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   Posted 1/26/2009 2:27 AM (GMT -7)   
The young lady with the walking stick and obvious pain and mobility problems is NOT the person who should have to step off the footpath so you, healthy people, can:
a) walk three abreast, occupying the entire footpath
b) ride bikes, occupying the entire footpath and refusing to move for feeble pedestrians
c) rollerblade "" "" "" ""
d) walk down the middle of the footpath and refuse to budge even though there is ample room for the both of us, if you will just move across a little

That's a vent that has been building for a few months now. And there. It's off my chest.

Most people are considerate, but there are a few... and occasionally too many... who can be quite rude and inconsiderate.


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   Posted 1/26/2009 2:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Ivy, I totally understand your anger. It is well deserved. I live in a college town and some of the college kids are SO RUDE. Not only do they do the things you mentioned, but they let doors go just in time to slam into you if your arms are full (and they LAUGH about it right in front of you!). They push you out of the way if they want to look at something you are looking at, it is just totally rude and horrible. But there are some considerate ones. Usually the ones who look grungy or are into "alternative" looks like mohawks, all the goth stuff, etc.... are the POLITE ones. It is the boys and girls wearing clothes that cost more than my weekly grocery budget who are so RUDE and AWFUL. At least that is my experience here.

the guys who are into the cowboy look, or who work on the farms and ranches around here are also very helpful.
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   Posted 1/26/2009 6:10 AM (GMT -7)   

Oh...are you right!  I hobbled into the grocery store and was trying to pull a cart loose from the stack and this woman got so annoyed that I was taking so long she started huffing and puffing, bumped into me, walked to another row and yanked it out so hard it ran over my foot.  I also have experienced some very kind people that see me struggling...like when I can't reach my arm up to get something from a shelf...and offer to help me.

A gaggle of teen aged girls, from my experience, can be the most inconsiderate.  They are either walking and texting each other or strolling along in a line so no one else can get by.  Maybe I was like that as a teen too...but I can't remember!



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   Posted 1/26/2009 8:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh boy.. this is a good subject!!  My sister is disabled and walks with a cane.  I'm amazed at how rude some people are to her.  She's very unstable on her feet (I wish she'd get a scooter or wheelchair)  She likes to make light of it by saying "I always wondered what it would be like to be invisible... now that I have this cane, I AM invisible!!"  She walks slowly and people just about run her over more often than not.  I worry that someday someone will mow her down.  Sometimes I wish that people that do that would get caught by the ADA cops and be forces to live with a cane or wheelchair for a week and see how it feels to be treated that way.  I bet that would change their attitude!!

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   Posted 1/26/2009 3:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes. People can be a amazing.

My mother was in a wheelchair for a while because of terminal cancer. The same thing happened.

I've been in a wheelchair for a little while because of severe Crohn's. Same thing happened.

Same thing happens when you're in hospital and struggling to walk with a very wonky IV pole. Visitors, nurses, etc just walk down the middle of the corridor and expect you to stand aside for them.


I say again that there are some lovely people too... but yesterday was one of those days where the ratio was about 50 good to 50 inconsiderate, so now I'm a bit irritated.
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