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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18120 on: November 26, 2012, 04:16:24 PM »
UGH. The dreaded employee discount. I work, and ahve worked, in a women's store PT for the last 7 years. Thankfully, that issue hasn't ever come up for me.  Technially we are not supposed to use our discount for anyone but ourselves, and gifts. However, in my store, they don't really mind if we use it mom's, daughters, sisters, and family. As long as its not abused, its ok.

I do remember one year, about 20 years ago, working for the holidays in a large, well-known dept. store. I was working in the fashion jewelry dept, and a customer came in, someone who I didn't know, but recognized as we sometimes took the same bus into NYC. But I didn't know her name or anything.  She actualy had the nerve to ask me if I could buy something with my discount, and she'd give me the "bread" later on. I politely said sorry, I'm not allowed to do that, which i wasn't but even if I was, as I didn't know her, I wouldn't have done it!

Don't get me started on employee discounts!  One of my best friends works for Giant Hotel chain.  That means that she can 1) Tell people where there are deals. If a specific Hotel has too many vacancies, they will drop the prices of the rooms.  (Her job is to work on computational models that calculate prices that will maximize profit but sell out the rooms.) 2) get a fixed number of coupons per year for free stays.

So people assume that 1) She can just set any price at any hotel in any city on request and 2) Offer up unending free stays.  In fact, her sister will call her up and say, "I've just gotta get away this weekend.  Can you get me a suite at the swanky Las Vegas location for $50 a night.  Oh, and I'll need to drop of the kids too!  What do you mean there aren't rooms?  I've offered to pay!"

She finally decided one year that she was going to get it all over with and posted on Facebook: "I have X coupons for this year.  The first X people who respond will get one and after that don't ask until next year.  Her cousin started berating her for being selfish (Friend kept half of the coupons for herself.) 

Points of the rant:

How dare she keep her coupons when she had other benefits like health and dental.

If Friend had a smart phone  she could sure as heck pay for her own hotels and leave the freebies for people who couldn't afford them. 

Since Friend was offering some coupons, she had a moral obligation to pay for all friends on Facebook who wanted a free nights' stay - even if she had to pay for it out of pocket.

Friend was so rude for offering coupons that were not available on "black out" days.  And once again, if they couldn't use the coupons on the dates they wanted, friend was morally obligated to pay.

Friend's chain did not have a local hotel and the coupons were too inconvenient for her. 

Um, alrighty.  My friend responded by simply emailing her a link to the HR website and suggested that she apply.  Whenever we have GNO, said friend will always drink a little faster when mentioning whatever new rudeness she's been subjected to over her work freebees.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18121 on: November 26, 2012, 04:46:39 PM »
SS Driver:  On my way home after Thanksgiving Dinner, I followed a large tour bus on a narrow 2-lane coastal road.  I was impressed that the tour bus driver was clearly familiar with the road as he never dipped below the speed limit.  I was perfectly happy following him as the speed was comfortable and the bus was pulling my little Honda down the road (great mileage!).

Then SS Driver behind me put his high beams on, which drew my attention to his weaving from one side of the lane to the other.  This entire section of road for miles is striped and signs posted "no passing."  He keeps closing in on my bumper, so I lightly tapped my brakes.  He gets a clue, turns the high beams off and backs off my bumper ... and swerves into the other lane - the one with oncoming traffic! I could see us getting hit by pieces of cars as these 2 vehicles meet head on, so I braked and let SS Driver in between me and the tour bus.  The driver of the oncoming vehicle had a terrified expression on their face, knowing how close he came to death.  SS Driver then again crosses the double center line to pass the tour bus and zooms off down the windy road.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18122 on: November 26, 2012, 05:06:09 PM »
I used to work for a dinner theatre, and my friends constantly bugged me to get them free tickets.  Um, no.  It wasn't a great job (I've posted before about getting a nasty letter from a potential customer when I didn't know every last detail about the current show), but I didn't want to lose it!  Luckily, I was able to pacify them by saying "Tell you what - when you call to book tickets, make sure you ask for me, and I'll do everything I can to get you the best seats in the house."  (They didn't need to know that I did that for every customer.)
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18123 on: November 26, 2012, 05:21:43 PM »
UGH. The dreaded employee discount. I work, and ahve worked, in a women's store PT for the last 7 years. Thankfully, that issue hasn't ever come up for me.  Technially we are not supposed to use our discount for anyone but ourselves, and gifts. However, in my store, they don't really mind if we use it mom's, daughters, sisters, and family. As long as its not abused, its ok.

