That Really Burns My Biscuits! #2

burnt biscuit

Ya know what really burns my biscuits?

People who lack common courtesy and/or proper etiquette.


Let me give you an example.

The other day while visiting with my friend, Amanda, she was explaining to me how her husband has the ability to deduce people just by the color and type of shirt they are wearing. He uses this ability to help him choose the quickest line at the grocery checkout.

This reminded me of an episode of the Simpsons, Apu takes Marge grocery shopping and Marge is about to go through the “10 items or less” lane. Apu tells her that she won’t get through that line quickly because the elderly man currently checking out is holding up the line by telling his entire life story to the cashier, there is also a few elderly people behind the man who is checking out, and elderly people typically like to talk.

Marge asks which lane Apu suggests and he chooses the longest line. Marge protests because the line is so long, but Apu points out that all of the people in that line are single men. They only have cash and there is no chit chat.


I started giving this some thought. Maybe I should be more observant to such things when I go to checkout at my local grocery store, but the more I thought about it the more frustrated I became, and I expressed my feelings to Amanda.

“See, here is my problem, I shouldn’t have to make these kinds of deductions, because people should be courteous to the people around them. The cashier isn’t interested in hearing about your sister, whom everyone calls “Aunt Sally” and her hour long phone conversation she had with the insurance company about her insulin. And all of these people waiting to checkout so they can get home, or back to work, or wherever it is they are going, definitely don’t care to listen to this hour long story, we don’t go shopping in your living room, so please don’t chitchat in the grocery store!! Ugh!!!”

Amanda chuckled, because she gets me, she totally does. But I said to her “And this is where your husband would tell me I need to eliminate the word “should” from my vocabulary when it comes to these types of situations, because the reason I am feeling so discouraged with humanity is because I expect too much from people, or at the very least, I expect people to treat people with the same amount of respect and courtesy as I would, and that’s not always the case.”

I get his point, I really do, but I still think that people should be aware of their surroundings and courteous to the people around them. And not just in grocery stores, but on the road (ESPECIALLY ON THE ROAD,) at work, and basically everywhere that humans congregate. IT’s CALLED DECENCY!!


So what do you think? Do you agree that humans should be more courteous and aware of the people around them? Or do you stand with my friend’s husband and think Amanda & I need to stop using the word “should” so much?

I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Love & life lessons,






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22 Responses to That Really Burns My Biscuits! #2

  1. You so are not wrong. Nothing annoys me as much as people believing that they can do anything they want without repercussions. Arg!!!!!! Please don’t get me started I will rant all day long. πŸ™‚

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  2. Ha ha! You are expecting “presence of mind” from those around you! Good Luck!

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    • kristianw84 says:

      Yeah, and I know I probably shouldn’t, but I can’t help it! I mean is it really that difficult to look around and see there’s an entire line of people waiting behind you, and they chose the express lane so they could get out faster! I get that elderly people are often lonely, but there are places they can go and talk to people who will listen, I should know, I get at least 5 phone calls a day from elderly clients that just want someone to talk to! But don’t do it in the grocery store checkout!!! LOL!!!!

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  3. What do I think? Well, I used to be a cashier, and if an elderly person wanted to chat away, I was more than happy to chat and listen πŸ™‚ Sometimes people are lonely, sad, or upset, and even the smallest kindest can make all the difference.

    Luckily, I worked in a store that I could phone backup and another line would open, so it wasn’t too rude to those waiting in line! LoL

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    • kristianw84 says:

      Yeah, I totally understand that people are lonely. And I’m all about showing kindness. This was just an example, but at the same time, it isn’t very kind for a customer who can clearly see there is a line of 20 people behind him, and there’s only 4 registers open and each lane has a long line of people waiting for him to continue ranting on for half an hour.

      Lol. Backup is always nice!!!

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  4. ashleyleia says:

    One of the many reasons I love self-checkouts!

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  5. Halbarbera says:

    Be courteous, be kind, be aware
    But is someone messes with you
    Then he or she should beware!

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  6. Aaaah – so hard. I have patients sometimes who talk and talk and talk. I love it. But my manager is aware of the time they suck out of us. I love people, I have all the time in the world for chatterboxes. The problem is there are always a queue of people in a hurry to be served.
    I hate to tell someone I need to move on to the next patient. I would love to have more time for them, but it just is not fair to make other people wait.
    It happened to me today, the lady was giving me her life story. I just wanted to hug her. But the queue of people waiting were all giving me daggers, so I had to explain that I needed to serve our other patients.

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    • kristianw84 says:

      I know. I hate it too, I wish I could take all of these lonely people out to lunch or something, but then I’d never get back to work! Haha. I do enjoy chitchatting, especially with elderly people, but it does pose a problem when other people have to wait, because it’s not fair to them.

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  7. parkermccoy says:

    Is this “Burn My Biscuits” becoming a series? I sure hope so because they are great posts.
    I think you’re absolutely right. The cashier doesn’t care about any of that or at least, they shouldn’t. My girlfriend actually had the opposite thing happen. She was in line at a bookstore and there was a long line behind her but well, the cashier talked her head off and she, being aware of others, didn’t engage him. However, she had her daughter with her who is a huge Godzilla fan and well, he saw that they had a Godzilla toy and just had to ask who the Godzilla fan was and then drew her daughter into a conversation since he couldn’t get her into one! Haha. It was quite ridiculous. So it goes both ways but the premise is entirely correct. This is a store. We are here to transact and leave. If you like to talk that damn much, go to a bar! Or start a blog. Haha. This is a great post, Kristian. I look forward to future burnt biscuits!

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    • kristianw84 says:

      Yes, this is going to be a series. I’m so glad you’re enjoying them! Yeah, I have many of these stories about lack of courtesy. Take my work, for instance; we have an elevator. I very rarely use it because taking the stairs gives me some extra exercise, however; If I get a big shipment in, I use the elevator so I don’t have to carry a bunch of boxes up two flights of stairs. Anyway, the other day I was getting off the elevator with an extremely heavy box, & instead of letting me off first, this man just pushes his way onto the elevator! And then as if that wasn’t bad enough, he stood on the elevator & watched me try to open the door while carrying this heavy box! I so badly wanted to say “You need to learn some etiquette. Whomever is on the elevator gets off first, & then you get on. Also, if you see someone’s hands are full, it’s polite to open the door for them.” Oh, people…… .πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈπŸ˜‚

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      • parkermccoy says:

        LOL. That sounds like something from a sitcom honestly. He acted like a real jerk. Haha. Yeah, people do this sort of thing. I’ve held the door for people and most say thank you and are very nice about it, but then you run into that one person who walks through it as if it were open for them all the time without me holding it for them. I don’t know if they have their minds somewhere else (or maybe up something else) or what, but I don’t think they would have noticed me if I gushed blood onto them. Yes, people definitely have a problem with politeness. This is an excellent series and I look forward to every post! Keep those biscuits burning! Or nevermind. Society will do that for you. Haha.

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      • kristianw84 says:

        Haha. Yeah, no worries there, society will keep burning mu biscuits, I’m sure of it!!! πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£ Happy New Year, my friend!!

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      • parkermccoy says:

        Haha and the same to you!! Happy 2020!

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