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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #27420 on: June 13, 2014, 10:03:40 AM »
Why was there  a cop there in the first place, demanding people's SS#?

The first three numbers of my Social Security# is the same as the first three of my driver's license.  DL# is not based on SS#, but on a soundex of the first few letters of my last name.  So by the cop's thinking, I married DH and moved to Maryland just to get those 3 numbers to match.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #27421 on: June 13, 2014, 10:16:52 AM »
I've had similar misunderstandings about my name.  My last name is hyphenated, so often when someone asks for my last name and I start to say "Piggott-Higgenbottom" (for example), they'll think that I'm giving my full name and will bark "I said last name!"  "That is my last name!  It's hyphenated!"

I've now learned to say "My last name is Piggott (pause) hyphen Higgenbottom."  Saves some confusion.  :)

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #27422 on: June 13, 2014, 10:17:59 AM »
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Why was there  a cop there in the first place, demanding people's SS#?

Yeha, that's weird.
What was he doing with those numbers? Just making you state them aloud?

Was he checking them against a list or something?

Or was he just making sure that everybody could -answer- that question, so he could weed out people who didn't have their SSN either memorized or with them, so they wouldn't waste time in the line?

Or so he could find people who didn't have a SSN, such as undocumented persons?

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« Reply #27423 on: June 13, 2014, 10:20:26 AM »
I think it wasn't the check writing or even the fumbling in her purse for the checkbook that was the special snowflakiness.  I think it was the adding on extra things to her purchase, pushing it into an amount that she, being a manager at that store, would know would require manager approval, and doing so piecemeal so that the transaction had to be recalculated multiple times, that made her a special snowflake.

This.  She knew how to make the transaction quicker and decidedly chose not to, purposefully inconveniencing those around her.



From a cashiers point of view, this person was SS. It is a minor irritation for someone to write a check, however, the express lanes are just that, fast service.

I don't mind if you are writing a check, but, if you are digging through your purse, looking for your checkbook, then, you fill in the register first, then you write the check, then decide to add things to the order, you are not only irritating the cashier, but the people that are in line, and lining up behind. The really grumpy customers will then yell at me, because the person causing the delay has delayed them even more.

I don't know how other stores work, but cashiers are timed on how long it takes to start and finish a customers order, and when someone takes that much time, it affects negatively on the cashier. Customers don't know that, but I will tell them if they ask.

Or she's scatterbrained.

Sorry, I'm not on board with this verdict.

My husband's elderly aunt was like this.   Now, I realize that you can be sort of caught up in watching the scanner so you don't realize that you need to write a check until she's done.   THat was not the case with aunt.  She would not even unzip her purse until the cashier told her the total.   while standing in line, we'd remind her to take out her checkbook and start filling in the store name, date, etc.   

Her reply "I don't do that.   They (the people behind her) can just wait".

That is a special snowflake.  She had no reason for inconveniencing those around her, only that she just didn't care and wanted to do it her way.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #27424 on: June 13, 2014, 10:26:15 AM »
I had to renew my drivers licence a few years ago, and for some reason, there was an intimidating cop at the front door.  (Have had kids get their licensees in the meantime, and have never seen a cop in that same station since)

"State your social security number Ma'm!"
"555-"
"NO!  Not your phone number, your social!"
"555-"
"Did you not understand me?  Your social security number!"


I don't know exactly how many years ago this was, but I know if I had been asked to do that anytime within the past 10 years I would have refused.  There is no way I'm going tell anyone what my social security number is in public.  You never know who is listening, and it just takes being in ear shot of the wrong person to create a world of trouble for me.  Besides, how would the cop know you were telling the truth?  If he's  not using the number to look up your name and verify who you are, a person could make up any number.  Three numbers - two numbers - four numbers.

A bit more off topic, but I don't know if anyone remembers the SS cards they gave out back when I first got mine (early 60's) it said right on the front of the card "Not to be used for identification purposes"  I don't know when they took it off, but I've had to get my card replaced around twenty or so years ago, and it's definitely not  on there now.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #27425 on: June 13, 2014, 12:49:09 PM »
My DH's SS card says that, he was born in 1971 and got it in his teens.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #27426 on: June 13, 2014, 01:31:44 PM »
It's still not truly identification. It has to be paired with an actual ID, and even then all it proves is that you have an SSN.

http://www.nationalnotary.org/bulletin/best_practices/tips/hotline_tip_is_social_security_card_a_valid_id.html

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #27427 on: June 13, 2014, 04:03:13 PM »
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.
And the fact they are scared for their family member. I have to remember that most people don't make into double digit er visits before they leave high school.

