Special Snowflakes are offended – again…


I had to laugh at a report on Boredpanda.  It seems a 16-year-old girl started work at her first job, and her boss gave her a list of “rules” that offended her (and her father) mightily.  I can’t for the life of me imagine why.  My own parents taught me those rules, in so many words, by the time I was in my early teens – and, in my younger years, clobbered me when I thought I could get away with ignoring them.  Yes, corporal punishment was a thing in those days, and rigorously applied.

Here are the rules concerned.  Click the image for a larger view.

Some readers of the report were deeply offended at a young girl being given such rules, and said so.  Others had clearly been brought up as I was, and said so as well.  The different views were amusing to read, albeit making me shake my head at the “offended” bits.  I’m afraid my late parents’ views on the subject – conditioned as they were by growing up during the Great Depression and going through World War 2 in Britain (mom) and on the war fronts (dad) – would have been pungent, very direct, and anything but politically correct!

Click over to Boredpanda to read the responses for yourself – and if you have special snowflakes in your circle of acquaintances, you might invite them to do the same.  They might learn something.



  1. Life is summed up in Rule 6 from the late Richard Marcinko – 'You don't have to like it, you just have to do it'.

  2. This isn’t necessarily a new problem, I remember back in the late 60’s some of my fellow airmen having a problem coming to grips with the idea that one was required to obey those guys with stripes or badges on their collar. Fast forward 20 years, career change, explaining to a coworker fresh out of college that the boss really did have the right to tell her what to do.
    I suspect its a disconnect from consequences. Our fathers generation knew if you didnt work you didnt eat. My dad experienced real hunger and poverty during the depression and though he didnt speak much of it, he was clear that you had to earn your pay;there were no free lunches.

  3. I used to have a note on my fridge that I would often point out to whiny children:

    "Life isn't fair. Deal with it, get over it, move on with your life."

  4. Innumerable moons ago, when organisms survived through "survival of the fittest" with the rest being plucked from the gene pool of evolution. With the development of brains came learned behavior, an exponential impravement over evolution alone. Even after we climbed down from the trees and became human, inherited behaviors (instincts) kept those of our ancestors who became us from becoming tiger turds. Language was another exponential advance, allowing transmission of behaviors and attitudes viz. culture horizontally and vertically amongst generations: and writing preserves it through millennia.

    While not all such transmitted behaviors and attitudes are conducive to enduring group survival, those that are also tend to survive the passage of time. Reality is not necessarily pleasant, and guidance in ways to successfully manage it can be heeded with gratitude or rejected at one's own discretion.

  5. My first boss was my father. Very, very tough, but fair. I was paid for time worked, in cash, every Friday. For that I put in 8 full hours a day, 5 days a week. After 4 years working for him I asked for 4 hours off to go to the beach with some friends. He looked at me as if I had stabbed him in the heart. I took the time, but was thoroughly miserable. Every boss I have had since then was a pussycat by comparison.

  6. I came up with a Rules for Life when my kids were young… I hear them telling their kids stuff off of it on a regular basis….lol

  7. That list has been floating around for at least ten years. It isn't always as a list for some teenage girl.

  8. This originally appeared some years ago and was touted as being taken from a high school commencement speech given by Bill Gates. I think that was debunked and it's just something someone came up with, and the Bill Gates claim was made to try to viralize it.

    Even so, it does seem to be common sense to me as well.

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