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Thread: Boy are there some strange people out there!

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    I went to my local Hancocks the other day just to browse. I had 2 bolts of fabric in my buggy and was looking at the Christmas clearance table of fabric. This nicely groomed, middle age woman walked up to me and said "I just got these 2 cut and they haven't put them back out here if you're interested."
    Then she pointed at my buggy and said "What are you making with those?"
    I told her I didn't know. She said "Oh, you're one of THOSE!"
    She walked around to the other side of the table and said "What are you going to do with all that fabric when you die?" Then she said "I'm donating mine to the seniors that sew. I haven't put it in writing yet, but that's what I'm going to do."
    Here comes the wierd part -- I was walking down the center aisle, and she was standing in one the short aisles, and when I passed, she said "Humph, she's got 2 bolts of fabric and doesn't even know what she's going to do with it!"
    OMG - what a wack-o! I told the ladies at the cutting counter when I finally went up there, with many more than 2 bolts! - and they were shocked. Told me I should have come to one of them when it happened. Said they don't people in there like that making their customers uncomfortable.
    Makes me wanna go running back in there! lol
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    What a nosey busybody!! Your business is none of hers. I can't stand people like that.

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    How annoying. Even when I do think I know what I'm going to do with certain fabric I usually end up changing my mind. I almost never shop with a specific project in mind. People should mind their own beeswax sometimes.

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    lol people she must only buy fabric she needs you know one of those LOL

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    Well, ctack2, sometimes people who act in that strange of a way are coming down with First or Second Stage Alzheimers, and they're not really talking to you, they're talking to an alternative reality field no one else can share with them. Under the circumstances, you conducted yourself in as good a way as you could to this rudeness, which no one could have changed, except perhaps a skilled nurse. She's lucky if she made it home without making a wrong turn, hurting herself, or someone else.

    Another health issue could have been she had a mini-stroke in which she could still partially function.

    imho

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    She may have been lonely and looking for conversation.

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    That is just rude!!! What ever happened to "if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all"?

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    Beautress is right...there are more medical reasons for her "strange to us" behavior. I would rather have a strange but seemingly civil conversation like that instead of some of the ones I have to deal with working in retail!

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    Did she give you her name??? Maybe she wants to be put in your will!!!! FUNNY! I lived in Salem, Oregon....we had a mental hospital practically in the middle of town, with lots of half-way houses around. I'm used to people like that! :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by cbridges22
    She may have been lonely and looking for conversation.

    My thoughts exactly.. Us quilters are a friendly bunch ya know..

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewwhat85
    lol people she must only buy fabric she needs you know one of those LOL
    Wow... I wonder if I have a bigger stash then that noseybody does. LOL And I might have 10 yards TOTAL of all the fabric that I have stashed...not much huh?

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    My thoughts exactly.. Us quilters are a friendly bunch ya know..[/quote]

    Not so sure on this point..there have been some very "ouchy" posts on this board on several topics...oh well, it gives us a nice private place to vent.....

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    I have a boat load of fabric I have no idea what I'm going to do with it yet. (Like so many of you :thumbup: ) If I see something that catches my eye, I buy it. Isn't that what they call a stash? :D

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    I would have probably said the last time you encountered her in the aisle you decided you were going to shred them in small strips and use it to stuff your dogs bed, and that if she would provide you with her address, you would"will" the dogs bed to her. What an old biddy!

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    That probably would've creeped me out a bit.

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    I guess you could have told her you were getting it to wrap your husband's mummified body...so you could keep him on display and he'd be pretty!

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    Carol-- I am always buying fabric because I like it. I still have fabric I bought years ago and didn't know what I was going to do with it. That lady was rude and if she was a quilter she would know how you feel about what you buy at the time and price that suits you at the time.

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    Well, live and let live. I agree with the people that said she might have a medical condition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Farm Quilter
    I guess you could have told her you were getting it to wrap your husband's mummified body...so you could keep him on display and he'd be pretty!
    OMG!! I will have to remember that one.

    And, yes, it did creep me out a little bit. I even went back to the pattern section to look at patterns for a few minutes hoping she'd find someone else to insult! Which ended up nicely because someone back there told me they had just left Hobby Lobby and they had their Simplicity patterns for 99 cents this week. So, all's well that ends well!

    Carol B

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    Quote Originally Posted by Farm Quilter
    I guess you could have told her you were getting it to wrap your husband's mummified body...so you could keep him on display and he'd be pretty!
    :lol: :lol: :lol:

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    A good all-purpose answer that even Miss Manners would approve of -

    "how kind of you to be concerned."

    Good for all sorts of situations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewwhat85
    lol people she must only buy fabric she needs you know one of those LOL
    Hey! Watch it! I'm "one of those"!
    ;)

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    it takes all kinds to make the world go around!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kathidahl
    My thoughts exactly.. Us quilters are a friendly bunch ya know..
    Not so sure on this point..there have been some very "ouchy" posts on this board on several topics...oh well, it gives us a nice private place to vent.....[/quote]

    Although her conversation may seem strange, it's also best not to gossip. There are a lot of people who read this board, not just members.

    And there are more than two kinds of quilters ('One of those' versus 'one of the other type.')

    We all have talents and our own special insights. And most likely, everyone, EVERYONE, has said something at one point in their lives that somebody else might have construed as being rude. In ourselves, we chalk it up to the circumstances. In others, we immediately chalk it up to their personality.

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    I always respond with "I don't know" when asked what I'm making simply because I usually don't like discussing it with perfect strangers.

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