It can also be that, while there's no life-threatening emergency, it's hard work to stay at the waiting room for that long.  When my oldest was around 1, she had a high white blood cell count and we were sent to the ER.  12 hours later, we were finally seen.  Know what it's like to try to keep a starving-to-death (or so she is acting like) 1-year-old at the ER for 12 hours, missing lunch, dinner, naps and bedtime galore, etc.?  We did wait patiently, because I know that people with dire emergencies come in and need to be seen first, but I'll admit that I was very, very upset with my doctor when I found out that we could have gone to an urgent care clinic instead of the children's hospital in downtown DC with the 12 hour wait (and an 11-hour wait the next night for "follow up").
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #27428 on: June 13, 2014, 09:22:50 PM »
It's still not truly identification. It has to be paired with an actual ID, and even then all it proves is that you have an SSN.

http://www.nationalnotary.org/bulletin/best_practices/tips/hotline_tip_is_social_security_card_a_valid_id.html


The social security card itself is not ID,  but the number sure is used as proof of identity now days. 
Back in the late 60's,  early 70's the only thing the number was used for was for your social security account.  Someone had the not too bright idea to replace military serial numbers with you SS#,  which was printed or written along with your name and rank on every article of your uniform,  and gear.  But it still wasn't used for anything else.
10 Years later you needed your SS# to get utilities,  and a former friend couldn't use her own because of over due bills,  so she used mine,  which she had gotten off of the duffel bag that I gave to her son when I got out of the army.  And she got a couple credit cards in my name using the same information,  and went to the DMV and got a photo ID again using my information.  (So she had a drivers licence in her own name,  and a Photo ID in mine.  I had a non photo drivers licence from another state.   First I start getting bills from collection agencies,  then I give up my drivers license and got to get a state ID,  and find out that I already have one,  with the picture and address of my former friend.  Took almost 15 years to straighten out that mess.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #27429 on: June 14, 2014, 11:11:50 AM »
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Someone had the not too bright idea to replace military serial numbers with you SS#,  which was printed or written along with your name and rank on every article of your uniform, and gear.  But it still wasn't used for anything else.
As some of you know, Mr. Nutrax recently pass away. He turned out to be a major packrat who saved many things, including every letter he ever received while in the Army in the mid 1960s. Every one of the envelopes is addressed to "[Military Rank] Nutrax, 000-0000-000."

Since I am receiving certain benefits based on Mr. Nutrax's history, his SSN is still "live," so I had to make sure all those envelopes went into the shred box instead of the recycle box.

Which actually belongs more in the Scammer thread.

So, I'll add the Carry On Hall of Shame. I'm not sure this is the best way to go about it, but it's a newspaper columnist's efforts to call attention to people who insist on taking huge pieces of luggage as carry on.

And this from the "overheard in public" section of a SF Chronicle column. Snowflakey-ness would depend on the exact demands made on guests, although the costume part comes close. "Did you get our invitation to the birthday party? We hired a limo, rented a red carpet and are asking all the kids to come as their favorite celebrities. Can't believe she's turning 3.""

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #27430 on: June 14, 2014, 01:01:21 PM »
So, I'll add the Carry On Hall of Shame. I'm not sure this is the best way to go about it, but it's a newspaper columnist's efforts to call attention to people who insist on taking huge pieces of luggage as carry on.

Some of the pictures on there show legitimately ridiculous and oversized luggage taken as carry ons, but one thing that I can't quite get behind is the idea that it's automatically rude and unacceptable to have a rolling suitcase and a backpack or small duffel bag.

I kind of figure that airlines can enforce the fact that only one carry on gets to go in the overhead bin, and anything you're calling your "personal item" should fit under the seat in front of you safely. But most backpacks, large purses, or small duffel bags do fit with room to spare, and some of the smaller rolling bags will even fit under the seat.

