I'm standing in a long line at the post office (I'm next, thank goodness) and listening to another customer argue with the lady at the desk. The customer, a well-dressed, attractive woman with THE most incredible air of entitlement, is picking up a package for someone else. They want her to sign for the package.
She does not want to sign. She hauls out 80 pieces of ID to prove who she is, but the person who asked her to pick up the package specifically told her not to sign for it. How fascinating.
So she argues with the lady behind the counter who says several times it is against their policy to relinquish this particular package without a signature. By then, of course, I'm dying to know what's in it. This goes on for a couple minutes and the clerk finally tells her
to get her skinny self important ass out of the way to please step aside.
Customer refuses and asks for the supervisor. Clerk says she will call the superivisor but to please step aside.
Customer: "I'm not stepping aside. I said I want to talk to your supervisor!"
Clerk loses it, point to the line, and roars: "AND I SAID I WILL CALL MY SUPERVISOR! BUT I AIN'T HOLDIN' UP ALL THESE PEOPLE IN THAT LINE CUZ *YOU* DON'T WANNA STEP ASIDE!"
Customer's jaw drops. It's hysterical! I burst out laughing, and people behind me--after a moment of shock--start laughing, too.
Oh, don't you wish you could be that clerk just once in your life?
P.S. The supervisor tells her to SIGN FOR THE PACKAGE!
82-year-old Jerry Lewis was cited for trying to carry a gun onto a plane. He said the gun was "hollowed out" and couldn't be fired and that he only used it as a "prop" for some of his shows (the fact that he even does shows anymore was news to me). The authorities disagreed with the "prop" business and said if that were the case Lewis wouldn't have been cited.
Wait! If kids can't take toy guns to school, then why would people be allowed to take toy guns onto a plane?
Regardless--what a dumbass! 82-fricking-years-old and he STILL hasn't learned the "rules"?
Okay. You're married or in a long term relationship, you have an affair on the side, and end up pregnant.
A. Keep your mouth SHUT.
B. Admit it (privately) to your partner.
C. After the birth of the baby, you schedule an appearance on Maury, drag your clueless partner onstage, and make a flaming a$$ out of yourself on national TV.
Gee. Decisions, decisions.
I used to think these people were simply putting on a great show for TV (and undoubtedly for a few bucks).
Then I started working psych. Now I believe it all.
I know it's all too easy sometimes to blame the misdeeds of kids on the parenting skills (or lack thereof) of their parents.
I understand that there are a lot of terrific, caring parents who end up with rotten kids. I also know there are many wonderful adults who were raised by idiots who should have been sterilized at puberty. Sometimes it's a crapshoot.
Having said that, I saw a disturbing video (I'm not posting the link--it's bad enough I saw it once on CNN) where a sixteen-year-old boy placed an eight-month-old baby on an inflatable mat, then jumped onto the mat and sent the baby zinging through the air to land on the floor roughly six feet away. The boy has been charged with felony child abuse. The eighteen-year-old manning the camera hasn't been charged with a crime, which I think is insane--isn't he an accessory? The baby was unhurt, but he sure screamed his head off in the video which was posted (whoa, shocker!) on YouTube.
I simply refuse to believe that a boy who was raised with respect and compassion by caring parents would do something like that. What possessed him? Did his parents teach him anything? What could he possibly have been thinking--that bouncing a baby through the air and onto the floor is funny?
I'm blown away. Just totally blown away! And I'm much too old and I've seen too many things in my life to still be blown away by something like this. But I am.