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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #17505 on: October 10, 2012, 11:22:32 AM »
I get that all the time at the local drugstore. 

One line feeds two or three registers.  People who are used to the place have a standard procedure.  The person paying is at the counter.  The next on line stands a few feet back near a display of snack cakes.  The third person and the rest of the line forms down an aisle leaving a space between the snack cakes and the start of the aisles for shoppers entering the store.

I don't know how many times I've been the third person with a line behind me and someone will stand right behind the snack cakes.  This person will be amazed to discover that a line exists.

Oh no, we're not on line.  We get our jollies standing in a drugstore aisle with boxes of tissues and half-gallons of milk.

We have the same problem at my local Super-Mega-Book-Chain store. The displays of bookmarks and novelty gifts is set really close to the counter, so there's not a lot of room to line up for the multiple cashiers.  Regular customers know to line up single-file starting at the bookmark/gift displays, and then you go to whatever register opens next.  At least once every time I visit, someone swans in front of the people waiting in line and then gets seriously indignant when told that they are not next in line.  "BUT THERE'S NO LINE!"  they'll insist.

That's right, we're just standing her with stacks of books, watching other people check out because we don't fully understand the payment procedure.

Mine is at the local Panera.  There really isn't anywhere to line up, and the registers sort of go off to the side, with a pillar somewhat blocking them.  Since I enver know which register might free up, I ususally stand a bit back from them, waiting my turn.  I can't tell you how many people come in, see me standing back a bit, and got in front of me, and stand in front of one register, thinking there's no line. 

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #17506 on: October 10, 2012, 01:11:57 PM »
DH and I saw a lovely one a while ago - we were taking some documents to MIL's lawyer for her. This law practice is in a business/residential area and there is NO on-site parking. They only have parking for their employees; everyone else has to park in the surrounding streets where there is plenty of space. There is a huge sign outside by the front door about parking, there is a sign inside the office, there is a warning on their website, they tell you this when you call to make an appointment, etc...

Anyway, we're sitting in the waiting room waiting for the lawyer and this man comes in and the following conversation ensues:

Man: "Who owns the BMW parked out front?"
Receptionist: I don't know; probably one of the partners. Why?
Man: I wanted to park there, so I moved it.
Receptionist:  :o  ???

I started to laugh when he said that, but then I realized he was dead serious!! Then I tried to figure out how exactly he managed to move someone else's car without the keys!!

Reception called down and an office assistant went out with the man to find a parking spot. We were finally called in to talk to the lawyer and were able to see the BMW is an X5 (large, very expensive SUV)! We watched a minute longer and the man, who has now parked right across the street  ::) is driving a Suburban (even larger SUV). At least that explained how he was able to move the other vehicle.

Hope the Beemer still had a working transmission!

DH and I were hoping that the man was from someplace where people leave the cars in neutral and the parking brake off to help with parking (DH is from Cairo and that is common there) as opposed to just being a complete moron. Good grief!

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« Reply #17507 on: October 10, 2012, 01:15:18 PM »
Every Panera restaurant I've ever been to has major design flaws.  In one restaurant there is no clear "stand in line" place so folks stand awkwardly amongst the seated diners waiting for a cashier.  In another one the line is to the left, but all the menus are posted behind the cashiers and you cannot read them until you're called up to place your order.  So now you're standing there trying to decide what you want while holding everyone else up.   >:(

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« Reply #17508 on: October 10, 2012, 01:58:55 PM »
EmmaJ wrote:

"Every Panera restaurant I've ever been to has major design flaws."

I suspect that's because it doesn't seem like that franchise takes any control over site layout.  For example, if you get a McDonald's franchise and then set up in a mall or storefront, you're required to have corporate site designers come in and lay out the place to McDonald's site standards, and they'll do stuff like line planning or moving walls and stuff to make it work.  Panera places always look more like they provide setup but leave layout to the local owner, and because of that a lot of them aren't laid out very well.  We have one of the rare ones where the layout is superbly done, with a foyer corral that leads right to the counter and proper separation of the serving and dining areas and everything.  It's a great place to go, and after that place I started to notice it when a Panera is badly designed.

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« Reply #17509 on: October 10, 2012, 04:10:10 PM »

I have been known to smack such people with my luggage as I take it off the band.  Totally accidentally, of course.


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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #17510 on: October 10, 2012, 05:52:42 PM »
DH and I saw a lovely one a while ago - we were taking some documents to MIL's lawyer for her. This law practice is in a business/residential area and there is NO on-site parking. They only have parking for their employees; everyone else has to park in the surrounding streets where there is plenty of space. There is a huge sign outside by the front door about parking, there is a sign inside the office, there is a warning on their website, they tell you this when you call to make an appointment, etc...

Anyway, we're sitting in the waiting room waiting for the lawyer and this man comes in and the following conversation ensues:

Man: "Who owns the BMW parked out front?"
Receptionist: I don't know; probably one of the partners. Why?
Man: I wanted to park there, so I moved it.
Receptionist:  :o  ???

I started to laugh when he said that, but then I realized he was dead serious!! Then I tried to figure out how exactly he managed to move someone else's car without the keys!!

