Rude Insensitive People

Tolerance

Tolerance

Sometimes when I am out and about in the general public, I am truly amazed.

Schools were closed the other day, due to yet another round of snow. My husband and I are both teachers, so we decided to grab breakfast at the local "Friendly's". Needless to say, the restauran t was pretty empty. As we walked in, a fellow music teacher was walking in with her 3 young children and her husband. They were seated on a different side of the restaurant than us. I'm sure the hostess thought since we were there without kids, it would work out better.

A few minutes later, an elderly couple was seated directly behind us.

The waitress was very friendly and took our order promptly. My husband and I were content to enjoy the morning as we waited for our food. Unfortunately, the couple behind us didn't see things the same way.

Since I was closest to them, I couldn't help but hear them talking. 1st they started complaining about where they were sitting. Then they started complaining about the kids making noise. Then they were complaining about how poor the coffee tasted. Then it was back to the kids. Why couldn't the parents shut up their stupid kids? Then it was who was going to get served their food 1st and how long it would take for them to get their food. Then, you guessed it, back to complaining about the kids.

It was so distracting and offensive, that I asked the waitress to pack our order to go because I couldn't stand listening to it. She asked if we wanted to change seats, but the restaurant is not that big, so I still opted to leave.

To the waitresses credit, she spoke directly to the elderly couple, explaining that "Friendly's" is a family friendly restaurant and when people come in with kids, they are extremely welcome. She also told them that their comments were making me uncomfortable. They told her they had not intended that, and were sorry.

Our food came out shortly after this, and we tipped her very nicely and went on our way.

Why is it, people can't be more tolerant with others? And if they can't be tolerant, why can't they keep it to themselves? This couple was talking as if everybody in the world agreed with them. I for one, would much prefer to listen to kids playing and being excited because they were out for a surprise breakfast, than listen to the venom coming from the elderly couple behind us.

People are different. If you don't like it, remove yourself from the situation, or deal with it. Don't inject your venom all over everyone else!

Have you ever had to deal with something like this? 4 comments

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Fiddleman 5 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina

Good advice, it costs nothing to be nice and a smile works wonders.


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TheCranberryBarn 5 years ago from Lake Katrine, NY Author

I couldn't agree more!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

You have some great hubs here. We have very similar pet peeves too. It seems like some people aren't happy unless they are miserable.. LOL. The old couple probably ran out of things to complain about at home so they took it out in public.. Geesh!


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Taleb80 4 years ago

I agree with you.

If you can not make the world better, please leave it same.

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