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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22380 on: July 22, 2013, 07:39:25 PM »
Alamo Drafthouse will kick you out for using your cell phone period

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1L3eeC2lJZs (language caution)


"Magnited State of America" >:D

One of the things I miss most (along with HEB grocery stores) about Austin. We went almost every week and I've seen them escort out unruly patrons.

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« Reply #22381 on: July 22, 2013, 08:00:21 PM »
Alamo Drafthouse will kick you out for using your cell phone period

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1L3eeC2lJZs (language caution)


"Magnited State of America" >:D

One of the things I miss most (along with HEB grocery stores) about Austin. We went almost every week and I've seen them escort out unruly patrons.

We got the first one outside of TX here.  I have to say they do seem to run a tight ship.  We went to see Despicable Me 2 last weekend - herds of kids, but the only sound I heard from the audience (other than laughter) after the movie started was "She's gonna say it!" and then "awww" when she did.  It enhanced the experience.

(If you've seen the movie, you will know what I mean.  Details omitted because it would be a spoiler)
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22382 on: July 22, 2013, 11:17:34 PM »
SS neighbor story about family friends (let's call them the Smiths): The Smiths have a pool, one of those screened hot tub gazebos and a  fence in their backyard. The Smiths have some odd neighbors behind them, the Green family.

Whenever the Smiths go swimming, the Greens parked themselves at the fence to watch. It was very creepy to the Smiths. Not to mention that the Greens had enough room in their yard / enough to entertain themselves with that this was unnecessary. After the Smiths put in the hot tub gazebo, the Greens put their outdoor glider right behind the gazebo, less than one foot from it. So the Smiths finally set up a barrier, in addition to the fence that was already there. Now the Greens are being vocal about it's unfair they don't a view into the Smith yard anymore.

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« Reply #22383 on: July 22, 2013, 11:21:45 PM »
SS neighbor story about family friends (let's call them the Smiths): The Smiths have a pool, one of those screened hot tub gazebos and a  fence in their backyard. The Smiths have some odd neighbors behind them, the Green family.

Whenever the Smiths go swimming, the Greens parked themselves at the fence to watch. It was very creepy to the Smiths. Not to mention that the Greens had enough room in their yard / enough to entertain themselves with that this was unnecessary. After the Smiths put in the hot tub gazebo, the Greens put their outdoor glider right behind the gazebo, less than one foot from it. So the Smiths finally set up a barrier, in addition to the fence that was already there. Now the Greens are being vocal about it's unfair they don't a view into the Smith yard anymore.
ewwww that's just odd
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« Reply #22384 on: July 23, 2013, 02:51:54 AM »
SS neighbor story about family friends (let's call them the Smiths): The Smiths have a pool, one of those screened hot tub gazebos and a  fence in their backyard. The Smiths have some odd neighbors behind them, the Green family.

Whenever the Smiths go swimming, the Greens parked themselves at the fence to watch. It was very creepy to the Smiths. Not to mention that the Greens had enough room in their yard / enough to entertain themselves with that this was unnecessary. After the Smiths put in the hot tub gazebo, the Greens put their outdoor glider right behind the gazebo, less than one foot from it. So the Smiths finally set up a barrier, in addition to the fence that was already there. Now the Greens are being vocal about it's unfair they don't a view into the Smith yard anymore.

Creepy. That's really weird.

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« Reply #22385 on: July 23, 2013, 10:10:44 AM »
SS neighbor story about family friends (let's call them the Smiths): The Smiths have a pool, one of those screened hot tub gazebos and a  fence in their backyard. The Smiths have some odd neighbors behind them, the Green family.

Whenever the Smiths go swimming, the Greens parked themselves at the fence to watch. It was very creepy to the Smiths. Not to mention that the Greens had enough room in their yard / enough to entertain themselves with that this was unnecessary. After the Smiths put in the hot tub gazebo, the Greens put their outdoor glider right behind the gazebo, less than one foot from it. So the Smiths finally set up a barrier, in addition to the fence that was already there. Now the Greens are being vocal about it's unfair they don't a view into the Smith yard anymore.

Creepy. That's really weird.

It is, but I'm betting they figured if they stared long enough, the Smiths would get tired and simply invite them over to partake in the pool, hot tub, etc. That's my theory anywya.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22386 on: July 23, 2013, 10:17:10 AM »
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Avid campers and backpackers who practice leave-no-trace ethics are running headlong into people who defile pristine areas.

Some people do not seem to know any better, come from a culture where this behavior is tolerated or simply choose not to do the right thing and do not fear enforcement from rangers or outrage by fellow campers.

The story is about people who have no problem leaving "used toilet paper, trash and human waste" along trails and in hike-in campsites.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22387 on: July 23, 2013, 10:20:17 AM »
SS neighbor story about family friends (let's call them the Smiths): The Smiths have a pool, one of those screened hot tub gazebos and a  fence in their backyard. The Smiths have some odd neighbors behind them, the Green family.

Whenever the Smiths go swimming, the Greens parked themselves at the fence to watch. It was very creepy to the Smiths. Not to mention that the Greens had enough room in their yard / enough to entertain themselves with that this was unnecessary. After the Smiths put in the hot tub gazebo, the Greens put their outdoor glider right behind the gazebo, less than one foot from it. So the Smiths finally set up a barrier, in addition to the fence that was already there. Now the Greens are being vocal about it's unfair they don't a view into the Smith yard anymore.

