Thursday, March 21, 2013

Speaking Up For Others

Something we all need to think about. Speaking up for those who cannot.

I am on the express line at a supermarket today. On the other express line is an elderly woman. She has four items. She is moving slowly which is not unusual for a person of her age. The cashier rings up her few items. The woman opens her bag and takes out her checkbook to pay for her four items. Again, her age keeps her from moving fast. She slowly starts writing a check. No one in line is complaining or making any gestures of rushing this woman. But the cashier starts yelling at her. Tells her that "she is not allowed on the express line with a check as she is holding up the line." The older woman is so taken aback. She says, “I only have four items and I only have checks.” Again, the cashier starts yelling at her to the point of upsetting her. 

I needed to come to the elderly woman's defense. She left the store very upset. The cashier was then upset with me for getting involved and helping the woman. According to the cashier the woman is too slow to be on the express line. I went to the store manager and filed a complaint. Speak up. We all move at a different pace. No one should be treated differently. We are all equal. Speak up for those who cannot!

I would like to think the cashier is overworked and has been told to keep the line moving. But on the other hand are we as a society moving so fast that we look past people who take a little more time do things? Do we look past a person who is different, a person with disabilities? 

I ask everyone to look around, take a good look at the person next to you. Treat a person as you would want to be treated. A little kindness goes a long way. Smile and the world smiles with you. Frown and you will be all alone.

We each need to try and make everyone's life a little bit easier.

Take care,

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