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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #21660 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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« Reply #21661 on: June 16, 2013, 10:20:40 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"

You and me both, Grandma.  I had a relative give me a hard time about the fact that there were no hotels in the town where I lived.  I told her, "If you'd have let me know you were coming (she hadn't) I could have made arrangements at the same hotel in Nearby Town that other family members are staying at.  But since you didn't-"  and gave her directions.  I didn't want her to get upset and leave, as she'd brought my grandpa and it turned out to be the last time I saw him before he died, but after that I didn't get any more grief from her. 

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« Reply #21662 on: June 17, 2013, 12:26:20 AM »
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.  :'(

If you are concerned about the direction of a thread, click the notify mod button. Your post comes off as scolding, and I doubt anyone appreciates that.. A gentle "can we get back on track" is cool, too, but that's it.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #21663 on: June 17, 2013, 12:29:01 AM »
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.  ::)

You know, if somebody offered me that, I really think I would have to try one.  ;D

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« Reply #21664 on: June 17, 2013, 12:39:18 AM »
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.  ::)

You know, if somebody offered me that, I really think I would have to try one.  ;D

I think I would too.  Just so I could say I had.

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« Reply #21665 on: June 17, 2013, 01:37:49 AM »
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.)

I tihnk that is a wise move. Some of the things I've seen in my OB's office are very SS like. Thankfully he has awesome reception staff who are very good at making it clear that his clients in labour come first while still being polite and calm.

And you know the woman who demand their appointment be on time and that the OB should leave the birth he is attending for it are also the ones who will expect him to be at their side every minute of their labour!

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« Reply #21666 on: June 17, 2013, 04:03:16 AM »
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.

Has anyone ever asked someone who makes that "I'll take my business elsewhere!" or "I won't be back!" statement why exactly they think they're important enough that anyone in the world would care? I'd be curious to hear the answer, though I imagine it'd really come down to the usual boring arrogance. I've always been either an uninvolved bystander or working when I've heard it, so I've never been able to ask.

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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. 

Good lord. And I'm guessing there wasn't even a smidgen of shame or self-awareness to go with that pronouncement.

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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.

The hundred dollar bill nitwits can be the bane of my existence at the library. They get one or more hundred dollar bills and then as far as I can tell their first reaction is that they must immediately come to the library to pay their 75 cent overdue fee. We'll take it if we can manage to give change without too much hassle, but some of them get a bunch of fives, ones and even quarters back. The ones who insist, at least. If we don't have enough tens and twenties, most of the people who "only have a hundred" will miraculously manage to come up with something smaller.

I've had more than one person tell me that their bank gave them the hundred and they just want to break it. Why they didn't request smaller bills from, say, the person who gave them the hundred, who works in the big building full of money, I have no idea. I've never been able to think of a way to ask that wouldn't sound like I was calling the patron a nimrod.

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« Reply #21667 on: June 17, 2013, 08:07:03 AM »
Has anyone ever asked someone who makes that "I'll take my business elsewhere!" or "I won't be back!" statement why exactly they think they're important enough that anyone in the world would care? I'd be curious to hear the answer, though I imagine it'd really come down to the usual boring arrogance. I've always been either an uninvolved bystander or working when I've heard it, so I've never been able to ask.

I've said it, actually. Not because I think my business alone is important enough to matter -- just the opposite, actually. No one's ever going to notice if Shopper X or Shopper Y just stop shopping at the store. They won't know if it's because of some policy the shopper hates, because they moved somewhere else, or whatever. So if there's ever a policy or behavior that's honestly bad enough to make me not willing to shop at that store again, I figure the best thing to do is inform the store exactly that. If you never tell them, they'll have no idea it's because of the policy, and if enough people leave because of it, maybe they'll change it.

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« Reply #21668 on: June 17, 2013, 08:17:00 AM »
I've had more than one person tell me that their bank gave them the hundred and they just want to break it. Why they didn't request smaller bills from, say, the person who gave them the hundred, who works in the big building full of money, I have no idea. I've never been able to think of a way to ask that wouldn't sound like I was calling the patron a nimrod.


You know, I remember reading this (in the converse) as a suggested negotiating tactic for people buying at yard sales - tell them you 'only have' a $5 and a $100 bill, and will they take $5 for this thing they have marked $10 so they won't have to break the $100?

Sadly, I've also seen it work.

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« Reply #21669 on: June 17, 2013, 08:25:44 AM »
PeterM wrote:

"Has anyone ever asked someone who makes that "I'll take my business elsewhere!" or "I won't be back!" statement why exactly they think they're important enough that anyone in the world would care? I'd be curious to hear the answer, though I imagine it'd really come down to the usual boring arrogance. I've always been either an uninvolved bystander or working when I've heard it, so I've never been able to ask."

In a situation where repeat business is an issue, like a restaurant or store, I find such a statement to be more reasonable because it can indeed matter to the business why someone is choosing not to return.  It's often said in a heated moment, but it does carry a certain sense to pay attention to the statement in case there's something about the business that's driving away customers.  It's at the garage sale, where repeat business is functionally irrelevant, that the person so stating comes off looking like a fool, and so if I ever felt the need to comment on the statement in that scenario that's the angle I'd address.

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« Reply #21670 on: June 17, 2013, 09:18:07 AM »
Remember the co-worker who sent me texts late at night, waking me up?

Well, I'd turned my text tone off when I went to bed the other night..only to be jolted awake by my phone ringing at 12:15 a.m. It was co-worker...because I "hadn't answered her texts" that she'd sent me at 11:30 p.m. These were not work related texts, BTW, and nothing important.

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« Reply #21671 on: June 17, 2013, 09:19:41 AM »

I've had more than one person tell me that their bank gave them the hundred and they just want to break it. Why they didn't request smaller bills from, say, the person who gave them the hundred, who works in the big building full of money, I have no idea. I've never been able to think of a way to ask that wouldn't sound like I was calling the patron a nimrod.

I don't get either. MY bank will ask me how I want my money, each and every time. But if not, I'd certainly ask them NOT to give me large bills. Not really all that difficult.

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« Reply #21672 on: June 17, 2013, 09:23:34 AM »
Remember the co-worker who sent me texts late at night, waking me up?

Well, I'd turned my text tone off when I went to bed the other night..only to be jolted awake by my phone ringing at 12:15 a.m. It was co-worker...because I "hadn't answered her texts" that she'd sent me at 11:30 p.m. These were not work related texts, BTW, and nothing important.

Well, if coworker isn't asleep, then of course no one else in the world is asleep.  Who the heck does their sleeping at night anyway?  You should really be more considerate.
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« Reply #21673 on: June 17, 2013, 09:40:36 AM »

I've had more than one person tell me that their bank gave them the hundred and they just want to break it. Why they didn't request smaller bills from, say, the person who gave them the hundred, who works in the big building full of money, I have no idea. I've never been able to think of a way to ask that wouldn't sound like I was calling the patron a nimrod.

My credit union is willing to give me my cash in whatever form I please, be it fifties or rolls of quarters. I think they're hoping you'll say, "Well, since we can't give you change we can waive the fine."
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« Reply #21674 on: June 17, 2013, 09:47:06 AM »
Reminds me of when we went to the zoo in San Diego and two baboons started doing like they do on the Discovery Channel and this little girl goes "Mommy, they're hugging!"

I was at the local zoo at the big cats exhibit, and one of the cats was a rather, umm.....large hanging male who was pacing in front of us. He turned toward the back of the enclosure, (most definitely a he!), and the 6-7ish little girl girl beside me said to her mom, "Look Mommy! He's a girl!!" 

I walked away at that point...  ;D
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