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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #17520 on: October 11, 2012, 12:03:10 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.

I was inclined to be a bit sympathetic at first, thinking she might be an exhausted relative who had spent so long with someone in critical condition that they weren't quite rational from fatigue and mental stress.

But she was staff, who expected to turn a crowded waiting room into her own bedroom? That's bizarre.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #17521 on: October 11, 2012, 12:28:02 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

Is it possible he was having a brake failure?  That's what we were taught to do if we ever found ourselves in that situation.  Lean on the horn and try to keep control of the vehicle.  I had to do that once when I found myself on black ice just as I was trying to stop at a stop sign.  (we had school in spite of Mother Nature gifting us with an ice storm.   ::)) Thank DIETY there was no one coming on the cross road.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #17522 on: October 11, 2012, 12:30:36 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

Is it possible he was having a brake failure?  That's what we were taught to do if we ever found ourselves in that situation.  Lean on the horn and try to keep control of the vehicle.  I had to do that once when I found myself on black ice just as I was trying to stop at a stop sign.  (we had school in spite of Mother Nature gifting us with an ice storm.   ::)) Thank DIETY there was no one coming on the cross road.

That was my thought, too; that his brakes were out and he was just getting people to "look" at him so they knew he wasn't going to stop because he couldn't.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #17523 on: October 11, 2012, 12:40:36 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.

  I've had it happen too.  I don't think it's ok to ask, I think it's part of my body and no one else gets to question how I keep it. I had a co-worker once who harassed me for a month about it. I finally told her off, after a month of politely declining and she went to HR saying how  "rude and hateful" I had been to her. And she told them that she had been "talking to me about donating her hair, just like I did everyday" HR finally got it as I had reported her after the third time of her telling me that I "had to donate" my hair and the poo-poo'd me.  When they called me in I told them I could care less what they wrote me up for but this was going to stop and NOW.  They then tried to calm me down,,,and when I did they said SHE had complained about me and that she had admitted to "talking to me about it everyday" - I was just there for them to find out if I wanted HER written up!! Finally.  I told them that what they did about her was their business but that if it continued I was filing with my union rep and letting them sort it out.
  I think the rudeness in asking once comes in the idea that someone else deserves part of my body more than I do.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #17524 on: October 11, 2012, 01:38:44 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

Is it possible he was having a brake failure?  That's what we were taught to do if we ever found ourselves in that situation.  Lean on the horn and try to keep control of the vehicle.  I had to do that once when I found myself on black ice just as I was trying to stop at a stop sign.  (we had school in spite of Mother Nature gifting us with an ice storm.   ::) ) Thank DIETY there was no one coming on the cross road.
It happens. I was pulling up to a toll plaza once and a car screamed past me with the horn blaring.  It plowed into a car stopped at one booth.  Never found out for certain, but it certainly looked like their brakes had failed.  This was pre-airbags, so it's probable that people were killed or badly injured.  It was also pre-EZpass, so there was  no moving or clear lane that they could have gone through.

That's a dilemma for you.  Do you hit another car or a truck?  If you hit another car, you won't hit quite as hard because you'll shove the other car forward, possibly minimizing injury to yourself at the expense of possibly hurting someone else.  If you hit a truck, you're not likely to hurt the driver, but you will hit harder, since that truck can't be moved by the impact of your car.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #17525 on: October 11, 2012, 04:06:12 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.

I once had someone do that do me. I asked her if she'd ever actually looked into hair donation. Most donated hair does not go to make lovely wigs for sick people. The plain fact is that a great deal of hair is unsuitable for wig-making. Frequent washing, blow-drying, straightening/curling, hair dye, and styling products can all make hair weak and unusable. The majority of donated hair is sold or discarded.

Shut her up immediately! I really don't think that the people who make these kind of comments actually think about what they're saying.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #17526 on: October 11, 2012, 04:18:55 PM »
They also won't accept dyed hair in my area.  I think it has something to do with damage or a possibility of the color fading.  So when I get asked that question, I reply back with I can't because I dye it.  Seems to shut the person down after that.

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« Reply #17527 on: October 11, 2012, 04:50:41 PM »
And a lot of them won't accept gray hair.  I've had white hairs since I was about 25.  Right now, I have enough of them that it looks like I'm becoming a blonde again.  But soon, they'll all be white.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #17528 on: October 11, 2012, 07:56:05 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

Is it possible he was having a brake failure?  That's what we were taught to do if we ever found ourselves in that situation.  Lean on the horn and try to keep control of the vehicle.  I had to do that once when I found myself on black ice just as I was trying to stop at a stop sign.  (we had school in spite of Mother Nature gifting us with an ice storm.   ::) ) Thank DIETY there was no one coming on the cross road.
It happens. I was pulling up to a toll plaza once and a car screamed past me with the horn blaring.  It plowed into a car stopped at one booth.  Never found out for certain, but it certainly looked like their brakes had failed.  This was pre-airbags, so it's probable that people were killed or badly injured.  It was also pre-EZpass, so there was  no moving or clear lane that they could have gone through.

That's a dilemma for you.  Do you hit another car or a truck?  If you hit another car, you won't hit quite as hard because you'll shove the other car forward, possibly minimizing injury to yourself at the expense of possibly hurting someone else.  If you hit a truck, you're not likely to hurt the driver, but you will hit harder, since that truck can't be moved by the impact of your car.

