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LoveBug
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0 posted 04-26-2000 11:51 PM       View Profile for LoveBug   Email LoveBug   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LoveBug

"Age is just a number". It's easy enough to say, but does everyone here practice it?

I was bothered by something that happened to my friends and I tonight. Most people are out of town for spring break, so the few of us that had to stay decided to go to a pizza place. We had been to this place before without any trouble, but that was about to change. We sat down and ordered, and a few minutes later,three middle-aged came in and sat down, obviously drunk. It's a small place, and whenever the waitress wasn't taking orders, she was in the kitchen. When she went in, the three drunk guys started to shout and make some noice. The waitress came out, and then they shut up. She came to our table and said "You kids better pipe down before I kick y'all out". We tried to explain to her what happened, but she didn't listen. After she went back into the kitchen, the drunks started to through a pack of ciggerettes around the room, and they broke a lamp on the table between us. Then, the waitress came to our table and said "You kids are paying for that!". This made me MAD. I stood up and told her in no uncertian terms exactly what had happened and exactly what I thought about her. Then we got up and left. As we were leaving, I heard her talking to the drunks saying "I wonder what's wrong with kids today".


Hmmm.. I wonder...


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1 posted 04-27-2000 12:20 AM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

It's not kids today dear..it's that waitress..she is too quick to judge..she's prejudiced about age....
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2 posted 04-27-2000 06:49 PM       View Profile for 7   Email 7   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for 7

Amen to that. People fall into stereotypes so easily. It makes me mad too, especially because most of my friends are extremely mature, polite, well-behaved people (well, in public at least). Another thing I hate is when I go into a store and the salesperson follows me around, pretending to be organizing shelves or something but "just happening" to move every time I do.

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3 posted 04-28-2000 12:35 AM       View Profile for LoveBug   Email LoveBug   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LoveBug

7, that also happens to me a lot. One time, a salesperson followed my friend and I clear across the store, because she was so afraid we were going to take something. It's sad that people are still so small-minded in the 21st century. All the shrinks on the news ponder teenage violence, wondering what is wrong with America's youth. Maybe if America's youth wasn't the scapegoat for all of the nation's troubles, things would be a little better...

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4 posted 04-28-2000 08:11 AM       View Profile for Trevor   Email Trevor   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Trevor

Lovebug and 7,
Aren't you both now stereotyping older generations by saying that they all look at the youth of today the same way? For example:

7:
"People fall into stereotypes so easily."

You are stereotyping everyone by saying that all people fall into the trap of stereotyping very easily. Maybe your statement is actually a good example of this?

Lovebug:
"It's sad that people are still so small-minded in the 21st century. All the shrinks on the news ponder teenage violence, wondering what is wrong with America's youth. Maybe if America's youth wasn't the scapegoat for all of the nation's troubles, things would be a little better..."

Yet is it okay that the nation is the scapegoat for the youth? Which small minded people are you stereotyping, all of us?

You both should be careful about fighting labels with labelling those who you think label...did that make sense ?

Just thought I'd throw my opinion in, hope I didn't offend.
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When I made that statement, I didn't say that older generations always stereotype the youth of America, I was just saying that it's sad that ANYONE should stereotype ANYONE. And the nation is not the scapegoat for the youth... I was just saying that many people are sitting around complaining about what is wrong with the nation's youth, and then they turn around and treat us like crap... and then they wonder...



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6 posted 04-28-2000 02:41 PM       View Profile for 7   Email 7   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for 7

In explanation, saying "People do this..." doesn't necesarily mean all people do, but it can be inferred. I was not thinking that all people do it, but you are correct that people... some people/many people, whatever... have a habit of speaking in general terms when they intend only to speak in specifics. It can come across the wrong way.

No, I don't think all adults are like that. I know a lot of adults who treat teenagers the way they'd treat anyone. But people... a lot of people... naturally make connections between a person and that person's "group." It's something to really watch out for, and thank you for pointing out my own stereotyping speech patterns.

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I dont think it has anything to do with what we are doing wrong, only because it happens to every generation! We all act out in some way shape or form. This just so happens to be our generations outcry!
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8 posted 11-24-2000 02:27 PM       View Profile for Dopey Dope   Email Dopey Dope   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dopey Dope

I think that everybody at some point stereotypes........i have been messed with so much cuz i dress like this punk skater.... plus my age doesn't help. I enter a store and i see through the reflection in the windows the cashier dudes signaling their fellow workers to keep an eye on me.
Hey.........i deal......i hate it but i deal.
So i say.........just deal with it cuz it's not going to change.



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9 posted 11-24-2000 04:58 PM       View Profile for Kevin Rose   Email Kevin Rose   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Kevin Rose

Here's a little thing I did when I was younger, in my rocker days....

I went into a department store to buy a fairly expensive pen when i was in my ripped jeans and leathers (look it was about 1990 OK!) and had a browse, selected my purchase, and then went to have a look in another department.

Anyways I noticed out of the corner of my eye the store security was tracking me, so I concealed the pen in my jacket, making sure he saw me do this, and then went round all the different departments looking at all the expensive small items.  After a good hour walking round (i had time on my hands) I made my way to the exit.  the guy moved closer.  As they cant touch you until you walked out the store, I leaned on the door, deep in tought, then turned round and went and paid for the pen, leaving the security to hover by the door.  After my purchase, and a flirt with the lady on the till, I walked out, giving a nice smile to the guard and saying, in a very well spoken accent "nice shopping with you".... I wish you could see the guy's face!

I know it doesnt help much but it is a great way of getting revenge on the bigoted, because they end up getting in major trouble because they have just followed round some kid instead of getting their job done!!
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10 posted 11-24-2000 11:43 PM       View Profile for LoveBug   Email LoveBug   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LoveBug

I was surprised to see this topic back from the dead, but I've enjoyed reading all of the new thoughts!  

Nice trick, Kevin!  

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