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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23745 on: October 07, 2013, 10:53:04 AM »
Oh no!  I'm not defending him.  Yes, it should have been (and probably was) obvious to him that what he did was totally illegal!  I'm just saying I've confronted a few really weird intersections/ramps/etc. while driving in uncharted waters so to speak, and I know how trying to suddenly take in what seems like fifty different conflicting road signs or unexpected left side exit ramps can really mess you up!


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« Reply #23746 on: October 07, 2013, 10:56:31 AM »
Here is a picture that might help.

https://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&q=mid+hudson+bridge&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=0x89dd3ddb1d7ddbf5:0xd0a81afab58c978,Mid-Hudson+Bridge,+U.S.+44,+Tollplaza+highland,+NY+12528-1725&gl=us&ei=UddSUqLiAsi6yAH4ioFQ&ved=0CI0BELYD

if you scroll to the right side of the bridge you see that there is what looks like an infinity sign. One curve is for each side - and the guy had the left onto was was clearly not intended to be accessed from our side of the bridge. And he had to be familiar with the area - he didn't stop or anything - just drove as normal and then made the left. There are no signs on our side of the road that indicate that road led to route 9 or anything. The only way he would have known it was the one he wanted is if he knew the area - in which case he would also have known he could turn around at the next light which wasn't that far ahead.

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« Reply #23747 on: October 07, 2013, 10:56:43 AM »
Or, "and then the WhiteKnight customer gave me his number, and we've been dating for a year!"

Or "the next person in line was an off-duty cop and he arrested them!" 

The whole site seems rife with egregious Mary-Sue-ism!

Every time a story ends so perfectly, I immediately assume it's been embellished.

I must confess that in my own submission to notalwaysworking.com I was also "rescued" by another customer, however I promise she was not an off-duty cop, the CEO in disguise nor are we now dating.

http://notalwaysworking.com/this-worker-is-a-real-headache/31489

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23748 on: October 07, 2013, 11:50:35 AM »
That was you?   You poor thing!   :(


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« Reply #23749 on: October 07, 2013, 01:44:55 PM »
Here is a picture that might help.

https://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&q=mid+hudson+bridge&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=0x89dd3ddb1d7ddbf5:0xd0a81afab58c978,Mid-Hudson+Bridge,+U.S.+44,+Tollplaza+highland,+NY+12528-1725&gl=us&ei=UddSUqLiAsi6yAH4ioFQ&ved=0CI0BELYD

if you scroll to the right side of the bridge you see that there is what looks like an infinity sign. One curve is for each side - and the guy had the left onto was was clearly not intended to be accessed from our side of the bridge. And he had to be familiar with the area - he didn't stop or anything - just drove as normal and then made the left. There are no signs on our side of the road that indicate that road led to route 9 or anything. The only way he would have known it was the one he wanted is if he knew the area - in which case he would also have known he could turn around at the next light which wasn't that far ahead.

That looks terrifying to drive if you dont know what you are doing!



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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23750 on: October 07, 2013, 01:49:39 PM »
Here is a picture that might help.

https://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&q=mid+hudson+bridge&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=0x89dd3ddb1d7ddbf5:0xd0a81afab58c978,Mid-Hudson+Bridge,+U.S.+44,+Tollplaza+highland,+NY+12528-1725&gl=us&ei=UddSUqLiAsi6yAH4ioFQ&ved=0CI0BELYD

if you scroll to the right side of the bridge you see that there is what looks like an infinity sign. One curve is for each side - and the guy had the left onto was was clearly not intended to be accessed from our side of the bridge. And he had to be familiar with the area - he didn't stop or anything - just drove as normal and then made the left. There are no signs on our side of the road that indicate that road led to route 9 or anything. The only way he would have known it was the one he wanted is if he knew the area - in which case he would also have known he could turn around at the next light which wasn't that far ahead.

That looks terrifying to drive if you dont know what you are doing!

that is one of the reasons that I usually take the side streets to merge at a different point! It's not that bad but you really have to pay attention - the biggest accident is rear enders since you have people merging into and out of the same spot. I don't know if you can see it well on that map but on route 9 there is also a second merge from the city at that spot - so on one direction you have people who are trying to circle around to the right direction, people trying to merge into the lane so they can go onto the bridge/change directions and people who are coming from the train station trying to merge really quickly so they can go over two lanes and go onto the bridge/change directions. People grumble about it but on one side is a train track and on the other side is the city - some of which is historical - so there aren't many options for changing it. Maybe one day someone will figure out a way to do it. Until then I take an extra 5 minutes and avoid as much as I can.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23751 on: October 07, 2013, 01:53:29 PM »
You can tell I am from Coventry england, I thought it looked very efficient lol

The Coventry ring road is notorious as being very very scary. It's totally not though  ;D
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« Reply #23752 on: October 07, 2013, 03:21:20 PM »
SS Road signs don't apply to me:

Coming out of the grocery store parking lot there's a sign that says "right turn only".  It's basically impossible to make that left turn, which is why they made it that way.  Idiot decides to try anyway. He waits, and waits and waits for the break that won't happen until about 2am (10 hours from when I was at the store...seriously, the way the lights on either side of the shopping center are time, there's never a break large enough to make a left unless it's in the middle of the night, and sometimes that's debatable.) So, I wait.  the guy in front of me honks his horn.  The 5-7 people behind me honk their horns.  Then the fire truck pulls up, throws on his sirens and blows his air horn until the guy finally figures out he needs to make a right and get out of the way.  I have no idea if they were actually on a call, or they just wanted the guy to move, but I've never been so happy to be deafened by the horn and sirens on a fire truck.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23753 on: October 07, 2013, 04:03:44 PM »
We were in a parking lot, trying to turn left onto a main road.  While there is a fair amount of traffic, the speed limit is 35 and you can usually get out after only a minute or so. 

