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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22140 on: July 09, 2013, 11:10:22 AM »
I can't imagine the mother even THINKING of leaving a bunch of kids (a couple of which were not even HERS!!) in the hospital room of someone in labor.  What?  Did she adopt all her own kids and doesn't have a clue what labor and delivery are like? 

I'm also amazed that the hospital staff didn't turn them around at the door and send them home -- immediately.  I honestly don't think our hospital would have tolerated this for a minute!

Your poor friend.  Hope all goes well for her and that her baby comes into the world quietly and with the privacy this family deserves.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22141 on: July 09, 2013, 11:14:10 AM »
Speaking of dogs in inappropriate places, a while back my husband arrived at his office and smelt an unmistakeable odor in the air.  Turns out that a co-worker had brought his dog into the office the night before and let the dog just run around doing whatever while he was working.  The dog did its business on the carpet, and the co-worker either didn't notice or didn't care.

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« Reply #22142 on: July 09, 2013, 11:40:18 AM »
When I first started working in my current office, we had a woman that was an admin assistant for a executive. She was extremely SS, refused to ever participate in any event thrown by employees, but would get her feelings hurt if we didn't have a birthday party for her. She had calamity after calamity happen outside work and started bringing her poodle into work. It was never approved, but she kept doing it, in between leave periods, until finally the administration made her leave a permanent situation.

Her dog would bark often, and it was very loud even with the door shut.

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« Reply #22143 on: July 09, 2013, 11:41:10 AM »
At my dad's workplace, people were allowed to bring their dogs in. The dogs behaved well, everyone was happy. Then one day an order came down from on high banning all non-service pets from the building. Dad was told that somebody's dog had left messes all down the main hall over the weekend. The owner, whoever it was, hadn't bothered to clean up any of it- it was left for maintence to deal with. The building head's assistant was chummy with maintence, so the word made it to boss in no short order. One jerk wrecked it for everyone.
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« Reply #22144 on: July 09, 2013, 11:48:56 AM »
Our SS neighbors.   >:(

We had a group of adults (at least two men and two women) and kids (at least two) move in across the street back in April. One of them runs a daycare out of her 2 bedroom, 1200 sq feet townhouse. This wouldn't affect us, but the parents have to park in front of her unit, and they double park nearly every day during the highest traffic times for the residents.

The group of adults likes to hang out in front of their garage in their underwear. They like to talk loudly outside (while in their underwear) on their mobile phones from 10 PM to 1 AM every night. They like to eat fast food while outside in their underwear talking on the phone, then leave the mess where it is, and it blows across to all the neighbors. Little things like empty ketchup packets up to large bags and packaging. Every morning, I find more and more garbage in the street.  ::)

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« Reply #22145 on: July 09, 2013, 11:50:57 AM »
Came across 2 of the biggest snowflakes in history last night. My best friend went into labor with her first child last night. Her niece (16yo) had previously asked BF if she could be at the hospital when the baby was born and BF said yes to her but not to any of the younger nieces/nephews. DN walks into the hospital room last night with her 2 friends, her younger sister (13yo) and brother (12yo). Their mom did not come in. She dropped these 5 kids off to stay the night with BF in labor while she went home to sleep. When BF's twin sister called and told her to come back and get the kids, she pitched a major fit saying she was too tired to drive back up there and get the kids. The kids started arguing and it was agitating BF so I kicked them all out of the room. BF sighed a big Thank You. When I went back this morning to check on BF before work, the kids were back in the room, asleep on the couches, floor and window sill - their mom still had not shown up to get the kids.

The other snowflake was the 13yo DN demanding to be allowed to stay in the room during delivery. BF's DH finally lost his temper and told her "You weren't there when we made this baby, you won't be there when she's born!!" A few more foot stomps and arguments but she finally left to pout in the waiting room.

BF is begging for a C-section just so it will be over and everybody will go home.  :-\


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 :o Where are you located? My hospital would not allow children into the maternity ward with the exception of soon-to-be siblings. Other than medical personnel, only the father and one other person designated by the mother were allowed in the delivery room. More people could visit in the recovery room, but only the father could stay overnight. And the room certainly didn't have couches for people to hang out!
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« Reply #22146 on: July 09, 2013, 12:04:08 PM »
Came across 2 of the biggest snowflakes in history last night. My best friend went into labor with her first child last night. Her niece (16yo) had previously asked BF if she could be at the hospital when the baby was born and BF said yes to her but not to any of the younger nieces/nephews. DN walks into the hospital room last night with her 2 friends, her younger sister (13yo) and brother (12yo). Their mom did not come in. She dropped these 5 kids off to stay the night with BF in labor while she went home to sleep. When BF's twin sister called and told her to come back and get the kids, she pitched a major fit saying she was too tired to drive back up there and get the kids. The kids started arguing and it was agitating BF so I kicked them all out of the room. BF sighed a big Thank You. When I went back this morning to check on BF before work, the kids were back in the room, asleep on the couches, floor and window sill - their mom still had not shown up to get the kids.

