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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22050 on: July 02, 2013, 09:23:39 AM »
There was a case in Phoenix a few years ago of a woman who left her toddler in her car while she went shopping for clothes at a pretty high-end store.  Employees said that she sometimes brought the child in, but couldn't control him; he ran all over the place and got into things.  I guess she thought this was the better solution.

Two things made it even more eye-rolly.   She always brought her little purse puppy in with her, and when she was confronted by police, was very indignant: she was a Montessori teacher!  She knew all about child development and safety!  (She was fired that day, IIRC).

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« Reply #22051 on: July 02, 2013, 09:57:27 AM »
This happened 4 years ago, but every time I think about it, I shake my head.

I took my kitten to the vet to get her last round of shots on a Saturday morning. On Saturdays they're open, but no appointments, it's first come first served. So I had just finished strapping my kitten's carrier into the seat, and was looking at the paperwork the vet had just given me, and this lady whips into the parking spot right next to me, almost hitting my car. My vet's office is in a strip center, and while the parking lot isn't huge, there were plenty of parking spaces, and no reason to park thisclose to somebody else. Then she cracks her door, looks at me with a panicked look on her face, and goes, "I can't get out! I can't open the door!" I just scowl, put my car into reverse and leave. Of course she couldn't get out of her door! She was parked way to close to me! What would she have done if I wasn't leaving?

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« Reply #22052 on: July 02, 2013, 11:07:33 AM »
This happened 4 years ago, but every time I think about it, I shake my head.

I took my kitten to the vet to get her last round of shots on a Saturday morning. On Saturdays they're open, but no appointments, it's first come first served. So I had just finished strapping my kitten's carrier into the seat, and was looking at the paperwork the vet had just given me, and this lady whips into the parking spot right next to me, almost hitting my car. My vet's office is in a strip center, and while the parking lot isn't huge, there were plenty of parking spaces, and no reason to park thisclose to somebody else. Then she cracks her door, looks at me with a panicked look on her face, and goes, "I can't get out! I can't open the door!" I just scowl, put my car into reverse and leave. Of course she couldn't get out of her door! She was parked way to close to me! What would she have done if I wasn't leaving?

Of course she would have backed out and reparked.

And if you hadn't been there, the panicked expression on her face would have gone unseen.

It's just that you _were_ there to make eye contact with, to communicate with, and so that seemed simpler somehow, to speak about her problem.

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« Reply #22053 on: July 02, 2013, 11:35:32 AM »
Well, there's no reason that a 12-year-old couldn't be alone in a parking lot to begin with, so I'm not sure why a 12-year-old couldn't be alone in a car (as long as they can get out... leaving somebody trapped in something is a bad idea whether it's a house or a car, a kid or an adult).  Yes, somebody can break in to a car, but they can also break into a house, etc.  That's assuming that the 12-year-old is of sound mind and has been taught how to recognize reasonable dangers (including, in a car, getting too hot) and knows what to do in emergencies, etc.

Collecting unattended kids at casinos and taking them to the casino daycare, then charging parents the hourly rate to get them back, seems a brilliant idea.  Assuming they check the cars as well, etc.  I'd at least do that for any kid who looks under a certain age, depending on the casino's/state's rules.  If the child is old enough and the casino allows them to be unattended, maybe a system where the parent can check their child in upon arrival and get a sticker that shows that the child is old enough to be unattended in areas where kids are allowed, and all stickerless kids are collected and brought to the daycare.

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« Reply #22054 on: July 02, 2013, 11:45:38 AM »

I have personally witnessed this twice and both times the police were called and someone had to break out a window to get the child out before the police got there.  Both times the parents were arrested. It was easily over 90 degrees outside. Once someone left their child in a car while shopping and the car was stolen out of the parking lot...luckily the thief dropped the baby in a neighboring parking lot, still in the car seat.  The baby was fine and the parent was arrested and given a ticket for leaving the keys in the car with it running (I guess they thought if they had the AC going for the baby it would be alright, but leaving your car running is just screaming for it to be stolen).

