Thursday, August 26, 2010
Exposing Hypocrisy - Ettiquette hero or jerk?
Today I was either a hero or a jerk. You decide. I was on my computer at Starbucks talking to my sister on the phone when she mentioned a funny video I should watch. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U55mgeVlcL4). I'm watching the video, laughing out loud as I'm chatting with my sister. A young girl sits down in the couch right next to me. She's like 2 feet away. "Do you have headphones?" she asks me. This is a passive-aggressive way of telling me shut the hell up I need silence. I apologize to her and tell her that I will be silent as I was just looking at one quick video. I left Youtube, hung up the phone and was navigating the internet IN SILENCE when my "neighbor" gets on the phone and starts speaking REALLY LOUD. " ha ha ha ha" was mixed in with some other nonsense. I tried to ignore it but she continued to blab away even louder. " ha ha ha ha". She was beginning to sound more and more like Charlie Brown's teacher. After about 20 minutes of her rudeness I decided to call her out.
I looked at her straight in her eyes and asked her, "Is noise a one way street? because earlier you asked me in a very condescending way if I had headphones when you could've just asked me to lower my volume. Then you get on the phone and start blabbing away. I find that very hypocritical." She was shocked! She said, "you are right I apologize forgive me." I was heated. "It wouldn't have been a big deal had you not made a big deal about my loudness. I just find it hypocritical and condescending that you asked me about headphones. Come one do people really carry headphones?" She kneels in front of me like I'm the queen of England and asks me, "do you forgive me?" I said yes and she walked away. Later I learned from a Starbucks employee that she always goes to Starbuck to read her bible. I'm going to hell.