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?