Seen this happen with dogs also and people are always shocked that an officer broke out their window.
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There was a horrible case here in Houston 20 years ago. It was after the no kids left in car law was passed but before self pay pumps were invented. A lot of places had a little booth where you were just a couple yards from the car, still outside, but could pay. The Dad had used the pump next to the booth, as many of us do he left the keys in the ignition. When the Dad was paying at the booth - a thief stole the car with the baby in the back seat. The thief realizing there was a kid left the child in the grass on the side of road. The child died from heat and fire ant bites.  The thief was caught and charged with capital murder. The Dad was not charged in that case.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22055 on: July 02, 2013, 12:54:30 PM »
A very loud trio sat near me at a diner today.  :P

"THE SAME DOCTOR THAT DELIVERED ME DELIVERED CODY"
"OH MY DEITY, THAT'S SO COOL"
"YEAH, I GAVE HIM A CROSS STITCH AND MOM SAYS ITS STILL HANGING ON THE WALL OF HIS NEW OFFICE"
"THAT'S HER *SING SONG VOICE* GYYYYYNOOOOO"
"NO HE'S NOT. HE'S THE ONE WHO *CHILDBIRTH TMI*
CALLS ME THE GIRL WITH THE PERFECT ONE. HE LOOKED AT IT RIGHT AFTER THE BIRTH AND DECLARED I HAD A PERFECT ONE."
"IT TOTALLY IS PERFECT. I'VE SEEN IT"
"I WAS NOT EXPECTING IT TO LOOK EXACTLY THE SAME AFTERWARD, BUT IT TOTALLY IS. IT IS PERFECT. MOM HAD TOLD ME THE DAY BEFORE IT MIGHT....*
*stops, realizes everyone is paying attention, attempts to continue conversation in a still too loud whisper*"
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22056 on: July 02, 2013, 01:11:20 PM »
*snicker* did you at least manage to enjoy your meal somewhat?

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« Reply #22057 on: July 02, 2013, 02:59:40 PM »
The teachable snowflake!  ;D

Last weekend, Mr. Dragon and I spent some time in BigCity, seeing the sights and doing some shopping.
Over a late lunch, we were discussing whether or not to go to Costco.
We weren't sure whether or not it would be open (or on reduced hours) because it was Canada Day.

Mr. Dragon pretended to get very Snowflakey and said:

"Well, if it's not open, I'll stamp my foot in the parking lot and throw things!"

My retort was:
"Well, if you do that it would make you a very special snowflake indeed and I'd immediately post it on EHell.
Then the whole interwebs would mock you!"

He thought about it and decided that "the whole interwebs" probably already mocks him  ;D but that he would not be a snowflake.  :) :)

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« Reply #22058 on: July 02, 2013, 04:35:10 PM »
I saw a really amazing one the other day.

I stopped by a local pet store.  On the way in there was a huge standing sign nearly blocking the door.  I thought "how rude!" and then realized the sign warned customers that their debit/credit network was down and all purchases would be CASH ONLY.  I calculated and could still buy what I wanted, so I continued in.

As I was lined up by the till, I noticed another HUGE sign taped by the pinpad saying it was CASH ONLY.  The person ahead of me was totally surprised by this but luckily had enough money to pay.  She's not the special snowflake.

SS came storming in the doors and up to my cashier and said "Your store is the only one in town that carries my pet food, and I have three big dogs waiting in the truck and I'm double parked, you have to accept my Mastercard!" 

The parking lot was EMPTY.  I had rockstar parking and there were few cars around me. NO REASON for her to park right in front of the store doors. I could see her truck there.

The cashier said she was sorry, but they could only take cash.  SS says "I WANT TO SEE A MANAGER!"  Cashier calmly explains that the manager can't help, it's the computers that are down.

Then another customer defuses the situation by saying "Just go to the grocery store across the street, they have an ATM."  The woman sputters a bit and leaves.

