The younger age group (age 15 to 17) has gotten a bad image as of late. Why? Because of one or two assholes that ruin it for everyone. What? You've never met an asshole in your age group? Guess what? You're him. That's not necessarily a bad thing though. Sometimes you have to be an asshole in self defence when passive aggressive measures just won't do. I bring this up because I don't think the younger age group is a bad thing. It just has some bad ambassadors.
Here is an example. I was at a restaurant the other day when two young girls came in with their own food and sat down at a booth. They were about 16. Well within the target age. Bringing your own food to a restaurant is one thing. I assumed maybe they were waiting for someone who worked at the restaurant. And they just had food from somewhere else because, let's be honest. If you've been working at a restaurant all day the last thing you want for dinner is the food you've been serving all day. However, they just seemed to be giggling and making comments. Things like, "Look at that dude, he's like that...etc" Now I was the only dude there that know of. Unless they thought the word 'dude' referred to a mole on her neck but that's just silly. Being polite, I decided to ignore them. Until they started getting louder and more giggly. I'd look up and they would laugh. They made rude oinking sounds. Which I assumed was their native language (zing!). So here is where it helped to dabble in a little assholery of my own (assholery? I think I just invented a new word. Call the Oxford Dictionary). I just held my phone at arms length and pretended to take their picture. This of course got their attention. This is another thing I don't understand. These same girls that probably have thousands of duck lipped pictures of themselves on Facebook were offended that I took their picture. They began to start a dialogue with me ( I love dialogue).
"You take our picture?" One of them asked? "Yes." I said. "A friend of mine wanted to see the horrors produced by inbreeding."
"-the fu##?" one of them exclaimed. "What's that supposed to mean?"
I sort of smiled to myself and pretended to get a response to my photo. I could have actually taken their photo, but why waste the free space on my SD card?
"You better not had taken our picture, you'll have a broken phone if you did." One girl threatened (not sure which, they both looked alike)
I resisted the urge to respond to that last statement with "Oh, you're not that ugly." I should have though. By that point the manager emerged from the kitchen to ask the two troublesome teens to leave. I heard one of them respond with "Well, he's taking pictures...you gonna do somethin' 'bout that?" I'm not sure if he responded with "Yeah, I'm kicking you out." But they both left with the phrase "Pshaw!" I assume meant "Pshaw" Which is something you say when you can't think of anything intelligent. So that's basically it. Dinner resumed and all was right with the world.
I remember being a teenager and I don't think I was ever that rude. Perhaps I was and my perception was different. The human brain isn't fully formed until about age 25 (Seriously, that's true. I wouldn't joke about that. Ok I would but here look at this http://knowledgeisnecessity.blogspot.com/2012/02/cortical-factor-developing-optimum.html) . So technically we should treat anyone under the age of 25 as someone with a mental handicap, an invalid. I'm just kidding (Sort of). This would be a good example of that. On the other hand, I think I feared my elders rather than respected them. I was polite for fear of the consequences. Nowadays people are afraid to do anything to someone younger for fear of criminal action. That's why it is up to the parents to beat the ever loving snot out of their kids. That is all I have say. What do you think? Do you my loyal readers have interesting ways to handle rude kids within the law? Personally I think the only thing we grownups have left is to just annoy them. Please leave your comments or Email me.
P.S. I have added 'Assholery' to my spell checker. Pshaw has been permanently removed from my consciousness.
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