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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19485 on: February 16, 2013, 12:14:10 PM »
Overprotective parents and grandparents do strange things. During our trip to Magic Kingdom two weeks ago, in two different bathrooms in completely different parts of the park, there were boys age 11 - 13 in the ladies room. Even though there are family/companion restrooms right next door! It can be very uncomfortable for everyone else.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19486 on: February 16, 2013, 12:25:43 PM »
Going back to the locker room story, I went to the bathrooms today in a shopping centre and to my surprise saw a 12 year old boy among the stalls!

12 is waaaaaay to be old to wait with Mum in the bathroom. I draw the line at 6 or 7 maybe. Didn't wait around for the mother, but if I had seen her I would have estimated her. Must have been a SS to think her 12 year old son could come with her to the ladies room!

Whaaaaaaat?  :o :o :o That's like, puberty age..... Creepy! I feel kind of bad for that poor kid to get drug in there, but if it had been a locker room I'd be throwing a crazy fit to management. I don't prance around naked or anything, but that is just was too weird.

  I would have been speaking to management over 12 year olds in the ladies room. especially since there were family rooms.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19487 on: February 16, 2013, 01:10:29 PM »
"What age a child of the opposite sex should be allowed in a public bathroom" arguements never end well online.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19488 on: February 16, 2013, 01:11:02 PM »
Going back to the locker room story, I went to the bathrooms today in a shopping centre and to my surprise saw a 12 year old boy among the stalls!

12 is waaaaaay to be old to wait with Mum in the bathroom. I draw the line at 6 or 7 maybe. Didn't wait around for the mother, but if I had seen her I would have estimated her. Must have been a SS to think her 12 year old son could come with her to the ladies room!

Are you sure he was with his mother?  Maybe he is a problem child who went in there himself to see what he could.  Stranger things have happened.


And are you sure it was a boy? I say that because I was a late bloomer and always a tomboy with short hair so I was once asked if I was in the right bathroom (I was younger than 12 but still).

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19489 on: February 16, 2013, 01:45:43 PM »
Going back to the locker room story, I went to the bathrooms today in a shopping centre and to my surprise saw a 12 year old boy among the stalls!

12 is waaaaaay to be old to wait with Mum in the bathroom. I draw the line at 6 or 7 maybe. Didn't wait around for the mother, but if I had seen her I would have estimated her. Must have been a SS to think her 12 year old son could come with her to the ladies room!

Are you sure he was with his mother?  Maybe he is a problem child who went in there himself to see what he could.  Stranger things have happened.


And are you sure it was a boy? I say that because I was a late bloomer and always a tomboy with short hair so I was once asked if I was in the right bathroom (I was younger than 12 but still).

When I was 13 my Mom made me get an awful haircut. It was supposed to be a pixie cut, but it just looked flat out like a boy's haircut and since I was very straight up and down body wise at that age, and dressed like a tomboy, I was mistaken for a boy constantly until my hair grew out.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19490 on: February 16, 2013, 01:49:30 PM »
Going back to the locker room story, I went to the bathrooms today in a shopping centre and to my surprise saw a 12 year old boy among the stalls!

12 is waaaaaay to be old to wait with Mum in the bathroom. I draw the line at 6 or 7 maybe. Didn't wait around for the mother, but if I had seen her I would have estimated her. Must have been a SS to think her 12 year old son could come with her to the ladies room!


A paranoid SS who thinks every bathroom has monsters lurking in it.  What is sad is the paranoid SS parents are potentially setting their sons up to be arrested. In many places in the US it is illegal for a man to be in the women's restroom.


 
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19491 on: February 16, 2013, 01:56:56 PM »
Why do they bother with so many changing rooms? I usually only see two, male and femal.

When we join ( and in newsletters ) we are told that this arrangement is for the "safety of the children"  One of the directors got really blunt about it and would say " Because no adult who doesn't have kids, should ever be alone in a room with a child."

In other wors - adults without kids are dangerous to children

My take on it is that it might be for the protection of the innocent - whether an innocent child or an innocent adult....

Trying to prove that you weren't the adult who assaulted an innocent child isn't easy - as a relative who got investigated found out.  Physical evidence ruled him out but wouldn't prove who did it of the other suspects.....it's been about eighteen years now.  He moved after being cleared...
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19492 on: February 16, 2013, 02:02:45 PM »
I am working with a partner on a pro bono case at school.  We are writing a document that will be submitted to a court and while initially we had a lot of time to do it, the SS has slowly eaten away at that cushion.  This past week or so, I've pretty much hit my breaking point.

