Why do people just not care anymore? A scarily large number of people were ignorant assholes prior to the COVID-19 pandemic as it was. But they only got worse and empowered and seemed to take another big chunk of humanity down the rabbit hole of civil disobedience using the pandemic as an excuse for their behavior.
Now that the pandemic is "over," you'd think maybe it would get better, but it's not.
People are just ignorant and they don't care about anyone or anything other than themselves and their own concerns. They'll push and shove. They'll snarl in your face. They'll honk their car horns as though you did something wrong by following the rules of the road. They'll spew vitriolic comments on websites and social media. They'll just sit there and do nothing when you ask them nicely to stop doing something they shouldn't be doing.
That last one was on display in full force today. I was working from my library and, despite having gained a reputation as a meeting place for people, the long-standing rule of trying to keep quieter than not is still generally in practice. But this one guy was halfway across the room from me and had his phone on speaker while waiting on hold for someone in a call center to pick up. So you get annoying hold music that is then cut off every 30 seconds with the garbage "your call is important to us, please remain on hold" message and then the music resets, lather, rinse, repeat.
This went on for nearly a half hour before someone finally picked up. I thought it would get better. It did not. He kept the phone on speaker and conducted business with the representative... aloud... for everyone to hear. This went on for an additional 10-15 minutes.
Dude! There are private rooms here at the library you can "rent" for free. And they were mostly empty during this time. Check one out, go inside, shut the door, and do your business. I don't want to hear about your problems. Got it?
I don't personally care for Joel McHale, but he is absolutely right.
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