Special Snowflakes Find Out Their Fuckery Doesn’t Fly in the Real World

And they find out the hard way.

snowflake 2If you don’t feel like reading the entire story linked, here’s a short version:

Special snowflake gets internship at a firm that requires employees to dress professionally.

Special snowflake notices one member of the firm wearing shoes that don’t conform to dress code.

Special snowflake gets bent out of shape, because someone is violating dress code with apparent impunity, and approaches manager to ask if the interns could violate dress code too.

Special snowflake’s request is denied.

Special snowflake can’t take no for an answer, and writes a proposal/petition, signed by other special snowflake interns, telling the management why they should be allowed to violate company policy.

All special snowflakes who signed the petition get tossed out on their entitled asses.

Isn’t it amazing when the special snowflakes get into the real world outside their university safe spaces and discover that the real world doesn’t care about their special snowflakery? Rough lesson, boys and girls, but one you should take to heart.

The advice columnist is correct in her response.

Y’all were pretty out of line. You were interns there — basically guests for the summer. Their rules are their rules. This is like being a houseguest and presenting your host with a signed petition (!) to change their rules about cleaning up after yourself. You just don’t have the standing to do that.

Over the past couple of years, we’ve seen Special Snowflakes demand extra time to do their schoolwork, because it interferes with their activism. We’ve seen them violently demand that their opposition be silenced and even deprived of employment! We’ve seen them demand safe spaces and participation trophies. They want passing grades just for breathing and excused delays in examinations, because they’re just too stressed about the perceived injustices they face in this world to study! And universities, in their blinding ignorance, have genuflected in front of these overindulged piglets and bent over backwards to accommodate them for fear of being branded racist, misogynist, or any other offensive “ist” you can think of!

Well, guess what, snowflakes!

That’s not how the real world works.

No one believes you’re special or important because today you identify as a demigender toaster!

An internship is supposed to provide you with an opportunity to learn and get real world experience! You’re certainly not doing anyone a favor by gracing them with your presence, no matter what mommy and daddy told you when they gave you that pony! The work you do will determine your value to the company that affords you said opportunity. They are your host. They are kind enough to take you on and show you the ropes. They certainly don’t need your privileged, disgruntled whining about being forced to wear leather shoes! You don’t like it? Get the fuck out! Your internship is a gift to no one but you, and if you’re extremely lucky,sometimes you’ll even get paid for the opportunity!

snowflakeA workplace is not a democracy. A workplace is not a “safe space.” Your manager does not owe you an explanation about why a certain full-time employee may or may not be exempt from a stated workplace policy. And they certainly don’t need a bunch of puerile brats organizing what amounts to a mini protest of policies they don’t like. Your manager is not your friend, parent, or nanny. A workplace is where you learn practical experience in your chosen career, and perhaps, if you really do your job well, you will have an opportunity to join the workforce as a full, productive member!

Oh, and by the way, the person who was “violating” the dress code was a Soldier who had lost her leg! So yes, she was allowed to wear whatever shoes she wanted. What’s really telling is that special snowflake, instead of acknowledging that perhaps interns have no place informing management who, in their view, should be allowed to wear whatever they wanted, claims they would have taken the Soldier’s predicament into consideration when making their recommendations!

What?

Who in the blinding, sniveling fuck should care about what a bunch of sniveling millennials recommend as a dress code at a firm whose leadership quite obviously knows better what kind of image it wants to project? Do special snowflake and her whining cohorts really consider themselves that important?

My friend Amanda has it exactly right in her post about this very same subject this morning. The entire letter shows that special snowflake doesn’t understand what she did wrong. She thinks the interns are somehow higher on the food chain than they actually are, and further believes that the management ought to reconsider their firing!

The selfish, entitled brattery is nauseating! Amanda also notes that special snowflake appears to only be concerned with her own dismissal and not that of her fellow interns, even though she organized this mini-mutiny, and if she had any integrity at all, would hold herself responsible.

She mentions how professionally the proposal was written – just like she was taught at school!

Perhaps her school should have taught her the value of professional conduct, instead of coddling and telling her how special and important she is!

55 responses

  1. […] Edited to add: My friend Nicki has a great post about this. Check it out over at The Liberty Zone. […]

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  2. Oh, FINALLY!!!! The ‘me, me, me, all about me’ shit is coming home to roost!!

    Is it okay to call these spoiled brats attention whores? Or is that too much?

    I’m happy to know that the company who dumped these little snots is smart enough to hire a vet, who is a mature adult. Kudos to them.

