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Christmas rage. - helen-louise
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Christmas rage.
I have been suffering from rage directed at my printer today. I've decided that I'm not going to attempt to print any more labels. I'll let Richard do it when he gets in. 9 times out of 10, having Richard here solves a technical problem (all he has to do is *look* at the machine and it starts working again!).

I have also *just* discovered that we can't wrap any Christmas presents until either a) I buy more wrapping paper or b) we complete a sufficient amount of the DIY for someone to squeeze into the spare room past all the stored furniture, and rescue the wrapping paper that's in there :D

But I am positively an oasis of calm compared to some of the crazy people I've seen in Kingston lately. A couple of days ago I was in Costa and a guy in front of me had taken his drink back to the counter because it was, and I quote, "too milky". The man had ordered a caffe latte. What does he think a latte is, forgodsake? He was getting really quite angry about it.

Then a bit later I was in the Early Learning Centre trying to find a "hard dino" for the nibling, and a smartly-dressed middle-aged woman was berating a couple of members of staff. Some of the shelves had signs on them saying "1/3 off selected stock". This is a fairly common sign in shops of my acquaintance at sale time. The woman was ranting and raving about the fact that it was "misleading" that only some items were included in the 1/3 off sale, not everything in the shop. Finally she stormed out saying she was "going to report them to Trading Standards". I just... boggled. And told the distressed staff members about the latte guy in Costa to cheer them up.

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hiddenpaw From: hiddenpaw Date: 14th December 2006 21:09 (UTC) (Link)
That last one really sounds like sombody who thinks life ows her a free ride trying to get money off by bullying people. I've known people try that on me with newspapers because they have to send off with the tokens inside for a DVD when Asda and W H smiths Have been given copies of the DVD to give out on the day, This dispite the face that the nearests W H Smiths is at least 20 miles away and there's probably an Asda some place in suffolk but I've never come across it. They can really fake up a good rage and it's terribly stressful. I treat such people with the contempt they deserve.
baratron From: baratron Date: 15th December 2006 14:49 (UTC) (Link)
I think you're absolutely right. Did you see the post I made a while back about an upper middle class student of mine who got in a ridiculous rage with a shopkeeper who wanted him to pay for the photocopies he screwed up; despite the fact that he was clearly far more able to afford 10p than the shopkeeper?

I can't stand people like that, who treat those they perceive to be in a lower social or professional class as less important. I see a human being behind the cash register. It's a job, like any other. If anything, someone who's getting £5 an hour deserves more respect than someone who can command £100 an hour - because the people on minimum wage aren't getting recognition in the form of financial reward. So the very least a person can give them is a smile and polite "please" and "thank you", and maybe a bit of friendly conversation.

Bah.
thekumquat From: thekumquat Date: 15th December 2006 16:54 (UTC) (Link)
Indeed. One of the best bits of advice I ever got was not to waste time on people who are rude to waiters/receptionists/cashiers.

When I worked for IBM our director was a git, but he did one very cool thing: he left an answerphone message telling a young lad he would be hired, but then heard that said lad had been very rude to a receptionist when his taxi didn't show up. He made some enquiries and then left a second message telling him the job offer had been rescinded, and why.
barakta From: barakta Date: 14th December 2006 22:21 (UTC) (Link)
Oh yes! kimble only needs to glare at something which is playing up with me, and it just works for her. Incredibly annoying!

Unless it is a CDROM drive in which case it will be inexplicably dead and just out of bloody warranty!
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