The other snowflake was the 13yo DN demanding to be allowed to stay in the room during delivery. BF's DH finally lost his temper and told her "You weren't there when we made this baby, you won't be there when she's born!!" A few more foot stomps and arguments but she finally left to pout in the waiting room.

BF is begging for a C-section just so it will be over and everybody will go home.  :-\


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If they are still there have all the kids call their parents they have average travel time from their home to hospital - 10 minutes to pick up the kids or the cops will be called and the children turned over as abandoned and the parents can deal with CPS to get the kids back. You would be amazed how fast that gets lazy cell donors to move.

Why in the world did someone not call the friends' parents and tell them their children were dropped off unsupervised in the maternity ward? There is a good chance they think those kids are at the home of their friend.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22147 on: July 09, 2013, 12:04:46 PM »
When I was a child, the school nurse had a large dog that she brought to work. It wasn't approved, but even if it was, I don't think it's remotely appropriate to have a pet in a nurse's office with sick children. There were complaints, of course, but this woman was so SS that she would turn up late to work so no other staff would see her arrive, and bring the dog in anyway. Clearly they had a problem with hiring someone new, although I don't know why.

Us students were aware of the problem. Those of us who were unfortunate enough to have dog allergies (more common than you'd think, it turns out) would have trouble approaching the nurse for anything. She always dismissed any requests to perhaps not be standing next to a large, fluffy, allergy-causing animal as, "oh, he's not bothering anyone!" despite being told that he very much was just by being present. One girl in my year couldn't walk directly past this woman's office and had to take a detour just because the presence of dog hair alone was enough to set her off, so strong were her allergies.

Usually we'd just convince a friend to feign illness and transfer the bandaids, aspirin, etc. to us afterwards. This involved fake tablet-swallowing in front of this nurse, and an almost black market-level of trade of medical goods, not to mention very poor first aid done by children on other children, attempting to copy what they'd seen the nurse do. Whenever I see prison films where they trade with cigarettes, I know just what it's like.

This SS woman put her dog in front of the very children she was hired to care for. And caused a lot of unnecessary unsafe and medically-unsound activity in the school.

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« Reply #22148 on: July 09, 2013, 12:05:17 PM »
I'm also wondering what the heck kind of hospital this is.  I've never been to a maternity ward where children who weren't the patient's were even allowed in the labor room.  Let alone a group of children alone, unsupervised, just dropped off and left to fend for themselves.  Where on earth were the nurses during this time?

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« Reply #22149 on: July 09, 2013, 12:33:59 PM »
Came across 2 of the biggest snowflakes in history last night. My best friend went into labor with her first child last night. Her niece (16yo) had previously asked BF if she could be at the hospital when the baby was born and BF said yes to her but not to any of the younger nieces/nephews. DN walks into the hospital room last night with her 2 friends, her younger sister (13yo) and brother (12yo). Their mom did not come in. She dropped these 5 kids off to stay the night with BF in labor while she went home to sleep. When BF's twin sister called and told her to come back and get the kids, she pitched a major fit saying she was too tired to drive back up there and get the kids. The kids started arguing and it was agitating BF so I kicked them all out of the room. BF sighed a big Thank You. When I went back this morning to check on BF before work, the kids were back in the room, asleep on the couches, floor and window sill - their mom still had not shown up to get the kids.

The other snowflake was the 13yo DN demanding to be allowed to stay in the room during delivery. BF's DH finally lost his temper and told her "You weren't there when we made this baby, you won't be there when she's born!!" A few more foot stomps and arguments but she finally left to pout in the waiting room.

BF is begging for a C-section just so it will be over and everybody will go home.  :-\


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 :o Where are you located? My hospital would not allow children into the maternity ward with the exception of soon-to-be siblings. Other than medical personnel, only the father and one other person designated by the mother were allowed in the delivery room. More people could visit in the recovery room, but only the father could stay overnight. And the room certainly didn't have couches for people to hang out!

