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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #28575 on: August 25, 2014, 05:15:04 PM »
Whenever one of the copy machines at the library breaks down, we make HUGE signs that say "OUT OF ORDER", tape the top of the machine down so it can't be raised up and then tape the sign across both pieces so it's fairly obvious the machine can't be used.  Non English Speakers seem to get that this means the machine is not operating. 

But if I had a dime for every time someone yelled across the room "Hey!  Did you know this  d**ned thing isn't working?"  and have looked up to see the patron holding the top up, the sign and tape hanging in pieces and have said "Yes, that's why that sign was on it."
and have the patron say "Well, I was in a hurry, I don't have time for signs"...I could be very rich indeed. 

Yes, some might be illiterate...but all of them?  No, I think it's not too much of an extrapolation to assume a lot of these are special, special snowflakes who think the machine will magically work for them.

I know exactly the frustration of which you speak. A few auditoriums are temporarily out of order with the pre - show, so they either have visual without audio or vice versa. We've put up signs on the doors all 10 auditoriums - even the ones that are fine - and on both ticket tearing stations that the pre - show may or may not work as intended. And yet, people come storming up, screaming, "Why is the movie not playing?!?" Well, sir or madam, if you had been paying the remotest attention, you would see the signs that we put up to inform you of the ongoing issues. *headdesk*
My father, who is literate, says that if a particular sign doesn't apply to him, he doesn't read it.   Not ignores it -- does not read it.   Which causes my mother to sigh and go ::) at him -- how can you look at letters in a row and not read them?

How does he know if it applies to him or not without reading it first?

That was my first thought as well.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #28576 on: August 25, 2014, 05:54:30 PM »
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #28577 on: August 25, 2014, 06:22:00 PM »
Small child who is going to grow up to be a snowflake (although he seems to be there already).

First, this is partly the fault of my coworkers, who occasionally hand out lollipops to small children.  This little fellow knows it and demands one whenever he is in.  Today was one of those days.  Sorry, but...we don't have any lollipops.  At all.  None.

"But I waaaaaaannntt one."

"We don't have any today.  I am sorry."

"But I waaaaaaaant one!"

Lather, Rinse, Repeat.

I was appalled that one of my coworkers suggested running to the store  to get him some candy.  "No," I told  her.  "This is a library.  Not a candy store.  He's going to have to get used to disappointment."

His mother didn't even say "Poindexter, you have asked and they said no.  Please stop asking."  Not once.  She managed not to say we were mean for not having any, but she didn't manage to suggest to her child that perhaps he needed to listen when someone said "No." 

Of course, she also feels compelled to walk behind our desk to look through new books and movies before we put them out, so...you can see the apple doesn't fall far from the tree....

If it were up to me, we would not be handing out goodies, but the boss has set a precedent.

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At my old library, I used to spend time on the reference desk, and when I started we'd have bowls of candies out for the students, supplied by the university (wrapped in cellophane with the uni's name on it). Then budget cuts happened, and little promotional extras like that went out the window. Students, who had become accustomed to stopping by the desk for a sugar boost, were disappointed, but mostly reacted understandingly since they knew about the budget cuts. But there were that few who just could not believe that we weren't giving out candy anymore. What were they supposed to do?? They needed candy! Were we sure there wasn't any in the back? Really? None? That's crazy!

These were, in case it wasn't clear, university students. At least 18 years old, some as old as mid-twenties. So what I'm saying, Yarnspinner, is that I know exactly what that kid will be like when he's in university.


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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #28578 on: August 25, 2014, 07:35:24 PM »
This SS found out her new military spouse was having an affair with his co-worker's wife. The article says she reported it to her husband's superiors and the co-worker (although the video interview mentions the co-worker reported her husband. I guess she and the co-worker both did ?). Which led to her soon to be exhusband getting a paycut. And now it's not faaaiiirrr "their" paycheck back then was cut, because she was just ~doing the right thing~ for her husband's co-worker and could not "hold in" her experience  ::) I guess she was hoping the co-worker's paycheck would be cut, too ?  ???

