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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19290 on: January 31, 2013, 08:56:34 AM »
lol.  I should explain more.  The Palmetto, or Florida State Road 826, is a major expressway (and I use that term lightly) in South Miami Dade County. It's technically a bypass around Miami. It's one of three limited access North/South Highways in the area. The alternatives are I-95 and the Florida Turnpike. I-95 on the southern end, a "stone's throw" from , splitting off from US1.  Traffic through that area is generally horrible. The Turnpike runs quite a bit farther west and is a toll road. The southern terminus of the Palmetto is also US1, but a few miles south of 95. The Palmetto has no tolls and runs between 95 and the Turnpike.  Since it's free to use and doesn't run through downtown, it's very popular. It's also perpetually under construction.*

This driver yesterday was running down two of the middle lanes, taking up half of each and refusing to get in one or the other, causing major traffic issues.

*Amusing story: I asked my mother if there was ever a time when the Palmetto was not under construction and she said "Not in my life time."

Another South Florida person - I bolded one of the other reasons that the Palmetto is always, always, always jammed; the alternative route is the Turnpike, which has a toll.  It's hard enough making ends meet without having to pay for the privilege of driving on a relatively traffic-free roadway (although I do it on stretch of 95 from Golden Glades to Miami, and on the turnpike home.  It's worth it for 20 minutes more a day with husband and doggy.)

On my drive this morning (into my Fort Lauderdale office today, not Miami), we have the "lane bopping aren't-I-cute" SS on 595 eastbound, also under major construction.  Every single day, the lanes shift to accommodate the construction.  PT Cruiser self-proclaimed hottie (see her bumpersticker for proof) is driving with her knees, putting on make-up, and weaving in and out of traffic to better her relative position in the pack of cars all headed to pretty much the same place.

I caught up to her on US Highway 1, in the lane next to mine.  She arrived at the building next to mine, 30 seconds after me.  Glad her endangering of others on the road had such an incredibly positive outcome for her.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19291 on: January 31, 2013, 09:07:13 AM »
(Slightly OT:  I took me a few weeks after I got back here to get a Sunpass.  This is when I realized just how how much longer it takes to get places when your primary goal is "avoid tolls".)
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19292 on: January 31, 2013, 09:50:05 AM »
http://abcnews.go.com/US/student-wins-stalking-order-overly-involved-parents/story?id=18080707

A 21 yo student got a restraining order after her parents went to the university and told them she was mentally ill, playing scrabble with many people, and using drugs.

I think the real problem was she was pulling away. At one point she says she was required to leave skype on overnight so they could make sure she was asleep and not out partying. Creepy.

I do applaud the school, however, for helping her finish out her senior year without any financial help from her parents. That's got to be difficult to deal with snowflakes that special.

Yeah. Her parents sound like absolute nuts.

They remind me of a father who called the uni I work for, to complain that we turned his daughter into a whore. His words, not mine. He was outraged that we'd allowed her to move in with her boyfriend and that we hadn't notified him of this fact. Apparently she was a "perfect sweet angel" before she went off to college, and after she came to our uni she became nothing better than a "liar and a whore". He also wondered why she hadn't called him in nearly a month. Gee....can't imagine why.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19293 on: January 31, 2013, 02:57:20 PM »

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19294 on: January 31, 2013, 03:00:22 PM »
http://gawker.com/5980558/pastor-who-left-sanctimonious-tip-gets-waitress-fired-from-applebees-claims-her-reputation-was-ruined


I think all parties are guilty of being SS's here but more so the Pastor.


I don't think the waitress was all that SS.  The pastor is a standalone blizzard.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19295 on: January 31, 2013, 03:02:56 PM »
http://gawker.com/5980558/pastor-who-left-sanctimonious-tip-gets-waitress-fired-from-applebees-claims-her-reputation-was-ruined


I think all parties are guilty of being SS's here but more so the Pastor.


I don't think the waitress was all that SS.  The pastor is a standalone blizzard.

I think she was for posting the reciept with the pastor's info on it should have blacked out her name then posted it.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19296 on: January 31, 2013, 03:16:01 PM »
http://gawker.com/5980558/pastor-who-left-sanctimonious-tip-gets-waitress-fired-from-applebees-claims-her-reputation-was-ruined


I think all parties are guilty of being SS's here but more so the Pastor.


