Do you feel uncomfortable when you see someone else being embarrassed? What’s most likely to make you squirm?
While standing in a checking line in a supermarket or big-box store, someone ahead discovers they don’t have enough money to pay for all the items. Was it absent-mindedness or someone scraping together every penny to survive? They’re embarrassed, and make the painstaking decision on what is essential and what to leave. Occasionally, embarrassment takes over, and all items are left.
When watching married couples having down-and-dirty arguments in public places. Personal details are brought out that never should see the light of day. Their young children, with blank expressions on their faces sit and wait. I cringe, because this is the way they think things are supposed to be.
I feel sorry for the poor, usually teenage, store clerk or wait staff person, berated abusively for some insignificant minor detail blown out of proportion by some adult power-tripping lowlife customer. I’m also embarassed for employees chewed out in front of customers by their supervisors. It shows a complete lack of class.