Mid-life Without the Crisis

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Monday, August 23, 2010

Pet Peeve

This ain't NASCAR, baby!
You know how tailgating is so annoying when you're driving?  Believe me, it's just as bad when you're shopping.

My hubby, for reasons I don't need to go into, cannot walk quickly, so we go pretty slowly through the stores.  If you find yourself behind someone in a similar situation, might I make a few suggestions?

  1. Enjoy this short time of moving slowly through what is otherwise most likely a very busy day.
  2. Be thankful you don't have any mobility issues that cause you to need to move slower than the average person.
Good grief, people.  If you're so busy you don't really have time to slow down for 2 minutes in a store, then why the heck don't you go do your mui importante crap and leave the store for those who have time to shop?  Someone's eventually going to catch me on a bad day and get an ear full.  For now, I feel better having done my rant here.

Thanks to Pat (Two Photos and A Rant) and Lydia (Just Standin' On My Soapbox) for reminding me of the freedom to say whatever I want.  It is my blog, after all.


Laura Robinett said...

I have to say one of my biggest pet peeves is when people tell other people wrong information, and act like they are the authority on that subject and are completely wrong. It bugs me even more if they share incorrect information that involves technology. This could also be the reason why I was fired from my last job.. if I know I'm right then I will prove it by any means. People apparently don't like being told they are wrong by someone younger than they are. :D

avidreader1974 said...

Thanks Judy, I'm glad you said something. We gets sighs sometimes because certain aisles at Wal-Mart are very narrow and Nathanael's chair takes up a lot of room. I try to move him around but it doesn't always work. This irritates me because people act like he's in the way on purpose. I have gotten to the point where I just tell Nathanael "you're fine, we'll be out of the way in a minute." I get more sighs.

avidreader1974 said...

I have another pet peeve to share. In my job I get a lot of kids who think they can tell me what to do or what they are going to do. Like not throwing a toy at a child's head is an option. Huh, stop throwing the damn toy and do what you're told. You're the child, I'm the adult. I guess I'm saying that my biggest pet peeve has become kids with smart mouths who have no respect for authority.

Anonymous said...

Well said, and sounds just like my daughter :) I am still anon.

Angie Dixon said...

I love this. Now, I do get very irritated by people who are in my way. But I don't count people with mobility issues as "in my way." By in my way, I mean jerks who are deliberately [or just because they're stupid] being obstructive--like the guy who puts his cart in the middle of a wide aisle and swerves when you try to go around.

One time in Wal-Mart, I saw three women with three carts, in the middle of an apparently very long conversation, effectively block FOUR AISLES by standing in one aisle and blocking entrance to three others. They saw people trying to get through and ignored them.

Well, I've never been one for subtlety, and they were pissing me off [since I needed through there]. They don't own Wal-Mart.

So, I went the long way and got in one of the aisles they were blocking, and started down it with my cart. Not fast, but steady, and I wasn't slowing down. I got close to them and said, "Excuse me, please. Excuse me, please."

If I hadn't stopped, I would have hit one of their carts, jamming it into the other carts and hitting at least two of them in the process. I would *never* have done that. Maybe they would have; I don't know. They certainly seemed to think I would. Which of course was what I intended :)

They scattered. I am sure later when they rejoined their conversation elsewhere in the store they had choice words for me. But I was not the one blocking four aisles. I might have been a little snarky in my unblocking approach, but hey.

Mobility problems, wheelchairs, canes, walking slowly...that's not in the way.

Being a jerk and acting like you're the only person who matters...that I can do without.

I wish I'd had a video of them running away from me and my shopping cart. It was hilarious.

J.R. Davis said...

I love that mental image of them scattering. Looks like cockroaches when the light goes on. :)

Anonymous said...

Yes! I was trying to think what they scattered like, but I couldn't think of anything. Cockroaches is exactly right. It was hilarious. And man, were they ticked off. Which of course added to my enjoyment, because what did they have to be ticked off about? Wal-Mart is not their back porch.