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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #27990 on: July 18, 2014, 03:39:19 PM »
The other day I scheduled a taxi to take me to the airport at 9:15. I got a call from the driver around 8:55, saying he was there. I said "Thank you, I'll be out in a few minutes" and hung up. I got another call from the taxi company, and the girl greeted me with "Are you getting in your taxi?" I replied with "I ordered a taxi for 9:15 and it's very early." She sighed into the receiver and said "He's already there. Do you still want the taxi?" to which I said "Yes. At 9:15. When I scheduled it." The girl hung up without saying anything. I won't be using that company again.  ::) I've had something similar happen once before.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #27991 on: July 18, 2014, 03:41:15 PM »
Removed. Sorry for any trouble. :)
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« Reply #27992 on: July 18, 2014, 03:42:03 PM »
Special Snowflake Uses His Power of Mental Challenge to Play on Sympathies of Library Staff.

Library Staff has Stopped Buying.

We'll call him Mortimer.  Mortimer likes to do things that are prohibited or, if they are not actually prohibited by library policy, they still come down on the side of inappropriate behavior.

For example:  Mortimer has a mini video recorder.  He will get time on our computer and video whatever he is watching.  Problem:  he will then "accidentally" start video recording someone else's screen, or someone else's face and so forth.  Not that long ago, a young woman came into the library to do some work on the computers.  It is no exaggeration to say that this young woman is the sort for whom the word "exquisite" was coined.  She was breathtakingly lovely.

She asked me for help in printing.  We were struggling to find what we needed when she gasped "He's taping us!"

I turned around and there stood Mortimer, with a book in front of his face and camera aimed straight at her face.  I told him to put the camera away now.  He argued that he was just reading the book.  I told him I could SEE the camera (which he still had trained on her) and he said "I am recording pictures of the book" (still recording the girl)  I told him to put the camera away or he was going to lose it.  (I cannot actually touch patrons, but I can recommend that someone might.)  He finally put the camera away, but then wasted the rest of my evening very politely (always with a smile) arguing that it was okay for him to record things and that "all the other libraries in the area let him do that"  (yeah.  Apparently when the librarians at other libraries say "no" he thinks it means "yes".  I know this because I talked to librarians at other facilities.  They tell me he says WE let him record whatever he wants.)

Another time he needed to pay one dollar (one dollar--one) to bring his fine down enough to take out more DVDs.  We wasted nearly half an hour as he pulled out a wad of bills, peeled off the only hundred dollar bill and tried to insist that I give him change for it, even though he had plenty of one dollar bills.  He kept arguing, probably in the hope that I would cave.  Happily, a man behind him leaned over, tapped him on the shoulder and said "Hey A******, give her a dollar or I will [threat to do serious bodily harm]."

Mortimer gave me a dollar.

My supervisor just told me tonight that Mortimer asked to borrow another patron's pen.  The patron allowed him to use it, but then Mort asked "Can I keep it  I like it."  The patron told him "No, it's my pen and I want it back."  So Mortimer shoved the pen up his own nose.  He wound up keeping it.  I told my supervisor I would have been likely to take the pen away, break it in half so he couldn't use it and then washed my hands with lye soap and steel wool pads.

Last night, he tried another tack to film people and kept asking if we would let him film if Stonecold gave him permission.  We said "Sure, but SHE has to tell  us."  We also explained that we didn't want him doing this for h is own good...if someone mistakes what you're doing and gets angry and physical with you, they could hurt you." 

He doesn't seem to care about his own safety, either, and he badgered us for the next hour and a half asking repeatedly if Stonecold would give him permission to do this.  We finally had to tell him to go sit down because we were not going to keep answering the same question over and over.

AND, I just found out today that he has been wandering about all the libraries asking people if he can live with them, can he have money, will they date him, can he have a ride, food, what is their religion, will they go to HIS church with them and so on. 

I KNOW that perhaps part of this problem is that he is challenged, but quite honestly, having watched and dealt with him for almost eight years, I really believe he is more than cognizant of what he is doing and that he is using his handicap to try and manipulate us into letting him do whatever he wants.

Is it evil of me to hope he DOES try to videotape the children of a very angry Mama Bear type or the girlfriend of a very jealous guy?"

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #27993 on: July 18, 2014, 03:46:15 PM »
I'd seriously watch out for Mortimer planting a camera in a washroom. He may have problems, but he's clearly smart enough to work a good scam.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #27994 on: July 18, 2014, 03:51:50 PM »

Eta: oops, didn't see that the discussion was shut down. Should I remove my post?

I cannot believe you are even asking that question rather than just deleting it.
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« Reply #27995 on: July 18, 2014, 03:59:55 PM »
I'd seriously watch out for Mortimer planting a camera in a washroom. He may have problems, but he's clearly smart enough to work a good scam.

I think Mortimer is long overdue for a chat with the police.
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« Reply #27996 on: July 18, 2014, 04:03:14 PM »
Oh goodness - that sounds like the SS' who knocked on my grandmothers' door while I was visiting earlier this week and asked when she thought her daffodils were going to be blooming.

