Thursday, February 5, 2009

Gag Me With A Pitchfork

One of my duties as the mom of a preschooler is to co-op at the school. Like I needed another thing to do, ya know? I suppose it is nice to have a day or two to see what goes on, but I owe much more than a couple of days.

This past Tuesday was one of my days of servitude. I sat in one of the classrooms cutting out hearts for a Valentines Day project and minding my own business. A woman who was observing the class came and sat next to me. She had been ducking in and out of the room to observe the teachers and interactions because her child was going to be in that class next year.

She looked at what I was doing and said: Are those supposed to be hearts?

I gritted my teeth. Smiled, nodded my head and explained to her that they were for a Valentines Day project. I swear I was not sarcastic. It nearly killed me, though.

Then she asked: Can I borrow your scissors?

I didn't know if she was going to pitch in and help or what, but I handed them over while I traced out another set of hearts.

She took the scissors and started cutting her nails with them.

People, these were standard orange-handled classroom scissors.

I was so grossed out, I couldn't even look at her. I was always taught to clip my nails over the toilet, or in the worst case scenario, the trash can. To sit at a preschool table and cut your fingernails with a pair of paper shears is just fucking disgusting.

When she was done, she handed them back to me.

Gah.

What the fuck is wrong with people?

13 comments:

That Chick Over There said...

OMG. GROSS!

A Free Man said...

At least it wasn't her toenails.

Baroness von B said...

That would be the question of the ages.

People never EVER cease to stun and amaze me.

Mostly stun.

Sherrie said...

I thought she was going to start making hearts to show you how it is really done. Good God.

I just threw up in my mouth a little.

Gypsy said...

Who does these things!? Gah!

Patois said...

That is totally disgusting. I'm not saying it should ever be done in front of someone...but a stranger? in a preschool class? Hate to see her kid.

Joe said...

Do you live in redneck-whitetrash, USA?

hereinfranklin said...

The only thing worse would be if she started flossing in front of you. I can't watch another person floss. I just imagine little flecks of half-chewed food flying in my general direction. Ugh.

Anonymous said...

i had to delurk for this one. i always feel so in agreement with your musings and this one really struck a nerve. my officemate used to clip her fingernails in our office. she must have been on awesome vitamins because i swear she did it every other day. so nasty. i quit that job partially for that reason.

Not Afraid to Use It said...

@That Chick: With a capital G, man.

@AFM: If it hadn't been 25 degrees outside it probably would have been.

@BvB: So you Canadians don't have the answer either?

@Sherrie: I'll bet even on your motor trip you didn't pull shit like that.

@Gypsy: And why do they sit next to me?

@Patois: Luckily, I never saw her child.

@Joe: Apparently. Trash with cash, baby.

@hereinfrankin: Yeah, the floss thing would be pretty awful.

@anonymous: Hurray for delurking! When I read your comment to Hubbie he told me that he had a "nail emergency" at work one day. And he went to the bathroom and took care of it there even though he has his own office. Now that is good manners.

When you left that job, did you leave a pile of nail clippings on your officemate's desk?

Anonymous said...

oooh, i should have left nail clippings. unfortunately, my next job had a (male) nail-clipper! how gross! only then did i realize how common it is and how people do it on the metro (on the metro! eck!) i had to leave that job, too (of course!)

Not Afraid to Use It said...

Hmmmmm...the Metro? Does that mean we may be neighbors?

Anonymous said...

oh, i forgot you lived near DC. No, I lived in HoCo for a while...commuted to DC, but I live in New England now.