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A rant on slow (and stupid) people

All day I didn’t know about which I was going to write, and then as I was on my way home from work at the library tonight, it happened.

Slow (and stupid) people.

I called my wife to see if she needed me to pick anything up at the store for dinner. She said that she didn’t, that she already was making dinner. However, she said it wouldn’t be done for another 30 minutes so I suggested — oh, so politely, because y’all know that’s how I am, the paragon of politeness — that I grab something on which to snack until dinner was ready.

I went to the local supermarket and picked up a box of Ritz crackers, and headed — at a brisk pace — toward the checkout lines. Since it was 8 p.m., only one was open and about 10 people (probably more like five, but it looked like 10 to me in my state of extreme hunger) were lined up with carts full of their week’s groceries, since today is pay day for many folks.

At the customer service desk, two associates (with the emphasis on the first three letters and the last two letters) were needed to help a customer with, what I’m guessing were, his lottery tickets. A woman in the line offered to allow me to go ahead. I responded that she didn’t need to do that as I was leaving. On the way out, I left the crackers on a display table in the aisle. I figured the associates could take care of it later.

Since I was in a hurry, I thought I’d run to McDonald’s and grab a quick burger. Two people at the counter were waiting for their food, but no associate was there to assist me with my order. At this particular McDonald’s, and maybe all McDonald’s, for all I know, the focus is on the drive-through business. The people at the counter, to put it politely — as I am the paragon of politeness — are screwed.

So there I was screwed and this guy started small talk with me, about where I was from, where I grew up and all kinds of crazy shit. When I told him I worked as a correspondent for a newspaper, he then proceeded to tell me he had a story for me about some state Department of Transportation supervisor who was in court tomorrow for speeding and crossing on a double yellow line.

Hold the fuckingΒ  presses. This is the story of the century!

I think that’s what he wanted me to tell my editors.

Somehow I escaped his monologue and just left without ordering, because by this time I was pretty pissed off and by now completely famished — my politeness was beginning to wear off by this point. I called the wife and ranted about how stupid and slow people are — and she said it was probably just a sign I’m not supposed to eat at McDonald’s. She said she had some cheese, pretzels and mustard I could have before dinner.

Well, I’d write more, but I’m writing this in between the cheese, pretzel and mustard course and real dinner…

…so I gotta run and have dinner now. I’d like to hope tomorrow that I won’t run into any slow (and stupid) people but I’m afraid that I work at the library all day tomorrow, so it’s bound to happen. Until then, y’all…

13 responses to “A rant on slow (and stupid) people

  1. Michelle’s favorite saying is “People are stupid”. Pffft. Mine is “People suck”.
    I work in an eye doctor’s office. While checking a patient’s visual acuity, I asked her (eyes, she was blond), to read the lowest line on the eye chart that she was capable of seeing. Her reply, “Out loud?”

    Stupid, slow and sucky: the three S’s of society.

    • unfinishedrambler

      Unfortunately, I dealt with “sucky” this past weekend. So now I know what you’re talking about. 😦

  2. Ahem. If Alex called and I told him dinner would be ready in 30 minutes and he wanted to go get a snack, I’d hang up on him and throw the food in the trash. It’s 30 minutes Dude, it’s not next Tuesday. If my husband is really starving, he can always grab a piece of cheese and a slice of bread to hold him over. No fast food for him, EVER. You are married to a saint.

    • unfinishedrambler

      Um, for your information, I work from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and hadn’t eaten since noon, so phfffftttt! πŸ˜‰

  3. Ha! I just texted my husband the other day and asked him if he ever had the urge to tell someone they were an effing idiot. All the time, he responded. I”m a pretty impatient person (or sometimes incredibly so), but sometimes I find that the more impatient I am, the more the world is set on throwing a wrench into any plans I have. Sometimes it’s best just to take a deep breath and walk away.

    But…why didn’t you just go through the drive thru?? πŸ˜›

  4. I have nothing to add about the *slow and stupid* people of the world. I just wanted to comment that I watch SOA too… but only for the opportunity to see Jax with his shirt off every now and then. πŸ˜‰

    • unfinishedrambler

      Um, yeah, I think my wife would agree.

      Wait a minute, she just weighed in: “Eh, he’s a child. I can relate to him in an abstract way, but he’s too young. I don’t go for that blond Brad Pitt kind of man. I like regular-looking men.”

      Whew. Good for me then. I’m as regular as they get. πŸ™‚

  5. Wow…someone needs a freaking Midol.

  6. You ran into proof of my favorite saying, “People are stupid.” I hope you have a better day tomorrow!

    • unfinishedrambler

      Oh, it will be better…I’m already letting off some steam, watching Sons of Anarchy. πŸ™‚ I just needed to rant. Sometimes you have to do that.