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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #21690 on: June 17, 2013, 12:34:18 PM »
I'm the Social Committee rep for my floor in the company, and I often sell raffle tickets and whatnot on behalf of the committee.  These tickets are usually $1 or $3, some small amount.  I've lost count of the number of people who try to give me a twenty and then look bewildered when I say "Um, I don't have enough change, can you please find something smaller?"    I'm not sure where they got the idea that I have a cash drawer hidden at my desk.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #21691 on: June 17, 2013, 12:41:27 PM »
Re: $100 bills and garage sales

I, personally, would never accept a $100 bill from anyone at a garage sale, even if I had lots of change. Or even if I were selling something on Craigslist.  In fact, when I place ads on Craigslist for things, I always write, "Cash only.  No $100's."

$100's are the most counterfeited bills out there.  I'd be extremely suspicious of someone trying to pay for a small item with one of them.

"No bills larger than $20."

I agree that using a $100 to pay for a small price item is a warning sign that they're trying to pass a counterfeit bill. It's exactly the kind of anonymous transaction that can help hide the counterfeiter. It would be interesting to see the reaction if someone said "Sure, I'll take that $100. I'd like to see a photo ID, please."
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #21692 on: June 17, 2013, 12:42:54 PM »
Re: $100 bills and garage sales

I, personally, would never accept a $100 bill from anyone at a garage sale, even if I had lots of change. Or even if I were selling something on Craigslist.  In fact, when I place ads on Craigslist for things, I always write, "Cash only.  No $100's."

$100's are the most counterfeited bills out there.  I'd be extremely suspicious of someone trying to pay for a small item with one of them.

That was my first thought.

POD.  When I last held a yard sale I would not accept $100 bills no matter how much you were buying.  2 people tried it.  Lady handed me it for a $20 bookcase and I said "There is a grocery store exactly 2 miles straight down the street (one block over) - you can't miss it. "  I held it for her for 1/2 hour and she came back with a $20.  Later a young couple came wanting to buy around $25 worth of stuff.  I gave them the same line and they never came back.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #21693 on: June 17, 2013, 12:48:32 PM »
LadyClaire wrote:

"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."

I'd block her number entirely.  If anyone at work complained, I would simply tell them that she keeps sending non-work related texts and calls at late hours.

artk2002 wrote:

"It would be interesting to see the reaction if someone said "Sure, I'll take that $100. I'd like to see a photo ID, please.""

The fridge logic in this is that someone who's knowingly passing counterfeit currency is probably skilled enough to have a fake ID that would pass muster.  I'd rather just say no and not have to deal with any issues.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #21694 on: June 17, 2013, 12:50:09 PM »
LadyClaire wrote:

"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."

I'd block her number entirely.  If anyone at work complained, I would simply tell them that she keeps sending non-work related texts and calls at late hours.

Absolutely. Or assign a silent ringtone to that number.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #21695 on: June 17, 2013, 01:06:04 PM »
LadyClaire wrote:

"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."

I'd block her number entirely.  If anyone at work complained, I would simply tell them that she keeps sending non-work related texts and calls at late hours.

Absolutely. Or assign a silent ringtone to that number.

I did that the next morning, as soon as my head was clear enough to figure it out.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #21696 on: June 17, 2013, 01:09:34 PM »
Well, in a store you would expect to be able to get change for a large bill.  But asking at a yard sale or a craft fair or a flea market if they have change for $100, first thing in the morning?  Either SS or someone trying to pass off a counterfeit.  You might lose a sale if it's just SSness, but you'll lose a lot more, all day long, when you don't have change for $5.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #21697 on: June 17, 2013, 01:54:35 PM »
But even stores might not have enough if it is just opened, or late at night- "we carry no large bills past 10pm" some places post.
Banks and credit unions are truly the best places to get the proper cash. 

my fave yard sales are the "moving, everything must go!"  where they practically pay YOU to take their stuff away!
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Although, there was one time, just last month, when I happened upon a huge yardsale, on a weekday, and I just had to stop and look around, even though I had little cash.