I don't think the waitress was all that SS.  The pastor is a standalone blizzard.

I think she was for posting the reciept with the pastor's info on it should have blacked out her name then posted it.

I dunno, someone who is supposed to be a moral pillar of her community pulling that kind of garbage deserves a little public humiliation.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19297 on: January 31, 2013, 03:16:41 PM »
http://gawker.com/5980558/pastor-who-left-sanctimonious-tip-gets-waitress-fired-from-applebees-claims-her-reputation-was-ruined


I think all parties are guilty of being SS's here but more so the Pastor.


I don't think the waitress was all that SS.  The pastor is a standalone blizzard.

I think she was for posting the reciept with the pastor's info on it should have blacked out her name then posted it.

OK, I haven't looked at the whole thing, but did she actually include the pastor's info, or did others hunt it down? I ask because of this line in the article: "For her part, Welch did what she could to avoid having Bell's identity exposed, asking Reddit to stop posting the personal information of potential culprits." Also, it would not be the first time clever Redditers managed to hunt down someone like this.

So I think the SS is all the pastor - she is the one who refused to tip (I would hope she knows how little wait staff are paid), then demanded Applebee's FIRE everyone who witnessed her little blizzard, and in all this hasn't apologized once for ripping off the waitress or getting her fired - she's only sorry that she's been embarrassed publicly (read: caught). If I were waiting tables in her town, I'd be very hesitant to serve any table she was sitting at.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19298 on: January 31, 2013, 03:20:07 PM »
http://gawker.com/5980558/pastor-who-left-sanctimonious-tip-gets-waitress-fired-from-applebees-claims-her-reputation-was-ruined


I think all parties are guilty of being SS's here but more so the Pastor.


I don't think the waitress was all that SS.  The pastor is a standalone blizzard.

I think she was for posting the reciept with the pastor's info on it should have blacked out her name then posted it.

OK, I haven't looked at the whole thing, but did she actually include the pastor's info, or did others hunt it down? I ask because of this line in the article: "For her part, Welch did what she could to avoid having Bell's identity exposed, asking Reddit to stop posting the personal information of potential culprits." Also, it would not be the first time clever Redditers managed to hunt down someone like this.

So I think the SS is all the pastor - she is the one who refused to tip (I would hope she knows how little wait staff are paid), then demanded Applebee's FIRE everyone who witnessed her little blizzard, and in all this hasn't apologized once for ripping off the waitress or getting her fired - she's only sorry that she's been embarrassed publicly (read: caught). If I were waiting tables in her town, I'd be very hesitant to serve any table she was sitting at.

The initial picture included the pastor's signature.  She didn't think anyone could read it, but after she started getting lots of incorrect guesses as to who it was, she changed the picture to redact the signature.  Someone figured it out anyway, and the pastor called the restaurant and demanded that everyone be fired.  EVERYONE from the wait staff to the manager.  For her arrogance.  I fall pretty firmly in the camp of "Pastor was a complete SS."

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19299 on: January 31, 2013, 03:23:45 PM »
I had to deal with SS-Idon'twannasharetheroad today.

One of the larger intersections in town was most decidedly *not* built with today's traffic and vehicle size in mind.  The city has done the best they can without bulldozing historic buildings, but several of these intersections are definitely not large enough to manage the use they get. This holds particularly true for semis trying to turn.  It is important to note that Krome is a popular alternative for truckers wanting to avoid the heavy traffic on US1 and the expressways or the tolls on the turnpike.

I was heading eastbound on 8th (Campbell) and wanting to turn right on Krome (177th AVE).  I was behind a semi who was also trying to turn right. There's a left and right hand turn lane and a through lane on 8th and on Krome there's the north and south travel lane plus a left turn lane on the north side of the intersection.  In order for the truck to have enough space, it needs to swing out into the westbound through lane and swing into the turn lane on the north side of the intersection.  Everybody knows this and generally makes concessions for the truckers.  This time was almost no different.

