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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24180 on: November 01, 2013, 01:36:05 AM »
This Halloween, apparently, a mom in North Dakota decided to give out 'stern' letters to kids she felt were overweight.

There is a thread about that. But I will agree, what an SS.
http://www.etiquettehell.com/smf/index.php?topic=130740.0

Or would be, were it not a hoax
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24181 on: November 01, 2013, 05:07:42 AM »
I have had a few SS salespeople.  One guy came up behind me in a mall as I was walking, head down a bit looking at my cell phone trying to figure out where X store was to buy a specific present for someone. I'm a surgical-strike kind of person.  I know what I want, how much it'll be, in and out and gone to the next place.  I also don't go to malls until I have at least a few places to stop so - I have a plan.  This guy comes up behind me, grabs my elbow- nearly made me drop my phone - and when I whipped around, he says, "Since you refuse to say hello, the least you can do is come over and look at my lotions! You could really use some!"  I came very, very close to hitting him, and I could certainly make an argument for legally being able to do so.  Instead, I looked him in the eye and said, "Let go!"  (He didn't, and I followed up with this, in the middle of which he did let go): "I am going to file a complaint against you for grabbing my arm like that.  You never, ever touch a person without their explicit permission.  I didn't hear you trying to flag me down.  I'm deaf.  I HOPE you get fired."   For the record, I know I was abrupt and rude in saying what I said, but I was a bit frightened and angry. I did follow that up with a prompt visit to the mall security office, where I filed a complaint against that guy.   The security officer told me that the mall has at least one complaint a week about someone (not just that stall) grabbing or otherwise stopping guests. 

Another time a woman came up to me with a perfume bottle and proceeded to spray me in the face with it, twittering on about how it was a lovely seasonal scent and I'd be the hit of the party, blah blah.  I honestly don't know what else she was saying, because I was too busy pawing at my face.  I'm allergic to something that's in a lot of perfumes, and I was having a reaction.  I didn't speak to her then, but after washing my face in a bathroom, I did file a complaint against her with mall security, then to the company itself.  Never really heard back from the company other than a form letter. 

Wow.  Someone grabbing my arm and refusing to let go?  I'd be calling the cops.  I'd consider calling the cops on the perfume lady, too.  If mall security or their employers won't do anything, I'm sure an assault and battery charge would smarten them right up in a hurry.
I am pretty sure that spaying anything in someone's face without permission is illegal (with exceptions for self defence). If it happened to me I would probably
1. Knock the person's block off
2. Go into a full blown asthma attack
3. Press criminal charges against the the person
4. Suing the person, their company, and the mall for my medical expenses.


People grabbing me on the arm has resulted in
1. Me doing a defensive break move
2. Me screaming DO NOT TOUCH ME very loudly
3. My telling them off when they say "Calm down I'm just trying to get your attention" and in the case of lotion sample people  that will include a teacher voice explanation that their product is horrible and will blister my skin causing severe pain.


I've complained about people like this to mall management I always use "loaded" language like "I was assaulted by lotion person at this time. (I've also included photographs of the resulting skin reaction. I conclude by asking they rethink leasing to a company that has a marketing plan that starts and finishes with assaulting people. I've noticed a reduction in those groups and increase in remote airplanes flying down the mall corridors.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24182 on: November 01, 2013, 05:22:52 AM »
I had a kid in the apartment complex point his paint ball gun in my face. I didn't even register the orange tip until after I had knocked the thing out of my face and grabbed it from him. His parents complained to the management and a cop that lived in the complex got involved. Upshot was they were told
1. He had pointed a "loaded" weapon in my face. Had he shot the paintball at me at that range I would have been seriously injured.

2. I didn't hurt him

3. He and his friends had vandalized the complex by shooting past each other and hitting the building. (Seriously the management had kicked out another family over sidewalk chalk - paint balls hitting the building not a good idea)

4. He was very lucky that the person he did this to was not one of several residents that carried guns as part of their jobs.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24183 on: November 01, 2013, 06:33:14 AM »
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I've noticed a reduction in those groups and increase in remote airplanes flying down the mall corridors.

