I'm starting to think that Special Snowflakes are approaching epic proportions. Whatever happened to people being aware of others around them and employing due courtesy?
I went shopping at my local Costco today--never my favourite activity in the world, because I'm not a happy camper in crowds, and the closer it gets to the holiday season, the more of a zoo Costco becomes. (I will not shop there on weekends, period. And once Hallowe'en is over, Costco won't be seeing me again until well into January... which is a pity because there are some things that I can only get there, but the panic attacks just aren't worth it!) I noticed a definite pattern of Snowflake behaviour today. Ever noticed that when you are coming up behind someone in a given aisle (which is only wide enough for two carts to pass abreast), someone is coming toward you in the other direction? So, you politely wait for this person to pass... and both carts reach the point where they are abreast--and both stop dead and the people stare at the shelves like open-mouthed zombies, totally oblivious to the fact that they are now completely blocking traffic both ways. And they stay there. It takes at least three repetitions of, "Excuse me, please!" for either of them to turn toward you with a look of vacant confusion on their faces; what could you possibly want from them?
After the first two times, it was either engage in the compiling of statistics or go stark raving mad. (Since I went mad years ago, I was stuck with option number one.) Today, this morning, within the first hour of the store opening, I had this happen to me twelve times
, and every single occasion involved different people. I was only in the store for forty-five minutes. (I would have been out, I think, at least twenty minutes earlier if it hadn't been for these clueless cretins.) If any of the offenders had had their noses stuck into their iPhones or suchlike, I would almost have understood it (although it still would have annoyed me considerably) but these were all just people who were so blasted spaced out that it didn't occur to them that there was anybody else in the whole store except for them!
Yup, JennJenn's in one of those