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Fri Jan 5, 2018, 03:20 PM

 

Am I being a "snowflake" about this......

Hi All,
On Friday I shop at BJ's wholesale for the bulk items for my home. I was there today checking out and the checker (a guy) noticed I was buying 8 bags of peanuts (so far, so good). He jokingly asked if I had an elephant visiting this weekend, I laughed and said no, I'm the guy on the block that feeds the strays including the squirrels. Here is where it starts.

He then stated the he "was the guy on the block the eradicates vermin". THEN started making a motion like he was shooting a rifle and told me "My grandad used to shoot one and hang it in the yard to scare the other ones".

I was literally mortified by this. I responded, "oh boy, that's nutty" and just left. I told my wife, and really want to report this guy, but I would feel bad if he lost his job.

Thoughts?

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Reply Am I being a "snowflake" about this...... (Original post)
Vinyasa Guy Jan 2018 OP
Skittles Jan 2018 #1
Squinch Jan 2018 #5
FSogol Jan 2018 #11
Squinch Jan 2018 #14
Brother Buzz Jan 2018 #15
Squinch Jan 2018 #16
Brother Buzz Jan 2018 #21
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Squinch Jan 2018 #23
FSogol Jan 2018 #28
lunatica Jan 2018 #55
Siwsan Jan 2018 #25
H2O Man Jan 2018 #36
grantcart Jan 2018 #51
bearsfootball516 Jan 2018 #2
Kirk Lover Jan 2018 #9
maxsolomon Jan 2018 #12
bearsfootball516 Jan 2018 #13
maxsolomon Jan 2018 #26
bearsfootball516 Jan 2018 #33
Kirk Lover Jan 2018 #29
ksoze Jan 2018 #3
maxsolomon Jan 2018 #4
PoliticAverse Jan 2018 #6
trof Jan 2018 #17
GulfCoast66 Jan 2018 #41
GulfCoast66 Jan 2018 #39
Kirk Lover Jan 2018 #7
gopiscrap Jan 2018 #18
Lunabell Jan 2018 #8
Kirk Lover Jan 2018 #30
GulfCoast66 Jan 2018 #40
Kirk Lover Jan 2018 #42
GulfCoast66 Jan 2018 #44
Kirk Lover Jan 2018 #47
GulfCoast66 Jan 2018 #54
Phentex Jan 2018 #46
Kirk Lover Jan 2018 #48
Phentex Jan 2018 #49
The Wielding Truth Jan 2018 #10
Igel Jan 2018 #19
avebury Jan 2018 #20
zipplewrath Jan 2018 #22
trof Jan 2018 #24
Kirk Lover Jan 2018 #31
JDC Jan 2018 #27
janterry Jan 2018 #32
LisaM Jan 2018 #34
Rorey Jan 2018 #38
LisaM Jan 2018 #45
Rorey Jan 2018 #35
Bayard Jan 2018 #37
LAS14 Jan 2018 #43
ecstatic Jan 2018 #50
MontanaMama Jan 2018 #52
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Response to Vinyasa Guy (Original post)

Fri Jan 5, 2018, 03:23 PM

1. you're trying too hard

that is my thought

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Response to Skittles (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 5, 2018, 03:25 PM

5. I was hoping there would be a buzzard in this story. But no.

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Response to Squinch (Reply #5)

Fri Jan 5, 2018, 03:29 PM

11. His wife told him a story about....

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Response to FSogol (Reply #11)

Fri Jan 5, 2018, 03:33 PM

14. This is kind of a literal version of "LOOK! A SQUIRREL!"

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Response to Squinch (Reply #5)

Fri Jan 5, 2018, 03:34 PM

15. I heard they are serving breast fed squirrel dredged in corn flakes at Olive Garden....

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Response to Brother Buzz (Reply #15)

Fri Jan 5, 2018, 03:35 PM

16. To their pit bulls.

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Response to Squinch (Reply #16)

Fri Jan 5, 2018, 03:42 PM

21. Oscar sent it back to the kitchen were a terse message.....

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Response to Brother Buzz (Reply #21)

Fri Jan 5, 2018, 03:44 PM

23. .

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Response to Brother Buzz (Reply #21)

Fri Jan 5, 2018, 03:53 PM

28. LOL, Classic!

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Response to Brother Buzz (Reply #21)

Fri Jan 5, 2018, 05:22 PM

55. I've missed that drawing so much!!

Thanks for re-posting it.

