Warning: Potentially sexist post ahead.
Those of you who have watched South Park likely will be familiar with the touching melody, "Kyle's mom's a bitch," sung so beautifully by Eric Cartman. Well, there are women around who give new meaning to the word "bitch". In fact, ascribing it to them is an insult to female dogs everywhere (even rabid ones)!
I don't know if it's mostly a New York phenomenon, but there is a very small percentage of working women (I'd say "professional women", but I don't think they deserve such a title just because of their jobs) who feel like they have a right to be nasty, pushy, selfish and self-righteous, and the rest of us should just put up with it and get out of their way.
I had encountered such women before I began working in the city. They seem to be found primarily in Manhattan, although not exclusively. Today, there was one on the train. While the other passengers watched it move through the car with disgust, insisting upon getting through a standing-room-only car while the rest of us just stood there and dealt with the situation, this rude, twisted, evil thing worried about nothing but what it wanted. Some of the passengers even made comments to it as it went through.
I moved out of its way, but at some level I wish I hadn't. Setting emotions aside, I know that making a stand would have been silly and petty. I do believe life gets even with such people--either through a crappy personal life, victims seeking revenge or through some other karmic payback--but part of me really wanted to stand in its way and refuse to move.
To be clear, such people are a tiny fraction of one percent of the population--even of the population of professional Manhattan women--but I can't help but wish that people who act that way would burst into flames.
Do you have people like this where you live, or is it just here?