    Thanks for the article, Nicki.

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    1. Is it okay to call these spoiled brats attention whores? Or is that too much?

      Sara, that’s an insult to whores everywhere, who at least will try to give a customer good value for their money.😛

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  3. I’m going to have to disagree with one point, here. It is entirely reasonable to expect an explanation of why a particular person is exempt from a company policy. If there is no reason for it, then it falls to reason that either the policy is pointless or else that the manager is the type who shows favoritism, and the latter is one to be avoided.

    Of course, the petition was just stupid.

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    1. No one owes them an explanation. And I would have politely asked for one before doing the petition!

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      1. It is not necessary to explain until the subject comes up, true, but if it DOES come up, then an explanation is needed. Otherwise, anyone else can ignore the dress code, and expect no repercussions. Or expect redress if there are repercussions.

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        1. This was a medical issue. Legally, it’s sort of dicey to go telling stories about employees medical issues.

          Also, interns. So. Maybe if they had actually gotten to know the coworker instead of envying her footwear they could have avoided some embarrassment.

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        2. Maybe if they had actually gotten to know the coworker instead of envying her footwear they could have avoided some embarrassment.

          This.

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        3. But that’s the thing. The snowflakes didn’t ask if there was a reason the person was allowed to wear those shoes, they immediately asked if they could do the same. There’s a difference.

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        4. Interns, Wayne. Interns don’t have a “right” to explanations of any kind except those the management deems proper in their further education.

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        5. Interns, Wayne. Interns don’t have a “right” to explanations of any kind except those the management deems proper in their further education.

          Arbitrary rules are wrong, I don’t care what their status was. Once the subject was brought up, SOME sort of explanation was needed, beyond, “That’s the way I say it is.” I don’t give a shit if they were felons on work-release. Now, even that distinction may be the reason, but it needs to be pointed out.

          It’s possible that the manager actually DID give a reason, which could have been as simple as “Because you’re an intern, and she’s not.” All I’m saying is that a reason SHOULD be given.

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        6. BlondEngineer

          And this is where she screwed up, I think. Because it doesn’t sound like she asked why someone else got to do it and she didn’t. It sounds like she saw someone doing something different and then marched her special self into her manager’s office to demand permission to not obey the rules. Without knowing what spurred this demand, how can the manager explain, except to say, no? If she had whined ‘But why can’t -I-? Linda doesn’t wear approved shoes!’ then management could have done as you suggest and replied, ‘Oh, Linda has an exception, for medical reasons.’ It sounds like she didn’t ask that very important question until the meeting where she got fired.

          And even then, sometimes you run into managers that are arbitrary. You run into managers that play favorites. It happens. Been there and done that. That generally indicates a company you don’t want to be employed at, anyway. You either have to decide not to stay, or learn to deal with not being the teacher’s pet.

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    2. CavScoutCoastie

      If it’s for a medical reason then an explanation could potentially be a HIPPAA violation.

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      1. Unless the employer is a healthcare provider, HIPAA doesn’t enter into it. And if they want to keep it confidential, “medical reasons” is a good enough explanation.

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        1. Not necessarily HIPAA, but, it could be ADA.

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  4. Christopher Woods

    It was none of their damn business what the other person was wearing. They were given the dress code.

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  5. We have an employee with six months on the job who was told that their shift was going to change and they were going to take on more responsibility. Their reaction? Give me a day to think about it. My boss’s reaction? Okay. Come back in a day and tell me how excited you are because this is going to happen. The employee then came to me to get my opinion of if they should ask for a pay raise. Why? Because they’re being asked to do more. My reply? You get paid more *after you do more. Prove that you’re worth the money.

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    1. Is the snowflake currently seeking other employment? LOL!

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  6. That’s shortbus-quality snowflakism, there. When’s the last time you saw a footwear exemption to the dress code that _wasn’t_ medically related? That’s always my first assumption.

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  7. A very long time ago, George Harrison wrote a song appropriate to this generation of self-involved little shits, who are the grandchildren of my generation.

    The song was ‘I, Me, Mine’. I think it applies to this bunch. The real world is giving them a rude awakening to reality. How sad.

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  8. Bwahahahahahahahahaha.

    That karma, she’s a real bitch.

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  9. I remember stories I have heard about people in Army (yes–NOT Air Force) boot camp being issued a stress card (!) they could pull out when they just couldn’t handle being chewed out by the Drill Instructor (think R. Lee Ermey here.) The DI had to respect it.

