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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #15135 on: May 31, 2012, 09:10:03 PM »
A potential cross post with the Conversations thread.

Some BG: We were expecting a package of tea today, so we were keeping an ear out on the door to make sure it arrived.  We also have a sign saying No Soliciting, at an adult's face level, in big, red, letters, that we made ourselves. We print a new one out after every few months or windstorm.

Doorbell rang this morning, open it up.  We're greeted by a religious group well-known for their door-to-doorsmanship.  My mum points out the no soliciting sign, and we get, "But we're not soliciting, we're spreading the message of God!"

I... don't... even... :o

My former office building had this problem.  We had a HUGE sign on the door that said No Soliciting, but no one ever seemed to see themselves as soliciting.  The worst offender was a woman who walked in and started her spiel before we could even say hello.  She was collecting money for some vaguely defined charity for wounded veterans - for which she had no literature or permit or proof that it even existed.  When we finally managed to wedge a word in, we asked her to observe the "No Soliciting" sign and leave.  She took great offense and screamed that "soliciting" didn't apply to her because she was doing charity work and we NEEDED to hear what she had to say.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #15136 on: May 31, 2012, 09:14:42 PM »
We had a guy come in yesterday selling oranges and grapefruit. When the other employee there said No, and I said No, he said "No fruit? What are you people, communists?" and stalked out.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #15137 on: May 31, 2012, 09:22:02 PM »
Some BG: We were expecting a package of tea today, so we were keeping an ear out on the door to make sure it arrived.  We also have a sign saying No Soliciting, at an adult's face level, in big, red, letters, that we made ourselves. We print a new one out after every few months or windstorm.

Doorbell rang this morning, open it up.  We're greeted by a religious group well-known for their door-to-doorsmanship.  My mum points out the no soliciting sign, and we get, "But we're not soliciting, we're spreading the message of God!"

I... don't... even... :o
I think, to a lot of people "no soliciting" means a monetary transaction. Offering newspaper subscriptions, peddling vacuum cleaners, selling Girl Scout cookies or asking for charitable donations--that's soliciting. Promoting ideas, such as the message of God or vote for Smith or sign this petition to save endangered wombats--that's not soliciting.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #15138 on: June 01, 2012, 02:25:01 AM »
Some BG: We were expecting a package of tea today, so we were keeping an ear out on the door to make sure it arrived.  We also have a sign saying No Soliciting, at an adult's face level, in big, red, letters, that we made ourselves. We print a new one out after every few months or windstorm.

Doorbell rang this morning, open it up.  We're greeted by a religious group well-known for their door-to-doorsmanship.  My mum points out the no soliciting sign, and we get, "But we're not soliciting, we're spreading the message of God!"

I... don't... even... :o
I think, to a lot of people "no soliciting" means a monetary transaction. Offering newspaper subscriptions, peddling vacuum cleaners, selling Girl Scout cookies or asking for charitable donations--that's soliciting. Promoting ideas, such as the message of God or vote for Smith or sign this petition to save endangered wombats--that's not soliciting.

They're soliciting for my soul or my vote.

Unless I feel like engaging in religious or political debate, I don't even bother answering the door unless I'm expecting someone.  There's one particular religious group in our area that sends people by on a pretty regular basis.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #15139 on: June 01, 2012, 07:26:42 AM »
We had a guy come in yesterday selling oranges and grapefruit. When the other employee there said No, and I said No, he said "No fruit? What are you people, communists?" and stalked out.

Well, maybe if he'd asked for some red fruit, you would have had some . . .

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« Reply #15140 on: June 01, 2012, 08:02:23 AM »
I was almost a SS.

Driving in a tourist town, I went past the destination I wanted.  I was going to turn around in a store parking lot until my BF pointed out the large sign that said, "No Turnarounds...and YES THAT MEANS YOU!"

Needless to say, I did not turn around there and we got a good laugh out of it.

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« Reply #15141 on: June 01, 2012, 10:37:03 AM »
Well, if you all are having such problems with people ignoring the "No Soliciting" signs, why not add more to the bottom, either what you don't allow or what soliciting actually means?

No Soliciting
*That means "Ask for or try to obtain something from someone".
*This includes but is not limited to soliciting donations for:
Charity
Political Campaign
Religious Group

OR

No Soliciting
No Religious Groups
No Political Campaign Groups
No Charity Groups

OR

No Soliciting
We don't donate, either!

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #15142 on: June 01, 2012, 10:51:47 AM »
Some BG: We were expecting a package of tea today, so we were keeping an ear out on the door to make sure it arrived.  We also have a sign saying No Soliciting, at an adult's face level, in big, red, letters, that we made ourselves. We print a new one out after every few months or windstorm.

Doorbell rang this morning, open it up.  We're greeted by a religious group well-known for their door-to-doorsmanship.  My mum points out the no soliciting sign, and we get, "But we're not soliciting, we're spreading the message of God!"

I... don't... even... :o
I think, to a lot of people "no soliciting" means a monetary transaction. Offering newspaper subscriptions, peddling vacuum cleaners, selling Girl Scout cookies or asking for charitable donations--that's soliciting. Promoting ideas, such as the message of God or vote for Smith or sign this petition to save endangered wombats--that's not soliciting.