The traffic going southbound on Krome but wanting to turn east onto 8th stopped short enough for the truck to have enough space.  As he was swinging out into the through lane, SS-Idon'twannashare the road whips out from behind me and passes me.  By this time the trucker has the through lane blocked.  She then tucks in behind him (I'd stayed put) and stops really close to his back bumper. I have no idea what her objective was in trying to pass me, but if she really wanted to get around him, she could have gone west another couple blocks and run north on the next road that runs north for any substantial distance.  Of course this would be the time when the trucker mis-judged distance and really needed to back up a few inches.  He couldn't do that because she (and I know it was a she, since I saw her clearly) kept right up at his bumper as he inched forward. The entire line of traffic in the turn lane on 8th St backed up instead.  He was finally able to make his turn.  The SS then proceeds to travel several miles down Krome within inches of his bumper.

Here's the intersection just in case my description was confusing.



On another note, I do think the city needs to ban truckers from turning at that intersection, but for the moment, it's not illegal for them to turn there, so other than trying to make sure they have the space they need, there's not much we can do.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19300 on: January 31, 2013, 03:26:16 PM »
The initial picture included the pastor's signature.  She didn't think anyone could read it, but after she started getting lots of incorrect guesses as to who it was, she changed the picture to redact the signature.  Someone figured it out anyway, and the pastor called the restaurant and demanded that everyone be fired.  EVERYONE from the wait staff to the manager.  For her arrogance.  I fall pretty firmly in the camp of "Pastor was a complete SS."

Ahhhhh... I only saw the version with the signature cut out, but yea, the waitress SHOULD have cut or at least blurred the daylights out of the signature before posting ANYTHING.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19301 on: January 31, 2013, 04:07:06 PM »
The initial picture included the pastor's signature.  She didn't think anyone could read it, but after she started getting lots of incorrect guesses as to who it was, she changed the picture to redact the signature.  Someone figured it out anyway, and the pastor called the restaurant and demanded that everyone be fired.  EVERYONE from the wait staff to the manager.  For her arrogance.  I fall pretty firmly in the camp of "Pastor was a complete SS."

Ahhhhh... I only saw the version with the signature cut out, but yea, the waitress SHOULD have cut or at least blurred the daylights out of the signature before posting ANYTHING.

Agreed. But I still think that's an error in judgment (plus the rusk of PD) rather than SS-ness.
 
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19302 on: January 31, 2013, 05:17:59 PM »
The initial picture included the pastor's signature.  She didn't think anyone could read it, but after she started getting lots of incorrect guesses as to who it was, she changed the picture to redact the signature.  Someone figured it out anyway, and the pastor called the restaurant and demanded that everyone be fired.  EVERYONE from the wait staff to the manager.  For her arrogance.  I fall pretty firmly in the camp of "Pastor was a complete SS."

Ahhhhh... I only saw the version with the signature cut out, but yea, the waitress SHOULD have cut or at least blurred the daylights out of the signature before posting ANYTHING.

Agreed. But I still think that's an error in judgment (plus the rusk of PD) rather than SS-ness.
Well, she's paid for that.  She was fired.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19303 on: January 31, 2013, 08:15:43 PM »
Agreed. But I still think that's an error in judgment (plus the rusk of PD) rather than SS-ness.
Well, she's paid for that.  She was fired.

Yeah. Which I think is fair, honestly. She distributed information that identified and denigrated a patron of her employer's establishment. I don't see it the way she does, that the restaurant chose the angry patron over the good employee. I see it as they fired an employee who went over the line.

If she'd done what was required to obscure the patron's identity from the very beginning, I might see things differently.

The patron, of course, went so far over the line she's gonna need six months of hard travel and an experienced guide to make her way back home. But that's a separate issue. Best part, for me, is if this story had never gone beyond "Person paying bill doesn't think the service she received was worth the auto-gratutiy," I'd be on the pastor's side, or at least sympathetic. Way to ruin your case, lady.


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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19304 on: January 31, 2013, 09:12:56 PM »
I don't want to walk five feet SS.  A and I go for donuts every other Thursday before school.  We buy them and sit in the car to eat them.  A car pulled in front of the donut shop, which is a drive through area, not a parking space, and got out.  There were empty spaces 10 feet away.  Apparently that was too far away because her toddler was left in the car while mommy got donuts and she left the engine running.  Seriously stupid.  I timed her.  She was in there 4 minutes.  Not long, but long enough for someone to jump into your car with your toddler and drive off.  Never mind that you were blocking a thru area.
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