Reception called down and an office assistant went out with the man to find a parking spot. We were finally called in to talk to the lawyer and were able to see the BMW is an X5 (large, very expensive SUV)! We watched a minute longer and the man, who has now parked right across the street  ::) is driving a Suburban (even larger SUV). At least that explained how he was able to move the other vehicle.

Hope the Beemer still had a working transmission!

DH and I were hoping that the man was from someplace where people leave the cars in neutral and the parking brake off to help with parking (DH is from Cairo and that is common there) as opposed to just being a complete moron. Good grief!

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #17511 on: October 10, 2012, 06:25:15 PM »
EmmaJ wrote:

"Every Panera restaurant I've ever been to has major design flaws."

I suspect that's because it doesn't seem like that franchise takes any control over site layout.  For example, if you get a McDonald's franchise and then set up in a mall or storefront, you're required to have corporate site designers come in and lay out the place to McDonald's site standards, and they'll do stuff like line planning or moving walls and stuff to make it work.  Panera places always look more like they provide setup but leave layout to the local owner, and because of that a lot of them aren't laid out very well.  We have one of the rare ones where the layout is superbly done, with a foyer corral that leads right to the counter and proper separation of the serving and dining areas and everything.  It's a great place to go, and after that place I started to notice it when a Panera is badly designed.

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There are five or six Paneras near me that I've been in, and every single one of them looks like the owner said "Design my restaurant for the worst possible traffic flow through the order/pickup/soda fountain/condiment areas."

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #17512 on: October 10, 2012, 07:22:23 PM »
I thought people parking under no parking signs at preschool was bad, but it's nothing compared to what I saw the other night right outside my house! This is confusing, and I have a hard time explaining the layout, but I'll give it a try. There is a street (Knight St) that ends at the street my house is on (Dragon Ave). My house is right at the T, on Dragon Ave. When I come through the neighborhood and drive down Knight St, I can drive straight into my driveway. There is a stop sign for traffic on Knight street, and after they stop they have to turn left or right. (Or, if it's me, drive straight :))

The other night I was outside and I heard someone laying on the horn. I looked up and saw a truck flying down the road. They kept honking and then ran the stop sign, took the turn so fast that they almost ended up in my driveway and flew down Dragon Ave. I have a suspicion about who the truck belongs to, and he would be furious to hear that DS is driving like an idiot. Especially since he's a cop. It will be an interesting conversation when I see him at church this weekend  >:D >:D >:D
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #17513 on: October 10, 2012, 07:31:51 PM »
A few years back the brother of a friend of mine was in a serious accident. Serious enough that the family spent a few weeks literally living at the hospital, we brought food and clean clothes to them. One day when I was there dropping of clothes and talking to her another woman walked into the very crowded waiting room, where people were watching tv, reading and sewing and turned off all the lights and the tv, went towards the back and took over a couch laid down and tried to fall asleep. We were all dumbfounded. My friend asked me to reach the TV and turn it on and she turned the lights back on. The woman came back and tried to shut things off again. She was so insistent that folks would sit in silence and dark that security had to be called to make her leave things on.
  She eventually had to be escorted out because since folks would not allow her to sleep she made a foulmouthed nuisance of herself. 


My friend said that they eventually found out that she was a staff member from another part of the hospital and everyone in the room at that time reported her.

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« Reply #17514 on: October 10, 2012, 09:49:58 PM »
I just spent some time traveling*, so I have  few stories for here.

1. The woman seated in the bulkhead row of a completely full plane I was boarding. She and her companion were standing *in the aisle* chatting for maybe 5 minutes after I got there. There were maybe 10 people of the 250 people on the plane seated. They were hanging out at the very front just nattering. The flight attendant was standing behind them, looking at me despairingly. After about 5 minutes of both of us saying "EXCUSE ME!!" they finally clued in and moved (grumpily). There were only about 100 people behind me at that point. The flight attendant rolled her eyes and me, and I gave I shoulder shrug in response. What can one do about terminally clueless people? We both did our best.

2. What is with the people who stand in the middle of walkways in busy public areas? You have a group of 6, DON'T stand spread out across the entire walkway to stop everyone to consult with one another. Really?

3. There was a man in a very public part of a very popular tourist attraction in Central Florida (font color changed if people are susceptible - I will move to Gross Out if desired) pulling his nose hairs and wincing after each one. Seriously?

I'm sure more will occur to me as time goes on.

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« Reply #17515 on: October 10, 2012, 10:14:03 PM »
I just spent some time traveling*, so I have  few stories for here.

1. The woman seated in the bulkhead row of a completely full plane I was boarding. She and her companion were standing *in the aisle* chatting for maybe 5 minutes after I got there. There were maybe 10 people of the 250 people on the plane seated. They were hanging out at the very front just nattering. The flight attendant was standing behind them, looking at me despairingly. After about 5 minutes of both of us saying "EXCUSE ME!!" they finally clued in and moved (grumpily). There were only about 100 people behind me at that point. The flight attendant rolled her eyes and me, and I gave I shoulder shrug in response. What can one do about terminally clueless people? We both did our best.

