Truthspew’s Rules for Human Behavior Part I

So this evening a thought occurred to me. It was watching what I plainly consider the idiotic behavior of shoppers in a suburban Trader Joe’s that it came to me.

Rule #1: While in a market of any type where there are lots of people it’s good to check your six, and your three and your nine while you’re at it. If this doesn’t make sense to you imagine a clock face where twelve is directly ahead, six is directly behind you, nine to your left, three to your right. In other words be aware of your surroundings.

Rule#2: If you’re going to pay cash, learn how to count out the bills quickly. Standing behind you while you have to s-l-o-w-l-y count out $174.25 in cash and coin gets pretty annoying. I will say my skill with cash comes from years ago, working in a CVS store that took utility payments. I’d handle up to $100,000 in cash daily. So it had to be counted quickly and accurately.

A corollary 1 to rule 2 is that if you’re using a credit or debit card, be at least familiar with how to orient the card so the terminal can read it, and nimble enough to punch out your PIN.

Now for corollary 2 to rule 2 – this is on the manufacturers of said credit/debit terminals. Standardize your interfaces.

Rule #3: Driving – apply the concepts in rule 1

A corollary to rule 3 is that you need to look around you. Seriously walking around in a funk or being oblivious is no way to go through life.

Check back for more – I’m sure I’ll observe some other silly human behaviors and produce new rules for those situations too.

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