[quote]Professor X wrote:
Yesterday I was picking up a pizza for the kids and some lady parked in the fire zone in front of the pizza place. This was a strip mall with adequate legal parking 10 feet away. This lady wasn’t just picking up food, she still needed to order it, so she had to spend sometime in the restaurant with her car parked illegally waiting for her food.
I was very tempted to say something to her but my politeness (or maybe fear of confrontation) prevented me.
I seem to be confronted with these situations regularly and am getting more and more tempted to be a prick and start verbal assault
Question is, should we be polite or do we have a duty to be pricks? If so what are the rules of engagement?
You have a duty to mind your own business unless something directly affects you or you see someone else in immediate distress. She may be a prick, but honestly, who the fuck cares? If she ran over a baby, then it is time to do something.
I saw a guy in line in front of me at the store buy chewing tobacco. Should I be polite and inform him that I have diagnosed oral cancer before in someone who used such a product and that he is at risk? Hell no. It is none of my damn business what someone who is not my patient does in their spare time.
There is a huge difference between being a man and standing up for yourself or someone in danger…and simply being some guy who gets into other people’s business.
Parking in a fire zone has got to be fairly low on the totem pole of “Thing To Rush To The Aid Or Defense Of”. I mean, what next, will you start tackling J-walkers and sitting on them until the police arrive?
If you really care, inform the store owner. My guess is, they probably won’t even waste the time on a phone call unless this is a regular occurrence.[/quote]
The “parking in front of the store” was an example remembered because it happened yesterday
There is a whole continuum of these actions that violate both written and unwritten laws
Substitute “Man who is screaming at wife / girflfriend on verge of physical violence” and what would you do?