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How do you treat people who you think are stupid?

It’s on my mind lately that it’s the general response of most people to mistreat those they think are stupid. That, in their minds, it’s deserved. I think that mentality especially shows up in customer service jobs, where customers think people working certain jobs are dumb.
But maybe I just think even stupid people should be treated with basic decency because I happen to be one of them. Of course I don’t want to be mistreated.
RedGrizzly · 26-30, F
You're right about the service industry. When I was doing lawn maintenance, and I was very great at it too, there were still people that felt entitled and were very condescending. And then when I worked in a private automotive garage, there was this one guy I'll never forget that had beef with me. He's tried to get me fired several times. My bosses knew about him because he's always had a target but they still couldn't do anything about it. Anyways, I think that dude bullied me because of insecurities with his long criminal record and trying to climb the ladder So it's the typical prison attitude, "my $hit doesn't smell nearly as bad as so and so." Ironically, I'd have the same cold attitude when I worked as a CO. That guy didn't like that. It was just an annoying game of dominance. The more he tried, the angrier he got. Lol

Anyways, people need to treat others with basic decency. It's not hard. But if they can't, I hope they have to learn how to do service jobs or someone they respect does a service job so that they may learn.... because otherwise, if they aren't humbled, this attitude continues until they're completely alone.
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ffony · M
@Colonelmustardseed I believe that in some levels of government - and maybe big industry - picking out someone beneath your position in the hierarchy and demonstrating that you can fire them is a required step on your way to promotion.
RedGrizzly · 26-30, F
@ffony that's true! I've heard about that. But this garage had a small crew, I was the newest member. They weren't gonna fire me no matter how much that guy squealed. My bosses knew he'll be a d#&$ to everyone and anyone, why they don't do anything about that is beyond me.
CrazyMusicLover · 31-35
I prefer the word slow. And people can be slow in various aspects of understanding.
smiler2012 · 56-60
@Colonelmustardseed if you are in retail no matter how stressed you may feel if customers ask silly questions they should be treat with courtesy . given the help they need that goes for any profession really who deal with the general public
Jarffff · 46-50
I don't think i'm mean to them, but i might have to speak a little differently, like over explaining things, which if my assessment is wrong, then i could see how it would come off as rude, for which i would want to be notified asap so i can get my act together asap.
@Jarffff I try not to be mean or rude either when I think someone is dumber than I am. I do remember losing my patience in some moments, though. And people have lost their patience with me. It’s very different to that customer kind of almost hate towards people in certain jobs which they think indicate the person unfortunate enough to deal with them works.
Jarffff · 46-50
@Colonelmustardseed Yeah, i shiver at the thought of being in circumstances where it'd be so bad i'd have to get angry with another, getting angry for real isn't pleasant at for me.
I don't. There is no cure for that.
Bang5luts · M
I treat them with the same kindness they treat me with
Umile · 41-45, F
@Bang5luts 💯 🤣
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@cherryxblossom I love that: treating people as who we want them to be. I’m going to think this over a bit.
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@robertsnj I think that’s a very good and underrated mindset and skill to have; how to get people to agree on the end goal while they don’t want to be agreeable at all or when they don’t understand much about a situation.
robertsnj · 56-60, M
@Colonelmustardseed
underrated mindset and skill to have
you nailed--and doesn't pay bad either if one can be like that in the office and just see it as part of doing business.

because you paraphrased it so well--that might be you too? if you have that skillset or could accrue it, the job market forsoftware sales is a sellers market and doesn't pay 1/2 bad.
@robertsnj Not me. I always admired people who could, though.
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@TheRascallyOne Bunnies think they’re superior to everyone. 🤭
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