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Lost Respect "by Amy DePrisco"
1)Respect is a word often used concerning attitudes toward adults. I have been raised always to be polite and considerate of my elders. I believe strongly in this idea and would never display any type of disrespect anyway. But frequently I wonder why it is that I as typical teenager, or, as some say, a young adult, have rarely been shown that same respect from those same adults.
2) A good example occurred recently when a few friends and I went to the mall. One of my friends purchased a compact disc at each of two record stores. As he was leaving the second store, the alarm went off, and two employees rushed at him. One, a woman, grabbed his packages, the disc that he had bought at the first store fell to the floor and cracked. She threw it back into the bag.
3) Meanwhile, the other employee found that the cashier had never cleared the alarm device on the second disc. That's why alarm had sounded.
4) There was no apology. The woman clerk kicked out my friend and me, and when my friend returned to tell her that she has broken his disc from the first store, she denied it and threatened to call security.
5) Now- do you think that if we had been 20 years older, we would have been subjected to the same disrespect and hostility? I seriously doubt it. We were stereotyped under the label "teenagers". And how do you think most adults react to the word? With thoughts of rude and disrespectful kids? i think that is exactly how they define us.
6) The whole incident was totally the store's fault, yet my friend was the one who was accused and threatened. He was an innocent customer who was purchasing that store's items- keeping the store in business, paying employees' salaries- and he was threated like a thief.
7) What those employees forget is thet teenagers are major costumers when it comes to businesses like record stores. According to The New York Times, young people between the ages of 11 and 17 spend an average of $63 a month on items like records, cassettes, compact discs, clothing, jewerly, an other "luxuries" that many adults find trivial.
8) I cannot tell you how many times I have been in a grocery store or a clothing store or a drug-store and thanked the cashier and in return have received a dirty look or a nasty comment about being a smart-mounthed kid. Sometimes the clerks mumble something that sounds like "You're welcome," although not really. But the middle-aged woman in front of me is asked how she is and is told to have a nice day.
9) At Christmas in the post office, the clerk offered the elderly man in front of me a choise of stamps with Christmas trees or with the Three Wise Men. When it was my turn, he threw me a sheet of Wise Men and grunted at my thanks.
10) One night, while I and a very sober group of friends were leaving a local convenience store, a police officer walked up and sneeringly told us not to get smashed. Ha, Ha! Big joke!
11) When I work as a cashier in my father's store in the summer, customers watch me constantly, waiting for me to count their change incorrectly.
12) I find these situations so deeply insuting because I was raised ina good home and am a responsible person. I was brought up with strong morals and values, and when adults assume differently, I feel degraded.
13) I try to give adults the benefit of the doubt. For all I know, I could be, thanking murderes at the supermarkets and holding doors open for child abusers. But I am as polite to them as I would be to my own parents. I think that we should be treated with the same respect that we offer. And though not all of us offer respect to our elders, the ones who do deserve a lot more that they get.