Aibu to expect abled people to move? (Pushchair related)

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Maryshoppins Mon 01-Apr-13 19:07:34

If I see a pushchair, wheel chair, person with 101 bags and so on, walking towards me, I would, without hesitation, move out of their way.

Why does it seem that whenever I am out and about with my pushchair, 9/10 times someone will continue to walk towards me with no intention of moving out the way, therefore I end up swerving at the last to move out of their pathway!

I'm particularly cross about this today, as I was walking towards a woman (and I don't mean intentionally to knock her down,) she continued to walk directly towards my pushchair, glaring at me as if to say 'are you going to move?'. For the first time, I didn't and we both came to a standstill. Sounds ridiculous I know, but I was finally fed up with the amount of rude people I encounter and wanted to be sure I wasn't completely over reacting! This lady called me all sorts, and walked past me in a huff!

Other mothers I have spoken to in the past say they encounter this a lot. But they just swerve out of the way to avoid confrontation.

I'm not normally one for causing a scene. But I am amazed that an abled person wouldn't consciously move out of the way of somebody that has a pushchair or struggling with shopping /children etc.

So, aibu?

crashdoll Wed 03-Apr-13 09:12:27

Mary In the same way you said you this was a tiny fraction of your life, it's probably most of ours too. It doesn't mean we don't enjoy wasting spending time debating over the small things in life. grin Hey, where have the Easter smileys gone??!!

OhLori Wed 03-Apr-13 09:33:15

I've noticed recently that pushchairs are being used rather aggressively, like tanks, as a way of getting people to move out of the way. The parents go at breakneck speed along the pavement pushing this huge vehicle, not looking where they are going, and expecting everyone to move out of the way. Ignorant.

Maryshoppins Wed 03-Apr-13 17:58:34

Crashdoll - couldn't agree more! It's good to have a moan debate at times grin

Ohlordi-I hate those type of people too

crashdoll Wed 03-Apr-13 18:48:55

Just wanted to add, that I think calling parents "breeders" is rude. If it wasn't, we might refer to our parents in everyday conversation as that. "Oh yes, the lady who bred me invited me over for dinner but I can't go because the man who bred me has a terrible cold and I don't want to catch it".

thornrose Wed 03-Apr-13 19:01:56

I noticed my mum always stepped to the roadside of the pavement when a buggy was approaching so the buggy could pass on the inside. Same for people with small children.
I instinctively do it and I always remind dd to do it now she's older. It's no big deal and its a "nice" thing to do.

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