This is a bit of a “pet peeve” post I’m afraid. Please accept my apologies in advance; I just felt the need to share this with you all.
For my younger readers who may not know, the definition of arrogant is:
Adjective: Having or revealing an exaggerated sense of one’s own importance or abilities.
A bit of background then, I drive to work every day during rush hour, the journey takes me roughly 1 hour and I use a major “A” road (in England) & 1 junction on a major Motorway. As a result there tends to be queues of some sort on my journey, which I tend not to be bothered by.
What I have been finding a lot recently is the large amount of arrogant drivers. By this I mean the drivers, who you let in front of you, turn off or join your road, that do not thank you.
In England a driver’s thank you is putting their hand up once they are in front of you to say thanks or flashing their hazard warning lights once as a thank you, or if you are facing the other car, flashing your lights. All three gestures are simple and quick.
However more frequently I have been finding people aren’t thanking me (or others). I find this very rude as it takes no effort at all to raise your hand.
It always seems to me, like they believe they don’t have to thank me, because a lot of them just push in front of me in a way that says they are more important than me. It does irritate me a lot because it is so so rude, as I said above, and I admit I do quietly fume in my car after the incident.
I always do my best to thank people, even more so when it’s SO obvious they have let me out. I.e. they have stopped to let me out, slowed down to let me, flashed me to let me out etc.
I get great satisfaction knowing someone has been kind enough to let me out and that I’ve been able to thank them.
It also puts a smile on my face when I am able to do the same for someone else and they thank me. It really does brighten my day, just a simple act of thankfulness.
Granted we all have our days when we don’t thank people, for many reasons such as, bad day, too much on our minds, forgetting. However, not once this week has anyone said thank you to me and on the “A” road at least there is another road which joins us, so we have to let them on, not even there have people thanked me!
A simple act of kindness goes so far nowadays, it’s a shame.
Anyone else have similar experiences? Or is it anyone else’s “pet peeve”?
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