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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18000 on: November 16, 2012, 03:40:25 PM »
I can't decide if this is SS or brain hurty, so I'm going to drop it here.

My DP, who as many of you know is recovering from a major health issue (5 months in the hospital last year), wanted a grill when we moved to the new place. Not a standard one, mind you - a super fancy, wood pellet burning grill that costs $$$. It's easy to use, environmentally friendly, etc. and since it's got a thermostat and holds its temp, and has a remote to show the temp and such she can operate it with a minimum of standing around waiting for things. It was the one thing she asked for in the move, and I said yes, and we bought the grill. The movers, in their infinite wisdom, managed to hide the grill cover and the bag of wood pellets we'd bought with it, and so it sat, unused, for two months, as we were busy and hadn't had a chance to go anywhere to get more pellets (they aren't something you can just pick up at the store).

Here's the brain hurty/special snowflakey part - we mention that hadn't gotten pellets yet to my parents, who were coming up for a weekend. Mom finds some local to her, and they bring us a big bag of them. We all plan (including DP) for us to have a grilled dinner the second night they were there - steaks, baked potatoes, corn, etc. and mom and dad buy all the stuff. DP gets really sick the morning of the planned dinner - this happens, with some regularity, since her hospital time. Mom and dad, with DP's permission and blessing, get the grill going and make dinner for all of us. DP eats dinner, is gracious, all is well. Until after they leave - when DP says that even though she loves the grill, she wishes she could replace it with another identical one and give the one we have to mom and dad, because it 'no longer feels like hers' since my parents were the first to use it.

I'm baffled by the whole thing.

I can see feeling this way - when you are sick you tend to attach an undue amount of importance to mundane or everyday things. I can only imagine that that would be magnified 1000x when you are sick for an extended period of time. DP has probably been looking forward tremendously to cooking on 'her' grill for a long time and then her illness got in the way at the last moment. That's got to be disappointing. However, I know that personally I would feel silly for feeling that way and would certainly be gracious while guests were there, but may let my disappointment and 'silly' feelings out to DH once they left because he is my 'safe' person and gets to see allllllll my crazy  :)

Now, if you said she was actually insisting on buying a new grill...

I'm hoping that once she uses it a time or two she'll feel a little better. Sadly, she hasn't had a chance to yet, between weather and other logistics. Hoping maybe soon, though! Glad to hear it's not totally out of the realm of 'normal' though... I was a bit worried. LOL

Can it only burn wood pellets?  If not, burn some sage to "cleanse" it and then have a big re-christening dinner.  Or call it the beta-testing run.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18001 on: November 18, 2012, 04:57:22 PM »
I work at a call center.  I was recently promoted to the 2nd level of support.  I get a mix of complicated technical issues and complicated or snowflakey customers, so I suspect I will have more posts.

Now, the customer started off upset, but not exactly snowflakey.  He had lost data due to a troubleshooting step a previous representative had him do, and he was calling back, and ended up on the other end of my phone.  The customer wanted compensation for his data loss, which we don't usually do, but since the step done that caused the data loss had been recorded, we were going to make an exception.  I got him over to the customer service specialists as he was asking for compensation I couldn't do.  I arranged to call him back after to make sure he was taken care of, as he was nervous, and didn't really want to talk to anyone other than me.  (Apparently I was the only one whom he felt cared).

I called him back the next day to check in.  I discovered he had hung up on the 2nd level of the customer service department after being offered an item worth just about $300.  He was very upset, as he didn't want the item.  So, I went to the same department to check, and I was given authorization to give him that value of item myself as he didn't want to talk to anyone else.  (That item was about twice the value I could usually give, even with authorization from my manager, so we're talking major exception here.)  The rep was actually saying how it was more than he'd usually give, but he wasn't going to offer less than the previous rep.  I was advised I could let him choose any item at that value.  I advised the customer of this, and advised he could choose ONE item of that value.  I call the customer back, and we have a conversation, where he somehow manages to misunderstand my ONE item and the fact that we were talking about ONE item, though he was asking questions about another (I didn't wonder as it was an accessory for a product he stated he had purchased recently).  I set up the process by which we would ship the one item, which goes to an administrative department to confirm all the details.  The admin department calls him and he asks about the second item.  I get emailed to confirm what had been offered, and I call the customer.

