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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23070 on: August 25, 2013, 12:37:33 PM »
RE cinema special snowflakes, some of the messes made were horrific at the cinema I used to work out.

One of the most bizarre things, which happened repeatedly, was people would stand up, let their seat swing closed, and then WEDGE their rubbish in between the two halves of the seat. Often, this would include popcorn boxes and drink cups with remains still inside, so if the staff didn't spot them, the next person to pull the seat down could end up with their shoes sprayed with popcorn and sticky soda.

We never could understand why people did it. We accepted that people left their rubbish on the floor - at least then we could see it!

That too! It makes me so frustrated. People like that think being a "rebel" and a "gangsta" means throwing all your messy stuff on the ground for others clean. At least the person who put part of their popcorn in a plastic soda bottle made me laugh at the inventiveness.

BB-VA, my theater has ushers, ticket takers, and concession people, but the managers decide when we get there who's doing what. And it's not the kids movies that are really bad, although they can get pretty messy. The one auditorium that was so messy I ranted about it was a popular science fiction movie geared to teens and adults, and I didn't see a single kid in that auditorium.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23071 on: August 25, 2013, 01:16:54 PM »
It's also a very different mess between a kids movie or an adolescent one! A kids movie I find that there's a lot of popcorn on the ground because there not really that coordinated yet, but they are still learning to clean up after themselves so not so many things get left behind. In teen movies on the other hand it seems the national sport of 1. spraying as much around you as possible and 2. not pick up a single thing when you leave... This is of course generalizing, but after a couple years working in a cinema, if you are asking for the seats in the back and you are under 30, chances are you are  not going to clean up after yourself.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23072 on: August 25, 2013, 02:25:45 PM »
Jerry Seinfeld had a rant about why he felt justified leaving his trash behind in the theater...he paid $7.50 (it's an old routine :-) ) for his ticket, the theater was making enough money, let them clean it up.

Except of course he wasn't hurting the theater owner one tiny bit, just adding one more little bit of aggravation to the lives of the minimum wage employees who have to clean up after his lazy, entitled millionaire butt.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23073 on: August 26, 2013, 07:22:45 AM »
Either way, I was glad he moved and couldn't believe how obtuse he was.  HE didn't have a problem, so there was no problem!

Assuming his sincerity, his attitude was probably borne of the attitude that his opinion is the only one that matters. It's his back, he's in pain, this is how he needs to relieve it, and if he doesn't mind leaning no one else's opinion is important, because no one else is him.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23074 on: August 26, 2013, 07:33:37 AM »
Jerry Seinfeld had a rant about why he felt justified leaving his trash behind in the theater...he paid $7.50 (it's an old routine :-) ) for his ticket, the theater was making enough money, let them clean it up.

Except of course he wasn't hurting the theater owner one tiny bit, just adding one more little bit of aggravation to the lives of the minimum wage employees who have to clean up after his lazy, entitled millionaire butt.

If I drop the stuff, by mistake, then yeah, that is what the employees are paid for, though I feel pretty crummy that I've made their jobs harder. If I throw the stuff on the floor, or even LEAVE it there intentionally, I'm jist being a jerk.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23075 on: August 26, 2013, 09:55:07 AM »
My DH and I visit the movie theater quite a bit and we have noticed it is more likely for adults to leave a mess than kids where we are. There is no excuse to leave your garbage everywhere! Especially items brought from outside that weren't caught by the ticket taker.

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The coffee stand I patronize has a drive through window and a counter inside. A boy and his mother went to the drive through window and the boy (11-14 years old) shot the drive through window with a bb gun and shattered it. The mother calmly drove away, but the incident was recorded on their surveillance system.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23076 on: August 26, 2013, 10:55:51 AM »
My DH and I visit the movie theater quite a bit and we have noticed it is more likely for adults to leave a mess than kids where we are. There is no excuse to leave your garbage everywhere! Especially items brought from outside that weren't caught by the ticket taker.

Flurry alert:
The coffee stand I patronize has a drive through window and a counter inside. A boy and his mother went to the drive through window and the boy (11-14 years old) shot the drive through window with a bb gun and shattered it. The mother calmly drove away, but the incident was recorded on their surveillance system.

