My wife and I (& numerous others) had a recent encounter with an individual member of a human sub-species – the PigPeople.
We went for groceries at our local store two weeks ago. Things were busy, being mid-afternoon, and we could tell that this particular establishment was experiencing the need for additional help. We loaded our cart and went to check out. There was only one (non-self-help) register open – besides the one for “15 items or less.” We took our place in line, which continued to ‘pile-up’ along the frozen-food aisle behind us.
A call went out for an employee to assist with check-out and open up another register. As soon as the “open” light turned on, a squat porcine female waddled up and went to the front of the soon-to-be-opened check-out line. My wife and I politely mentioned that there were several people waiting to check-out – assuming that the ethical and polite thing to do was to go to the end of the line. Ms. Pig-Person looked at us like we were kidding, saying things like “act your age” – which to me, being over 70, found incongruous, as I have little or no idea as to how to “act that age.” Never-the-less my wife and I (and a couple others) complained at her some more. She turned to (presumably) her son, complaining in turn as to how could these other un-entitled un-worthy people get on her case. “Besides, I’m in a hurry.” As if everyone else had all the time in the world.
And what did this Pig-Lady do right after checking-out her groceries? Languish for many minutes more in the adjacent coffee shop. And … where was she parked? In the nearest “Handicapped only” spot. Besides her totally-absent sense of integrity and fair-play, she was not physically handicapped, and her vehicle did not have the appropriate handicapped-tags nor markings. I could only wish some law-enforcement or whatever passes for “parking-spot police” had come by and ticketed her for that!
The fellow ahead of us in line mentioned “karma” a couple or three times, and, yes, believing in reincarnation as I do, such an example of sub-humanity no doubt has, probably, more than a few future lifetimes to evolve into what we’d like to regard as “fully human.”