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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19755 on: February 27, 2013, 08:33:13 AM »
I think I've mentioned this man before, but I just have to tonight.

We went to the clubhouse where my husband's sport hobby occurs, to have dinner. There's a viewing area and a seating area. We were in the middle of our burgers when the most horrible smell wafted through.

You see, there's a member of the club who works at a hog farm. And he doesn't appear to shower before coming to the club, much less changing his clothes, so he comes in reeking of hog manure. It permeates everywhere. I honestly do not know why nobody has said anything to him, it's that offensive. And it creates an embarrassing situation when small kids are present, because of course they want to know what the bad smell is.

It wouldn't have been (so) bad if he stood away from other people, in the viewing area, etc. But oh no. He came and sat at the next table from us in the eating area, and then stood 10 feet away (we could still smell him, he's quite pungent.) I lost my appetite and now am pretty queasy. I hadn't seen him all year so thought he perhaps moved to a different night. Nope, I've just been lucky. I don't know if other people will agree, but IMO it's incredibly snowflakey to inflict an odor that bad on people, especially people who are eating. Blahh.

There is NO smell quite as awful as pig.  When my girls did 4-H, for many reasons they didn't get to do pigs, but a contributing factor was the stench.  All the kids on the pig project had to have clothing and shoes that never even got in the car, that stayed at the farm with the livestock, and they changed in the bathrooms.  Once it's in your clothing, you can NOT get it out again.  I can't imagine coming to a dining establishment in those work clothes....  I don't understand why management won't talk to him and escort him out.

It's a small club in a small rural town, and he's something of an "old timer"--I'd assume that either they're all "used" to him (as used to hog manure as one can get) or they're embarrassed to say anything to him since he seems an otherwise nice fellow. (Or they have said something to him and there's some extenuating circumstance that prevents him from bathing beforehand? Again, not sure.) The kitchen's just a husband and wife team and there's not really management. Everyone just pretends they can't smell him. I cannot for the life of me figure out how his teammates tolerate it.

I followed a pig truck home on the highway last summer, I was three or four cars back for about 5 miles. It was dripping, and the smell of pig got up in my wheel wells and air vents--I had to take it through two car washes before the smell went away. Yuck. I can't imagine how the car directly behind it fared. I've been in 4-H, I've been around animals, and I find it unbearable. My husband worked at a hog barn growing up and even he thinks the fellow at the club is rancid.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19756 on: February 27, 2013, 08:41:06 AM »
That reminds me of a friend who dislikes the farm games on facebook.  She said she's done enough on farms in real life that she doesn't feel like playing a game that involves managing a farm.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19757 on: February 27, 2013, 09:54:31 AM »
I worked as a manager in fast food.  We had a chicken salad pecan sandwich that we were required to cut with a different knife.  One time, I caught an employee cutting it with the same knife as everything else.  I told he him couldn't do that and had to cut if with a different knife.  He got flippant with me and said mayonnaise really wasn't that bad and so what if a little go on everything else?

I had to tell him it wasn't just the mayo, it was the pecans!  People have severe peanut allergies and the cross contamination could likely kill someone.  He blinked at me and I could see the weight of what I was saying dawning on him.  If it had been a cartoon, he would have visibly gulped.  The guy hadn't even thought of that!  He never did that again...
One of DD's friends had a severe nut allergy, and nearly died because the sundae maker at Friendly's allowed a single bit of nut down at the very bottom of her sundae glass.  His comment was "So it makes her sneeze.  Big effin' deal."
The server was clearly wrong, but I do have to say that my mind was a little boggled by the idea of going to Friendly's with a nut allergy that severe.  The potential for cross contamination there is so high with the peanuts, and peanut butter sauce and walnuts for the sundaes. I don't know if they use peanut oil in the fryer but if so there's that too, and then are the tables wiped carefully enough in between each group... It just seems like it's high on the "top ten do-not-go places" for nut allergies at that level.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19758 on: February 27, 2013, 10:04:35 AM »
Does this character qualify as a snowflake or am I a snowflake for "not doing my job?"

