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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20040 on: March 14, 2013, 12:48:20 PM »
Not really sure on this one:

My stop on the way to work has an escalator that can go either up or down. If there's nobody on it, it stops, and whichever platform - top or bottom - is first stepped on decides the direction the escalator goes. Now, it's not a particularly long escalator, but it's the only way for people unable to use the stairs next to it to reach their train, as the elevator to the train platform is on the other side of a busy street. I usually take the stairs, but if I'm very tired or carrying a lot with me, I take the escalator. However, I make a point to look up and see if anybody needs it to get to the bottom level, and if I see someone, I alert those behind me to it, too.

Today was one of the tired days, particularly because I'd had to walk up a very long and steep defective escalator just before the bidirectional one, so seeing nobody at the top platform waiting, I stepped on the escalator (along with a bunch of other people).

However, when I was halfway up, we were all severely berated by an elderly woman with crutches who stood a fair bit away from the exit so it was impossible to see her from below. She proceeded to call us all lazy and selfish and when I told her she needed to step forward a bit so people on the bottom level could see her, she focussed her tirade directly on me.

I'm not sure she really counts as a special snowflake, she was probably frustrated and maybe in pain, but I had phrased my advice very politely and emphatically and her tone was just hostile. I considered alerting people approaching the escalator on her behalf, but her behavior made me think twice. She shouted down herself, then, anyway.

I think she was rude for yelling at other passengers. It doesn't matter whether you were feeling lazy or not- this sounds like first come, first served.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20041 on: March 14, 2013, 01:15:40 PM »
Not really sure on this one:

My stop on the way to work has an escalator that can go either up or down. If there's nobody on it, it stops, and whichever platform - top or bottom - is first stepped on decides the direction the escalator goes. Now, it's not a particularly long escalator, but it's the only way for people unable to use the stairs next to it to reach their train, as the elevator to the train platform is on the other side of a busy street. I usually take the stairs, but if I'm very tired or carrying a lot with me, I take the escalator. However, I make a point to look up and see if anybody needs it to get to the bottom level, and if I see someone, I alert those behind me to it, too.

Today was one of the tired days, particularly because I'd had to walk up a very long and steep defective escalator just before the bidirectional one, so seeing nobody at the top platform waiting, I stepped on the escalator (along with a bunch of other people).

However, when I was halfway up, we were all severely berated by an elderly woman with crutches who stood a fair bit away from the exit so it was impossible to see her from below. She proceeded to call us all lazy and selfish and when I told her she needed to step forward a bit so people on the bottom level could see her, she focussed her tirade directly on me.

I'm not sure she really counts as a special snowflake, she was probably frustrated and maybe in pain, but I had phrased my advice very politely and emphatically and her tone was just hostile. I considered alerting people approaching the escalator on her behalf, but her behavior made me think twice. She shouted down herself, then, anyway.

I think she was rude for yelling at other passengers. It doesn't matter whether you were feeling lazy or not- this sounds like first come, first served.
Wow that lady certainly was a SS. Is there no elevator for the disabled? How do wheelchair users get down? People with children in strollers? If I were on crutches I wouldn't even want to try the escalator though.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20042 on: March 14, 2013, 05:31:56 PM »
The donut stories remind me of one.  I may have told it before, I don't remember.  Anyway, someone brought brand "A" donuts to work.  One coworker kept complaining she didn't like brand "A" as they are too sweet and how much superior brand "B" is.  Yet, she ate more donuts than the rest of us combined  ::).
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20043 on: March 14, 2013, 05:57:20 PM »
My stop on the way to work has an escalator that can go either up or down. If there's nobody on it, it stops, and whichever platform - top or bottom - is first stepped on decides the direction the escalator goes. Now, it's not a particularly long escalator, but it's the only way for people unable to use the stairs next to it to reach their train, as the elevator to the train platform is on the other side of a busy street.
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However, when I was halfway up, we were all severely berated by an elderly woman with crutches who stood a fair bit away from the exit so it was impossible to see her from below. She proceeded to call us all lazy and selfish and when I told her she needed to step forward a bit so people on the bottom level could see her, she focussed her tirade directly on me.
The concept of a bidirectional escalator is making my brain hurt.  I think is must only work if used seldom or if traffic mainly flows one way in the morning and the other direction in the evening. :-\

