For example in a department store:
- Why is it okay for kids to ride the bikes for sale inside a store? Isn't this dangerous for both the child and other customers, never mind the fact that I was hoping to buy a NEW bike for my child or grandchild.
- Why is it okay to bounce the balls in the store? I know they will look used soon after bouncing them on the driveway, but again I'm paying for new merchandise. Can I get a discount for used? ...I didn't think so.
- Why is it okay to hand a kid a bag of grapes or a banana from the bunch to eat while shopping? Both are sold by the pound, and I didn't see any provision for weighing your kid before starting to eat, though you could put him or her on the scales at the register when checking out.
- Why is it okay to build a fort out of the individual serving creamers, butters and sugar containers? Oh, and wear the bowls they were in on your head, like perhaps you needed a construction worker's hard hat or a crown. I guess it is pretty hard for a four year old to understand that though when your father and mother are helping construct the condiment castle and teaching you how to put them back so neatly no one will ever suspect you have had the bowls and food in your very grubby, marker stained hands. I'll bet the bedroom walls are beautiful.
But it isn't really even all about the kids' poor behavior then is it? Sometimes the adults don't even HAVE kids with them...
- like the lady at the salad bar at the grocery store who filled her container so full she couldn't close it, so she had to put some of the olives back using her fingers. I mean, really, what else could she have done? She couldn't close her container. She didn't want to dirty the tongs in the olive serving dish. (What? Wait. That's right, those were tongs for putting them in. There must not have been any return-tongs!) She knew her hands were very clean. Hmmm, but there was that grocery cart handle...oh, and the purse strap the baby chewed on..wait, did she wash her hands after she fixed her shoe and tidied her hair, scratched her nose and... ummm. I wouldn't worry about it.
- and the guy who makes sandwiches with those protective gloves on. The protective gloves are not meant to protect you from my sandwich. They are to keep my sandwich clean. So.....if the gloves are dirty...then my sandwich...do you see where I'm going? Yup, your hands will still be clean. My sandwich, not so much. So stop opening registers, handling money and pushing your hair out of your face with with them on while you make my sandwich, please.
I guess I did want to whine, complain and be judgmental. How'd I do?
I promise, I won't whine tomorrow!