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/22/military-marriages_n_5698547.html?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00000592

In reading the article/listening to the video, it seems like she told the other woman's husband only. He is the one who told their superior officers. I don't think she's a SS. She's someone who is justifiably hurt and who was in a difficult position. She didn't have anyone to go to who wasn't involved with the military, so if she did tell someone, it would blow back on her.

And she points out that nothing could be done to the other woman by the military since she wasn't enlisted. She doesn't say it wasn't fair, just that they're still together.

Well, that's difficult. To have no family, no minister, no friends at all, to talk to, who are not in the military? Must be very isolating.

But if she's that much involved in the military, she should know how it works. What exactly did she think the military was going to do to (1) her husband, and (2) the other woman? It's no different than if you were married to, say, an accountant, and reported him fiddling the books to his boss. You'd still suffer a financial blow if he were fired. The company wouldn't keep paying you just because you were an innocent party.

If she didn't expect a penalty to the other couple, I'm not sure why she mentioned them in the story in the first place.

She was answering the reporter's question about whether anything happened to the other couple.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #28579 on: August 25, 2014, 07:41:16 PM »
This SS found out her new military spouse was having an affair with his co-worker's wife. The article says she reported it to her husband's superiors and the co-worker (although the video interview mentions the co-worker reported her husband. I guess she and the co-worker both did ?). Which led to her soon to be exhusband getting a paycut. And now it's not faaaiiirrr "their" paycheck back then was cut, because she was just ~doing the right thing~ for her husband's co-worker and could not "hold in" her experience  ::) I guess she was hoping the co-worker's paycheck would be cut, too ?  ???

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/22/military-marriages_n_5698547.html?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00000592

Wow. What a *very* special snowflake.

I guess that she expected that the military, like a stern parent, would punish her husband for cheating, but somehow leave her financial situation untouched, while punishing the other family because of the misbehaviour of the wife, who is not employed by the military at all.

To be honest, it sounds like she married a paycheque, not a man. And it's kind of tasteless to brag about how you knew your husband "longer than most married couples have been together" unless you've been with him for a few decades, at least.

I don't know if that's really an "affair" if she found out within a day. It sounds like they had a quickie wedding--not really enough time for him to break it off with his other girlfriend (married or not.) It doesn't say if he was still seeing her 24 hours after their wedding...
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #28580 on: August 25, 2014, 08:45:28 PM »
I don't know if that's really an "affair" if she found out within a day. It sounds like they had a quickie wedding--not really enough time for him to break it off with his other girlfriend (married or not.) It doesn't say if he was still seeing her 24 hours after their wedding...

It doesn't matter if they were married or not.  If the husband was in a relationship with the other guy's wife, it's an affair.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #28581 on: August 25, 2014, 08:56:22 PM »
I was called mean when I told a customer their 6 year old relative could not drive an electric cart meant for handicapped people. It was also my fault they lost onhe of the 3 because I would not let said 6 year old drive it.

I might have given them a pass if the 6y/o could have controlled it, but she couldn't, and a busy Saturday is not the time to let them figure it out.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #28582 on: August 25, 2014, 09:24:51 PM »
Whenever one of the copy machines at the library breaks down, we make HUGE signs that say "OUT OF ORDER", tape the top of the machine down so it can't be raised up and then tape the sign across both pieces so it's fairly obvious the machine can't be used.  Non English Speakers seem to get that this means the machine is not operating. 

But if I had a dime for every time someone yelled across the room "Hey!  Did you know this  d**ned thing isn't working?"  and have looked up to see the patron holding the top up, the sign and tape hanging in pieces and have said "Yes, that's why that sign was on it."
and have the patron say "Well, I was in a hurry, I don't have time for signs"...I could be very rich indeed. 

Yes, some might be illiterate...but all of them?  No, I think it's not too much of an extrapolation to assume a lot of these are special, special snowflakes who think the machine will magically work for them.

