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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20850 on: May 03, 2013, 11:04:59 PM »
Sighting at the supermarket today.

I take my basket of 4 items to the "15 items or less" checkout. In front of me is a cart that obviously has more than 15 things in it. "Gosh," I say cheerfully to the guy with the cart. "That looks like more than 15 items."

I've done that before without a problem. Usually the person says something like "Oops! I didn't see the sign." and moves off. Sometimes the person just glares at me and moves off. I've een ha stotroe clerks thank me, because they are not allowed to say anything. Not this guy.

He starts counting items. "One, two three.." He stops when he gets to 20.  "Oh well, " he says to me. "We won't tell anyone."

"Actually," I replied "You are delaying me."

"But, see, some of these are multiples of the same thing, so they only count as one." (Even though, in this store, the clerk must scan each individual one.)  My stony gaze apparently convinces him that I'm not going to be very understanding, so he turns his attention to the clerk, regaling her with his tale of how this food would be used to provide lunch for a volunteer activity he was coordinating--congratulating himself several times on how he was "giving back to the community."

When it was my turn, the clerk apologized for the delay. I told her I understood that she was probably not allowed to say anything to customers about too many items, and that I hoped maybe my comments got to the guy.

"No," she said. "He does this all the time. He thinks that because he's a regular customer, the policies don't apply to him."




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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20851 on: May 03, 2013, 11:06:00 PM »
I was also thinking it was written by a friend.

Here's another SS and a jerk.  A man with an expired coupon went for ice cream.  When the cashier tried to get payment, he punched her in the face several times.
http://www.longislandpress.com/2013/05/02/valley-stream-man-charged-with-ice-cream-robbery/
He was charged with stealing the ice cream and resisting arrest- why the heck wasn't he charged with assault and battery on the ice cream store employee???

She may not have pressed charges.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20852 on: May 03, 2013, 11:23:45 PM »
If so, she is more forgiving than I would be.  If someone punched me in the face on the job, pressing assault charges is the LEAST that I would do.  Retail folks are not paid combat pay, they shouldn't have to put up with that kind of carp.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20853 on: May 03, 2013, 11:39:02 PM »
She could have been told by her bosses that if she did she'd get fired.

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« Reply #20854 on: May 03, 2013, 11:41:32 PM »
She could have been told by her bosses that if she did she'd get fired.

And then every greedy lawyer in her state would be chasing after her to take her case to court.  I could see a HUGE lawsuit resulting from something like that.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20855 on: May 04, 2013, 12:06:54 AM »
She could have been told by her bosses that if she did she'd get fired.

And then every greedy lawyer in her state would be chasing after her to take her case to court.  I could see a HUGE lawsuit resulting from something like that.

Pretty hard to afford a lawyer on a retail wage.

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« Reply #20856 on: May 04, 2013, 02:52:12 AM »
She could have been told by her bosses that if she did she'd get fired.

And then every greedy lawyer in her state would be chasing after her to take her case to court.  I could see a HUGE lawsuit resulting from something like that.

Pretty hard to afford a lawyer on a retail wage.

Zero wages if she was fired. Lawsuits are a nice thought, but if you are poor and the rent is due you can't afford to lose your job and wait however many months (or years) for the court case to be resolved. Not to mention most employers who do this would lie and say you were fired for something else. Retail can be brutal sometimes.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20857 on: May 04, 2013, 07:40:01 AM »
Not sure if this is Special Snowflake, or just Special Stupidity.

In the Boston subways there a few doors that look like this:

http://www.turnstiles.us/pdf/MPT%2052-53%20-%20Tandum.pdf

Except they are really old and pointier. 

Someone decided to today to try to take his bicycle through one. He could have walked another few feet in any direction to stairs, but no, he had to go through there. At rush hour. (You're not supposed to bring bicycles on the train at rush hour anyway, so I'm not sure how he got away with it) When he got through the door, he would have had to bring the bike up an escalator since there were no stairs, which is also against the rules.

The bike was completely and totally jammed into the door.

By the time I got there, there were repairmen taking the door apart.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20858 on: May 04, 2013, 07:45:46 AM »
She could have been told by her bosses that if she did she'd get fired.

And then every greedy lawyer in her state would be chasing after her to take her case to court.  I could see a HUGE lawsuit resulting from something like that.

Pretty hard to afford a lawyer on a retail wage.

Zero wages if she was fired. Lawsuits are a nice thought, but if you are poor and the rent is due you can't afford to lose your job and wait however many months (or years) for the court case to be resolved. Not to mention most employers who do this would lie and say you were fired for something else. Retail can be brutal sometimes.

True, but there are enough shady lawyers that would take a case like that on contingency, and that's more what I was referring to.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20859 on: May 04, 2013, 09:08:00 AM »
A lot of lawyers will take cases with a good prospect on contingency, specially if the client can't afford to pay cash. It certainly isn't restricted to shady lawyers.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20860 on: May 04, 2013, 09:55:07 AM »
Sighting at the supermarket today.

I take my basket of 4 items to the "15 items or less" checkout. In front of me is a cart that obviously has more than 15 things in it. "Gosh," I say cheerfully to the guy with the cart. "That looks like more than 15 items."

I've done that before without a problem. Usually the person says something like "Oops! I didn't see the sign." and moves off. Sometimes the person just glares at me and moves off. I've een ha stotroe clerks thank me, because they are not allowed to say anything. Not this guy.

He starts counting items. "One, two three.." He stops when he gets to 20.  "Oh well, " he says to me. "We won't tell anyone."

"Actually," I replied "You are delaying me."

