Its been nearly two years since I had a car. For the most part, I get around ok. I can take a bus, a cab, or just walk when I need to go somewhere. It's no big deal to me. However, I've found that as a pedestrian there's a lot of discrimination, and a preference toward people with cars.
Issue number one:
Places that close the lobby early, but keep the drive-through window open. Banks, restaurants, etc. It can be justified with the fact they need the time to clean the lobby before they close, especially in the case of restaurants. I get that. However, everywhere I've worked had a shift where person A closed the lobby, person B closed the back, and the manager did the paperwork. Whoever finished their closing tasks last stayed until the manager was done. Considering the fact that after the dinner rush, keeping the lobby clean is super easy, closing the lobby early just doesn't make sense. In the case of banks, the tellers don't even clean the lobby. They have a cleaning crew to do that for them. Maybe it's to lower labor costs, but it still sucks. especially if you have to make a deposit, need money right away, and have to use the ATM.
Issue number two:
Coffee shacks. As was the case today during my adventures, the coffee slangin' person was blissfully ignorant of my presence. When I knocked on the window, it was ignored. I walked around the front to see if there was even anyone in there and the girl was in the back, playing on her laptop so I knocked again. She decided it was a great time to do dishes. Dafuq?! I saw that the drive-up window.. CLOSEST TO THE REGISTER (Which was within reach.. way to go smart bitch..) was open so I peeked my head in and informed her I'd been waiting outside to order for about five minutes. She looked at me like I'd just crapped on her front porch and shoved her chair under the desk/counter/wtf-ever and walked up front. Literally asked me "Well, what do you want?" Now, I had options. I could have told her to pleasure herself with a cactus. I SHOULD have, honestly. However, Coffee In Motion closed at 6, Dutch Bros. is freakin terrible, and I dislike Starbucks as a company. Thus, I ordered my drink. A six shot white chocolate Americano with cream on ice. She made it as fast (and poorly) as she possibly could have - I had to stir the chocolate into it with my straw - took my money (Which did NOT include a tip. First time in years I haven't tipped my coffee pusher.), and walked away without thanking me, nor even a "see ya later!". Just walked off. Snotty bitch. Had she not had the window open, I probably would have been waiting even longer or just walked off without coffee. Sorry I disturbed your Facebook session. There HAVE been time I've gone to Dutch Bros. without a car. Specifically for blackberry red bull. It's pretty good! When I did (Back when I lived on Wallace Rd), it didn't take very long to get noticed at the walk-up window, but my presence there scared the hell out of the coffee pimp. I can't count the times I'd be standing there, patiently, with a pleasant smile, and literally scared the piss out of the employees. Back then, I had bus routes and times down! I had to be at the bus stop, ready to go, by either X:15 or X:45 so I'd get there about 6 minutes early. That gave me time to finish the cigarette I lit walking out of my house, get a blackberry red bull (I WON'T drink their foul brew. Yuck.), finish it, and get on the bus. There were times that I was literally ignored until just before the bus stopped and since you can't take soft-sided containers (AKA coffee stand cups) I would just walk away shaking my head and get on the bus. Usually, the coffee pimp would ask if I wanted something, and I'd respond with "Yeah, five minutes ago when I had time to drink it. Have a nice day."
Issue number Three:
Idiot drivers. Note to all you brainless whelps: Look BOTH ways before you leave the driveway, turn on a red, etc. If I had a nickel for every time I'd nearly been hit by some scumbag just watching for oncoming cars instead of looking both ways, I could probably buy the bar I'm currently employed at. I put my life on the line more often by not having a two thousand pound, motorized suit of armor than most professions that expect to be shot at! And that's just by walking to McDonalds! In fact, it happened twice today on my way to pay my storage unit and once yesterday walking to the bus line after a cigarette. The latter instance the lady literally was inches from taking out my right knee and looked at me like I did something wrong for following the traffic signals!
Now, I'm not hating on people with cars, nor bitching about my lack thereof. But if this blog post enlightens someone (especially one of you brainless whelps that doesn't watch for pedestrians), then I'm glad to have made a difference. Driving is a privilege, not a right. Not everyone has that privilege. Just keep those that don't in mind at intersections and your place of business.
And if you drink and drive, I hope you get popped for it every time it happens. :)
HAVE NICE DAY!