I have to admit that once the SS got started I was eagerly anticipating posting here and was kind of disappointed when the situation petered out. :P

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« Reply #22059 on: July 02, 2013, 07:04:34 PM »
This one didn't work out for the SS driver either (actually, that's an understatement but although it's a tragic story, fortunately no one died).

SS driver is a friend's coworker whose job involves driving a company SUV.  He is an SS because he refuses to put down his smartphone while driving, despite numerous warnings and the fact that it's illegal to text and drive in his state.  He's previously been involved in several minor fender benders, but I guess nothing serious enough to get his license pulled or cause his employer to revoke company car privileges (very small company).

So, SS is driving in heavy traffic with a high school summer hire and, as per usual, texting away.  He didn't see traffic come to a halt until too late, and his reaction was to swerve left into the median and guard rail, causing the SUV to flip several times.  From the photos of the SUV, you wouldn't have guessed it was survivable.

The summer hire was able to walk away with only a few minor injuries.  SS is still in the ICU and may or may not be paralyzed, it's too soon to tell.

Another SS driver I worked with walked with a significant and permanent limp due to the effects of several car accidents she was at least partially responsible for.  Her solution to this was to buy the biggest darn truck she could, so that, in her words, *when* (not if, when) she was in the next accident, she would be protected.


Oh my goodness, if I were the summer hire I'd make a point of NEVER getting in a car with that SS ever again.  I do hope his employer revokes all company car driving privileges from that man.

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« Reply #22060 on: July 02, 2013, 07:43:59 PM »
I remember hearing a story years ago about a woman who went to a casino in California during the day and since children weren't allowed in, she left her small child in the car for hours, which of course was fatal for the child.  The woman, iirc, was charged and put in jail.

A friend of mine used to work at a casino. She had to call the cops when, very late at night, a little boy in his jammies wandered in to the casino, crying for his mommy. "Mom" had apparently waited til kid was sleeping, put him in the car, drove to the casino, and left him sleeping in her vehicle in the parking lot so she could gamble.

Wasn't going to post, but during my one and only visit to a casino, I was horrified by the rows of occupied and unattended strollers and baby carriages lining the walls and hallways.  Seriously, you couldn't find a baby sitter?  Or better yet, couldn't just stay home?  I don't mean to sound judgy and self righteous, but gee-mah-nee!

This became a big problem in my state when a casino opened. First, they found children left in cars. Once that was prohibited, the kids would be left in the hallways of the casinos, because they aren't allowing in the rooms where gambling is going on.

The casino is now the big venue for a lot of shows, and I've been there and seen small children left sitting on the hall floor, with a coloring book. But now you can report the child to the casino staff, who take the child and put him/her in their child care facility. And the parent has to pay whatever the per hour fee is to get their child back.

I wish we'd had something like that as public librarians. I only worked as one briefly, but we had to call the cops at least twice because of elementary school aged children who'd been left at the library while their parents took off in the evening, and who didn't come back by closing.

One time my boss caught someone leaving their 5yo in the children's section- mom blithely said, "Oh, he'll be safe here, you can look after him." Boss made it real clear that wasn't happening.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22061 on: July 02, 2013, 09:39:19 PM »
I remember hearing a story years ago about a woman who went to a casino in California during the day and since children weren't allowed in, she left her small child in the car for hours, which of course was fatal for the child.  The woman, iirc, was charged and put in jail.

A friend of mine used to work at a casino. She had to call the cops when, very late at night, a little boy in his jammies wandered in to the casino, crying for his mommy. "Mom" had apparently waited til kid was sleeping, put him in the car, drove to the casino, and left him sleeping in her vehicle in the parking lot so she could gamble.

Wasn't going to post, but during my one and only visit to a casino, I was horrified by the rows of occupied and unattended strollers and baby carriages lining the walls and hallways.  Seriously, you couldn't find a baby sitter?  Or better yet, couldn't just stay home?  I don't mean to sound judgy and self righteous, but gee-mah-nee!

This became a big problem in my state when a casino opened. First, they found children left in cars. Once that was prohibited, the kids would be left in the hallways of the casinos, because they aren't allowing in the rooms where gambling is going on.

