EVERY WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER, I’M RE-POSTING SOME OLD BLOGS I THOUGHT WERE INTERESTING AND WORTH A SECOND LOOK, OR A FIRST GLANCE FOR MY MANY NEW READERS.
Last weekend the Fischer family hit the lakefront for a summer tradition: Festa Italiana. We did take advantage of the offer to get in free with a Sendik’s red bag per person. Heck, we shop there so often we’ve got red bags coming out of our wood work.
On our way out I offered to get the car and pick up my girls at the entrance. While Jennifer and Kyla waited for their special pick-up Jennifer noticed a couple offering some red bags to young folks entering the grounds.
Jennifer had a red bag left she had used to carry a water bottle and wanted to give it to a young woman so she could enter free. The woman (a millennial I have to say) grabbed the red bag and started walking to the entrance without a single word.
As the young millennial female walked away with her back to Jennifer my wife responded, “You’re welcome!” (Good for her!)
The woman stopped in her tracks, turned around slowly, and sheepishly, but with no sincerity said quietly, “Thank you.”
Jennifer wasn’t pleased. Had I been there I might have been tempted to grab the red bag back.
Millennials seem to hate the stereotypes about them that permeate society, but they are guilty of reinforcing those public beliefs.
This week on the MarketWatch website, this was submitted:
I mailed my 21-year-old nephew a birthday card and check for $50. He received the card before his birthday, opened it and cashed the check with no acknowledgment of receipt. I know this because the check cleared the bank two days before his birthday. I’m not so old fashioned or naive to expect a handwritten thank you but he can’t even send a text? Is it unreasonable to expect acknowledgment before running to the bank? Where have all the manners gone?
What I’ve described is all happening late July 2016.
As a society, we’ve become uncouth. No manners. But this didn’t happen overnight. This has festered for decades.
Our summer rerun features lots of links and material to consider. This major societal problem was bad a long time ago, and it hasn’t gotten any better. It’s worse.
Look yourself in the mirror. Is this you?
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