A revised draft was due right after our long weekend.  We decided to meet on the Saturday morning before the due date at 10 am.  I get up at 8, I'm ready by 8:30 and then Ring! Text message from SS - "Hey, I'm going fishing today so go ahead and go back to sleep.  We'll do it later"  Too late for that as I am tired but awake, and now I'm angry because I left an important event early the night before to make sure I was ok to get up and work this morning.  The night before the due date, SS has not contacted me to reschedule, but really we can work separately so I figure it isn't a big deal.  On my way to the office to finish up the document and turn it in, I text him asking about which file I should combine with my own & whether he was ready for me to turn in the document and he replies: "Yeah, I'm really drunk right now.  You'll have to use your best judgment." Well I check the documents and whaddya know - He hasn't made ANY revisions or done any of the other tasks he was supposed to do.  I stay up late trying to do the best I can even though his section is not really in my area of expertise and try to turn it in the next morning. 

Supervisor realizes that SS hasn't even read the revisions I made let alone revised his section on his own and gives it back to us saying, okay why don't you guys try again so that I get a document that both of you are ready for me to read.  New due date is in 2 days.  SS indicates to me that he's sure this won't take long at all and that he'll be working on it the next day.  Come the morning of the due date, I contact him again asking if I should turn in the document or if he is at the office to do it.  No response.  I go in and check and again, he hasn't made any changes! 

I start fixing it myself in the 2 hours I have left while trying to contact him with no success.  Then I turn it in and of course the Supervisor is not happy that I'm the only one who revised it.  So I get scolded.  SS finally responds to me at the end of the day  - "I was out on another case and forgot my phone at home.  Guess you don't realize how much you need your cell until you don't have it."  Well he was out with another student who is in the same program as us and DID have her cell phone.  But really, there's no need to contact me and let me know that I need to do his share of the work as well as my own right?

Sigh. 

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19493 on: February 16, 2013, 03:15:02 PM »
The bathroom SS stories reminded me of mine:

BG/ when I am asleep and have to go to the bathroom, a lot of the time I will dream that I'm trying desperately to find a bathroom, but the only ones available have men in them! So I'm trying to find a stall with a door, etc. /BG

Imagine my discomfort when I walked into the bathroom at work (clearly labeled girls) and there was a man doing his daughter's hair. Yep. He comes to pick her up from our care and takes her into the bathroom to do her hair. Child is in second grade and fully capable of changing her own clothes, Dad could do her hair in the hall or another room. But he repeatedly does her hair in the girls bathroom. He has been walked in on a number of times, and spoken to about it at least once, but he still does it.

I went ahead into a stall and went while he was in there. Not too happy about it, but I had to go badly, and didn't have time to wait for him to finish with his DD's hair, which is what he wanted me to do. He apologized to me after I left the stall. If you feel bad about your actions, quit repeating them Mister!
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19494 on: February 16, 2013, 04:44:08 PM »
Going back to the locker room story, I went to the bathrooms today in a shopping centre and to my surprise saw a 12 year old boy among the stalls!

12 is waaaaaay to be old to wait with Mum in the bathroom. I draw the line at 6 or 7 maybe. Didn't wait around for the mother, but if I had seen her I would have estimated her. Must have been a SS to think her 12 year old son could come with her to the ladies room!

Are you sure he was with his mother?  Maybe he is a problem child who went in there himself to see what he could.  Stranger things have happened.

He was with someone. He was standing next to a closed stall door. Pressed flat against it for some reason. If I hadn't needed to go urgently I might have waited for the door to open. By the time I came out they had left.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19495 on: February 16, 2013, 05:26:22 PM »
Why do they bother with so many changing rooms? I usually only see two, male and femal.

When we join ( and in newsletters ) we are told that this arrangement is for the "safety of the children"  One of the directors got really blunt about it and would say " Because no adult who doesn't have kids, should ever be alone in a room with a child."

In other wors - adults without kids are dangerous to children

My take on it is that it might be for the protection of the innocent - whether an innocent child or an innocent adult....

Trying to prove that you weren't the adult who assaulted an innocent child isn't easy - as a relative who got investigated found out.  Physical evidence ruled him out but wouldn't prove who did it of the other suspects.....it's been about eighteen years now.  He moved after being cleared...
Yes. A friend on another forum was walking along a path in a park. A little girl ahead of him tripped and fell down.  Her mother turned around and started screaming "What did that bad man do to you, Baby?  Somebody call 911, this man assaulted my child!"  ::)   It took the combined efforts of other hikers to convince her that Friend didn't touch the child, that he wasn't even near her, because the mother didn't even believe the child's own report that she fell, complete with skinned hands and knees.

