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To think that someone with a hoover flex stretched taught across a pavement at 6 inches about ground level is in the wrong?

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gazzalw Mon 28-Jan-13 10:12:11

DW and DD walking to school this morning and some man hoovering his car but from the farside rather than nearside. DW of course looking for a slack flex on the pavement but DD nearly went flying because it was actually stretched taught like a booby trap six inches off the ground. DW told the man that it was dangerous and was met with a tirade of abuse about looking where one was going....

Just think it's thoughtless and as it was commuting/school run time entirely out of order...

3littlefrogs Mon 28-Jan-13 10:14:18

You are absolutely right. Sadly there are an awful lot of stupid, thoughtless people about.

It is a bit twattish to trip up a child and then get gobby about it. The correct response would have been 'I'm so sorry, is your DD ok?'.

gazzalw Mon 28-Jan-13 10:17:21

Have to say that DW says it's the first time she has effectively been met with a booby trap on a pavement. Yes, people do hoover their cars but usually they use extension cables so the flexes are slack and on the ground. And they might have the decency to say 'mind out'.

She was quite tempted to take his number plate and report him but to whom and for what....

blackeyedsusan Mon 28-Jan-13 10:18:35

no, nbu at all...

landofsoapandglory Mon 28-Jan-13 10:20:00


When we lived in our last house and didn't have a drive, DH would turn the cars round in the road so he could Hoover them out and keep an eye on who was coming up the pavement. If he saw someone coming he always stopped and moved the Hoover to let them past.

Booyhoo Mon 28-Jan-13 10:21:43

Titles must make sense! wink

But of course he's an inconsiderate idiot. And rude as well. He should have apologised.

echt Mon 28-Jan-13 10:21:45

YANBU, but it's taut, not taught.

gazzalw Mon 28-Jan-13 10:45:07

Oops not properly awake yet!

Evangelinadreamer Mon 28-Jan-13 10:55:59

Rolls eyes at the spelling and grammar police

How pendantic and rude to take it upon yourself to correct someone's spelling, echt. Does it really matter? Does it affect your day if someone has put two extra letters in a word? Thought not! Seems you are just rude after all

CoteDAzur Mon 28-Jan-13 10:58:31

It does matter. I didn't understand what thread title was talking about at first glance.

What seems to be the problem with correcting mistakes?

gazzalw Mon 28-Jan-13 11:00:25

Thanks for fighting my cause Evangelinadreamer - for pedantic posters' information, I do know the difference between taut and taught - it was a slip up (which one might say is entirely apt given the nature of the AIBU)

Evangelinadreamer Mon 28-Jan-13 11:14:52

Erm, because it's arrogant, and rude CoteDAzur. Some people struggle with spelling and grammar. Get over it. It's a public parenting forum, not an English lesson!

luckylavender Mon 28-Jan-13 11:17:04

If we are going to be pedantic, it was probably a vaccum cleaner not a hoover.

CoteDAzur Mon 28-Jan-13 11:20:38

And by that you mean vacuum, I suppose wink

MsVestibule Mon 28-Jan-13 11:21:18

If we are going to be pedantic, it was probably a vaccum cleaner not a hoover.

vacuum, not vaccum grin.

CoteDAzur Mon 28-Jan-13 11:22:47

I disagree, Evangelina. That is what you think and what is rude and arrogant is assuming everyone else has to think/act like you.

Correcting mistakes isn't rude if it is not done in a rude way.

Evangelinadreamer Mon 28-Jan-13 11:27:10

I'm not being arrogant. It's basic manners. How condescending to think it appropriate to correct grown adults. Would you do that if a shop assistant had poor grammar when they spoke to you? Or if a fellow parent at your child's school pronounced a word wrong? No! Because it'd be rude, right? But yet somehow you think it's ok to do it online.

I'm sure that no one that posts on here is perfect in every way and so I don't think it's right to go around being critical about others when everyone has their flaws and things they can and cannot do.

CoteDAzur Mon 28-Jan-13 11:29:16

Again, that is your opinion.

And you see it fit to impose it on others who obviously don't think it is rude to politely correct an obvious mistake. That is rude. In my opinion. And I still wouldn't dream of telling you to change your ways, because that would be arrogant of me.

Do you see?

LittleChimneyDroppings Mon 28-Jan-13 11:31:37

Nothing wrong with correcting a mistake p

LittleChimneyDroppings Mon 28-Jan-13 11:32:45

Pressed too soon.
Nothing wrong with correcting a mistake as long as its done politely.

Evangelinadreamer Mon 28-Jan-13 11:34:29

So Cote, would you correct someone in person then? Your child's teacher if they mispronounced a word? Your GP if they used a word in the wrong context?

Nixea Mon 28-Jan-13 11:40:13

<watches the OP sit back and be amused by the total derailing of their thread over spelling>

YANBU, bad manners on behalf of the hoover-er. Certainly the response of a tirade of abuse was particularly over the top.

CoteDAzur Mon 28-Jan-13 11:43:55

Funny you should say that. DD goes to French school but has 1 hour/week of English. Her English teacher says "fife" instead of "five" and "tvelfe" instead of "twelve". She is Dutch. I have not only corrected her in person, but have spoken to the school teacher and said I want DD to be in the other (native speaker) teacher's class next year.

So yes, I would and have corrected a teacher for mispronouncing certain words. I fully expect my child to be taught correctly.

Also, I would correct and have corrected a doctor if I noticed a mistake. One paediatrician told me pollen allergies don't cause hives, which I know for a fact is incorrect, having suffered this exact problem throughout my childhood. Another example would be the doctor who wanted to prescribe homeopathic "remedies" to DC. He quickly admitted that there is no proof that they work but that "parents seem to like them" hmm

So yes, I have corrected doctors, too. If I am wrong, they tell me I am wrong, and that is perfectly fine, too.

You must live in a strange kind of world where nobody corrects anything for fear of being perceived as rude and arrogant. Still, your choice and I wouldn't dream of telling you that you are wrong and should act like me, because that would actually be arrogant wink

CoteDAzur Mon 28-Jan-13 11:45:10

Nixea grin

YANBU, by the way smile but your DD also does need to look where she is going.

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