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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24090 on: October 28, 2013, 10:00:16 PM »
At least at the IKEA near me, it is possible to skip all the floor layouts and go straight to the housewares. I think you pretty much go up to the second floor (where all the show stuff is) and then quickly turn and go right down the stairs that take you to the housewares.

It doesn't help with the checkout lines, of course, but at least it gets you to them faster with (presumably) fewer headaches.


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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24091 on: October 28, 2013, 10:17:21 PM »
I hope the mods will allow a very brief off-topic detour. On the matter of IKEA, I would like to know why you can't turn around and go back the way you came. It sounds like you can't but I cannot figure out why. What's stopping you? (I've never been in one.)

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« Reply #24092 on: October 28, 2013, 10:32:04 PM »
I hope the mods will allow a very brief off-topic detour. On the matter of IKEA, I would like to know why you can't turn around and go back the way you came. It sounds like you can't but I cannot figure out why. What's stopping you? (I've never been in one.)

I'm not sure what you mean ... the IKEAs I've been in have a big maze-like showroom where you walk by lots of  "rooms" of furniture, which then leads you to the warehouse/shopping area.  I don't know why you couldn't turn around and leave if you chose to.  There's usually a shortcut if you don't want to walk through the showroom.

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« Reply #24093 on: October 28, 2013, 11:13:27 PM »
I hope the mods will allow a very brief off-topic detour. On the matter of IKEA, I would like to know why you can't turn around and go back the way you came. It sounds like you can't but I cannot figure out why. What's stopping you? (I've never been in one.)

The entrance/exits take you on completely different paths. The entrance for every IKEA I've ever been to involves taking an escalator up at least one floor to the showroom-maze, where you follow a kind of winding trail through sample rooms of merchandise. Even a brisk walk through the showroom, following the posted shortcuts, is going to take you at a minimum 10 - 15 minutes. At the bottom is the warehouse, where you load up your flat-pack boxes of furniture to assemble at home, followed by an area full of decorations and housewares (although housewares--particularly kitchen items--are also scattered throughout the showroom and may not be in this section), and the checkout/returns area.

So you can go in the exit, but you'll probably have a much more difficult time finding what you want. You might not find out the thing you want is out of stock until you've gone through the whole store.

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« Reply #24094 on: October 28, 2013, 11:32:37 PM »
At ours, there are shortcuts, but you have to find a store map or ask a sales person to notice them.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24095 on: October 28, 2013, 11:34:40 PM »
The aisles in the maze are purposely narrow, so if you were to try to turn around and go against traffic, you'd have a terrible time and make life very difficult for those coming behind you.  The aisles are really only about 2-2.5 people-widths wide, so there's just no space for someone swimming against the current.  The little display rooms are cul-de-sacs; if you should foolishly walk into one to take a closer look at the sofa or bookcase or whatever, it's like trying to enter the freeway at rush hour to get back on the path.

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« Reply #24096 on: October 28, 2013, 11:44:19 PM »
I simply stick to the main rule of IKEA: Do not go on weekends, weekdays after 3 (wednesday 12 because primary schools are out then in The Netherlands), or school holidays.

I just bought a house and spend a lot of time at IKEA, last week was a school holiday and then i realised I forgot the last part, for the rest my shopping experiences there are great.
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« Reply #24097 on: October 29, 2013, 12:37:00 AM »
Special Snowflake of the Day at work:

This is a real chat support question I dealt with today.  I used find and replace to remove my name, the snowflake's name, and references to my workplace (CID stands for College ID in my chat - it's not actually what we call our student ID numbers, but you get the idea.)

Special Snowflake:
how can i create an account?
Welcome Special Snowflake! Your request has been directed to the (department Greencat works in). Please wait for our operator to answer your call.
Call accepted by operator Greencat. Currently in room: Greencat, Special Snowflake.
Greencat:
Good morning
Special Snowflake:
hi
Greencat:
An account for what?
Special Snowflake:
the COLLEGE E-mail
Special Snowflake:
the COLLEGE Mascot Email
Greencat:
Please log on to the MyCOLLEGE portal, click the Mascot email link on the left hand side, and then click the create account button.
Greencat:
You must log into the portal first.  That step is vital.
Special Snowflake:
do i click sign on for the myCOLLEGE portal?

Red Alert!  Red Alert!  This person has never interacted with this page before.  This does not bode well for the conversation.

Greencat:
That is how you log in to the portal.
Special Snowflake:
 then it is asking for my CID and password
Greencat:
Yes
Special Snowflake:
what is a CID?

Mayday!  Mayday!  As soon as your application to my college is processed, they send you an email telling you about this "CID," and how to retrieve it  This person, at best, submitted their application over the weekend, and it hasn't been processed yet.  Note that I said "at best."

Greencat:
Did you apply to COLLEGE?
Special Snowflake:
not yet
Greencat:
I'm sorry, those email address are for admitted COLLEGE students only.
Special Snowflake:
u were very nice helping me
Greencat:
Thank you for contacting the COLLEGE (department where I work). I hope you have a pleasant day.
Special Snowflake:
i like you
Special Snowflake is now off-line and may not reply. Currently in room: Greencat.

I was very, very, very confused by the end of the conversation.  I was afraid it was going to veer off into eye-bleach territory, but fortunately the Snowflake just logged off.

If you're wondering why this person is a Special Snowflake, realize that he was asking how to create an account that identified him as a student of a college where he hadn't even submitted an application!