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Response to Squinch (Reply #5)

Fri Jan 5, 2018, 03:47 PM

25. That is exactly where my mind went, too!

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Response to Skittles (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 5, 2018, 04:20 PM

36. Yes, but why isn't

Jeff Sessions investigating this? Is it a cover-up? We should tell someone, somewhere, sometime, maybe.

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Response to Skittles (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 5, 2018, 05:04 PM

51. one day and trolling, I thought he wasn't trying at all lol.

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Response to Vinyasa Guy (Original post)

Fri Jan 5, 2018, 03:24 PM

2. Eh.

It's weird if he was being serious about his grandfather hanging them, but it's not a big deal. My grandfather shoots chipmunks if they're in his yard.

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Response to bearsfootball516 (Reply #2)

Fri Jan 5, 2018, 03:26 PM

9. Well we have different ideas on what is a big deal. n/t

 

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Response to bearsfootball516 (Reply #2)

Fri Jan 5, 2018, 03:29 PM

12. Why? Just because he likes to kill things?

You can't really kill all the chipmunks - and why would you?

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Response to maxsolomon (Reply #12)

Fri Jan 5, 2018, 03:31 PM

13. He's had problems with them burrowing under the foundation and causing damage.

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Response to bearsfootball516 (Reply #13)

Fri Jan 5, 2018, 03:49 PM

26. i had to go into my MIL's crawlspace to extract a dead rat that did the same.

I can't imagine shooting them solves the problem - since there's lots of chipmunks.

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Response to maxsolomon (Reply #26)

Fri Jan 5, 2018, 03:59 PM

33. I cant speak for everyone, but once he started shooting them, the problem stopped.

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Response to maxsolomon (Reply #12)

Fri Jan 5, 2018, 03:53 PM

29. Yes especially when killing is done for 'fun'. n/t

 

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Response to Vinyasa Guy (Original post)

Fri Jan 5, 2018, 03:24 PM

3. relax.

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Response to Vinyasa Guy (Original post)

Fri Jan 5, 2018, 03:24 PM

4. He's all talk

His grandfather was a sociopath

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Response to Vinyasa Guy (Original post)

Fri Jan 5, 2018, 03:25 PM

6. I knew someone that used to eat them. One person's cute visitor is another's rat with a bushy tail

or someone else's lunch.

Live in a rural area?

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Response to PoliticAverse (Reply #6)

Fri Jan 5, 2018, 03:37 PM

17. I've hunted and eaten squirrel. Tastes like chicken. Really.

The brains taste like chicken livers.

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Response to trof (Reply #17)

Fri Jan 5, 2018, 04:34 PM

41. Not pisses my uncle more than shooting them in the head

Claims the brain is the best part. I think they are just ok.

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Response to PoliticAverse (Reply #6)

Fri Jan 5, 2018, 04:27 PM

39. I grew up shooting and eating them.

Havenít in over 20 years. But I would not hesitate to go squirrel hunting. It was always my favorite kind of hunting and I like the way they taste.

My extended family eats them regularly

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Response to Vinyasa Guy (Original post)

Fri Jan 5, 2018, 03:25 PM

7. That would no doubt piss me off and I'm certain I would of had a smart remark for him. Now as far a

 

as "telling" on the guy I doubt I would of done that...no need for that with a mouth like mine. =)

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Response to Kirk Lover (Reply #7)

Fri Jan 5, 2018, 03:40 PM

18. I love it, you sound like me

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Response to Vinyasa Guy (Original post)

Fri Jan 5, 2018, 03:25 PM

8. Squirrels are pests.

But I understand your abhorrence. I would never kill one.

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Response to Lunabell (Reply #8)

Fri Jan 5, 2018, 03:54 PM

30. Squirrels are an extremely important part of the ecosystem. n/t

 

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Response to Kirk Lover (Reply #30)

Fri Jan 5, 2018, 04:30 PM

40. Did not know my roof vents were part of the ecosystem

Because those little SOBs ate them down to the shingles. If not in a subdivision I would have broke out the .22.

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Response to GulfCoast66 (Reply #40)

Fri Jan 5, 2018, 04:36 PM

42. Killing the squirrel will solve your 'problem' only temporarily until the next one comes along.

 

We have a bigger brain, we should be able to outsmart these creatures. So instead of just killing them you could purchase a roof vent guard for a reasonable price and actually solve the problem permanently. There is also do it yourself youtube tutorials if you are good with your hands.

