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My silliest pet peeve happens when I’m walking down the sidewalk and there is a group of two or more folks walking the opposite direction who refuse to move over and give everyone else room to walk past them.
Occasionally, I’ve had to step into the road for a moment to get past that wall of obliviousness because they won’t even acknowledge a polite “excuse me!” (If concerned elders of my family read this, please note I only do it as a last resort on very quiet streets).
It’s totally understandable why someone might need more than half or even all of a narrow sidewalk if they’re using a bulky mobility device like a motorized scooter, pushing a stroller, carrying an oversized load, or otherwise in genuine need of lots of extra space. This pet peeve is not directed at them in any way.
But nobody who is able-bodied and walking with empty hands should be taking up 100% of the sidewalk. It’s only polite to remain aware of one’s surroundings, pause, walk behind your friends for 10 seconds, and allow the rest of us to exist in public spaces, too.
This irritates me more than it probably should. Thus ends my rant. 😉