Slappin' Some Sense Into 'Em

I am sick of rude people.

Whether self-centered and inconsiderate airheads, or blatantly abusive bullies, they all need a wake up call. Something needs to be done to stem the rising tide of socially unacceptable behavior.

It's time we people who were "brought up right" stopped looking aghast and feeling powerless.

The following is my "Modest Proposal".

Civilization Lacks Civility

These days, a common complaint voiced more and more often is that people are becoming increasingly RUDE.

Whether it is someone cutting in line at the movies, a kid flashing a middle digit from the back of the school bus or a blue-haired granny brazenly cutting us off in traffic we all can bear witness to the absence of manners demonstrated daily by legions of cretins posing as people.

Where once the sources of uncivilized and uncouth behavior were the troglodytes and lowlifes lurking on the fringes, it has become apparent that the fraying of the fabric of polite discourse and considerate behavior has spread like an epidemic to all segments of society.

Anthropology pundits have predicted that the proliferation of computers and widespread internet access will result in less person to person contact and interaction. Maybe, but determined delinquents have embraced electronic gizmos and gadgets and turned them into just another method of targeting those to be taunted and of delivering video vitriol. From cyber-bullies to young perverts looking up girl's skirts with cellphones, the tools may have changed, but not the reprehensible results.

The trait once known as Common Courtesy has become far from common...rare in fact.

Respect has become just the title of an Aretha Franklin song.

Why is this?

After years of observation and analysis I have distilled the data and arrived at a Eureka Moment.

These people are A**holes.

And the reason they act as they do is because there are no consequences for their boorish behavior.

There are myriad contributing factors:

Poor parenting plants the seeds of disrespect and encourages the little sprouts to reject parental authority, to ignore vague or flexible rules of behavior and to threaten accusations of child abuse if held to any reasonable standard of comportment. Manners are merely suggestions and are dismissed as archaic. Consequences for self-centered envelope stretchers are minimal or nonexistent.

Next the educational system reinforces the "free to be me" ("so screw you") message, teaching that there are no losers, no failures, no drones in the hive, just queens. Every little darling is exempt from criticism, censure or punishment. Each delicate ego is allowed to blossom unhindered by pesky conventions such as respect for one's elders or consideration for others. And again, even if an attempt is made to imbue these semi-malleable lumps with a modicum of manners or a set of rudimentary rules of acceptable behavior, the rejection of these expectations carries no consequences. There is no corporal punishment, and the alternatives are mere inconveniences and ineffective.

The Piss Ants Are Protected While The Lions Suffer Their Stings.

What incentive is there for an inconsiderate miscreant to be polite or courteous when being rude and abusive carries no consequences?

Again and again, in our lawyer infested litigious society, we are hindered and hamstrung by laws that allow the rude, crude and obnoxious to flaunt their disregard for the rights and feelings of others.

Both perpetrator and victim know that present day laws prevent demanding an apology, seeking satisfaction or exacting retribution. The person who is wronged has little recourse but to quietly accept the unfairness of the situation while the offender smugly skates.

Justice? The system has rendered impotent those who have been wronged. If you confront a blatantly discourteous cretin and simply explain the possible consequences of their actions YOU can be subject to charges such as "Verbal Assault". And the victim is victimized again.

When people are not held accountable for their mistreatment of those with no ability to defend themselves they become BULLIES. And bullies must be faced and dealt with.

Is there a remedy?

Well I didn't risk carpal tunnel syndrome typing this treatise for nothing!

Hell yeah!

"National Slap An A**hole Day"

That's right. You heard me.

I propose that we as a Nation pass legislation designed to restore Civility to society.

The concept is simple: On designated days people will be held accountable for their behavior.

The days could be called "Suffer The Consequences Day" or "Pay Your Dues Day" or "Meet Your Comeupance Day" or even "Would You Like Your Just Deserts With That? Day".

But "National Slap An A**hole Day" says it best.

How It Will Work.

On every "Slap An A**hole Day" there will be a national moratorium on the prosecution of MINOR incidents of simple assault that occur on that designated day.

People who have been determined to have committed rude, impolite or inconsiderate behavior will be confronted by those whom they have offended. A typical confrontation will consist of a description of the offensive incident, the relating of the resultant discomfort caused and an appropriate consequence delivered by the victim to the offender.

