On top of that, I am intolerant of people who make excuses for rude people.
The other day I was in the drive thru. There were two lanes, and I was going to pull up to the second window where there was no line. I noticed the person at the end of lane 1 was turning to go into lane 2, so I did the nice thing and let them go in front of me. They didn't change lanes, so as I pulled forward a new car drives around the drive thru lane and swerves in front of me to the intercom. The car had 5 people in it, a full load. They all looked back and laughed a bit. When it was my turn at the intercom, I asked the employee to give the car in front of me a warning for being rude and driving in an unsafe manner in the parking lot. I said it in a very calm, matter-of-fact way. I normally would be a little angry and raise my voice, but I am proud to say I was totally under control. As I pulled up to my place in line at the window, the rude car was still at the window. The employee was talking and laughing with them and the passengers in the back seat kept looking back and laughing.
In light of the recent events, I assumed they were making fun of me. So, they drove off and it was my turn at the window. The employee is still giggling. I ask if she spoke to the passengers of the vehicle in front of me about being unsafe and rude. She passed me my food and said something that just made me snap.
"I wouldn't worry about it, they're just teenagers."
Excuse me? I don't care how old you are, I don't care who you're with, or if you're in a hurry. Rude is rude. I told the employee as much, and she definitely stopped giggling. I thanked her and drove away.
This is something I hear all the time, "Don't worry about it, they're just __________" fill in the blank. You see someone swerving around on the freeway and realize they're on their phone. It's okay, they're on their phone. No. It's not okay. It's dangerous.
I'm all for America being tolerant, but this is a form of tolerance to which there is little positive. Making excuses for poor behavior just exacerbates the problem.