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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #27840 on: July 05, 2014, 11:10:05 PM »
Of course, there's always the possibility it's being driven by a member of the opposition party to make the one candidate look bad.

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I thought of that, but that would have ended up being big enough news that it would be being discussed in the paper and by people in the grocery store and other places.

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« Reply #27841 on: July 06, 2014, 12:03:33 AM »
Of course, there's always the possibility it's being driven by a member of the opposition party to make the one candidate look bad.

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I thought of that, but that would have ended up being big enough news that it would be being discussed in the paper and by people in the grocery store and other places.
It has happened, and that's why most political ads in the US now end with the candidate him/herself saying "I'm [candidate's name] and I approved this message."

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #27842 on: July 06, 2014, 12:15:03 PM »
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Yesterday's parking Special Snowflake.  3 parking spaces taken on a busy Saturday morning.  My car is the red 4X4, and although the angle doesn't quite show it, I don't know how he managed to get in where he is without hitting me.

I'd have been very tempted to park in the spot just to your left!  That's just an open invitation to have your vehicle keyed...
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #27843 on: July 06, 2014, 12:16:05 PM »
"I approve this message" is actually a legal requirement

A local mayor was running for a state office. His reputation was not exactly enhanced when his opponent's campaign manager was in the right place at the right time and noticed that the mayor's car had been booted for unpaid parking tickets. The campaign manager kindly called the local TV stations.

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« Reply #27844 on: July 06, 2014, 12:58:59 PM »
Special Snowflake yesterday brought an entire supermarket parking lot to a complete standstill.

It's a poorly designed lot to begin with. The market shares a driveway with a discount department store.    When both stores get busy, traffic starts to back up in the supermarket lot.

So yesterday I needed a few items at the supermarket.  Traffic in the supermarket lot was crawling. 

Special snowflake pulls off the shared driveway into the supermarket lot, and decides to drop off his passenger right in front of the store entrance.  Only problem is, there's a long line of cars behind him, and an even longer line of cars facing him as they try to leave the lot.

He doesn't pull over -- there's no place to do that -- he simply stops.  The passenger side door opens, and ...


We sit for almost two full minutes before the passenger gets out of the car.  Don't misunderstand, it's not like she had difficulty getting out of the car.    She simply sat in the car, with the door open, for almost two minutes.  Took her all of a few seconds to put her feet on the pavement, stand up and close the car door.

I hate when people do that! I live in NJ, where it's crowded as it is, and that is rude, rude, rude. Sometimes you see people doing that here, but on a busy main street, bringing traffic to a standstill.  >:(

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« Reply #27845 on: July 06, 2014, 02:10:19 PM »
I just found the Special Snowflake song today.  It's great.


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« Reply #27846 on: July 06, 2014, 02:51:38 PM »
I just found the Special Snowflake song today.  It's great.


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« Reply #27847 on: July 06, 2014, 06:13:11 PM »
I just found the Special Snowflake song today.  It's great.


*is ded from laughter*

Oh, that was good.   :)

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« Reply #27848 on: July 06, 2014, 10:42:42 PM »
I just found the Special Snowflake song today.  It's great.


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Oh, that was good.   :)

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #27849 on: July 06, 2014, 10:46:33 PM »
I just found the Special Snowflake song today.  It's great.


*is ded from laughter*

Oh, that was good.   :)

My kids are fairly certain I've finally lost it.

I'm fairly certain I never had it to begin with.  :)

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #27850 on: July 08, 2014, 01:52:06 PM »
SS Job Interviewus & SS Agencyus

This is from a few years ago, but talking to a coworker today reminded me of it.

Receptionist comes to find me in a meeting. I had someone who I was going to interview show up 45 minutes early, while I was in the middle of another meeting. I told the receptionist to remind the interviewee that she was 45 minutes early, and that I'd get to her at the time we schedule (I also made a mental note to confirm with the agency that sent her to me what the interview time was, thinking that maybe they told her the wrong time, which wouldn't be her fault). Very annoying and unprofessional, but not yet really snowflakey.

