You know, people can be real jerks. Here is the deal; I often check out Craigslist for Magic the Gathering cards to see if there is anything that I might want to purchase for resale. I happened across an ad that looked promising albeit confusing because his ad was poorly worded. We did a couple back and forths over email to get specific details and such.
As it turns out I misunderstood his original ad and he we both ended up thinking the other had something to sell instead of him selling something and me buying. When it was all said and done I apologized and wished him well on his selling/buying. He then quickly replies, “Really. So read the ads next time.”
I will be the first person to admit that I have a short fuse when it comes to this sort of thing. I just get really pissed off that someone went through the trouble to purposefully write a mean-spirited note.
I have to say that my blood pressure started to rise and I quickly started my response which involved words like jerk and dick and ass-clown. Then I stopped and took a deep breath. All I was going to do was continue the cycle of ignorance. We hear this all the time, nobody really speaks with anyone face to face anymore as more and more of our communication/transactions are done through the internets, we don’t have the same kind of restraint or manners we would if we were dealing with someone in person.
The long and the short of it is – don’t be an Ass-Clown. Be polite and respectful of other people, not just because the person you are sassing-off too might track you down like a dirty dog but because it is the right and decent thing to do.
More to come…