I was in the post office a few days ago picking up a package. Quite a large package. There was a rather long line that went across the doorway, although people had left a gap for the door to open and close as it was a pull/push style door.
I collected my large parcel and balanced my wallet on top and a registered letter I had also picked up. As I walked towards to door I realised it would be difficult to open the door with full hands. There were men on either side of the door and I thought maybe one of these gentlemen would be so kind as to open the door for me. Nope. They just stood there and watched as I fumbled trying to open the door. They also just stood there and watched as I dropped everything on the floor. Frustrated I tried to gather the contents of my purse which was now scattered across the ground. Yet, the men just stood and watched. A woman coming towards the post office from the outside, however, with two very small children in tow saw the disaster and rushed up to give me a hand.
I was very thankful that this women, already with her own hands full would rush to help. Yet I was flabbergasted that the two young, able bodied men just stood and watched a small woman struggle and not offer any assistance.
Where has common courtesy gone these days?
We see so often on the news these days of bad behavior towards people with a disability, racial abuse on public transport and so on. Every time I go to the shops I see able bodied people parked in disabled parking spaces or those reserved for the elderly or people with prams, when clearly they are none of these things. Some will even have the nerve to pull into the disabled or pram spot next to me while I'm hauling my pram out of the boot. Jump out of there cars, no pram, no baby, no hint of children appearing in their cars. Take a look at me and stride off into the shopping centre. We all know that these parking spots are a privilege not a right for parents. I don't think anyone would mind if these spots were used by elderly, disable, heavily pregnant people or those who in some other way need access to easier parking... but it doesn't stop me from getting a little annoyed when it's obviously just someone being lazy and discourteous.
Am I the only one annoyed with these action? Does anyone else wonder where old fashion courtesy has gone?
Lets all try and be a bit kinder and more considerate this week!
On my to-do list - help a stranger. Sometimes the smallest acts make all the different!
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