I was raised by very polite parents, and my grandfather was the epitome of etiquette and respect. I guess I’m the product of my environment, and I expect people to be pleasant. But honestly, what’s going on these days? What happened to showing some civility and courtesy?
Today I was out running some errands over lunch, and between getting cut-off, tailgated, and nearly run over by shopping carts, I felt like I was lucky to survive. Do you ever feel that way? I’m afraid it is happening WAY too often for me.
So as I was reading news this evening, this story about a texting theatre-goer caught my attention. Apparently after two warnings, the woman refused to stop texting so the movie theatre escorted her out. YES! I love it! I want to go to the movies there! (Actually, it’s the Alamo Drafthouse in Texas, so it’s a bit far for me, but next time I’m in Texas, I’m there!) But get this, the woman was so upset at being removed that she left a ranting voicemail complaining and making excuses. Did that ruffle the theatre’s feathers? No, quite the contrary. You see, Alamo Drafthouse created a PSA from the woman’s abusive ramblings, and they play it before their featured movie (the clip is shown below — warning, although it’s censored, this woman’s language is over the top). What a fantastic idea! But what leaves me scratching my head is, how can this woman lack so much self-awareness? Hey, we all make mistakes, right? Sometimes we even get lost in the moment, and don’t even realize it. But really? After stepping away from the situation, how can someone get so unglued and have absolutely no clue she was so wrong. I simply can’t comprehend it.
What do you think about this incident? What happens when your path crosses with a rude person? How do you deal with it? Leave your thoughts and suggestions. Unfortunately it’s a problem that we’re all having to deal with more and more.