The Golden Rule 2: Act Like You are in Your Own Home!

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Real Estate Agent with Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA VA License # 0225089470

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. 

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Well, you get stars from me for just walking into Costco. I couldn't handle the place myself.

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Oct 23, 2008 07:14 AM #1
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Chris Ann Cleland
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Elizabeth: I used to be the same.  Saving money is key these days.  I'll deal with the aggravation to save the money.

Oct 23, 2008 07:19 AM #2
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Trey Thurmond
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I have seen agents behave in a similar fashion not only in homes they have listed but in the office they work in. We once had an agent that would consistently walk through the halls tracking in globs of mud and not once made an effort to clean it up, even when told. He was also asked to leave the closest parking spot open for customers and elderly and he refused.  His office was a  phsical disaster. 

Oct 23, 2008 03:27 PM #3
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Recently it seems that a lot of the rules we learned as children whether it was at home, in school or at church have gone out the window.  People are so busy that all of life's lessons are forgotten.  I was holding a door open yesterday for a man in an electric scooter and three people walked around us to get in the door first.  AH DUH!  I did say oh excuse me to them but they just shot me the look. 

Oct 24, 2008 12:48 AM #4
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Trey:  We had some agents in my prior office guilty of the parking and the mud.  Perhaps it's a lazy agent "syndrome".  :)

Oct 24, 2008 03:27 AM #5
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Cindy:  It's pathetic to see displays like that.  I remember when I used to ride the metro to work years ago, that you would all too often see able bodied and young folks sitting and making the older folks, or women in heels stand.  Especially when they were occupying the seat for a relatively short time...like 4 stops.

Oct 24, 2008 03:30 AM #6
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Chris...

People in the public think that the entire world is a trash can. The so-called clean places are only that way because someone is constantly cleaning up after the slobs of the world.

That reminds me. I bought a membership to BJ's and I have yet to activate it!

Oct 24, 2008 03:31 AM #7
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Richard:  What are you waiting for?!!  Shopping warehouse style is a great way to extend our paychecks.  And this time of year they have lots of cool goodies out!  The Bailey's Irish Cream chocolates nearly made it into my cart last time.  :)

Oct 24, 2008 03:42 AM #8
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They were raised by wolves.  Dirty, smelling, disgusting wolves I tell ya!

Strangely this post has made me hungry for pizza, however.

Oct 24, 2008 05:40 AM #9
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Melody:  Not so strange!  Costco's pizza is worth craving.

Oct 24, 2008 06:49 AM #10
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Chris Ann, this story is illustrative of the fact that some people just don't think. Almost like bad driving habits, they need to go back to school on common courtesy training. It is what it is. What are you going to do? You are a great observer in life seeing this though, and know you don't want to act this way.

Oct 25, 2008 02:10 AM #11
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Chris- Can't say I have ever tried Cosco's pizza, but the lack of human respect is horrific. It's a "me me me" society that we live in.

Oct 25, 2008 02:14 AM #12
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Gary:  If I had my camera with me that day, I wonder what they would have done if they noticed me snapping their picture.  Probably nothing any different than they did.

Oct 25, 2008 02:15 AM #13
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Ellie:  People disappoint sometimes, though generally I find the majority are good.  As for the pizza...you have to try it.  But get plenty of napkins.  There is nothing like truly greasy and cheesey pizza.

Oct 25, 2008 02:17 AM #14
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Chris Ann, this is wonderfully written post and I completely agree with you! Something you may not know is that in the upper end market. Costco is all the rage, no kidding, I have seen some new multimillion construction with an extra room, usually near the garage called the "" room. They like to save money too it seems!

Oct 25, 2008 06:16 AM #15
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Russell:  Every one likes to save money.  :)  But Costco does seem to bring out a lack of courtesy even when it comes to pushing that monstrous shopping cart. 

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