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MY FIRST POST!!!!

I enjoy giving out.  That’s why I’m here.  I’m not going to pretend that this is anything other than cathartic for me, perhaps a little self-indulgent, but if anybody else enjoys this or sees my point, brilliant.  Writing is fun.  If you expect anything other than me tearing various topics to shreds then maybe look away now.  I don’t particularly feel represented.  I mean there are a variety of talk shows spread across the media that we have but as of yet I’m still to find something that isn’t aimed at a person in the middle – me.  Not an Adrian Kennedy caller or an affluent mother of two who lives in Blackrock (not that I particularly dislike Blackrock).  So why can’t I do this then?  Maybe some of you will agree with me.

Hopefully I don’t seem slow or ignorant and I hope I don’t include many inaccuracies.  I could start by giving you a little of my background but that would boring and that’s pretty much the sum of my life so far.  Hence the fact that I’m taking the time to detail a glorified version of what ‘grinds my gears’.

I guess I’ll start with something easy…

RUDENESS

This is probably one of my most hated traits of the majority of the human race.  When people expect that they have a right to be served first in a shop or won’t give up their seat for a pregnant lady you have to question how selfish society actually is.  I feel like I’m becoming old prematurely when I think like this.  Then I think about old people, particularly older Dublin people, and think about how they seem to feel that they can act whatever way they want, pushing you on the bus or hitting you with a stick (Yes!  It’s really happened).  I’m sorry your life was shit and probably still is but that does not give you the right to be a complete asshole to me.  I mean children generally have better manners these days and they would be less at fault for doing something similar.

To illustrate I’ll give you an example from my everyday life.  I was crossing the road one particularly windy day smoking a cigarette.  My hair was blowing all over the place and covering my face a bit as I saw a gap in the traffic and began to walk briskly across the street.  I was turned slightly to watch for traffic when I realised that I had slightly clipped someone’s heel who was standing in the middle of the road.  I abruptly, but genuinely said ‘Oh my God, I’m so sorry’ but continued on thinking nothing more of it.  It wasn’t serious, right?  Nobody was hurt right?  It was only a slight bump.

But no, nothing goes that simply for me.  I’m waiting to cross the next section of the road when I feel this sudden shove behind me nearly tipping me out onto the street.  I take my headphones off and turn around.  An old woman stands there screaming at me about how I nearly ‘killed’ her and could have pushed her under a bus.  Funny that because she didn’t seem bothered about moving on such an apparently busy street.  I look at her and tell her I’m sorry again.  What else was there to say?  She does not seem bothered with that as  a reply and continues to repeat herself.  People are looking but I think they might agree with her being mental.  Then she tells me all I care about is smoking.  Obviously, the reason I bumped into her on the road where she was causing an obstruction is because I only care about smoking!  How could I have been so stupid!  Anyway I tell her I have nothing else to say as she isn’t happy with my reply, put my headphones on and continue to smoke.  She toddles of down the road still giving out I expect but I’m the one left pissed off.  Technically I did nothing wrong.

That’s just a basic example of why I’m not really all that fond of the older generations here.  Now don’t get me wrong now – I don’t think ALL old people are crazy cranky feckers, but a lot of the ones that I come into contact with are.  Maybe it’s where I live… hmmm…

Rudeness does not simply stop there I’m afraid.  If you’ve ever worked in retail you’ll know exactly what I mean.  It’s like once you enter the realm of serving people in any kind of shop a lot of customers forget you’re a person.  You could be working in the most technical of shops selling the most amazingly complex stuff and people still assume that you are retarded.  I mean, obviously, you don’t have anything else going on in your life if you work in a shop.  It really is mind-boggling when you see customers quoting ‘consumer law’ at you.  For starters you’re just doing your job and secondly as it is your job you do actually know what you are doing (well hopefully you do).  In my own experience I dealt with many guys from consumer rights , as one shop I had worked in was reported repeatedly, but when they came in and I explained what we were doing they found that we were completely within our rights.

In one job I was a supervisor and had to save a little girl who worked for me from an irate pseudo upper middle class housewife who was telling her that the gillet (yeah, GILLET) was priced at a ridiculously low price.  The girl was nearly crying as the woman was shouting at her so much.  She was extremely rude as well.  We’ll say for the sake of argument that the gillet was priced at a hundred and this had a price sticker on it saying it was twenty.  It didn’t help the fact that these price stickers had the name of the item on them as well.  It clearly stated it was a scarf.  Also, anyway, the rules are if more than 50% of an item are priced differently the customer has a case to get the item at that price, but not a right.  It was the only item with the scarf’s price on it.  I explained this to the woman.  She still demanded it at that stupid price.  I told her she couldn’t have it for that and explained it again, like you would to a very slow child and walked off to leave her ponder her own situation.  She then started talking to her friend about buying one somewhere else and as I know it was directed at me I told her that she might be better off.  Five minutes later she bought it at the till.  In your face.

Why is it ok to be mean to people?  It’s like you value your own life above others?  Why can’t everybody value everyone else or at least treat each other with respect?  Do you want to know why?Becuase a lot of people are assholes.  Plain and simple. And while I’m here ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ are important words and not enough people use them.

If you’ve come this far thanks for reading.  Hope you enjoyed it and will come back.  I know it’s a bit thrown together but they should get better.



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