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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #28590 on: August 26, 2014, 03:07:28 PM »
Other than that, still lovin' this new job!

::perk:: New job? Without Stonecold?

Well, almost.   Thanks to a union shakeup, the details of which would probably out me more than I want to be,  a lot of my coworkers with grievances have been shifted around.  I didn't have an grievances filed (I know what a  brick wall feels like when I run into it and it didn't seem worth the pain to do) but I kind of caught a tail wind and am possibly the only person happy with her current situation.

 Stonecold is still my big boss, but I am now away from the main library and its crowd of walking wounded/reality challenged/logic impaired.  I no longer have to hear from Ninja about her zombie issues, or Crazy Titanic Man or Herbert Hoover Walked On Water Man (among others).  Instead, I am at the farthest flung branch in one of the two "nice" sections of town and everyone who uses the computers knows how to create their own email, job accounts and so on.  I'm responsible for children's programming, teen programming, reference work and making up things for the volunteers to do.  My new boss is so laid back he needs to be propped up occasionally and I now run a book club whose members come to discuss the book and not eat the food.

I haven't had an attack of IBS for a month!

It isn't all a bed of roses:  I'm still working out of classification, one of my coworkers is a thirty year old support staffer who had the fear of God put in her by my predecessor and believes that "everything has to be this way from now on", so every time I make a change, I turn around and she is insisting that it must be done the old way because Susie Said So!  And, instead of the logic impaired, our neighborhood is laden with special snowflake mommies and daddies who think nothing of walking in at ten minutes to closing and demanding that we stay open while their little angels play on the computers. 

Still, I feel so much better, I am sleeping much better and I am out of gossip central which is good because, ladies and gentlemen, in case you couldn't tell, I am a disreputable gossip who usually gets all the goods from people who mouth off in front of me. 

I like being away from the center where I don't fret, help stir the pot or otherwise whine.  It's very empowering and a lot healthier!


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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #28591 on: August 26, 2014, 03:10:53 PM »
Like Retirement Lite! Wonderful to hear.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #28592 on: August 26, 2014, 03:20:56 PM »
And they pay me to do this!  What amazes me the most is how much actual work I am doing.  At the old job, every last one of us in my department spent our time on desk also surfing the web, playing games and so on.  At the new place, I feel neither the need or the inclination to be playing all day on the net.  As I said to a friend who wasn't so lucky "I didn't realize having a dream job would be so much work...and I love it!" 

Don't want to side track everyone from the fun part of the thread, so I return you to your regularly scheduled snowflakes!

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #28593 on: August 26, 2014, 03:29:49 PM »
This is one of DS's stories.  He works at a school that teaches 'med-spa' treatments: laser hair removal, Botox, fillers, etc.  The public can receive treatments at either the school or the spa.  Just like a beauty school, if you go to the school for your treatment you get a greatly reduced price, but a different experience than if you go to the spa and pay full price.

DS sold a package of laser hair removal treatments to a woman; so many treatments for a very reduced price.  The customer observes some strict rules about  modesty, based on her religious beliefs.  Totally understandable and not SS at all.  However, she conveniently 'forgets' every time she schedules her treatments that her discount price means that her treatments will be done in the school; there will definitely be 10-15 people there and there is almost always at least one man.  If she does not wish to disrobe in front of a mixed-gender group, she needs to schedule (and pay for) her treatments at the spa.  The terms of the deal were explained when she bought it; they are printed very clearly on the agreement she received, but DS has to spend time every month reminding her of them. 

Yesterday was her second to last treatment.  After being told (again) that she could not receive her treatment in the spa, she told DS that he was going to hell, then went around the front office telling everyone they were going to hell for violating God's principles.

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« Reply #28594 on: August 26, 2014, 04:05:37 PM »
There have been some strict requirements for Commercial Driver's Licenses (CDL) - aka, truck drivers, imposed by the Federal government.  After 3 years of sending out letters, warning CDL drivers that they needed to file certifications and get their medical cards on file, our state sent out one last blast of letters: Complete your certification by 7/31/14, or we will downgrade your license.