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Response to Kirk Lover (Reply #42)

Fri Jan 5, 2018, 04:45 PM

44. I replaced the with plastic ones

No animals killed. Although squirrels do taste pretty good and are very plentiful in the south. That said, I would not eat one from the city.

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Response to GulfCoast66 (Reply #44)

Fri Jan 5, 2018, 04:55 PM

47. Well they can chew through plastic...woulda went with metal...I guess you may get your chance

 

to replace it the next time they chew through it!

If you need squirrel to eat then I have less of a problem with it. But when it's just for target practice -- me no likey.

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Response to Kirk Lover (Reply #47)

Fri Jan 5, 2018, 05:14 PM

54. They chewed the Metal one because they contained lead

The new ones are squirrel proof. Got them with my new roof thanks to Hurricane Irma.

And I generally feel it is a sin to kill anything for fun.

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Response to Kirk Lover (Reply #42)

Fri Jan 5, 2018, 04:53 PM

46. My neighbor tried killing chipmunks

because they were eating her tomatoes. The whole thing was really dumb because there was no way she could kill every single one that came along. She gave up.

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Response to Phentex (Reply #46)

Fri Jan 5, 2018, 04:55 PM

48. Plus there are other ways to protect vegetables from critters!! n/t

 

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Response to Kirk Lover (Reply #48)

Fri Jan 5, 2018, 04:59 PM

49. Not to mention...

we live in an area where you can get any kind of tomato you want!

The neighbor to the left of us kills snakes when she sees them. But then had to hire a pest company to kill the moles in her yard. That didn't work either!

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Response to Vinyasa Guy (Original post)

Fri Jan 5, 2018, 03:28 PM

10. You expressed your feelings about his grandfather and did your part. He may have been kidding so you

reacted correctly.

Snowflakes in many numbers can be very powerful, so don't say that as a weak thing to be.

Make sure that your feeding of the squirrels is the right thing to do by checking with pest control. You may also be feeding rats.

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Response to Vinyasa Guy (Original post)

Fri Jan 5, 2018, 03:40 PM

19. Am I being oversensitive, or do you think he wasn't talking about squirrels?

I think he was. Talking about squirrels.

(My father was the same way with cats.)

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Response to Vinyasa Guy (Original post)

Fri Jan 5, 2018, 03:42 PM

20. If that guy lives in an urban area he might

be violating the law if he discharges his gun within city limits (or within a designated number of feet from a building). You might want to find out what the laws are in your area. That is they kind of idiot that might end up killing a neighbor.

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Response to Vinyasa Guy (Original post)

Fri Jan 5, 2018, 03:43 PM

22. Well

Remember, he was attempting to be funny, as may have been his "grandfather". I've actually heard that joke before and I don't think anyone was serious.

That said, yes, squirrels are "vermin". They are in the same category as rats, raccoons, pigeons, possoms, and strangely feral pigs. Which is to say they are basically scavengers that tend to multiply near or around human activity. Some would put feral cats in the same category. Strangely, some bears would also qualify.

The important part of this distinction is that there is little hazard to hunting them, even to merely controlling their populations. Which of course doesn't speak to the "humanity" of it all. But in many parts of American culture, there would be nothing unusual about shooting them. Many places still eat them. I wouldn't be in a hurry to "report" him, in part because mostly what happened was you met someone from another part of our culture. Unity, understanding, and the advancement of our society kinda looks for us to advance understanding through conversation, not through confrontation.

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Response to Vinyasa Guy (Original post)

Fri Jan 5, 2018, 03:45 PM

24. Squirrels have TWICE chewed the insulation off car ignition wires.

Expensive to repair.
They gnaw on aluminum gutters, PVC vent stacks on your roof, plastic mailboxes.
They are rodents and their front teeth continually grow, so they have to keep grinding them down.
Low velocity (sub-sonic) bullets don't make much noise.

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Response to trof (Reply #24)

Fri Jan 5, 2018, 03:55 PM

31. Yeah good idea...just kill them all and that will solve it. n/t

 

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Response to Vinyasa Guy (Original post)

Fri Jan 5, 2018, 03:50 PM

27. Thoughts: Shop at Costco

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Response to Vinyasa Guy (Original post)

Fri Jan 5, 2018, 03:58 PM

32. Several years ago

 

an elderly neighbor invited us over for dinner. She (or I) said something or other about squirrels and she said, "I shoot them with my gun. If I don't, they tear up the yard something fierce."

