Saturday, July 17, 2010

Living In Malaysia: Rudeness

"Be there on time," I said. "And don't switch off your handphone."

When I hung up, Sharlene was giving me a very old-fashioned look. "How old was that person you were talking to?" she asked.

"Fifty something."

"You talk to her like she's 12." Sharlene's disapproval was obvious. But that's because she had no idea who I was talking to.

This woman asked me to deliver a stray cat to her.  I took the afternoon off, drove 30 minutes to her home, and she wasn't there. And she'd switched off her phone.

The next day she was to come to my house. She forgot. And she'd switched off her phone so I couldn't phone her to remind her.

When she finally did get the cat, she decided after a month she didn't want him anymore.  And guess what?  Despite having 3 cars in her drive, she couldn't manage to drop him back off at my place.

Because of this, I talk to her like she's 12. I don't want to waste any more time when arranging to meet up with her.

Asians are always polite to older people; even if they are horrible. I try to be polite to people of all ages. But if they are wasting my time because they are too lazy/selfish/untogether, then I think they are treating me rudely, and all my best intentions go out of the window.

Politeness has to go both ways.

17 comments:

Brian said...

You go girl! Sounds like she was not responsible enough to take care of the cat anyways. She would probably forget to feed it.

Katnip Lounge said...

I'm with you...

You can't fix stupid.

Whisppy said...

I completely agree. Some people have such terrible attitude. You'll never find animals behaving that way. :p

Simba said...

Sounds like a very inconsiderate person.

The Chair Speaks said...

Do agree totally with you there are rude people here, many rude inconsiderate drivers too.
For some reason, I find it difficult to access your blog; have try several times and in a sort of roundabout way.

Gattina said...

Thgose people don't understand politeness. They just don't care about anything but themselves. I hate when people switch of their phones, why do they have one then ? and being unpunctual is a lack of respect !
You were even too polite !

KitKat said...

Hey!...why do you need to meet up with her again??..anyway, let me know about this when us catgirls meet up again..:)

pointe.csl said...

Yup, you go, girl! Maybe sacarsm on full blast mode might knock some senses into this person's head - "I'm sorry, it's my fault. I forgot you are an idiot." This was quoted from NST two days ago in the pull out section Niexter.

Hannah and Lucy said...

She seems to be a very selfish self-centred person - the cat is better off not living there.

BeadedTail said...

Rudeness and disrespect are things I can't stand. It doesn't sound like she is responsible enough to take care of the cat anyway but it's too bad you had to go to so much trouble.

y(a)ppie said...

hello there... it's been a while since I dropped by here. enjoying your writing again!

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~Covert_Operations'78~ said...

Sigh! Malaysia isn't in danger of running out of idiots and rude people anytime soon! Good on you for being stern on her! I hate how proud Malaysians are about being late and daring to label it "Malaysian time" as though being tardy is a loveable quirk!

An Imperfect New Momma said...

Agree with you completely!

Elin said...

Why on Earth she act like that? Oh my, as a Malaysian, I feel sorry for her for embarassing us Malaysian T_T

Kitikata-san said...

Get that cat back! That lady sounds like she should never have a pet. Yes, 12 yrs old... that is what she deserved.

Amy and The House of Cats said...

That kind of behavior would drive me crazy! It sounds like a good thing she decided to return the cat!