Below is my latest Op-Ed. Please read and share on your social media accounts.
Written by DML
I get a fair amount of email each day from the readers of this website and from DMLNews.com. From time to time, someone will send me a chain email thinking I will read it. I won’t lie, typically, I delete the chain emails. However, the email I pasted below was sent to me on the same day in which I spent hours dealing with people who were so incompetent, that words simply cannot describe it all. Thus, the chain continues via this post. First, I offer some of my own commentary…
Perhaps it’s just me. Maybe I am getting older and grumpier at an accelerated pace and thus, I complain about things that really do not exist. Or maybe I am spot on. I will leave it to you to decide, but am I wrong in saying Americans appear to be dumber than ever before?
Perhaps it’s the language barrier. Truth is, these days, it feels like I am very limited in my ability to speak to my fellow Americans. See, I am capable of speaking just one language (English). I can speak it fluently, but it appears I am a man alone. So, perhaps it is yours truly who is the dumb one.
It seems that no matter where I travel in the USA, not a single person at the airport speaks English, neither do the taxi drivers, nor the hotel workers, nor the maintenance people, nor the wait staff, nor the help desk gurus, nor the customer service reps, nor the counter clerks, nor the _____ (fill in the blank).
It was never this bad before. Today, I find myself in a country where I am constantly asking someone to repeat what they said. So much of my day is spent weeding through the mystery of what is going through the other person’s brain.
My vocabulary is stuck in a time when the same phrases come out of my mouth on a daily basis:
“Can you repeat that please…”, “
“I don’t understand…”,
“No, you don’t understand….”,
“How long is it going to take…?”,
“I’ve been standing here for an hour…”,
“No, I did not say that, what I said was….”,
“No, I am not rude…,”
“I’m sorry, but does anyone here speak English…?”
Here is the chain email I received about the experiences people have with those not playing on all chords.
When my husband and I arrived at an automobile dealership to pick up our car, we were told the keys had been locked in it.
We went to the service department and found a mechanic working feverishly to unlock the driver side door. As I watched from the passenger side, I instinctively tried the door handle and discovered that it was unlocked. ‘Hey,’ I announced to the technician, ‘it’s open!’
His reply: ‘I know, I already got that side.’
This was at the Ford dealership in Canton , MS
We had to have the garage door repaired. The Sears repairman told us that one of our problems was that we did not have a ‘large’ enough motor on the opener.
I thought for a minute and said that we had the largest one Sears made at that time, a 1/2 horsepower.
He shook his head and said, ‘Lady, you need a 1/4 horsepower.’
I responded that 1/2 was larger than 1/4.
He said, ‘NO, it’s not.’ Four is larger than two.’
We haven’t used Sears repair since.
My daughter and I went through the McDonald’s take-out window and I gave the clerk a $5 bill.
Our total was $4.25, so I also handed her a quarter.
She said, ‘you gave me too much money.’
I said, ‘Yes I know, but this way you can just give me a dollar bill back.
She sighed and went to get the manager, who asked me to repeat my request.
I did so, and he handed me back the quarter and said ‘We’re sorry but we could not do that kind of thing.’ The clerk then proceeded to give me back $1 and 75 cents in change. Do not confuse the clerks at McD’s.
IDIOT SIGHTING IN FOOD SERVICE
My daughter went to a local Taco Bell and ordered a taco. She asked the person behind the counter for ‘minimal lettuce.’ He said he was sorry, but they only had iceberg lettuce.
From Kansas City
I was at the airport checking in at the gate when an airport employee asked, ‘Has anyone put anything in your baggage without your knowledge?’
To which I replied, ‘If it was without my knowledge, how would I know?’
He smiled knowingly and nodded, ‘That’s why we ask.’
Happened in Birmingham , Ala.
The stoplight on the corner buzzes when it’s safe to cross the street. I was crossing with an intellectually challenged co-worker of mine.
She asked if I knew what the buzzer was for. I explained that it signals blind people when the light is red. Appalled, she responded, ‘What on earth are blind people doing driving?!’
She was a probation officer in Wichita , KS
At a good-bye luncheon for an old and dear co-worker who was leaving the company due to ‘downsizing,’ our manager commented cheerfully, ‘This is fun. We should do this more often.’ Not another word was spoken.
We all just looked at each other with that deer-in-the-headlights stare.
This was a lunch at Texas Instruments.