Today I was at the store printing out pictures. When I entered the store there wasn’t a single person printing out pictures so I walked over to one of the two machines, plugged in my flash drive, and began selecting pictures to print. I was taking my time sorting through the 80+ photos on the flash drive because I was too indecisive last night when I uploaded them to the flash drive, when out of nowhere this nasty woman approached me. She didn’t even say hello or how are you, she just stormed over and obnoxiously asked how much longer I would be. I told her that I would be finished soon. She then proceeded to say “soon as in right now or as in an hour?”. I calmly told her that I didn’t know how much longer I would be but that I would certainly not be choosing photos for an hour. I was becoming increasingly irritated with the woman and I know that I went from being sweet to sassy due to the nasty attitude that this woman was taking with me. I also pointed out that there was a second machine available–she scowled at me for saying that and said that she needed the one I was using because it had a scanner. I was completely irritated at this point, so irritated that I wanted to tell her how rude and disrespectful she was being but I did not. I was being the bigger person and treating others [her] the way that I want to be treated. I assumed she would wander the store while she waited for me to finish using the machine but she did not. She actually took the stool from the second machine and sat on it directly behind me, very close behind me, and sighed and huffed the whole time. Then she sent a text to her husband, who was in the car with their children, and asked him to send them into the store. They were obnoxious and began to nag the woman because they wanted to leave and go home, she told the children that she would have been done by now if “this girl wasn’t taking soooo long”. I gave her a nasty look because I wasn’t about to get into it with this woman with children present. I seriously thought that things couldn’t get any worse and then they did. She began maniacally laughing as I selected the rest of my photos. I don’t think they were funny, they were from past vacations and running or race photos that I wanted to print out for personal motivation. I’m not sure what was so funny about the photos I was printing but the obnoxious woman certainly thought that they were hilarious. I collected my photos after they printed then I turned around, smiled at her, and said “here you go, I’m finished now. She basically huffed and said, “thanks its about time.”
I am not sure why people have to act this way, or treat complete strangers this way. I am not surprised though because things like this happen a lot. I do not deserve to be treated so disrespectfully. I do not deserve to be mocked, insulted, or made to feel bad simply because I showed up 5 minutes before someone else did. As a matter of fact, nobody deserves to be treated this way. My hope is that people recognize that everyone deserves respect and that everyone has feelings. Doing something like this to a complete stranger can impact the person in a severely negative way. That woman didn’t know me and she doesn’t know anything about me. I could have reacted negatively to this encounter–I did not, I just moved on. By sharing this story I hope that other people understand how important it is to be considerate of other people’s feelings and how important it is to treat other’s kindly. The moral of the story, do not act like the nasty photo woman!!!
P.S. Thanks to this woman, I just completed my 100th post!