Such consequences will range from an artfully applied guilt trip, to a stern dressing down, up to and including a stinging slap to the back of the head or face of the offending party.

Only one slap will be allowed from each seeker of retribution. And the recipient will be required to "take their medicine" with no physical pay back allowed until the next designated "Slap An A**hole Day".

A sincere apology offered by the offender and accepted by the victim will be considered a welcome and sufficient consequence.

To discourage excesses or cheating all confrontations will be public, witnessed and recorded (probably by friends of the victim because real a**holes have no friends).

The first "Slap An A**hole Day" will be announced far ahead of the date set in order to encourage introspection and improved behavior, and to minimize the number of cases of "tennis elbow" that may result.

Rather than observing "Slap An A**hole Day" once a year, there will be a graduated schedule meant to maximize the effects. And soon the occasion will be referred to as "SAA Day".

The premier "SAA Day" should be an historic event. It will be followed by a two week interim to allow reflection, (and perhaps healing), and then a second "SAA Day" for those with short memories and no remorse. Then, for the stubborn and those in denial, one "SAA Day" a month for three months. My prescription would include, "and repeat as needed".

The hope is that eventually, "Slap An A**hole Day" will be just once a year, as a reminder and a deterrent for those who still need it.

Why It Will Work.

So many reasons, on so many levels:

There are few of us who haven't done something at sometime that could earn us the appellation "A**HOLE". We each have someone who can point to an incident in which we bruised an ego, acted inconsiderately or carried on like a major putz.

No one will be immune on the first "Slap An Asshole Day". And the unsettling anticipation of a potential public confrontation will force everyone to reflect upon his or her behavior towards others.

The shared universality of both the situation and the punishment will promote understanding, encourage apologies and contribute to less severe retributions.

The criteria that the confrontations be public will serve multiple purposes:

  1. Witnesses will help to assure that procedures are followed, slaps are openhanded and unlawful retaliations are rare and recorded
  2. Being confronted in public will increase the humbling effects of the confrontations and serve to announce the offenders' previous offenses and their present degree of contrition.
  3. Stipulating that the confrontations must be public gives those who recognize their guilt the option of calling in sick, staying home and not answering the door...a cowards way out, but acceptable. Conspicuous by their absences, these admitted A**holes will bear their self inflicted label when they crawl out from their holes the day after "Slap An A**hole Day". And they will have to choose to change their ways or make themselves scarce on the next "SAA Day". How many sick days will unrepentant A**holes be willing to burn?

Some people won't be confronted all day, while others may encounter multiple moments.

There was a supervisor where I used to work who everyone agreed would have a line of anxious "confronters" stretching down the aisle and into the parking lot if he came to work on "Slap An A**hole Day". And he would wear his reddened cheek like a scarlet letter for days to come.

How long before the revelation, when even the most die hard A**holes see the error of their ways, and climb down from the dung heap and join CIVIL-ization?

Upon reflection, I suppose that this solution has some basis in the old adage "Spare the rod, spoil the child".

I simply contend that "Consequences are the Key".

The beauty of "Slap An A**hole Day" is that whether A**holes present themselves to be confronted, or they remove themselves from public, for that one day the rest of us win.



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carolina muscle profile image

carolina muscle 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

aaahhh hahhaaaa.... finally- a solution !!!!!!!

Nice work. I'm in.


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Christopher Price 6 years ago from Vermont, USA Author

Somehow Chris I could have predicted your boarding this bus. Thanks for your support.

Notice I used your punk with a cellphone confrontation!

So now there's you and me and a bunch of guys I've talked to here abouts...How long do ya' think it'll take to go viral and reach the Senate floor?

Glad you were the first to comment.

CP


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Robwrite 6 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

I'm sick of rude people too, and I'm eager to slap these idiot guys. But what do I do about the rude women and children?


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saddlerider1 6 years ago

Great Hub Chris and spot on about RUDE people. We find them everywhere we go. On a bus,supermarket, airports, government offices especially, they get MY FIRST slap for sure. I always maintain if you hate your job, don't take it out on the taxpayer who pays your salary. Quit the dam job and go scrub toilet bowls and find out how fast you soon will LOVE the job you were belly aching about and LEFT.

