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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23175 on: August 28, 2013, 08:51:12 AM »
"Fund raiser notices that you HAD to participate in"?

I don't get this.  As in "You will participate or we'll throw your kid/have you arrested?" Because that's the only "HAVE to" I can think of.

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No, there is usually a special all-day event at the school for the kids that sold items for the fundraiser and the ones who didn't are kept in a class. That hasn't happened here since Elementary, but it does happen.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23176 on: August 28, 2013, 08:53:56 AM »
I nominate the students at my school that nearly run into poles, moving cars, other people, moving bicycles and skateboards with people on them, parked cars, and random fixed objects because they are so oblivious to the world while reading their phones, devices and books while often walking in the road.

Of course, 99% of them have headphones on or earbuds in and can't hear the horns or people objecting to them drifting into their path.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23177 on: August 28, 2013, 09:19:43 AM »
I nominate the students at my school that nearly run into poles, moving cars, other people, moving bicycles and skateboards with people on them, parked cars, and random fixed objects because they are so oblivious to the world while reading their phones, devices and books while often walking in the road.

Of course, 99% of them have headphones on or earbuds in and can't hear the horns or people objecting to them drifting into their path.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23178 on: August 28, 2013, 09:35:47 AM »
I gasped.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23179 on: August 28, 2013, 09:39:50 AM »
That's ... honestly, how can someone have that little sense of self-preservation?  :o
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23180 on: August 28, 2013, 09:44:07 AM »
I nominate the students at my school that nearly run into poles, moving cars, other people, moving bicycles and skateboards with people on them, parked cars, and random fixed objects because they are so oblivious to the world while reading their phones, devices and books while often walking in the road.

Of course, 99% of them have headphones on or earbuds in and can't hear the horns or people objecting to them drifting into their path.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23181 on: August 28, 2013, 09:57:16 AM »
Best thing is, from the way she turns to look after the vehicle, she probably thinks the driver is at fault and has learned nothing  >:(
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23182 on: August 28, 2013, 10:23:31 AM »
I'm not sure if this person qualified as a Special Snowflake, or was more of a clueless airhead, or some other term that probably wouldn't get past the filters and would possibly get me banned if I used it.

Today is the 50th anniversary of Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech and it reminded me of this incident that happened many, many years ago.

I was watching Maury and he had on talented kids and had some talent scouts in the audience looking for new talent.  One mother became upset that her little precious wasn't picked.  She stood up in the audience and started berating Maury and the judges for not selecting her child, telling them that they were destroying her child's "dream" of becoming a star.   She said something to the effect that "just like Dr. King had a dream, my son also has a dream."  Everyone in the audience started booing her and trying to shout her down, but she just kept on yammering about her son's "dream" and trying to compare it to Dr. King's "I have a dream" speech.

I don't remember if she finally sat down and shut up, or walked out, or what, I was in shock that she actually said what she did.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23183 on: August 28, 2013, 10:30:32 AM »
Mom was also named after someone and went by a common nickname for that name. When she first went to school, she didn't really realize that her name was Proper name instead of nickname. So when the teacher called roll, Mom kept looking around for Aunt Proper Name because her Name was nickname.

We had that issue when I first started preschool. Let's say my name is 'Jessica'. Well, for the prior three-four years I had been referred to by my parents solely as, say, 'Ferret' and my other relatives used similar nicknames for me that were loosely related to my name at best.
 
So I go into preschool, where they keep talking to or mentioning a 'Jessica' and I'm just ignoring them.

They finally stopped my mom at the door when she came to pick me up, all worried. They'd been the only ones talking to me, I hadn't been acknowledging them, they were worried I might be deaf. Explained the whole situation, my mom turned toward me, called "Yo, Ferret, we're leaving!" at which point I light up, jumped up and ran to meet her.

