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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #21645 on: June 16, 2013, 01:12:40 AM »
I just remembered: The idiot who was going through the parking lot the other day. instead of you know, using the lanes and stuff in the parking lot he goes through the parking spaces. Okay, I'll give him that, the lot was pretty much empty.... except for the lone pedestrian-- me-- walking to  the store. Does he go around me? No. Does he even like get reaally close with his car which is annoying and scary? No. He aims right for me, and expects me to move out of the way, which I promptly did.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #21646 on: June 16, 2013, 08:03:19 AM »
During my recent vacation,  certainly there were a few SS's:

*the guy at the ferry dock who was not watching when he backed up his truck and hit a truck belonging to the ferry company that takes people to a popular tourist spot in my state that doesn't allow cars on the island.  The backer up guy broke off a piece of side paneling, the ferry company truck suffered a small dent.  There were about 50 people waiting for the next ferry that saw it happen.  A police officer came by and I am sure the company truck driver did not get the ticket but we do not know as he was starting to ask both drivers when the ferry was taking on the passengers.

Ah, yes....I know where you're talking about....think I might also know which ferry company you're referring to but I could be wrong

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« Reply #21647 on: June 16, 2013, 01:44:37 PM »
During my recent vacation,  certainly there were a few SS's:

*the guy at the ferry dock who was not watching when he backed up his truck and hit a truck belonging to the ferry company that takes people to a popular tourist spot in my state that doesn't allow cars on the island.  The backer up guy broke off a piece of side paneling, the ferry company truck suffered a small dent.  There were about 50 people waiting for the next ferry that saw it happen.  A police officer came by and I am sure the company truck driver did not get the ticket but we do not know as he was starting to ask both drivers when the ferry was taking on the passengers.

Ah, yes....I know where you're talking about....think I might also know which ferry company you're referring to but I could be wrong

I was going to Mackinac Island via Shepler's.  Service is very good with them, and will use them again.  I got a discounted ticket via my hotel's website despite them being a few blocks walk from my hotel compared to the other 2 companies directly across street from my hotel.


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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #21648 on: June 16, 2013, 02:14:53 PM »
Please, people! Let's get back to stories of Special Snowflakes!

I counted, yes, I did.

On this page, so far, there are 11 posts (well, 12 now), and only one SS story.
On the previous two pages, each one has 15 posts, and each has only one SS story.

One of these days, this and the PD thread are going to get shut down because of our inability to stay on topic.

I'm begging, y'all. I love both threads - at least, I used to.  :'(

Dare I put forward the view that this is "Time For a Coffee Break !" -- part of the cited "off-topic",  "fun-and-entertainment" section of the board. It would make sense to me, for more leeway to be given here to "topic drift", than in the sections where serious etiquette questions are under discussion.

I don't see our moderators as ogres: in this area of the board, I would see peremptory shutting-down of threads as unlikely. Initially, maybe some gentle nudging by mods, in the direction of getting things more back on track -- of which participants would of course take heed. Could it be mildly suggested -- if one finds the content hereabouts, annoying; how about  -- for a while -- frequenting other parts of the board instead; or submitting posts of one's own, which one sees as being more properly on-topic?

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #21649 on: June 16, 2013, 03:03:43 PM »
Please, people! Let's get back to stories of Special Snowflakes!

I counted, yes, I did.

On this page, so far, there are 11 posts (well, 12 now), and only one SS story.
On the previous two pages, each one has 15 posts, and each has only one SS story.

One of these days, this and the PD thread are going to get shut down because of our inability to stay on topic.

I'm begging, y'all. I love both threads - at least, I used to.  :'(

Dare I put forward the view that this is "Time For a Coffee Break !" -- part of the cited "off-topic",  "fun-and-entertainment" section of the board. It would make sense to me, for more leeway to be given here to "topic drift", than in the sections where serious etiquette questions are under discussion.

I don't see our moderators as ogres: in this area of the board, I would see peremptory shutting-down of threads as unlikely. Initially, maybe some gentle nudging by mods, in the direction of getting things more back on track -- of which participants would of course take heed. Could it be mildly suggested -- if one finds the content hereabouts, annoying; how about  -- for a while -- frequenting other parts of the board instead; or submitting posts of one's own, which one sees as being more properly on-topic?

Agreed. This is the off-topic section. The mods will not shut down this thread just for going off topic unless the topic drift becomes legal, religious, etc. A thread is like a conversation. Someone posts a SS story and others discuss the story. Sometimes the discussion is about some other aspect of the story than the SSiness. Personally, I prefer this format to a thread of individual stories that couldn't be commented on.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #21650 on: June 16, 2013, 03:05:29 PM »
Please, people! Let's get back to stories of Special Snowflakes!

I counted, yes, I did.

On this page, so far, there are 11 posts (well, 12 now), and only one SS story.
On the previous two pages, each one has 15 posts, and each has only one SS story.

One of these days, this and the PD thread are going to get shut down because of our inability to stay on topic.

