Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Prude or Rude? You Decide
I went to a festival in a small town with my sister and my two nieces last weekend. I'm pretty sure the entire population of this town was in attendance because it was very crowded. The festival essentially took place in one city block: at a park and across the street from the park. There were multiple food booths, community centered booths and fun things for kids to do. When we arrived it was lunch time and I had my mind made up that I wanted a tri-tip sandwich but we needed to find some food for the girls so we stumbled across a little deli where my sister could get grilled cheese sandwiches for the kids and a deli sandwich for herself. Because of the small town + huge crowds, there were not many places to sit and eat. Luckily, there was a picnic bench sitting outside of the deli so we made ourselves comfortable while my sister waited for the food. There were two young men sitting at the table when we got there. They were in the mid to late 20's. They were also eating lunch. I couldn't help but hear their conversation and I was a bit shocked (and annoyed, to be honest) at the words they chose to use. Lots of F-words. Lots of Sh-words. Lots of other curse words. They weren't saying these words under their breath or quietly. I was uncomfortable but we didn't really have an option to move to another table. There were no other places to eat. I was a little intimidated by them so I failed to make eye contact in order to express my disgust at their language. I just tried to keep my nieces occupied on something else and their ears diverted from the conversation going on. Maybe I'm a prude but I just don't understand the complete lack of consideration for other people. There were CHILDREN sitting within an ear shot of these guys. Isn't it just good social manners to recognize that perhaps spewing out the F-word isn't good manners in front of kids....or anyone?? You couldn't have a conversation about cars without using offensive words? When I hear middle and high school students rattling off horrid words, I roll my eyes. They are immature and probably don't realize how stupid they actually sound. But guys in their mid-20's? They really don't know that speaking that way, out in the open in public, is just rude and offensive? Especially when two small kids are sitting within an arms length from you? If they would have been younger, say in their teens, I might have said something to them. Maybe. Am I a complete prude? Do you find it shocking when people use foul language in public? Do you have examples of this happening?
Lovingly posted by Michelle MGD at 7:00 AM