I know exactly the frustration of which you speak. A few auditoriums are temporarily out of order with the pre - show, so they either have visual without audio or vice versa. We've put up signs on the doors all 10 auditoriums - even the ones that are fine - and on both ticket tearing stations that the pre - show may or may not work as intended. And yet, people come storming up, screaming, "Why is the movie not playing?!?" Well, sir or madam, if you had been paying the remotest attention, you would see the signs that we put up to inform you of the ongoing issues. *headdesk*
My father, who is literate, says that if a particular sign doesn't apply to him, he doesn't read it.   Not ignores it -- does not read it.   Which causes my mother to sigh and go ::) at him -- how can you look at letters in a row and not read them?

My sister has figured it out - when reading causes eye strain and headaches - you might minimize the attention that you give to signs that don't appear to need reading. 

But I still can't figure out how to do it.  I will try to puzzle out what print that is upside down to me says.  It's like trying to ignore a flashing light to ignore print that my brain insists *needs* to be read....
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #28583 on: August 25, 2014, 09:29:40 PM »
*snip*

My sister has figured it out - when reading causes eye strain and headaches - you might minimize the attention that you give to signs that don't appear to need reading. 

But I still can't figure out how to do it.  I will try to puzzle out what print that is upside down to me says.  It's like trying to ignore a flashing light to ignore print that my brain insists *needs* to be read....

I can't tell which I ought to be reading or not, but it is possible to force one's eyes to de-focus to prevent reading--fellow eye-related migraine sufferer here.  There's a spot about 18 inches in front of my right eye that will leave the world in focus enough that I don't walk into things but out of focus enough that I miss signs and details.

I wouldn't recommend needing to figure out how to do it though :)

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #28584 on: August 25, 2014, 10:59:33 PM »
Whenever one of the copy machines at the library breaks down, we make HUGE signs that say "OUT OF ORDER", tape the top of the machine down so it can't be raised up and then tape the sign across both pieces so it's fairly obvious the machine can't be used.  Non English Speakers seem to get that this means the machine is not operating. 

But if I had a dime for every time someone yelled across the room "Hey!  Did you know this  d**ned thing isn't working?"  and have looked up to see the patron holding the top up, the sign and tape hanging in pieces and have said "Yes, that's why that sign was on it."
and have the patron say "Well, I was in a hurry, I don't have time for signs"...I could be very rich indeed. 

Yes, some might be illiterate...but all of them?  No, I think it's not too much of an extrapolation to assume a lot of these are special, special snowflakes who think the machine will magically work for them.

I know exactly the frustration of which you speak. A few auditoriums are temporarily out of order with the pre - show, so they either have visual without audio or vice versa. We've put up signs on the doors all 10 auditoriums - even the ones that are fine - and on both ticket tearing stations that the pre - show may or may not work as intended. And yet, people come storming up, screaming, "Why is the movie not playing?!?" Well, sir or madam, if you had been paying the remotest attention, you would see the signs that we put up to inform you of the ongoing issues. *headdesk*
My father, who is literate, says that if a particular sign doesn't apply to him, he doesn't read it.   Not ignores it -- does not read it.   Which causes my mother to sigh and go ::) at him -- how can you look at letters in a row and not read them?

How does he know if it applies to him or not without reading it first?
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« Reply #28585 on: August 25, 2014, 11:06:53 PM »
Whenever one of the copy machines at the library breaks down, we make HUGE signs that say "OUT OF ORDER", tape the top of the machine down so it can't be raised up and then tape the sign across both pieces so it's fairly obvious the machine can't be used.  Non English Speakers seem to get that this means the machine is not operating. 

But if I had a dime for every time someone yelled across the room "Hey!  Did you know this  d**ned thing isn't working?"  and have looked up to see the patron holding the top up, the sign and tape hanging in pieces and have said "Yes, that's why that sign was on it."
and have the patron say "Well, I was in a hurry, I don't have time for signs"...I could be very rich indeed. 

Yes, some might be illiterate...but all of them?  No, I think it's not too much of an extrapolation to assume a lot of these are special, special snowflakes who think the machine will magically work for them.

