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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22080 on: July 03, 2013, 08:46:14 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.


Aaaaaaand this: http://www.queenofwands.net/d/20031205.html is all I can think about now.

Warning for naughty word.

I miss that strip SO much.

off topic but there is now a sequel. Warning: Bad words ahoy. http://punchanpie.keenspot.com/daily/20070222.html

It got so randomly updated that I stopped following it.  And Angela is no Kestrel.  :P
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22081 on: July 03, 2013, 08:49:18 PM »
This is a sign which all stores should invest in: http://www.theburlapbag.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/kazoo-1024x908.jpg

There are other versions... "All unattended children will be given an espresso and a puppy," "all unattended children will be sold to the circus," and my favourite, "all unattended children will be given to the goblin king".

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22082 on: July 03, 2013, 09:06:05 PM »
I pinned that one QoW comic and my bff repinned it, she liked it so much. :):):)  She works in a pharmacy that like many has a toy section which she's responsible for.  And while she hasn't told me of any parents leaving their darling ones and going to other stores, she has complained that they do tend to just dump their kids in the toy section while they go looking in other parts of the store while their darlings mess up the toys.  ::)

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22083 on: July 03, 2013, 09:21:21 PM »
Oi. One of my nanny friends had a boss who, when nanny suggested that the kids needed some new toys (educational, age-appropriate, etc.), told nanny to take the kids to the toy store and let them play with the toys, but not buy any.

Nanny refused.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22084 on: July 03, 2013, 11:05:55 PM »
My daughter, now 20, could not be left in the toy section of any store, because she insisted on putting everything in its place, and organizing it. Unfortunately, that tendency did not (and does not now) extend to her room at home.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22085 on: July 03, 2013, 11:26:05 PM »
My daughter, now 20, could not be left in the toy section of any store, because she insisted on putting everything in its place, and organizing it. Unfortunately, that tendency did not (and does not now) extend to her room at home.

My son is the same way! SIL expressed concern about OCD; however he sure does like to throw stuff around his room, mix salt and pepper on the kitchen floor then dance about it tribal style.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22086 on: July 04, 2013, 10:19:27 AM »
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.


Aaaaaaand this: http://www.queenofwands.net/d/20031205.html is all I can think about now.

Warning for naughty word.

I miss that strip SO much.

off topic but there is now a sequel. Warning: Bad words ahoy. http://punchanpie.keenspot.com/daily/20070222.html

It got so randomly updated that I stopped following it.  And Angela is no Kestrel.  :P

I liked Angela in QoW, but I didn't really enjoy P&P much.  Kestral sometimes shows up in S*P, but it's just not the same.  :-(

One of the things I liked about QoW is the same thing I like about Questionable Content, watching the art evolve over time.  If you look at Jeph's art from the beginning of QC and look at it now, it's absolutely amazing.  You can see the artist getting better and better if you start at the beginning of QoW or QC.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22087 on: July 04, 2013, 11:19:25 AM »
That is a pretty hippie name for a military pet.  My dad was in the field artillery - our pets tended to have names like Howitzer.

Haha, hubby tried to name our bulldog "Tank".
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22088 on: July 04, 2013, 01:18:33 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.

I worked in a bookstore once where a number of aisles were set across the width of the store, rather than along the length, and the checkout was at the front of the store. The manga (some of which were somewhat adult in storyline) were at the wall end of one of these aisles.  One day I walked down the center of the store, just checking things over, and discovered a young teen boy in front of the manga shelves, his back to me. He was on his knees, and seemed to be rocking... rhythmically... and intensely.
I decided I didn't get paid enough to deal with what might be going on, so I went back to the desk. There was no one else in the store, and no one came in until after he left. I did report the incident to my manager, and on my next shift, the manga was on a display rack in clear line of sight from the cash register, as well the front entrance.

On another occasion, my manager once had to deal with a young girl - four, at a guess - who appeared to be with someone who had a booth at a weekend craft show in the mall, just outside our entrance. She'd wander through, throw the books around, demand to use the bathroom (which my manager gave in to, because she  didn't trust the kid not to make a human-waste mess in the kids corner if denied), came out of the bathroom with smeary hands... and the adult who was in charge of this child did nothing. My manager was the only employee in the store, so she couldn't deal with the child without leaving the store unattended...

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22089 on: July 04, 2013, 07:36:12 PM »
I nominate my husband's once-good friend, who was the best man at my wedding. Afterwards he started to draw away, as we were in a different point of our lives than he was. We do still see him several times a year and the guys are friendly. Understandable and not snowflakey.

What is SS about him? Well he posted on Facebook that he needed mailing addresses for wedding invites. I sent him DH and my address, he wrote back gushing about how glad he was we could come, how he's missed us, hopes the kids are great etc. Guy lives a 5 minute drive from my house and works a half mile away.

So today he shared a post on his wall. The post was originally his fiancée's post, and it essentially says "if you want a wedding invite come to my tattoo shop and pick one up, they are on the counter". Yes. He couldn't post it himself, he shared the post for aaall his FB friends who may potentially want to go pick up an invite. If we want the information we have to go to his fiancée's place of business and grab one, like some picnic flyer. Just seems strange and awkward to me! And not even a pm to pretend at some personal invitation to come to his wedding? Strange. Kinda wondering how many random tattoo customers with no other connection to the couple are going to show up for free cake.

