It’s little things mostly. Like the other day: I was in the supermarket at the self service check out and a lady’s trolley was half over my check out area. I couldn’t even place my items in the bagging area. I know a lot of people would have just asked her to move it, but I personally find it hard to do that without sounding annoyed. Plus I figured she’d notice I was there and move it. Yet she didn’t and kept on shoving it more over my way into me. I said excuse me as I went to grab a bag from my bagging area and got a glare in response.
Don’t even get me started on the roads! There seems to be an expectation that because someone has their indicator on they automatically have the right to cut me off. Ironically I am the kind of person that lets people in/out and I always say thank you (the old hand in the air) if someone does the same for me. What irks me is the assumption that they have the right to barge in and more often than not, cut me off. To add salt to the wound you rarely get a thank you.
It’s all around us:
- Walking down the street hardly anyone moves out of your way.
- People bump into you with so much as an apology (in fact I’m apologising!).
- No one lets you through the door first but pushes in front of you.
- The barging that goes on in queues (whether for the bus; medicare; or a flight).