Why can’t people follow simple directions?

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As I rounded the corner to head into my local Target this morning, I was met with a corded off area at the entrance directing me to use the entrance at the other end of the building.

No problem. The extra steps would do me good.

At the other entrance was the sign that masks were now required. No problem. My mask was already on and I went in to do my shopping.

As I proceeded to leave, I remembered that I could exit out the original set of exit doors closer to where my car was parked. I just couldn’t use that entrance.

If I didn’t have a mask on, people would have seen my jaw dropped open as I witnessed a half dozen people come in through that exit and three of them weren’t wearing masks. The closed entrance clearly shows where to go to get into the store, and the exit signs clearly say, “Do not enter.”

What is wrong with people?

I shook my head in disgust but kept walking. These are the people that think they don’t have to follow simple directions for the good of everyone. Saying something to them would have done no good, and I wasn’t in the mood for a confrontation. I kept telling myself that I’m doing what I can to keep myself and others safe, which was a good thing because I also kept having sarcastic comments rising in my throat itching to come out.

Seriously, can someone tell me why it’s so hard to follow simple directions?

Whether you agree with masks keeping people safe (I do), it’s a matter of respecting the protocols of the establishment where you have chosen to shop. In fact, while I was shopping an announcement came over the intercom outlining the new rule of mask wearing at Target and if you chose not to wear one then you were more than welcome to shop using the drive up option.

And yet, there are people who believe they are above simple directions. They figure they aren’t going to be stopped, and they weren’t. To some degree I get it because of the whole confrontation issue as an employee. On the other hand, if they are not willing to confront people who choose not to wear a mask, then why have it in place?

My solution to this problem is an easy one.

Just follow simple directions or shop elsewhere. Don’t put employees in an unenviable position. Be a decent human being.

Or is it too hard for you to follow that simple direction?

Published by Christine Denker

I love all that life offers, I believe that mistakes make the best lessons, and I work to make the world a more positive place.

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