Cell Phones and Walking

In life, I really try my best to mind my own business because of a “live and let live” principle that I feel it’s important to follow. It makes me more tolerant of others, and frankly, happier most of the time. Who the Hell am I to judge what others do right?

A couple of days ago a blind man was walking directly toward me with the white cane in front of him. This was a fairly crowded street in Boston. A young man walked past me, immersed in his texting, bashed head-on in to the blind guy. After he did so, he just kept walking. The blind guy also kept walking.

I walked up to the texting kid and asked, “Did you not see the cane?”
“No. I was in the middle of a text.”
“Right I can see that. He’s blind. that’s why he walked in to you. He can’t see you, Because he’s FUCKING BLIND!”
“Errr.. right. sorry.”
“I’m not the one you owe the apology to.”

To the kid’s credit, he dropped his “I was texting, dude” vibe right away, then apologized.

Once in a blue moon, it’s appropriate to call someone an idiot.

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2 Responses to Cell Phones and Walking

  1. Lisa says:

    :D high five! one less person stuck in their “blindness”~ if ya know what I mean…

  2. Adriel says:

    Jon, bravo. As a disabled person with a service dog people think I’m blind more than you can imagine. I could be very clearly utilizing my eye sight , looking at them, admiring a beautiful woman (women love his cuteness although, they pet him not me LOL) and yet “oh wearing sunglasses, dog”, I must be blind. At least they noticed me because, of the dog and some give way to him although, he should be unobtrusive. However, in another instance a person literally stepped on his tail and kept on walking. Even if I’ve gotten him used to having his tail stepped on so he doesn’t freak, it’s just ridiculous that there’s this level of obliviousness and lack of courtesy.

    The disabled don’t want special treatment, We want equal access, respect and dignity. We may be weak of body or have a challenge but, we’re not weak of will or fortitude.You advocated for that man’s dignity and whether someone is disabled or not, dignity and respect must never fade or worse become lost in our society. I always knew you had class and a good heart but, it’s always nice when people you believe in live up to and go way beyond the expectations and faith you have in them. We need more Jon Finns. Well not guitar playing ones. One of you is already a broke the mold situation. Redundancy or replication would be impossible.

    As for the texter, he’s lucky the blind man didn’t haul off and whack him. Those canes are quite painful and he’s lucky he didn’t walk in to a pole or worse in to oncoming traffic. Geez buddy, move to the side, send your text then keep on walking. In this case of the 3 people involved, there were two with class and one with no basic common sense or consideration. Apologizing after the fact is good but, being cognoscente and respectful of the world around him so it doesn’t happen is MUCH better. The sad part (although I’d love to give him the benefit of the doubt), he probably kept on texting and walking after you served up a combo of verbal whoop ass and reality check. The positive part you might have reached him and he is now being more considerate to people. The potential for the positive outcome is worth the effort.
    I personally would like to thank you for adding your voice to the tides of positive intent in the world.

    -Adriel :)

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