We often squabble, quarrel and bicker for reasons unknown to us.
Soft fights occur everywhere. Most of them happen as frustrations are a recurrent feature in humans.
Buses are a common place of soft fights.
In a bus jam packed with people, it is a superb opportunity for a soft fight to take place.
You pass a man in a crowded bus, without an inch’s space to move and your elbow hits the man and instantly he flares up.
The man –“Are you blind? Why did you hit me with your elbow? Can’t you see properly? Nonsense!”
You-“Please mind your tongue sir. It was not deliberate. There isn’t a space to move in the bus. Still I am sorry.”
That man-“Sorry, Huh! Keep your sorry with you!”
You simply shake your head and get off the bus.
At a fish market, the price of the a particular fish which costed Rs.100 yesterday, costs Rs.130 today and then a soft fight is definitely going to happen between you and fishmonger.
You- “Yesterday, a kg of this fish costed Rs.100 and today it costs Rs.130. How can it be so?”
The fishmonger-“The vendor has sold us the fish at Rs.100/kg today, so how can I sell it to you at the same rate?”
You-“Didn’t you ask the vendor why he has increased the price?”
Fishmonger-“I don’t have that much time. If you want to buy then buy it or you can leave.”
You-“I am your regular customer and this is how you behave with me?”
Fishmonger-“Its business time. So if you want to buy that fish then it is completely upto you or else don’t waste my time.”
You-“You can keep your time with your own self.”
Whether you buy fish from that person or not is your decision, but most probably you will not
At a railway station,
You stand in the ticket line and a man tries to cut in and tries to stand ahead of you. The soft fight which follows is:-
You-“Why are trying to cut the line?”
That person-“I am not trying to cut the line. I am simply looking ahead to see whether tickets are available or not.”
You-“How can you see whether the tickets are available or not from here?”
That person- “Sorry, sorry. It’s my mistake.”
You-“Good that you accepted your mistake.”
At a shop,
You have ordered for a particular thing and that thing has been sold to someone else by the shopkeeper. The soft fight goes as follows:-
You-“Why have you sold the item which I had ordered for gifting to someone else?”
Shopkeeper- “When that customer asked that item from me, I thought that I had two pieces of it. But later on I realised that I only had a single piece of it.”
You-“I was supposed to give that item as a gift to someone else. Now please arrange another piece of that same item for me.”
Shopkeeper-“It will take two days.”
You-“Two days! Are you mad? Cancel the order immediately.”
Shopkeeper-“I am sorry for the inconvenience.”
You-“It’s me who is sorry for placing the order in your shop.”
At a restaurant,
You- “I had booked a reservation for 9:00 pm and now you are saying that the restaurant is full?”
The manager-“We had actually mismanaged the bookings, so the restaurant is full.”
You-“Now what can be done?”
The manager-“Please accept our apologies. We will be giving a discount of twenty percent for our goof up.”
But the downside was that you were given a table only at ten p.m. in that restaurant and by that time your hunger was as angry as you were.
You to the manager-“Your twenty percent discount is of no use. Even after booking a table beforehand, we were given a table after an hour then that means that restaurant has no sense of decorum.”
Manager-“I am extremely sorry.”
You-“I am sorry that I choose your restaurant.”
See, soft fights happen everywhere. It takes place due to human nature. Most often it underscores the fine line between justice, equality, honesty and truth. When any of these gets crossed with one another then a soft fight ensues.