Two weeks later, the state started mailing out letters with just regular operator's licenses in them.  "This is your new license.  Destroy your old one.  It is no longer valid.  If you wish to reinstate your CDL, you must file a certification.  If you have proof that you filed prior to the 7/31 deadline, all fees are waived."  (We gave the drivers a receipt if they did it).

The sheer number of drivers who have been coming in, screaming that they can't work because we took away their CDL, and WHY??????  I don't know how many have admitted to me that they never bothered to read any of the letters they received, they just threw them away unopened.  It makes me wonder about the ones who threw away the envelopes with the new licenses in them, not even knowing that they are now driving illegally.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #28595 on: August 26, 2014, 04:05:47 PM »
This is one of DS's stories.  He works at a school that teaches 'med-spa' treatments: laser hair removal, Botox, fillers, etc.  The public can receive treatments at either the school or the spa.  Just like a beauty school, if you go to the school for your treatment you get a greatly reduced price, but a different experience than if you go to the spa and pay full price.

DS sold a package of laser hair removal treatments to a woman; so many treatments for a very reduced price.  The customer observes some strict rules about  modesty, based on her religious beliefs.  Totally understandable and not SS at all.  However, she conveniently 'forgets' every time she schedules her treatments that her discount price means that her treatments will be done in the school; there will definitely be 10-15 people there and there is almost always at least one man.  If she does not wish to disrobe in front of a mixed-gender group, she needs to schedule (and pay for) her treatments at the spa.  The terms of the deal were explained when she bought it; they are printed very clearly on the agreement she received, but DS has to spend time every month reminding her of them. 

Yesterday was her second to last treatment.  After being told (again) that she could not receive her treatment in the spa, she told DS that he was going to hell, then went around the front office telling everyone they were going to hell for violating God's principles.

Why can't she be banned or refunded the unused portion ? 

Enough already.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #28596 on: August 26, 2014, 04:10:27 PM »
This is one of DS's stories.  He works at a school that teaches 'med-spa' treatments: laser hair removal, Botox, fillers, etc.  The public can receive treatments at either the school or the spa.  Just like a beauty school, if you go to the school for your treatment you get a greatly reduced price, but a different experience than if you go to the spa and pay full price.

DS sold a package of laser hair removal treatments to a woman; so many treatments for a very reduced price.  The customer observes some strict rules about  modesty, based on her religious beliefs.  Totally understandable and not SS at all.  However, she conveniently 'forgets' every time she schedules her treatments that her discount price means that her treatments will be done in the school; there will definitely be 10-15 people there and there is almost always at least one man.  If she does not wish to disrobe in front of a mixed-gender group, she needs to schedule (and pay for) her treatments at the spa.  The terms of the deal were explained when she bought it; they are printed very clearly on the agreement she received, but DS has to spend time every month reminding her of them. 

Yesterday was her second to last treatment.  After being told (again) that she could not receive her treatment in the spa, she told DS that he was going to hell, then went around the front office telling everyone they were going to hell for violating God's principles.

Why can't she be banned or refunded the unused portion ? 

Enough already.

Management is dead set against issuing refunds, but she has been marked in their appointment system so that she can't purchase any more packages or schedule appointments - it is too much hassle.  At least DS manages to get a chuckle out of it as he shakes his head.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #28597 on: August 26, 2014, 04:49:01 PM »
I am a little aggravated over a situation last night:

I play team sports with a group that travels to tournaments.  We hired a coach to work with us before our next trip at $XXX for a four hour training session, each player owes xx dollars.  This was explained repeatedly before we set up the session and got confirmation of each player's commitment - then divided the $XXX by number of players attending to guarantee the coach's fee.  Numerous texts & emails were sent to remind everyone of the date, time and place.   

