Yeah - once I went to this bar where you shelled and ate peanuts and you were SUPPOSED to throw the shells on the floor and I just couldn't do it - I just couldn't - even though everyone else in the whole place was and you were SUPPOSED to.
I don't know - I try to think of when the last time a 'young' adult (below the age of thirty) was rude or disrespectful to me. I can't think of one. In fact the other day I was pushing this shopping trolley out and it had one wobbly wheel and I was obviously struggling and this kid just walked up and started pulling it from the front for me - without a word - he'd noticed me struggling and decided to help.
On the other hand - Monday I was going to the library and I opened my back car door to get my books out and I bumped the car next to mine. I looked - no mark and went about my business and this fifty year old lady comes up to me and says, 'You bumped my car..' and I said, 'Yeah, sorry about that, but I checked and it didn't leave a mark..' and she says, 'Yeah, so YOU say - don't go anywhere until I check...' and I stand there as she starts talking to someone and says, 'Which door did she hit it with - front or back?' and I'm like totally confused - who the hell is she talking to and theres this other fifty year old lady sitting in the back seat of the car - I hadn't even noticed her and she answers- 'back door'. So she looks and says, 'No, no mark' and looks at me like she's a cop or something and she's about to grant me permission to leave- I was waiting for her to say, 'You're free to go...' and I said,'Yeah, that's what I just told you...I would have admitted it to you if I'd damaged your car...'
And she jumps all over me -' I told you it was okay - why are you getting hostile?'
I just started laughing and said, 'I'm not hostile - I'm just trying to figure out what the issue is and get to the library before it closes'
And she says, right to my face- 'Stupid bloody American..'
I said, 'Yeah, now that's nice - now who's being hostile and stereotypical. Your car's fine - have a nice day...'
I think a kid or young adult would have said -as I would have- 'That's alright - no big deal'- not acted all anal and in charge and punitive...maybe that's the part of authority and authoritarian figures younger people have trouble with.
I actually LIKE kids - usually more than most adults...I think they can feel that and respond in kind.
The younger people who come in the restaurant are always the most pleasant, least demanding and best tippers.
And if kids are so fucked up - who raised them to be that way?
Spendius - what the hell are you talking about? No one is like everyone else- no one ever could or should have to be like everyone else. How boring would that be?
And (edited to say I was going to respond to something else - but I forgot what).