"But, see, some of these are multiples of the same thing, so they only count as one." (Even though, in this store, the clerk must scan each individual one.)  My stony gaze apparently convinces him that I'm not going to be very understanding, so he turns his attention to the clerk, regaling her with his tale of how this food would be used to provide lunch for a volunteer activity he was coordinating--congratulating himself several times on how he was "giving back to the community."

When it was my turn, the clerk apologized for the delay. I told her I understood that she was probably not allowed to say anything to customers about too many items, and that I hoped maybe my comments got to the guy.

"No," she said. "He does this all the time. He thinks that because he's a regular customer, the policies don't apply to him."





I'm not sure that saying, "You are delaying me," was appropriate at all.  No one is entitled to get in and out of the grocery store faster than anyone else, no matter how few groceries they have.  There might have been 15 people deep in the 10 items or less lane, after all.  You still have to wait like everybody else.  It's understandable being annoyed at someone thumbing his nose at the store's policy, but that's all he was guilty of.  It could be said that anyone in the store ahead of you in line is "delaying you." 

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20861 on: May 04, 2013, 10:44:16 AM »
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I'm not sure that saying, "You are delaying me," was appropriate at all.  No one is entitled to get in and out of the grocery store faster than anyone else, no matter how few groceries they have.  There might have been 15 people deep in the 10 items or less lane, after all.  You still have to wait like everybody else.  It's understandable being annoyed at someone thumbing his nose at the store's policy, but that's all he was guilty of.  It could be said that anyone in the store ahead of you in line is "delaying you."
It was the first thing that popped out of my mouth. In hindsight, I can think of several better ways I could have better gotten my point across.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20862 on: May 04, 2013, 10:44:57 AM »
There was a 17 year old kid in my state who, upon getting a yellow flag during his soccer/football game last weekend, argued with the ref. Not so special right? Everyone disagrees with the ref at times. Well, this kid really freaked out, PUNCHED the ref in the head, and put the ref into a coma, where the ref is currently in very critical condition.
http://www.ksl.com/index.php?sid=25027303&nid=148&title=family-says-soccer-referee-still-in-coma-from-players-punch

The kid is sitting in a detention center, waiting to be charged. Hasn't been determined the actual charges yet, or if he'll be charged as a minor or adult--it's all TBA at this point.

Meanwhile, the league has been issued warning by the school district that their utilization of the school fields may be revoked....not because of the attack on school grounds, but because they found garbage littering the fields after the game. Everything from water bottles to dirty diapers and beer cans. I consider anyone drinking beer on school grounds to be SS, as well as anyone who would leave a dirty diaper on the ground for someone else to pick up.
http://www.ksl.com/index.php?sid=25041667&nid=148&title=school-district-may-revoke-league-permit-after-referee-attack&fm=home_page&s_cid=featured-1

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20863 on: May 04, 2013, 11:41:33 AM »
There was a 17 year old kid in my state who, upon getting a yellow flag during his soccer/football game last weekend, argued with the ref. Not so special right? Everyone disagrees with the ref at times. Well, this kid really freaked out, PUNCHED the ref in the head, and put the ref into a coma, where the ref is currently in very critical condition.
http://www.ksl.com/index.php?sid=25027303&nid=148&title=family-says-soccer-referee-still-in-coma-from-players-punch

The kid is sitting in a detention center, waiting to be charged. Hasn't been determined the actual charges yet, or if he'll be charged as a minor or adult--it's all TBA at this point.

Meanwhile, the league has been issued warning by the school district that their utilization of the school fields may be revoked....not because of the attack on school grounds, but because they found garbage littering the fields after the game. Everything from water bottles to dirty diapers and beer cans. I consider anyone drinking beer on school grounds to be SS, as well as anyone who would leave a dirty diaper on the ground for someone else to pick up.
http://www.ksl.com/index.php?sid=25041667&nid=148&title=school-district-may-revoke-league-permit-after-referee-attack&fm=home_page&s_cid=featured-1

Honestly I don't think the district was out of line. The timing was unfortunate, and the addition to the letter poorly worded. I'm thinking it went like this.

Soccer field left a mess - someone calls league and ask them to clean up after themselves but still trying to be community building. THis happens several time. Finally TPTB are done with community building that is harming the students and teachers and order next time it happens tell them point blank to clean up their mess or they are out.

So the field is left a mess again - the secretary opens the letter already written and gets ready to print it out and send it.

Someone says - oh what about the referee, who was injured?
Secretary "What referee?
Someone (tells story)
Secretary guess I should add something

Honestly I think that if they cut off access because of 1 player acting violent - they would deserve to be critizied for ruining things for the other kids. But the league players and spectators leaving the area such a mess is a good reason for  cutting off access.

I don't know about Utah but in Texas the cigarette butts would be reason enough to revoke their access. It is illegal to have tobacco on school grounds at any time. I also sympathize with the school because 2nd grade is the first grade to have recess. At one point last year I was taking the sharps box from the science lab to recess to dispose of the beer bottle shards and used birth control. One of the local cops came by to eat with the kids and asked about the sharps box. We got increased patrols after that.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20864 on: May 04, 2013, 12:06:10 PM »


"Actually," I replied "You are delaying me.


I'm not sure that saying, "You are delaying me," was appropriate at all.  No one is entitled to get in and out of the grocery store faster than anyone else, no matter how few groceries they have.  There might have been 15 people deep in the 10 items or less lane, after all.  You still have to wait like everybody else.  It's understandable being annoyed at someone thumbing his nose at the store's policy, but that's all he was guilty of.  It could be said that anyone in the store ahead of you in line is "delaying you."

And I'm wondering--did your engaging him in conversation make it slower? i always hate when people decide to scold the person ahead of them, because the ARGUMENT or even the conversation then slows everything down even more.