The man FLIPS OUT when he learns that he isn't going to get the item.  He was getting an item that cost nearly as much, if not more than what the item the data loss occurred on cost.  But, that wasn't good enough.

But, he's not getting anything now.  He said to forget it, so I did.  I emailed the admin rep and cancelled the item.

This second story is also about asking for stuff (money, in this case:

I had a customer who had been on the phone a very long time trying to work an issue out, blaming our company when he first got on.  The very first thing he wanted was our company to pay for any phone charges he may have incurred by the call.  Now, he had arranged it where we call him- so the only charges would have been if he was charged for incoming calls.  I was honestly a bit baffled, because that was the first time that I had heard anything like that.  It took me about 20 minutes to calm him down.  At least 20 minutes.  Then, I resolved his issue- turned out the problem was he had used two different emails in the past, and that had led to the issue... so it wasn't our company's fault, even.

Most of my customers are awesome... but some are just special.



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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18002 on: November 18, 2012, 06:54:27 PM »
Two SS stories, both car related:

SS 1 happened at Christmas a few years ago.   There was a homeowner who lived in a fairly secluded, exclusive wooded area, but his home was visible from the (very busy) highway.  He decided to go all out decorating his house for the holidays, and he did a beautiful job.   One night, someone driving in front of us on the highway saw the gorgeous lights display and STOPPED DEAD so that he could get a better look.  As in, he was traveling at 100 kph and slammed on the brakes.   He's lucky we didn't hit him.

SS 2 happened in the parking lot of my local Safeway.  I was using the pedestrian crosswalk to get from my car to the store when I noticed a car driving slowly towards me.  The driver had her window open and was happily chatting away to someone walking on the sidewalk - without looking where she was going, and while her car was moving.   I couldn't believe my eyes - she was almost on top of me before I realized that she didn't even know I was there.  I slammed the palm of my hand on the front of her car and roared "HEY!".  She gaped stupidly at me, and boy, did I give her the Evil Glare.

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« Reply #18003 on: November 18, 2012, 10:15:19 PM »
From my nephew's birthday party
BIL and his friend Peter- 2 hours before the party. I have both kids, so that sis could clean the house. BIL and his friend decide they are hungry. Did they go get some take out - no they grilled fajitas, made homemade salsa. So sis wasn't able to finish her pinwheels.


The party was at the house with a bouncy house, pinata- the kids old enough to know how to behave and most of the parents stayed. Still I stopped kids from climbing on the pool table and jumping off, sis caught them filling the whirlpool bath to make bubbles.


After everyone else had left we still had 2 neighbor girls, friend from the fajitas and his daughters. A family called and asked if they could come by and drop off nephew's present (they had another obligation and couldn't make it to the party). While they were there the neighbor girls' mom came by to get them - and passed out drunk on the stone floor. We distracted the kids, and BIL called the neighbor's husband to come and get her. We kept the kids for about another hour, giving the husband time to get her to bed. Then BIL walked the kids home.


Family that came late were not SS - they were actually helpful putting some of the toys together. In a funny turn of events Sis was introducing family that came late to Peter - turned out the husband of the late family were frat brothers that lost contact.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18004 on: November 18, 2012, 10:45:29 PM »
Had a guest of the hotel/restaurant I work at now show off his Special Snowflakiness. 

When the hotel has big groups in for events, they have the option to purchase  coffee for the group.  Said coffee, if it is a serve-yourself setup, may include large disposable coffee cups.  The cups are NOT available as part of the lovely hot breakfast spread this particular hotel chain puts out - we simply do not have access to them in the kitchen, as if they are in the hotel at all, they are in a locked storage area.  The group event team orders them in when they're used for events - it's not something we regularly stock or even need on short notice.

This guest spent the better part of ten minutes trying to cajole one of these cups out of me.  Yes, I was really this polite to him about it - it's what I get paid to do.  He didn't get angry about it and he wasn't actually rude about it either.