Back ten years ago, when I was in charge of purchasing for my office, I got a ton of calls from people who claimed not to be selling something.   They just wanted to "talk about new phone regulations," or "discuss staffing opportunities."  Yes you are selling something.  If I had needed any of those things I'd have gone for someone who was upfront about it, not someone who thought I had time to waste first.

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« Reply #15143 on: June 01, 2012, 11:00:22 AM »
Once, back when I worked in an office, there was a report I had to get out but I kept getting interrupted.  So I posted a sign outside my cubicle:  Please do not disturb.  Working on X report.  Bother me at your peril."  Worked very well - I got the report finished and submitted on time.

(If a new doc had come in for a provider code, I'd have seen them.  But most of the interruptions had been co-workers asking questions I'd answered before, like "What department does Dr. Pediatrics work for?")

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« Reply #15144 on: June 01, 2012, 11:18:18 AM »
Today is my birthday, and a co-worker brought me a small cake. I figured I'd share with my fellow administrative assistants, so we'd cut the cake and had put the lid back on, and it was on my desk.

A professor wandered through our office, said "Oh, hey, cake!", lifted the lid, cut two huge pieces and said "I'm not going to eat it, but I'll take my kids some.." and walked off.

We were all kind of speechless about it. This professor always does stuff like that. She will take half of a leftover pizza for her kids, big chunks of cake, cookies, and so on, all without asking or being invited to take any.

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« Reply #15145 on: June 01, 2012, 11:35:01 AM »
I encountered a potential SS this morning.  We have a private driveway that is shared with our building (2 cars) and our neighbor's building (3 cars) and is a gated property.  In order to pull into the driveway, the gate must be opened.  We all have remotes in our car. 

So I'm tooling down our street this morning after dropping YDD off at preschool and get behind a guy in a Jeep who seems to be trolling for parking.  I get to where I can see our driveway and I see the gate is open (meaning our neighbor is coming out).  It's a rather long driveway and I couldn't yet see the neighbor's car.  I do see the Jeep pull into our driveway...and back right out again as the neighbor tried to get out.  I pulled in to grab ODD for school and saw that the Jeep was parked on the street up a ways.

So...I guess if you have a driveway, it's fair game even if you don't live there?  Incidentally, this is one of the reasons we have a gate.  People kept thinking our backyard was a parking lot for a business a block away.

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« Reply #15146 on: June 01, 2012, 11:52:45 AM »
Today is my birthday, and a co-worker brought me a small cake. I figured I'd share with my fellow administrative assistants, so we'd cut the cake and had put the lid back on, and it was on my desk.

A professor wandered through our office, said "Oh, hey, cake!", lifted the lid, cut two huge pieces and said "I'm not going to eat it, but I'll take my kids some.." and walked off.

We were all kind of speechless about it. This professor always does stuff like that. She will take half of a leftover pizza for her kids, big chunks of cake, cookies, and so on, all without asking or being invited to take any.

Happy Birthday, LadyClaire.  Sorry you encountered such a special snowflake.

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« Reply #15147 on: June 01, 2012, 11:57:51 AM »
Today is my birthday, and a co-worker brought me a small cake. I figured I'd share with my fellow administrative assistants, so we'd cut the cake and had put the lid back on, and it was on my desk.

A professor wandered through our office, said "Oh, hey, cake!", lifted the lid, cut two huge pieces and said "I'm not going to eat it, but I'll take my kids some.." and walked off.

We were all kind of speechless about it. This professor always does stuff like that. She will take half of a leftover pizza for her kids, big chunks of cake, cookies, and so on, all without asking or being invited to take any.

Well, it's all your fault!   ;D

Everyone knows you keep food UNDER the desk, not on top of it!  Or in a file cabinet.  Or in the store room where professors never go. 

Seriously I think I'd have pushed her hand away and said "No, this is MY birthday cake!  It's a gift to me and I'm going to take the rest home and eat it myself!"

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« Reply #15148 on: June 01, 2012, 01:26:06 PM »
So, it gets BETTER re: the girl in my class. Her, her roommate, and my roommate all went to London this weekend. "Ashley" did all of this while in London- not moving over so someone could pass on escalator (saying it rudely  too), not moving her bag from left side of moving stairs forcing people to step over it and then getting pissy when guy behind her moved it; she LEFT her duffel alone to try to get a table at mcdonalds at the london eye, left food on table to get duffel, food almost got thrown out by busser, she got pissy abt it; hasn't paid my roommate back her part of room $; almost got kidnapped and raped by 5 guys, she was waiting for her roommate and my roommate  in a convience store, guys said they had free beer at an empty pub, thought it was no big deal.

I swear to god I am destroying her passport when we get back to Florida.

Wait, am I misreading this? The last part of the sentence is a little confusing re: the guys, but it sounds like her almost getting kidnapped and raped is getting lumped in with the boorish things that she did.  :o One of these things is not like the others...

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #15149 on: June 01, 2012, 02:04:01 PM »
I think the poster was expressing frustration of the girl's lack of safety awareness and common sense (don't go off with 5 male strangers) - but I agree, that lack of savvy is very different from being deliberately boorish