Thomm Quackenbush, author

Everyone Nowadays

Ok, why is everyone in such a bad mood nowadays? People are so mean and nasty and they have no patience whatsoever. Customers are flipping out on poor retail workers, complaining about the stupidest things like having to wait on line. If they're in such dire financial trouble, you would think they wouldn't be in a hurry to spend their money.

You know what people? Everyone is suffering. IT'S NOT JUST YOU. Why does it always have to be about you? Calm the hell down. Whether you have money in the stock market or you work in a sales position (ahem!), it's not easy right now. Tight finances do not give you the right to be an asshole.

Even the affluent are being stingier about their money. And the affluent tend to be mean along with the stinginess. At least we poor folk will suffice with an eye roll or a subtle yet loud sigh. The rich have no excuse: Oh well you're living a slightly less comfortable life style. I am engaged and don't have the money for a wedding or a house; suck it up!

I know some people are getting hit harder than others, but as long as you have a roof over your head and some income, then you have no right to be an asshole.

I had a customer recently complain about the stupidest thing; it doesn't even matter what it was. But she went on about how this was so awful and it shouldn't be allowed, and someone needs to do something now. Yeah, let me adjust your perspective here. You know what's really awful that someone should do something about now? Worldwide starvation, the violence in Darfur and the Middle East, the gigantic achievement gap, hate crimes, people dying of diseases that have simple cures because we don't care about Third World countries, animals being violently skinned alive so rich people can look hideous in a mink stole, I could go on.

But do you notice what's not on that list? Having to live significantly tighter than you used to. I realize that many people are living paycheck to paycheck and it's scary. I know you're not going out to eat as much as you used to and aren't buying $800.00 purses. But as long as you have a home, then don't talk to me about tough times. I'm feeling it too. My entire income depends on people buying things, and no one wants to even pay the delivery fee on their cheap-ass $299.99 sofabed.

So can everyone please start treating people like human beings again? I'm not expecting anything drastic, like actually caring about the Third World countries mentioned above. But let's go back to the polite level of not giving a crap at least. Stop h8n.

Angela is an artist in the truest sense of the word, though particularly artful when it comes to telling you how lame you are for writing hate mail.

Don't Be H8n!
Don't Be H8n!

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