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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20880 on: May 05, 2013, 08:52:12 AM »
Oh, I have a little twinge of sympathy for the tantrums over handicap parking. The number of handicap parking spots required by law in my county is insufficient for the proportion of handicapped people in the county.  There only place there's ever enough parking is at Target, who has more spaces than required by law. It's very frustrating to not be able to do what I planned because I can't get the child in a wheelchair out of the car.  I shop at Target an awful lot because of that.

Tucson has quite a few. I have zero sympathy for the lady. Other people are disabled. They were all legally parked. There was nothing unique at the strip mall that she couldn't have found elsewhere- an Ace Hardware and 2 or 3 other chain stores found in Tucson. Instead she wasted a cop's time.

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« Reply #20881 on: May 05, 2013, 09:47:42 AM »

Reminds me of the time two little girls (2 & 4) asked me for a sample at work. I said "Where's your mom and dad ?" The 4 year old said "Our dad is down there (in aisle just out of my sight line)" I said "Okay, tell him he has to come with you to get a sample." They disappeared down the aisle and walked back, followed by a very tall, angry man asking the 4 year old "Who called me over here ?  >:( What do you want ?" The 4 year old pointed at me. "Are these your kids ? Can they have a sample ?" "Those aren't my kids :o *stomps off muttering* Getting called over for silly stuff and they're not even mine..."
So who was he? Why did the kids drag him over? Was he the Mom's boyfriend or something?


I am a the breaking point with 4 of my students. Each one says "My (Mom/Dad) says I can hit anyone that hits me"


[size=78%]They aren't being hit by other kids. I have several kids going through growth spurts that are tripping over their own feet. Occasionally accidents happen when these kids misjudge distances. Most of the problems happen because these 4 get to close behind other kids in line and get "kicked" when the other kid picks up their feet or their shoes get stepped on because they are so close. [/size]
 
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20882 on: May 05, 2013, 09:58:05 AM »
At the university library where I work, we have little giveaways for the students, things like small books of sticky notes and reusable bags. We used to have earbuds, but we ran out nearly a month ago. Students are still coming up to the desk to ask for them, and when we tell them that we don't have any more, most of the students will just say, "oh, okay" and go away. However, a few Special Snowflakes get veeeery upset. Standard dialogue:

 Student: Hi, can I get a pair of those earphones?
 Me: Sorry, we ran out.
 Student: What? No headphones? When are you getting more?
 Me: We're probably not going to get any more.
 Student: No more?! I neeeeed them!
 Me: The bookstore sells several different varieties.
 Student: But I want the freeeeee ones!

Not only is the whining annoying, our university is set to experience massive budget cuts that will likely result in the termination of a significant number of staff, the closing of one, possibly two libraries, and, of course, and no more little library giveaways. The students know this, because they get regular email updates about the situation. And yet, they complain about not getting a (rather crappy) pair of free earbuds from the library. I even had one kid whine that he pays $15,000 a  year to the school, so the least they can do is give him a free pair of headphones.

No. The least they can do is educate you and give you access to some of the finest libraries and research facilities, most well-respected academics, and loveliest campuses in Canada. Headphones do not factor in.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20883 on: May 05, 2013, 10:58:56 AM »
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Saw this story on a social networking site of an SS getting his comeuppance and HAD to share...

"A crowded United Airlines flight was cancelled. A single agent was re-booking a long line of inconvenienced travellers.

"Suddenly, an angry passenger pushed his way to the desk. He slapped his ticket on the counter and said, "I HAVE to be on this flight and it has to be FIRST CLASS."[snip]

snopes covers this http://www.snopes.com/travel/airline/obnoxious.asp]. It's the third story.

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« Reply #20884 on: May 05, 2013, 11:21:19 AM »
There was this time my brother and SIL and I took my niece and nephews to the Science Museum, which has its own parking garage. There is no place else to park for the museum except the garage, unless you want to park at least half a mile away and walk. My oldest nephew uses a power wheel chair.

Guess what was in all the handicapped spots in the garage?

Vehicles that sported the Science Museum's logo. We drove through every single level and all the HC spaces were full--either with the Museum's vans and trucks, or random Musuem equipment--ramps and railings and big barrels of something or other.

We managed to find a place to park where the wheelchair lift could still be operated. My brother asked to speak to someone and showed them the pictures he'd taken and pointed out that laws were being broken.

"But that's our own trucks! We need a place to park them!"

So DB reported the Museum and the garage to the police.

Good for your DB! That's really SS behavior on the part of the museum.  My mom is in a wheelchair, and drives. She has a cartopper for her chair, so really all, she needs is enough space to open her car door all the way, and get her chair down, and transfer into it. . Most of the time we can find HC parking but sometimes we can't. depending on how wide the spaces are, she can sometimes park in a regular space. and worst case, if she can't get back in, i can move the car out for her.

