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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20895 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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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20896 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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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20897 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. 

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« Reply #20898 on: May 06, 2013, 07:53:57 PM »
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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.

So was the supervisor taking her side?  I'm confused about that part.

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« Reply #20899 on: May 07, 2013, 06:01:24 AM »
(...) 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.

HAAAAAAAhahahahahahaHAAAAAA!!!  ;D ;D ;D 8)

*coughcough* *ahem* I mean, oh dear, there's a spot of poetic justice for you! ::)  BarensMom, I hope you didn't actually get in trouble due to that?
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20900 on: May 07, 2013, 08:03:10 AM »
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.

Her religion isn't necessary or relevant to your story.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20901 on: May 07, 2013, 08:09:17 AM »
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.

Her religion isn't necessary or relevant to your story.

Huh?  I've re-read her post three times.  Where does she mention religion??

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20902 on: May 07, 2013, 09:14:22 AM »
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.

Her religion isn't necessary or relevant to your story.

Huh?  I've re-read her post three times.  Where does she mention religion??


I think the implication is that 'Evil Witch' is pagan. I didn't get that at all from the post - I heard it as 'Evil Rhymes-With-Witch'.

A Very Interesting Assumption.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20903 on: May 07, 2013, 09:19:03 AM »
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.

Her religion isn't necessary or relevant to your story.

Huh?  I've re-read her post three times.  Where does she mention religion??
I think she was being sarcastic referring to "Evil Witch".
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20904 on: May 07, 2013, 09:26:01 AM »
It is still considered a religion to people and care should be taken.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20905 on: May 07, 2013, 09:37:35 AM »
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.

Her religion isn't necessary or relevant to your story.

Huh?  I've re-read her post three times.  Where does she mention religion??


I think the implication is that 'Evil Witch' is pagan. I didn't get that at all from the post - I heard it as 'Evil Rhymes-With-Witch'.

A Very Interesting Assumption.

Ah.  Thank you.  Yep, very.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20906 on: May 07, 2013, 09:39:59 AM »
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.

Her religion isn't necessary or relevant to your story.

Huh?  I've re-read her post three times.  Where does she mention religion??


I think the implication is that 'Evil Witch' is pagan. I didn't get that at all from the post - I heard it as 'Evil Rhymes-With-Witch'.

A Very Interesting Assumption.

Ah.  Thank you.  Yep, very.

No, she wasn't assuming that the person referenced was actually Wiccan. She was pointing out that using "witch" as a generic insult is offensive to those who practice that religion.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20907 on: May 07, 2013, 09:51:16 AM »
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.

Her religion isn't necessary or relevant to your story.

Huh?  I've re-read her post three times.  Where does she mention religion??


I think the implication is that 'Evil Witch' is pagan. I didn't get that at all from the post - I heard it as 'Evil Rhymes-With-Witch'.

A Very Interesting Assumption.

Ah.  Thank you.  Yep, very.

No, she wasn't assuming that the person referenced was actually Wiccan. She was pointing out that using "witch" as a generic insult is offensive to those who practice that religion.

I meant no offense to Wiccans, although if someone is Wiccan, I would refer to them as such and not as a "witch."  I used "witch" as a substitute for the rhyming word that starts with "b."

Yes, I did get in trouble with supervisor for "not supporting my coworker."  Never mind that coworker had been scamming a reserved carpool spot, forcing a real carpool to have to park in the garage further away.   I told him, "I did what I was told to do by calling Security and discussing the situation.  What I didn't do was to emphasize that what she was doing was against Company and site regulations.  She did that all by herself."

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20908 on: May 07, 2013, 10:28:37 AM »

Yes, I did get in trouble with supervisor for "not supporting my coworker."  Never mind that coworker had been scamming a reserved carpool spot, forcing a real carpool to have to park in the garage further away.   I told him, "I did what I was told to do by calling Security and discussing the situation.  What I didn't do was to emphasize that what she was doing was against Company and site regulations.  She did that all by herself."

Hopefully, the supervisor then apologized for not supporting YOU.  ???

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #20909 on: May 07, 2013, 10:37:58 AM »
Loud Patron just walked in.  He was actually quiet for once, then all of a sudden I can hear noise like crazy that seemed to be coming from a cell phone.  He was sitting at a table, texting into one cell phone while, apparently, the person he was texting was replying to him on the other one....he was shocked, shocked I tell you at how loud it was when I asked him to take it outside.  SpecialSpecialSpecial!

And I don't think I can ever retire given the state of my car and mortgage....gah!