Receptionist comes back 5 minutes later. Interviewee told him to tell me that, since she was already there, she'd really just like to interview now and "get it over with". Receptionist specifically tells me that that's how Interviewee worded it. I tell receptionist to tell Interviewee that I am in a meeting and I will be ready to interview her at our scheduled interview time. While I'm in my meeting, Interviewee leaves (Receptionist said she left in a huff not long after he delivered my message). So I go out to lunch, and figure I'll call the agency when I get back.

When I get back, I have a weird call from the agency. To make a long story short, Interviewee had called the agency when she left, said that I was very unprofessional and was going to keep her waiting for a ridiculous amount of time, so she left without interviewing, since she'd have felt uncomfortable working for me, knowing that I'm so unprofessional. I confirmed with the agency that she was supposed to interview at the time that I had. Agency wasn't apologetic about anything, and wanted to know if I had let Interviewee wait a ridiculous amount of time. To which I said something like "if me making her wait because she shows up 45 minutes early is ridiculous, then yes, it was ridiculous. Or her. To expect me to be ready to interview her 45 minutes early". Agency wanted to know why I couldn't just interview her then. Because I was in a meeting, which is why Interviewee was scheduled to come in at a certain time. Because people in companies have meetings.

After that, I told my boss that I wasn't going to be working with Agency any more, because being questioned as to why I couldn't interview someone 45 minutes early was just...not professional of them, to say the least. Also, the Agency woman had such an attitude for someone who was supposed to be hoping that I'd pick one of their people so they'd get their commission. Not worth dealing with.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #27851 on: July 08, 2014, 02:24:58 PM »
Wow Celany, that is so ridiculous on both the candidate's and the Agency's part.  You definitely dodged a bullet hiring that person though!  I've actually had similiar experiences in scheduling interviews.  One lady showed up over an hour early while I was actually interviewing someone else, and then got snippy with the security guard when he told her she would have to wait.  I was able to get her in about 20 minutes early after I finished with the other candidate, but she definitely did not make it to the second round.

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« Reply #27852 on: July 08, 2014, 03:04:44 PM »
You can't win. This is a post I made on the Professional Darwinism thread about an early arrival who was upset because she was interviewed too soon.

We had an applicant complain about being interviewed too soon. She arrived early and the interviewee ahead of her was a no-show. The receptionist gave her a choice "would you like to interview now or would you prefer your original appointment?" She chose "now." I'm omitting details, but it was clear to the applicant that her declining to interview early would never be communicated to the people doing the hiring, so there was no pressure to be "cooperative."

Other applicants were better qualified and she was not chosen. Since this was a government job, she filed a formal complaint with the civil service commission, saying that employment counselors always suggest arriving early so you can take time to get yourself in the proper frame of mind before the interview. By interviewing her early, we didn't allow her to compose herself.

The complaint was denied.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #27853 on: July 08, 2014, 03:48:45 PM »
SS Job Interviewus & SS Agencyus

This is from a few years ago, but talking to a coworker today reminded me of it.

Receptionist comes to find me in a meeting. I had someone who I was going to interview show up 45 minutes early, while I was in the middle of another meeting. I told the receptionist to remind the interviewee that she was 45 minutes early, and that I'd get to her at the time we schedule (I also made a mental note to confirm with the agency that sent her to me what the interview time was, thinking that maybe they told her the wrong time, which wouldn't be her fault). Very annoying and unprofessional, but not yet really snowflakey.

Receptionist comes back 5 minutes later. Interviewee told him to tell me that, since she was already there, she'd really just like to interview now and "get it over with". Receptionist specifically tells me that that's how Interviewee worded it. I tell receptionist to tell Interviewee that I am in a meeting and I will be ready to interview her at our scheduled interview time. While I'm in my meeting, Interviewee leaves (Receptionist said she left in a huff not long after he delivered my message). So I go out to lunch, and figure I'll call the agency when I get back.

