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Quote: Originally posted by JoannaLesley on 30/3/2020
Quote: Originally posted by Bob61 on 28/3/2020
Quote: Originally posted by JoannaLesley on 28/3/2020
Suddenly there's a lot more rudeness about - both in person and on the dreaded FB. Many of those with nothing to do are policing their neighbours. MYOB and get on with your own lives. You have no idea what is going on in other's.
I am not sure if I have misunderstood what you meant here but I have had cause to 'ask' people to move away from my front gate several times because they or their kids have stopped to entice my dog over. I live in a sheltered housing bungalow so it is clear we and our neighbours are elderly.
I am no expert on the subject but as I understand it the virus can be transferred to surfaces such as my gate, and I have read that although there is no evidence that dogs can get ill, there is evidence that the virus can be present in their fur. Should they stroke my dog and then I or my wife stroke my dog the virus could be passed on in either direction. It would be unfair to expect me stop my dog using the garden but I may have to stop her getting anywhere near the front gate simply because of the actions of others.
Only today another dog walker stopped at the gate to allow his dog to nuzzle mine thorough the slats in the gate and I had to shout out the window warning him that wasn't a good idea.
These people are not uneducated but uninformed. Perhaps they don't follow the TV news or read the newspapers, or go online to find things out for themselves and so they just don't realise the possible results of their actions.
Sadly, some people just don't take too kindly to being told they are doing something they shouldn't so it is sometimes necessary to be 'rude' to them to get them to understand (without using bad language of course).
Although I have no knowledge of people policing their neighbours in my area, since my front windows look out onto the street I can see that the 'only going out with members of your own household' is sometimes not being adhered to and also family members are visiting others when they shouldn't be doing so. Indeed family members of my immediate neighbour turned up yesterday to mow her lawns and clean out the greenhouse which certainly couldn't be classed as 'medical reasons'. The neighbour in question is quite agile and healthy.
If people do not stick rigidly to the rules then this virus will never be stopped and tens of thousands will die in this country. If they do stick to the rules then we all have a chance of cracking this fairly quickly. I can understand therefore if people are getting reported by neighbours for not complying.
Bob, I certainly wasn't referring to you and i apologise if you thought that I was. Generally, people on this forum are polite and respectful of each other's views and situations and often show real kindness. Unfortunately, this isn't always the case on other platforms and in real-life situations.
No problem and no need for an apology as I didn't think you were referring to me. As I said above, sometimes one has to be rude to people to get them to snap out of their lethargy and comply with the rules, otherwise they simply don't listen. Perhaps 'assertive' would be a better word.