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Jewel Pickert column: Time to abolish pet peeves? You make the call

Jewel Pickert is a Hastings resident.

Pet peeves drive me bonkers. One of my pet peeves, which seems to have become standard practice, is to not call me back. This is after the person has said I would get a callback. It's even more irritating coming from a businessperson.

I get it. Other people value their time more than mine. They don't want to be bothered with setting up a system to follow through. Even worse, they don't mind when they don't keep their word.

I know I'm not alone. Others have told me they get the same kind of treatment. It's actually a wonder anything gets done. If people never connected, everything would stop.

I think of following through on a promised callback as being conscientious, or part of my responsibility. Why is it that many others lack this mindset? Do they feel more important when someone tries to get in touch with them? Little do they know how negatively they are viewed by people like me.

I suspect these non-responders live harried lives. They apparently don't plan their time. If they did, they would call back when it was convenient for them instead of being interrupted unexpectedly by others.

Maybe they're just frazzled and can't think straight because of all the technology they have to deal with.

What if people like me ever develop memory issues? We wouldn't be able to call back then. And we wouldn't be able to count on others to call back either.

I tend to think this non-responsive behavior is becoming a national epidemic, kind of like not using turn signals when you're driving. How am I supposed to know what you're doing, if you don't communicate your intention.

I'm sure others appreciate callbacks and activated turn signals. It has almost become an aspect of personality. If you're a certain type of person, you won't call back after you say you will. It's like ignoring someone during a conversation. Rude and memorable.

If you're a certain kind of person, I guess you could care less if the driver behind you has to slam on their brakes because you never indicated a turn.

Since a callback is a courtesy and using a turn signal is a law, what's the objection to doing either? Both are simple to do. It just requires thinking of someone other than yourself.

I'm waiting for one of these habitual non-responders to ask me for some type of time commitment. I'm sorry to inform them that I won't be available. You see, my time is important, too.

As always, I will strive to add a dose of realism, while putting some worth in your while.

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