Common Courtesy and Respect….

So, part of the community here is to share life experiences that may occur from day to day.   This is one of them…

I went to the local comic book store to pick up a comic book. I’ll be honest I once read and collected dozens of titles and acquired thousands of books over the past 30+ years.  Yet, now it’s down to just one title.  Yep!  Just one title. G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero by Larry Hama. Why? I have every issue since #1 and its my most beloved series from childhood. Honestly, today’s comics just don’t interest me.  Not to say that I’m not still very interested in characters like Batman, Superman and Spider-man.  I’m just tired of the crappy writing by writers pushing a narrative of social justice than tell a good story.  That’s probably no news to you fine folks. 

So, as I was leaving the comic shop, my wife and I notice there’s a UPS truck blocking our car.   This UPS truck just parked behind 3 cars that were parked in front of the store.  I made a sly comment that “I guess we aren’t going anyway right now.”  We got in the car, turned on the air conditioning and sipped our Starbucks.  We waited. And we waited.  At this point 10-15 minutes has passed. So I step out and approach the UPS truck.  I say, “excuse me” and a woman pops out from the back and says, “yeah.”   I politely ask if she could “move her truck as she’s blocking us in and we’d (my wife and I) like to leave and go.”  This very large woman struggling with some large boxes replies, “Not right now I have all these boxes.”   I was just left stunned. She had no consideration for me or my time.  I quickly replied, “we’d like to leave, just move the truck please..”  She proceeded to ignore me and continue to load the boxes on a dolly.  I admit this lit my Irish temper and I quickly responded, “Thanks for your rudeness and being a b!#ch about it.”   Then, I said, I hope “you like complaints made on your behalf to UPS.”   I sat in the car, called UPS and left a complaint and detail of the situation while she took her time finishing making her delivery to the very same comic shop I just bought my comic.   (Not sure what the shop ordered to literally get about 27 large boxes?).   Then, get this … here’s the capper!  She gets in the truck and pulls in to the larger parking lot to the west of the storefront and just parks.   I was quick to pull up to her and yell, “you might get called in the boss’ office later.  You might want to find another job!”  There may have been some hand jesters and language. Again I blame my Irish temper.  She just looked at me like she did nothing wrong!

Now, let me defend myself here.  If the lady, had replied with, “Sure, give me a second. And actually stopped loading the boxes and moved the truck (literally pulling it forward or backward 10 feet), I would have said “thank you” and smiled while waving “have a good day!”   So, this individual has no awareness of common courtesy and respect for others.  This is something I see much more lately in the city.  Especially from professional services and businesses.  People tell me that doesn’t happen in small towns but perhaps I’m cynical and don’t believe it.  I feel people just want to be jerks and selfish.   Is there hope for society?  Is it time to just move to nowhere?   

Please reflect.  Realize there’s other people in the world and you’re not the only one occupying space and breathing the air.  We can all be nice to one another . Be kind and humble.   Thats my with for today.  šŸ™‚ 

Take Care!

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