Ugh, the remote helicopters and airplanes! There is a mall near me where they take outward delight in launching those things right in front of your face. Since I never see anyone react with anything but annoyance and anger, and I have never seen any of these things sell, I can only assume they are getting paid to be part of a mall obstacle course.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24184 on: November 01, 2013, 06:37:45 AM »
I nominate the SS in the SUV who doesn't know how rude it is to beep your horn to get people to come out. Particularly early in the morning or late at night.

Nomination also goes to the people who have loud conversations underneath our window early on weekend mornings.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24185 on: November 01, 2013, 07:12:45 AM »
I nominate my dog this morning.  He was 140 pounds of over-excited "puppy", demanding belly rubs and breakfast. At 5am.

More seriously, as to the toy guns: Cops have to make split second life or death decisions.  Pointing even a toy gun at a cop and not expecting them to react quickly and strongly is a really bad idea.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24186 on: November 01, 2013, 08:11:10 AM »
Speaking of SS drivers..

This morning I was heading in to work, on a 2 lane rural highway with a speed limit of 45 that eventually increases to 55.

There was a car in the opposing lane that was apparently not going fast enough for the SS behind it. So what does SS do? Passes it. Which would've been fine, because they were in a passing zone. Except that I and another car were in the lane that SS driver swerved into to pass the slow car. The car in front of me had to slam on the brakes to avoid a head-on collision with SS driver, who quickly swerved back into their lane around the slower car, nearly hitting me and almost clipping the slower car in the process because they swerved back so quickly that they nearly lost control and fishtailed.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24187 on: November 01, 2013, 08:13:16 AM »
Speaking of SS drivers..

This morning I was heading in to work, on a 2 lane rural highway with a speed limit of 45 that eventually increases to 55.

There was a car in the opposing lane that was apparently not going fast enough for the SS behind it. So what does SS do? Passes it. Which would've been fine, because they were in a passing zone. Except that I and another car were in the lane that SS driver swerved into to pass the slow car. The car in front of me had to slam on the brakes to avoid a head-on collision with SS driver, who quickly swerved back into their lane around the slower car, nearly hitting me and almost clipping the slower car in the process because they swerved back so quickly that they nearly lost control and fishtailed.

I had something similar happen to me Sunday afternoon.  On the 7 Mile Bridge in the Lower Keys.  Thankfully I was able to brake in time and there was nobody behind me, but that was a really stupid move on any bridge, let alone that one.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24188 on: November 01, 2013, 08:48:47 AM »
Yesterday at the independent pharmacy I trade at...The SS that parked in the entrance driveway! 

There were several parking slots open when I arrived so I don't know if there weren't any available when Snowflake arrived or if they were just too special to park where allowed and had to block an entryway.  There was also parking on the side street available also.

I complained inside twice but I doubt that anything was done - I said you have someone towed a time or two for doing that and believe me it will stop, your reputation gets around town.  And it will also make them think twice before creating their own special snowflake parking place.



 

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24189 on: November 01, 2013, 08:56:25 AM »
Speaking of SS drivers..

This morning I was heading in to work, on a 2 lane rural highway with a speed limit of 45 that eventually increases to 55.

There was a car in the opposing lane that was apparently not going fast enough for the SS behind it. So what does SS do? Passes it. Which would've been fine, because they were in a passing zone. Except that I and another car were in the lane that SS driver swerved into to pass the slow car. The car in front of me had to slam on the brakes to avoid a head-on collision with SS driver, who quickly swerved back into their lane around the slower car, nearly hitting me and almost clipping the slower car in the process because they swerved back so quickly that they nearly lost control and fishtailed.

I had something similar happen to me Sunday afternoon.  On the 7 Mile Bridge in the Lower Keys.  Thankfully I was able to brake in time and there was nobody behind me, but that was a really stupid move on any bridge, let alone that one.

I've driven that bridge. And got caught behind an accident that had it blocked for hours. You are very correct, dumb donkey move.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24190 on: November 01, 2013, 11:30:05 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.

Wonder if "her kid" gets upset at seeing pictures of women in their underwear at clothing stores. After all, those are family stores too...
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24191 on: November 01, 2013, 11:37:45 AM »
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I've noticed a reduction in those groups and increase in remote airplanes flying down the mall corridors.

