It was raining when I left work yesterday and while I ran errands in the evening. While I went about my business, it struck me…as it usually does…that people seem to lose all common sense when it’s raining outside. They forget how to drive and how to walk and how to be polite. It’s amazing.
So I decided to do a public service and put together a list of rainy day etiquette based on some of the asinine things I saw people doing yesterday…
- Driving in the rain works pretty much like driving in the sunshine. Yes, you have to be a bit more careful due to the slippery road conditions, but in general, it’s the same. Rain does not automatically require you to drive 20 miles an hour on the highway with your flashers on. Drive the prescribed speed limit and we’ll all get where we are going a lot faster.
- Aiming for the puddles on the side of the road is a douchey thing to do. You might think it’s funny, but the people standing at the bus stop…who are now going to have to ride a freezing cold bus while soaking wet…don’t think it’s funny at all. Go find another way to amuse yourself.
- If you are driving through a parking lot and there is someone walking with no umbrella, you could stop and let them keep walking. The extra 20 seconds you spend sitting in your dry car won’t make much of a difference to you…but it will be very appreciated by the person outside in the rain.
- When you walk into a store and close your umbrella, it’s not necessary to shake it out and get the floor and everything around you all wet. If you insist on shaking out your umbrella, make sure the is no one standing right next to you.
- Your umbrella is not an invisible force field and if you poke someone in the head with it, it will hurt them. When you are walking on a crowded sidewalk, pay attention to where you are swinging that thing. The same goes for swinging a closed umbrella…because I’m really not interested in getting hit in the stomach by your umbrella because you aren’t paying attention.
- And lastly…if you work in a clothing store and you sell someone a leather jacket, make sure the jacket is actually covered in plastic. Double bag it if you have to. But don’t hand a customer a tiny bag with their leather jacket sticking out and expect them to walk into a rainstorm with it. And don’t get huffy when that customer complains.
I think if everyone followed these simple guidelines, rainy days could be a lot more pleasant for everyone.
Any other suggestions???