I firmly believe in backstabbing people as often as you can, but in being kind and polite during actual interactions. And yet I find that a lot of annoyingly insensitive types don’t buy into that way of life. They do the backstabbing thing all the time, even to your face!
And so we have to deal on a daily basis with these irritatingly rude traits from knuckleheads and cretins:
*Not acknowledging an email with a simple “Got it!” It takes two seconds! Acknowledge, bitch!
*Business people writing emails without starting, “Hi, [name].” It’s so cold and impersonal. Only the very best of friends can get away with that kind of thing.
*Thuggish security people who bark orders (“What’s your name? Show me ID”) rather than be a tiny bit civil about it. We’re all in this together, folks. A soupcon of charm would make things so much more palatable, fuckers.
*People who text all through dinner. Even if they’re texting ME across the table, I really don’t care for it.
*And people who loudly talk through movies, regardless of whose $12 experience they’re destroying. Though I did like the young lady who, in the middle of Paranormal Activity, screeched, “She air-fucking him!”
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on November 5, 2009