2. What is with the people who stand in the middle of walkways in busy public areas? You have a group of 6, DON'T stand spread out across the entire walkway to stop everyone to consult with one another. Really?

3. There was a man in a very public part of a very popular tourist attraction in Central Florida (font color changed if people are susceptible - I will move to Gross Out if desired) pulling his nose hairs and wincing after each one. Seriously?

I'm sure more will occur to me as time goes on.

*See my post in "Good News!"

I had that problem with my own group while in London and Paris.  There were about 20-30 of us, and I constantly found myself telling adults to squeeze in and to not block other people!  It only took 2 or 3 days of me (and a few others here and there, depending) reminding them to stand right on the escalators before I had to stop reminding them.  I was constantly floored at how inconsiderate they were being!
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #17516 on: October 11, 2012, 10:25:04 AM »
EmmaJ wrote:

"Every Panera restaurant I've ever been to has major design flaws."

I suspect that's because it doesn't seem like that franchise takes any control over site layout.  For example, if you get a McDonald's franchise and then set up in a mall or storefront, you're required to have corporate site designers come in and lay out the place to McDonald's site standards, and they'll do stuff like line planning or moving walls and stuff to make it work.  Panera places always look more like they provide setup but leave layout to the local owner, and because of that a lot of them aren't laid out very well.  We have one of the rare ones where the layout is superbly done, with a foyer corral that leads right to the counter and proper separation of the serving and dining areas and everything.  It's a great place to go, and after that place I started to notice it when a Panera is badly designed.

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There are five or six Paneras near me that I've been in, and every single one of them looks like the owner said "Design my restaurant for the worst possible traffic flow through the order/pickup/soda fountain/condiment areas."
POD to this.  I quit going to the one closes to me at lunch for takeout as there is no place to wait for your order other than in front of the drink machines or standing by occupied tables.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #17517 on: October 11, 2012, 11:08:15 AM »
I just spent some time traveling*, so I have  few stories for here.

1. The woman seated in the bulkhead row of a completely full plane I was boarding. She and her companion were standing *in the aisle* chatting for maybe 5 minutes after I got there. There were maybe 10 people of the 250 people on the plane seated. They were hanging out at the very front just nattering. The flight attendant was standing behind them, looking at me despairingly. After about 5 minutes of both of us saying "EXCUSE ME!!" they finally clued in and moved (grumpily). There were only about 100 people behind me at that point. The flight attendant rolled her eyes and me, and I gave I shoulder shrug in response. What can one do about terminally clueless people? We both did our best.

2. What is with the people who stand in the middle of walkways in busy public areas? You have a group of 6, DON'T stand spread out across the entire walkway to stop everyone to consult with one another. Really?

3. There was a man in a very public part of a very popular tourist attraction in Central Florida (font color changed if people are susceptible - I will move to Gross Out if desired) pulling his nose hairs and wincing after each one. Seriously?

I'm sure more will occur to me as time goes on.

*See my post in "Good News!"

I'm not sure why the FA couldn't simply ask them nicely to move to others could board the plane.  I would think that would fall under their spehre, no?

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« Reply #17518 on: October 11, 2012, 11:48:25 AM »
I just spent some time traveling*, so I have  few stories for here.

1. The woman seated in the bulkhead row of a completely full plane I was boarding. She and her companion were standing *in the aisle* chatting for maybe 5 minutes after I got there. There were maybe 10 people of the 250 people on the plane seated. They were hanging out at the very front just nattering. The flight attendant was standing behind them, looking at me despairingly. After about 5 minutes of both of us saying "EXCUSE ME!!" they finally clued in and moved (grumpily). There were only about 100 people behind me at that point. The flight attendant rolled her eyes and me, and I gave I shoulder shrug in response. What can one do about terminally clueless people? We both did our best.

2. What is with the people who stand in the middle of walkways in busy public areas? You have a group of 6, DON'T stand spread out across the entire walkway to stop everyone to consult with one another. Really?

3. There was a man in a very public part of a very popular tourist attraction in Central Florida (font color changed if people are susceptible - I will move to Gross Out if desired) pulling his nose hairs and wincing after each one. Seriously?

I'm sure more will occur to me as time goes on.

*See my post in "Good News!"

I'm not sure why the FA couldn't simply ask them nicely to move to others could board the plane.  I would think that would fall under their spehre, no?

She tried, I tried. They were ignoring both of us COMPLETELY. It was amazing.

I knew there was another one. I was walking through a museum when a security guard came up behind me and grabbed my hair (I had it in a long braid that day) and asked me if I was planning on donating it. When I said "no, not really" (I was kinda unnerved), she gave me the stink eye.


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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #17519 on: October 11, 2012, 12:01:06 PM »
I've had that happen to me too!  :o  Not only does it get on my nerves to have someone come up to me and touch my hair without permission, but I don't think anyone has the right to scold me for wanting to keep it.  I've had people ask me if I was going to donate it (that's fine), or tell me flat-out that I should donate it (not so fine), that it would grow back, and don't I want to help someone out?  Well...maybe if it was my own idea, and if I didn't have a horrible track record for getting bad haircuts!  Either way, selfish or not, it's my hair.