Saturday, October 22, 2011

A Post Office Encounter With A Pathetic American

I went to the post office yesterday to mail some boxes to Afghanistan. The trunk of my car was full of boxes. As I began to take them out (knowing I would have to make a couple of trips) a lady approached and asked if she could help. She appeared to be in her mid 60's or so. Here's how the conversation went (down hill) after that:

Me: Oh, thank you so much but I can get them. They aren't heavy - just bulky. I'll just need to make a couple of trips. If you want to get the door for me that would be very helpful.
Lady: (As she is picking up one of the boxes) Oh, I don't mind helping.

Me: I appreciate it. These are all going to Soldiers serving in Afghanistan right now. (My way of "getting the word out in hopes MORE people will support our troops).
Lady: Oh, isn't it great news that the President says they will all be home by the end of this year?

Me: (Struggling to remain composed) The President's announcement was about our troops in Iraq - not the ones in Afghanistan. (I didn't even want to go into my thoughts about pulling all of our troops out of Iraq)
Lady: It's all the same

Me: NO! It's not ALL THE SAME. I can get these. Go home and educate yourself.

So she picks up the box anyway. I pick up three boxes. We get into the post office and:

Me: Would you like to pay the postage for one of these boxes to help support our troops?
Lady: Oh? Well, ah, no, I guess not

Me: Thanks. I'll be sure to tell our troops in harms way and their families how much they matter to you.

I just left the boxes and her and went out to get more boxes totally disgusted with her. I know I shouldn't be surprised but it just flat pisses me off. I know that many of you who read this blog have run up against the same type of people but, really? When will all of this ignorance and apathy end?


Coffeypot said...

Sadly, most of America is totally ignorant about what is going on in the world. Some even believe the bullshit that Obama helped take down Muammar Gaddafi. You just keep up the faith. I love ya for it.

ParachuteCutie said...

I know John. It's just all so maddening.

Much love to you, too.