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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23820 on: October 14, 2013, 05:22:35 AM »
Special Snowflake at the grocery store. The fish they had in their cart was not the fish on special although it was the same species. He argued and argued that a raincheck wasn't good enough and since "all these fish come from the same company you WILL give me the sale price" and made many other comments.  She didn't back down- she pointed out that the company names were different and she wasn't going to give him the sale price. He took it with poor grace. I was thisclose to telling him to stuff it.

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Snowflake at work.  A guest returned from a business function came up to me at the front desk and requested some help from the bellman,  who was assisting another guest and had been since before the first guest returned to the property. I said "of course! It will be a minute or two as he is currently assisting another guest but he'll be right back up after he finishes." Snowflake looks at me and says "what do you mean 'another guest?' He's helping someone else? I need help!" I am so sorry we have more guests than just you. I am so sorry we did not think to assign you your own personal bellman.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23821 on: October 14, 2013, 05:31:48 AM »
This could have gone in a few places but I thought here would work.

NSFW involves bad language.

http://tinyurl.com/SSBiologyonline


in short:

The Blog editor of Biology-Online asked our Hero if I she would like to blog for them. She asked the conditions such as pay. He explained (no pay, but Dr bigwig does it for free so you should be paying me to work on this). She said no. He then called her a very very bad name.

 ::)

Wow. WOW. Just... no. And I bet he'd have expected a high level of commitment too - not just a couple hours when she could spare them, but full time dedication for no money whatsoever.

And I'm pretty darn sure it wouldn't have happened if he's been contacting a man...

Is he trying to commit Professional Darwinism?  ??? ??? ???
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23822 on: October 14, 2013, 05:59:26 AM »
Someone else who thinks Halloween decorations are scary.

http://www.essentialbaby.com.au/life-style/family-entertainment/halloween-shop-displays-too-scary-for-some-20131011-2vdf8.html#utm_source=FD&utm_medium=lifeandstylepuff&utm_campaign=scary

Funny thing is, Halloween isn't that big here so the decorations are rather token.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23823 on: October 14, 2013, 06:06:21 AM »
There were about five or six Special Snowflakes at the football games yesterday.  They were loud, drunk and opinionated, and didn't appear to have a good grasp on vocabulary, since one curse word was serving as a noun, verb, adverb, etc in the conversation.  One of them decided it would be fun to whistle directly into my ear (they were right behind us) after I looked around the first time he whistled to see where the noise was coming from.  Two of them had discussions better left private about how their relationship functioned.  One of them spilled beer on me and refused to apologize, saying, "That's just what you gotta expect at a football game!" (only with considerably more cursing involved).  Security walked by several times, saw almost all of what happened, and did nothing.  >:(  I will not wonder anymore why the NFL has such a hard time selling premium tickets if this is the experience ticketholders go through! 

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23824 on: October 14, 2013, 07:03:13 AM »
Yesterday, I was traveling to the expressway on a 5 lane road, and darting across the 5 lanes (and not even at a cross walk) appeared to be 5 people (1 adult and 4 kids under age 10).  Who does that , especially with the expressway traffic not far away.  Makes me wonder why they did not walk to the cross walk at the intersection about 1 block away?

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23825 on: October 14, 2013, 10:54:44 AM »
This could have gone in a few places but I thought here would work.

NSFW involves bad language.

http://tinyurl.com/SSBiologyonline


in short:

The Blog editor of Biology-Online asked our Hero if I she would like to blog for them. She asked the conditions such as pay. He explained (no pay, but Dr bigwig does it for free so you should be paying me to work on this). She said no. He then called her a very very bad name.

 ::)

Wow. WOW. Just... no. And I bet he'd have expected a high level of commitment too - not just a couple hours when she could spare them, but full time dedication for no money whatsoever.

And I'm pretty darn sure it wouldn't have happened if he's been contacting a man...

Is he trying to commit Professional Darwinism?  ??? ??? ???

