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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19560 on: February 19, 2013, 12:08:21 PM »
I'm not sure this is special snowflake, but I don't like it.  It's from the website notalwaysworking.  She could have said the situation in her first sentence (or right after the receptionist spoke), but it's like she's deliberately stringing the receptionist along just to make her feel stupid.  The receptionist is not a mind reader.

http://notalwaysworking.com/hopefully-they-get-dental-care-in-heaven/28715

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« Reply #19561 on: February 19, 2013, 12:16:18 PM »
Yeah if that's real it sounds like they deliberately phrased it so the receptionist would feel like a heel.  Would have been far better to open it with "We received a letter for my late stepfather this week from your office."
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« Reply #19562 on: February 19, 2013, 12:21:34 PM »
I'm not sure this is special snowflake, but I don't like it.  It's from the website notalwaysworking.  She could have said the situation in her first sentence (or right after the receptionist spoke), but it's like she's deliberately stringing the receptionist along just to make her feel stupid.  The receptionist is not a mind reader.

http://notalwaysworking.com/hopefully-they-get-dental-care-in-heaven/28715

I don't either. Although I don't know if she was deliberately being obtuse, or could just be one of those who can't quite get to the point. I work with people like that, and its like pulling teeth to get them to spit out what it is they actually want, without a whole song and dance getting in the way.  They feel the need to go on and on about nothing, before getting to the point.

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« Reply #19563 on: February 19, 2013, 02:27:37 PM »
I'm not sure this is special snowflake, but I don't like it.  It's from the website notalwaysworking.  She could have said the situation in her first sentence (or right after the receptionist spoke), but it's like she's deliberately stringing the receptionist along just to make her feel stupid.  The receptionist is not a mind reader.

http://notalwaysworking.com/hopefully-they-get-dental-care-in-heaven/28715

I said that exactly to M this morning!

The critical information is not "he can't make it to this appointment", or "he won't be coming to see you anymore", it's "he's fricking DEAD."  If she had just started with "Yes, it's about [name]'s appointment next week, I'm putting his affairs in order since his death, and I'm very sorry to have to cancel on those grounds."
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« Reply #19564 on: February 19, 2013, 02:42:31 PM »
I'm not sure this is special snowflake, but I don't like it.  It's from the website notalwaysworking.  She could have said the situation in her first sentence (or right after the receptionist spoke), but it's like she's deliberately stringing the receptionist along just to make her feel stupid.  The receptionist is not a mind reader.

http://notalwaysworking.com/hopefully-they-get-dental-care-in-heaven/28715

I thought that, too. I can see if she's trying to approach it delicately and not just blurt out "he's dead," but she could have gotten to the point a lot earlier.

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« Reply #19565 on: February 19, 2013, 03:09:47 PM »
I thought the same thing about that post.  That poor receptionist.  She was only doing her job and this little witch was toying with her.  I felt bad for her.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19566 on: February 19, 2013, 03:37:33 PM »
She definitely strung her along and I think that's mean.

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« Reply #19567 on: February 19, 2013, 06:10:55 PM »
Sorry, just got to this and had to comment:

This illustrates exactly why my library's collection gets decimated and our patrons get rowdier.  Years back we had one particular book thief who finally got caught, not by us, but by the employees of Other Town Library.  Other Town Library had thief arrested and forced into lots of community time.  During that time a police investigation turned up hundreds of our books in Thief's apartment.

Did we follow Other Town's example?  Of course not.

WE made Thief a member of the newly formed Friends of the Library Committee because THAT would give Thief perspective on stealing. 

To this day, Thief sincerely believes that they should have a say in most library programming and decisions......

So that's how Stoney got her job?  *snicker*  sorry....

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« Reply #19568 on: February 19, 2013, 06:45:45 PM »
I'm not so sure about these, but...

There's a petition site I keep track of, mostly curiosity.  The site is mostly about trying to change human rights/criminal acts etc., and a few cases have been honestly needed, and at least one of them has pressured the arrest of a criminal suspect.

However...

More and more of the petitions coming out of it sound less Human Rights, and more Snowflakey.

There was one fairly recently where a petition was going around because the local Game department was trying to fine them for keeping a deer.

According to them, they had found the young fawn along the road and it was horribly injured, so they kept it in their house to nurse it back to health.  The Game board found out about this and issued them with a fine for illegally owning a wild creature without permit, and I think the board must be right.  They, however, spinned a yarn into a sobstory of how the board was mean and how the animal would've died without them and they put up a petition asking people to sign so the board would back off.

Personally, I think the couple were snowflakey for taking in a severely wild animal and trying to care for it themselves and complaining when they got caught, versus taking it to a local vet or BLM, where it could receive proper care from people who were licensed to handle these kind of situations.  I know my local vet had plenty of injured, wild animals he's taken care of, a red tailed hawn and a bobcat included, who were later released back in the wild.

