Geriatrics are the worst customers. They're often cheap, usually dense, always slow. It rarely occurs to them to read the product description. Then they receive their order and call in angry about not getting what they expected and demand a refund of their shipping and a call tag pickup because they claim to be unable to get their return package with the pre-paid return label to a drop-off point. It's okay to be old and feeble, but please take a couple of minutes out of your unbusy day to read about what you're buying and the company's ordering and returning procedures. Then take another minute to make an informed decision about whether this is a transaction you're capable of carrying out. If you think you're up to the task, try to remember that you'll need to pay for your order and rummage around your house for your "billfold" before picking up the phone to order.
I will always ride the bus, but I will never interact with people like you. Public transit is not your community; it's a mode of transportation. Take a seat, read or listen to music on headphones and keep your mouth shut.
No one in this town is in any hurry to get anywhere, ever. This is true for drivers, pedestrians, shoppers, customers at coffee shop/deli counters, bus boarders, people exiting event venues after the event ends, etc. Everyone moves slowly at all times on all occasions. Just get used to it and forget any dreams you may have of moving efficiently through your day at a reasonable pace.
You're suggesting that people with umbrellas veer away from awnings in their pathway so those that choose to go without umbrellas can have use of the awnings? That's not going to happen. Why? Because the flow of traffic on a busy sidewalk would be impeded and people would be running into each other. Walk on the right side of the sidewalk, carry a standard-sized umbrella or wear a hooded raincoat or be willing to get rain on your head. Also, don't be an ass and use a golf-size umbrella unless you're on a golf course or strolling through a park.
I'm grateful that some of them walk around with three clipboards in plain sight. It gives us a chance to steer clear and avoid being accosted by a paid signature gatherer. When I see one clipboard I figure there's a chance that I'm about to encounter a volunteer/activist and I can decide whether I have a minute to stop and find out what they want (or not). Wouldn't the paid signature gatherers hook more fish if they carried one clipboard and kept the rest in a bag or backpack? After getting one signature on one petition they could try for one or two more.
If anything, Portland needs more honking to educate the timid, slow and merge-averse drivers that dominate our streets and freeways. The way people drive here is always frustrating and often dangerous.
Good idea for an article. Too bad it was neither constructive nor funny.
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