Guest:  Can I get a bigger coffee cup?
Me: I'm sorry sir, the cups we have out are the only size hot cups we have - the mugs and the foam ones that you see are what we have.
Guest:  But I want one of the bigger ones.
Me: I'm sorry but we don't have bigger ones - I wish we did, because I'd like to use them for drinks too.
Guest:  But I used to get bigger ones here.
Me: I'm sorry, but the ones we have out are all we have in the kitchen.  You can take as many of the disposable ones that are out here as you want though.
Guest:  When you do the big events sometimes you have bigger cups.
Me:  I'm sorry sir, but even if the event staff does have them, we don't have access to them, and I'd be in big trouble if I tried to get into their supplies.
Guest:  But when I was here last year, the girl would get them for me.  Say you weren't here last year, were you?
Me: I haven't been here that long, and none of the other staff was here last year either.  We don't have any big cups available at all, sir.  Even if banquet has them in for an event, they're counted out for that event and stored in a locked cabinet, because someone else has paid for them.
Guest's mother (a lady with a classy southern accent): "Land's sakes, son, quit bothering the lady and get one of the cups they have out there."

The guest was somewhere in his thirties - his mother, however, had that "I was pretty sure I raised you better than that," look and tone. I was barely able to keep myself from laughing at that point.  He sheepishly slunk off to the drink station.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18005 on: November 19, 2012, 01:49:10 AM »
I think the same person who's been bugging me on a fanfic site has changed tactics, though I have no way to prove that it's her.  I got a message in my inbox from another writer on the site, and it seems that Special Snowflake Writer (SSW) is now getting other writers (or, at least, one other writer) in on the action.  Here's the message.

"Hi. I left a review on this story too in case you don't see this.

So anyway...an anonymous reviewer asked me to finish (story name) for
you. Can I? It's a really good start and I enjoyed the first chapter.

Hope to hear from you!"

Doesn't no mean no anymore?  Anyway, I sent back a polite request that this other writer not to continue my story for me, and I got a quick reply back saying that this person will respect my wishes.  It was actually a pleasant reply, which sort of balances out the odd (to me, anyway) request.  At least this person was reasonable!

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18006 on: November 19, 2012, 01:59:15 AM »
Wow.  Some people know no bounds, Crochet.  You might want to put up something in your profile that all stories are yours, to not complete them, and put a complete tag on the ones that are complete.



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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18007 on: November 19, 2012, 09:43:19 AM »
Guest's mother (a lady with a classy southern accent): "Land's sakes, son, quit bothering the lady and get one of the cups they have out there."

The guest was somewhere in his thirties - his mother, however, had that "I was pretty sure I raised you better than that," look and tone. I was barely able to keep myself from laughing at that point.  He sheepishly slunk off to the drink station.

Hahaha - that's too funny!

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18008 on: November 19, 2012, 10:28:25 AM »
I read this on a mom's forum I read occasionally.  Mom is shopping with a newborn in a baby carrier and is in line at customer service.  Ahead of her is an elderly lady.  When Elderly Lady steps up to the counter, mom puts the baby carrier on the floor between them (so right behind EL).  EL completes her transaction and steps back, tripping over the baby carrier a d falling on the baby.  Mom loses it and starts screaming at EL, EMS is called for both EL and the baby, chaos ensues.

What amazed me was the number of responses blaming the elderly lady for daring to not constantly monitor the location of the BAYBEEEE and placing full blame on her.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18009 on: November 19, 2012, 10:31:56 AM »
Wow.  Some people know no bounds, Crochet.  You might want to put up something in your profile that all stories are yours, to not complete them, and put a complete tag on the ones that are complete.

I'm considering that, but I don't want this person to think I'm singling them out (not the SSW, but the one who messaged me last night).  This person left a signed review also asking the same question, and last time I checked those can't be removed.  I tend to give people a bit of a pass on a nervy request if they accept my "no" graciously and move on.  Now I'm on pins and needles worrying about seeing a continuation of my story by some other person who didn't bother to ask permission.  Well, not really...I'm not super worried about it, just mildly irked.  If someone else asks me, though, I'll definitely put a note in my profile.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18010 on: November 19, 2012, 10:57:27 AM »
Wow.  Some people know no bounds, Crochet.  You might want to put up something in your profile that all stories are yours, to not complete them, and put a complete tag on the ones that are complete.

I'm considering that, but I don't want this person to think I'm singling them out (not the SSW, but the one who messaged me last night).  This person left a signed review also asking the same question, and last time I checked those can't be removed.  I tend to give people a bit of a pass on a nervy request if they accept my "no" graciously and move on.  Now I'm on pins and needles worrying about seeing a continuation of my story by some other person who didn't bother to ask permission.  Well, not really...I'm not super worried about it, just mildly irked.  If someone else asks me, though, I'll definitely put a note in my profile.

