COVIDIOTS. Urban dictionary term for someone ignoring the advice given by government etc. Well,got my first taste of this earlier, unfortunately. Mrs B and myself, took the dog out on my usual walk which is generally very quiet, although I do see the regulars en route. Practising social distancing and showing common courtesy to other users of the partly wooded walk. We approached a narrow bridge that spans the M62 and were confronted by (I presume) a family of 6 or 7 people,spread out across the entire width of the bridge which is approximately 6metres. They were all sat on some very large stones set across the bridge to prevent vehicles crossing it. They all saw me and Mrs B approaching but made no attempt to move to one side, allowing us on our way. They just turned away and continued sitting there. As we got nearer, I shouted for them to allow us sufficient safe room to pass, which they ignored. I then had to get a bit more assertive to get my point across to them. They ignored that too! So what do you do in a situation like that? I’ll tell you what I did. I had to get angry with them, I told them what a bunch of inconsiderate idiots they were and asked them which planet had they come from. Had they not listened to any of the government announcements regarding social distancing etc. Reluctantly, the father and his son started to move sideways on the stones but not anywhere near enough to allow a reasonable distance through. At this point, the son was looking straight at me and not moving, I told him to bugger off out of my way, which fortunately he did. I went on my way.
This has really upset me, we’re doing our best to follow guidelines, daughter and grandchildren 14 days self isolation, mother in law for 12 weeks, not panic buying etc, buying groceries and delivering to neighbours who are struggling with cancer. Trying to uphold common decency at this quite exceptional time, respecting others. Then you come across an entire family, totally ignorant of what’s going on? Am I wrong here?