I am imagining a still escalator, waiting for someone to step on it.  Say the first person is at the bottom.  When they step on the escalator, it starts moving up.  What if there is someone at the top who wants to go down?  Do they wait until everyone at the bottom rides to the top and then, when the escalator is empty, the people at the top can step on the top step and the escalator will go down?

What happens when it is very busy?  I am imagining people at the top waiting and waiting for all the people to get off so they can go down.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20044 on: March 14, 2013, 06:50:18 PM »
We have a guest at our hotel who is complaining about housekeeping. You see, he puts out his "Do not disturb" sign, so they don't knock on his door, but they sometimes clean the rooms adjacent to his room, and he finds this unacceptable. He believes that while his "Do not disturb" sign is up, housekeeping should not come into that wing of rooms at all. Every room around his can wait until he is ready for service, to his thinking.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20045 on: March 14, 2013, 06:53:31 PM »
He needs to pay more money for that sort of silence.

We had the opposite on our wedding night. We were staying in this beautiful hotel suite and it was quite a way to the door. We rode red room service and there was a buzzer, so we thought we'd hear them come so we had the TV on.

They knocked softly as it was late, no wonder we didn't hear them. We rang downstairs a lot that night as we thought there was no one coming!

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20046 on: March 14, 2013, 08:55:12 PM »
We had the opposite on our wedding night. We were staying in this beautiful hotel suite and it was quite a way to the door. We rode red room service and there was a buzzer, so we thought we'd hear them come so we had the TV on.
I'm confused re the bolded part. :-[
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20047 on: March 14, 2013, 09:03:53 PM »
We had the opposite on our wedding night. We were staying in this beautiful hotel suite and it was quite a way to the door. We rode red room service and there was a buzzer, so we thought we'd hear them come so we had the TV on.
I'm confused re the bolded part. :-[

I think it's supposed to say "ordered" just flipped the first 2 letters, and got an errant space in there. I've done it...kind of a lot, actually
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20048 on: March 14, 2013, 09:35:50 PM »
Stupid ipad autocorrect. Even hen you get the words right it changes them on you!

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20049 on: March 14, 2013, 09:44:40 PM »
Stupid ipad autocorrect. Even hen you get the words right it changes them on you!
OT, but I always hear complaints about autocorrect, but can't those not be turned of on some devices?
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20050 on: March 15, 2013, 12:58:22 AM »
Stupid ipad autocorrect. Even hen you get the words right it changes them on you!

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20051 on: March 15, 2013, 12:58:29 AM »
Stupid ipad autocorrect. Even hen you get the words right it changes them on you!
OT, but I always hear complaints about autocorrect, but can't those not be turned of on some devices?

Most of the time it's helpful...until it's not :)

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20052 on: March 15, 2013, 02:38:48 AM »
Stupid ipad autocorrect. Even hen you get the words right it changes them on you!
OT, but I always hear complaints about autocorrect, but can't those not be turned of on some devices?

Yeah, but it took me a while to figure out how to turn it off on the iPad  :P  I was replying to a post on here where the OP used "flatmate" and the iPad just. would. not. let me type it as one word.  That's what finally got me mad enough to look up "how to turn off iPad autocorrect" and find the right menu  ;)

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20053 on: March 15, 2013, 08:04:56 AM »
Even if you turn auto-correct off there are still some devices that decide for you which word you meant to type.

English is my second language and reading auto-corrected posts is entertaining AND complicated at the same time. It's like a puzzle!

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20054 on: March 15, 2013, 08:21:26 AM »
For amusement on that front, I suggest the website Da(m)n you Autocorrect, which is hilarious but oh so very much not e-Hell compliant.

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