Q: Did you ever just wonder...

branie
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Lately, I have been meeting or coming in contact with the oddest or could I could say rude people. I was in a line the other day in Target and a guy yelled out "he should not have to wait in this line"!! He then mumbled for the next five minutes and aggravated pretty much the everyone around him. . I then met another guy pumping gas who said "why are they charging me so much money for gas"? My 11 year old nephew thought my gas was cheaper as the way he said it made it seen like he was the only one in the world paying high gas prices!! My experiences lately having my wondering... Do you find more people acting out in outrageous ways, yelling in stores, causing scenes and generally just being more self serving? Maybe I just ran into 2 interesting guys at Target and the gas station. However I have noticed in general people just don't care anymore they do what they want regardless of others.
branie posted Jun 08, 2011
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nimrodboy3
i think nowadays..people are becoming for selfish..and i think technology is part it. we want things now..we want things fast..we want things our way. with all of that..we start to think that we can get all those things and more...so we continue to push and strive. people can be inpatient. people can be rude. technology has given us so much..but there's a price. it's like the media..such a neat thing..but look at what it has done to society now.
nimrodboy3 (rep: 68k) posted Jun 08, 2011
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branie
I agree nimrodboy3!!!
branie (rep: 44.2k) posted Jun 08, 2011
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akaricke
People in general are getting rude. I used to ride my bike down Bayshore sidewalk and say hi to people as I pass. Now when I say hi to people(men and women) they look at me like I am crazy. I assure you I am not crazy. The voices in my head tell me that I am not :D
akaricke (rep: 159k) posted Jun 08, 2011
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skaro964
Just as the encomny is cyclical so are manners. People tend to be rudder and nastier when they are struggling to meet their own basic needs. When gas prices jump up so high it has a diamonao effect, everything that uses fuel to get where it is going also goes up. If gas goes up 10 cents a gallon that might mean the differnece of pb&j for dinner for the month or hamburger helper. Milk on the table or water. Will the gas or electric be turned off. Will the food bank have food for my family.

People tend to be self centered in their fianices and they are the only ones that count in their world. It was the same way in the 1970's and 1990's. So my suggestion would be to maintain the same level of curisty. Throw out extra complements when people do things right. When the service is good call the manager over and thank them for the good food/service, this might just let someone keep their job in a very tight econmy.

Basicly be uber polite and your children will follow suit. Just explain to your children that these people are under a lot of stress. When the economy gets better things will also get better on the manners front.
skaro964 (rep: 4.12k) posted Jun 08, 2011
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MHT962
I find myself patient and polite...at least I try to be... but the times I'm get frustrated and may even speak out generally have to do with incompetence or untrained workers.

It's one thing to have to wait in line because an old lady is unloading slowly.. but quite another to have to wait so the cashier can finish carrying on her converstaion about her weekend with the bag boy. It seems odd to me that the supermarket can't seem to enter sale prices into their computer, but they certainly can be quick to take sale prices off. I had to make 3 trips to my pharmacy last time until they got my prescription right. You may not always know the entire story when you see a customer lose it.

I'm not asking for 100% perfection, but professionalism, competence and maturity is lacking in many fields. I think frustration from this is often the cause of many "scenes". When I see people speak out, I generally agree with them and almost feel wrong for not having the guts to do so myself.

It sounds like some of you have recently seen a rise in uncalled-for outbursts (like the gas station one), but I haven't recently noticed a surge in negativity... and, right now, if I did, I'd probably blame it on the heat!
MHT962 (rep: 3.22k) posted Jun 08, 2011
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branie
People are getting rude, they only think of themselves... ME..ME..ME! On occasion you meet a nice person, who goes out of their way to help you and that is when you think ok...what does this person want?? Also the economy and lack of jobs are not helping, I really hope things start to turn around for us!!

Also I notice my family being rude and obnoxious lately, can't please them, talk behind my back etc.. UGH!

I think everyone needs a chill pill as we would say as kids :)
branie (rep: 44.2k) posted Jun 08, 2011
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grandma5
I'm with MHT962 I think I'll blame it on the heat. The humidity is awful here in TN.
grandma5 (rep: 56.3k) posted Jun 08, 2011
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FibroMom
I wonder sometimes if it it the economy and it getting to people. I always try to great everyone with a smile and a "hello" - but it is NOT as it once was! Even on the internet people have become overly rude - and it is such a shame! What the world needs now is "Love Sweet Love"... We can all have a bad day now and again - but does it Hurt to be pleasant? To be kind? Guess I was brought up in a different time and place... but I SO agree that it wouldn't hurt to show some kindness, people! We need it to survive! (Just my opinion... for what it is worth.) ♥ to ALL!
FibroMom (rep: 176k) posted Jun 09, 2011
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BigJJ
I agree that the economy is putting a strain on people, but we cannot ignore the fact that traditional values are no longer held to the standard they used to be. The stories my kids tell me about the behavior of the students in their high school offer little encouragement, but what is worse is the behavior of the teachers. Somewhere, sometime we need to realize that the society we want to live in begins at home with each of us. Perhaps if that was the lesson more folks would take responsibility for their actions and take the raising of our youth more seriously.

I also think we all need to eat pie more often. It's impossible to be mad or rude while eating a fresh slice of apple pie.
BigJJ (rep: 21.7k) posted Jun 09, 2011
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branie
BigJJ you hit the nail on the head! Family values and tradition have been lost! Economy is a factor, but ignorance is another, many people just choose to be rude it does not cost a thing to be polite, or give thought before you do or say something..As your actions good and bad may have consequences!!

Also,while I have no pie to eat or make, I plan on making brownies in a bit, I hope that cheers me and my day up!! Anything chocolate usually turns those frowns upside down..So can we add brownies to your list.!!
branie (rep: 44.2k) posted Jun 09, 2011
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BigJJ
Brownies is another good one. Hard to stay mad at someone while eating a brownie.
BigJJ (rep: 21.7k) posted Jun 09, 2011
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