Civil Oddities

April 16, 2014 - 2:38 pm
Irradiated by LabRat

So recently, I had to spend my morning and early afternoon at a local government office oriented toward the low-income. (We are fine. I was there to get off a roll I was mistakenly placed on.) I was not, to put it mildly, looking forward to the experience, being acquainted with the motor vehicle departments in Phoenix and New Orleans, and even here in our tiny whitebread little burg. I walked in with low expecations.

So to my immense surprise, the waiting room was quiet and pleasant, all the conversation I heard was in articulate, unaccented English (I was the only white face in the room until another walked in near the end of my visit), many of the waiting room inhabitants were chatting pleasantly with one another, the line was moving efficiently, there were zero tantrums or meltdowns, all the employees were polite and seemingly possessed of a genuine desire to help, and though there were small children present, their parents were keeping them quiet, supervised, and amused. Once it was my turn, my task was completed easily and efficiently, with zero surliness on the part of the fellow behind the counter.

If you’ll excuse me, I need to go re-examine a whole bunch of assumptions.

5 Responses to “Civil Oddities”

  1. Old NFO Says:

    Glad to hear there is a least ONE place that is efficient and effective… sigh NONE of those in VA, trust me…

  2. Dave Says:

    The exception that proves the rule?

  3. Jon Says:

    …could be the exception that proves the rule.

    Hard to say really. I have an uncle that works for HUD locally and I’ve been in his office. Its always pretty calm and civilized there too.

    But the things he has to say about what people will do to get and keep HUD assistance does tend to sully your warm and fuzzy about your fellow man.

  4. walkerhound Says:

    ehh to be honest my most basic objection to this sort of government activity isn’t the efieancy of the bureaucracy in question or the manners of the recipients*.

    *which obviously will vary wildly

  5. LabRat Says:

    Mine isn’t, either. I was just surprised to find so many of my stereotypes so thoroughly turned on their heads. I’m re-evaluating THOSE, not my principles. :)