I think it's snowflakey to bring more than two bags, or bring more than one that can't fit under the seat, or put both bags into the overhead (unless the flight is empty and there's lots of space, but that almost never happens these days). But just having two bags as large as the airline allows is not by itself rude.

I end up bringing a rolling suitcase (not small, but not the largest size allowed) and a tote-bag-as-purse most of the time, just because I no longer trust airlines not to delay my bags, take things out of them, or keep them dry after a variety of experiences. I therefore keep everything I truly care about with me, along with stuff to do on the flight and a change of at least underwear/socks/shirt and my pajamas in case my bag is delayed. That typically fills my two bags completely full. However, my rolling suitcase fits easily in all overheads that fit any rolling suitcases (and I gate check it on planes too small to accommodate them), and I keep my tote bag under the seat, along with my coat if I have one with me.


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« Reply #27431 on: June 14, 2014, 01:29:48 PM »
Quote from: nutraxfornerves link=topic=51263.msg3166149#msg3166149 date=1402762310

So, I'll add the [url=http://blog.sfgate.com/travel/2014/06/13/carry-on-hall-of-shame/?cmpid=hp-hc-travel
Carry On Hall of Shame[/url]. I'm not sure this is the best way to go about it, but it's a newspaper columnist's efforts to call attention to people who insist on taking huge pieces of luggage as carry on.

I hate people with oversized luggage as much as the next person (especially when they're shoving it in the bin over my head) but some of these pictures look like they're luggage for multiple people.  There is one picture of several women talking and a big pile of luggage next to them.  My first guess would be that they are travelling in a group with probably even a few more people and the luggage has all been stacked so that some can go to the restroom/get snacks while the others stay with the bags.

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« Reply #27432 on: June 14, 2014, 02:19:02 PM »
It may look like I have three items heading toward the plane - but my "wallet on a strap" purse is going to go into the laptop/book bag once I get to the gate and it WILL fit under the seat in front of me.  I went shopping with the numbers written down as to what would fit...and when I got back, VorSon grabbed it for use as his book bag for school.  I have to "borrow" it back when traveling!

The smaller rolling bag may have been packed with the zipper expanded, but I bought it specifically to match the numbers on the airline that I travel on the most - zipping it compresses things a bit. 

I bought a second, larger rolling bag for checked luggage - but found out that it expanded when packed to a point where it was "iffy" on whether or not it would still meet standards - fortunately, a plain black rolling bag for VorGuy to take on road trips is also very useful.  It holds as much as the solid sided twenty year old suitcase that I took on the flight - but the rolling pilot case fits in the back of our vehicle more easily. 

I fell in love with a seat mates' designer leather tote bag & back pack...but could not bring myself to spend about $500 on eBay for one just like it.  Although it was very useful as well as gorgeous - I'd be afraid to use it at that price!

Next flight planned in October - I may have trouble getting the laptop/book bag back to use...
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #27433 on: June 14, 2014, 02:45:29 PM »
The owner of the small business I work for and his contractor buddy are either super SS or just plain dumb. They're expanding the business into the space next door (which is a whole 'nother story about that business' lease not being renewed with 30 days notice so we could have it, then the landlord turning around and lecturing us about problems with our new neighbor). For some reason they decided that partially demoing and building out a business space didn't actually require permits as, "We're just knocking down a couple walls!"

The local inspector disagrees and our clients were so professionally greeted with a neon orange sticker on the wall ordering all work to stop immediately for permit violations. Now the contractor is thousands of miles away on vacation, the plans haven't been finalized and thus cannot be approved by the city AND the business owes some hefty fines for permit violations. Totally worth it.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #27434 on: June 14, 2014, 11:17:13 PM »
The young man at the sushi bar today.
He filled his plate. I would guess there were no fewer than 30 pieces of sushi on his plate. He left 4 pieces on the bar, which were taken by his friend.
Leaving only empty platters for me to look at.
Instead of taking only half a plateful, so that everyone in line could have some. 
While he did eat all the sushi, he left a plateful of other food unfinished when he left the restaurant. Not surprising, if I'd eaten 30 pieces of sushi, I'd find it hard to finish the rest of my meal...