I went to London with my sister-in-law (Denise) on Saturday to see the very funny Sarah Millican at the Hammersmith Apollo.
We were making a bit of a day of it, so hopped on the train to Kings Cross at lunchtime with the intention of having some food, a few drinks and then off to the gig!
All was going very well…we got off the underground at Westminster and wandered along the Embankment having a giggle, watching a few of the street performers as we walked. On our way to the food establishment of choice (The Gourmet Pizza Company … yum yum), we passed the ‘Time for Change’ volunteers who were providing different activities / information on mental health issues. They’d got these people dressed up in giant type costumes with long arms and they were trying to grab people as they walked by. Now, one of them managed to get hold of my arm, but I managed to wriggle free with a smile and a “not today, thanks”.
On our way BACK to the underground, one pizza and two double vodkas later, we were STILL having a giggle. We were chatting away to each other and generally minding our own business when, out of the corner of my eye, I spotted a woman in a ‘Time for Change’ t-shirt walking in a line to intercept us.
Well, we really didn’t want to get into any deep conversations at that point…we were a little bit tipsy and off to a comedy gig…so I said (in a VERY polite way) “I’m sorry, we’re not interested today, thank you!” and carried on walking (good manners cost nothing after all and I didn’t want to ignore her completely).
As we were passing her, I heard her say…”well, that was rude!”
Now, maybe the best thing to have done would have been to continue walking, but the “well, that was rude!” rattled around in my head for about 3 seconds and I had to stop mid-stride! I turned to face the woman…
“Excuse me? I’m sorry, we’re not interested today, thank you is rude???”
I got a mumbled “yes” in reply.
“No…” says I, “fuck off, we’re not interested…now THAT’S rude!” 😡
With that I turned around and flounced off!
So, I wasn’t rude…at least, not to start with!