Older People

@winterose (39931)
Canada
September 5, 2012 11:39pm CST
When the cable man came my son went down to the room with the cable man and the janitor. One of the tenants just saw him I guess. She yelled at him and said hey what are you doing there get away from there. My son has a quick temper and he told her it was his business. The janitor told him she did have a right to ask as a tenant of the building My son said she didn't have a right to talk to him like that. When she saw me she asked if he was my nephew I said no he is my son. She says well he is awfully rude. My son said he talks to people they way they talk to him elderly or not. We were taught to respect the elderly but what would you do when the elderly disrespect you?
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@celticeagle (114423)
• Boise, Idaho
6 Sep 12
I usually react to people the same way they react to me. I was also taught to respect my elders but not when they are rude to me. I can't stand rude, and uncivilized older folks. They seem to feel they can get away with acting idiotic and get away with it because they are older. POSH!
@winterose (39931)
• Canada
8 Sep 12
that is exactly how my son feels
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@celticeagle (114423)
• Boise, Idaho
10 Sep 12
Well, I agree with him. He seems like a wise fellow.
@sid556 (31018)
• United States
7 Sep 12
Well, I don't have a quick temper and so I would probably just respond to her kindly regardless of her age and just explain to her what I was there for to set her mind at ease. I try not to be a jerk just because someone else is...all that does is put two jerks into the mix. My brother on the other hand would have reacted much like your son did. He has no tolerance for someone talking rude to him and age is not a factor. So to answer your question, I would not have been polite to her simply because she was elderly. I also would not feel the need to be rude in kind. I can totally disrespect someone without acting rude or disrespectful myself.
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@winterose (39931)
• Canada
8 Sep 12
she was no older than me, I spoke to her nicely because she spoke to me that way I really don't know how I would have reacted if she started in on me.
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@deebomb (15347)
• United States
6 Sep 12
Hello winterose. I think that older people are often misunderstood. Some times they can be hard of hearing. It is hard to be sweet when it is painful o move and ou can't do the things you used to do so easily. The lady in your building may think she is looking out for the building as I understand you have just moved into it. She is not familiar with your son so she is doing the natural thing. Some times older people will come over as being rude when t hey don't mean to.
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@winterose (39931)
• Canada
8 Sep 12
I am an older person, there is no need to be rude to people so my son answered her back exactly the same way. She is not hard of hearing she spoke to me and heard me just fine.
• India
6 Sep 12
Hi friend, we must give importance and respect to the elders, since they are experienced persons. Always i follow the words of elders
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@winterose (39931)
• Canada
8 Sep 12
they should respect in return, my son does not tolerate anyone talking to him in that fashion, he will answer back the same way they talk to him.
@lynboobsy11 (11347)
• Philippines
6 Sep 12
I just ignore older people who acted like that. I just thought they are older than me that's why they acted like that. Im just polite to elders because one day I know I will be an old lady too. And when it happens I don't know if I will act the same way because of my age. Older people sometimes can't hold their temper that long.
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@winterose (39931)
• Canada
8 Sep 12
my son will not tolerate that though
@ElicBxn (60053)
• United States
6 Sep 12
well, since I guess I'm sort of elderly now, being closer to 60 than 50, but when I was younger, I would be polite but try to ignore them... If I had been in that position, I'd've just told her that I was helping my mother.
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@winterose (39931)
• Canada
8 Sep 12
my son is not that kind of character he doesn't accept people talking to him in that fashion.
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• United States
6 Sep 12
A tough situation when this happens. But two wrongs don't make it right.
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@winterose (39931)
• Canada
8 Sep 12
true but my son is not the character to accept it.
• United States
6 Sep 12
With this lady I would hve just kept on walking and let her talk all she wanted. in most situations when the elderly are acting up. I will ignore them. for some reason I can't get into wars with older people. I wish this was something my daughter could do. but,no matter who you are if you step on her toes she will flip out on you. she will curse you till the bitter end. I do hope it all went well and your watching cable. I thought i could go months without it. I would have if the antenas would work inside the house. I hope your doing well in your new home.. take care.
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@winterose (39931)
• Canada
8 Sep 12
It has just been a week today that we moved so we still have to fix the place up. I won't have curtains for awhile yet. I love the bay windows and window in the kitchen/living room. My son would not fight with her just let her know he felt it was none of her business.