Here’s an easy trick for making someone feel like an asshole.
When they hold the door open for you, don’t put your hand up to catch it. Instead, walk right into it with your arms dangling uselessly at your sides and then huff, “Thanks!”
They’ll feel terrible for letting the door slam on you, and make a note to show some manners in the future. They won’t realize that it slammed on you because you were pretending you had no arms.
Unless that person is me. I’m on to you! Guess what: I hold the door open for just the right amount of time, and if it slams on you, then it’s because you didn’t hold up your end of the social bargain, which is to catch the door.
If you’re carrying groceries in both hands, wheeling a stroller, using a wheelchair, carrying a tray of coffees or really have no arms, then I’m glad to hold it open the whole time you’re going through, and go in behind you. But if you’re unencumbered by nothing other than a combo of hostility and entitlement, be my guest and help yourself to a face full of swinging door.
Do you do this? Do people do it to you, and have you noticed that it’s THEIR fault?
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