Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Costco Trauma

(Or, why one should never, ever, be polite to boomer scum)

Mom's eightieth birthday is coming up rapidly, and as we are going to have an everybody is there, serious family reunion with all the bells and whistles, I decided to renew my lapsed Costco membership so that we could go and buy all the vegetable, lunch meat, and fruit trays that the pack of ravenous jackals that I call a family can eat.

So, into Costco I went, fairly crowded, but I've seen worse. Got my card and went a shopping. It seems that the prices aren't really super exceptional, but they sell good quality stuff at a good price. Soups, lunch-meat, pizza fixins', and dental stuff went into the cart (won't need dental floss or Listerine for a while). The goods I bought we worthwhile.

What pisses me off is the people my age who are there. Boomers have now seemed to be more self-absorbed than usual in that store. They will stop dead in the middle of the aisle and stare intently at labels, oblivious to people behind them who are trying to get by. My favorite experience yesterday was a long-in-the-tooth trophy wife who had parked her cart across the aisle, blocking traffic in both directions. When I asked her "excuse me", her response was "I'll be done in a minute you can wait". Needless to say, I moved her cart myself.

But it got me to thinking about that ongoing embarrassment that is my generation. In a sense, a lot of the problems that we are experiencing is that this group of prima donna's has been promised far too much.

Social security is going bankrupt because there are too damn many of them getting ready to retire. Oh yeah, they paid in their money, but they were at the wheel spending the money in DC the last twenty years.

The financial mess is the baby boomers idea and problem. 4% steady growth by a well-managed firm wasn't enough for the boomers, they had to go out and invent the dot-bomb and the sub-prime mess.

Now just wait until this self-righteous, self-absorbed band of creeps queue up to the retirement line. They will start demanding tucks and cosmetic surgery from Medicare. They will demand that they be given special rights as senior citizens.

So, never, ever be nice to a boomer, because they fully intend to screw the rest of us to get what they want.


western mass. man said...

It is amazing to see it.
I thought it was just in my area, but I see it's spreading like wildfire.
I also love it when someone cuts you off, or drives right through a yield sign, than flips me off like it was me that was in the wrong.
Damn I gotta get outta this area.

Mayberry said...

It ain't just the boomers who piss me off in the grocery store... It's across the board. Hey folks, the "rules of the road" apply in the aisles! STOP before you turn from a side aisle into a main aisle! And QUIT TAIL GATING ME!!! You do not have to park your cart 2 inches from my back side, GIMME SOME SPACE! This ain't boot camp! Standing in line "nut to butt" is not required! And for cryin' out loud, take that screamin' kid outside.... Ahhhhhh, that's better.

As far as boomers screwin' the rest of us, ummmm..... Yup. Hope y'all enjoy your "golden years", because I'll be DEAD before I'm eligible for socialist security. Currently I can't draw 'till I'm 69 (how appropriate). If I live that long, I'll be the first male in my family to do so. But SS will be bankrupt LONG before then.....

Anonymous said...

I am surprised at this generalization! I make every effort to be agreeable to people and agree that there are rude, obnoxious people in every age group. you did the right thing moving the womans cart yourself after asking politely. However, if people are not polite to me, then I shall get real ugly real fast with them and I don't rule out physical altercations either.
You need to cool down and rethink this post.

Anonymous said...

Reading my mind..

Wretha said...

I haven't seen that behavior before, my complaint about going to the big box warehouse stores is all the friggin' kids! They are usually running around, being ignored by a frazzled mom who has been popping out kids one after another for far too long, they are usually grabbing everything they can reach, either mashing, chewing or opening it, then when mom finally screams NO YOU CAN HAVE IT, they scream their fit and throw the item down where ever they happen to be, either that or mom allows them to hang on to the item (in an attempt to shut them up) until they get to the check out isle, no they don't want to buy it, they just let their little monster ruin it then leave what is left of it on the end cap of the cash stand. That's just the beginning...

The store employees aren't allowed to say anything, if another customer tries to say anything, they are being rude, if mom tries to discipline (gasp!) the little monster, they are turned in for child abuse... ARRRGGGHHH!

OK, enough of a rant for now, thank God I don't have to deal with that sort of nonsense any more. :)


hilljack33 said...

"So, never, ever be nice to a boomer, because they fully intend to screw the rest of us to get what they want."

As a "boomer" I give you a one finger salute as I delete your bookmark...