Yesterday, DF and I went to an auction with our friend "Fred". This auction was for a deceased estate, and there was a lot of old items there. In particular, there were old tools and equipment that are quite rare and collectable. Many of these items would not be instantly recognisable by your average, modern 21st century-dweller.
DF and I left early, but Fred (who is a keen collecter of old items like these) stayed behind. Afterwards, he told us what happened.
Old and Collectable Doodad Number 1 was up for bidding. Fred and several other collecters in the crowd put their bids in. But unfortunately, at the last minute, this random guy yelled out a figure that was significantly higher than the other bids. As a result, he won the Doodad. Fred and the others simply could not match his price.
When he received the Doodad, the guy turned to Fred and the other people standing nearby, and asked "So what actually IS this thing? How does it work?" It turned out that he'd only bid for it, because he thought it "looked interesting".
This happened several more times. The next Old and Collectible Doodad would be presented. Fred and the other collecters would eagerly bid, but Random Guy would jump in with a high figure, and win the item. Then he'd turn to the people nearby, waving the item around, and say "Gee, so what's THIS one? What do I do with it? I have no idea what it is! Do any of you blokes know?" etc etc.
After the auction, Fred and the other collecters virtually left empty-handed, while the random guy with the deep pockets walked away with a bunch of old items that he had no idea about. Fred was extremely annoyed, as he knew he would have been able to give the items a good home. He could have restored them, displayed them, and even used them.
What are your opinions on the random guy's actions? I'm guessing it falls under the category of "annoying, but not rude". But I'm interested to hear people's thoughts.