Who exactly Was the Rude One?

Today I was sitting on a bus with my guide dog beside me. He was resting his head in my lap whilst I was gently stroking his head and reading a book. Very relaxing and very cute!

Suddenly I realised that a strange hand was also on my dog’s head, trying to move my hand out of the way! I said “Excuse me” and tried to remove the strange hand but got no reply. I then said it a little louder along with “What do you think you’re doing?” The owner of the hand, an older male, then said that he was just stroking the dog, not hurting him. I replied that I didn’t know what his intentions were as he hadn’t done me the courtesy of asking me first. He huffed and tutted and got off the bus.

I then had to listen to whisperings around me about how rude I’d been. Yes, I was maybe a little abrupt but surely he deserved it?

He decided that it was OK to invade my personal space and interfere with something that is mine without asking me first. Surely that is what is rude?

If he’d asked if he could stroke the dog I’d probably have said that he could. I’d have known then what his intentions were and I’d have felt a lot more comfortable.

But, as usual, I was left feeling like the bad guy because I’d spoken up for myself.


About Mel Griffiths

I live and work in Nottingham, England and am blind. This blog is often centred around things that happen to me because of being blind. This is my space to write and sometimes people will disagree with what I write, but its the one place I have in which to be frank and honest. I also like to reflect on the funnier side of life from time to time.
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2 Responses to Who exactly Was the Rude One?

  1. frijolic14 says:

    I could easily say that the question I’m about to ask might not be relevant but it is relevant. was your dog in its harness and working? whether it was or it wasn’t, people should know better than to just casually stroke your dog without permission harness or no harness. I’m not just going to casually stroke somebody’s hair without consent or without even knowing them and there’s one reason I’m often reluctant to speak up about anything particularly if I’m with my parents as I’m often told to save what I’ve got to say until I either get back in the car or get home and to me, you’re not the rude one because you were sticking up for yourself and the older guy in question should know better .

  2. Michelle says:

    I totally agree with you, it was so uncalled for, what this bloke did. How can you possibly be being rude when you’re the one sticking up for yourself because somebody else doesn’t actually have the right to invade your space like that? I think it’s very offensive that other people think they have the right to tell you how to act and how to live your life. I can’t understand how people can be offended when you don’t want them touching your property or your dog. As much as I believe most people are very kind, I do think there are some selfish and nasty people out there.

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