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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #27390 on: June 12, 2014, 11:34:37 AM »
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So it turned out the express line was so express after all.  I don't think she understands the thought behind having an express lane at the supermarket.

I'm surprised that a supermarket would allow checks at the express lane. If i were a store manager, I wouldn't. Cash and cards only; this is where we do things -fast-.

But I don't think that's Special Snowflake worthy.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #27391 on: June 12, 2014, 11:55:36 AM »
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So it turned out the express line was so express after all.  I don't think she understands the thought behind having an express lane at the supermarket.

I'm surprised that a supermarket would allow checks at the express lane. If i were a store manager, I wouldn't. Cash and cards only; this is where we do things -fast-.

But I don't think that's Special Snowflake worthy.

The check isn't the snowflake part. It's the not preparing for the fact that she was writing a check, plus adding on things after the total has already been entered, not once, but twice. And it's an express lane...

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #27392 on: June 12, 2014, 12:09:42 PM »
I still don't think of that as Special Snowflake. Disorganized, certainly; annoying, yes. But not really demanding such special treatment just because she's special.

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« Reply #27393 on: June 12, 2014, 12:48:18 PM »
but one of my personal pet peeves is when the person waits until the checker is done ringing her up, announces her total, and then she opens her purse, digs for her wallet or checkbook (where ever she keeps her checks) starts to fill out the check, and then announce, oh by the way, I need a thirty dollar gas card.

You forgot to include that the woman usually asks, "So who do I make this out to?"
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #27394 on: June 12, 2014, 01:37:43 PM »
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So it turned out the express line was so express after all.  I don't think she understands the thought behind having an express lane at the supermarket.

I'm surprised that a supermarket would allow checks at the express lane. If i were a store manager, I wouldn't. Cash and cards only; this is where we do things -fast-.

But I don't think that's Special Snowflake worthy.

A nearby grocery store has two express lanes:  One is plainly labeled "Cash or Debit Card" and the other one is labeled "Cash, debit card, and checks".  I don't think I've ever been behind someone with a check in the one labeled "cash or debit card" except when the other express lane is closed.

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« Reply #27395 on: June 12, 2014, 02:20:47 PM »
I disagree. I do think this rises to the level of Snowflake-ness. If you are writing a check have it as ready to go as possible or if you are using a card then have it ready to go when you need it. Think ahead if you have anything that is going to extend your time at the cash register and you'll ease everyone's passage including your own.

I write checks, but I always have them written out beforehand with only the amount missing, plus I have my driver's license number and expiration and my work phone number all neatly written at the top of the check. I make it as fast as I can for the cashier and for those behind me. When the cashier takes it from my hand I flip my Filofax open to the license section so not one second is wasted time.

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« Reply #27396 on: June 12, 2014, 02:32:58 PM »
I disagree. I do think this rises to the level of Snowflake-ness. If you are writing a check have it as ready to go as possible or if you are using a card then have it ready to go when you need it. Think ahead if you have anything that is going to extend your time at the cash register and you'll ease everyone's passage including your own.

I write checks, but I always have them written out beforehand with only the amount missing, plus I have my driver's license number and expiration and my work phone number all neatly written at the top of the check. I make it as fast as I can for the cashier and for those behind me. When the cashier takes it from my hand I flip my Filofax open to the license section so not one second is wasted time.

I may be in love with you...  this is about how I do it if I write a check

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« Reply #27397 on: June 12, 2014, 02:40:38 PM »
Me too, although I don't sign my name until the check is completely filled out. But yes, I like to have my coupons out and ready, and my check almost ready to go too.
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« Reply #27398 on: June 12, 2014, 03:00:17 PM »
I think it wasn't the check writing or even the fumbling in her purse for the checkbook that was the special snowflakiness.  I think it was the adding on extra things to her purchase, pushing it into an amount that she, being a manager at that store, would know would require manager approval, and doing so piecemeal so that the transaction had to be recalculated multiple times, that made her a special snowflake.

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« Reply #27399 on: June 12, 2014, 03:10:51 PM »
I think it wasn't the check writing or even the fumbling in her purse for the checkbook that was the special snowflakiness.  I think it was the adding on extra things to her purchase, pushing it into an amount that she, being a manager at that store, would know would require manager approval, and doing so piecemeal so that the transaction had to be recalculated multiple times, that made her a special snowflake.

This.  She knew how to make the transaction quicker and decidedly chose not to, purposefully inconveniencing those around her.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #27400 on: June 12, 2014, 06:05:54 PM »
I think it wasn't the check writing or even the fumbling in her purse for the checkbook that was the special snowflakiness.  I think it was the adding on extra things to her purchase, pushing it into an amount that she, being a manager at that store, would know would require manager approval, and doing so piecemeal so that the transaction had to be recalculated multiple times, that made her a special snowflake.

This.  She knew how to make the transaction quicker and decidedly chose not to, purposefully inconveniencing those around her.

Or she's scatterbrained.

Sorry, I'm not on board with this verdict.

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« Reply #27401 on: June 12, 2014, 07:18:08 PM »
I still don't think of that as Special Snowflake. Disorganized, certainly; annoying, yes. But not really demanding such special treatment just because she's special.

I think part of being a Special Snowflake is that you're so immersed in your own little world that you don't even consider everyone else that you're inconveniencing.  And this woman certainly fits the bill in that regard. 

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #27402 on: June 12, 2014, 07:22:28 PM »
Agreed.  I've worked in customer service, and this is the same kind of person who would come up to the front desk and demand my attention instantly, even if I was helping someone else.  It was as if the Special Snowflake couldn't even see the other person.  Of course no one else exists!

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« Reply #27403 on: June 12, 2014, 07:44:27 PM »
I still don't think of that as Special Snowflake. Disorganized, certainly; annoying, yes. But not really demanding such special treatment just because she's special.

I think part of being a Special Snowflake is that you're so immersed in your own little world that you don't even consider everyone else that you're inconveniencing.  And this woman certainly fits the bill in that regard.

I agree.  I think the woman was definitely a special snowflake.  And I don't think we need to police the thread for "real" special snowflakes to the point where people are afraid to post stories.  If the behavior cannot possibly be considered snowflakey, fine, point that out (we had some customer service stories a while back that were like that).  But in this case, there's definitely enough self-centered behavior that many/most consider it snowflakey, so let's agree that maybe some of us have a more strict definition than others, and maybe just leave it at that?
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #27404 on: June 12, 2014, 09:10:32 PM »
I still don't think of that as Special Snowflake. Disorganized, certainly; annoying, yes. But not really demanding such special treatment just because she's special.

I think part of being a Special Snowflake is that you're so immersed in your own little world that you don't even consider everyone else that you're inconveniencing.  And this woman certainly fits the bill in that regard.

We'll have to disagree--I don't think it's the same level of entitlement, to simply be absorbed in your own life.