Update to this:
Apparently not many people showed up to get their invitations. They made a Facebook invite for all that states we have to bring money if we want food, and there will be a wishing well as the couple is saving for a new Harley. And we are all allowed to invite other people because the more the merrier, they just want a fun party.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22090 on: July 04, 2013, 07:55:57 PM »
I nominate my husband's once-good friend, who was the best man at my wedding. Afterwards he started to draw away, as we were in a different point of our lives than he was. We do still see him several times a year and the guys are friendly. Understandable and not snowflakey.

What is SS about him? Well he posted on Facebook that he needed mailing addresses for wedding invites. I sent him DH and my address, he wrote back gushing about how glad he was we could come, how he's missed us, hopes the kids are great etc. Guy lives a 5 minute drive from my house and works a half mile away.

So today he shared a post on his wall. The post was originally his fiancée's post, and it essentially says "if you want a wedding invite come to my tattoo shop and pick one up, they are on the counter". Yes. He couldn't post it himself, he shared the post for aaall his FB friends who may potentially want to go pick up an invite. If we want the information we have to go to his fiancée's place of business and grab one, like some picnic flyer. Just seems strange and awkward to me! And not even a pm to pretend at some personal invitation to come to his wedding? Strange. Kinda wondering how many random tattoo customers with no other connection to the couple are going to show up for free cake.

Update to this:
Apparently not many people showed up to get their invitations. They made a Facebook invite for all that states we have to bring money if we want food, and there will be a wishing well as the couple is saving for a new Harley. And we are all allowed to invite other people because the more the merrier, they just want a fun party.


Absolutely appalling.  They won't even be bothered to mail out real invitations (they expected people to come pick up their own invitation?!), yet want people to bring money to feed themselves, more money for the couple's new Harley, and more people (to bring more money and more money).  Outrageous.  Even if I were on FB to see this catastrophe of etiquette, I'd be declining and running far in the opposite direction.  Yeesh.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22091 on: July 04, 2013, 08:47:52 PM »
My daughter, now 20, could not be left in the toy section of any store, because she insisted on putting everything in its place, and organizing it. Unfortunately, that tendency did not (and does not now) extend to her room at home.

Apparently when I was a toddler, I wandered over to a shoe store and began straightening all the shoes on display.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22092 on: July 04, 2013, 08:50:54 PM »
I nominate my husband's once-good friend, who was the best man at my wedding. Afterwards he started to draw away, as we were in a different point of our lives than he was. We do still see him several times a year and the guys are friendly. Understandable and not snowflakey.

What is SS about him? Well he posted on Facebook that he needed mailing addresses for wedding invites. I sent him DH and my address, he wrote back gushing about how glad he was we could come, how he's missed us, hopes the kids are great etc. Guy lives a 5 minute drive from my house and works a half mile away.

So today he shared a post on his wall. The post was originally his fiancée's post, and it essentially says "if you want a wedding invite come to my tattoo shop and pick one up, they are on the counter". Yes. He couldn't post it himself, he shared the post for aaall his FB friends who may potentially want to go pick up an invite. If we want the information we have to go to his fiancée's place of business and grab one, like some picnic flyer. Just seems strange and awkward to me! And not even a pm to pretend at some personal invitation to come to his wedding? Strange. Kinda wondering how many random tattoo customers with no other connection to the couple are going to show up for free cake.

Update to this:
Apparently not many people showed up to get their invitations. They made a Facebook invite for all that states we have to bring money if we want food, and there will be a wishing well as the couple is saving for a new Harley. And we are all allowed to invite other people because the more the merrier, they just want a fun party.


Absolutely appalling.  They won't even be bothered to mail out real invitations (they expected people to come pick up their own invitation?!), yet want people to bring money to feed themselves, more money for the couple's new Harley, and more people (to bring more money and more money).  Outrageous.  Even if I were on FB to see this catastrophe of etiquette, I'd be declining and running far in the opposite direction.  Yeesh.
To be honest I am starting to get a little horrified; at first it was funny but now....And I know that HE at least KNOWS better. She is old enough (about 40 years old) to know better. So I don't know where this is coming from.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22093 on: July 05, 2013, 06:23:06 AM »
My daughter, now 20, could not be left in the toy section of any store, because she insisted on putting everything in its place, and organizing it. Unfortunately, that tendency did not (and does not now) extend to her room at home.

My son is the same way! SIL expressed concern about OCD; however he sure does like to throw stuff around his room, mix salt and pepper on the kitchen floor then dance about it tribal style.

I did that too.  I also organised clothing racks by sizes and occasionally shoes.  ::)  My bedroom was also sort of messy though.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22094 on: July 05, 2013, 08:23:21 AM »
I would let my kids go into the toy department, but the rules were they had to stay together. If one had to use the restroom, they all went. There was no messing around, and no asking for stuff. If they took something off the shelf, they were to put it back where they got it from.

We went and found them one day in the toys, and my daughter says, she was probably 6 or 7, that a little kid just started throwing things on the floor, and after he left, the 3 of mine, helped the associate pick up the mess. 

From the time my kids were little, I would make them pick up random things off the floor, and at least put them on the nearest shelf. I wanted them to realize just what someone in retail has to go through.

Before it was required to shrink wrap a pallet of merchandise to move it off the floor, an associate moving one had it fall across the floor. There was probably 4 all together cleaning up the scattered product. The co-manager said his mom would have stopped and had him help pick it up, and I laughed and said I would have made my kids help as well.