There was an older guy in line in front of me at the post office. He was about 70 - and he was one of those cranky, *SIGH*ing, huffing assholes that need to vent about something, anything. "look at this. There is only one clerk, this big line - and we pay their salaries" <--I almost choked that old man to death right there. The other clerk was in the back sorting the packages that someone had just mailed - he was performing the last of the previous transaction and was GETTING BACK TO THE LINE.
Here these people are, working at a thankless job, wearing NAMETAGS for crissakes - (yeah yeah, they work for the government but everything I've seen about post offices tells me I wouldn't ever want to work there) but this could have happened in line at Target or wherever too - these cranky fucking old men (women too) who need to SIGH and HUFF until someone gives them eye contact and they can bitch to an audience.
To live your life in a bad mood - what a nasty way to live. When he started in I said "THEY are the ones working right now. I'm fine, I'm on THIS side of the counter" and he turned back away from me with a startled look. I mean jeebus, asshole - you're in an air conditioned room, spending 5 freaking minutes NOT WALKING with your cane and you're bitching. And go home and SHOWER you old fucker - the dandruff in your ear hairs sticking to your disgusting hearing aids is grossing everyone out. Trim your ear hairs too.
There was another time, I was in line at Walmart, and this same (type of) guy was behind me. There was a cute teenager girl in front of us with her mom, and she had a cell phone in the back pocket of her jeans. The old asshole pointed and said something about "they each have one of those it's ridiculous looks stupid in that pocket they probably sit on them" and me, being me of course I looked at this old fucker and said
"remember back in the day when kids had cigarette packages rolled up in their sleeves? yeah, it's a teenage fashion statement, just like that" and he was taken aback - hadn't thought of HIS OWN GENERATION doing the exact same fucking thing.
Then I said "these kids don't sit on their phones. They're too expensive and too precious to them - they know where those phones are at every second."
I hate assholes. I mean, no looking at teenagers and smiling because you remember what it was like to be 14, no having pity on a worker-bee somewhere because you remember what it was like to work with the public at a thankless job. Don't spend the 5 minutes you are waiting in line to be PLEASANT.
My dad was like that. Always looking for something to bitch about. Talk LOUDLY about the waiter to one of us, "this is the WORST service I have ever seen blah blah" it's such a "I'M BETTER THAN YOU" thing. It's a LOOKA ME! thing. It's disgusting. Jeff's dad does the same thing!
I will always take these people on. Every time, every chance - it's like my personal mission in life.
Just be pleasant, for crying out loud.
*kids prolly DO sit on their phones all the time, but I wasn't going to let him know that!* :)