I've just returned to work from maternity leave, and I am feeling a bit confused.
After an extended period out of the loop of a bunch of everyday stranger interactions I used to encounter daily, I am suddenly being re-acquainted and I have a question.
Why please, is everyone so.....rude?
I am not talking blatant honk-in-your-face rude, I am talking a lack of normal-civil-manners rude. Did I miss a memo? Do we not do that anymore?
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When the bus pulls up to the curb to drop off passengers, there's no orderly line like there used to be waiting to file on after everyone exits - it's a free-for-all mish-mash of everyone trying to get on and off at the same time.
When the elevator doors spring open there's no 'you were waiting here first, after you,' it's just a mass migration.
When an elderly or pregnant person hops on a bus/train/tram, there's hesitation. I watch people scan those around them hoping they'll spring up first to offer a seat because, ugh, annoying.
On a plane, everyone is standing practically ready to barge through the aisles as soon as the seatbelt sign goes off, when it's literally a single file. The row in front of you goes first - there's no race here.