Politics, Schm-olitics.

Do you remember a period of time, where you would be in line at the grocery store/sitting at a bar/some other social situation, and you would hear someone else’s conversation and really, really, really want to butt in with your two cents?

Basically, it was life before twitter. You couldn’t just just hit the ‘reply’ button and interject yourself into someone else’s conversation. Well, you could, but that didn’t mean you were welcome to or that whoever you were about to spew your opinion on was going to appreciate it.

Granted, the same goes for twitter, but you’re on twitter. You have to understand on there that someone might not appreciate what you’re going to say, or might argue with you, or might unfollow you, or all sorts of fun consequences for whatever your 140 character opinion is.

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I’m in line at the grocery store with two packages of toaster strudels, a can of red bull because i’m weak, and the Bastille CD because it was on sale and I seriously heard it was good and yes, I still buy CDs.

So, the person in front of me is buying her groceries with her kid and talking to the cashier about life. I’m half listening because I’m within earshot. The conversation is vaguely political – the Mom is asking the cashier if he plans to watch the State of the Union.

Their conversation, paraphrased, because when it got interesting I started taking notes on my phone.

Mom: The State of the Union will be on this week. Are you going to watch it?

Cashier: No, ma’am. Probably not.

Mom: Why not? Aren’t you concerned about the country?

Cashier: Yeah, I mean, I guess.

Mom: Then you really should be watching. Are you over 18?

Cashier: Yes, ma’am.

Mom: Did you vote in the last election?

Cashier: No, ma’am.

Mom: Why not?

Cashier: …I didn’t really care.

Mom: You should do research. You should be educated.

Cashier: Yes, ma’am.

I don’t like getting into political conversations, because let’s be honest, people are not always going to get along. And when it comes to politics, there’s a good chance that it gets heated and may not end well.

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I once made a comment on Facebook about something political, to which the person responded:

Obviously, you’re a Democrat and I’ll be defriending you now.

And I was defriended.

Back to the situation at hand.

This woman is lecturing the cashier and I’m half debating if I’m on an episode of What Would You Do and if I should fucking say something. No one wants to be the person that John Quinones comes up to and asks WHY they didn’t do something, after all.

John Quiñones, in all his glory. Photo from hollywoodreporter.com Click for link.

Mom: Do you know who was running in the last election?

Cashier: Obama?

Mom: And?

Cashier: …

Mom: Do you know what political party Obama is?

Cashier: …Um…

She’s berating this guy. Like, he only wants to ask her if she wants paper or plastic and she’s probably all set to give him a pop quiz on the America government. I’m seriously going through potential things I can say in this conversation, and if I have the guts to say them.

Mom: Do you know what political party you are?

Cashier: …I…

But then.

Mom’s kid: I don’t think I’d want to go to any political party because it doesn’t look like any of them have any fun.

My abbreviated notes from eavesdropping. I really need to work on my shorthand.

My abbreviated notes from eavesdropping. I really need to work on my shorthand.

I have a new found hope in the youth of our country.

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Posted on January 27, 2014, in PSA, Twatterpants and other social networks and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Gahh, there’s nothing more irritating than people who shove their beliefs down the throats of anyone who will listen. It’s actually even worse when you agree with them politically, because they give a bad name to whoever they support. The poor cashier!

    • Amen. That’s the biggest issue that I have with people talking politics. It’s probably hypocritical of me too, because it’s SO HARD to not get heated about it. But seriously. Some people have no respect for others when it comes to talking politics.

      USA. USA.

  2. first of all, this is why i could never work any job that i would have to actually be in contact with people on a regular basis and have to be nice. and thank god i have yet had to and hopefully never will.

    second, i recently-ish blogged about an instance when i wished it was okay to butt into random strangers’ conversations. my reasons were far less noble, though. the two teenagers were saying that they would read if there was something like netflix where they could just borrow books and not have to pay for everything they want to read. i really wanted to introduce them to the concept of a library, but felt that it would be socially frowned upon.

    third, i feel really bad for that cashier. thankfully there are still kids around to save the day. this is why i like kids.

    • I felt bad for him too. Granted, I feel like he SHOULD have known some of the answers to the questions she was asking — but because he wanted to know the answers, not because it was being forced down his throat by the scary lady at the grocery store.

      And yes. Kids, and the things they say. THEY ALWAYS WIN.

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