Last night one girl did not show up, she sent a text late yesterday saying she would be late but would be there. Each player paid in advance and afterwards we each owed x dollars for the difference, it was going to be a pain in the butt so leader and I split her share.  I think missing girl should have to pay her part to leader and I before she gets to play again.  Her email to our leader this morning says, "I decided I didn't want to pay for that after all so I didn't come"   

I know it's petty, money wise, but this is just another example of her lack of team work. I want to finish out this year and never compete with her again, leader feels same as do some others on the team.  She's a good player but no one is worth that amount of grief. 

She is just one of those that bats her eyelashes and acts like she is so wonderful she can't be cut...shows up late for practice and playtime, sometimes doesn't show up for practice at all, does not go eat with the group, late communicating her vote on traveling issues, etc.  This is apparently the last straw for several, including me.       

   

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #28598 on: August 26, 2014, 04:50:46 PM »
I am a little aggravated over a situation last night:

I play team sports with a group that travels to tournaments.  We hired a coach to work with us before our next trip at $XXX for a four hour training session, each player owes xx dollars.  This was explained repeatedly before we set up the session and got confirmation of each player's commitment - then divided the $XXX by number of players attending to guarantee the coach's fee.  Numerous texts & emails were sent to remind everyone of the date, time and place.   

Last night one girl did not show up, she sent a text late yesterday saying she would be late but would be there. Each player paid in advance and afterwards we each owed x dollars for the difference, it was going to be a pain in the butt so leader and I split her share.  I think missing girl should have to pay her part to leader and I before she gets to play again.  Her email to our leader this morning says, "I decided I didn't want to pay for that after all so I didn't come"   

I know it's petty, money wise, but this is just another example of her lack of team work. I want to finish out this year and never compete with her again, leader feels same as do some others on the team.  She's a good player but no one is worth that amount of grief. 

She is just one of those that bats her eyelashes and acts like she is so wonderful she can't be cut...shows up late for practice and playtime, sometimes doesn't show up for practice at all, does not go eat with the group, late communicating her vote on traveling issues, etc.  This is apparently the last straw for several, including me.       

 

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #28599 on: August 26, 2014, 04:55:29 PM »
School pick up line SS. 

First, let me explain that the pick up line after school is already fairly disorganized, so it's slow and aggravating.  There's a lane for pick up, a pass through lane, and then a parking lot.  Today, a woman pulls out from the parking lot (I had to slam on my brakes to not hit her, and I was only going 3 or 4 mph, so that's saying something), then parks in the *middle* of the pick up and pass through lanes, so nobody could get by.  The reason why she stopped?  She needed to put her hair in a ponytail and apply fresh lipstick.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #28600 on: August 26, 2014, 05:04:17 PM »
My friend is a bit of an SS ...

Background:  my husband and I sometimes have get-togethers and invite our small circle of friends.  We always provide the lions' share of the food and drink.  Our friends usually offer to bring a bottle, or an appetizer, or a dessert. 

For one of those get-togethers, SSFriend asked me for my husband's recipe for home-made buffalo wings.  "They're so good, and I want to know how to make them.  I'll bring them to the party, and you can let me know what you think."  So, I duly gave him the recipe and mentally crossed "make appetizer" off my to-do list, since SSFriend would be bringing chicken wings.

On the day of the party, SSFriend arrived at our house empty-handed.  I said "Um, did you forget something?"  Grabbing a plate and helping himself to some food, he said "Oh, I got lazy and didn't feel like it."  I've developed a spine over the years, so I said sweetly "It's a good thing that (Husband) and I didn't get similarly lazy, isn't it?  Otherwise we'd be sitting here with nothing to eat."  SSFriend at least looked a little embarrassed.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #28601 on: August 26, 2014, 05:43:39 PM »

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.


I used to work for an Armored Car company, and a lot of the banks we went to would have candy that they kept on hand for customers, and sometimes something special just for the staff.  Most of the people we came in contact with would always ask us if we would like something before we left.  One of my coworkers was always coming back to the terminal with a huge bag of goodies.  he used to brag about how much his customers loved him and how they just plied him with all sorts of treats.  He would usually offer up some of his stash to various members of management, all the while regaling them with stories of how popular he was. 

