That does sound like a frustrating experience Craig! To be fair, I actually don’t know if I believe humans are inherently selfish. My personal viewpoint is that humans are, well, humans. We evolved to be sometimes selfish, sometimes generous, it just depends on our environment and how we were raised.
Hey Nik, that’s an interesting question. If the same situation happened all over again, I probably would have still taken the picture because at that point, the “moment” is ruined and I might as well bring some extra joy to someone else.
Do I wish that the woman didn’t ask me for a photo? Yes. But at the same time I don’t…
Hey Brendan, thanks for your response — always good to hear differing opinions. My main purpose of sharing my experience is that I believe that we take some favors we ask of other people for granted. I believe my experience in Italy was one example, but I think there are a lot more experience in our day-to-day lives. Another example that jumps to…
Hey Tom, those are good points. I’m sure on the list of factors Costco considers when building a store and placing the food court, “how to make shoppers as hungry as possible when shopping” probably isn’t on it. Most likely whatever is feasible and practical given the location and space comes first.
Thanks for the detailed response. I always enjoy hearing contrary thoughts and facts. I wrote this article mostly with the aim of showcasing how we make terrible decisions when we’re hungry. The reason I singled out Costco and some other retailers was that they were a way to highlight the recent trend of turning…
Thanks for sharing your experience Shea! It’s funny — when I initially shared my experience with friends, several friends mentioned that they deliberately look for people with cameras to take photos of them. I guess the assumption is that people with cameras either are more open to taking other people’s photos and likely better photographers as well.
I have not dug into food vendors in NYC but I do want to do that! I have also heard something similar where food vendors seem to be more “centralized” and there are organizations that provide the assets (e.g. the carts) in exchange for a portion of your profits (similar to the taxi model).
I think that brings up a really interesting point Heather. So many things seem crazy in the “abstract” but become normalized once you have a personal experience with it (e.g. different cultural norms).
At the end of day as long as you guys are a good match and are happy, I imagine it doesn’t really matter what other people think.
Thank you Roshni! I’m glad you enjoyed the article. One of my my takeaways from talking to people with tattoos is that you don’t have to overthink getting a tattoo. So I think “beautifully adorning this impermanent vessel that is the body!” is as great of a reason as any to get at tattoo!
Thank you for sharing your experience Elle. Chatting with friends I have also heard several people mention that tattoos are slightly addicting. And I think it’s interesting how as you got more tattoos you became ready for a more “visible” one!