May 14th, 2008

Times Change

Posted in Other Stuff by 200


When did we become a society of selfish, lazy self-obsessed wasters who think only of me, me, me? Did it come in with Thatcher’s Government? Has it deteriorated drastically under Labour, is it the government’s fault, what’s the secret to world peace?

OK, I just threw that last one in to see if you were paying attention.

I can’t be the only one fed up with the actions of others as I go about my everyday life.

This week I went out to Tescos.

I went out to the car to find broken glass all over the drive of my neighbour; the recycling collector-operatives have picked up the container of glass bottles & dropped it. Rather than picking the shards of dangerous glass they’ve just abandoned them all over the drive leaving my neighbour to run the gauntlet with her kids & car. My recycling bin hasn’t been returned to the house & is 30 yards up the road presumably because the council employee can’t be arsed to return it.

As I drove through the town centre a car pulled out on me on a roundabout, the driver happily chatting away on his mobile phone not caring a tinker’s cuss for my rights to personal safety on the road. I got to Tescos and saw a space on the left, I was being followed by two girls in a new Peugeot hatchback. As I like to gove plenty of warning about what I’m doing I signalled left that I was slowing intending to take the next space on the left, as I did so I started to pull to the right past the space intending to reverse into it. Before I could pull fully right at the usual 45 degree angle to start reversing, the Peugeot behind swung out to my offside and started to pass me forcing me to stop my manouver & let it past. I can only assume that the 5 seconds it would have taken to allow me to park was too much for the impatient bitch.

Then I complete my shopping & go to return my trolley. I must be the only one who does this because the pathway between rows of cars is littered with trolleys which people have emptied into their car & just left right across the path, fully blocking it, too bloody lazy to either return it or push it 2 yards so it doesn’t block the whole width of the pathway.

I get home & there’s a panel van parked opposite, 3 lads are loading stuff into it from a house opposite. As I’m unpacking y shopping in the kitchen I hear the van rev up & drive off followed by a large clattering sound. Thinking they’ve struck a parked car, I look out to see they haven’t closed the shutter on the rear of the van. Some ladders, long plastic strips, sheets & other assorted items are strewn all over the road. The lads jump out, throw the ladders & sheets into the back of the van & leave some broken plastic strips & other assorted items in the road, jump back in the van & drive off.

There must be someone I can blame for this. I remember when I was young our front doors were never closed. You could go on holiday, leave all your windows open, come home & a  kindly neighbour would have popped in, tidied your house & done some shopping for you. You could leave your wallet open in the street outside the house & come back 36 hours later & someone would have filled it with money.

What went wrong?

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  1. Civ_In_The_City says:

    You`re right, at least, I don`t think it`s because I`m getting older. Every day is like running a gauntlet of idiots.

    There`s a recently installed mini-roundabout up the road which causes me endless amusement – guessing which nutter is going to pull out directly in front of me. You really do develop a sixth sense for them – like those traffic cops on the telly have got for spotting ‘iffy’ cars and drivers.

    You can`t train that sixth sense, you can`t program it into a computer, you can`t get a static camera at the side of the road to have a gut feeling about a motor as it goes past at 30 miles an hour.

    You only get it from doing the job, from experience. From being out there day in and day out dealing with everything that the job can throw at you.

    Nothing to do with management or stats, nothing to do with diversity or ‘communities’, just pounding a beat. ‘Coppering’, in other words.

    More coppering = less crime = less disorder generally, and less bleedin’ idiots pulling out in front of my car when it`s my right of way!

    … and for anyone with one of those ‘priority to oncoming vehicles’ stretches near them – the word is ‘priority’ not ‘plough on like a lunatic regardless of anything coming the other way’. Be nice on the roads, you`ll get there just as quick.

    May 14th, 2008 at 19:29

  2. Jez says:

    I’m early 30s with a few years experience from the army. Hoping to join soon.. After reading this, and contemplating life.. I had to think “Am I old before my time??”

    Fully agree with this post 200.

    Todays society just does not give a shit :(

    May 14th, 2008 at 20:35

  3. Plodnomore says:

    It all started when (it appears) the majority of the populace of this country decided not to take responsibility for their own actions but instead insisted that it was always some one else’s job or fault. The examples are too numerous to mention but we could both spend thousands of hours recounting them. However, it’s not always the public to blame. I’ve just read of Norwich City Council banning the collection of bins of a 95 year old, partially sighted, bloke who inadvertenly put a plastic ketchup bottle in the ‘green’ bin. Rather than say that they’ve overreacted, their communications Czar (Commizar for short) used shedloads of management and political speak to justify their actions. I don’t live in Norwich but if I did, I would arrange for as many people as possible to pop into the Council offices and leave an empty ketchup bottle on the front desk with a label addressed to the Chief Executive by name. The truth is that no one seems to care about anyone but themselves and live in their little tunnel-visioned world. Six more months till my wife retires and we’re off to Cyprus.
    Good blog, keep it up (don’t know how you do it).

    May 14th, 2008 at 20:36

  4. Grumpy Old Biker says:

    Hang on Mr City Civ, are you suggesting that only ‘coppers’ can possess the ability to anticipate the stupid actions of other road users?

    But back to the subject – The older I get, the more the silly things irritate me. It must be a phenomenon of ageing. As my autumn years approach, I’d much prefer to become a dirty old man, but sadly it’s the grumpy old man in me who mostly takes control. (Actually, my wife says I’m both).

    I used to find it helped to blame Tony Blair for all the crap around, and you’d agree it wasn’t an entirely misplaced sentiment, but now he’s buggered off and it’s much harder to blame Gordon.

