Wednesday, 14 April 2010


This very morning something on the telly made reference to a newspaper article about ,how good manners and politness is in a sharp decline. I absolutly refute this 'nothing else to stick on the page, so we'll put this on to get a mention on the telly news programmes less serious moments story- headline.'.....As someone who always holds the door open for people and who will give up my seat for the old ,needy and extreemly sexy. I know its not the good manners and politness thats on the decline, but the polite response from the increasingly ignorant shower to whom i hold the doors open to and give up my ,by now warmed up seat.
I go into town shopping ,for my sins ,with the Lovely Lynne(not sins with the Lovely Lynne ,the shopping, sadly.) When i'm entering or leaving a shop, i'll hold the door open if theres somebody nearby. If i'm lucky i'll get a barely responsive grunt from the recipient of my well-meaning action. But ,not often. What often happens ,people speed up to take advantage of the open door ,and often whole families pile through ,mum, dad ,kids ,bloody prams, the lot .Nobody would consider pressing their hand against the door to hold it open for themselves or their brood. So yours truly ,grinding his teeth, but too polite to say anything stands there like a bloody idiot as a queue starts to stretch across the concourse waiting to be allowed through the door. As they stomp past ,most dont even give a sideways glance as i give filthy disbelieving looks in all directions at the ignorant shower of bastards who're walking past me ,who've walked past me and yet to walk past me.
The other fun-packed way of passing a few moments is to give up your seat to somebody on a train or bus. I've stood to let some old dear or a pregnant woman, or whoever sit, and ,on the whole get a guarded response. But quite often someone else will pile past slamming their shoulder into me or their palm into my face knocking me back like a foreward fending off a tackle in the Rugby 6 nations championships. Then ,once they've parked their fat ignorant stupid arse on the seat that i've kindly warmed for them. Not a word is uttered to me ,or the person to whom i'd originally intended the seat for. They sit gazing with a fixed glassy stare straight ahead, totally oblivious to anything you may have to say to them.

So whoever said good manners doesnt cost anything and politness doesnt hurt....Except for the battering to your ego and confidence by being ignored; The ruination of your day as you try and hold in your temper; And your growing dissappointment in people, except for that ,they may well have a point.


Hypervox said...

Comments heard by Tim whilst holding the door open...

"No please, after you. After all, it's not like I've got anything better to do all day, like, eat, or sleep, or go to the bank, or make love, or... FOR GODS SAKE! WILLYOUSTOPCOMINGTHROUGHTHEDAMNDOORSOICANGONOWTHANKYOUVERYMUCH!

Tim Leatherbarrow said...

Dear Hyper ,in colour...
Why didnt you write to me before i wrote the piece, as i could've used a good deal of that screenplay....Except for the bit about the bank and making love, i'm a married cartoonist after all.
skint n' celibate Tim

monkey said...

do you know whats worse you fed up saying thankyou to them on the odd occasion one should grunt.

Thud said...

I agree with everything you have written,it is infuriating the way people respond to acts of politness....but Tim my good man we must continue in our thankless task as the sense of smug superiority it gives is priceless!

Tim Leatherbarrow said...

When i was 'sparked' into writting this tirade ,i mentioned how pissed off i was to the missus ,then held the door open for a women behind me....And you know what the nasty vindictive cow went and did?.....SAID "THANKS A LOT!"AND SAID IT WAS VERY NICE OF ME...God! people ,they just let you down....
Tim( proud member still of the smuggly superior club)

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