Fair Warning: this post will sound a lot like a rant.
A couple of days ago, my husband and I were returning home. As we drove toward our neighborhood, my husband said—look at that! What he had seen was a shopping cart abandoned along a sidewalk. The nearest store was about a half mile away, so obviously someone had commandeered a cart, then abandoned it. My husband knows this is a particular gripe of mine—people who just leave shopping carts in the middle of the parking lot. Sometimes, I go up to someone who appears to be about ready to just leave a cart, and say (sweetly) –can I take your cart back for you? This usually startles her enough to prompt her to say—why, thank you.
All of which got me to thinking—what’s wrong with people (or for ease of writing WWWP)?
Have you ever had the experience of stepping on a wad of gooey chewing gum? Several years ago, as I was leaving the grocery store, I saw a young woman coming toward me. Not more than 3 feet from a trash can, she spit out a wad of gum right on the ground. I stopped and glared at her, then said—excuse me, you just spit out your gum and right over there is a trash can. I handed her a piece of scrap paper and said—pick it up. She did.
Why do people spit gum on the sidewalk? WWWP?
Have your ever been some place where quiet is desired? And then someone’s cell phone starts jangling and, worse yet, she starts talking? There was a time we sat in church when suddenly a cell phone began ringing (in the middle of the pastor’s sermon!). The woman fumbled around in her purse and FINALLY found the jangling phone and turned it off. Thankfully, she didn’t answer it.
Why do people insist on leaving their cell phones on ring (or in talking on them) in some quiet place? WWWP?
Occasionally, I drive through my local city, Harrisburg, and invariably encounter a car double-parked in the middle of the street. There is room for the drivers of these cars to pull off, but—NO—they park in the middle of the street. WWWP?
Oh, I could go on—but it would make me sound much more curmudgeonly than I really am. The common thread in these examples is a lack of courteous regard for other people. I hope I am not guilty of the very thing I decry here.
So, what’s your WWWP pet peeve?