Common Sense Rule of Vancouver #0004 – Finding Fault
Oh what a month we have had, dear sweet denizens of Vancouver! November started rather meekly, and then turned into a Shakespearean drama of tempests, squalls, and social disintegration not seen since, well, The Tempest
I was with you, my brothers and sisters, as you stepped over (or into) backed-up overflow pipes. I was with you when nobody followed Rule 0002 of the Common Sense Rules of Vancouver and started inadvertently poking people with your umbrellas. And, I was with you, during the water shortage of ’06.
And wouldn’t you know it…..common sense went out the window.
Photo by Roland
On the first day of the Boil Water Advisory, I happened into a Starbucks knowing that it would probably have free WiFi and be relatively uninhabited. Variants of the following conversation were overheard, at least 15 times during my not-short-enough stay within it’s franchised walls.
BARISTA: “Hi there. Sorry, we have no hot drinks today.”
BARISTA: “No hot drinks. Water shortage.”
BARISTA: “We have no water so we’re not serving hot drinks. We’d be happy to offer you -”
CUSTOMER: “So I can’t get a coffee?”
BARISTA: (*Grimace*) “No, unfortunately you can’t.”
CUSTOMER: “This is so stupid.”
BARISTA: “Sorry, but we don’t know if the water is safe, it’s kinda not our fault.”
CUSTOMER: “Whatever kid. I’ll just get a latte then.”
BARISTA: “Um, …..”
BARISTA: “We use steam to make lattes”
BARISTA: “Steam comes from hot water.”
CUSTOMER: “This is bullshit!”
So Common Sense Rule of Vancouver #0004 reads as follows
Thou shalt not, whilst wearing a business suit or other reasonably expensive attire, try to blame underemployed coffee house workers for the faults of others. Thou shouldst realize, what with the business suit implying a modicum of intelligence, that the fault lies entirely outside of the realm of the young person thou art giving grief to.
Thou shalt, instead, either place fault where it should lie, or shuteth thine mouth.
Same goes for Translink workers on the broken Skytrain, bus drivers on the frozen roads, and anyone else who is not directly responsible for the various little snafus that add a little bit of excitement to your otherwise banal existence.
Following said rule entitles you to the use of the coveted title: Reasonable Person
Thank you for your attention to this matter.
Have a nice day.
Go back and read Common Sense Rule of Vancouver #0003