After church today, we went out for brunch. This time we went to le peep, which is a place my wife likes. The food is all right, but it's not my favorite place. She likes it, and the kids didn't want my choice, so le peep it was.
We got there and had to wait for a table. There are a couple benches to sit at while waiting, but there's not really a whole lot of room, and a family of five takes up a bunch of that space. So I decided I'd stand, let others who might prefer to sit, sit.
Le Peep also has coffee and water available at a service counter for those who are waiting - not a bad idea. It turns out that my wife and kids were seated right next to the service counter with the coffee and water, which means that I was standing right next to it. I didn't consider this to be an issue - I didn't even consider it at all. Until this man whose family came in after us decided he needed coffee, and rather than asking me to move, or saying "pardon me," or "excuse me," he merely walked past me, pushing me (not a shove, but a shoulder push) aside without so much as making eye contact. As he did so, I said "pardon me" (politely) and moved.
This upset me some. I'm not exactly a confrontational person, but this ticked me off. So, I passive-aggresively stated that courtesy must have gone out of style. Of course, the guy didn't hear me, but his wife apparently did. She didn't say anything though, which means she was either turned off by her husband's rudeness or mine, and in either situation didn't feel comfortable commenting on it. I probably wouldn't mind so much, except the man and his two teenage sons all looked as though they were somehow "above" us common folk flocking around where they deemed fit to be. To be fair, I decided that these folks were elitist jerks after I was bumped, but since I feel secure in the thought that I probably won't encounter this family again, at least not in a manner where we'll recognize each other, it doesn't matter that much to me; I'll think of them however I want.
In conclusion, if you're going to bump someone out of your way, be courteous enough to excuse yourself. It's the polite thing to do, and you won't have some random guy in Houston thinking you're a complete ass.