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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #27405 on: June 12, 2014, 07:18:08 PM »
I still don't think of that as Special Snowflake. Disorganized, certainly; annoying, yes. But not really demanding such special treatment just because she's special.

I think part of being a Special Snowflake is that you're so immersed in your own little world that you don't even consider everyone else that you're inconveniencing.  And this woman certainly fits the bill in that regard. 

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #27406 on: June 12, 2014, 07:22:28 PM »
Agreed.  I've worked in customer service, and this is the same kind of person who would come up to the front desk and demand my attention instantly, even if I was helping someone else.  It was as if the Special Snowflake couldn't even see the other person.  Of course no one else exists!

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #27407 on: June 12, 2014, 07:44:27 PM »
I still don't think of that as Special Snowflake. Disorganized, certainly; annoying, yes. But not really demanding such special treatment just because she's special.

I think part of being a Special Snowflake is that you're so immersed in your own little world that you don't even consider everyone else that you're inconveniencing.  And this woman certainly fits the bill in that regard.

I agree.  I think the woman was definitely a special snowflake.  And I don't think we need to police the thread for "real" special snowflakes to the point where people are afraid to post stories.  If the behavior cannot possibly be considered snowflakey, fine, point that out (we had some customer service stories a while back that were like that).  But in this case, there's definitely enough self-centered behavior that many/most consider it snowflakey, so let's agree that maybe some of us have a more strict definition than others, and maybe just leave it at that?

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #27408 on: June 12, 2014, 09:10:32 PM »
I still don't think of that as Special Snowflake. Disorganized, certainly; annoying, yes. But not really demanding such special treatment just because she's special.

I think part of being a Special Snowflake is that you're so immersed in your own little world that you don't even consider everyone else that you're inconveniencing.  And this woman certainly fits the bill in that regard.

We'll have to disagree--I don't think it's the same level of entitlement, to simply be absorbed in your own life.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #27409 on: June 12, 2014, 09:12:51 PM »
Possibly half the people listed in this thread were "simply absorbed with themselves". I would consider myself a SS if I pulled the aforementioned stunt at the store where I used to work, express lane or no.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #27410 on: June 12, 2014, 09:16:09 PM »
I nominate my fellow patient at the antenatal clinic.     I had been waiting 2.5 hours for my appointment (a big issue, but long story and irrelevant), the Dr finally comes out and calls my name and I head to the door, only to be blocked by another patient accosting the Dr wanting to know where she was in the queue and when it was her turn.   

Yes, it's awful waiting over 2 hours to be seen by a Dr for a routine check-up, and I'm pretty sure she'd been waiting nearly as long as I had (it's a huge clinic at the hospital with a few dozen people in the waiting room so hard to tell, but she'd been there awhile).   But that doesn't mean, when you hear the Dr call the name of somebody else you jump in, further delaying a clearly overloaded system.   Because, you know, the faster the Dr got to actually see me the sooner the other lady's turn would come.  ::)

Incidentally, I too had earlier checked to see where I was in the queue - but I checked with the admin staff at the desk when they weren't busy checking in any new patients, I didn't wait and pounce on the next Dr who stuck their head out.    And yes, I was also annoyed that the Dr didn't direct SS to check with the admin staff instead of stopping to assist them, it was only a few minutes but it was annoying seeing my turn had *finally* arrived.  Oh and the Dr momentarily considered letting SS go ahead of me - she paused and asked me "How long have you been waiting?" and my response was a polite but firm:   "Since 9:30 and I'm definitely not waiting any longer."   She reassured SS of her spot in the queue and saw me as she should.    (I saw when the Dr went and checked the pile of files for SS's, SS's was a couple below mine in the pile, so unless there'd been some odd mix-up it was definitely my turn!).   I finally got to work at 1:15pm that day, and the antenatal clinic had the cheek this week to try to auto-book me for another Wednesday appointment and left a message on my cell about it "informing" me of when it is.   I will be calling back and confirming as discussed with them previously that there is no way I will be attending that specific Dr clinic in future!!
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #27411 on: June 12, 2014, 09:34:34 PM »
This is why at the radiology clinic there we signs that explain that people who Coe, in after you may be seen before you because of the different sorts of scans they need. That can also go for making appointments. DH got in the same day for a CT scan but I wasn't while to get an antenatal ultrasound for two weeks, which was too late so I had to call around to various clinics to get in sooner.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #27412 on: June 12, 2014, 11:54:29 PM »
I nominate my fellow patient at the antenatal clinic.     I had been waiting 2.5 hours for my appointment (a big issue, but long story and irrelevant), the Dr finally comes out and calls my name and I head to the door, only to be blocked by another patient accosting the Dr wanting to know where she was in the queue and when it was her turn.   

