I’ve stewed about this for a couple of days, and I’ve decided that I am as annoyed now as I was when it happened. Friday, we went to Kingston for the Scotties — that’s the Canadian Women’s Curling Championship. The K-Rock Center is an incredible arena — really well designed and an ideal venue for all kinds of events. I was in the downstairs concourse area when the National Anthem started to play for the afternoon draw. Everyone stopped what they were doing and stood still. No one spoke or moved; it was impressive.
Everyone that is except an arena employee, a security person who must have been a student at Queen’s or St. Lawrence College. He sat on a chair at the bottom of the steps reading a book. He did not stand; he did not stop reading; in fact, he did nothing to acknowledge what was happening, and that is what has my knickers in a knot! I don’t care how important his book was or how many times he had heard the anthem; he should have stood and acknowledged it out of respect for our country and those who were there. I found his behavior not only rude, but offensive.
When the anthem was over, I walked by and asked if he was reading a good book, then commented on his disrespect, and walked away. I’m sure he thought I was a b****, but I don’t care. Perhaps the next time the anthem plays, he might remember that people see what he does and does not do. He’s lucky that I am not his employer, because I would have fired him on the spot!