I'm begging, y'all. I love both threads - at least, I used to.  :'(

Dare I put forward the view that this is "Time For a Coffee Break !" -- part of the cited "off-topic",  "fun-and-entertainment" section of the board. It would make sense to me, for more leeway to be given here to "topic drift", than in the sections where serious etiquette questions are under discussion.

I don't see our moderators as ogres: in this area of the board, I would see peremptory shutting-down of threads as unlikely. Initially, maybe some gentle nudging by mods, in the direction of getting things more back on track -- of which participants would of course take heed. Could it be mildly suggested -- if one finds the content hereabouts, annoying; how about  -- for a while -- frequenting other parts of the board instead; or submitting posts of one's own, which one sees as being more properly on-topic?

Agreed. This is the off-topic section. The mods will not shut down this thread just for going off topic unless the topic drift becomes legal, religious, etc. A thread is like a conversation. Someone posts a SS story and others discuss the story. Sometimes the discussion is about some other aspect of the story than the SSiness. Personally, I prefer this format to a thread of individual stories that couldn't be commented on.

Agreed. This is a discussion forum. People will discuss the things that are posted. That's the entire point. It isn't Not Always Right where people submit stories and people don't comment.

Can I respectfully suggest that the way to get a thread back on topic is to submit something on topic oneself?

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #21651 on: June 16, 2013, 04:54:57 PM »
We had a blizzard of special snowflakes at our (last one for our entire lives I swear!) garage sale yesterday.

Starting with the people who knocked on the door to our house at 6:30 a.m. demanding that we open the sale up immediately!  The sale time was 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and this was posted in the newspaper ad.  My spouse told them no and they threatened (promised we hoped!)  :) to not come back.  Which was fine with both us.

Sale was open all of five minutes and a person came with a set of salt and pepper shakers priced at $1.00 and asked if I would take a quarter for them.  I told him no, that the sale had hardly started and I wasn't doing any discounts now, but that he could stop back later on this morning and try again if he wanted. 

He then told me he couldn't do that because they would probably be gone by then.  I just looked at him and he grumbled, groaned and finally pulled out four quarters and said  "Are you going to insist on a dollar?"  I told him that yes, I was and so he dropped the quarters on the table so that they bounced off the table and we had to pick them up off the ground.

I was this close to telling him to put them back because I wasn't going to sell anything to him, but I didn't.

Then there was the guy who showed up about 15 minutes into the sale with a 100 dollar bill and wanted to buy a one dollar item.  While I had change, I didn't have change for that much money that early in the morning.  He asked me where he was supposed to get change for the other garage sales and I suggested that he stop at the local Quik Mart and ask them.  He did manage to find a dollar bill to pay for the item.

Then there was the woman who bought several little candle holders, pottery planters who complained that we only had newspapers to wrap them up in.  She wanted tissue paper.  I offered to wrap them in separate plastic bags, but she just wanted to complain about the lack of tissue paper.  All I kept thinking was this is a freaking GARAGE sale and what you paid for everything was less than two dollars!

The topper was the woman who decided to walk through the garage, smoking a cigarette and flipping the ashes on the stuff on the tables.  My spouse asked her to either put out the cigarette or to leave.  She left, but complained all the way out the door about our being intolerant of smokers.

And the above is why it was eight years since the last garage sale and it will be never before I do another one!  The next time things get sold from this house it will be because we are moving and it will be either an estate sale or an auction so that someone else will deal with the customers!

I honestly don't know how those of you who do customer service day after day manage.  I just kept wanting to tell people to go away because I didn't want to be hassled about items that cost a quarter!

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #21652 on: June 16, 2013, 05:40:10 PM »
Yes the old garage sale SS's.  Who think their being very clever and daring by behaving as a pumpkin to get that extra saving they can rave about.  When I married my dh we ended up with 2 washing machines, so we decided to sell his and keep my newer one.  I just wanted it gone so I posted it in the paper for $80, great price for a 2nd hand machine that even students could purchase it.

In comes SS she thinks she will hardball me and scoop it up for a bargain on behalf of her son.  Claimed the hoses at the back were cut off and it didn't work.  I ensured her the hoses were not cut off that is how they are, and the machine works fine (it was clear where she was headed).  She demanded to see it in action very rudely, so I got out the extension cord to show her it's working state.  She then demanded to buy it cheaper as it's obviously been used and why were we selling it.  At that point I just inform her the price is the price I stated, and that it's no longer available for her to buy good day. 

While she was gaping another car pulled up and another lady came on behalf of her child, who was moving out for the first time.  She was pleasant to deal with and wanted to purchase it straight away, so done deal.  She had the money out and paid me and we loaded it into her car.  The first lady just spluttered and informed me that she was first and should get it.  I informed her I can sell to whomever I please and had already asked her to leave my property, have a pleasant day.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #21653 on: June 16, 2013, 08:04:01 PM »
Aside from the awfulness of what she said, why do all stories about SS waiting to see obstetricians always involve them declaring "I'm pregnant" in a room full of pregnant women?  I suppose being a SS makes them totally blind to all the other bumps in the room because no-one else features in their world.