This.  I have never heard of a hospital allowing this, ESPECIALLY in the maternity ward.  And couches?

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« Reply #22150 on: July 09, 2013, 12:55:53 PM »
Came across 2 of the biggest snowflakes in history last night. My best friend went into labor with her first child last night. Her niece (16yo) had previously asked BF if she could be at the hospital when the baby was born and BF said yes to her but not to any of the younger nieces/nephews. DN walks into the hospital room last night with her 2 friends, her younger sister (13yo) and brother (12yo). Their mom did not come in. She dropped these 5 kids off to stay the night with BF in labor while she went home to sleep. When BF's twin sister called and told her to come back and get the kids, she pitched a major fit saying she was too tired to drive back up there and get the kids. The kids started arguing and it was agitating BF so I kicked them all out of the room. BF sighed a big Thank You. When I went back this morning to check on BF before work, the kids were back in the room, asleep on the couches, floor and window sill - their mom still had not shown up to get the kids.

The other snowflake was the 13yo DN demanding to be allowed to stay in the room during delivery. BF's DH finally lost his temper and told her "You weren't there when we made this baby, you won't be there when she's born!!" A few more foot stomps and arguments but she finally left to pout in the waiting room.

BF is begging for a C-section just so it will be over and everybody will go home.  :-\


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 :o Where are you located? My hospital would not allow children into the maternity ward with the exception of soon-to-be siblings. Other than medical personnel, only the father and one other person designated by the mother were allowed in the delivery room. More people could visit in the recovery room, but only the father could stay overnight. And the room certainly didn't have couches for people to hang out!

This.  I have never heard of a hospital allowing this, ESPECIALLY in the maternity ward.  And couches?

We are in Texas and the hospital has a maternity suite - your entire stay is in one big room so there is a sleeper sofa for Dad and lots of room. Last night's nurse did say something at one point about the extra people but she didn't make anybody leave. Grandma kept the kids occupied in the waiting room as much as she could but there were 3 other families in there and it was crowded. The day nurse for today was awesome - as soon as she walked in and saw the kids she said they had to go cause they were about to start rockin' n' rollin! She definitely was not afraid to step on toes or hurt feelings.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22151 on: July 09, 2013, 02:42:58 PM »


This is a huge pet peeve of mine.  In my area, people take advantage of the law and every dog apparently is a "service dog".  When I see them in Macy's, it bugs me, but I can ignore it.  But when I see people walking their dogs in the grocery store, YUCK!  And yes, I'm 99% sure most of these dogs are not service dogs. I have worked with dog trainers and rescue groups.  I can spot a well-trained dog. 

Many of these animals are 'therapy dogs'...that is, someone has decided that having the animal around constantly is in some way therapeutic for this person. The movement started legitimately, with therapists recognizing the human-animal bond's potential for soothing people with social anxiety, and for grounding people with issues with reality testing. I think most of us who have pets have experienced relief from anxiety, worries and sorrow while interacting with our pets. But a great many people have generalized that into a need to carry a pet around wherever they go.  While their issues may or may not meet the criteria for a mental disorder,  many of these people have difficulties relating to other humans, so that the stores are reluctant to engage in an argument with them about their therapy monkey, parrot or pot-bellied pig.

However, if the store IS willing to engage, there are specific legal definitions of 'service animal'. Basically the animal must be trained to perform a specific function, and the owner must be incapable of performing that function for himself. Seeing Eye dog, check. A service monkey assisting a person with quadroplegia, check.  The kitten you just got at the Humane Society? Nope. Not even if it makes you feel happy to pet its soft fur.  It is not trained to do anything, AND it's hard to meet the burden of proof that you absolutely cannot soothe yourself without petting this particular cat. Lawsuits have been won on this point, and it's legal for stores, airlines and other public accommodations to demand documentation of the animal's training before permitting it on the premises.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22152 on: July 09, 2013, 02:43:06 PM »
Why didn't Grandma drive the kids home?  That seems like the logical thing to do if their mother is too lazy to do it.

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« Reply #22153 on: July 09, 2013, 02:59:04 PM »
Last night at a book signing, there were quite a few SS's around. 

