Out of decency, you'd tell a friend when they have food stuck in their teeth, right?
You'd tell your co-worker if her slip was showing or if his fly was unzipped, right?
You do these things to help out our fellow man (or woman) because you'd want them to do the same for you in that situation. It's a version of the Golden Rule, and it's the basic foundation of all human interaction.
With all that said, I ask you why... Why did no one in my family tell me that my newly purchased bathing suit became transparent when wet?
I remember the exact moment. I was with my sisters and my mother at my grandparents house, cooling off in their huge in-ground pool. I was waiting to jump off the diving board when a light breeze came up. I crossed my arms in front of my chest and looked down at my feet. I then noticed that my grey bathing suit had a slightly darker area in the crotch region. I bent over slightly for further examination, and realized in horror that the darker region was my pubic hair. My pubic hair and Michael Jr, hanging out for all to see behind a very thin, very transparent sheet of grey nylon fabric.
I quickly lowered my arms to cover myself with my hands, and ran inside to change. When I came back outside, I was obviously upset.
I was not upset at the fact that no one told me about it at first.
I was upset at the fact that no one told me that I was flashing everyone for four years.
FOUR YEARS, people.
That is dozens upon dozens of times of getting in and out of the pool, giving everyone around a glance at the Family Jewels each time. Numerous conversations with family members and friends where I wondered why their eyes were strangely averted upwards. And yes, a few occasions where I had strutted My Stuff through the lobby and hallways of various hotels while on vacation.
I'm not sure why my family didn't tell me about it. It is not like they didn't notice. They HAD to have noticed it. I know I would have said something about it had it happened to someone else. Seeing the genitals of my family members is Number One on my "Things I Will Stab My Eyes Out For If I Ever Unwillingly See" list*.
Unfortunately, and for reasons unknown to me, my family decided not to tell me about it. Whenever the subject comes up and I ask why they never told me, all they do is laugh and avoid the question. Perhaps it is partially my fault, as it was probably a bad decision to select a bathing suit from a clearance rack where there are dozens of pairs just like it. That might indicate a problem with the product. Being a cheap bastard, though, I'm a sucker for clearance items. I should know better by now.
I'm trying not to hold a grudge against my family for this. Embarrassing as it was, I've learned to laugh about it now. I'm no longer upset about it, but I have warned them that when the right time comes, payback is a bitch.
*A few of the other items on the list are "Beautician and The Beast", any image of even a partially naked Sarah Jessica Parker, and gay porn. I wonder what kind of perverted search hits I'm going to get now.