Kevin Spacey (didn’t care for American Beauty or the Usual Suspects myself) has said what must have been painfully obvious to everyone except the guilty – to switch off their phones and not to eat sweets when at the theatre. Admirable. Good stuff. If I was a theatregoer I’m sure I’d be booking seats at the Old Vic right now. But what about outside the theatre ? We matter too you know !
Thinking just about mobiles and sweets (why are they in those far too noisy crinkly wrappers ?), I don’t want people sitting right next to me on the bus doing those things either. I especially don’t want those idiots who have one of those ‘in-ear’ gizmos and who seem to pretend that they absolutely have to be totally contactable at all times but then sit choosing a bloody ring-tone – it just annoys the rest of us. Crisps – don’t eat them near me either ! You always want the crisp at the bottom of the bloody packet, you insist on chewing with your mouth open, and listening to you wrestle the empty packet into submission gets so bad that some days I just want to thump you.
Here’s a handy hint for some natives – shops and buses expect money – yes, cash ! I stood waiting for a bus for about 15 minutes the other day, just behind some woman aged about 50 (I think). 15 minutes. Bus pulls up. She gets on. Driver asks for money. She looks at him, looks at her bag, looks at him, decides to find purse. Purse is – of course at the very bottom of the bag. Eventually she gets the cash, and he prints the ticket. She then does not take the ticket – far too simple – but choses instead to rearrange the contents of said bag. WTF is THAT all about ??
It’s like in banks and at tills – people have paid, they have been given the receipt, but do they move away and make room for the next person ? Nope. They stand there and check pockets, talk to the shop assistant, check their purse, move the receipt from one location to another before eventually shifting their butts away. Get a grip people !
Scarily, these people not only have the vote, they can breed too !