Bean is one of our regulars and has decided recently that he is going to become a llibrarian.  I admit that most of us find this hilarious as Bean doesn't even LOOK at books, used to spend most of his time on farmville and the rest of his time asking us to buy movies that, well, I just WON'T buy (Ilsa, The Nazi She Wolf  and Bad Girls Go to Hell, I am looking at you).  In fact, my coworkers claim he is getting a degree so he can take over  film acquisitions from me and buy whatever he wants.

Now, I give this guy credit.  Since he made up his mind to get in all the classes he needs to go on to get and MLS, he has been working his behind off.  Props for that.  On the other hand....I think he is way over the top in what he expects in terms of "help."

One of his background requirements is Philosophy.  Every time he has an assignment in the class, he is at our desk asking us what the answers are.  This is one of those assignments where there are five questions at the end of a chapter that must be answered...and if you read the chapter you would KNOW.
(Example:  Name and describe the (x number) theories of philosophy.   Bean carts his book over to me, shows me the question which is, you know, at the end of the chapter, and says "Where in the library can I find this answer?"  and I said "My guess is that it's in the chapter preceding these questions."  "No, i don't see it there."  So, I was just slightly rude and flipped back and, what do you know?  There's an entire section called "The theories of Philosophy" followed by the numbered theories and  their descriptions.

"You mean I should read the chapter and that would help me answer the questions?"
"Uh--yup."

Yesterday he sent us all around the edge with work for his computer classes.  DUDE, I can help you manipulate word or point out where the turn off button is for the red and green lines (actually, I don't know how to do that, but one of my coworkers does), I will answer your research questions with the right materials you need for the search.  I will even tell you if you misspelled a word or (because I am one of the grammar police) if the subject agrees with the verb...but sweetie, *I* have been through three excel spreadsheet classes and I *still* can't do much more beyond filling in the squares.  I don't know WHY the computer isn't doing what you want it to, though my guess is because it says in the VERY DETAILED WORK BOOK YOU ARE USING that  the item you have logged into on screen is a practice site and you can't REALLT make it change, you can only practice what the book wants you to practice.

He had my colleagues and me at his computer half a dozen times each within an hour.  My coworkers are all men and they will all complain about him, but none of them will say "For crying out loud, Bean, read the book!  It tells you RIGHT HERE."

Well, he'd had me at his desk for ten minutes, there werre half a dozen people piled up at MY desk and I finally said "Bean, I do NOT know why this particular item won't let you save it but I think it has something to do with the fact that it's a practice page and isn't actually something you can edit.  AND I have six people piled up at the desk."  "Ok, well come back when you're done." 

And I lost it and said "Hon,  if you are going to be a librarian, you have to start making decisions and taking responsibility for your work."

His response "Well, I WILL be a librarian if you guys will just HELP ME DO MY HOMEWORK."
I'm afraid I walked away at that point and he avoided me all evening.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19759 on: February 27, 2013, 10:12:13 AM »

His response "Well, I WILL be a librarian if you guys will just HELP ME DO MY HOMEWORK."
I'm afraid I walked away at that point and he avoided me all evening.

That's the point at which I would put pants on my head and pencils up my nose.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19760 on: February 27, 2013, 10:20:27 AM »

His response "Well, I WILL be a librarian if you guys will just HELP ME DO MY HOMEWORK."
I'm afraid I walked away at that point and he avoided me all evening.

That's the point at which I would put pants on my head and pencils up my nose.

I love the image!  I never had to deal with an MLS student but, I can easily believe the story of Bean.  You do have to wonder how some Grad students got through High School let alone be awarded their Bachelor degree. 

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19761 on: February 27, 2013, 10:38:30 AM »

His response "Well, I WILL be a librarian if you guys will just HELP ME DO MY HOMEWORK."
I'm afraid I walked away at that point and he avoided me all evening.

