Genuine question! I was reading the Special Snoflake thread and suddenly wondered if something I did a couple of years ago was rude.
b/g: We were at the car wash at our local petrol/gas station. The queue/line for cars waiting to use it is along the wall, which is on the far side of two lanes of pumps. You have to get a pin number from inside to use the car wash and you drive your car in, get out and then wait outside whilst the car's being washed. You back out of the car wash when you're done.
We'd just driven our car into the car wash when a couple drove up to the nearest set of pumps to the car wash. I watched the woman go inside, pay for something and then came back to the car.
I thought it was weird that they hadn't filled the tank or that I hadn't seen her get anything to pay for.
I thought it very weird that they didn't drive off. They just sat there, inconveniencing several other cars.
Then I realised the man was watching the car wash. And smirking. Hmmmmm.... Yep, from where he was parked, when we backed out of the car wash, we'd be blocking the next car waiting. Whereas he'd be able to drive straight in.
This is where I might have been rude. I told hubby I'd wait till he'd driven out before getting in the car. I purposefully loitered between the waiting driver and the car wash. When he blew his horn at me, I moved to the left, not the right, still blocking his path.
They drove off, obviously furious. Was I rude? I was deliberately obstructive, even if it was for a stranger's benefit.