Not trying. He did. He was fired this morning.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23826 on: October 14, 2013, 11:28:42 AM »
Concert snowflakes on Facebook. Austin City Limits Festival was cancelled yesterday. I'll admit to being disappointed myself but after what happened in 2009, I think canceling the final day was the right call. Zilker Park would have been destroyed.

Many of the bands scheduled tried to find alternative venues to play pop up shows for as many people as they could. It just goes to show you can't please everyone. People were complaining about:

1. No notice of pop up shows. ACL said follow Facebook, Twitter and Instagram all day. The notices went out all day.

2. It's just a little rain. Glastonbury, Bonnaroo, Jazz Fest, etc wouldn't have cancelled. Drought conditions + 12 inches of rain overnight. It was too much for the park to take. Did I mention Zilker Park lies between two bodies of water?

3. I had a wristband, I should get priority for any shows that come up. So did 50,000 other people.

4. But I wanted to see (insert act name here)! So did 50,000 other people. It's not safe and the artist is probably as disappointed as you.

5. I bought my tickets on Craigslist. I'm not getting a refund. The promoter was pretty clear about this from the beginning. Only tickets purchased through them were covered. Weekend two tickets didn't sell out until Wednesday.  It was possible for a lot of festival goers to avoid scalpers or third party vendors.

I know my fifth point will probably prove divisive but, had I bought my tickets from a scalper, I'd have to suck it up. That the promoter is even issuing refunds at all is pretty generous.

I had a blast on the days I was able to attend. The Cure's phenom all set alone was well worth it.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23827 on: October 14, 2013, 12:12:04 PM »

5. I bought my tickets on Craigslist. I'm not getting a refund. The promoter was pretty clear about this from the beginning. Only tickets purchased through them were covered. Weekend two tickets didn't sell out until Wednesday.  It was possible for a lot of festival goers to avoid scalpers or third party vendors.

I know my fifth point will probably prove divisive but, had I bought my tickets from a scalper, I'd have to suck it up. That the promoter is even issuing refunds at all is pretty generous.


Where the tickets only available from one source only and you had to provide the name of the people who would be using it beforehand?
If the ticket is valid, I don't see how the promoter can get out off what would be (or not, depending on situations) a legal obligation to refund, just because the ticket changed hands at one time.
This time is probably moot, "act of nature" and only cancelling part of something means they most likelly are not legaly obligated to refund anything.
At one point or another the scalpers had to buy it from someone, the promoter, so unless they are able to track everyone or the tickets have a name or something it sounds weird*.

*Not saying it's the wrong way to do it, saying it's donne differently here, where you can buy festival or show tickets in a variety of shops/kiosks, and if ShopA refunds ShopA tickets, they have to refund every ShopA tickets, even if it went through 5 hands inbetween, they have no way to know that.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23828 on: October 14, 2013, 12:44:02 PM »
The promoter is refunding 1/3 of the price of tickets to the purchaser of record. In my case, that would be DH. Since the promoter is the only recognized vendor, they are well within their rights to deal with the situation in this manner.

So third party vendors are going to be getting 1/3 of the money they spent buying their tickets back and their customers have no recourse. People who bought their tickets off Craigslist are complaining because the promoter is not going to go out of their way for them. We were all warned that some protections would be lost if tickets were secured via a third party. Now that people see that the promoter was serious, people are crying foul.

I don't see how the promoter can refund people's money any other way. I also feel you assume some risk when you purchase tickets through a third party.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23829 on: October 14, 2013, 01:00:52 PM »
One of my friends who went to ACL was posting pictures of the flooded areas today.

http://republicofaustin.com/2013/10/13/acl-fest-2013-flooding-pictures-weekend-2/

Yeah, having thousands of people sloshing around in knee-deep water sounds just brilliant.../eyeroll
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23830 on: October 14, 2013, 01:40:08 PM »
This could have gone in a few places but I thought here would work.

