When I first started blogging in 2008, this was one of my very first posts that anyone read, so I thought I'd post it again just as a reminder. Plus, I've added a couple of new ones, thanks to modern technology.
People Who Use The Express Lane For A Whole Cart of Groceries: I think this one makes everyone crazy, right? You've carefully selected your grocery items (so that you can breeze through the express checkout) and get in line with your (Under 10) small cart of items, only to unwittingly get behind someone who doesn't play by the rules as the rest of us do. They have 18 or 35 items instead of staying under the 10 suggested items and it always seems like they need a price check or want to use coupons. Really? What a time suck after I so carefully calculated my shortest grocery store experience possible. These people either need to pay better attention to what they're doing or learn to read. Get a clue!
People Who Talk Or Text While Driving: Every time I get behind someone who is going way under the speed limit or driving in and out of their lane, I know they are going to have a cell phone in hand. I'm right approximately 99.9% of the time. I want to roll down my window and yell "If you can't talk and drive, then hang up before you kill someone!" Surely these clueless clowns don't really have a death wish, but their actions say quite the opposite. Here, we have a law that all cell phone use in school zones is now illegal. Really? I see people on their phones in school zones every single day of the world. They all look as if they are nice, normal people. Unfortunately, these folks feel that they are above the law. I can't help but wonder how they would feel after causing a fatal wreck or run over a child they don't see (because they aren't looking). These people, quite frankly, make me insane.
Road Hogs: I'm also amused by people who work like hell to pass you on a busy residential street and go from Mach 1 to Mach 5, only to wind up next to you at the stop light. I used to
always tell my children "Get ready to see what an idiot looks like."
We'd pull up next to them and then we'd all stare over at the car and
the kids would say something like "He/she doesn't LOOK like an idiot."
So, I would reply "Yes, and don't ever forget that. The world is full of
sheep and idiots as well as some really great people. You will
never be able to tell the difference from merely looking at them." Both
of my children claim that they do the same thing to this day. Another
example of road *hoggishness* is the guy in front of you on a two lane
highway going way under the speed limit, who won't move over enough to
let you see if there are oncoming cars. Furthermore, when you do try to
pass them, they seem to get great pleasure out of speeding up so that
you, once again, cannot pass, or else they make it difficult to pass.
I think this is probably self explanatory. Just think of Kathy Bates'
character in the movie Fried Green Tomatoes. She waits patiently for a
car to back out of a spot. Just as she's ready to pull into said spot,
two young women pull into the same spot from the wrong direction. It
also makes me crazy to see someone taking up two whole parking spaces in
a crowded parking lot. It is either totally thoughtless or intentional.
Either way, it makes these idiots quite rude.
Grocery Store Zombies:
You know the ones I'm talking about. The people who ever-so-cluelessly
wander the grocery aisles with no idea that they are taking up the
entire aisle with their shopping cart. They always seem completely
oblivious to this fact and when you try to excuse yourself to get by
their cart and/or entourage, they look as if you just hawked a loogie on them.
Maybe you should, in order to see a true reaction from these dullards.
These are often the same people who don't pull out their large stack of
coupons until after you've already emptied the contents of your cart
onto the moving belt. You know, so that you could see them and
quickly move on to another checkout. And, don't even get me started on the people who ram your heels with their cart and don't even notice. If they look at me, they will only see the whites of my eyes as they are rolling back in head.
Rude Sales Clerks:
Really, this is one of the most annoying of all the rude personality
types. They are getting paid to assist shoppers, aren't they? I love to
watch their eyes grow in size when they realize you are going to make a
huge purchase of clothing and shoes. Then, when they have decided
you are worthy of their attention, my favorite thing to do is say "You
know what, I don't really want any of this after all." Then, walk out of
the store as you turn to see them staring after you, mouth all agape. No
commission. No sales. Put everything back where it came from. That's
what you get for acting like a snotty elitist that is angry about
having to work for a living.
The Disgruntled Postal Worker: It seems that every time I go
to the post office there is this one little man who makes life hell for
anyone and everyone. He's certainly not picky about who he's rude
to, because he's equally as rude to all. I always try my best to make
sure I'm in one of the other lines. Not his. He yelled at me one day
because I had written the amount of insurance up in the corner of my box
with a pencil and not a pen. Whew! He's surely a great candidate for
one day turning completely postal and gunning down co-workers and other
people who don't prepare their packages in the way he deems fit. Yup, I
think this guy is a ticking time bomb.
So... Can you add to this list? Are there rude people in your world? Tell me about it!