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originally posted by: wasobservingquietly
a reply to: dfnj2015
Wow, just what I was thinking...but Lyme rage!
Things are only going to get worse too. They now figure 300,000 people a year are contracting Lyme! There are so many that are misdiagnosed/undiagnosed! If it's untreated & spreads to the brain, all kinds of things can happen. When I first read about it, the first thing I wondered, was if that is where road rage comes from?! Then I witnessed it in someone before they were finally diagnosed! Very scary!
There have always been rude people, but it's getting so much worse! Anyone who has to deal with the public regularly, sees how things have changed. Just pay extra attention to the people shopping next time you are out. Hardly anyone smiles. A lot are frowning. They are usually in a hurry. They have very little patience! If I have a big order & Wally only has two checkouts open, I usually let people with just a few things go ahead of me. They are shocked & fall all over thanking me! It shouldn't be that unusual! But people are hurried, hassled & oblivious anymore. So sad!
When I had to deal with the public, I usually was able to deflect a potential situation with humor. My goal was to have everyone leave feeling better than when they walked in. Without being a doormat though! Nowadays, you never know about their mental state, if they are on drugs, or are carrying! So it's best just to try & not engage at all if they seem 'off'!
I miss the good, not so old days!
Welcome to the new 'norm'!