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Old 12-04-2004, 07:14 PM
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Is it me or people becoming more and more lazy? While waiting in our Jeep while my wife ran in for a few items at the supermarket, a 30ish woman two parking spaces away placed her empty shopping cart in front of our Jeep and started to walk away! The engine was running and I already had the window opened and said:" If you were elderly I wouldn't mind putting away where it belongs." She stopped,turned around and started to make a call on her cell phone. With phone in ear she grabbed the cart and pushed it towards the store,walked back to her car and drove away! Luckily it stopped about 6" from another parked car!

Call it a pet peeve I don't care. Am I the only one who returns the empty cart back where they belong?
Old 12-04-2004, 08:05 PM
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The opposite is darn grocery carts that the wheels wobble and will not go straight etc. etc.
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Was she illegally parked in a handicap parking space, too? That's one of my all-time greatest pet peeves, along with people - usually teenagers - who open their car door, set their soda can, McDonald's drink cup or whatever on the ground and then just drive off. Ooooooh that irritates me!
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I'm w/ Jay on this one 100%. If she had kept walking, I might have been tempted to push the cart back behind her auto. She'd probably be the first to start bitching when a cart runs down the parking lot into her new auto. That is why I park on the top of knols these days.
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In my area many of the shopping centers have locks and a small chain on the carts. You put a quarter in to unlock and use the cart. If you want the quarter back you have to return the cart to the proper area. Seems to work quite well. Amazing what 25cents means to most people.
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In my neck-of-the-woods, laziness seems to go hand-in-hand with rudeness. And I'm not talking about kids, either.

What really torque's me is to hear an adult talk about how rude kids have become, and then see them show a lack of manners immediately afterwords. Geez, I wonder where the kids learned that behavior from?

My friend has a good moniker for such people..."Free Range Rudes"
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let's home that karma actually exists.
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And then there was the supermarket in Lawrence, MA that got sick
of losing carts to people who would use them to take their groceries
home and never return them. They installed auto-locks on the carts which
would activate when they hit the perimeter of the parking lot. Kind of like
the invisable fences for dogs, (which I personally think is an excellent analogy)

So this lady has her kid in the cart heading home from the maket when she
trips the brakes on the cart and her kids gets injured from the sudden stop.
She threatens to sue because the store didn't post the warning signs in Spanish.

I used to chase carts as a youngster so I have my own system for dealing with
them when I'm done. If it's a nice day I'll either "ground it" on a curb or "mate it"
with another loose cart so it won't roll around. I always liked being outside with
the carts as opposed to the other miserable jobs you get inside. On rainy/cold
days I'll schlep it over to the corral so the kid doesn't have to stay out any longer
on my account.

But back to Jay's original thought. Yeah, a lot of people these days are just lazy,
inconsiderate, self-absorbed and completely useless.
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Bought a brand new $45,000.00 F-350 deisel utility body for work. My dream truck that I had waited to get for a long time. Two days after getting it, parked in Home Depot 100 yards (not kidding) away from any other cars. I come out after shopping and see one of the big flat carts next to my truck. NO WAY! sure enough huge dent in my front fender. Manager says it's not their responsibility, cops say theres nothing they can do. I gotta suck it up and have it fixed, not the point, point is that people today have a total lack of respect for anyone else. How about when you hold a door open for someone and they don't say thank you!
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Nickys Toy that door bit drives me crazy also. I was raised to hold a door for anyone. Now when I hold a door and the person doesn't say "thanks" I say in a loud voice "your welcome". Alot of the time you'll catch them off guard and they will respond with "oh ah I'm sorry". My response (with a big smile on my face) "you sure are"!
Old 12-05-2004, 09:26 PM
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This should be a good thread on how NOT to treat others.

