News: All new forum theme!  See Forum Announcements for more information. 

  • May 25, 2015, 01:58:56 PM

Login with username, password and session length

Author Topic: Special Snowflake Stories  (Read 6406020 times)

4 Members and 8 Guests are viewing this topic.

White Dragon

  • Formerly St Monica
  • Hero Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 2786
Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22050 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.  :) :)
"I think her scattergun was only loaded with commas and full-stops, although some of them cuddled together for warmth and produced little baby colons and semi-colons." ~ Margo

EMuir

  • Hero Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 1466
Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22051 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

Xandraea

  • Member
  • **
  • Posts: 481
Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22052 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.

Winterlight

  • On the internet, no one can tell you're a dog- arf.
  • Super Hero!
  • ****
  • Posts: 10259
Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22053 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.
If wisdom’s ways you wisely seek,
Five things observe with care,
To whom you speak,
Of whom you speak,
And how, and when, and where.
Caroline Lake Ingalls

Cami

  • Hero Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 1307
Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22054 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).

Liliane

  • Blossoming Pearl Chevalier
  • Member
  • **
  • Posts: 842
    • My tumblr
Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22055 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??
"The wild roses have died, Father, and I know not what to do."


ica171

  • Hero Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 1416
    • Must Add Fabric Softener
Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22056 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.

SingMeAway

  • Member
  • **
  • Posts: 380
  • Formerly Mrs. Mouse
Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22057 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.

kherbert05

  • Super Hero!
  • ****
  • Posts: 10883
    • Trees downed in my yard by Ike and the clean up
Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22058 on: July 03, 2013, 01:15:17 AM »

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).
I love Harris County Libraries policy - It acknowledges that Children have the same rights as adults to be in the library.  But They must follow library rules of behavior. The Library I go to is FULL of kids on holidays, and honestly they are very well behaved. Most of them are also volunteers. They help prepare materials for various programs, shelve books (accuracy checked by librarians), clean up after programs. After seeing stories on here about misbehavior I asked the librarians if they ever had trouble. They said no - because the kids self police. If a new kid comes in and acts up s/he quickly gets told by other kids to stop  because they will mess things up for everyone else. They said maybe once a summer they have to call someone's parents and give them the choice of coming and getting their kid or having the police called. They also don't have straggler kids - they tend to come and go in groups with older kids looking out for younger ones.
[/size]
http://www.hcpl.net/about/problem-behavior-policy

Don't Teach Them For Your Past. Teach Them For Their Future

AuntieA

  • Member
  • **
  • Posts: 475
  • Now a great-Auntie x2!
Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22059 on: July 03, 2013, 02:16:09 AM »
I saw a really special snowflake at one of our outlet store strip malls today. Someone had parked their pickup truck perpendicularly across four handicapped parking spaces. Who does this? And for heaven's sake, why?
I dream of a world where chickens can cross the road without having their motives questioned.

WolfWay

  • They burnt down my house... They ate my tailor!
  • Hero Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 2730
Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22060 on: July 03, 2013, 02:28:43 AM »
I saw a really special snowflake at one of our outlet store strip malls today. Someone had parked their pickup truck perpendicularly across four handicapped parking spaces. Who does this? And for heaven's sake, why?

http://cheezburger.com/6547162368

(bad parker gets parked in by several other annoyed people).
It's best to love your family as you would a Siberian Tiger - from a distance, preferably separated by bars . -- Pearls Before Swine (16-May-2009)

secretrebel

  • Hero Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 1034
Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22061 on: July 03, 2013, 05:52:26 AM »
I met a special snowflake at the dentists. We'll call her First Lady because of her need to be ahead of me.

I was walking to the front door when a woman approached in the other direction and did a little run to get to the door first. Only problem, you have to press a buzzer to be let in and First Lady was fumbling at the handle and pushing at the door until I reached forward and pressed the buzzer. 

We got inside, her ahead of me and approached the reception desk where another customer was at the desk being attended to. First Lady initially got in line behind her, then got out of line and started taking off her hat and coat and hanging them up. I stepped forward then, lining up behind the customer at the counter. The receptionist finished and then turned to me with an enquiring look but before I could say award First Lady bounced up between us and started what sounded like a longer question. It went on for a while and then eventually she was asked to take a seat, I explained  "I'm here for my 9.30 appointment" and also took a seat.

From then on whenever someone was called through (about 3 of us over the next 5 minutes) First Lady kept looking up impatiently hoping ti was her name being called. I was called before she was an wondered if she would jump up and try to take my root canal appointment but alas no, I had that all myself.

It wasn't hugely egregious but I did find her little surges forward each time to be first funny. She didn't look as though she was in agony. I think she just wanted to be first!


Ceallach

  • Hero Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 4933
    • This Is It
Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22062 on: July 03, 2013, 07:23:07 AM »
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.

Seeing as he's in the ICU and a potential paraplegic, I suspect driving privileges from his emoter are the least of his worries!
"Nobody can do everything, but everybody can do something"


Hillia

  • Hero Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 4311
Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22063 on: July 03, 2013, 08:59:32 AM »
Seeing as he's in the ICU and a potential paraplegic, I suspect driving privileges from his emoter are the least of his worries!

I love how autocorrect makes basic communications so much more interesting.  It's an ongoing 'guess the word' game!

            Created by MyFitnessPal.com - Free Weight Loss Tools

TootsNYC

  • A Pillar of the Forum
  • *****
  • Posts: 33031
Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22064 on: July 03, 2013, 09:16:15 AM »
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.

This is not a Special Snowflake.

This is just a [strong language].