Sunday, February 06, 2005

Dumbass(es) of the Day

And while we're on the subject of dumb assholes, you gotta check this one out. She takes the fuckin' cake. We can only hope someone puts her out of her misery. SOON.

*Thanks to the Cunning Linguist over at Convoluted Insanity.


Blogger Mariana said...

I agree that there was no malice behind their gesture, and the neighbor is obviously an arse-hole. She says now that had the girls apologized to her in person (instead of just writing a letter) all would have been forgiven. But that kind of person is never satisfied: had they apologized in person she would have said that the looks on their faces weren't apologetic enough, or that their spines weren't sufficiently curved, or that they weren't offering themselves to commit sepuku over the whole matter.

But what the girls did was creepy. So they wanted to make a random act of kindness, anonymously, fine. In which case it makes no sense to include a note where you state the name of the club you belong to. That is a way of identifying yourself, although in this case their neighbor had never heard of that club. So if they didn't mind being identified, why did they make their gift anonymously, rapped on the door and run away? Does that make any sense to you at all?

I wouldn't pick up anything from the floor to eat, even if it had been placed inside a box, and on no circumstance would I, or anyone with any sense, eat anything that had been left on a doorstep, by some stranger who chose to run away before I could talk to them. Does that seem friendly to you? Wouldn't you suspect that, at the very least, there was something unpleasant inside the box, or that food was contaminated? So if on top of it all you've got post-traumatic disorder, as this woman has, it's no wonder she reacted the way she did.

I don't take her side, but I don't think the girls showed any common sense either.

Sunday, February 06, 2005 11:20:00 PM  
Blogger Kirkkitsch said...

I agree and differ at the same time. One the one hand, it was (I think) kinda goofy to leave something as personal as homemade food on a stranger's porch. You know, with the whole 'Halloween-homemade treats are a no no , individually-wrapped candy is okay' stigma. On the other hand, I got the impression that this was a small town, so it's not like this happened in some huge anonymous city. I also think the note could have been a little more specific, for example: "From your neighbors/friends, Lottie & Dottie" or whatever their names were.

Now, on the other hand, I DO feel the woman COMPLETELY overreacted. If she's that fuckin' nervous and uptight to begin with, she has bigger, deeper-seated problems than some teens knocking on her door at 10:30 at night. She's either got a screw loose or is in need of some serious professional help.

All in all, this is my point: Why did this ever even get big enough to be "newsworthy?" Our society has made everything SO much more arduous than it ever has to be. From renting a damn video to random acts of kindness that have to be strategically planned so as to anticipate the receiver's religious affiliation, allergies, medical conditions, political beliefs, diet, etc. etc. It's BEYOND ridiculous. A simple act of giving someone something as innocuous as homemade cookies has become a fuckin' instrument of fear? Gimme a REALLY big break. Seriously. I'm so tired of these high maintenance, ultra-sensitive, politically-correct assholes. This is EXACTLY why normally nice people like myself don't even attempt to make that extra effort with people anymore. And I think that's a commentary on the direction our society is going. At some point there may be someone out there (even yourself) that may honestly be in need, but because of frivolous lawsuits and people like the ones I mentioned above, you can't afford to to take that risk for fear of some sort of backlash. Sad, sad, sad.

Tuesday, February 08, 2005 2:18:00 AM  

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