That's the point at which I would put pants on my head and pencils up my nose.

I love the image!  I never had to deal with an MLS student but, I can easily believe the story of Bean.  You do have to wonder how some Grad students got through High School let alone be awarded their Bachelor degree. 


He's only just starting on an associate's degree at the local community college.  We can't wait until he starts with the real library stuff.....I think I will put in a supply of pencils and pants at the reference desk.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19762 on: February 27, 2013, 10:45:09 AM »

His response "Well, I WILL be a librarian if you guys will just HELP ME DO MY HOMEWORK."
I'm afraid I walked away at that point and he avoided me all evening.

That's the point at which I would put pants on my head and pencils up my nose.

Watch out for the wicked sharp piece of mango...

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19763 on: February 27, 2013, 11:04:10 AM »

His response "Well, I WILL be a librarian if you guys will just HELP ME DO MY HOMEWORK."
I'm afraid I walked away at that point and he avoided me all evening.

That's the point at which I would put pants on my head and pencils up my nose.

Watch out for the wicked sharp piece of mango...

Woooble.

Indeed.  I'm off to Hartlepool to buy a pair of exploding trousers.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19764 on: February 27, 2013, 01:39:49 PM »

His response "Well, I WILL be a librarian if you guys will just HELP ME DO MY HOMEWORK."
I'm afraid I walked away at that point and he avoided me all evening.

That's the point at which I would put pants on my head and pencils up my nose.

I am laughing so hard, I am shaking.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19765 on: February 27, 2013, 02:13:21 PM »
Unfortunately it doesn't work that way here, you don't get to say who'll they'll ring first.  I've given my refs in order of who they should speak to, putting my last manager last and told them why. They nod, say they understand, then ring him and nobody else.

I'd be really tempted to start leaving that year-long job off my resume. Tell them you were taking classes or something.

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« Reply #19766 on: February 27, 2013, 02:34:10 PM »

His response "Well, I WILL be a librarian if you guys will just HELP ME DO MY HOMEWORK."
I'm afraid I walked away at that point and he avoided me all evening.

That's the point at which I would put pants on my head and pencils up my nose.

I am laughing so hard, I am shaking.

I love to make people laugh  >:D

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« Reply #19767 on: February 27, 2013, 03:10:34 PM »
Unfortunately it doesn't work that way here, you don't get to say who'll they'll ring first.  I've given my refs in order of who they should speak to, putting my last manager last and told them why. They nod, say they understand, then ring him and nobody else.

I'd be really tempted to start leaving that year-long job off my resume. Tell them you were taking classes or something.

I was saying to my friend, who's one of the refs they should be ringing, that I'm going to leave off that manager and if they want to speak with him request an undertaking signed in blood that they will also ring one of the others  >:D

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #19768 on: February 27, 2013, 03:40:27 PM »
A friend, age 30, is planning her wedding. Her mother is normally a very nice woman and friend and her mom have a great relationship, though her mom is a little opinionated and has always believed "Mother knows best" but friend has a backbone and can give as good as she gets.  Friend is her first daughter to marry and Mom is very excited about the wedding and seems to be allowing her excitement get the better of her. There have been a number of things Mom has done that we've all had a chuckle about, but this one puts her squarely in the SS category.

Friend and her mom were meeting with the secretary of their church (one friend's family has attended for many years) about identifying open dates for the wedding.  Church Secreatry was reviewing with friend pre-marital counseling requirements.  Mom asked Church Secretary if she could attend the pre-marital counseling with her DD and future son in law.  While Friends jaw was still on the floor, Church Secretary responded "Under no circumstances would you ever be permitted to attend the counseling with them but I'm sure Father X will have some words of counsel for YOU."

Friend and I have a feeling this wasn't the first time Church Secretary had encountered a SS Mother of the Bride.

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« Reply #19769 on: February 27, 2013, 04:23:01 PM »
Does the MOB have any idea what topics are covered in that counseling?  :o