I have an opinion!
There are few things that really prompt complaint from me. I try to look at everything with an open mind, and I try not to pass too much judgement beyond what my own simple humanity warrants.
BUT… People who ignore the rules, especially in the case of pure laziness, really get on my nerves.
Have you ever accidentally found yourself driving the wrong way down a one-way street? I have. In fact, a GPS system sent me on my (wrong) merry way down a one-way street.
But here’s the key word in all this: Accident.
Here’s my issue.
On my college campus here at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, there happens to be a short one-way path between the wellness center and the practice space. Of course, it’s one-way for a reason. It’s narrow, and has a specific guiding purpose. Also, unless you’re blind as a bat, it’s probably not even possible to miss the signs.
I’ve seen countless people travel the wrong way down said path. Because it’s the easiest way to get from point A to point B (there’s no other direct link between these two sections of campus), I assume it’s out of laziness.
That’s bad enough, right?
But more than anyone else, it seems to be Northwestern employees (namely the maintenance department) that commits this act.
“Commits this act.” I know. It sounds like I want them to go to jail or something. That’s not the case.
The fact of the matter is that there are rules in place for a reason. Someone could potentially get hurt when people disobey such simple rules.
And honestly, that doesn’t make the maintenance department look very responsible, now does it?
What a shame. I have a lot of pride in my university, but there are those groups and individuals that push my buttons, in a manner of speaking. The lazy people, rude people and irresponsible people on campus… They all just disappoint me.
It’s not like it takes more than a couple minutes to reach the other side of campus on a different route.
But wait… There’s more!
These same employees that demonstrate this lack of responsible behavior on a one-way street also demonstrate a lack of responsible behavior elsewhere on campus.
They drive a company vehicle across campus to reach jobs and projects, parking in the grass or wherever they see fit.
That’s fine. But SLOWWWWW DOWN. I shouldn’t have to be on constant alert in fear that I’ll be run over by a pickup truck on the sidewalk. This is a college campus. There are a lot of individuals walking to and from classes and buildings.
I don’t know about you, but I want to feel safe on my campus. And I want to know that each department at my university is maintained by responsible individuals that care about the people they serve.
After all, that’s what we students pay for, right?