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« Reply #19569 on: February 19, 2013, 07:01:13 PM »
It often happens that the higher people are on the social scale, the nicer they are. 

When I was a teenager, I worked as an usher at a summer theater.  Helen Hayes took a great interest in the place. She would drop by and was the model of a true lady.  She seemed to take a genuine interest in everyone, including the ushers.  Anyone could feel perfectly at ease around her. 

At the museum, Brooke Astor would drop in from time to time.  She was exactly the same way.

I lived in Rockland County, NY, for 2.5 years a few yrs ago, and her name is associated with a lot of places (hospital, theaters). Helen Hayes was definitely an icon and you could tell that she was loved. She sounds like she was a class act.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19570 on: February 19, 2013, 07:06:49 PM »
I'm not sure this is special snowflake, but I don't like it.  It's from the website notalwaysworking.  She could have said the situation in her first sentence (or right after the receptionist spoke), but it's like she's deliberately stringing the receptionist along just to make her feel stupid.  The receptionist is not a mind reader.

http://notalwaysworking.com/hopefully-they-get-dental-care-in-heaven/28715


It is hard to tell - some people just have a hard time comeing out with s/he is dead. I was sleep depived a while after both my parents' deaths because I was having weird dreams. After Dad died I kept having a dream about a time we were in the row boat on the pond a the lake. Sis caught a carp - and Dad swore we made that boat several feet longer and nearly walked on water to get away from the "snake". After Mom died,  I kept having vivid dreams of my mom sitting on the edge of my bed singing sleep my child and peace be with thee like she did when I was being bullied. I am sure a few of the people I dealt with thought I was baiting them, when the truth was I could barely put one foot in front of the other. I wrote a stack of thank you cards that thankfully my BIL looked at - they were all mirror imaged.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19571 on: February 19, 2013, 07:50:44 PM »
I'm not so sure about these, but...

There's a petition site I keep track of, mostly curiosity.  The site is mostly about trying to change human rights/criminal acts etc., and a few cases have been honestly needed, and at least one of them has pressured the arrest of a criminal suspect.

However...

More and more of the petitions coming out of it sound less Human Rights, and more Snowflakey.

There was one fairly recently where a petition was going around because the local Game department was trying to fine them for keeping a deer.

Thank you!  I was feeling very cynical and mean every time I received an email notice.  I kept saying to myself, 'So.....You want special rules for YOU.'

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« Reply #19572 on: February 19, 2013, 10:16:31 PM »
I'm not so sure about these, but...

There's a petition site I keep track of, mostly curiosity.  The site is mostly about trying to change human rights/criminal acts etc., and a few cases have been honestly needed, and at least one of them has pressured the arrest of a criminal suspect.

However...

More and more of the petitions coming out of it sound less Human Rights, and more Snowflakey.

There was one fairly recently where a petition was going around because the local Game department was trying to fine them for keeping a deer.

Thank you!  I was feeling very cynical and mean every time I received an email notice.  I kept saying to myself, 'So.....You want special rules for YOU.'

Yeah.  Some of them aren't so bad, as the case of incriminating the suspect was, but others are... really wonderful, to put it nicely.  The deer one is the most recent that made my eyes roll.

They aren't prosecuting you for taking care of a fawn; they're prosecuting you for potentially putting its life in danger, keeping an exotic animal, and possibly doing more harm than good to everyone around you.  The rule must be there for a good reason, I think...

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« Reply #19573 on: February 20, 2013, 12:44:41 AM »
I'm not so sure about these, but...

There's a petition site I keep track of, mostly curiosity.  The site is mostly about trying to change human rights/criminal acts etc., and a few cases have been honestly needed, and at least one of them has pressured the arrest of a criminal suspect.

However...

More and more of the petitions coming out of it sound less Human Rights, and more Snowflakey.

There was one fairly recently where a petition was going around because the local Game department was trying to fine them for keeping a deer.

Thank you!  I was feeling very cynical and mean every time I received an email notice.  I kept saying to myself, 'So.....You want special rules for YOU.'

Yeah.  Some of them aren't so bad, as the case of incriminating the suspect was, but others are... really wonderful, to put it nicely.  The deer one is the most recent that made my eyes roll.

They aren't prosecuting you for taking care of a fawn; they're prosecuting you for potentially putting its life in danger, keeping an exotic animal, and possibly doing more harm than good to everyone around you.  The rule must be there for a good reason, I think...

I actual.y feel e same way about people (usually Americans) who domesticate kangaroos.

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« Reply #19574 on: February 20, 2013, 07:27:59 AM »
The DNR had actually sent someone to kill the fawn, but the fawn was back in the wild so they chose to pursue the couple (the husband was a police officer and if there was an issue really should have known).

The state of Indiana ended up dropping the case.With the uproar in this circumstance, imagine what social media would have had to say if the DNR had managed to kill the deer...which was all healed up and showed no signs of illness.
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