Well That Was Rude

Do you ever wish you could take back something you said?

No, not nasty things. I mean helpful things, nice things. Things that were unappreciated.

I do.

As I was walking down the hallway at work, a fellow stopped me for directions. This happens all the time and I always try to assist if I can. Although sometimes I will admit to failing miserably. But not this time. This time I KNEW where he needed to go.

Lost in a mazeSo I stop, give him detailed instructions complete with effusive hand signals and colour-coded route markers to look for.

And he just walks off.

No "Thank you".

No "Gee I appreciate your help".

Not even a smile.

Just walks off.

Dammit. I wish I had given him the WRONG directions.

Like I usually do.

21 People would rather be commenting:

JoJo said...

People suck. Can't tell you how many times I'm following someone into a store and they KNOW I'm behind them, yet they let the door slam in my face. To which I always sarcastically mutter somewhat loudly, once I'm inside, "thanks for holding the door, dickhead".

Or how many people I've let go ahead of me in the grocery line if they have a donut and coffee, without so much as a thank you. What really pisses me off is when they have 2 items, then it takes them a frickin YEAR to dig out their money, or they pay w/ a debit or credit card instead of cash, and ask for cash back or make the transaction 5 minutes longer than it needed to be.

Let's just say that I'm now cynical and tired of being the nice guy who finishes last. NO ONE gets to go ahead of me in the grocery line anymore, even if they only have a newspaper. Sad isn't it?

JennyMac said...

HAHAHA...I love this because I held the door open for a woman last week and she did NOT say thank you so I said oh, you are welcome. In my sweetest voice. LOL.

Daisy said...

Daisy's 'mom' here:
Last week someone asked me where the Starbucks was, because she was meeting someone there. I told her it was in the Wal-Mart shopping center right across the street. Then later I couldn't stop worrying, because I should have clarified that it was next to the Radio Shack, not next to the Wal-Mart which is adjacent. I am a worrier.

ReformingGeek said...

Maybe he thought you were joking. Who knows?

People are weird sometimes, wrapped up in their own little words. Some have such huge chips on their shoulders you wonder how they can walk.

Wait. Did you thank me for coming to your blog today? Sheesh!


Irene said...

Maybe he was an uber-geek and he didn't know he was supposed to show good manners, because he was solving a mathematical formula in his head.Sort of like Bill Gates, who's been known to lie down on the job quite often.

jay said...

Well, maybe you did! LOL!

Seriously, it really bugs me when people do that. Likewise, when I move off the footpath for a cyclist, dragging my three legged dog up the grass bank, and they whistle on by without even glancing at me, yet alone saying thanks.


JennyMac's comment made me smile, because that's EXACTLY what OH does. Only he yells it at their departing back.

Babs-beetle said...

I truly can't understand people like that. I have come across a few rude and ungrateful people like that myself!

I will continue to hold doors and do all the usual polite and kind things because it is in my nature, but I sometimes wonder why I bother.

feefifoto said...

I might have loudly announced "You're welcome!" as he walked away.

Anonymous said...

It's like George Costanza said in an episode of Seinfeld: "You know, we're living in a SOCIETY!" I'd love to call that out just once in my life...

Kathy said...

Well, here's some good news I think. At the university where I work, students are always holding doors for me and thanking me for help we give them. Maybe people just get crankier the older they get. Or maybe the kids hold doors for me because I could be their mother. Sigh. Either way, it's a nice gesture and I'm thrilled the younger generation still has their manners. Sometimes.

Unknown said...

You should have called them back and said " oops silly me. I told you the wrong way. Here is how to get there." Then send him to the airport or something.

Swubird said...


I know how you feel, but look on the bright side---maybe you did give him the wrong directions. LOL. For all you know, he could be still wondering around that maze.

The next time someone asks you for directions, tell them you're lost too.

Happy trails.

Bruce Johnson said...

Welcome to the entitlement generation. If he assumes you work there, you are there to serve him, he doesn't need to be polite. Probably has an attitude as well as an entitlement complex. I am amazed how many times I am stopped on the street near the State Capital (probably because I have state ID badge on) and asked for directions. "Hello People...ever heard of Google Maps or Map Quest?". Is there a tattoo on my forhead that says "Ask Me For Help!".

Jeff and Charli Lee said...

Maybe he didn't know what effusive meant.

JoJo said the end of one of my favorite phrase/bumper stickers... "Mean people suck."

Debbie said...

How rude but I like fefifoto's suggestion!

Jill said...

Funny! :-)

I HATE asking for directions. I can never manage to listen until the end. The moment someone points, I just head off in that direction regardless if they're about to tell me five or six other turns I have to make.

Plus, most people don't really know how to give directions anyway, and even if they DO they don't actually know where you're going anyway. I'm fairly certain I always say "thanks" anyway though...

Cupcake Blonde said...

People today are so rude and unappreciative. It really makes me not want to be nice to anyone, but then I would be as bad as everyone else and I can't make myself do that. I'm a rebel! :)

Janet said...

It's true, people don't appreciate niceness! Now, I dread it when I'm asked where something is, because I have Absolutely No Sense of Direction. I'm sure I've sent many a person off on a wild goose chase, unintentionally!

Maureen said...

Jo-Jo: It is sad, but understandable. I sooo wanted to yell back "Your welcome!" back at him, but I doubt he'd even get it.

JennyMac: Oh, you are much quicker and braver than I am...

Oh Daisy's mom: I am sure they found it! Knowing Starbucks (and I think I do) I am sure they passed three of them on the way ;) See, I can joke like that, cause daughter is a Barista.

Holy, crap... I didn't! Thank you Reforming Geek for coming by to visit my blog! (As a matter of fact, I am greatly thankful for everyone who visits my blog!) There. That should cover it.

Ha Green Stone Woman! I never thought of it that way. Perhaps. But it is far more likely he has no manners. Like the people who shove themselves on an elevator without waiting for the people inside to get off (another pet peeve of mine).

Oh Jay your Other Half is braver than I as well. I always have a GREAT retort. In my head. About half an hour later.

Good for you Babs. I know my first knee jerk reaction was to stop helping people. But I know by not helping some other stranger won't get back at the jerk who was rude. So I'll probably still give out directions when asked. I only hope I give out the RIGHT directions.

Feefifoto: Oh I did! (In my head, to myself, too late). I suck.

Hahahaha! I can just HEAR George's voice saying that! Oh how I wish I had the guts to say that!

Well, I am certainly glad to hear that. But you are right. There are many more people WITH manners than without. It's too bad it's the ones who are rude are the ones you remember. But Karma will get him. One day.

Ahahahaha Ettarose! Now why the hell didn't I think of that??? That would have been perfect!

Ha Swu! I SHOULD tell them that next time! At least it would explain why I give wrong directions sometimes!

Bruce: How true, how true! I know he picked me out because of my badge... I just need one that say's "Ask directions at youru own risk".

Jeff: Mean people DO suck. Effusively. ;)

Me too Debbie! I only wish I had the courage to try it one day!

Jill: Well, you gotta give them points for trying... and how hard is it to say thanks?

You're absolutely right Vegas Princess! I am not about to lower myself to that level. Yet.

Maureen said...

Janet: You and me too... but at least they should thank you for trying!

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