Except that there was a woman in the road, in the left turn lane, wanting to turn left into the parking lot.  She was just sitting there though, apparently too terrified of the oncoming traffic to make the turn. She had several opportunities to turn safely, but let them all go.  DH tried several times to just make his turn, since she wasn't going anywhere, but every time he'd start forward, she'd gun her engine and roll forward a few inches, so he'd stop.  The 4 cars behind her were honking, the cars backed up behind DH were honking, it was a mess.  Finally she made her turn and everyone went on their way, but it was several frustrating minutes.

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« Reply #23754 on: October 07, 2013, 08:48:52 PM »
Or, "and then the WhiteKnight customer gave me his number, and we've been dating for a year!"

Or "the next person in line was an off-duty cop and he arrested them!" 

The whole site seems rife with egregious Mary-Sue-ism!

Every time a story ends so perfectly, I immediately assume it's been embellished.

I must confess that in my own submission to notalwaysworking.com I was also "rescued" by another customer, however I promise she was not an off-duty cop, the CEO in disguise nor are we now dating.

http://notalwaysworking.com/this-worker-is-a-real-headache/31489

I do remember thinking "ouch" as I read that one.

Not one of the notalwaysright rescues I'd question. Now if the boss came along, sacked the loud staff member and apologised profusely (in whispers), I would have had my doubts.  ;)

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23755 on: October 07, 2013, 09:28:17 PM »
Or, "and then the WhiteKnight customer gave me his number, and we've been dating for a year!"

Or "the next person in line was an off-duty cop and he arrested them!" 

The whole site seems rife with egregious Mary-Sue-ism!

Every time a story ends so perfectly, I immediately assume it's been embellished.

I must confess that in my own submission to notalwaysworking.com I was also "rescued" by another customer, however I promise she was not an off-duty cop, the CEO in disguise nor are we now dating.

http://notalwaysworking.com/this-worker-is-a-real-headache/31489

I do remember thinking "ouch" as I read that one.

Not one of the notalwaysright rescues I'd question. Now if the boss came along, sacked the loud staff member and apologised profusely (in whispers), I would have had my doubts.  ;)

I had a "rescue" story of my own get posted, and I promise it's true!

http://notalwaysright.com/not-all-knights-are-in-shining-armor/24174

And yeah, I had sympathy pains for the migraine post.  I think I might have been moved to violence if it were me.  I'm not very nice when I have a migraine.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23756 on: October 08, 2013, 01:57:03 AM »
I'm prepared to believe some of the miraculous "off-duty cop" stories on Not Always Right, but yeah - they do happen a little too often.

The main reason I give them the benefit of the doubt is the story I was told by the woman at the local wine shop, whose husband is a paratrooper.

Dealing with a customer alone in the shop at the end of the day, she was horrified when he suddenly pulled a gun. Before anything could happen, her husband came through the door, saw what was happening and chopped the guy on the back of the head. The man hit the floor and promptly had a seizure, which gave them time to call the police.

Not exactly off-duty, but in the right place at the right time.

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« Reply #23757 on: October 08, 2013, 08:43:03 AM »
Another thing to consider is the sheer number of submissions they get.  I'd be willing to bet they get at least 100 submissions for every one they post.  I've seen enough cops intervene in situations around here (though not quite to the level in some of these stories), that I can believe that it does happen, and the site owners just really like that type of story so they print those more often than some of the others.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23758 on: October 08, 2013, 09:00:18 AM »
You can tell I am from Coventry england, I thought it looked very efficient lol

The Coventry ring road is notorious as being very very scary. It's totally not though  ;D

*waves at fellow Coventrian* (although I now live in the SW, I grew up in Cov)

It so isn't, is it.  As long as you know to follow the signs, and stay in the right hand lane if you're not merging off or on...unless you're at the Foleshill Road/Old Ambulance station exit going anti-clockwise where you randomly need to be in the left lane.

I've quite frequently said that learning to drive in Coventry (and on my third ever driving lesson having to turn right onto Warwick Road just after 4 pm and then onto the ring road) means I can drive ANYWHERE.

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« Reply #23759 on: October 08, 2013, 09:32:34 AM »
Another thing to consider is the sheer number of submissions they get.  I'd be willing to bet they get at least 100 submissions for every one they post.  I've seen enough cops intervene in situations around here (though not quite to the level in some of these stories), that I can believe that it does happen, and the site owners just really like that type of story so they print those more often than some of the others.

You also have to consider that someone who got 'rescued' or compensated from a retail situation like that is more likely to go and post it. So you get 10 Notalwaysright post for every 10 000 situation where another customer or the clerk was a bit rude but it didn't warrant being posted, maybe 100 of those where sent to n-a-r, but they had to choose and only the 10 best got to the top.