As many of you know, I work at The-Place-That-Shall-Not-Be-Named-For-Fear-That-Someone-From-Human-Resources-Reads-This-Blog-and-Will-Fire-Me or TPTSNBNFFTSFHRRTBAWFM for short. Sometimes the stupidity of the customers amazes me, and yesterday was another one of those funny moments.
These two old ladies were at the cash register and they are checking out the water jug we have set up for Haiti. This is the exchange, almost verbatim.
Old Lady One: What's this jug for?
Old Lady Two: For those ungodly Haitians.
OL One: Ethel!
OL Two: What? If those people had used condoms this problem would not be happening right now! I am serious! They all have AIDS and this is what happens to people like that.
Unfortunately for me, I could not say anything. Mainly because they were old, which means they cannot be reasoned with. It is true, most old people (and these ladies were well over 80) refuse to listen to anything that contradicts there point of view. Sadly, she probably got her information from the 700 Club or maybe from Paul Shirley.
Another gentleman said something about the jug, and at first I thought he was being a prick, but then he clarified himself. He basically thought it was sad that it took a massive loss of life for people to decide to drop some changes into a jug or for companies to take up a collection. He feels that these kinds of jugs should be out all year and should support numerous charities. I agree with him, unfortunately TPTSNBNFFTSFHRRTBAWFM would probably argue that people would be less willing to give year around and that would make them look bad come Christmas time when they do their annual charity drive...
I also noticed quite a number of people on facebook saying idiotic things like "we need to be focused on the people here who are suffering, not the people in Haiti."
Ugh, I hate this argument. Well, it is not really an argument, more of a ridiculous statement. It is true there are people here in America who have lost their jobs, have no insurance, been screwed over by the government, etc.
This was a natural disaster that hit Haiti. Not caused by crappy government leaders or greedy corporations, but instead by tectonic plates that cannot be reasoned with, or say voted out of office...That is the thing most of these people do not understand. The problems in America cannot be fixed by tossing some charity money at it, but instead by people becoming educated before they go into the voter booth. Instead of believing that the main issues are abortion and gay marriage, start reading about what policies these folks will be pushing for concerning trade, corporate shenanigans, etc.
I know someone is thinking, "well what about Hurricane Katrina!?" That was a natural disaster. Yes it was, very good. And look at how the rest of the world responded. Even Albania joined in with some money. I realize that some of those donations seem paltry compared to the hundreds of millions the US plans to give to Haiti, but hey, we can afford it. Albania cannot.
Okay, that was my rant for the day.