What he actually did, is when the bank employees offered some of their treats, he would take the bag, or the bucket, or the dish, (whatever was holding the goodies) and dump the contents into a sack.  The bank employees didn't know how to react to someone being such a blatant hog so usually they said nothing.  One bank though got to let him know what they thought of his antics.  He was in the bank, and before he left he asked  where the treats were.  He was informed that the treats were no longer available to him since he didn't seem to understand that the goodies were not all for him, and since he couldn't control himself, he wasn't going to be offered any. 

Now when we were in a bank, there was always at least one other coworker (another guard) in the bank with him.  He was on a three man crew, so there were always two people on the ground.  So when he was told this, it was done in the presence of his coworker, who actually got a pretty big kick out of it, and naturally word got around the terminal about this little encounter.  I don't remember the exact outcome, but I think it actually embarrassed him enough to stop hogging all the treats.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #28602 on: August 26, 2014, 05:47:52 PM »
I am a little aggravated over a situation last night:

I play team sports with a group that travels to tournaments.  We hired a coach to work with us before our next trip at $XXX for a four hour training session, each player owes xx dollars.  This was explained repeatedly before we set up the session and got confirmation of each player's commitment - then divided the $XXX by number of players attending to guarantee the coach's fee.  Numerous texts & emails were sent to remind everyone of the date, time and place.   

Last night one girl did not show up, she sent a text late yesterday saying she would be late but would be there. Each player paid in advance and afterwards we each owed x dollars for the difference, it was going to be a pain in the butt so leader and I split her share.  I think missing girl should have to pay her part to leader and I before she gets to play again.  Her email to our leader this morning says, "I decided I didn't want to pay for that after all so I didn't come"   

I know it's petty, money wise, but this is just another example of her lack of team work. I want to finish out this year and never compete with her again, leader feels same as do some others on the team.  She's a good player but no one is worth that amount of grief. 

She is just one of those that bats her eyelashes and acts like she is so wonderful she can't be cut...shows up late for practice and playtime, sometimes doesn't show up for practice at all, does not go eat with the group, late communicating her vote on traveling issues, etc.  This is apparently the last straw for several, including me.       

I think if it were me (and I had the authority to do so), I'd be telling her "No problem!  I can give you two weeks to get the ($XX divided by the total number of players) from each other player so you can pay me and Leader back.  And please - next time, let us know ahead of time so we can gauge the correct cost for everyone!"  Then when two weeks go by, you can demand your money under threat of not letting her participate in the group activities.  When she complains that she hasn't gotten around to asking for her money or she can't be bothered or she shouldn't have to, you can say that's HER problem - whether or not she's too lazy to get her money back from everyone else, she still owes you.

No guarantee she'd pay up, of course, but hopefully the embarrassment of actually having to do the dirty work herself might shame her into just ponying up?

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #28603 on: August 26, 2014, 07:42:08 PM »
If they can replace the Pope, she can be replaced.

So you're saying they should set her on fire and see what color the smoke is? Stern, but fair.

That is what they do with the Pope, right? I'm not a theologian.

Had a clueless SS at lunch today. There's a big aisle in the strip mall parking lot that has the entrance to the major road and the entrance to the McDonald's drive through. SS had come in off the road and wanted to get to the drive through, but it was backed up so much he couldn't turn off the aisle and enter. He decided to half turn into the drive through so he was blocking both lanes of traffic in the aisle. The drive through was backed up, apparently, so I got to sit there for several minutes watching this idiot play on his phone.

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« Reply #28604 on: August 26, 2014, 08:44:05 PM »
If they can replace the Pope, she can be replaced.

So you're saying they should set her on fire and see what color the smoke is? Stern, but fair.

That is what they do with the Pope, right? I'm not a theologian.

Say what? I'm assuming this is an attempt at humor as opposed to a dig at the Catholic church.
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