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Is January the month of Misery? My gripe is basically all miserable aggressive people who don't seem to respond to manners. In less than a week I have had to deal with two pompous middle-class idiots who think they can win a argument by being ignorant or down right horrible.
On the first occasion My wife and I accidentally parked in someone's else's space in Sainsbury's. We honestly didn't realise that we had but were happy to reverse out once we were aware. We were made aware by a complete fool of a man who stormed out of his Ford Galaxy people carrier (complete with 2 children) and started telling us that we had parked in his space and that we should move straight away. I explained that we didn't realise we had taken his space and would reverse out, with that he told me I was sarcastic and should have realised that he wanted the space. He was starting to upset my wife so I told him to shut up, go back to his car so we could move. He then decided to take the alpha male stance and broadened his chest in a gorilla like motion. After facing me off he decided to get in his stress wagon and take the place. I think what really added insult to injury was that the car space was a family one and whilst we had a 3 month old baby in the car, he had 2 able bodied children over 10 years old!
The next experience was coming home this evening and seeing a male car passenger hurl abuse at a single female driver and wave his fists at her because she had blocked his way for a minute at a junction.
The latest encounter was again this evening (which led to this posting) when I arrived home. I discovered that a Volvo driver had parked across my gates therefore blocking access. I looked at the driver for a few moments and he responded by waving his hands about at me. I went indoors to say hello to my wife and baby and then decided to go out again to talk to Mr. Volvo. When I approached his car he lowered his window and spoke to me like a piece of dirt, telling me that I was in the wrong for apparently not realising that he was just waiting to pick someone up and I should go away.
I asked him why he was being so aggressive and talking to me in this manner? He responded that I was in the wrong and he would be gone soon. Again talking in a stressed up rude manner. I decided to leave thinking this incident was too close to home and why should I lower myself to his level.
What really gets me is that these people were not your standard chav or yob. In fact they were middle class types but they obviously could not conduct a conversation without getting heated and angry. What is it about people and cars and why do people turn into nasty rude thugs? Is it that they are so stressed up or unhappy; or do they think that the only way to deal with people is to lose all social skills and resort to being horrible?
I'm not a wallflower at fifteen stone and 6ft tall but I'm not going to resort to threatening behaviour to win an argument. Also is it really big and tough for men to wave their fists at lone female drivers? Are we just becoming too stressed out as a nation and losing that Great British attribute, namely good manners?
By: Red Marty