What’s happening right now is unreal, and to be honest, I don’t want to read about it anymore. Although I read all updates on COVID-19, especially concerning my hometown, I am tired of reading about it. I am also saddened at the way many people are reacting, and it makes me wonder, what is happening to us? Are all social distancing effects good? Sorry, I disagree, I don’t think they are, and I will explain why.
Health has always been of the utmost important to me, and even before COVID-19, I was always careful when I went to places where lots of people gathered, especially in flu season. I always wanted to avoid anyone spreading their germs when I was nearby. I thought it was common sense. It didn’t mean that I was doing social distancing.
I work in a school – now I work from home – and before this pandemic hit, I was always surrounded by my students, and yes, there was always one (or more) who came to school with a cold, or flu, and I’ve also known of a student in primary school of having chickenpox (I’m in junior high).
Such things worried me, they always did. When you’re ill, stay home, don’t come to work or school and infect other people. When a student entered my class ill, I always told him or her to keep a distance from me, because I didn’t want to get ill. I may sound rude – I obviously told them that in a nice way 😉 , and it’s what we’re doing now, isn’t?
I have always made sure I had a balanced and healthy diet with the necessary vitamins and minerals. Of course, sometimes I slipped of the wagon, but that’s normal, isn’t it? It can happen.
What’s going on?
I used to enjoy grocery shopping, but don’t worry, I am not going to complain about my lost love for shopping trips. The reason I’m writing this is what I see everywhere. Rudeness and reckless behavior.
It was obvious that shopping would no longer be pleasant, but that was just something we had to accept. What I find a little harder to swallow is the rudeness this situation has awakened in some, and the “sorry, not sorry” attitude.
Venting is not cool
While I understand the risks that grocery store employees face, and I follow instructions at those stores as they have been laid out, I have come across a few employees who treated me like an idiot, because I wasn’t aware of certain things; for example an alcohol ban after 4 pm. OK, I was surprised, that was one unimportant update I had missed. The woman, however, treated me as if I had done it on purpose.
I asked if this was now effective in the whole state, that was all, and well … I left the store, a little stunned because of the way she replied, dry and with an “you seriously don’t know this?” attitude.
I have only one face mask. I have no others, because all the crazy hoarders bought them up and they are all gone! Yes, thank you very much. And I need them to go to the store, because some stores will refuse entry if you don’t have a face mask … So, I got to figure that one out. Perhaps order online, or make them myself.
Today I asked a pharmacist if she had any face masks. She said no and gave me a look. OK, sorry for asking.
It just shows, though, how those maddening hoarders have impacted life for others.
All in all, I have come across much staff that is incredibly nice and friendly, but I have also noticed that more and more staff is getting increasingly impolite. I understand the stress and fear they must be feeling, but venting on customers or treating them like morons is not ideal either, regardless of the situation.
That being said, I’ve also seen customers behave in irresponsable ways, but no one seemed to do or say anything about it on those occasions.
I’ve seen videos of people beating a doctor … And I just ask myself, “Why?” “Why?!”
Seriously, I’m always happy when I’m back home, and not only because I’m no longer exposed there, but also because I’m away from anger and rudeness.
Banks, grocery stores, and establishments that still operate have installed new measures to avoid the spread of COVID-19. I always see people, though, who ignore the instructions, and nobody says anything about it. Then, what is the point of implementing these rules?
A cashier tells me to stay behind the plastic screen, but she says nothing when another customer comes to stand right next to me. I mean, hello?
So, every trip away from home is less and less enjoyable, but not because of social distancing, not because of the new measures that are in place, not because there are limits on what we can buy, but because of people’s behavior.
The world is changing, and so are people, or are they? Are they truly changing or are true colors being revealed …?
It takes nothing away from us to be friendly and to treat others with dignity and respect. It takes nothing away from us to relay new information in a nice way, knowing that sometimes we may miss a certain news update. It takes nothing away from anyone to be nice. And it certainly takes nothing away from us to use common sense and keep a distance when you have to go to town.
Extreme situations either bring out the best or the worst in people. Let’s not allow this to reveal our worst, but our best.