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24098 on: October 29, 2013, 01:18:13 AM »
Yarnspinner, tell her it's her lucky day - the realtor put up pictures online!  http://terriblerealestateagentphotos.com/

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24099 on: October 29, 2013, 01:52:51 AM »
At ours, there are shortcuts, but you have to find a store map or ask a sales person to notice them.
At ours the shortcuts are on storemaps, but the actual shortcuts are hidden - made to look like dead ends by shelving racks etc. You won't see them until you are right on top of them.  I gave up and used argos for the cheap furniture bits - it's the same kind of price (and quality) and has a magazine not a warehouse.

I would like to add special snowflake publictransportus. I was walking past the local station yesterday, which was closed due to the weather. There was a gentleman in a suit arguing with the station manager that he had to get to work and that they had to provide a train and he did not understand why there were all these cancellations. This despite the rather large tree that was clearly visible a way down the track, lying on the rail line. The rail replacement bus stop was less than twenty feet away, but apparently that was not good enough.

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« Reply #24100 on: October 29, 2013, 03:33:36 AM »
My SS today was a fellow driver who flicked his cigarette out of his car window.  I glared at him (because BOY, do I hate it when people think that the world is their personal garbage can), and he glared right back.  If I could have hopped out, retrieved his cigarette, and flicked it back in his window, I would have.

We have Uber Special Smoking Snowflakes here in Australia... who are flicking cigarettes out of their car windows, in bushfire season, in and around the areas where just the other week we had terrifying out-of-control fires. One of the talk radio stations is running a campaign to have people take down their rego numbers and call them in to both the station and the police, and although I cordially despise that station (I'm forced to listen to it at work, since it's the only one our workroom supervisor will put on) I'm cheering them on for that!
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24101 on: October 29, 2013, 06:51:46 AM »
I hope the mods will allow a very brief off-topic detour. On the matter of IKEA, I would like to know why you can't turn around and go back the way you came. It sounds like you can't but I cannot figure out why. What's stopping you? (I've never been in one.)

I'm not sure what you mean ... the IKEAs I've been in have a big maze-like showroom where you walk by lots of  "rooms" of furniture, which then leads you to the warehouse/shopping area.  I don't know why you couldn't turn around and leave if you chose to.  There's usually a shortcut if you don't want to walk through the showroom.

Amara, you can walk the other way but there's no point to it. Think of the store as being laid out horseshoe shaped on two floors, with no short link on the top floor between the horseshoe ends. I came in on the ground floor of the left hand end. I had to go up to the top floor for kitchenware - that's where the 'rooms' are - and walk all the way to the other end of the horseshoe which is where kitchenware is. At that other end, there are stairs down, but there's no till, and there's no entrance or exit to the outside. I went down and then walked all the horseshoe back again through the flatpack warehouse to the tills, which are under the way-in stairs and go out through a different door. You can't get to the tills from the way-in stairs, there's a barrier. You can go just through the ground floor warehouse/tills bit without going upstairs, if you know what you want, although you still have to walk one horseshoe because it's closed off so that on the ground floor you can't get into the left hand end of the horseshoe, you go along a corridor to the other end, but the kitchen stuff is only available upstairs.

It's quite deliberate so that you go past everything, but I agree with whoever said to pick the visit time carefully. I went during the football world cup, and there was only me and one other couple there, I think. That was lovely. Their stuff is generally excellent and the prices are good, but they keep costs down by having very little by way of service.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24102 on: October 29, 2013, 07:35:31 AM »
Yarnspinner, tell her it's her lucky day - the realtor put up pictures online!  http://terriblerealestateagentphotos.com/

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« Reply #24103 on: October 29, 2013, 08:34:51 AM »
Sadly, it used to be a quite common attitude that anyone with a physical difference was somehow subhuman and disgusting to be around, and 'normal' people should be protected from having to see a wheelchair, or crutches, or someone with spastic movements.  Karen Killilea was born premature in 1940 and developed cerebral palsy.  Her parents had to take her to 23 doctors before finding one who did not advise sending her to an institution, even though her condition was manageable and her intellectual and emotional development perfectly normal.  She tells of going on an outing with her parents and seeing a group of children from an institution, all using various assistive devices and with various issues.  People around them had no problem talking loudly about how disgusting it was that 'those people' were out in public where they could be seen, and how rude their caregivers were to impose them on everyone else.

Some people have never gotten past this viewpoint.
There was also a mention about people who said that "only wicked, evil people would have a child like that", I guess as a punishment from Deity.  ???

Huh. How things change.

I remember a lady at church who had a daughter(Annie, we were nearly the same age and had Sunday School together.) with... Something. (Never asked what exactly. Her daughter looked a bit "off" and was mute except for some whimpering or hissing noises, but seemed to love "visiting" with people talking to her.)

Only thing I ever heard anyone say about the lady was that "The Lord knows which women should have a daughter like Annie... She's a blessing." Annie used to sway along with the hymns and the minister made sure to put one of her favorites in every service.

Her mom called her a blessing too. I just any imagine someone being nasty about a person like Annie, or Annie's mother.

My uncle was born in the late 1940's with Down Syndrome. My understanding is that most DS kids at that time were institutionalized and never seen again. Grandma wouldn't hear of it and home-schooled Uncle. He could read and write, and he was very witty and kind.

When he was a kid in the 50's, the other mothers would make their kids get out of the public pool when he got in. Like their kids would catch it or something.

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« Reply #24104 on: October 29, 2013, 08:36:04 AM »
Yarnspinner, tell her it's her lucky day - the realtor put up pictures online!  http://terriblerealestateagentphotos.com/

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