When I get back, I have a weird call from the agency. To make a long story short, Interviewee had called the agency when she left, said that I was very unprofessional and was going to keep her waiting for a ridiculous amount of time, so she left without interviewing, since she'd have felt uncomfortable working for me, knowing that I'm so unprofessional. I confirmed with the agency that she was supposed to interview at the time that I had. Agency wasn't apologetic about anything, and wanted to know if I had let Interviewee wait a ridiculous amount of time. To which I said something like "if me making her wait because she shows up 45 minutes early is ridiculous, then yes, it was ridiculous. Or her. To expect me to be ready to interview her 45 minutes early". Agency wanted to know why I couldn't just interview her then. Because I was in a meeting, which is why Interviewee was scheduled to come in at a certain time. Because people in companies have meetings.

After that, I told my boss that I wasn't going to be working with Agency any more, because being questioned as to why I couldn't interview someone 45 minutes early was just...not professional of them, to say the least. Also, the Agency woman had such an attitude for someone who was supposed to be hoping that I'd pick one of their people so they'd get their commission. Not worth dealing with.


Part of your problem there was your receptionist. Her being willing to go find you and carry messages helped send the impression that you were interruptible.

But yeah, I wouldn't be using that agency anymore either, and I'd be glad to have dodged a bullet on the interviewee!

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #27854 on: July 08, 2014, 04:58:56 PM »
SS Job Interviewus & SS Agencyus

This is from a few years ago, but talking to a coworker today reminded me of it.

Receptionist comes to find me in a meeting. I had someone who I was going to interview show up 45 minutes early, while I was in the middle of another meeting. I told the receptionist to remind the interviewee that she was 45 minutes early, and that I'd get to her at the time we schedule (I also made a mental note to confirm with the agency that sent her to me what the interview time was, thinking that maybe they told her the wrong time, which wouldn't be her fault). Very annoying and unprofessional, but not yet really snowflakey.

Receptionist comes back 5 minutes later. Interviewee told him to tell me that, since she was already there, she'd really just like to interview now and "get it over with". Receptionist specifically tells me that that's how Interviewee worded it. I tell receptionist to tell Interviewee that I am in a meeting and I will be ready to interview her at our scheduled interview time. While I'm in my meeting, Interviewee leaves (Receptionist said she left in a huff not long after he delivered my message). So I go out to lunch, and figure I'll call the agency when I get back.

When I get back, I have a weird call from the agency. To make a long story short, Interviewee had called the agency when she left, said that I was very unprofessional and was going to keep her waiting for a ridiculous amount of time, so she left without interviewing, since she'd have felt uncomfortable working for me, knowing that I'm so unprofessional. I confirmed with the agency that she was supposed to interview at the time that I had. Agency wasn't apologetic about anything, and wanted to know if I had let Interviewee wait a ridiculous amount of time. To which I said something like "if me making her wait because she shows up 45 minutes early is ridiculous, then yes, it was ridiculous. Or her. To expect me to be ready to interview her 45 minutes early". Agency wanted to know why I couldn't just interview her then. Because I was in a meeting, which is why Interviewee was scheduled to come in at a certain time. Because people in companies have meetings.

After that, I told my boss that I wasn't going to be working with Agency any more, because being questioned as to why I couldn't interview someone 45 minutes early was just...not professional of them, to say the least. Also, the Agency woman had such an attitude for someone who was supposed to be hoping that I'd pick one of their people so they'd get their commission. Not worth dealing with.


Part of your problem there was your receptionist. Her being willing to go find you and carry messages helped send the impression that you were interruptible.

But yeah, I wouldn't be using that agency anymore either, and I'd be glad to have dodged a bullet on the interviewee!

I wasn't particular upset by him because her attitude communicated to him that she was an important person & he doesn't have access to my schedule, so he wouldn't know if this was something to interrupt me for, like an important vendor coming early (I do sometimes see people who I should pretty much drop everything to meet with, and she conveyed that she was one of those people...which I'm sure she is in her own head). I kinda wish reception did have access to our calendars, because then they would be able to see when we should be found & when someone can wait.

When I'm interviewed, I'm a fan of the "arrive in the area 20 mins early, then aim to arrive at the receptionist 5 mins early" mindset. Then I have time to compose myself downstairs, & I'm ready to rock & roll by the time I hit reception.
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