Ok, I was really astonished by what I saw last night. In case you don't know, I work at a restaurant part time as well as teach. I've been working at the restaurant since I was 20 and have seen a lot of things in the duration, but what I saw last night just burned me up!
First off, one of my grandmothers was handicapped. She became ill when my mother was barely a teenager and became paralyzed. They weren't exactly sure what caused it, but later on, they figured it was probably MS. I grew up aware of the troubles and disadvantages a disabled person can face. I remember helping my grandmother into and out of her wheelchair, trying to get around the aisles in the store, etc. I was taught at an early age to be mindful and have manners towards others who were "different". I never gawk or stare because I remember when I was little what it felt like to have people gawk at us:(
At my restaurant, I make sure to hold the doors open for people who are elderly or handicapped. Not to mention, it helps out the person whom is pushing/holding them. It's enough to steer a wheelchair but to have to open the door too...that's too much! That brief half a minute of me opening a door and saying hello can make a difference in a person's day. No one requires me to do that but why not. Why not be polite? Why not show some manners?I'm Southern, and that's how I was raised. You say please and thank you and respect the elderly NO MATTER WHAT!
As I was coming back inside from delivering a to-go order, a woman was pushing an elderly woman in a wheelchair. I could have just went inside, but instead, I held the door open. As I was holding the door open, a grown middle aged woman maybe even a tad older than that arrived at the door at about the same time as the woman in the wheelchair. As I was holding the door open, I was taken aback at the middle aged woman's behavior. She did not stop and let the woman and her friend pushing her go ahead and go inside. Instead, she proceeded to maneuver herself around the wheelchair going through the door first and go inside. I stared at her like "Really?!?!!?!!!" I didn't apologize to the elderly woman because I didn't want to berate her due to whatever caused her illness. Not sure if that was the right move, but I felt rather than make note of the situation to just ignore the rude woman's behavior. I told them the women to enjoy their meal and have a lovely evening. The ladies smiled and didn't even acknowledge what had just happened.
Seriously, it just burned me up last night, and I am still burned up today. I would expect that out of a child or a teenager but not a grown woman.
Sorry, I just had to get that out! Hope you all are having a great weekend:)