Maybe put in your summary that you are indeed planning on completing the story and you aren't going to have anyone else complete it for you and anyone else doing so will be reported. 

As for the other person who was asked, tell her/him that if your story inspired them into writing, to go for it.  But remind them to make sure they tweak their story enough so that it is not part of your particular branch of whatever fanfic universe you're writing in. 

In my In Progress files, I have one like that.  I got to thinking, what if this happened instead of that.  A main character was depressed because he lost his girlfriend and because he wasn't paying attention to what was going on around him, he got kidnapped.  As the origional author had added several new characters to his/her story, I knew that I couldn't use those characters, even changing their names would be a no no, so I tweaked it out of that author's version of how they felt the show could have gone, did my own thing with it.  Instead of the character being depressed and not paying attention and getting kidnapped, he was excited and not paying attention and getting kidnapped.  No need for the other author's characters at all. 

I hope this SS fan finally gets a clue, quits pestering you about your story, and starts spending her time writing her own stories. 

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18011 on: November 19, 2012, 11:54:06 AM »
I am so so happy to have the van during the week again because I hate grocery shopping on Saturdays. Loathe it with the firey passion of a thousand suns.  Remember Miss Scarlet from Clue? "Flames...flames...on the side of my head..." Yeah, that much.

It's crowded and it's like all the special snowflakes in town come out of the woodwork.  People leave their carts in the middle of the aisle and because there are so many folks in the aisle you don't know who it belongs to so it's not like you can say "Excuse me, would you please move your cart?" And people will just stand by their cart, not move it at all and just watch you try to get past.

One week there was a woman with one of those car carts for kids in the refrigerated aisle (juice/dairy/cookie dough) parked at the entrance to the aisle so that other carts couldn't enter.  A woman ahead of me alerted the woman that she couldn't get through because of the way her cart was positioned and the boy inside the car was hanging out of it.  The kid's mother told him to get his whole body into the cart but didn't move it more than about an inch, which forced the woman ahead of me and myself to try and squeeze our carts past her. 
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18012 on: November 19, 2012, 12:41:00 PM »
I read this on a mom's forum I read occasionally.  Mom is shopping with a newborn in a baby carrier and is in line at customer service.  Ahead of her is an elderly lady.  When Elderly Lady steps up to the counter, mom puts the baby carrier on the floor between them (so right behind EL).  EL completes her transaction and steps back, tripping over the baby carrier a d falling on the baby.  Mom loses it and starts screaming at EL, EMS is called for both EL and the baby, chaos ensues.

What amazed me was the number of responses blaming the elderly lady for daring to not constantly monitor the location of the BAYBEEEE and placing full blame on her.

This type of behavior drives me nuts.  I feel for the old lady. I hope she is ok

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18013 on: November 19, 2012, 12:56:24 PM »
I read this on a mom's forum I read occasionally.  Mom is shopping with a newborn in a baby carrier and is in line at customer service.  Ahead of her is an elderly lady.  When Elderly Lady steps up to the counter, mom puts the baby carrier on the floor between them (so right behind EL).  EL completes her transaction and steps back, tripping over the baby carrier a d falling on the baby.  Mom loses it and starts screaming at EL, EMS is called for both EL and the baby, chaos ensues.

What amazed me was the number of responses blaming the elderly lady for daring to not constantly monitor the location of the BAYBEEEE and placing full blame on her.

This type of behavior drives me nuts.  I feel for the old lady. I hope she is ok

Same here.  :(  I'm sure she felt terrible, and it was a terrible thing to happen, but it was an accident.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18014 on: November 19, 2012, 01:00:45 PM »
Yesterday, I braved the local market to finish my Thanksgiving shopping. I started on the far left of the store, and came toward the right, which is the reverse of what most people do. I was nearly halfway through the store, and I encounter the "possibly SS grocery shopping train". This is an entire family, consisting of 6 adults and more than 10 kids. Each adult had a cart, and one had a wheelchair cart. Everywhere they went, they went together. Even in a single line, they blocked the large aisle around the store. I got what I needed, and avoided the back of the store, where their group was.

Even though that was a bit stressful, I am in bliss knowing I do not have to go back to the store!  :D