    Well, the person telling me this story was not a DI, she was a lieutenant dealing with a group with an actual job to do, and someone fresh out of boot camp fucked up one day. She started chewing the dufus out and they pulled out their stress card.

    The look on the noob’s face when she simply plucked the card out of the person’s hand and tore it up, continuing the reaming. was, I am told, priceless.

    I have this mental image of someone holding up a stress card in actual combat–and pulling it back down only to discover that now it has a bullet hole through it.

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    1. Steve when I was in Army boot camp (1971) one of the DIs came into the barracks one night and said “who wants to call mommy? It’s on me”. About six guys fell for it and he took them outside. He asked each one “where you from boy?” After telling the DI where they lived, he’d turn them in the right direction and say “All right maggot start calling for mommy, good and loud!”
      Danged funny!!

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  10. (Sitting here with an evil grin on my face. . . ) Ya’know, we need to do something to help out all these speshul snowflakes. My recommendation is for a dozen or so prior Marine DIs form a company, and train them to live in the real world. Half of it would be Marine Basic, the other half will be training in being a waitress, a barhop, burger-flipping, or maid service (something their Gender Studies degree would be appropriate for). The training should be located near Burns, Oregon, and be mandatory after the second time they do something extremely stupid in the job market. Oh, and it should last a year — six months of basic, and six months of training in the REAL world. And they can’t drop out or quit.

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    1. Can we really find any DIs who would take on the job of training these entitled douche nuggets?

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      1. I’m sure some DIs would be delighted at the opportunity to demonstrate to and tell ’em exactly who is NOT entitled…as long as there was no penalty for failing to extract the snowflakes’ heads from their asses. In other words, if they don’t have to care if you pass “boot camp” or not.

        Admit it; you’d love watching it happen. And if you love watching it happen, someone out there would love to make it happen.

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        1. Can we have cameras standing by to record when some Internet Tough Guy(tm) decides that RL is the same as online, and tries to beat the ass of a DI that yelled at the ITG because the latter screwed something up?

          Because that’s a possible revenue source right there.😀

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        2. It needs to be uploaded to Youtube, and go viral. And then moved to other video providers.

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    2. A little different approach, but yeah.

      Ah, the memories. Went through Army basic at Fort Ord, 1974. DI’s were Vietnam vets. Entire company is lined up for our very first road march. No weapons, no helmets, just o.d. fatigues, field jackets, and web gear, packed with specifically listed items. A couple of geniuses stuff their gear with newspaper (like nobody EVER tried that before). The DI’s (Drill Sergeants, to be correct) walk the line checking gear, and our two heroes are found out.

      The DI’s pull them out of line in front of the whole company. They are told to take off their gear, and one of the DI’s says “So, you don’t want to carry this? No sweat, I’ll carry it for you.”. Another DI shows up with an entrenching tool, and together the DI’s fill every pocket on our heroes to over flowing with sand. Back into line, and off we marched.

      Also fond memories of our Puerto Rican DI (Drill Sergeant Pu) yelling at us on laundry day “Chu peoples get Chore Cheets togedder!”.

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  11. This is my favorite headline ever in the history of writing.

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  12. FINALLY!😀 A story about a Special Snowflake getting BOOTED instead of accommodated. I wish this wasn’t so freaking rare…

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  13. ROTFLMAO! Welcome to the real world Snowflakes… And Wayne, I’m ‘betting’ they were told about exceptions. Most amputees are working hard to NOT advertise they have a prosthetic, and it is a privacy issue. The snowflake may have been told, but chose to ‘not’ include that in their letter…

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    1. I’m sure it’s fairly likely that some explanation was given. I was disagreeing with Nicki’s contention that they were not owed an explanation. As far as I’m concerned, the only time an explanation is not owed is when it is a child too young to understand the words.

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    2. Yeah – Wayne, they were not employees. Interns are temps. These spoiled brats were interns, and interns are nothing but temps. Temps do NOT have the rights or privileges that full-time employees have. Is that too difficult to understand?

      This whine job by these spoiled little snots was NOT about ‘explaining’ anything about that particular employee. It was about these spoiled brats thinking they had the same privileges and rights as full-time employees, which they did not have. They were there with the permission of the company as TEMPS. Furthermore, it is quite clear that the little snot who got all of them kicked out is the most self-centered snot of that bunch. These are not people who will make good future employees unless THEY change THEIR attitude , in case you didn’t know. The real world is not about them and does not give a shit what they think.

