De' fliengde Vuogtlänn'r

Observations, rants, etc. from a guy who really gets around.


"Hey!" Hell!

OK, I grew up in a different time and place. People actually had manners back then. The way I grew up, when you interrupt someone -- no matter what they're doing -- the first two words you should say are "Excuse me". A couple of years ago, one of my colleagues got a temporary asignment to Ramstein AB, Germany (near Kaiserslautern). Before he went, he aked me for any tips or advice I could pass along. I pased along a paper I had written quite some time ago, which included this advice: the four most important expressions you need to know when visiting a foreign country (where English is a foreign language) are "Excuse me", "Please", "Thank you", and "Do you speak English?".

Sadly, such niceties seem to have gone out of style. This morning, I was over at my favorite home improvement place and, as I was crossing the street, some uncouth moron pulls up in a car and stops and yells "Hey!" to get my attention.

Well, he got it. Just not in the way he had hoped. I stared for a second and said "'Hey!' hell! What kind of way is that to address someone?". And then I walked off.

Admittedly, there aren't a whole lot of things that will get my goat, but out-and-out rudeness is one of them.


At 09:45, Blogger T. F. Stern said...

Jahn, You should have started speaking German to him and finished him off, flipped him off and told him, "Have a nice day" with a heavy German accent as you smiled a Cheshire Cat grin.

At 10:39, Blogger Jahn said...

Nah, I figure it's always better to shame people like that. I was tempted to say "Did your mother teach you to be that rude, or did you learn it on your own?". That might've done the trick.


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