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So, I'm sitting here, having lunch at the lunch counter and trying to keep my nerves from fraying.  I sit at a table, and as I'm waiting for the wifi handshake, I look around.

And I see it.

A table for four people with all their trash just piled up in the middle and left there.

One of my usual hangouts, I was talking with the counter person and she mentioned some people who left the table a mess and didn't take care of their trash.  The manager on duty saw them leaving and asked if they were going to leave the mess there.  "Sure," they sez, "it's not OUR job to clean it up."  "Well, you better not come here ever again."  They bolted and haven't been back since.  Her manager heard the first part of the story and said, "Well, they're right, it IS our job to clean it up."  Naturally, the counter girl didn't tell her the rest of the story.  My brother in law does that, too.  He'd throw trash on the floor in the store and say, "Hey, that's why the janitors get paid the big bucks!"  My mom tried to tell me he was kidding.  I just wanted to punch him in his chump face.  And he wonders why I never see him except for Christmas.

When did it become acceptable for us to be assholes?  Don't be rude and leave a big mess just because it's someone else's job description.  I sometimes wonder if things like the automatic flush toilets were the start, since you no longer had to do anything, and if nothing happened, well, it was their equipment.  Or maybe it's just a product of the times.

I sometimes hit Goodwill stores to look for used video games and VHS treasures.  I have a reputation there.  Apparently, I'm the only person who goes to Goodwill who doesn't berate the staff, demand star treatment, and generally act rude.  I say please and thank you, I wait patiently....one clerk, I'm not kidding, started tearing up because I was treating her nice.  I was apparently the first person to do it that day.

I just don't understand why people don't see the point of being nice and supportive.  They aren't being asked to wipe down the tables or anything, just not leave a holy ass mess behind (I wipe down my table.  Then again, I draw at it, and don't want grease on my artwork).  When did being rude and inconsiderate become expected treatment?  Is man just incapable of treating others well?

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clionona
Jan. 29th, 2011 09:26 pm (UTC)
This warmed my heart and pissed me off in equal measure. I couldn't agree with you more. It's nice to know that there are good people like you still here. ♥
pinkmossrose
Jan. 30th, 2011 12:06 am (UTC)
Last time I was nice I got called an oddball, but I will still keep being that way. I'm glad to know that there are other nice ones out there to. ^_^ It made me happy to read this post. ^_^
blood_of_winter
Jan. 30th, 2011 04:11 pm (UTC)
I know...i see it all the time and i just dont get why being a jerk is acceptable. Would these people like being treated like dirt? I doubt it. Hell, when im in a restaurant, i start cleaning the table (gathering all the napkins, straw holders etc) and making it easy for the staff to take it away. I dont do this to make myself seem special but because it's just polite and easy to help someone in a small way.

One time I was walking down the street and a car passed by. The window opened and a large McD's bag came flying out onto the street and they drove off. I wound up picking it up and throwing it in a trash can not too far away. you know, the one the car could have used too...

It's a sad state. People are uncaring and have become hardened against common decency.
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