The casino is now the big venue for a lot of shows, and I've been there and seen small children left sitting on the hall floor, with a coloring book. But now you can report the child to the casino staff, who take the child and put him/her in their child care facility. And the parent has to pay whatever the per hour fee is to get their child back.

I wish we'd had something like that as public librarians. I only worked as one briefly, but we had to call the cops at least twice because of elementary school aged children who'd been left at the library while their parents took off in the evening, and who didn't come back by closing.

One time my boss caught someone leaving their 5yo in the children's section- mom blithely said, "Oh, he'll be safe here, you can look after him." Boss made it real clear that wasn't happening.
  You're very lucky. Our public library had a policy not to call the cops or CPS when kids are dropped off at opening and not picked up until closing (12 hours with no food available in walking distance). In fact, I applied for a professional job there (behind the scenes) and was rejected because i didn't speak Spanish well enough to deal with the children who, i was told, all librarians -- even the behind the scenes professional staff -- have to deal with all summer long as "free childcare.' Note that this job duty and qualification requirement were not listed anywhere in the ad, listing or job description and if it had been, I never would have applied. As I told them, "I didn't get a master's degree to babysit kids for free." I also told them I didn't understand their policy of not calling the police or CPS. I noted last year that this free "service" had ended and discovered it was because so many patrons had called CPS and the police and the library was reprimanded by the city (huge liability issue).

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22062 on: July 02, 2013, 10:15:31 PM »
Not done reading the thread yet, but I have a little SS sighting from the grocery tonight...

Parents and I had just finished our shop, pulled out of our parking space and were trying to get out of the lot. There was a van blocking the next aisle we had to turn down, and we assumed it was waiting for a car to pull out - we could just barely see some sort of large white vehicle backing out of the space in front of the van. Except large white vehicle pulls out, heads off, and van is not moving.

Van does not actually move until two people come dashing pell-mell out of the store, slow to a snail's pace when they get within three feet of the van, and proceed to spend a good minute and a half getting halfway into the van as slowly as they possibly can, climbing back out to rearrange their purchases, then finally getting ALL the way in, all the while flashing dirty looks at the backed-up traffic waiting to turn down the aisle. Said traffic can't go anywhere because of traffic coming the OTHER way, and pedestrians crossing at the crosswalk in front of the store, so I really don't know what they thought all the cars were going to do.

Seriously, who DOES this??
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« Reply #22063 on: July 02, 2013, 10:38:09 PM »
I saw a very special snowflake recently. DH and the kids and I were driving to the library to return some books. As we were turning onto the street with the book return, there was a group of three teenagers walking down the street toward us. There was also a man standing at the corner waiting to cross the street. As the teenagers approached the man, one of the girls threw garbage on him. Then she did a big exaggerated hands-over-mouth gesture, laughing like "tee-hee, I can't believe I did that! I'm so bad!" DH actually stopped the car he was so shocked. He wanted to get out and ask her what exactly she thought she was doing, but I wouldn't let him since the kids were with us, and who knows what a group of people who throw garbage at other human beings will do.

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« Reply #22064 on: July 02, 2013, 11:53:26 PM »
My sister works in a large (box store) book store. There is a sizable children's section at the back and it's not that unusual for parents to leave their kids there while they wander in other sections of the store.

Enter SS. A mother comes in, parks her two kids (early school age) in the kids' section and is then seen by an employee heading out of the store. A manager is alerted and goes chasing after the mother. Manager caught up to mother in the parking lot and said "You will come back and get your children. They cannot be left unattended." Mother wasn't impressed, complained that she was just going across to big box furniture store waaaaayyyy across the parking lot, but did go back and get her kids. Yay, manager!

As an aside, although the store is well staffed, being a large bookstore, there are many shelves and not always clear line of sight and therefore...hiding places. A couple of years ago, a man was arrested and later convicted of exposing himself to a child in the children's section of the store after she had been left to read there on her own.