Creepy. That's really weird.

It is, but I'm betting they figured if they stared long enough, the Smiths would get tired and simply invite them over to partake in the pool, hot tub, etc. That's my theory anywya.

Yup, me too.  I wonder if they climb over the fence when the Smiths go on vacation.

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« Reply #22388 on: July 23, 2013, 10:37:23 AM »
If I had neighbours like that, it wouldn't take me long to plant a bamboo hedge!
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22389 on: July 23, 2013, 10:58:53 AM »
If I had neighbours like that, it wouldn't take me long to plant a bamboo hedge!

With sharp, pointy ends up.

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« Reply #22390 on: July 23, 2013, 11:28:52 AM »
And the bunny from Monty Python.

My driving pet peeve is when people will drive down a residential road, see someone they know coming the opposite direction and just stop their cars and carry on a conversation in the middle of the road. And not a short "Hey how ya doin', see ya later" No it's more like those conversations that are probably delving into how the fishing is, the health of the family, last movie they saw, and updates on EVERYONE from church. 

Pull over people if you're going to go into that much detail with your catching up!!
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« Reply #22391 on: July 23, 2013, 11:37:33 AM »
And the bunny from Monty Python.

My driving pet peeve is when people will drive down a residential road, see someone they know coming the opposite direction and just stop their cars and carry on a conversation in the middle of the road. And not a short "Hey how ya doin', see ya later" No it's more like those conversations that are probably delving into how the fishing is, the health of the family, last movie they saw, and updates on EVERYONE from church. 

Pull over people if you're going to go into that much detail with your catching up!!

Oh so very much THIS!  I was coming home the other day and stopped at the intersection just before my home was a vehicle, which had made no effort to pull to the side of the road, right at the STOP sign, and two pedestrians standing in the road leaning into the car conversing with the couple in the car.  I stopped behind the car, expecting them to move on through, but one of the pedestrians stood and waved me around.  There was a parking lot directly across the street this bunch could have pulled into but they chose to block the intersection instead.  I had to pull into the oncoming lane to do an awkward right turn around them.

Also, the neighbors staring at the Smiths in their own back yard are super creepy! If I were the Smiths I'd be building the tallest fence allowed, along with plants/trees to obscure the view, and if the neighbors continued to complain I might mention them to local law enforcement.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22392 on: July 23, 2013, 12:00:56 PM »
Alamo Drafthouse will kick you out for using your cell phone period

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1L3eeC2lJZs (language caution)


"Magnited State of America" >:D

One of the things I miss most (along with HEB grocery stores) about Austin. We went almost every week and I've seen them escort out unruly patrons.


At first I read this as you saw HEB escorting unruly patrons out and cracked up. Something about the way they design their stores puts my teeth on edge. I don't have panic attacks or anxiety issues - except when I set foot in their stores. Sis thought maybe they used peanut oil in their food prep areas and the smell was setting my radar off. But they don't . It is is the weirdest thing. I don't have the problem in any other brand of store - just theirs.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22393 on: July 23, 2013, 01:15:44 PM »
I frequently have to ask other customers to reach something for me.  I'm not exactly short, I'm 5'4" and I have long arms, but with my back problems, I can't stretch to reach things on higher shelves, or bend over to get things off lower shelves.

I can't imagine helping someone when they're as rude as some of the people mentioned. 

I usually say something like "Excuse me, may I borrow your height for a moment?", or "You look very strong.  Betcha can't lift that bag of dog food into my cart."  I'm probably not being nearly as clever as I think I am, but if it makes them smile and they help me, I count it as a win.  Of course, effusive thanks are always offered.

So is that rude on my part?  Should I only ask for help in a formal way?  Or is asking for help with a joke ok?

It would really depend on who you are asking.  If you were asking me I would prefer that you ask me directly.  I would actually be a bit offended by the second one and might just walk away.  I would not feel inclined to help you.  If you want my help ask in a way that acknowledges that you are interrupting me and asking a favor.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #22394 on: July 23, 2013, 01:27:48 PM »
Went to a restaurant where you bus your own table.  Prices for wonderful fresh food stay low and you don't tip.  I saw several tables that not only left their plates and trays on the table, but left a mess of food, napkins, wrappers, and crumbs all over the table and floor.  Gross.

To be fair, it's sometimes hard to tell at counter service restaurants whether you're supposed to bus your own table or not.  I wouldn't be surprised if I've left stuff on the table in places I shouldn't have, just because I looked around and didn't see a trash can and made an assumption which may have been incorrect.

It's very obvious you're suppose to bus yourself, but even if you don't do it, the mess I saw today was very extreme and disgusting.  Never saw such a mess at fast food or full-service.

You may think that there is a requirement to bus a table but in many cases its just not true.  A few years ago there was a story on the news where a teenaged worker at McDonalds told a man that he should clear the mess at his table.  The man complained to corporate, McDonalds sent out a press release stating that clearing your own table is not required at the Golden Arches. 

I bus my own table to be polite, but unless there is a sign stating that it is a requirement, it is not.