      No, the company did NOT owe them an explanation. They presented themselves as troublemakers, not as potential future employees, so they were sent packing, except for the intern who was smart enough to stay out of the path of that thundering herd of spoiled little snots.

      That’s the real world and that’s the long and short of it. I don’t know why you find that so difficult to understand, but perhaps you’re too YOUNG and too IMMATURE to understand the REAL world. The REAL world of work expects you to perform. They did not perform.

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      1. Ah, I wondered when it would devolve to insults.

        You aren’t understanding me. EVERYONE deserves to get a reason why a rule is not being followed, be it an employee, an intern, a customer, or some random observer, if they raise the subject. If you don’t give one, then you’re the ass, not the person asking about it. The reason can be vague: “HR gave them an exemption” is enough, but there NEEDS to be a reason communicated. This is no different from the guidelines for raising children – there needs to be consistency, and explanations for deviations from that consistency.

        It’s pretty simple. I don’t know why you don’t understand it.

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        1. But that’s not what the snowflake asked, Wayne. She wanted to violate the dress code because she saw someone else do it, and asked to be able to do the same. When told no, she staged a little mutiny among the interns. There’s a difference.

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        2. OK, perhaps there’s something I have not made sufficiently clear:

          I have not said nor implied that the snowflake was right, nor that she should still have a job (nor even that the signers of the petition should still have their jobs). I thought that was clear enough in my first comment, but perhaps I assumed too much that was based on my own way of thinking (just to be clear, I am NOT saying anyone was dumb, I’m saying I was not sufficiently explanatory).

          The ONE, SINGLE thing I have been disagreeing with is the specific statement above, “Your manager does not owe you an explanation about why a certain full-time employee may or may not be exempt from a stated workplace policy.” I say he does. I’ve also given examples of how broad such an explanation could be and still meet my standard. But everyone seems to be assuming I think she was in the right, when I have never said such a thing.

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        3. On my part, at least, the problem is that I don’t think such an explanation is owed. It’s no one’s business, IMO. Go to the office and do your job. No one owes you anything. If you ask why a certain policy is in place, it would be nice to get an explanation, and any manager worth his or her salt should provide one. But owed? No way.

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      2. Sara, people who know me seldom make any claims that I am immature and don’t understand the real world. As for work, I’ve had several managers who were very disheartened when I moved on to better jobs.

        I’ve had good managers, bad managers, managers who could do my job three times as good and fast as I could, and managers who would be so lost attempting to do my job that video would go viral in five minutes.

        I’ve been fired twice, once for a misunderstanding with a manager, that I really didn’t care enough to correct, and once for a reason that none of my coworkers understood how he could say it, but again, it just wasn’t worth the effort.

        I’ve probably had more jobs than any random three people who are commenting on this article, but except for the times when I was either fired (again, twice) or the job itself went away (five times, six if you count seasonal work at the IRS), I’ve always left to go to a better position.

        You say interns are not entitled to explanations for things like irregularities in rule enforcement, because they’re interns. I say the DO, because they’re HUMAN.

        On the other hand, they shouldn’t respond to such a thing by creating a petition.

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        1. All of us in the real world have had good jobs, bad jobs, good supervisors, and people who shouldn’t be in charge of emptying wastebaskets. I freelanced in graphic arts for some time. That is self-employment, and my getting a call depended entirely on not only doing the best I could, but also accommodating the company that called me. My income depended on it. I also worked at a large corporate law firm where you were expected to measure up to their standards or you are out the door. Fortunately, I’ve never been fired, although as happened with you, a company I worked for briefly went belly up shortly after I started there. This is where freelancing comes in handy.
          Perhaps I was not clear, but my point was that interns ARE temps, and as temporary workers, they don’t have ANY benefits or rights or privileges afforded to employees, including asking for special privileges like violating the dress code in this case. But because this group of newbies think they’re something special when they aren’t, they’ve lost positions that might have opened some doors for them.
          No, they are NOT entitled to an explanation, not for anything. They are there to learn how to fit into the workaday world, not to ask for or demand special this and that. Furthermore, the nitwit who instigated this very stupid act was not interested in finding herself a permanent position. She was only interested in herself.
          She had not earned the right to make demands and the other interns that she hornswoggled into joining her should have known better.
          The one intern who was smart enough to refuse to sign that petition is the only one of that group who will fit into that company’s corporate ‘culture’. (I dislike using that term, but it is what it is.)
          Well, this harsh little lesson is what the real world is all about. These overgrown children have a long way to go to grow up.