Looks like we're off to a great start

And my wife wonders why I can't stand being near most people Most of them are A holes.
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Laziness and rudness start at home. In my 20+ years coaching HS football I've seen the best and worse in parents. Believe me when I say it starts at home . I can see the transfer from parent to the offspring. By the time they were seniors,you could see how our staff effected them through those four years.....model citizens,at least 99.9% of them. AND you would be amazed what effect our coaching had on the parents...All for the positive! It didn't take long for me to realize coaching football isn't all "X's & O's. Respect is the name of the game.....The game of life also!
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I live in a town with lot of military. Believe it or not, we actually have some extremely polite kids around here. My favorite story is a kid with the baggy jeans, etc., and I was expecting some sort of regular teenage attitude. "Excuse me sir, may I please borrow a quarter?" Sure, ... . At which point, he started making plans of how to pay it back till I told him it was ok.
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I usually park in a far away location where ther are no cars and one side of the vehicle is against a median so no one can park there and then give the ohter side lots of room. I see lots of mint condition trucks and other vehicles do the same. I can usually use the walk too. Fortunately the malls and other shopping areas around here have lots of space.

About the courtesy and generation thing. I have to agree. I certainally agree that personal responsibility SHOULD take care of this and us parents didn't try to raise inconsiderate self-centered brats, but the younger you are the more you were brought up on TV. Think about it - enormously popular TV shows like Seinfeld were basically mean self centered people (I think the producers realized this - thus the last episode where they all ended up in jail where they belonged): and of course there are those video games and the music which we all no isn't real and doesn't effect us - but it does everybody else. But - even this medium - the internet - and other electronic communication has taken away the personal or at least telephone contact in which you HAD to be civil and respectful in order to conduct most business.

Anyway - Yea it bugs me - but as time goes on I just let it go more and more cause its me that was getting the ol blood pressure up - and I don't want THEM to win....

Trust me - However bad it is in the South or Midwest - its unfortunately worse in the Northeast. The red states win this one....
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Lets throw phone manners into the mix. Before I ever let my
2 girls use the phone they were taught to say," Hello, this is
Nicole, may I please speak with Rachel". When their friends
would call, all they would say was , "Can I talk to Nicole?." I
would instruct them on proper ettiquette, ONCE. After that the
answer to "Can I talk to Nicole?" only, was a simple "No" and
then silence. They would then either hang up or it would dawn
on them what the proper protocol was, and they would restate
their request, at which time I would compliment them on figuring
it out and hand over the phone. Word got around pretty quick that
when you call my house and want to get thru when I answer the
phone, you need to follow the rules. They may not realize it now,
but someday they'll thank me. What gets me is how simple it was
to teach my kids this basic rule, and how quickly the others pick
it up. I've had other parents comment on how polite mine are on the
phone, and they (the kids) realize how a few social graces can make
their lives so much easier.
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Good for you Chas!!

Simple things like not interrupting people, proper greetings when others enter the room, introductions to others who may not know the person, etc. are not taught and for some reason not always learned by example . You do have to come out and instruct them!! You are competing against their peers and electronic media.

These simple once common courtesies are gonna give your kids an enormous advantage in life. And how about - looking people in the eyes when you talk and being the first one to say hello in the halls when you meet collegues, etc. etc...
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I couldn't agree more. Our children's attitudes, behaviors, and morals are a direct result of the parenting they receive (or don't receive).

Unfortunately, there are not enough people that are willing to tell kids (or adults for that matter) that their behavior/action is not acceptable. Here's an example.

One day I'm in my garage at my workbench which has a window looking towards the street. I see a neighbor (lives about 1/4 mile away) walking his dog on my front yard (we don't have sidewalks in our neighborhood). He slowly walks the dog down the street/yard, repeatedly leading him back onto our grass) until the dog does his waste disposal business in my yard. I notice the man looking around the entire time the dog is busy.

After the dog finishes, the man immediately starts walking towards his house. I step out of the garage and yell (only because we're about 125 feet apart), "Excuse me." He stops, turns and faces me, but doesn't say anything. I yell again, "I think your dog left something in my yard."

He replies, "What did you say?"

I reply, "I said, I think your dog left something in my yard."

He replies, "Yeah, what do you want me to do about it?"

I explain that when we had a dog (he died in Sep 2003) and walked him in the neighborhood, we always carried several plastic bags (in case he did it in more than one yard) and cleaned up after him. He replied by flipping me the bird and walking away.

I grab two plastic bags (the ones you get from the supermarket), hop in my truck, stop and pick up the poop, and drive to his house, stopping in front of his driveway. He's standing in his garage.

As I drop the plastic bag in his driveway, I tell him, "Here's what your dog left in my yard."

