Slow Moving People
December 5, 2017 1:05pm CST
There are people whose only purpose in life is to be an obstruction and a living pedestrian bollard. Though young and able bodied, (wheelchair, Zimmer frame and walking stick users being an exception to the rule) they move at a slouching slothful pace directly in front of you, and if you try to overtake to left or right of them they somehow manage to stay in your path. They step forward as if someone is in their way though they are themselves the only obstacle on the pavement. Sometimes, the hindrances will walk towards you, and though there is plenty of space either side of you they will somehow move directly at you in a way that makes you thank the gods they are not driving – if you take evasive action, they will manage to move left or right in sync with you. They do not apologise for getting in your way and you may even find yourself inexplicably apologising to them instead. A variation on the theme is the loving couple that hold hands and expecting you to walk round them rather than for them to briefly release their romantic grip to step either side of you. Do they actually think that not being Siamese twins for even a second will mean that their relationship is doomed and that the partner will make use of the release to run off and never be seen again? I imagine them encountering a tree and waiting for it to fall over so they can continue their journey without having to separate. Arthur Chappell
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• United States
Also, people who walk down the middle of the parking lot, when I'm trying to drive. If they would move to either side there would be plenty of room for my car to drive through. So, I have to drive walking pace until the end of the lane.
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• Riga, Latvia
I am not sure what you mean here. Yes. sometimes elderly people can walk slowly and be a hindrance but with respect to them I always walk around them best I can. Loving couples never bother me. It is nice to see them walking hand in hand and not I am sure they won't try to go through a tree. I don't think that it should matter so much.
• Brussels, Belgium
I actually find joggers to be the worse. They act as if they own the pavement/path and they wouldn’t stop even if they would have to bump into you. At least slow people on the road are less dangerous.
Police investigating assault of woman pushed into road by jogger on Putney Bridge in London put out CCTV still
• United States
Some humans engage in a life bent on frustrating others. Those people who stand there in the aisles next to their shopping carts, preventing anyone else from making their way down the aisle, are the ones that get on my last nerve.
Oh boy...can I relate to that sentiment. I tend to walk at a brisk pace (hubby thinks I walk too fast) and invariably get stuck behind some sidewalk barrier. Earlier this year when I went for a 13 km walk I had to get around a couple...holding hands. I applaud their attempt to lead a healthier lifestyle...but really...they probably each topped the scales at well over 300 lbs and moved at a snails pace. Grrr.