Monday, January 15, 2007

Biting Bums

I was in the supermarket. I was using my wheelchair. I was in front of a stack of shelves, looking at the goods.

Along came a woman who apparently wanted something off the shelf in front of me. Without a word, she placed one leg between mine, and
leaned over right in front of me. So close I could have bitten her bum. No recognition at all of what she was doing. Not only that, she took her time, kept taking stuff down, placing in her trolley and then turning once again in front of me to get more.

This woman, it appears, either was so disturbed by disability that she blanked it from her mind and therefore did not see me. Or she was a Narcissist who only thought of herself.

Whatever her problem was, I said nothing! I knew if I did, I would have been very very rude and probably shown myself up. I could have bitten her bum I was so annoyed. Maybe I ought to have! ;-)

5 comments:

Maureen said...

I look forward to reading your blurbs.......You have a great sense of humour and we share alot of the same opinions. I love the 'bum' one, we think of so many things to say after the event is over. At least you can laugh about it. Maureen in BC Canada

mad angel said...

People often assume that folks in wheelchairs, in addition to having trouble with legs that don't work, also cannot see, speak, or hear. Shame on them! If you had bitten the woman's bum-bum I wouldn't blame you one iota! Then again, maybe it's agood thing you didn't. God only knows where that bum-bum had been and what nasty diseases you might have caught. ;-)

Paula

T said...

I walk with crutches, and so am used to having to do exactly what this woman did except in front of able bodied people, in order to get anything from shelves in the supermarket - precisely because they ignore me and polite requests to allow me to quickly reach something get blanked.

I know that doesn't make it any easier on the receiving end, but still just a thought. Does sound like she was taking the mick though - you certainly don't need to lean around and over someone to *browse* when you can perfectly well look past while making your decision - I was referring very much to the problem of needing a single item that's obstructed, knowing how much pain it will cause me if I stop and wait for every idiot to finish their dawdlings and let me in at each set of shelves, and so deciding just to take a quick reach when the person is clearly not paying attention to what's around them. I do of course accompany it with an "excuse me please" and a "thank you" ;o)

Sheila said...

You should have bit her on the bum! It would have served her right. People just don't know how to deal so they don't and look like idiots. How are the puppies?

Anonymous said...

WHAT A LOVELY AFTERNOON WE SPENT WITH YOU, JOHN AND THE DOGS. WHAT FAB DOGS THERE ARE TOO.

IT WAS LOVELY TO FINALLY MEET YOU, YOU MADE US FEEL VERY WELCOME AND ALLOWING US TO MEET THE ALL THE DOGS. THEY ARE ALL SUPER AND THEIR CHARACTERS ARE AMAZING.

THE AFTERNOON FLEW PAST DID NOT KNOW WHERE THE TIME WENT.

TAKE CARE FIONA AND NIGEL