Posted by peskypippi | Posted in Attitude | Posted on 04-10-2012
Tags: behavior, bumper sticker, mean people suck, nice, people
Mean People Suck…and I am one of them.
I have a “Mean People Suck” bumper sticker on my car. I put it on because I had wanted to make a “nice” statement. As in: “don’t be an asshole.” I don’t like when people are condescending and rude and overly-critical. I don’t like when people put me down just so they feel better.
When the sticker went on, my husband eye-rolled and thought I was being cheerleadery. Give me an N. Give me an I. Give me a C. Give me an E.
My children liked it because, well, anytime you can say “suck” is just plain fun.
I like to be nice. I treat people nicely. I teach my kids to be nice.
But who am I kidding? Lately, I haven’t been acting that nice. Here are a few examples from this week alone:
- I bought a new purse. I took it for a spin. That same evening, my Chipotle rice bowl tipped over and spilled salsa throughout my new purse. In all the nooks and crannies. Was I pissed! I wiped the purse down but the smell wouldn’t come out. So I returned the salsa-purse to Macy’s the next day. Hoping the sales clerk didn’t take a sniff. Net: mean.
- I bought groceries at Safeway. The cashier asked if I wanted to “round up” for breast cancer. I answered, “no thank you.” What??!! I said no to finding a cure for breast cancer? Net: mean.
- There was an elderly woman trying to cross the street. She was standing on the corner waiting for the traffic to ease up. I was late picking up my son from tumbling class so I didn’t stop for her. What a bitch thing to do. Net: mean.
So guess what? I took that Mean People Suck bumper sticker off my car. I didn’t want to be a hypocrite. And, really, I couldn’t stand the pressure of being nice all the time. Maybe a better bumper sticker for me is:
It’s OK for Nice People To Be Mean, Sometimes
What would your bumper sticker say?