Poor Baby is growing up believing that EVERYONE out there is a predator, waiting to pounce on her.   :(
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19496 on: February 16, 2013, 05:48:50 PM »
That reminds me of this Not Always Right story. The poetic justice seems a little too perfect so it might not be 100% true, but still. http://notalwaysright.com/carting-her-off-to-justice/26651

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19497 on: February 16, 2013, 05:58:34 PM »
I am working with a partner on a pro bono case at school.  We are writing a document that will be submitted to a court and while initially we had a lot of time to do it, the SS has slowly eaten away at that cushion.  This past week or so, I've pretty much hit my breaking point.

A revised draft was due right after our long weekend.  We decided to meet on the Saturday morning before the due date at 10 am.  I get up at 8, I'm ready by 8:30 and then Ring! Text message from SS - "Hey, I'm going fishing today so go ahead and go back to sleep.  We'll do it later"  Too late for that as I am tired but awake, and now I'm angry because I left an important event early the night before to make sure I was ok to get up and work this morning.  The night before the due date, SS has not contacted me to reschedule, but really we can work separately so I figure it isn't a big deal.  On my way to the office to finish up the document and turn it in, I text him asking about which file I should combine with my own & whether he was ready for me to turn in the document and he replies: "Yeah, I'm really drunk right now.  You'll have to use your best judgment." Well I check the documents and whaddya know - He hasn't made ANY revisions or done any of the other tasks he was supposed to do.  I stay up late trying to do the best I can even though his section is not really in my area of expertise and try to turn it in the next morning. 

Supervisor realizes that SS hasn't even read the revisions I made let alone revised his section on his own and gives it back to us saying, okay why don't you guys try again so that I get a document that both of you are ready for me to read.  New due date is in 2 days.  SS indicates to me that he's sure this won't take long at all and that he'll be working on it the next day.  Come the morning of the due date, I contact him again asking if I should turn in the document or if he is at the office to do it.  No response.  I go in and check and again, he hasn't made any changes! 

I start fixing it myself in the 2 hours I have left while trying to contact him with no success.  Then I turn it in and of course the Supervisor is not happy that I'm the only one who revised it.  So I get scolded.  SS finally responds to me at the end of the day  - "I was out on another case and forgot my phone at home.  Guess you don't realize how much you need your cell until you don't have it."  Well he was out with another student who is in the same program as us and DID have her cell phone.  But really, there's no need to contact me and let me know that I need to do his share of the work as well as my own right?

Sigh.

Wait, so you're being reprimanded for your classmate not doing his work?  What the heck?  I'd be tempted to ask the professor point-blank "What do you expect me to do?  I have done way more than a reasonable share of this assignment, but I'm not able to physically force my partner to show up for meetings or do work.  What do you think I should be doing that I'm not doing already?"

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19498 on: February 16, 2013, 06:00:49 PM »

Yes. A friend on another forum was walking along a path in a park. A little girl ahead of him tripped and fell down.  Her mother turned around and started screaming "What did that bad man do to you, Baby?  Somebody call 911, this man assaulted my child!"  ::)   It took the combined efforts of other hikers to convince her that Friend didn't touch the child, that he wasn't even near her, because the mother didn't even believe the child's own report that she fell, complete with skinned hands and knees.

Poor Baby is growing up believing that EVERYONE out there is a predator, waiting to pounce on her.   :(
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19499 on: February 16, 2013, 06:28:41 PM »
Going back to the locker room story, I went to the bathrooms today in a shopping centre and to my surprise saw a 12 year old boy among the stalls!

12 is waaaaaay to be old to wait with Mum in the bathroom. I draw the line at 6 or 7 maybe. Didn't wait around for the mother, but if I had seen her I would have estimated her. Must have been a SS to think her 12 year old son could come with her to the ladies room!

I saw something similar myself a few years ago. I was traveling across state and stopped at a rest area. I went into the ladies room and there was boy in there about 10 or 11 years old standing by the hand dryers. The poor kid looked very uncomfortable and was looking at the ground.

I went into the furthest stall I could find because I was almost in pain at that point and waiting was not an option. A few seconds later I hear a woman's voice come from another stall closer to the door. "Johnny, are you still out there?" The kid answered her "Yeah." The woman said something like "Well, don't move. I am going to be in here a while."

I came out a couple of minutes later. The woman was still occupied in the stall and the kid was standing in the same place. The poor kid's face was bright red and he seemed to want to melt into the ground.

I tend to think it was a mom and son traveling together without any adult males. She most likely wanted to keep the kid safe while she used the bathroom. But, that kid will have flashbacks and nightmares about that trip for many years if that happened more than once on their journey.