I come from a suburb of NYC. She was named Beula May and was from the South.

It was a cultural clash, if you will. As for your guy......I'd let it go. A culture clash.

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Response to Vinyasa Guy (Original post)

Fri Jan 5, 2018, 04:07 PM

34. I would be hugely offended, but I wouldn't report it.

I wouldn't want anyone to lose their job either. I have to wonder at checkers in stores these days, though. They don't seem to have been trained to interact professionally with customers, and it's so widespread, I don't blame it on any one store or even age group. It's just weird. I gave a bag to a checker in a grocery store about a year ago and she said in a loud voice, "did you want me to bag your groceries?", which was horribly off putting to begin with, but she also embarrassed me in front of the other customers in line. And that's not even unusual anymore.

Having someone mimic shooting squirrels would really, really bother me, I have to say, and alas, I'd probably let it go, too.

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Response to LisaM (Reply #34)

Fri Jan 5, 2018, 04:21 PM

38. In situations like that....

I console myself with the knowledge that they won't last long in their job. Rudeness like that is never a one-time thing.

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Response to Rorey (Reply #38)

Fri Jan 5, 2018, 04:50 PM

45. Probably not.

I will say that our local Safeway is markedly different, the cashiers there are really nice and friendly, and once when I was doing a huge shopping for Thanksgiving and couldn't find an item on my list, the cashier said, "oh, I'm really sorry" and gave me a pudding cake for free!

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Response to Vinyasa Guy (Original post)

Fri Jan 5, 2018, 04:16 PM

35. The real point here is he is a rude jerk

We all have different beliefs and likes and dislikes, etc. You made it obvious that you're an animal lover and enjoy feeding the squirrels. He shouldn't have made any comment at all if his viewpoint was different. His job is to act as a cashier, and making a comment that disturbs a customer isn't part of the job description. I wouldn't advocate reporting him to management. I doubt he'd get fired, and then it could be awkward when you shop there again.

I guess I'd just try to tell myself to be happy that I don't know that jerk on a personal level. And I'd try to avoid his line in the future. And if I did have to go through his line, I wouldn't be the least bit friendly.

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Response to Vinyasa Guy (Original post)

Fri Jan 5, 2018, 04:20 PM

37. I'm still upset

The little deer herd on my property disappeared with deer season. They would come right up to the barn.

Most horse people don't want opossums around because they carry EPM--a serious viral horse disease. Two of my horses have had it. I haven't had a problem with them though since we got the Great Pyrenees. We do, however, have a problem with raccoons coming in the feed room at night and wrecking it. Can't leave cat food out. And they carry rabies.

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Response to Vinyasa Guy (Original post)

Fri Jan 5, 2018, 04:37 PM

43. Given where he was coming from, he was probably...

....just being friendly. Best to meet people where they'd intended, I think.

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Response to Vinyasa Guy (Original post)

Fri Jan 5, 2018, 04:59 PM

50. "Squirrels are sometimes classified as vermin"

Squirrels are sometimes classified as vermin because they to feed on farmer crops (fruit) and can harass chickens.

Egg are seen as a delecacies. And they are not beyond killing youn chicks as food.

However, this is mostly a problem with the gray squirrels as they are less intimidated by human presence.

https://www.quora.com/Why-are-squirrels-classed-as-vermin


I don't think it's a good idea to report him for that comment, but I think stores should encourage their cashiers not to comment on items being purchased.

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Response to Vinyasa Guy (Original post)

Fri Jan 5, 2018, 05:08 PM

52. I've fought with a squirrel or two in my day.

They usually win in the long run.



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Response to Vinyasa Guy (Original post)

Fri Jan 5, 2018, 05:10 PM

53. Between the two of you we see the balance of the universe.

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Response to Vinyasa Guy (Original post)

Fri Jan 5, 2018, 05:28 PM

56. As a flaming liberal Democrat, am I allowed to ask, "Don't Squirrel Lives Matter"?

Pardon the sarcasm. We "libtards" seem to have cornered the market on genuine snark, satire and pointed humor.

It's how we tolerate life under authoritarian rule. That, and eagerly awaiting the 3-ton sandbag
which is poised directly over the Dotard's scalp-reduced, empty noggin, and is now dangling by a single stressed thread.

Start the clock.

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