Tuesday, February 06, 2007

On Stupidity And The Such...

Every now and then, there is just cause for us to crawl up on our 'soapbox' and simply yell and scream about something that we believe in, or when something is blatantly wrong. Mark this down, I am officially on a soapbox!

Let me preface this post by saying this, I understand (to a certain degree) ignorance. And because of that, I can usually file away any thing or any conversation where ignorance is involved. Take for example the fact that I know absolutely nothing about Apple computers. What little I do claim to know, I don't like. That's my personal preference. However if I were to get into a deep 'theological' conversation concerning Apple computers, my input into that conversation would be pure ignorance! And the person that I was having that conversation with, would see my lack of knowledge immediately, call it ignorance, and wouldn't put any stock into my thoughts. Probably would make fun of me so-called lack of knowledge. And justifiably so. Wikipedia even agrees with me! So you see, I understand.

However, I have ZERO TOLERANCE for stupidity...on any level. Whether its in a conversation or in action, ZERO TOLERANCE! Wikipedia goes on to say that, 'The term (stupidity) can thus also refer to poor use of judgement...' Yep, I believe that also!

Last night, I encountered a massive case of stupidity that was laced with complete ignorance. Absolutely unbelievable! On Monday nights, DP is thumpin'! Take into consideration the fact that people are going back to routine after the weekend and need to get caffeinated for work and school, combined with the fact that DP has our Doubles Dart League that is played on Monday nights, and you get a VERY busy place with a lot of traffic! So in reality, I guess that jealousy and/or enviousness is the real root to this grandiose case of stupidity. Last night, our wonderful neighbors...the fine upstanding citizens they are...from the 'diner next door'...were so slow with customers, they decided to literally stand on their parking lot and refused to allow anyone that was not going into their diner, a place to park. Many of our customers...our friends, were harassed, treated rudely, and were forced to come face-to-face with a card-carrying, class A, stark-raving idiot! It's extremely obvious to me that if their diner was busy, they wouldn't have the time to stand outside and run off other businesses' traffic. There's no wonder that their parking lot stays empty, and all the customers from other businesses in the neighborhood use their empty parking spaces. With this attitude, they can probably rent their parking lot as a roller-skating rink because they're certainly not inviting others to come in. When I attempted to confront the owner (actually lessee would be the correct term), I was greeted with the same harshness as our friends from an individual who simply refused to listen to reason and hear the truth. I honestly haven't seen anything like this in a long time!


So to our friends, I greatly apologize for what you had to put up with last night. And unfortunately, we will probably see this again in the near future. Just know, that you and your families are greatly appreciated from us at DP, and I'm truly sorry for their stupidity and ignorance.

I certainly don't have the right to tell anyone where or where not to dine. But I can tell you this, if you do choose to eat at our 'diner next door', there has to be a sign on their door that warns you that you are now entering a 'stupidity containment area.'

9 comments:

lalalalauren said...

hooray for stupid, ignorant people!
*rolls eyes*

971 Salon said...

OMG...Jim I don't think anyone could have put it into better words!!!

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Griffin said...

Everybody goes to dads. So why would they say that stuff to your customers. Thats just being rude to the so-called "everybody". Then NOBODY will come to their shop.........Good boy!!!!! Smart diner owner!!!

Robert Fellows said...

Kudos for your efforts to stamp out stupidity. I'm just sorry you have to encounter it in your own "backyard".

TJ said...

The man really messed up here. You cannot grow a business without networking and cooperating with other business owners - especially in a small town. Every person this man told to get off "his" parking lot I'm sure told everyone they knew what went on - resulting in what I would project as the loss of at least 40% of his business.

He had a good thing going there. When he opened up, the whole town was excited about someone bringing that business back, and he had the support of the whole town as well! I remember him getting many "atta-boy's" in several variations from you, Jim. Now he returns the favor by bullying 4 neighboring small businesses!

Sad, very sad!

Layton Cater said...

It is obvious that the man was thinking of other things, or not thinking before he opened his mouth. I was thinking he was just having a bad day. But after the second episode, I was proved wrong. If we all just hang in there it will be over real soon.

"Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change."
-Confucius

Shelley Smith Photography said...

they just know your coffee is better than theirs, Mr. Jim!

Jason said...

I have waited along time to do this but I believe it describes your neighbor: Give a little man a little power and suddenly the fool thinks he is powerful.