Five-Hundred Word Challenge 458: Not a Hard Thing

This morning I went to sit at a café and read, which is something I do on a weekly basis as sometimes I like to be part of the bourgeois elite, despite my never truly being able to reach for such lofty heights.

Anyway, when I was getting up to leave I had a bit of trouble getting my chair out as the kid behind me decided that it was a good idea to have their chair out a bit further from their table than they should have.

I know that a maximum distance can be arbitrary and it’s probably stupid to complain about something such as that, but I know this café really well and I know that one does not have to have their chair that far away from a table, especially as that particular seating area has a few tables in close proximity.

So I’m getting up, my chair hits the chair behind me as the kid behind me has their chair too far out and so they and their mother decide to stare at the chair and myself. It doesn’t seem to cross either of their minds to, you know, bring the chair closer to their table. Instead they just stare as I awkwardly get up and then grab my bag as I can’t get up properly due to them being selfish, or something.

This really is a minor thing, but is it really okay to be that much of a selfish idiot? Is it too hard to either pull your chair in, or to tell your kid to pull their chair in? Do you  really think that other people are so beneath your consideration that the only response that they are worth when you are inconveniencing them in some way is to stare at them like you’re an idiot?

Whilst this was ridiculous, it wasn’t as surprising as a customer deciding to compliment me by calling me a cunt the other day.

A customer had called (in a call centre, of all places) advising that they were having trouble with putting through an order. The system was advising them to do something that they had already done before it would allow them to proceed, but what they had done was on a screen that was somewhat-unrelated to placing an order.

I had repeatedly (firmly, yet politely) told the customer that they needed to do the thing that they were being told they needed to do and adv them of where they needed to update information. Once the customer decided to listen they updated what they needed to update, then said something before referring to me as the aforementioned praiseworthy term. I told them that I was still on the line, they said nothing, there was silence for a few seconds. Then they hung up.

I don’t understand as to why people think that either of these are acceptable. Do people not understand the concept of basic respect for other beings? It’s not a hard thing.

The time it took to write five-hundred words: 10:00:60

Could have been faster.

Written at work.

About Stupidity Hole

I'm some guy that does stuff. Hoping to one day fill the internet with enough insane ramblings to impress a cannibal rat ship. I do more than I probably should. I have a page called MS Paint Masterpieces that you may be interested in checking out. I also co-run Culture Eater, an online zine for covering the arts among other things. We're on Patreon!
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