Yes, it's awful waiting over 2 hours to be seen by a Dr for a routine check-up, and I'm pretty sure she'd been waiting nearly as long as I had (it's a huge clinic at the hospital with a few dozen people in the waiting room so hard to tell, but she'd been there awhile).   But that doesn't mean, when you hear the Dr call the name of somebody else you jump in, further delaying a clearly overloaded system.   Because, you know, the faster the Dr got to actually see me the sooner the other lady's turn would come.  ::)

Incidentally, I too had earlier checked to see where I was in the queue - but I checked with the admin staff at the desk when they weren't busy checking in any new patients, I didn't wait and pounce on the next Dr who stuck their head out.    And yes, I was also annoyed that the Dr didn't direct SS to check with the admin staff instead of stopping to assist them, it was only a few minutes but it was annoying seeing my turn had *finally* arrived.  Oh and the Dr momentarily considered letting SS go ahead of me - she paused and asked me "How long have you been waiting?" and my response was a polite but firm:   "Since 9:30 and I'm definitely not waiting any longer."   She reassured SS of her spot in the queue and saw me as she should.    (I saw when the Dr went and checked the pile of files for SS's, SS's was a couple below mine in the pile, so unless there'd been some odd mix-up it was definitely my turn!).   I finally got to work at 1:15pm that day, and the antenatal clinic had the cheek this week to try to auto-book me for another Wednesday appointment and left a message on my cell about it "informing" me of when it is.   I will be calling back and confirming as discussed with them previously that there is no way I will be attending that specific Dr clinic in future!!

The woman was a SS Ceallach, and I'm glad that you didn't let her walk on you.

You reminded me of something from my youth.  Both of my children were delivered by our family practice doctor, who had a busy office with long waits occasionally up to two hours.  When I was expecting my first child I called the doctor's office one day and told them that I'd need to reschedule my routine appointment for that day because I was tired, had a cold, and was too sick to sit and wait to see the doctor for a routine visit.  [I was no where near term.] 

I can't believe that I did that - must have been pregnancy brain.  The office staff was taken aback, but I was adamant that I wasn't going to make the long drive to another town after teaching all day and sit and wait for a routine appointment when I had an annoying cold and felt crummy.  I rescheduled, and the nurse practitioner did call to check up on me.

When I was expecting my second child four years later the office policy had changed, and routine pregnancy checkup patients were taken in immediately at their appointment times.  I don't think the policy was necessarily changed due to my mini rebellion, but I suspect that it helped bring the issue to the attention of the staff.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #27413 on: June 13, 2014, 12:45:28 AM »
I still don't think of that as Special Snowflake. Disorganized, certainly; annoying, yes. But not really demanding such special treatment just because she's special.

I think part of being a Special Snowflake is that you're so immersed in your own little world that you don't even consider everyone else that you're inconveniencing.  And this woman certainly fits the bill in that regard.

We'll have to disagree--I don't think it's the same level of entitlement, to simply be absorbed in your own life.

I'm with you, Toots. Inconsiderate and rude to be sure, but not SS.
 
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #27414 on: June 13, 2014, 03:48:46 AM »
I nominate this person: http://gothamist.com/2014/06/12/water_fountain_or_dog_bidet.php#

That's some special entitlement right there.
 
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #27415 on: June 13, 2014, 04:53:32 AM »
I nominate this person: http://gothamist.com/2014/06/12/water_fountain_or_dog_bidet.php#

That's some special entitlement right there.

That is just disgusting!

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #27416 on: June 13, 2014, 07:00:16 AM »
it is disgusting. And totally bizarre that anyone would think that was OK.

Although with an open air drinking fountain there must always be the possibility of wild birds and animals being on/in the fountain so the extra contamination may be less that you'd think at first glance!

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #27417 on: June 13, 2014, 08:26:38 AM »
Last night at a restaurant, a family had their toddler with them. I'd say the kid was probably a little younger than 2 years old. They were sitting at a table, with an empty booth behind them. They plunked the toddler into the empty booth and ignored him while they ate. The kid was grabbing the rolled cutlery and tossing it, climbing up onto the table, and knocking over the salt and pepper shakers all while squealing at the top of his lungs. As we were getting up to leave a rather irritated looking manager was heading in the direction of their table. Hopefully to tell them to get their kid out of the booth, because by that point it had been more or less trashed.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #27418 on: June 13, 2014, 09:03:57 AM »
On the flip side of people who try to cut in line at the doctor's office are those that don't understand triag.


Someone who comes in having anaphylactic allergic reaction gets jumped to the front of the line in most circumstances. I can't tell you how many times someone has yelled at me or my family because I got rushed to the back and put on O2 and a O2 monitor before the doc even got there. I get that being in an ER can be scary. But the staff can't tell you my information. Honestly I think those experiences are part of the reason I'm so up front about both the peanut and skin disorder. My parents would calmly tell the agitated person, "My daughter's throat is swelling closed and her heart is being overloaded due to a life threatening allergic reaction. If they don't put her on Oxygen now she will suffocate. The person backed down almost every time. Triage people would thank my parents for handling the situation. On the flip side my parents never went off on the triage people when they had to wait for sis's broken bones to be handled.


After being treated I'm supposed to follow up with my GP. Not so much now but when I was  kid that meant no waiting room. Dr. George had 3 regular treatment rooms then one off to the other side of the hall. We would walk in and one of the the nurses would whisk me back to that one to the side and close the door, before mom could even check me in. Other Moms would start complaining we were here first. Why is she going back now. It didn't mean we got seen before our turn. That room was for patients who were immune suppressed for some reason. In my case because of being on steroids.  Sis wasn't allowed in. She had to stay in the waiting room or sit on a bench in the hallway. Again my Mom would explain that I was temporary immune suppressed and had to be isolated while we waited our turn. When we left, we weren't out the door before someone started scrubbing that room down.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #27419 on: June 13, 2014, 09:06:06 AM »
Likewise someone going into sepsis from a raging infection that has gone untreated.

I think people get fixated on the numbering systems used in certain settings and the idea that everyone has to wait their turn.