Ah, the Golden Rule. The simplest and best way to live. It shouldn't just apply to people. It should apply to other people's property too.
As Realtors, we are often reminded of how little regard others give to our listings. From not taking shoes off, to leaving doors unlocked. It has been a long time since I have seen something, outside my real estate career, that so clearly demonstrated this lack of common courtesy. However this week, I saw something that astounded me.
I was shopping at Costco. I decided to eat first, as I didn't think I could take one more step without sustenance. I got a slice of pizza and sat down to enjoy, watching the world go by. Anyone that has been to Costco knows that their pizza is among the greasiest and cheesiest out there. It's AWESOME!
As I sat there, doing my best to eat this monster neatly, I saw a woman take up a table in front of me. She carried two separate pieces of pizza (yes, the same ooey, gooey, yummy concoction I had) ON TOP OF ONE ANOTHER. Each on their own paper plate of course. My first thought was, "Who would want to eat othe pizza on the bottom? It's had the bottom of a paper plate sitting on it!" Must not have occurred to her, since she decided to take the bottom one for herself.
This is where it got gross...and downright sad. After placing the bottom piece on the table in front of her, she looked at the under side of the top plate. Just as you would expect...it was a greasy and cheese clumped MESS. What did she do? After confirming how messy it was she SAT IT RIGHT DOWN ON THE TABLE FOR HER LATE ARRIVING HUBBY. She just couldn't wait the 60 seconds it was taking him to get the napkins. I was amazed. And the husband even double checked the bottom of the plate as a clump of cheese caught his eye. Again....NOTHING.
And did these two slobs clean up after they left? Of course NOT! Why bother? They picked up the plates and threw them away. Evidently they thought this the limit of their personal responsibility. Forget wiping the table. Do you think for one minute a guest in THEIR HOME would get away with that behaviour?
So there it is...a great example of lack of common courtesy, a.k.a. The Golden Rule. I just wish I'd had a camera with me to get the shots of this pathetic display.