Saturday, April 24, 2010
I just can't stand it when people are rude in social situations - and I mean rude for no reason at all.
Tell me if I'm crazy, but when I was growing up, we were raised to:
1. Acknowledge gifts with a thank you.
2. Not cut in line in front of people.
3. Say, "excuse me," or "I'm sorry," if you accidentally got in someone's way.
4. Move over if someone said, "Excuse me."
5. Not learn to dive like assholes.
6. Be courteous to people on the phone.
So it pisses me off, say, when we get gifts for a young family member, even though money is tight, and they aren't even acknowledged by his parent. No note. No phone call. No "thank you." How hard is it to at least let me know the clothes fit, or he liked his other present?
It pisses me off more when I get calls at work and people take out their frustration with their computer illiteracy on me. One caller this week actually said, "Sorry I'm being such a bitch about this."
I wanted to say, "So am I!"
Or last night in the video store, Mr. RK said, "Excuse me," to a woman standing in the way of our cashier. She just looked at him. I said, "Excuse me," and she just looked at me. I then said, "They're trying to ring us up." She glared at us and when she left the parking lot, she screeched her tires.
Is it me, or are people more impolite nowadays than they used to be? I don't remember so much everyday rudeness from when I was growing up.
Although, funny story - I had a friend in high school who was very aggressive, but was taught by her mom to address everyone as "mam" and "sir." We were at the gym one time and this guy started yelling at her because he said she was using one of the machines too long. She apologized, and when he kept yelling, she looked him square in the face and said, "Fuck you, sir!"