Let's have a SLAP your favorite WHINER day. I would sign up for sure. LOLLL love this hub. Peace my friend, now don't get to SLAP HAPPY...may get you arrested.


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Christopher Price 6 years ago from Vermont, USA Author

Rob,

We are an equal opportunity employer of "Constructive Confrontation".

It is the immunity from consequences that has allowed occasional offenders to develop into Major A**holes.

As I stated, the promise of "Justice for All" on "Slap An A**hole Day" is the key to its success.

I suggest we allow for "SURROGATE SLAPPERS".

If your strict moral code doesn't allow you to fully physically participate on "SAA Day" you can be accompanied by a woman and child of your choice to act on your behalf.

And if your Grandmother can reduce a grown man to tears with a "Stern Talking To" charge up the "Little Rascal" and bring her along too.

That should be a crowd pleaser.

CP


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Christopher Price 6 years ago from Vermont, USA Author

Ken, I nearly titled this hub "Slap Happy".

After 8 years of restraint while bartending I think I can wait a little longer, until "National Slap An A**hole Day" is official.

I suggest you begin promoting the same type of observance in Canada. My vision is to eventually make this an International movement. Rude people are everywhere.

Imagine the sound of millions of palms-to-face, connecting just as the hour turned, WORLDWIDE!

Ah, the Slap Heard 'Round The World!

Big...this could be BIG!!!

LOL

CP


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS

Oh dear. Shall we "out-rude" 'em?


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Christopher Price 6 years ago from Vermont, USA Author

Nellieanna,

Surely you are familiar with "A Modest Proposal" written by Jonathan Swift. It suggested that the solution to the Irish Famine was for the Irish to sell their children to the Wealthy English to be used as food.

Sometimes the patently absurd thinly disguised as twisted logic can be a catalyst for more serious debate.

The best satire is reality based after all.

So, you're ready to sign up right?

Tell you what, you can use kid gloves!

Hugs.

CP


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS

Indeed, Christopher, I've heard of "A Modest Proposal", which seems to me a sort of after-the-fact practice of eugenics. Swift was current with his mastery of satire and ahead of science with his proposal.

Is this the type of serious debate the catalyst was intended to stir?

Oh - Too bad all my kid gloves have become dry and cracked from disuse and the passage of time while awaiting such an honorable chance to serve! ;->


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Christopher Price 6 years ago from Vermont, USA Author

Nellieana,

I imagine you could leave the gloves at home and deal with malefactors by "fixing" them with a withering stare.

Too bad it doesn't work on squirrels!

CP


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christopheranton 6 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

Christopher. This seems like a brilliant idea, but by the time I got through slapping myself, most of the day would be over.


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Freya Cesare 6 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

Chris, I stop for a while at surprise and giggle when you wrote the reason people became rude is, "These people are A**holes." I remember once, my beloved one told me in anger because he meet several rude people, about the meaning of A**holes. It called as A**holes simply because people who deserve that nickname have fake b*tt which not useful at all because it is had no hole in it, and their Sh*t have no way out than the only hole left, the mouth. That is why words and sh*t came out together as cr*p!" I never heard better explanation than that! LOL

This is really good idea indeed, but I guess, if the bully and the rude people are too big or too scary to be face, it will be possible that nobody dare to take a chance on that day and slap them. And there is a possibility of revenge by the bully and the rude on another day too. it will be frightening for the victims, really.


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Christopher Price 6 years ago from Vermont, USA Author

christopheranton,

Personally I sometimes need to slap myself just to get started in the morning.

Often times I have to give myself a stern talking to as well.

CP


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS

Freya you've pretty well outlined how wars and feuds get started! One mean turn deserves another and that one deserves yet another and it must escalate as each side tries to "win". No one really wins. One side has temporary parades of victory ant the other sulks and bides its time for revenge once more. So it's been since time immemorial and we are ever faced with accumulations of the centuries in many places all over the planet, even as new issues and disputes are set into motion to add to the pile.

