The Huffers, Tutters & Ungrateful Mutterers.

Posted: June 21, 2012 in Random Daily Musings
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Once upon a time (not too long ago and in a land quite close to here) a kind and chivalrous young man (yes, there are still a few remaining) offered to help a middle-aged and somewhat rotund woman heave her numerous suitcases down a large flight of stairs at Waterloo Station.

Despite the sweating, struggling and repeated trips up and down the steps in order to help this random stranger he received not a word of thanks; not even an appreciative smile; not even a relieved glace in his general direction; nothing. So, true to his stubborn nature and in defiance of all bad manners and ungrateful human beings everywhere, our hero promptly picked up the now thoroughly bored bags, lugged them back up the steps to their original position and stomped off in the opposite direction leaving the ungrateful bint luggage-less, her chin resting on her boots. Feel free to applaud at this juncture.

I’m sure we have all experienced similar situations which make our blood bubble to boiling point. How often does one experience the huffing and tutting of someone standing in a queue waiting to be served a cup of coffee? The noises which eminate from their lips and the steam which bursts forth from their ears would imply that the ignorant barista is serving other customers (how dare he) and therefore holding up the queue simply to annoy them. Obviously this snorting creature is far more important than anyone else in the room and the fact that they are already late is, of course, the fault of everyone else. Unfortunately, my experience dictates that once the frothy goodness has been served, not a word of thanks is offered, not a smile is given but the cup is snatched, the heels are turned upon and they stalk from the cafe without a backwards glance.

When boarding a train or tube during the heaving, weekday rush hour, it appears to be a practical impossibility to allow passengers to step from the carriage onto the platform before a mass of impatient travellers begin barging their way past them, elbowing each other out of the way, clobbering their opponent with luggage and glaring daggers of death in the direction of anyone who dares fill their space or take their chosen seat.

WHAT is going on, dear people? What has happened to courtesy, decency and manners? Are we all in such a hurry to get home to our television sets that we simply can NOT wait another 2 minutes for another, emptier train to appear? Are we really so selfish that offering a little ‘thank you,’ muttering a ‘please’ or even a grateful smile is too much like hard work? Gone are the days when gentlemen gave up their seats for ladies, now they wont even remove their buttocks to ease the sore ankles of a pregnant damsel. It appears that human beings are treating each other with disdain, disgust and contemptment.

Please do not let this continue, dear reader, we still have time to turn this dasterdly situation around. We are all equal; our status is not defined by our job title or the figures in our bank accounts, we are not above or below anyone else. Let us remember what our mothers tried so in vain to teach us; ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ are still magic words.


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