But there are exceptions. Last week we went to Walmart which has quite a few spaces, but all were taken. The regular spaces there are also not wide enough for her to get in and out, or risk not being able to get back in when she comes out if the car next to her leaves, and someone else parks there. there were tons of open spaces in the lot, so we moved further down, and she parked over two spaces, and put her placard in the window. We only do this when absolutely necessary, which is almost never, but she while she might sigh if there are no HC spaces available, she will make do. She would never think of complaining how she needs them more than everyone else with the correct placard or license plate who are parked in those spots.

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« Reply #20885 on: May 05, 2013, 12:33:11 PM »
I reread what I wrote and thought I might clarify.  I have a twinge of sympathy for the frustration that leads up to the tantrums, but the tantrums themselves are unacceptable.  I have, in the past, written to various stores and restaurants that are really bad about not having enough spaces suggesting that they consider designing their parking lots with more handicap spaces than the law requires simply because of the demographic that visits them.  I don't know if that does any good, but as I explained to Walmart, the reason I shop at Target is the availability of handicap parking. I've kept those emails polite and matter-of-fact, not ranting and complaining.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20886 on: May 05, 2013, 01:31:03 PM »
Oh, I have a little twinge of sympathy for the tantrums over handicap parking. The number of handicap parking spots required by law in my county is insufficient for the proportion of handicapped people in the county.  There only place there's ever enough parking is at Target, who has more spaces than required by law. It's very frustrating to not be able to do what I planned because I can't get the child in a wheelchair out of the car.  I shop at Target an awful lot because of that.

I have none.  - other people's medical diagnoses are not her business, nor is being disabled an automatic pass for never having to wait for parking ( or anything else). There's times when I have to be driven to classes or go hours early to get a parking spot, there's times when I can't get parking at my co-op, local grocery or even the local theater. Calling someone who has no way to defend themselves a nasty name for certain parts of a female body, and a lady of questionable morals and more, because someone else got to where this woman wanted to be first, is wrong. Violating other people's privacy, going to the cops with license plates to get them to trace them, and reveal legally protected information (especially since everyone was parked legally and for a special event like a "Senior Citizens Spring Fling")? Is way out of the bounds of acceptable behaviour. 

Frankly, I think anyone who finds out that she did this to their car and their records should have legal recourse against her and if the police act on this "information" ( she only took the license plates, not signage so they would only have her word) they should have recourse against that too- even if the police reveal diagnoses, they need to be held  accountable.  And the trantruming woman needs to be charged with false reporting, harassment and anything else that they can find to charge her with. Maybe it will save others from her crap.

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« Reply #20887 on: May 05, 2013, 03:37:57 PM »
I'm nominating my cousin as a Special Snowflake.  He (I'll call him Theo) has a brother and a sister.  His brother has an adopted son who's been part of the family for about 3 decades now.  Recently, their (Theo and his siblings') mother died and the house she'd live in was to be sold.

Brother decided to buy it for his son to live in.  He offered his siblings their share of the market price.  Theo threw a fit - not because the house was to be sold, but because he didn't want the son living there as he "isn't part of the family".

I think people would have put it down to grief if Theo hadn't also thrown a huge fit when his sister decided to divorce her husband as he was an alcoholic and had become abusive.  The fact that Theo and his BIL were friends meant (in Theo's mind) that his sister had to remain married to him.  ::)

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« Reply #20888 on: May 05, 2013, 04:18:56 PM »
....... Frankly, I think anyone who finds out that she did this to their car and their records should have legal recourse against her and if the police act on this "information" ( she only took the license plates, not signage so they would only have her word) they should have recourse against that too- even if the police reveal diagnoses, they need to be held  accountable.  And the trantruming woman needs to be charged with false reporting, harassment and anything else that they can find to charge her with. Maybe it will save others from her crap. 

I doubt the police will let her look at any records.  They know it could cause a lot of problems.  They will probably take her report and promise to "look into it". Once she leaves they'll file the report and return to their normal business. 

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« Reply #20889 on: May 05, 2013, 05:41:39 PM »
Oh, I have a little twinge of sympathy for the tantrums over handicap parking. The number of handicap parking spots required by law in my county is insufficient for the proportion of handicapped people in the county.  There only place there's ever enough parking is at Target, who has more spaces than required by law. It's very frustrating to not be able to do what I planned because I can't get the child in a wheelchair out of the car.  I shop at Target an awful lot because of that.

I have none.  - other people's medical diagnoses are not her business, nor is being disabled an automatic pass for never having to wait for parking ( or anything else). There's times when I have to be driven to classes or go hours early to get a parking spot, there's times when I can't get parking at my co-op, local grocery or even the local theater. Calling someone who has no way to defend themselves a nasty name for certain parts of a female body, and a lady of questionable morals and more, because someone else got to where this woman wanted to be first, is wrong. Violating other people's privacy, going to the cops with license plates to get them to trace them, and reveal legally protected information (especially since everyone was parked legally and for a special event like a "Senior Citizens Spring Fling")? Is way out of the bounds of acceptable behaviour. 

