visit to other churches, and we sometimes had little visitors at our church or at religious activities. I never heard anyone complain.

My sister did this about 30 years ago. The little church (we weren't members) was easy walking distance from our house and not too far from sis's friends' house. Some of the kids going to VBS there knew sis, so the adults there were able to get in touch with mom. Sis and mom had a talk about not going where she wasn't invited.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #26384 on: April 19, 2014, 08:34:40 AM »
What's SS about that, zyrs? Doesn't seem like an issue to me.

Well, we weren't members of any of the churches; I never signed up to be at VBS.  This random child would show up for church, go to Sunday School, maybe stay for the sermon and then leave.  When we went to church we went to a church across town.  They had no idea where I lived or how to get in touch with my mom if something happened to me.  I was really putting them all at risk.
Actually back then it probably wasn't as much of an issue. They probably saw it as an opportunity to reach out to you. If they hadn't wanted you there on repeat visits they would have found a way to get hold of your parents.
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