First, I thought the bookstore that arranged the signing was a bit SS.  They gave almost no details about the actual signing out, so most of the people I talked to didn't realize that they had to buy a copy of the book at one particular bookstore, but that the signing would be in a different city (granted, the cities are both part of the greater metro area, but still...it's a weird detail to leave out!).  When I tried asking the staff at the bookstore for some more information, I was given a piece of paper with the comment, "Here's everything you need to know!" and the salesperson walked off. 

Second, the details that we were given said something to the effect of "the author will sign all copies of *book that just came out* and one other item".  Apparently this was a challenge and some people were showing up with stacks of 8-12 copies of the book that just came out!  After seeing some of the stacks, I wasn't surprised when the author mentioned he'd been up until 3 am at the last signing. 

The last SS I saw before leaving actually was heard before I saw it.  Throughout the author's reading and Q&A session, there was what sounded like a husky talking in the theater.  The author had mentioned that his dog was backstage, so that's what I assumed was the noise.  Turned out someone had the worst trained "service dog" ever at the signing.  It was a husky, wearing a service vest.  The husky talked, tried to make friends with people by shoving its nose into their faces, and was barely leash trained, since it was towing the owner down the aisle!  The guy holding the husky's leash didn't apologize to anyone for his ill-trained dog.  Someone said something (I was a few rows away and didn't hear what) and the guy responded by flipping the other person off. 

That was the point at which I left.  I really wanted to meet the author, but I really didn't want to spend the time needed (or deal with the SS people!).  They had stacks of signed books out front that you could exchange your book for, and I ended up doing that.

I was there too!! I saw that husky on my way in, laying down behaving itself at that time, and I thought, "What a beautiful dog!" .. I was sitting all the way across the place and could hear it barking later, and figured it had limited patience, was bored and uncomfortable in the heat (I know I was uncomfortable .. the first gasp of air was so welcome after spending over 4 hours in there!).  What a SS the guy was though to not have control over the dog and to be rude to those who suggested he should have.  As soon as it started making noise he should have removed it from the theater if he couldn't get it under control.  It's a real disservice to a service dog to not train it to deal with all situations.

I was impressed how many people stayed in their seats and chatted with those nearby while waiting for the ages it took to file all those people through the line.  They did bring out a fan to aim at the line on the stairs, which made that brief part of the wait a bit more tolerable, but it was a long wait.  I was with my cousin who was so very excited to meet him so I waited with her and it was a treat getting the few moments close to him, but it was a relief to get out of there after that.

He said there were 3x the people at the signing the night before .. one item per person in that case would be more than enough, but wow.. a dozen copies of the same book from one fan? I wonder how many will end up on ebay :/

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« Reply #22154 on: July 09, 2013, 03:27:37 PM »
SS-Announcements-Don't Apply-To-Me.

We have signs posted on our doors and throughout the office, but we have also taken to making announcements towards the end of the day.  It is summer here at the DMV and it is crazy busy.  We lock the doors at 5pm, but we still wait on everyone who is in the lobby.  We have 2 announcements: (1) We are locking the door at 5 pm, and there will be absolutely no admittance into the office once it is locked.  If you need something in your car, go get it now.  (2) We do not hand out tests after 4:30 pm.  If you need to take a test, come up to the person making the announcement so we can get you started NOW on your test.

First announcements are at 4:30.  Repeated at 4:45 (except that it is now too late to start a test).  Repeated at 4:55.  Doors locked at 5.

So, last week, woman tries to slide into the office as someone exits.  The customer leaving even tries to block her entrance because he has heard the announcements several times.  Finally the floor supervisor goes to the door.  The woman went outside to smoke a cigarette, but now she wants back in.  She was here before 5 pm.  "If you were here before 5," super says, "you heard me announce that I would not let anyone back in even if you had been present before."  Oh, yes, she heard it, but she really needed a smoke.

Last night, at 5:15, I call the next to the last customer up.  He needs to take a test to get a chauffeur's announcement.  Didn't he hear the announcement that he was too late?  Yes, but he really needed it.  He had to be in court first thing in the morning with a chauffeur's license or he was going to jail. 

The answer to both was no.  If we make an announcement that says you can't do A or B, that means no A or B.  If you absolutely have to have a smoke, come up and say something!  If I know what you are doing, then I will make arrangements.  It is the making a unilateral decision and trying to get us to abide by your decision that drives me nuts.

And, sir, the one who needed the chauffeur's license?  I doubt that you received your court summons at 4:55 pm and rushed over to us.  You have known for a while that you needed this, and I refuse to scramble to rectify your poor planning.
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