After three to four years of being called 'Ferret' I'd figured that was my name. And was it any surprise when the closest anyone came to calling me 'Jessica' was a few aunts that referred to me as 'Jezebel'.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23184 on: August 28, 2013, 11:29:57 AM »
Okay, please tell me I'm not the special snowflake here  :-\  (Kinda long, but I'm grumpy right now.)

I got a Groupon from a local cleaning service for two two-hour housecleaning sessions.  I am actually in the market for a cleaning service (I go back and forth about whether it's worth the money, but I hate having a dirty house and I never manage to stay on top of it!) and most places have a "first-time fee" which is 2-3x what the normal rate is - so if they'd normally charge you $100 each time they come out, the first time may be $350.  I suspect it's a surcharge because they assume your house really needs the extra help the first time . . . Anyway, I was hoping if I liked this service, they could skip the first-time fee (since they would have just been here twice for the Groupon) and overall it would save me some money.

The first session went . . . meh.  They worked very fast, which was nice.  But I had given them my top priorities to start with because I wasn't sure how long it would take to clean them and I wanted to make sure things like the bathrooms got done.  And when they finished with the list of things I gave them, they left - after 90 minutes (so half an hour short of the cleaning session I paid for).  I was dealing with Bittybartfast at the time so I hadn't realized they were done until they were gone.  There were also things I couldn't tell if they had cleaned - the tub had a bit of dust in it which could have been just stuck to the sponge or could have been "they only did a halfway job," for example, and it looked like they had just wiped around the stuff on the bathroom counter instead of actually picking things up and cleaning underneath them.

This time I had a longer and more specific list of what I wanted done, since I had a better idea of how much they could get done in two hours.  And once again, they finished up in an hour and a half.  Except as they're in the driveway I looked at the stairs and what do you know - the same bits of lint I've been stepping over all month.  So I chased out after them and asked if they had done the stairs, and they said they did but they'd come in and do them again, and I think they did them right this time.

And since there was still ~25 minutes to go that I had paid for, I asked them to bring some of their stuff back in and do things like dust the living room ("do the living room" seems to have translated into "vacuum only") and re-do the microwave to get the stuff off that their first pass didn't get un-stuck.  The cleaning ladies weren't really mad, or rude, or anything, but they both had this confused look like "why would you be asking us to do this when we're already done?"

I get that they were probably looking forward to lunch and I delayed that.  And I get that the stuff I wanted them to do at the end wasn't strictly on my original list.  But I had expected "two hours of cleaning" to involve them cleaning what I asked and then if there was time left, coming back to me and saying "anything else you want us to do?" before calling it a day.  Am I unreasonable to want that?  I've never worked as a cleaner (other than my own house!), so I'm not up on all the housekeeping etiquette or whatnot, but it seems like "two hours" should be "two hours or until the homeowner says you're done, whichever comes first."

So obviously I'm not going to use this company on a regular basis.  But if/when they call me, do I tell them why I'm not continuing?  Or do I just say I'm not looking for someone right now?  I don't know whether one of the two ladies who came today was the owner, or just an employee, or what.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23185 on: August 28, 2013, 11:38:48 AM »
Is that like a 50-minute massage at the hourly rate? Very odd and I would call the management, if they have one.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23186 on: August 28, 2013, 11:43:47 AM »
Is that like a 50-minute massage at the hourly rate? Very odd and I would call the management, if they have one.

That's part of my dilemma - the cleaning service is clearly part of a chain (NOBODY would have a three-minute vanity jingle as their hold music unless someone at national headquarters told them they had to!) but I don't know how big the local one is.  It may be just two people trying to jump-start a new business by advertising on Groupon, or they may have a dedicated office staff and two dozen cleaners.  I just don't know, so if I complain it may end up being complaints to the very person who did a mediocre job cleaning my house  :-\

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23187 on: August 28, 2013, 11:45:26 AM »
The way you describe what occurred, I'm with you on this one.  I wouldn't hire them on a regular basis.

But what happened may be based on how the workers are paid.   Not for how well they did the job, but on the time they worked.

