...to think a simple excuse me would be better than all this frustration?

(8 Posts)
101handbags Fri 24-Jul-15 11:12:05

Walking to the station with my DP this, morning & talking to each other, as you do. We were walking side by side and a woman who'd I not noticed behind us (not having eyes in the back of my head) walked past us off the pavement and into the (very quiet) road and then threw her arms up in the air in frustration/anger as she passed in front. I said after her 'You only had to say excuse me and we would have moved out of the way'. She said 'You were too busy talking, I couldn't get a word in edgeways'. I said 'We would have heard you, I'm sure. I agree with you, taking up the entire pavement is rude & I always move out of the way if asked'. My DP just says I should ignore things like that, but it just makes me so mad when I would have gladly moved if she'd said excuse me. To be honest, if that was me, I would have just crossed the road or moved around and back onto the pavement. If this woman was going into the centre of London I have no idea how she copes if she has to commute on foot & your path is constantly blocked. I spend all of rush hour weaving in & out of people. Perhaps she was just having a bad day.

RealityCheque Fri 24-Jul-15 12:16:17

She's a twat. Ignore.

Why get into an argument? One day someone unstable will have knife. Or lash out.

BuggerLumpsAnnoyed Fri 24-Jul-15 12:19:21

YANBU. It's one of those things were everyone has blocked the path at times without realising but still gets annoyed when it happens to them.

Although I am a definate believer in 'walk quick or walk narrow'

101handbags Fri 24-Jul-15 12:45:54

RealityCheque That's what my DP said. Deep breaths next time!

TheHouseOnBellSt Fri 24-Jul-15 12:48:56

My DH is Australian and finds that people in the UK seem reluctant to speak up but would often rather huff and puff than actually say anything!

SecondMrsAshwell Fri 24-Jul-15 14:04:14

I agree, OP. She should try walking along the South Bank. I had to get to Waterloo Station with a friend last week and, as I work in Parliament Square, it's just a quick hop across the bridge. Or so I thought.

It was like every tourist in London was between my office and Waterloo Station. There are probably more pictures of me all over the internet than anyone else, stalking through the background of selfies! Imagine that woman trying the same journey, she would probably have ended up in the river!

but YABU not to be wearing t-shirts saying "running in, please pass" on the back smile

FundamentalistQuaker Fri 24-Jul-15 14:53:10

Some people would rather becowardly-aggressive than ask a polite question. They are spoiling life for the rest of us.

And yes, YABVU to have reacted, because if you ignore them completely it actually irritates them a lot more. If she had turned around only to see you were busy sticking your tongue in your DP's mouth and hadn't even twigged her silly throwing hands up reaction, she would have steamed about the incident all the way to work.

UptheChimney Fri 24-Jul-15 15:49:25

You and your DH were being rude, taking up all of the pavement, and then not apologising when she had to walk around you.

Can't bear pavement hoggers, particularly when they're oblivious to the space they're hogging. You may not have eyes in the back of your head, but you have ears. You would have heard someone behind you. It's polite and considerate (and politeness is to do with considering others) to move so that the person behind you could walk past you.

YABU

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