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When I was yer age . . .

Posted 10 March 2003, 10.14 pm by Alexa

A little while ago, I went into the local record store to return a CD. Not even opened. Tight and secure in it's clear wrapping. I talk to the man at the counter who has yellowish sweat stains that are more than apparent, on his 'Styx' tee shirt that is 3 sizes to small for his round body. I tell him that I need to return the CD. He asks what’s wrong and I tell him I got it as a gift but I already had it. He looks me up and down and says "Well, since you don't have the receipt, I bet you probably just burned it and wrapped it up again. You most likely didn't even get it from this store.". He reeks of onions and cheap cologne. Even though the CD still has the label from the store on it, the plump little man doesn't seem to care. So, one week later, I bring daddy in with me. No problem. Dad's a big man with a beard and slightly intimidating features.
I'm still debating if he didn't listen to me because I am a teenager, or because I am a woman. Maybe it's a little bit of both.

And sometimes I'll get a response to something I said like 'Yeah, when I was your age, I was shallow too'. Sometimes I wish I never said I was 16. I bet most people would treat us differently if they didn't know our ages. In all honesty, would you REALLY lecture me on how superficial I am if I was three or four years older than you? Granted, most of you do have more experience, but in the whole grand scheme of things, twenty isn't that old. Don't get me wrong, I take the advice most times, but sometimes you make me feel so . . . little.

When you were 'my age' and your parents warned you about something or someone, did you listen? Probably not. Most people who are 'my age' think that there parents are idiots. (Sometimes they are right, but that’s besides the point). The point is, would you really talk down to me if you thought I was 40? Better yet, would you talk down to me if you thought I was a 40 year old man? I don't think you would.

Because as much as we swear we don't stereotype and we aren't biased, we all are.

The_Roach
on 11 March 2003, 5.10 pm
Well, I've often thought of the internet as the last bastion of mindless patronization left. It's the place we can all go to, no matter what our age, and feel like we're being talked down to.

Hell, look at some of the users at this site. While the vast majority is under the age of twenty, we have people in their thirties, at least one in their fifties. And guess what? I talk down to all of them. You've been a very self-centered little person. I was just like that when I was your age. Nothing's changed, and I'm perfectly happy with that, so I wouldn't worry. You don't need my respect or the respect of anybody else, only your own.

Your "elders" aren't necessarily going to be the people who are older than you. I've learned plenty of shit about life from those many years my minor. In fact, I think there's a lot to be said for the wisdom of children, since they cut the bullshit by not knowing what bullshit is.

Now, there's no excuse for poor customer service. My advice would be to break that smarmy record store clerk's kneecaps.


Alexa
on 11 March 2003, 5.44 pm
Roach, did I ever tell you, you're my hero?


The_Roach
on 11 March 2003, 5.52 pm
Yes, yes. I know.


Aqua
on 11 March 2003, 9.49 pm
I can't help but agree with you Alexa. I walk into a shop sometimes and it just seems like they're watching me, waiting for me to steal something or whatever. Granted, I suppose being dressed in mostly black doesn't help my case.. but yeah, I think we are all stereotypical in some way, shape, or form despite what we say.


Kateifer
on 12 March 2003, 12.16 am
No matter how "open-minded" we try to be, we always must judge people by some standard or another. I've yet to find a person who can look at people without getting an initial impression of them. Said impression is, in a way, a judgement. People expect other people who look or sound a certain way, to act a certain way. Can anyone deny that they do this?


Spooky
on 12 March 2003, 11.25 pm
"In all honesty, would you REALLY lecture me on how superficial I am if I was three or four years older than you?"

No, because if you were still shallow and superficial by 24, you're pretty much gone anyway.


Alexa
on 12 March 2003, 11.45 pm
Good point. (adds tally to Spooky's score)

Damn.


Desiree
on 13 March 2003, 8.27 pm
....

It might be a little rude to say this here...

However, it kinda bothers me that you adopted my failed return story...


Alexander
on 14 March 2003, 7.20 am
FIGHT!


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