I found a lovely item, a work of art, way above an amount I had on me.  I mentioned where and how it could be used, for educational purposes at a specific location, and the owner said, "that school?  For that age and teacher?  Ya know waht, I bet we can just do a donation on that one!"

So I gave them my card and even more details on where it would be going.

I did a write up on the back and presented it to the teacher a few days later.  The item now has a place of honor in her classroom, and the kids were very happy to receive it.

So, yes, I got it for free, but all the people involved were extra happy about it!

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #21698 on: June 17, 2013, 02:16:41 PM »
Re: $100 bills and garage sales

I, personally, would never accept a $100 bill from anyone at a garage sale, even if I had lots of change. Or even if I were selling something on Craigslist.  In fact, when I place ads on Craigslist for things, I always write, "Cash only.  No $100's."

$100's are the most counterfeited bills out there.  I'd be extremely suspicious of someone trying to pay for a small item with one of them.

I agree!  I sold a car on Craigslist once and when the buyer showed up with 100s, I'm sure they thought I was the SS since I insisted on testing all the bills with a special marker.

There is a way to fool the pens; hairspray. The pen ink won't hit the paper, so it doesn't change.

This lists some things to look for: http://www.secretservice.gov/money_detect.shtml

Also, the ink never dries. You should be able to rub a bill on white paper and see the green ink on the paper. This works well for new bills that haven't gone through the washer in someone's pocket.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #21699 on: June 17, 2013, 03:03:37 PM »
A short PSA...


When testing any money for authenticity, even with the marker, always check the watermark.Make sure the face on the bill matches the face on the watermark. That money, if it was originally a 1 or a 10, and has been bleached to a 100 or a 5 bleached to a 50, the marker will show it as authentic, when in fact it is counterfit.

Also, because counterfitters are using cotton when they are making their fake money, those markers will also not work on them. Always, always, always, check for that water mark.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #21700 on: June 17, 2013, 03:06:55 PM »
RE late calling coworker:  I have my phone set so that between certain hours or while I have certain apps running, only a few select numbers will get through and all the rest go straight to voicemail without ever alerting me.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #21701 on: June 17, 2013, 03:33:01 PM »
Last Wednesday, I had a SS at the DMV.  BG: It is summer, and it is extremely busy here.  The busiest time of the year, with wait times averaging at least an hour.

At one point in the afternoon, a 3 year old starts screaming.  Blood curdling screams.  Coworkers said that I visibly started every time she let one loose.  I didn't say anything although I did notice that the mother was ignoring her (the child would periodically run over to her to scream about her siblings).  I was just trying to work as fast as I could to get everyone out.

Finally, my lead worker asked the mother to please take her child out into the foyer.  Lead worker explained that we would notify her when it was her turn, but that we had people attempting to take driving tests and her child was too disruptive.

The mother's response was that it was our fault: we should set up a play area for children (where?  we have no room) with crayons and coloring books and toys (and who pays for this?) so her children could play.

Another customer yelled: "This isn't day care, lady!"  That made her angrier.  When it was her turn, she pitched a tantrum that put her child to shame.

The next day, I had customers return (they couldn't take the noise any more) to complete their business.  One test taker came back with ear plugs.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #21702 on: June 17, 2013, 04:11:30 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.)

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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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #21703 on: June 17, 2013, 04:12:42 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.  ::)

That's horrifying, but the happy(?) couple should have maintained their spines. 

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #21704 on: June 17, 2013, 04:23:52 PM »

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The mother's response was that it was our fault: we should set up a play area for children (where?  we have no room) with crayons and coloring books and toys (and who pays for this?) so her children could play.


As a mother of five (yes they are all mine) I make sure we take crayons (or colored pencils), coloring books or blank paper, and a book or two for reading when we venture out to places where there might be a wait. I don't expect anyone else to "entertain" my children :)

That being said, if we go to a place that has a designated kid area, they are not allowed to touch anything b/c I'm kind of a germaphobe!