You walk into a local salon chain, yes, I use those. I don’t have much hair so what’s the point in paying $45 bucks- anyway…where was I. Oh!
So I walk in and wait for my turn in the chair. I am given the next available hairstylist and proceed to explain my haircut of choice. Clipper 2 in the back and over the ears, short and choppy on the top- razor cut preferred…blah, blah, blah.
I’m in the chair and she grabs the clippers and proceeds to go off on a political rant bashing “snowflakes” and how lazy they are, and what whine bags they can be and it must be nice that they have all the time in the world for their stupid marches, and and and…
Insert panic here! You see, I guess I would fall under the title of snowflake. I have and will march if it is called for. I will voice my opinions and concerns at the right time and place. NOT in the middle of a hair salon while holding clippers to someone’s head. She kept looking at me in the mirror barking “You know what I mean?” “Am I right!” – How do I disagree with someone who could make me look like a cueball in under a minute?
The answer is: I don’t. I will not engage a person who is on a rant like that. Especially in the position I was in. I could have fallen victim to someone who didn’t like MY opinion. What would this woman have done if I flat out disagreed with her? Would I be bald? Would there have been a fight? I don’t know because I was calm enough to not engage her.
Here’s my question to you?
Do you think it is appropriate to bring up controversial talking points in a public place?
Coffe shops, hair salons, restaurants, Wal-mart…
Here’s a different example since some people are beasts about politics (ROAR).
What if the topic was…pornography? Would you be cool talking about it then? Would it be okay to blast your opinion on porn in the middle of a public place with no regard for others?
It makes you think when you put it in those terms, doesn’t it?
Love Trump or HATE him – it’s your opinion and I or others should not be subjected to your hate-speak. I just wanted a haircut. I wanted someone to comb my hair and tell me how good it looks and how very few can pull off sure a daring style…yeah, I know it’s crap, but it’s the crap I paid for. I didn’t walk in with the intention of defending my belief system. I also didn’t plan on hearing YOURS.
There are times and places for discussions of this magnitude- rallies, meetings on said topic, family dinner table…but that doesn’t include the counter at Starbucks where a “lazy-ass snowflake” (I heard this go down) is taking too long to make your grande cappuccino with a half shot of caramel, a half shot of chocolate, a dollop of whip cream – just a dollop cuz if you give me more you will dump it and make me another one- SHUT UP, Grandpa!
You’ve heard the ole saying, “Opinions are like a$$holes, everyone has one and they all stink.” Keep your stink to yourself. Take a second and think- use the example I offer earlier in this masterpiece: if I wanted to talk about porn would this be a good time and place to do it?
If the answer is no, then keep quiet and enjoy your day.
If, however, the answer is yes…where are you and why is this topic acceptable there? (Asking for a friend. Directions to the location would be good too. Just sayin’.)
***Thank you to Sophie G. for her topic suggestion. Keep ’em coming.***