Long time ago, I worked for a cleaning company to supplement my income.  I was assigned to clean an office building 3 evenings a week.   The office building was charged for 15 hours per week to do a specified list of chores.  And I got paid for 15 hours worth of work.  It made no difference if it took me 4 hours a week, or 50 hours a week - I got paid for 15 hours. 

It would up taking me approximately 9 hours per week.  And even then, the cleaning company received compliments on my work, and how I went above and beyond what was on the list.




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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23188 on: August 28, 2013, 11:55:08 AM »
Okay, please tell me I'm not the special snowflake here  :-\  (Kinda long, but I'm grumpy right now.)

 The first session went . . . meh.  They worked very fast, which was nice.  But I had given them my top priorities to start with because I wasn't sure how long it would take to clean them and I wanted to make sure things like the bathrooms got done.  And when they finished with the list of things I gave them, they left - after 90 minutes (so half an hour short of the cleaning session I paid for).  I was dealing with Bittybartfast at the time so I hadn't realized they were done until they were gone.   This time I had a longer and more specific list of what I wanted done, since I had a better idea of how much they could get done in two hours.  And once again, they finished up in an hour and a half.  Except as they're in the driveway I looked at the stairs and what do you know - the same bits of lint I've been stepping over all month.  So I chased out after them and asked if they had done the stairs, and they said they did but they'd come in and do them again, and I think they did them right this time.

And since there was still ~25 minutes to go that I had paid for, I asked them to bring some of their stuff back in and do things like dust the living room ("do the living room" seems to have translated into "vacuum only") and re-do the microwave to get the stuff off that their first pass didn't get un-stuck.  The cleaning ladies weren't really mad, or rude, or anything, but they both had this confused look like "why would you be asking us to do this when we're already done?"

I get that they were probably looking forward to lunch and I delayed that.  And I get that the stuff I wanted them to do at the end wasn't strictly on my original list.  But I had expected "two hours of cleaning" to involve them cleaning what I asked and then if there was time left, coming back to me and saying "anything else you want us to do?" before calling it a day.  Am I unreasonable to want that?  I've never worked as a cleaner (other than my own house!), so I'm not up on all the housekeeping etiquette or whatnot, but it seems like "two hours" should be "two hours or until the homeowner says you're done, whichever comes first."

So obviously I'm not going to use this company on a regular basis.  But if/when they call me, do I tell them why I'm not continuing?  Or do I just say I'm not looking for someone right now?  I don't know whether one of the two ladies who came today was the owner, or just an employee, or what.

I don't think you're being an SS at all. if you paid for 2 hours, in spite them finishing everything you asked them to do early, as you said, they should have come to you and asked what else they could do, or at the very least, done a better job than they did.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23189 on: August 28, 2013, 11:57:45 AM »
Is that like a 50-minute massage at the hourly rate? Very odd and I would call the management, if they have one.

That's part of my dilemma - the cleaning service is clearly part of a chain (NOBODY would have a three-minute vanity jingle as their hold music unless someone at national headquarters told them they had to!) but I don't know how big the local one is.  It may be just two people trying to jump-start a new business by advertising on Groupon, or they may have a dedicated office staff and two dozen cleaners.  I just don't know, so if I complain it may end up being complaints to the very person who did a mediocre job cleaning my house  :-\

Then they need even more feedback!
It could be because it's a Groupon deal, then you have two scenarios: they are either employed in a big structure, their pay shouldn't be any different just because you are paying as a deal, but maybe they have to work more (or they have a really really bad-word boss but that's basically their problem, nothing you can do about it).
Or they are starting their business and actually have to be told how to do things and that you don't leave before A) telling the owner and B) making sure everything is right.
They might not care, or they might improve and be happy to have some feedback.

Anyway, who leaves from the first cleaning (or contract) job without checking with the 'employer'? Unless they where told "I won't be here/I won't be available, please see yourself out"