Thankfully Nana has a spine of steel and asked why they cared - they were her daffodils. The people at her door merrily explained that they'd been picking them for the last couple of years to decorate the stand they set up in the mall to collect donations for the cancer council.

Nana told them that there would be no daffodils out front of her house this year, because so many people had been stealing them she had not planted any.

When they started to complain, she reached for the phone and asked if they really wanted to go down that road - as she had several complaints on file with the local police about people trespassing on her property and stealing from her garden, and she'd happily take their names and report them as the admitted thieves!

She was so upset, later on, though. Because if they'd taken the time to knock when they first STOLE the daffodils, she'd have donated the nicest ones, because it was and is for a good cause. As it is, she's contacted the people in charge of the fundraising to tell them about what happened and she really hopes that the people who were stealing the flowers face some consequences.

I hope the charity does do something to make it clear that stealing your grandmother's flowers is wrong.  Otherwise they might just try driving around in order to find another garden to steal from.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #27997 on: July 18, 2014, 04:15:22 PM »

We'll call him Mortimer. 

Just to clarify this is not my Morty!!!!!!!  (My Morty was a terrier -- sure we had behavior issues, but never with a video camera!
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« Reply #27998 on: July 18, 2014, 04:54:28 PM »

Eta: oops, didn't see that the discussion was shut down. Should I remove my post?

I cannot believe you are even asking that question rather than just deleting it.

The idea has been spread (no idea where or how) that it's a ban-worthy offence to delete a post without mod approval, so that's probably why Kimblee thought she had to ask.
 
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #27999 on: July 18, 2014, 05:01:01 PM »
There are some boards I've been on where highly controversial topics are discussed, and some people will edit or delete posts, leading to general incoherency in the discussion. In those cases, deleting posts may indeed get a ban.
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« Reply #28000 on: July 18, 2014, 05:07:49 PM »
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Magical thinking.  "I want it, so it will happen."

Hee hee, that reminds me of when we were moving house.  We'd packed up everything - and I do mean everything.  Every single thing we owned was loaded onto the truck.  One of the movers we'd hired said to me "Can I get a glass of water?"  He looked puzzled and a bit irked when I pointed to the tap and said "Sure, if you don't mind sticking your head under that."

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« Reply #28001 on: July 18, 2014, 05:37:29 PM »
I would think regular posters would, upon realizing they posted something in error after the fact, would simply edit their post and say why.

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« Reply #28002 on: July 18, 2014, 05:41:24 PM »
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Magical thinking.  "I want it, so it will happen."

Hee hee, that reminds me of when we were moving house.  We'd packed up everything - and I do mean everything.  Every single thing we owned was loaded onto the truck.  One of the movers we'd hired said to me "Can I get a glass of water?"  He looked puzzled and a bit irked when I pointed to the tap and said "Sure, if you don't mind sticking your head under that."

This is an "I'm amazing I had to tell a grown-up this" story, in a way!

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« Reply #28003 on: July 18, 2014, 06:15:10 PM »
I would have a very small amount of disposable cups, plates, and paper towels in a stash to be used for things like that and if we were going to be in the house to leave it "broom clean" after the movers & the van left.

It also let me feed people without having to do dishes....
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« Reply #28004 on: July 18, 2014, 06:22:55 PM »
In keeping with a recent theme apparently!  On the news here last night there was a story about how some kids treehouse got pulled down for safety reasons and how terrible that was.   The kid and mother were interviewed.   

Except.... it wasn't their land.   They were complaining publicly that the landowners had removed the treehouse, even though the landowners were still happy for them to ride their bikes through the paths.   The landowners were apparently worried about snakes, and also the tree climbing etc.   But even if they weren't - it's their freakin' land!  If the reason was "Because we don't want you to have fun" that still would have been acceptable because it's their land.    It blew my mind that the SSs thought it was reasonable to complain about that or get airtime for it.

I don't want to live in a litigious culture in terms of excessive safety worries, but at the same time people publicly whinging because somebody else won't let them use their land the way they want to is incredibly SS.  Very reminiscent of watching my toddler interact with his buddies actually... they're still learning about possessions and ownership.

Reminds me a bit of something that was going on in the vicinity of my hometown last year. A family owned a big piece of land (they lived on it too, but it was something like 150 acres and most of it was unused woods) and allowed some local "back to the land" hippie types to live in teepees on it free of charge. Then they sold the land, and the new owner wasn't fine with them camping on his new property for free. It should be noted that the hippies had no contract of any kind with the previous owners, nor did the sale of the land include any kind of agreement about non-paying tenants.

The new owner gave the campers a choice of either leaving, or paying for their continued residence. I don't remember exactly what price he set, but it was a very small amount, basically just to help maintain the land, sanitation and so on. The squatters were shocked (SHOCKED, I tell you!) that they were being "evicted" from "their homes". Last I heard, they'd gone to all the local newspapers with the story of this terrible injustice, and were declaring their intention to stay unless physically removed. My hometown is something of a haven for...alternative folks...so they found quite a lot of support among the community.


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