He runs out, picks up the bag, throws it in the street in front of his house and replies, "My dog didn't leave a plastic bag in your yard."

As I pick it up and start to put it back in his driveway, he starts cursing, calling me names, and threatens to call the police. It gets fairly ugly at this point and ends with me dumping the poop on the guy's driveway, without the bag.

As the 'story' circulates through the neighborhood, I find out that I'm the 'idiot', not the dog owner. The consensus is that I should have just cleaned it up and kept my mouth shut.

In my opinion, the problem is today's parents expect the public schools and TV to provide the correct morals, attitudes, and behaviors.

My wife and I homeschool our two boys, 6 and 9. I get asked, "Why? Are you a strict --- (fill in religion here)?" a lot. I reply that we are not devout or strict --- (fill in religion here) and I tell them this joke.

A 5-year old and a 6-year old were talking one day. The 5-year old says, "Know what I found on the veranda the other day?"

The 6-year old replies, "No, what?"

The 5-year old says, "A condom."

The 6-year old replies, "Wow that's something.................What's a veranda?"

Merry Christmas!
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Don't get me going on people
letting their dogs crap all over!
Back to the shopping cart thing, I was
about to leave BJs when the person two cars over put their cart behind my
truck. Just as their back up lights came on
they found the cart behind THEM
with me smiling and driving away!
My old man once put the neighbors dog crap
in a paper bag, set it on fire on their porch and
rang the bell. The guy promptly stepped on it
to put the fire out! My dad was pretty funny at times!
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JayA...at least she was in a parking space....around here, without fail...you'll see someone pull up, stop in the fire lane (in front of most stores here), usually block the entrance/exit, get out and go inside...I'm not talking about a driver letting someone hop out to run inside while they stay in the car...no, the car with no driver is sitting there, gumming up the whole works...

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For the "doggie on the lawn" problems - check with your local authorities. Often, it's against the law to "litter" (including THAT!) on an "easement" (if that's the place it's done).

Had a neighbor (#1) once that let his dog do this while walking him - no effort to clean it up. Another neighbor (#2) - who had a small child IN the yard - confronted him about it, but the a-hole (#1) just said it wasn't HIS property - it was a county easement - and kept going.

Neighbor #2 got the poop, carried it to neighbor #1's HOME, rang the bell and when the guy came to the door, he DROPPED IT right there in the foyer entrance! He KNEW about the law!

Neighbor #1 didn't do that anymore!

It really IS bad how disrespectful people can be when they KNOW they're wrong - and most ALL of them KNOW they are doing wrong WHEN they do it? Somehow, they think that "manners", good sense, and respect for the law don't APPLY to "them"? ;?

Anyone EVER seen someone getting written up for parking in a handicap space - I haven't??? Don't know whether it's because it's the "private property" thing or what? If it's a LAW (there ARE signs posted?), it should be enforced - just like all the others! Now, I know the police have enough on their plate, but they ARE patrolling these places and they are BOUND to see it??? ;?

Yep - the cart thing is ALSO out of control! The SAME folks that leave them all over the lots are the same ones that would have a hissy-fit if they backed into or pulled into one sitting in a parking space!

We ARE responsible for how our kids "react" to society - it's all in how they are raised - for better or for worse.

My wife has been in education for 35 YEARS and she has seen it all (or MOST of it! ) at this point - out of control kids, many with out of control parents.

They will be the SAME folks you run into NOW (the parents) and LATER (their kids) in the public domain. Don't get me wrong - there ARE a lot of kids around that are "doing the right thing"!

But it DOESN'T start at school, or church, or Boy Scouts, or the swim team, or little league - it starts at HOME!

My "associated" peeve is AFTER you get IN the stores - the folks that don't have the courtesy to get their a$$, or kids, or cart out of the WAY! They're standing in the MIDDLE of the aisle, looking at everything, talking on their cell phone, looking at the cupons, etc.. Do that somewhere ELSE - PALEEEEEEEEEZE! It's FINE to look around - that's part of why you're THERE - just get the freakin' CART out of the way! And leave 3 or 4 of the kids at HOME!

So far, folks have been VERY nice where I have had occassion to go during the holidays! Let's hope things stay that way as we get closer to the "mad rush"!

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