Annoyed. What annoys you? What do you do that annoys other people? Are you quick to lose your temper? How often do you get annoyed? Do you have a short fuse? Tell us about the last time you were annoyed – REALLY annoyed.
I would have to say that I am most annoyed by rude people — and as we all know, there is no shortage of that particular organism these days. It’s hard to get through a day without interacting with one of these dysfunctional half wits.
And although these <insert favorite derogatory name here> are in great supply, they’re not the ones that I mean.
You see, most of the rudies that you come in contact with are hit and run — they might bump into you and not say excuse me, cut in front of you in line, jump into the cab that you just hailed, etc. Boom and they’re gone.
The ones that really burn my biscuits are the ones that will stand in front of a cashier or waitress or in our case, a receptionist in a doctor’s office, and will belittle and badger that poor person. And then will continue to do it when it’s clear that the problem has been resolved. Because, you see, most people who are in a position of customer service have this huge target on their chest that rudies just love to nail. They know that this poor person really needs this job, because let’s face it, nobody wants to treated like pond scum just for the heck of it.
So these bullies feel safe in thrashing the little guys and rationalize it by saying that they were not feeling well, upset at something else, stressed out, etc. There’s always a reason with these cowards, which doesn’t cut it with me. And when I get really annoyed (for instance, like I did at Wal*Mart a week or so ago) because a bully was taking out some aggression on some poor teenager cashier, I will sometimes often, usually say something to the effect of, “she doesn’t know the price of everything in this store, take it easy on her” or my favorite “would you want somebody to talk to your kids that way if they worked here?”
That’s another good thing about getting older — I say what I feel that I should say, and I feel better trying to help a younger person because I’ve been there, too. Most meanies won’t argue with somebody challenging them. Once a bully, always a bully, right? Give it a thought the next time you see one in action and have a care for the little guy.