Exactly why I turned down a transfer to OB/GYN.  I was also offered one to Pediatrics; not going there, either.  (I found out that after I resigned from my job and moved out of state the job I'd been doing was eliminated.  That's why I was getting all these offers for lateral transfers.  But they couldn't pay me enough to work for either OB/GYN or Pediatrics.  People who work in both of those places and love it are very special, but I don't work well with the public and even less well with Special Snowflakes.)

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« Reply #21654 on: June 16, 2013, 08:21:41 PM »
A very bratty SS of about 19 walked up to my sample table on her cellphone. She eyeballed the tray, commented "Ugh, that looks awful. Yuck" & then made some more snotty remarks into her phone. I said "Pardon me ?", even though I wanted to say something much ruder. SS said "I said, that looks awful." At least her companion had enough sense to say "That was rude :( Sorry about her. Can I have one, please"

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #21655 on: June 16, 2013, 08:51:26 PM »
Cousin Jason showed up for the wedding and had a blast at the reception. He was the life of the party, drinking and dancing. As the evening wore down, he acknowledged that he was in no shape to drive. So he started to ask around, trying to find other guests at the wedding who had booked a room at the hotel for the evening, hoping he could crash with them. Most of the couples he spoke to turned him down and gently suggested that he go book a room, himself- as the hotel still had several available. But Cousin Jason didn't want to pay for his own room at this point- he just wanted someone else to put him up for free. As the couples all turned in for the night, he became increasingly vocal about how he needed some place to crash.

And this is how Cousin Jason ended up sleeping on the pull out couch in the bridal suite-- crashing in the room the bride and groom had booked for their honeymoon night. Ugh. What a lovely memory for the happy couple. Waking up on their first morning as man and wife, and having a relation sprawled out asleep just across the room.  ::)
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #21656 on: June 16, 2013, 08:54:20 PM »
That's awful.  I would have given him a $20 and called him a cab before letting him stay there.

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« Reply #21657 on: June 16, 2013, 09:37:26 PM »
...   And this is how Cousin Jason ended up sleeping on the pull out couch in the bridal suite-- crashing in the room the bride and groom had booked for their honeymoon night. Ugh. What a lovely memory for the happy couple. Waking up on their first morning as man and wife, and having a relation sprawled out asleep just across the room.  ::)


 :o  :o :o  How the heck did he get in? 

I'm pretty confident that if I had been the bride, you'd have been reading headlines the next morning:  "Irate Bride Murders Sleeping Cousin"

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« Reply #21658 on: June 16, 2013, 09:38:47 PM »
Yes the old garage sale SS's.  Who think their being very clever and daring by behaving as a pumpkin to get that extra saving they can rave about.  When I married my dh we ended up with 2 washing machines, so we decided to sell his and keep my newer one.  I just wanted it gone so I posted it in the paper for $80, great price for a 2nd hand machine that even students could purchase it.

In comes SS she thinks she will hardball me and scoop it up for a bargain on behalf of her son.  Claimed the hoses at the back were cut off and it didn't work.  I ensured her the hoses were not cut off that is how they are, and the machine works fine (it was clear where she was headed).  She demanded to see it in action very rudely, so I got out the extension cord to show her it's working state.  She then demanded to buy it cheaper as it's obviously been used and why were we selling it.  At that point I just inform her the price is the price I stated, and that it's no longer available for her to buy good day. 

While she was gaping another car pulled up and another lady came on behalf of her child, who was moving out for the first time.  She was pleasant to deal with and wanted to purchase it straight away, so done deal.  She had the money out and paid me and we loaded it into her car.  The first lady just spluttered and informed me that she was first and should get it.  I informed her I can sell to whomever I please and had already asked her to leave my property, have a pleasant day.

Sold a pair of baby swings (needed repairs - I had the parts order sheet with them) to a lady buying them for her church nursery (building in construction for at least two months) while the guy with twins was still "negotiating" a reduced price "since they didn't work".  Well - his twins would be older, larger, and all that by the time the parts came in - the church nursery wasn't going to be ready for babies to use the swings for at least two months - I was happy with the asking price & she was happy to find two baby swings for half price (even after she ordered the parts - price was cheaper for TWO than just one replacement part). 

Guy with twins at home had to keep looking.....those twins are over 25 by now....wonder if their Dad still remembers the "swings that got away"?  I'm pretty sure the swings in the church nursery have had to be replaced by now.....
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #21659 on: June 16, 2013, 10:15:14 PM »
A very bratty SS of about 19 walked up to my sample table on her cellphone. She eyeballed the tray, commented "Ugh, that looks awful. Yuck" & then made some more snotty remarks into her phone. I said "Pardon me ?", even though I wanted to say something much ruder. SS said "I said, that looks awful." At least her companion had enough sense to say "That was rude :( Sorry about her. Can I have one, please"
Hey, if the sample doesn't look appetizing, DON'T TAKE ONE!  How hard is that to understand?  If the sample lady has said "Would you like to try our deep-fried peacock tongues?", just say "No, thank you." Geez.  ::)
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