I know exactly the frustration of which you speak. A few auditoriums are temporarily out of order with the pre - show, so they either have visual without audio or vice versa. We've put up signs on the doors all 10 auditoriums - even the ones that are fine - and on both ticket tearing stations that the pre - show may or may not work as intended. And yet, people come storming up, screaming, "Why is the movie not playing?!?" Well, sir or madam, if you had been paying the remotest attention, you would see the signs that we put up to inform you of the ongoing issues. *headdesk*
My father, who is literate, says that if a particular sign doesn't apply to him, he doesn't read it.   Not ignores it -- does not read it.   Which causes my mother to sigh and go ::) at him -- how can you look at letters in a row and not read them?

How does he know if it applies to him or not without reading it first?

You really need to stop applying logic to this situation :D

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #28586 on: August 26, 2014, 12:52:23 AM »
Other than that, still lovin' this new job!

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #28587 on: August 26, 2014, 12:19:33 PM »
"Congratulations on making the team. Please don't scream." Being excited doesn't get you a free pass to disturb other people. Screaming in a dining area, even an outdoor one, is not appropriate.

Exactly.  A few months ago, DH and I were inside a fast food place eating lunch on a Saturday.  A school bus parked and discharged 20-25 young high school age (14-15) kids.  We rolled our eyes a bit to each other; this many teenagers often means lots of yelling and horseplay.  But these kids lined up, placed their orders, and ate their lunches with no problems at all.  Yes, they were excited; yes, there was a lot of chattering and laughing, but it was not in the least out of proportion or disruptive (given a fast food restaurant environment).  We overheard that they were a tennis team from a out of town high school, and had just had a very successful morning at a tennis tournament.  So yes, it is completely possible for young people to be happy and excited and still behave appropriately.

Do you know what school they were from?  I bet the school would love to hear how well-behaved their students were and how well they represented the school.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #28588 on: August 26, 2014, 01:00:33 PM »
"Congratulations on making the team. Please don't scream." Being excited doesn't get you a free pass to disturb other people. Screaming in a dining area, even an outdoor one, is not appropriate.

Exactly.  A few months ago, DH and I were inside a fast food place eating lunch on a Saturday.  A school bus parked and discharged 20-25 young high school age (14-15) kids.  We rolled our eyes a bit to each other; this many teenagers often means lots of yelling and horseplay.  But these kids lined up, placed their orders, and ate their lunches with no problems at all.  Yes, they were excited; yes, there was a lot of chattering and laughing, but it was not in the least out of proportion or disruptive (given a fast food restaurant environment).  We overheard that they were a tennis team from a out of town high school, and had just had a very successful morning at a tennis tournament.  So yes, it is completely possible for young people to be happy and excited and still behave appropriately.

Do you know what school they were from?  I bet the school would love to hear how well-behaved their students were and how well they represented the school.

Actually, they were wearing T shirts with the school name, and I did look them up online and email the principal.  He was happy to hear it - I'm sure he dreads opening every email that starts out 'Your students came into Wendy's...'  :-)

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #28589 on: August 26, 2014, 01:21:43 PM »

Actually, they were wearing T shirts with the school name, and I did look them up online and email the principal.  He was happy to hear it - I'm sure he dreads opening every email that starts out 'Your students came into Wendy's...'  :-)

I do this regularly when I see well behaved groups. It is my form of paying it forward to a woman that stood up for my kids once.

I took a group to the Houston Fine Arts Museum. The kids were well behaved, but in one gallery the guard just ripped into them for being to loud. They weren't talking over a whisper. Because of how the room was set up + 21 kids meant their footfalls were echoing. (It was shortly after winter break, many of the kids had new shoes they had received for Christmas. Many were either a 1/2 size to a size too big, so they would last longer.)

She kept scolding them that they should be quiet like the group of 5 kids in another school group. The kids were fascinated by the display in that room but we left quickly. This woman, dressed like she was going to a Junior League Luncheon, followed us out and asked for our school information. She told my students that they had excellent museum manners.

She called our principal before we even got back to the school - praising our kids behavior. Apparently she also filed a complaint about the guard because the next day principal received 2 calls from the museum apologizing for the guard's behavior.  The kids were given an ice cream party because of the call.
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