So here's the backstory...
I do a lot of work on ropes courses. On Saturday I was up 40ft in the air on an element doing some repairs. I lost my footing and fell off the side. My safety gear caught me, and my body caught by my harness and the rope swung back into the course and I took the blunt end of a 2x4 directly into the side of my knee. Knew I messed it up, and went to see the doc today. Long story short, I'm in a knee immobilizer (one of those full leg braces) and on crutches for at least the next 7-10 days.
Anyway, after getting out of the doc's office, it's lunch time and I stop at a local deli that I like for a pastrami sandwich. I'm sitting at a table outside when I hear the noise of a squeaky wheel behind me. I look over my shoulder to see an elderly lady sitting in one of those rolling walkers with a seat on it, slowly scooting her way an inch at time (obviously struggling) down the side walk and eyeballing a car in the handicapped spot about 10 feet from me and 20 feet from her. Now, first, there are 2 other tables outside of this deli. Table #1 has a guy in his 30's having lunch with his wife/girlfriend and their baby. Table #2 has a business man in his 40's sitting at it, and his chair happens to be blocking the ramp area of the sidewalk into the street next to this lady's car. And then there is me at table #3 against the glass front of the deli.
Normally I would have jumped right up and asked the lady if I could help her. But with my knee, I first looked at the other two men sitting at the other tables. I see that both of them see this lady, but neither move or show any signs of even thinking about it. Even the man blocking her route! So I get myself out of my chair and standing up, leave the crutches and ask this lady if I can help her to her car. She sees my leg and says no, but thanks, but I insist anyway, and walk over to her. I proceed to help move her along, and the business man stands up and moves his chair, fortunately without me having to ask, so that we can get her onto the street and next to her car. I make sure she gets in her car ok, and go back to my lunch.
Now, I'm not always the man I should be, but I was raised to be a gentleman, especially when it comes to the elderly and women. Out here in SoCal, I've found that some even take that as sexism. And maybe by today's standards it is (and I'm only 28), but man those two yahoo's sitting there trying to ignore this woman really torques me off! I'm not crazy right? It is depressing to think that this is where our society is heading? Thanks for listening, I'm just still a little upset over the lack of respect and action from those two men (if you can call them that).