I do remember one year, about 20 years ago, working for the holidays in a large, well-known dept. store. I was working in the fashion jewelry dept, and a customer came in, someone who I didn't know, but recognized as we sometimes took the same bus into NYC. But I didn't know her name or anything.  She actualy had the nerve to ask me if I could buy something with my discount, and she'd give me the "bread" later on. I politely said sorry, I'm not allowed to do that, which i wasn't but even if I was, as I didn't know her, I wouldn't have done it!

Don't get me started on employee discounts!  One of my best friends works for Giant Hotel chain.  That means that she can 1) Tell people where there are deals. If a specific Hotel has too many vacancies, they will drop the prices of the rooms.  (Her job is to work on computational models that calculate prices that will maximize profit but sell out the rooms.) 2) get a fixed number of coupons per year for free stays.

So people assume that 1) She can just set any price at any hotel in any city on request and 2) Offer up unending free stays.  In fact, her sister will call her up and say, "I've just gotta get away this weekend.  Can you get me a suite at the swanky Las Vegas location for $50 a night.  Oh, and I'll need to drop of the kids too!  What do you mean there aren't rooms?  I've offered to pay!"

She finally decided one year that she was going to get it all over with and posted on Facebook: "I have X coupons for this year.  The first X people who respond will get one and after that don't ask until next year.  Her cousin started berating her for being selfish (Friend kept half of the coupons for herself.) 

Points of the rant:

How dare she keep her coupons when she had other benefits like health and dental.

If Friend had a smart phone  she could sure as heck pay for her own hotels and leave the freebies for people who couldn't afford them. 

Since Friend was offering some coupons, she had a moral obligation to pay for all friends on Facebook who wanted a free nights' stay - even if she had to pay for it out of pocket.

Friend was so rude for offering coupons that were not available on "black out" days.  And once again, if they couldn't use the coupons on the dates they wanted, friend was morally obligated to pay.

Friend's chain did not have a local hotel and the coupons were too inconvenient for her. 

Um, alrighty.  My friend responded by simply emailing her a link to the HR website and suggested that she apply.  Whenever we have GNO, said friend will always drink a little faster when mentioning whatever new rudeness she's been subjected to over her work freebees.

What does benefits and a smart phone have to do with it?

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18124 on: November 26, 2012, 05:46:46 PM »
Perhaps that cousin thought those things meant Friend was ever-so-much-more-fortunate than others and that she be offering her freebies as consolation prizes to those who weren't so lucky? :P  (Which is headache-inducing in itself ...)
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18125 on: November 26, 2012, 05:49:43 PM »
A rant like that should have ensured not only a block on Facebook but that Cousin received no coupons or discounts ever.

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« Reply #18126 on: November 26, 2012, 06:01:43 PM »
Oh, the dreaded employee discount.  Here's another good one....DH works at an auto dealership in the parts department.  He can get parts at a significant discount as an employee.  They don't mind if you get parts for a friend or family member, but DH has to pay up front.  There's no credit available. 

DH's long time friend does all his own auto repairs so of course, he saw this as a gold mine.  I saw it as a drain on our finances.  We would have to put up the money ahead of time and then wait around until DH could get to see said friend and deliver the part and get reimbursed.  But DH is a softer touch than I am and still will get his friend the occasional part when necessary.  He will at least clear it with me first.