Ugh, the remote helicopters and airplanes! There is a mall near me where they take outward delight in launching those things right in front of your face. Since I never see anyone react with anything but annoyance and anger, and I have never seen any of these things sell, I can only assume they are getting paid to be part of a mall obstacle course.

I've often thought that, if one of those got too close to hitting me, I would grab it like Godzilla, walk off and deposit the airplane somewhere the vendor couldn't find it. Or on the desk of mall management.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24192 on: November 01, 2013, 11:44:53 AM »
2 SS ToT'ers last night. Actually their parents.

SS #1: ToTing doesn't really get going around here until about 6, but around 5:30ish you'll get a few little bitty ones coming around. So we usually start setting up around then. We sit out front with all the candy and are in our costumes. We but up some scary stuff/playing scary sounds CD/ect, so we're still setting all that when the bitty ones come by. So it surprises me when there is a pounding (and I mean pounding) on my door at 5. I come downstairs, look through my peep hole and hey there's a kid and a parent. I figure they're just starting earlier, she looks about 5 or 6. So I open the door (I had a small bowl of candy by the door so I grab that) and mom snaps at me "Come on, come on, I don't got all day!", oh no that's not going to happen. I talk to the kid, "What a pretty costume who are you?", no response and mom says "Uh, excuse you, I'm teaching my kid not to talk to strangers, just give her the candy and lets go!", I grab one piece of hard candy and toss it in the kid's bag and mom says "That's it?! You better give her more!", and I say "Halloween is a participation holiday. You're not having your child say Trick or Treat, thank you, or engage with me at all. You banged on my door while I was still getting ready. So this all the participation I'm choosing to give based on your participation. Have a nice evening" and closed the door. Her parting shot was "I bet your neighbors will be more generous!", not likely, they set up from 6pm-8pm, and those are the only candy hours they have. I did feel bad for the kid, and her costume was cute.

SS#2: Now we've wrapped up passing out candy, it's 8:30 and all the kids have gone home for the most part. So we head inside. This time we get banging and doorbell ringing...repeaditly. I figure it's teenagers, grab the left over candy and toys and open the door. It's mom with 6 little kids. They say the line, I start handing out the candy and toys we got (yeah we went overboard this year), and the mom starts in on me "I can't believe everyone is done already! We had other things to do tonight!" I tell her people in the community are usually out from about 6-8, later when it falls on a weekend. Mom snaps "Well, that's just to (censored) bad! This is for them! You all better stay out until you're sure every kid has come!" then one of the kid's is say "Look! Look! I got a bouncy ball!" mom snaps "What?! Hello, lady, it's candy night. Give them freakin candy or we're leaving!!", apparently she didn't realize they were getting candy as well. The kids were nice, said thank you she was still going off about how I should hand out better candy and she'd hand out full sized candy when I said "have a nice night" and closed the door.

Everyone else was great last night! Lots of cute costumes, very polite kids, and nice adults too. Adults in costume got candy from us too. Cause I love when adults dress up to take the kids out.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24193 on: November 01, 2013, 11:50:39 AM »
2 SS ToT'ers last night. Actually their parents.

Are you sure those were regular moms and not mafia wives ?

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #24194 on: November 01, 2013, 11:52:26 AM »
Wonder if "her kid" gets upset at seeing pictures of women in their underwear at clothing stores. After all, those are family stores too...

I may have posted about this a while back, but...this reminds me of the town I grew up in. The downtown used to be, when I was growing up, very picturesque, with mom and pop stores, and so on. Now, due to rising rents, etc, its basically an outdoor mall. With stores you'll find in any shopping mall.

A few years back, there was quite an uproar from some parents with small children. Not sure if one started it, and it snowballed or it was a group effort, but they were complaining about a certain women's store that sells underthings and other items of that nature. with the initials VS. And how terrible it was, and obscene, and so on, to have mannequins, dressed in their merchandise, which was QUITE skimpy. It just wasn't right for their widdle pweshuses to have to see that while they were out and about with mom and dad!  Really?

First of all, store management doens't decide what to put where, that comes from corporate, and secondly, if you take your kids to the mall, you're going to see the same thing. Third, they aren't nekkid.  It was interesting to read letters in the local paper, on both sides of the argument. Some were incensed that this was there for their kids to be exposed to, and others told them to get over themselves! I think it finally died a slow death.