NSFW involves bad language.

http://tinyurl.com/SSBiologyonline


in short:

The Blog editor of Biology-Online asked our Hero if I she would like to blog for them. She asked the conditions such as pay. He explained (no pay, but Dr bigwig does it for free so you should be paying me to work on this). She said no. He then called her a very very bad name.

 ::)

Wow. WOW. Just... no. And I bet he'd have expected a high level of commitment too - not just a couple hours when she could spare them, but full time dedication for no money whatsoever.

And I'm pretty darn sure it wouldn't have happened if he's been contacting a man...

Is he trying to commit Professional Darwinism?  ??? ??? ???

Not trying. He did. He was fired this morning.

Good.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23831 on: October 14, 2013, 02:35:10 PM »
This could have gone in a few places but I thought here would work.

NSFW involves bad language.

http://tinyurl.com/SSBiologyonline


in short:

The Blog editor of Biology-Online asked our Hero if I she would like to blog for them. She asked the conditions such as pay. He explained (no pay, but Dr bigwig does it for free so you should be paying me to work on this). She said no. He then called her a very very bad name.

 ::)

Wow. WOW. Just... no. And I bet he'd have expected a high level of commitment too - not just a couple hours when she could spare them, but full time dedication for no money whatsoever.

And I'm pretty darn sure it wouldn't have happened if he's been contacting a man...

Is he trying to commit Professional Darwinism?  ??? ??? ???

Not trying. He did. He was fired this morning.

Good.

There's more to the story, though:

- woman gets asked to write, politely asks about things like payment, and gets called a name for expecting to get paid.  (A name, ironically, which usually indicates payment for services, if you know what I mean.)

- she then posts about her experience on her blog, which is run through a second magazine (Scientific American).

- second magazine takes the post down with no warning and no notice to her.  It turns out the two magazines are under the same umbrella organization (kind of - not entirely clear on how exactly they're connected, but there is some connection.)

- editor at second magazine defends the takedown saying their magazine is about "discovering science" and thus a blog post about the particular challenges women of color in science face aren't right for the magazine.

- several other authors for that magazine come forward and show their own blog posts - many about being female/minorities and how that makes the academic science world more difficult - have never been taken down and some were, in fact, sought out specifically to write about that exact topic.

- internet firestorm about the original insult, Scientific American's take that talking about discrimination in the science community isn't of benefit to the community as a whole, and whether their refusal to publish her blog post about the sexist insult is, in itself, sexist.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23832 on: October 14, 2013, 04:03:55 PM »
Yea, that storm isn't over yet.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23833 on: October 14, 2013, 04:32:16 PM »
Someone else who thinks Halloween decorations are scary.

http://www.essentialbaby.com.au/life-style/family-entertainment/halloween-shop-displays-too-scary-for-some-20131011-2vdf8.html#utm_source=FD&utm_medium=lifeandstylepuff&utm_campaign=scary

Funny thing is, Halloween isn't that big here so the decorations are rather token.

Oh, the horror. ::) Looks like she passed the sourpuss gene on to the poor kid.


She can't show her kid "Look, this is just a piece of plastic."
« Last Edit: October 14, 2013, 04:34:52 PM by Erich L-ster »

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #23834 on: October 14, 2013, 06:23:42 PM »
This could have gone in a few places but I thought here would work.

NSFW involves bad language.

http://tinyurl.com/SSBiologyonline


in short:

The Blog editor of Biology-Online asked our Hero if I she would like to blog for them. She asked the conditions such as pay. He explained (no pay, but Dr bigwig does it for free so you should be paying me to work on this). She said no. He then called her a very very bad name.

 ::)

Wow. WOW. Just... no. And I bet he'd have expected a high level of commitment too - not just a couple hours when she could spare them, but full time dedication for no money whatsoever.

And I'm pretty darn sure it wouldn't have happened if he's been contacting a man...

Is he trying to commit Professional Darwinism?  ??? ??? ???
At first he was being supported to the point of  DNLee's original post being taken down by Scientific American. There was major backlash and they have reversed their decision to censor her and restored her post. I haven't seen any reports of him being fired, and he should be.
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