    But I reckon it is the Government’s fault. We’re drowning in laws. We’re told endlessly what we can and can’t do. Rudeness, idleness and being inconsiderate are not illegal yet, so why the hell shouldn’t people do it?

    May 14th, 2008 at 21:23

  5. Innercity PC says:

    Totally agree and sympathise. Pretty hacked of with the dimwit who opened their rear off side door into my car and left a cheery dent the size of a small country. Must have been some force used – no wind that day. Needless to say they buggred off and left it quick, leaving me with a couple of hundred quids worth of damage. Now that is a crime as well in my book.

    Whilst having a rant….dont you just hate those traffic calming measures that allow one car to pass while the other gives way, with a huge sign showing who has priority. Dont work do they. Again people think they own the road.
    Pissed off now

    May 14th, 2008 at 21:52

  6. were doomed says:

    That was me, it happens most days. I place my three wheelie bins in my drive, then there is a footpath and then the road. My neighbours do the same. Along comes the cart, the bins are emptied then flung from the road, like a cocoa- nut-sty [err] balls, but each bin is now lying across the footway, not one has reached the drive from where they were taken. The cart has disappeared into the sunset. I pointed out to one of the bin men that technically they are obstructing the footway, so what says he, so do I now.

    May 14th, 2008 at 22:23

  7. blind sided says:

    Well, unfortunately it isn’t only here. It seems to be a world wide phenomenon of the average human being losing the simple respect they used to afford the next average human being.

    I have just returned from 2 months back in South Africa.

    The emergency lane (hard shoulder) has become an extra lane to those who feel they are too important to sit in traffic. A number of people have lost their lives because said too important people think that this new found lane allows them to not only beat the traffic, but land speed records as well. This is only one of the frustrations and total disregard for others.

    I feel it more keenly at times I feel, a simple request for someone to move their arm out of my ribcage on the tube resulted in the loss of an eye and hearing on my left, to mention but a few of the repercussions of said incident.

    I always used to believe that if enough people stood up together to make a concious effort to change, then a difference could be made, then I thought that I must be the only one wanting to make that change. Your post and responses thereto clearly show that I am not the only one.

    So what are we going to do about refreshing peoples memories about basic principles of living with others, and ensuring the lot growing up now are taught the same?

    ……I say as I fold up my portable soap box and leave the room


    May 15th, 2008 at 01:33

  8. some bloke says:

    Before I could pull fully right at the usual 45 degree angle to start reversing,… I can only assume that the 5 seconds it would have taken to allow me to park was too much for the impatient bitch.

    It is more likely that the stupid bitch does not understand the concept of reversing into a parking bay ( prefering to reverse out, blinded to the kiddies running around ).

    She will be the one who refuses to enter the yellow box junction when turning right ( when doing so is prevented only by oncoming traffic ) as per the highway code and driving test. She sits meekly on the edge of the box and thus is the only car able to slip through as the traffic light turns to amber leaving me marooned and fuming at her OBSTRUCTION

    Never mind, you will soon be able to do somethinng about these awful people thanks to our lovely Governments fab new initiative

    “Reports on the behaviour and attitudes of local residents will be collected by community workers, neighbourhood wardens, local councillors and provided by voluntary organisations, according to a paper published by Communities Secretary Hazel Blears today.

    It will then be considered by the monitoring committees run by town” halls

    community cohesion contingency planning

    “community ( good word that ) cohesion ( another good word there ) contingency ( new but also good ) planning ( always good to have a plan )”

    “A sample “tension monitoring form” for use in checking on the likelihood of local racial or religious trouble asks for details of individuals considered to be making political trouble.

    The monitoring committees will ask for information on those identified as troublemakers with includes “age, gender, ethnicity and faith” of those being reported on. ”

    Welcome to Stasi Nation UK

    May 15th, 2008 at 06:17

  9. Civ_In_The_City says:

    Hi Grumpy Biker,

    No, it`s not just coppers who can second guess dodgy motoring, didn`t mean that. I was having a swipe at the government replacing proper traffic officers with speed cameras. All the camera can do is catch speeders, not drunk/druggy drivers, no tax, wheel hanging off etc.

    From watching the traffic cop documentaries on T.V. traffic cops do seem to develop a very sensitive nose for motors (or drivers) that are just ‘not quite right’, often they are spot on.

    I`m against the trend for trying to replace ‘experience’ with something else because experience takes time to accrue so is costly.

    May 15th, 2008 at 19:11

  10. Grumpy Old Biker says:

    Hi City Civ,

    Ah, I see now – and I couldn’t agree with you more.

    So why do the police appear to embrace the use of Speed Cameras so enthusiastically? If it were me, I’d feel a total hypocrite standing there with my camera and knowing it had absolutely nothing to do with Road Safety.

    May 15th, 2008 at 21:49

  11. Civ_In_The_City says:

    Some speed cameras probably do work very well at reducing accidents and making roads safer.

    What they are all really very good at is making a great deal of money, at the same time as possibly doing a bit of good, and they don`t need sick pay, days off, paternity or maternity leave, training, pensions. Won`t go on strike, won`t complain about 2.5% pay rises and so on.

    For all those reasons the government are right behind speed cameras and that means the police have to be seen to be supportive of cameras too, or else they`ll appear to be anti-government. If they are anti-government then they`ll be painted as no better than the criminals they pursue.

    I think any scientific facts about the effectiveness of cameras generally will be totally ignored in favour of the politically correct fallback position of ‘if it only saves one life…’.

    But by cutting back on traffic officers in favour of cameras how many other lives are lost through causes other than speed.

    The police have been gradually moulded over the years into a tool of whichever party is currently in power.

    May 15th, 2008 at 23:08

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