When I totally put my foot down though, is when the friend started sending HIS friends over to DH to get parts.  These are people we have maybe met once and definitely do not see on a regular basis and I am sure as God made little green apples that we are not going to start supplying parts for any random person that anyone may send our way.  And yes, I've been accused by these "friends" of being cheap and unhelpful.  Sorry, that's the way things go.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18127 on: November 26, 2012, 06:21:40 PM »
Oh, the dreaded employee discount.  Here's another good one....DH works at an auto dealership in the parts department.  He can get parts at a significant discount as an employee.  They don't mind if you get parts for a friend or family member, but DH has to pay up front.  There's no credit available. 

DH's long time friend does all his own auto repairs so of course, he saw this as a gold mine.  I saw it as a drain on our finances.  We would have to put up the money ahead of time and then wait around until DH could get to see said friend and deliver the part and get reimbursed.  But DH is a softer touch than I am and still will get his friend the occasional part when necessary.  He will at least clear it with me first.

When I totally put my foot down though, is when the friend started sending HIS friends over to DH to get parts.  These are people we have maybe met once and definitely do not see on a regular basis and I am sure as God made little green apples that we are not going to start supplying parts for any random person that anyone may send our way.  And yes, I've been accused by these "friends" of being cheap and unhelpful.  Sorry, that's the way things go.

That is right up there with an acquaintance knowing you have a pick-up truck and asking to borrow it to move. Hmm, no. I used to be such a pushover for "friends". One friend started having computer trouble, so we took a look at it, and $50 in parts and hours of labor later, there we were. We do have very good friends that we see and help when they need it, and vice versa. The difference is, the real friends want to be around you no when they don't want anything from you. It took me a long time to learn that lesson.

SS: I work with a woman who can be nice, but considers herself the specialist person ever to live. She is very particular on every possible subject. She took additional time off last week (we were given Thursday and Friday off as well as the usual weekend) and let her two employees have it off as well, which meant there was no staff at her office. This was not run by the big boss, and now SS is in hot water over that decision. She complained to me today that it is just not fair, that she is in trouble.

We have our departmental monthly meeting/holiday party coming up in a week and this time we are at a restaurant, which makes me so happy. SS is the most picky eater I have ever met, and I would rather go through torture than order food for her again and have to listen to her whine for years (no exaggeration here) that someone else got better food that she wanted over what she ordered.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18128 on: November 26, 2012, 06:30:57 PM »
I've been the pickup truck owner too.  When DH and I were just dating, one of his friends asked DH to borrow my truck so that he could move.  Note, I did not say that the friend asked ME, he asked DH.  Then when DH said, "you'll have to ask Cattlekid, it's her truck", the friend was mortally offended, so much so that he did not speak to DH for at least a year afterwards.  Friend could not fathom why DH would have to ask me to borrow a possession of which he did not have any ownership.  Apparently, a dating relationship was enough to have unilateral say-so on whether or not the truck was available. 

The nutcracker of all of it....if the friend would have bothered to pick up the phone and ask me directly, I would have gladly lent him the truck.

That is right up there with an acquaintance knowing you have a pick-up truck and asking to borrow it to move. Hmm, no. I used to be such a pushover for "friends". One friend started having computer trouble, so we took a look at it, and $50 in parts and hours of labor later, there we were. We do have very good friends that we see and help when they need it, and vice versa. The difference is, the real friends want to be around you no when they don't want anything from you. It took me a long time to learn that lesson.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18129 on: November 26, 2012, 06:35:51 PM »
I've been the pickup truck owner too.  When DH and I were just dating, one of his friends asked DH to borrow my truck so that he could move.  Note, I did not say that the friend asked ME, he asked DH.  Then when DH said, "you'll have to ask Cattlekid, it's her truck", the friend was mortally offended, so much so that he did not speak to DH for at least a year afterwards.  Friend could not fathom why DH would have to ask me to borrow a possession of which he did not have any ownership.  Apparently, a dating relationship was enough to have unilateral say-so on whether or not the truck was available. 

