I have said it before, but I am still constantly floored by many people’s lack of consideration of others. Down the road we have a delightful shop that sells delicious coffee, it is on top of a hill in a complex shared with a smoothie bar, a restaurant and a fish and chip shop, all of which have outdoor dining tables. As I said, the complex is on top of a hill, this hill overlooks the beautiful beach which we are very spoilt to have.
I can hear you all saying “Sounds pretty ideal to me, not sure what she has to whinge about?”. Well, my whinge is this – why do people have to leave their cars running whilst others are trying to enjoy the natural ambience? Why, why why? This complex is renowned for people leaving their cars on whilst they head into one of the shops. Fed up with this constant inconsiderate behaviour my husband politely asked a woman who had vacated her empty car, yet had left it running if she could possibly turn her engine off, her response still astonishes me – she responded with firstly “Why?”; my not so polite response was “Because we are trying to enjoy our coffees”, she responded with “ I’ll only be a few minutes?” – not the point – turn your bloody engine off!!!!! She was completely oblivious to the irritation she was causing the outdoor diners who were trying to enjoy their drinks or meals.
Don’t get me wrong, I understand why people leave their engines running in the midst of summer if someone is waiting in the car, but this situation I just could not understand. Not only is she interrupting the dining pleasure of many, she is wasting her own fuel and contributing pollution to the pristine environment. So again I ask why, why, why?
Unfortunately this is not a one off situation at this particular complex. Obviously these drivers are just grabbing a take away item, however, this may still take up to ten minutes waiting time, meanwhile all the diners are ingesting carbon monoxide with their lattes and stuffed mushrooms. I recently took my mother to this complex to enjoy a nice coffee, prior to our outing I warned her that the coffee was fantastic but the ambience was compromised. My predictions did not let me down and in the space of the twenty minutes that we sat and drank our coffees three cars left their engines running!
So, I am asking, begging, pleading you, next time you think about leaving your engine running whilst you duck in to grab a smoothie or a coffee, please, please, please don’t. Have a look around at the environment, don’t be completely ignorant and show a little consideration to others.