Frankly, I think anyone who finds out that she did this to their car and their records should have legal recourse against her and if the police act on this "information" ( she only took the license plates, not signage so they would only have her word) they should have recourse against that too- even if the police reveal diagnoses, they need to be held  accountable.  And the trantruming woman needs to be charged with false reporting, harassment and anything else that they can find to charge her with. Maybe it will save others from her crap.

Oh, I totally agree with you.  I tried to post to clarify what I meant.  I meant I had sympathy for the frustration, but in no way condoned the actions.  Does that make sense?  I sometimes have trouble conveying exactly what I mean.  This is why my degrees are in math.  I can write a proof, but that's where my writing skills end.  :(
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20890 on: May 05, 2013, 08:37:57 PM »
It might be kind of fun to think that maybe, just maybe, the police would actually track down those license plate numbers and realize they are all 'handicap legitimate' and then issue her a ticket for falsifying information to police.   >:D

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« Reply #20891 on: May 06, 2013, 12:26:19 AM »
I used to work with a woman who had a handicap parking tag for mobility issues.  At the time, she was able to get around using crutches.  One day she came storming in to work, demanding that the admin call security and have a car towed - it was parked in her spot.  The other car had a legitimate handicap tag, there was another handicap spot equally close and accessible, but she wanted 'her' spot and none other.  She was very put out that security wouldn't do anything to the other driver.

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« Reply #20892 on: May 06, 2013, 04:03:07 PM »
. . . It's like the little girl who was playing on my front porch:  I told her she wasn't allowed to play there.  "But my mom said it was okay!"  I explained that it was my property, not her mother's, and I didn't want her playing on my porch.  This little girl actually got the message, and it never happened again.
It's possible that her mom did not actually tell her it was okay. Kids have a way of twisting words around.  Once I overheard my SIL in the next room tell her daughter, "If you're going to play ball, you have to go outside, and you have to have an adult with you".  My niece then comes to me and says, "My mom says you have to go outside and play ball with me".   ;D

Well, and also little kids have learned that "My mother said" can be incredibly powerful, so they use it whenever they're challenged. They learn that this isn't applicable through incidents like Sirius's.

When I was a kid, I lived in a place that was a cross between suburbia and the sticks.  Between my yard and the neighbor's yard, there was an empty lot that was technically part of my parents' property.  We didn't have it landscaped or anything, but we kept the weeds less than six inches high and were not allowed by ordinances to let it go to ruin.   There were other vacant lots similarly owned and also some unowned fields.

Neighbor's kid had to walk the dog.  If his dog did business on anyone's lawn, he had to clean it up.  If he did his business in any of the vacant fields nearby, it was OK.  Most of the time, neighbor's kid would not want to walk to one of the unowned fields and would get his dog to soil one of the vacant, owned lots.  Ours was the closest.

We did not take kindly to this.  I don't know what they fed that dog, but his droppings were fowl and the lot was a pain enough to keep tidy as it was.  So if we saw him walking the dog, we'd ask him to leave.

He asked his parents for permission.  But he didn't say, "Can I get Bozo to poo in the Flakes' empty lot."  He said, "If I walk Bozo and the Flakes are playing, is it OK to play with them?"  Of course his parents said yes because I grew up in one of those supposedly idyllic places where it was free play all afternoon for kids.  He flaunted his permission in our faces when we would chase his dog off our property.

Of course, when we got his parents involved, they called us liars because he wouldn't have lied to them.  (I think her words were, "My kids know they'd get a thrashing if they lied!  They don't lie!"  Oh really?  But they have lied and gotten thrashed, right?)  Those kids were such special snowflakes, I'm almost scared to know how they turned out.

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« Reply #20893 on: May 06, 2013, 05:22:17 PM »
I have to nominate 4 different women at my ophthalmologists office this morning. Many of the patients in the various waiting rooms have been given dilation drops and other medications, so the rooms are kept dim and quiet. There are signs posted on the office front door, the sign in desk, and the door to each waiting area asking for no cell phone use and all electronics to be kept silent.

These rooms are usually fairly crowded, and they were today, so it makes others uncomfortable to listen to the three different conversations going on, and the woman who let her two grandsons use her phone to play games with the volume up at maximum.  >:(

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« Reply #20894 on: May 06, 2013, 07:11:54 PM »
The handicapped parking posts have me remembering the evil witch I used to work with at Evil Oil Company and the tantrum she threw one afternoon.

The prime parking spaces at this location were assigned to carpoolers.  EW had one of those spaces, although no one ever remembered her carpooling with anyone else from Marin.  The spaces were reserved until 1 p.m., after which they were fair game.  EW came storming into my office around 2:30 one day, demanding that I call Security and report someone in her parking spot.  I did so, and Security told me to tell her it's after 1 p.m., them's the breaks.  She went ballistic.  She went up the food chain to the head of Security, who upon investigation, discovered that she wasn't and never had been a carpool, so she lost the spot permanently. 

A few weeks later, I was called into my supervisor's office.  Somehow, it was my fault she had lost her spot, because I wasn't emphatic enough in my initial phone call to Security.