Clementine Ford’s latest column, Thank you and please are two little keys, has me sitting here saying to myself “Did she really just say that?” in a kind of stunned horror.
The piece is supposedly about the importance of good manners but how on earth she can reconcile this:
The problem as I see it is a general lack of respect for our fellow human beings across the board. Having good manners is really no more complicated than treating other people as you would like to be treated.
with what follows is beyond my comprehension.
Just to pull out 2 things that really got my blood boiling. First up some parent bashing:
And if you must insist on bringing your children to the supermarket, please observe the universally acknowledged hours for this kind of activity. These take place between 9am and 3pm on Mondays.
What? Mon 9am – 3pm?! Yeah right, because no parent ever has to work during school hours and all parents owe it to the childless members of the population to ensure that they are never disturbed by having to share a public space with someone else’s offspring. (If there’s going to be gratuitous use of unfunny hyperbole then I’m bringing out the heavy sarcasm in retaliation.)
And right at the end this invitation to air your prejudices:
WHAT PARTICULAR TRAITS OR BEHAVIORS DO YOU FIND RUDE? IS IT BAD DRIVERS OR SLOW WALKERS WHO REALLY GET YOUR GOAT? LEAVE YOUR COMMENTS BELOW AND I’LL BE WITH YOU FROM MIDDAY TO VENT WITH GUSTO!
Slow walkers. She really did put that in there. I’m not imagining it. Holy shit.
If it’s not immediately obvious to you why that last one is so horrifically wrong, here’s some reading for you to do – read the comments too.
H/T lauredhel on twitter