I wonder if the county attorney could construe that to be a drive-by shooting and level charges at both the boy and his mother.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23077 on: August 26, 2013, 11:14:46 AM »
...   A boy and his mother went to the drive through window and the boy (11-14 years old) shot the drive through window with a bb gun and shattered it. The mother calmly drove away, but the incident was recorded on their surveillance system.

I wonder if the county attorney could construe that to be a drive-by shooting and level charges at both the boy and his mother.

Absolutely!  The shattering glass could easily have hurt both workers and patrons, even if the BB didn't.  I certainly hope the security cameras were able to get the license plate number and that both mother and son were/will be arrested.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23078 on: August 26, 2013, 11:22:51 AM »
Jerry Seinfeld had a rant about why he felt justified leaving his trash behind in the theater...he paid $7.50 (it's an old routine :-) ) for his ticket, the theater was making enough money, let them clean it up.

Except of course he wasn't hurting the theater owner one tiny bit, just adding one more little bit of aggravation to the lives of the minimum wage employees who have to clean up after his lazy, entitled millionaire butt.

If I drop the stuff, by mistake, then yeah, that is what the employees are paid for, though I feel pretty crummy that I've made their jobs harder. If I throw the stuff on the floor, or even LEAVE it there intentionally, I'm jist being a jerk.

Rob

People will accidentally drop some popcorn while going to the theater/coming out of the auditorium, and I don't mind cleaning that up, because that's my job and I'm paid to clean up the mess. I don't even mind having to mop after people getting the butter on the tile (self - serve butter, so it tends to go all over the tile). But, when the Jerry Seinfelds of the world leave all of their mess on purpose to somehow get back at the company that employs me, it makes me headdesk a lot.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23079 on: August 26, 2013, 11:40:21 AM »
...   A boy and his mother went to the drive through window and the boy (11-14 years old) shot the drive through window with a bb gun and shattered it. The mother calmly drove away, but the incident was recorded on their surveillance system.

I wonder if the county attorney could construe that to be a drive-by shooting and level charges at both the boy and his mother.

Absolutely!  The shattering glass could easily have hurt both workers and patrons, even if the BB didn't.  I certainly hope the security cameras were able to get the license plate number and that both mother and son were/will be arrested.

The owner is pursuing criminal and civil charges. I am astonished someone would ignore the fact their child did that!

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23080 on: August 26, 2013, 11:47:08 AM »
Why would the kid have a BB gun in the car in the first place? I wonder if it's his usual practice to shoot out the car window...

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23081 on: August 26, 2013, 11:51:34 AM »
Why would the kid have a BB gun in the car in the first place? I wonder if it's his usual practice to shoot out the car window...

Not to mention, he would have had to shoot past his mother's face, assuming the service window was on her side of the car.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23082 on: August 26, 2013, 11:53:02 AM »
A few summers ago, some one decided that cars  parked in the street and driveways would make excellent target practice.

Neighbors and police did not agree.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23083 on: August 26, 2013, 12:16:20 PM »
Mild SS parent today. I had to go to the courthouse to pick up some registration forms. Right after I came up to the counter a woman was called to the window next to me. She had a small boy with her, and I heard her telling him to come here, stop doing that, be quiet, etc in just the few seconds it took her to walk from the door to the counter. Then she stopped talking so I figured he listened to her. I wasn't really paying attention; I have kids and have said those things to them in public, plus I was busy with my transaction. All of a sudden there was a huge GONG!!! sound. I turned around and her child was playing in the lobby around the metal stanchions with the elastic line dividers between them. He had knocked one at least mostly over, but it came back upright because of the elastic. He froze for a minute and looked at his mom, but she didn't even look up from what she was doing. He immediately went back to running around. She must have really trusted him; he was about four feet away from the doors, which are not visible from the counter. He could have easily run outside and she'd never have known.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23084 on: August 26, 2013, 01:05:09 PM »
Why would the kid have a BB gun in the car in the first place? I wonder if it's his usual practice to shoot out the car window...

Not to mention, he would have had to shoot past his mother's face, assuming the service window was on her side of the car.

Unless he was in the back seat, but still...

I would love to hear how this plays out.
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