I have a solution to a problem often mentioned here and other venues. RUDE PEOPLE
A couple of years ago, two of us were sitting on the stern of the Destiny, just watching the happenings in whatever port we were in. A lady walked over and stood directly between us and our preferred view, leaned out over the rail, and parked herself there.
On another occasion, a very large gentleman was cutting into the buffet line, first here, then there, then over there, almost upsetting plates of food, and generally making
a nusiance of himself. In both of these instances, and many other times, I used my solution to rude people. TAKE THEIR PICTURE. The Lady at the rail looked around,
I smiled, and she left. The large gentleman asked me why I took his picture and
I advised him I was documenting our grand adventure, and he was chapter 12.
For some reason, rude people do not like to have their picure made.
Try it, It has worked for me.
That is really funny and a good idea. I am one of those people who always have a disposable camera in my purse, whether on vacation or going to the grocery store. You just never know when you are going to see something really interesting or for what ever reason need to document something. One of my quirks. Never thought to use it that way!
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Re: Dealing with rude passengers
While I agree with the people who cut in line and the chair hogs, last I heard the railings were public territory on a ship. I think that maybe a polite "pardon me, but you are blocking my view" might have sufficed.....but if not, guess what? It is a public area of the ship that is not reserved for anyone in particular.
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i think a better soution with the camera would have been to say to that lady, " excuse me, would you mind moving just a bit to your left/right, we were focusing on such and such on shore to take a picture" I am sure she would have obliged.
Kill 'em eith kindness is my theory. Some folks were pushing and shoving trying to get to the rail when we left port. I nudged my son and he and I stepped aside. He looked right at the "shovers" and said "Would you like to stand up here?"
The lady looked sheepishly at him and stammered yes. Hope it made her feel like the rude jerk she was being.....especially since a 13 yo was more polite than she was!
Whenever we are in the car and someone whips around us and cuts us off we look at each other and say "Must be a brain surgeon on the way to save a life!"
Those people must have *really* wanted to stand at the rail - more than we did...but I *do* like the camera idea!
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about the idea of taking the rude person's picture... everyone should listen to this, from my background that would be considered highly aggresive behavior and you might find yourself with some later difficulty (you might fall down the stairs or meet me alone on the deck or worse). i know that most of you are probably really nice and kind people but trust me that people who don't care to be overly rude might also not care to cause you big trouble.
I've been taking pictures of "interesting" fellow travelers for years. My tactic is to sit back and laught at their behavior and then get someone from my party to pose and take their picture, but frame the shot so that the offending party is cleary seen. That person gets a nickname, and we then gossip about the "Texas boys", "aerobics woman", etc for years to come.
With a digital camera, you're not throwing film away, and you can even get a close up if you're pointing out a scowl, horrible outift, etc. The guy who wore pajamas to dinner left before we could set up our shot. Darn.
while ya'll are havin a big laugh...about big ppl.....if you woulda took my pic.... i might very well have slapped that camera, right upside your head....alot of ppl cruise, i do every 3 months, have you ever considerd they don't know cruising etiquette? ppl like me can afford cruises....many spend years to go once....move your ass some where else for a pic!!....think of others!!....ps...i get pissed at the idiots also, i bet your first cruise was great for others....i wonder if they thought you were an *******....thought for the day??
Marina42, I don't think this thread was aimed at "big people" but at rude people. Your post was a bit rude, and I can't see what size you are, so size is not the issue.
As for crusiers not knowing etiquette, perhaps you are correct, but manners are not hard to master, it simply means thinking about how your actions affect others.
Relax , enjoy your next cruise, and remember we ( cruisers) are "all in the same boat"
Marina42???????????????????? are u being excessive again? 3 days till your excessiveness,ness can start up full blast. excessive niceness, excessive politeness, excessive drink of the day, excessive handyhelper to all and any about ship cruises,))))
I agree wiht you 100%, Davyb, if everyone is mousy and put up with rudeness, they will only get ruder....
As for the pictures, my husband ended up with (unintentionally) numerous pictures of rude people who decided to step in front of his camera while he was trying to take a picture of something. Some people even looked directly at the camera as they were passing! We decided to have fun with it and he created a page on his website entitled "rude people". We laughed hysterically when looking at this page! People's expressions were so funny, and some of them were pretty amazing...
One day I was standing in line at Costco, and this "elderly" (not too elderly) just came up and stood in front of me in line. When I told her the end of the line was back there, she commented that I should be kinder to my elders and to wait until I get to be her age! I replied, "God forbid I'm as rude as you are when I get to be your age!"
However I believe there is always humour to be found in almost any situation...
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When I started this post a month ago, I did not realize how much fun it would
turn out to be. I have posted a photo of one of my "catches" at the bottom
of the gallery listed in the link. We were in port, hundreds of feet of ship railing
unoccupied, and this cruiser walks up and blocks my view of whatever I was
trying to look at.
If, of course, this happens to be of anyone reading this board,
She turned out to be the kindest, most thoughtful passenger onboard the
Rhapsody of the Seas last october.