Saturday, February 18, 2006

mind your manners

Once upon a time, to mind one's manners was to remember to be courteous and polite. Now, it means to mind one's own business.

An Australian woman was charged with assault and fined $176 (that might be in Australian dollars after conversion) after trying to shush an American movie goer who was on a mobile/cell phone.

Halfway through the movie, a woman in the audience answered her phone and began talking.

The Australian woman was annoyed by this intrusion so put her finger to her mouth, signalling to the woman to shush, then touched her on the shoulder twice.

The other woman stood up and shouted abuse before storming out of the cinema.

Police arrived and escorted the Australian woman out of the movie theatre.

The very rude woman told officers that the Australian woman had been "invading her private space" and accused her of assault.

So our poor woman (the Australian) was arrested and charged with assault.

As long as she avoided any traffic violation or touching anyone again in 90 days, there would be no conviction.

See The Australian, article from 16 February 2006

Somebody please cancel this rude American woman's passport! She should never be allowed out of the US and ruining other people's vacations, particularly in Europe and Asia.

My human told me that he knows this type of person well (to be avoided). They are the type who demand things while on vacation in a foreign country and say things like "you can't do that to me, I'm an American" (such arrogance).

*As always, please check out Cooper and Camilla who always have interesting things to say.


After last night's excitement, today was a quieter day, but it was very warm. My human left me for a few hours in the afternoon and reported back to me on his afternoon coffee session with Nell and Declan.

I did get to go outside to chew on some grass when my human hung out the washing this morning. Terribly exciting isn't it?


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