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        2. I wasn’t going to respond to any more of these, because I considered it a waste of time, but since you think you were not clear:

          You were perfectly clear. I just think you’re wrong. IN MY OPINION, she deserved an explanation because she is HUMAN. Period. Stop. End of reason. Employment status does not enter the equation, to me.

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  14. I can only shake my head. All form and no substance.

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  15. Jeez, next thing you know, these snowflakes will be demanding that they actually get PAID MONEY for working, as if they lived in a capitalist country or something! Here in the real world, the boss is entitled to total authority over their free labor, and if you violate that sacred entitlement by asking for any amount of personal freedom, no matter how insignificant, then you will NOT be eventually allowed the privilege of getting paid for your work! That’s just how it is!

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    1. Many snowflakes DO get paid. That’s quite beside the point.

      Here in the real world, you’re a GUEST. Be grateful for he opportunity to learn, which many don’t get.

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    2. ASKING for something is a totally different thing than what was done here (It’s simple: Ask, get turned down, go back to work. I’ve done it dozens of times). Had she stopped at merely ASKING, she would probably still have a job. But no, she decided that she was going to try to push the company into changing their policy by getting a bunch of people to sign a petition. Could the response have been merely to deny the petition? Sure. But it was the sign of a troublemaker, who would probably be instigating things over and over again, so out she goes, and all the ones who showed that they leaned in that direction, too.

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  16. Ghost Rider 6

    Yeah, anyone with half a brain knew it was just a matter of time until Special Snowflake Fuckery collided with the real world, especially in the business sector. Their fallback, of course, will be to seek employment in the world of academia that spawned them, or in the government, where there are any number of agencies that will step on their dicks, literally and figuratively, trying to cater to the Special Snowflakes. Unfortunately, that would seem to now include some parts of the military, where there are “Warriors” that seem to think that “Social Justice” should precede that time-honored word.

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    1. Actually, the fallback, especially if you are a member of an Official Victim Group (basically not a straight white Christian male), is your local EEOC / Legal Aid / Tribal representative (NAACP. La Raza, NOW, etc.) to file a complaint and or lawsuit.

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  17. Reblogged this on Femininican and commented:
    I would like to know the name of the company that fired those spoiled brats so I could recommend that company to people who might be interested in whatever type of services that company provides. It is encouraging to see that somebody somewhere is not bending over for the PC indoctrinated. Please click over to Liberty Zone to see the story & enjoy the commentary.

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  18. […] blog of the day is The Liberty Zone, with a post on Special Snowflakes finding their stuff doesn’t fly in the real […]

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  19. I love a story with a happy ending.🙂

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  20. I find myself lately reading the post, and then waiting a day or two for some of the comments to fly, and then writing something myself. Here I find only a couple of points left to pick at. First, in response to Wayne, the only thing in life you are owed is that which you have made a deal on. I agree to work, you agree to pay me. I work, you owe me money. If you feel that just being human somehow means that special snowflake is entitled to ANYTHING I think you must have sat in on some classes with her and her sorority sisters. Life owes you nothing. People owe you no explanations for the rules of their companies. They owe you no explanations for why one employee looks to be exempt from those rules. Sure, it would be nice if they would tell you why, but they most certainly do not owe you shit. Payed position or unpayed internship, it makes no difference. You have 2 choices. Stay or leave.
    The other point is that this is not the last time that you hear of this sort of thing happening. I know that I am not likely the first to predict this, but expect this story to repeat itself over and over as more of these snowflakes seek employment in the real world that doesn’t play by the same rules that the colleges and universities that hid them for 5 or 6 years did. It won’t be so amusing after awhile.

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  21. It’s wonderful how higher education prepares young people for life in the real world.

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  22. ZUnique Will Vanquish

    Your schadenfreude over this issue is nauseating. Your clinging to the illusion you are ordinary and do not deserve special treatment marks you as a dinosaur. I assure you that we are taking over the world, and your type will go the way of the passenger pigeon. Everyone is special, and even workplaces will change to reflect that. Your “reality” is already obsolete, you resentful, disappointed, bankrupt has-been.

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    1. Yeah, I guess I’m obsolete for insisting that people use proper grammar too. If barely literate morons such as you are taking over the world, we’re already doomed. Now go play nice in your safe space, idiot.

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    2. What you don’t want to realize is that the only reason special snowflakes like you have been allowed to proliferate is because we have been tolerant, to the point we were effectively asleep at the wheel. That is changing, and if you idiots don’t back off soon, your “reality” is going to take a sharp turn for the worse, as more and more people stop putting up with your shit.

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