Teach Your Children Well…People Are Mean

There are some basic things parents need to tell their kids before shoving them off to play in the real world. One of those basic things is (not the birds and bees talk for all of you who have let your mind wander to the gutter) how rude people will be when you work in any job that provides a service to others. People are real assholes. No one prepares you for this. You are failing the children of America, parents. We wander into the world, land entry-level jobs, and expect people will respect us because we are helping them in some way shape or form. We do not expect that people will be rude, demanding, and down right mean over things as menial as a plate of food or a sweater or some paper work that has been filed. No one tells you that people will take out their bad days, lost spousal arguments, feelings of inadequacy, anger, frustration, sadness, and whatever else they bring to the table at the given moment on unsuspecting you.

On the flip side of this, parents…you get big fat F minuses for not teaching your children to treat others with respect. And when I say others I mean EVERYONE. Not those in the same socioeconomic bracket, not those with the same skin color, not those with the same political or religious persuasions…EVERYONE. You do realize that those lovely people serving you coffee or bring food to your table have the very real, often taken, trust me I worked in multiple restaurants, option of spitting in your food or in your coffee cup or of placing food that accidentally fell on the floor right back on that plate or using a cup that fell on the floor rather than selecting a fresh one. Something else to consider, especially in this economic climate, those people may in fact be far more educated than you and may have at one time made far more money than you. Just something to bear in mind. Those people ringing up your purchases, answering your phone calls, sweeping the floors you walk across, and scrubbing those toilets you sit on (or hover over) they work just as hard, if not harder, than everyone else in the working world. They have crappy days and fights with their spouses and bosses and don’t get a seat on their too long commute some mornings, just like you. The big difference…if they yell at you they get fired. Pretty unfair, right?

So parents, prepare your kids for the unfairness of life. Make sure they know better than be take their shit out on others, especially those that are trying to make sure they get a cup of coffee to start their days, answer their phones and file their papers so they can be productive at work, serve them food at lunch so they don’t starve, ring up their purchases so they can be clothed, etc. And don’t forget to tell your kids that most people will fail to pass on this important lesson so they should expect to have some horrible experiences at work, which they have in no way, shape, or form caused. It’s sad but true…so do your duty and teach your children well.

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About djunapassman

I teach yoga, write, and edit. I live in a Brooklyn neighborhood that is changing faster than I can, or care to, keep up with. Manhattan still beckons me to her island a few subways stops away, reminding me of when I lived amongst her daily hustle and bustle.
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