The nutcracker of all of it....if the friend would have bothered to pick up the phone and ask me directly, I would have gladly lent him the truck.

That is right up there with an acquaintance knowing you have a pick-up truck and asking to borrow it to move. Hmm, no. I used to be such a pushover for "friends". One friend started having computer trouble, so we took a look at it, and $50 in parts and hours of labor later, there we were. We do have very good friends that we see and help when they need it, and vice versa. The difference is, the real friends want to be around you no when they don't want anything from you. It took me a long time to learn that lesson.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18130 on: November 26, 2012, 06:39:10 PM »
After working at Home Depot years ago, I sweetly remind the wanna be borrower that they can rent one for a reasonable fee there and avoid using their friends as rental agencies.

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« Reply #18131 on: November 26, 2012, 07:13:52 PM »
I used to work for a dinner theatre, and my friends constantly bugged me to get them free tickets.  Um, no.  It wasn't a great job (I've posted before about getting a nasty letter from a potential customer when I didn't know every last detail about the current show), but I didn't want to lose it!  Luckily, I was able to pacify them by saying "Tell you what - when you call to book tickets, make sure you ask for me, and I'll do everything I can to get you the best seats in the house."  (They didn't need to know that I did that for every customer.)

I worked at a large professional repertory theatre for many years, and one of the perks was getting lots of free tickets. Technically we were only supposed to share them with family, but absolutely everyone happily gave free tickets away to friends, a fact that was an open secret in the company. I, like everyone else, gave away lots of tickets to friends, many of whom wouldn't be able to afford to see plays otherwise. However, ex-BF got to be a bit of a Special Snowflake over it. We'd broken up while I was working at the theatre, and we didn't stay in touch all that much (not an especially bad break-up, but they're never good :P). I soon noticed that the only time I ever heard from him was when he wanted me to give him a ticket to see a play. Yeah, not happening. It was less about the fact that he was my ex, and more that he seemed to view me as a free ticket dispenser. It took him a really long time to stop asking!


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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18132 on: November 26, 2012, 07:17:00 PM »
Ugh.  Employee discounts are almost more trouble than they're worth.  When I worked for Major Bank, we got cashier's checks, money orders and wire transfers for free. We also had an employee cap on the interest rate of Major Bank credit card, which was well below what most consumers pay. I got hit up all the time by "friends" asking that I buy the checks or send wires for them so they could save the money, or to buy something on my card "since it doesn't cost you so much". Yeah, not going to happen. All the money that goes through your checking account is easily tracked, and if there's far too much money going through my account, that raises all sorts of red flags. I'm not willing to put my job on the line so a "friend" can save 30 bucks.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18133 on: November 26, 2012, 07:47:41 PM »
The post about getting exes into the theater for free reminds me of this story. Ex and I dated for several years and we stayed at my brother's place twice while visiting Fun City. My brother didn't really have a problem with this and got up early a few times to get us into Attraction with his employee card (completely kosher at this job). One day my ex blew off looking at something my brother had created for school and was really proud of that would have only required about three minutes of his attention and a couple positive words of encouragement. My brother never really forgave him for that and wasn't unhappy that we broke up.

A few months after we broke up and were on friendly terms again ex asked if he could stay with my brother while he went on vacation to Fun City! I told him "probably not" and called my brother. The poor guy blew up and said he only tolerated him because I was dating him and he couldn't believe how rude he had been on that occasion after all the favors he had done over the years before we dated. I don't blame my brother one bit on that; my ex could be pretty oblivious when the situation required showing a little appreciation. He thought that paying for some meals and beer would cover any bad behavior on his part.  ::)

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #18134 on: November 26, 2012, 07:50:32 PM »
SS: I work with a woman who can be nice, but considers herself the specialist person ever to live.
I think you mean she thinks she is the "most special" since a specialist is someone who specializes in something and "specialest" is not a word. :P

Of course, she could be a specialist in Special Snowflake behavior since she does is so well. >:D
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