Happened to me - I did everything mentioned (pull the emergency brake, honk the horn) and finally got to a section of roadway that had concrete Jersey barriers and scraped my car along it to slow it as best I could.  A State trooper pulled alongside me, paced my car, and started shoving his car into mine to press it further into the wall.  To celebrate and honor him for saving my life, I puked all over his nice uniform about twenty minutes after it was over.  So I was a SS for thanking him in that spectacular roadside fashion.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #17529 on: October 11, 2012, 09:51:42 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.

I once had someone do that do me. I asked her if she'd ever actually looked into hair donation. Most donated hair does not go to make lovely wigs for sick people. The plain fact is that a great deal of hair is unsuitable for wig-making. Frequent washing, blow-drying, straightening/curling, hair dye, and styling products can all make hair weak and unusable. The majority of donated hair is sold or discarded.

that's why I don't donate. My hair does grow fast (I just cut 2 years of growth this week -2 ft)  BUT I get split ends and the hair shaft breaks easily.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #17530 on: October 11, 2012, 10:31:16 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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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.

*snip*

I think that might be grounds for booting, at least in the US.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #17531 on: October 12, 2012, 10:57:21 AM »
Happened to me - I did everything mentioned (pull the emergency brake, honk the horn) and finally got to a section of roadway that had concrete Jersey barriers and scraped my car along it to slow it as best I could.  A State trooper pulled alongside me, paced my car, and started shoving his car into mine to press it further into the wall.  To celebrate and honor him for saving my life, I puked all over his nice uniform about twenty minutes after it was over.  So I was a SS for thanking him in that spectacular roadside fashion.


Oh my!  How scary!

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #17532 on: October 12, 2012, 11:42:55 AM »
Blizzards of SnowflakeusIwantmycomputerusNOW....

Short version:  Something Bad has happened to all of our public PCs.  Our provider thinks it has something to do with switches that have gone bad as well as some moves and changes made on the part of one of our software providers.  Whatever it is, it causes a pc to deny a person access, demand passwords (that don't exist), crash, shut off before a patron has even started a session and so on.  Oh!  And even if you can find one that works, the connection between the computer and the printer is corrupted and nothing will print out.

Well, the provider managed to get one group of computers up and running, but there is still no print capablity.   

We have had to announce every twenty minutes that ONLY the one room of computers is working and that there is no printer capability.  Don't you know that people who are sitting in the room with us while we make the announcement that printing is not available, who have received written pop-up messages on their computers (twice) and who have been NEXT to us while we TELL THEM THEY CANNOT PRINT come back six minutes later and demand that we print out their very important item.

Hmmm, maybe this should be under Harry Potter instead as I have actually had to say to several people "I really am sorry, but I am not Hermoine Granger Weasley and I do not have the ability to fix it by looking at it."

Well, actually there have been instances of people coming in, seeing the computers that are shut down, trying to bring them up and then sitting and typing random words and phrases into the whole Login and Password areas.  When queried why he did this, one gentleman said "Well, I wanted to use the computer and they were turned off.  How was I supposed to know I wasn't supposed to turn them on?"

Coworker said "Well, there are a dozen signs telling you the computers are off, beginning with the front door downstairs and leading all the way up the stairwell bannister...but the biggest clue should have been that, you know, the computers have all been shut down.,"

Patron replies "You are insulting my intelligence!"

No, I think he was doing a pretty good job all on his little lonesome.

I also had two patrons trying to connect to the internet through two computers that are dedicated solely to two databases.  Period.  (Yes, if you know how, you can probably undercut the system, but technically, the computers are dedicated computers. Period.)

So I explained to them that no, the computers were dedicated and they could not get on to the internet.  They sat there, turning off the computers, turning them back on and typing in random logins and passwords and I repeated myself.  "Uh-huh"  and they kept going.  So I repeated myself a third time and got "I HEARD YOU THE FIRST TIME, B****!"  "Then why didn't you shut down?"  "I don't have to do what you say!"  They then informed me that I am a rude b***** for telling them they couldn't use the computers and they were leaving and not coming back.  (Promise?)  and, oh yes, because I am a rude b***** I should reconsider my career because I am not fit to work with the public.

Yeah.  That made my day.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #17533 on: October 12, 2012, 11:47:22 AM »
Please forgive me, but I have to...Their reactions were of the "Does Not Compute" variety!  ;D

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« Reply #17534 on: October 12, 2012, 01:36:04 PM »
So I explained to them that no, the computers were dedicated and they could not get on to the internet.  They sat there, turning off the computers, turning them back on and typing in random logins and passwords and I repeated myself.  "Uh-huh"  and they kept going.  So I repeated myself a third time and got "I HEARD YOU THE FIRST TIME, B****!"  "Then why didn't you shut down?"  "I don't have to do what you say!"  They then informed me that I am a rude b***** for telling them they couldn't use the computers and they were leaving and not coming back.  (Promise?)  and, oh yes, because I am a rude b***** I should reconsider my career because I am not fit to work with the public.

Yeah.  That made my day.

And then these patrons were banned from the library, right?