Ancient wrongs remain unrighted as the quarrelers continue even having forgotten what the original quarrels were about. When the original instigators failed to "sit down and reason together", knowing what it was that needed resolving, it's hardly a surprise that as it grew and moved along, there was little impetus to do so, especially when no one recalled what it was! But it still seemed imperative to "save face" and so the battles continue.

A few folks came along over the centuries who "got it" but if & when they tried to intercede and turn the tide, the fury shifted to them and they were crucified or burned at stake or beheaded - anything to keep them from reminding people how far adrift the issues had become and how little reason or sense was involved.

But on any day and anywhere, anyone can do at least his or her own part by refraining from jumping on the bandwagon and joining the fray! It might even help patch it up a little. At least it doesn't add to it.

Major wars usually start over fairly minor things that grow disproportionately in the tolls they take.


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Christopher Price 6 years ago from Vermont, USA Author

Ladies,

Your concerns are noted and valid, and not unexpected.

I have stated repeatedly that I was raised by my mother to be the Good Knight, riding in on the white horse to defend the weak and protect the innocent. I also was told that, if someone should smite you, turn the other cheek. Oh yes, and the meek shall inherit the earth. And I could go on.

My mother died when I was 11 years old and I have struggled to maintain her standards of behavior ever since. Though she would have preferred I become a priest rather than work 8 years as a bartender, during those 8 years I NEVER hit anyone while confronting belligerent brawlers, spittle spewing sociopaths, and randomly enraged rabble.

I adopted a philosophy I sum up as:

Amuse 'em

Confuse 'em

Defuse 'em

And lose 'em.

Simply put, this meant I would draw focus from all other targets to myself, engage the problem causer's full attention, talk them down and send them on their way.

Damn dangerous work. I regularly put myself in harms way to protect innocent patrons and to protect the troublemakers from themselves.

I was the "COOLER".

I had men and women of every size, shape, color and variety get in my face and threaten me, goad me and take swings at me.

I had plenty of provocation and every reason to deal with these threats by dropping them where they stood.

I restrained myself, saved them from themselves and retired from bartending with a spotless record and a clear conscience.

So ladies, when you deplore violence here, you are preaching to the choir-MASTER.

This hub was apparently convincing enough to cause you to compose dire warnings as to the moral and physical dangers inherent in standing up to and resisting rude behavior and bullies.

Relax.

CONFRONTATION is the key.

Nothing will change, nothing will improve if we meekly look askance at deplorable behavior and do nothing.

Letting the child next door pour lighter fluid on the cat and set it on fire says little for one's restraint.

Bad behavior should be recognized for what it is and confronted.

My hub suggests an admittedly far fetched solution to the proliferation of rude and unacceptable behavior, but it also offers lesser degrees of confrontation, mediation and illumination...because, if the light is focused on the errors of their ways people can choose to change.

Slap An A**hole Day will just offer further incentive.

Feel free to sign the petition when it comes around.

CP


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

I think my favorite line in this piece is "These people are A**holes." LOL! Oh, and when you start putting this together, please include a "Shove A Skateboard Up Yours Day"....there are some really dumb-clucks pushing those things around. I'd like to see employed as a rectal thermometer with wheels in place. That is about the dumbest device ever created with possibly the exception of lawn darts. Thanks for a good write, Chris! WB


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Christopher Price 6 years ago from Vermont, USA Author

Thanks Wayne.

After all the psychoanalyzing and excuse making, "It is what it is", and they are who they are.

My diplomatic skills wane the older I get.

I smile like a Cheshire cat when I think of a time where, for just one day, the streets, the workplaces and the malls are populated by gentle mannerly people greeting one another politely, secure in the knowledge that the majority of the unrepentant rude wrongdoers are waiting out the day at home behind locked doors and shuttered windows.

Oh for the sight of small crowds gathered and the satisfying sound of a sweet sharp slap!

CP


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MartieCoetser 6 years ago from South Africa

Well, you said it all! Straight forward. At the beginning I was ready to tell you why people are becoming increasingly rude. But then I read all my thoughts in your hub.... “Anthropology pundits have predicted....”

People really don’t need each other as they needed each other before TV and all other electronic communication mediums. TV – movies and soap stories – social sites in cyberspace, like HubPages, fulfill our psychological needs, inter alia to compare ourselves with others in order to evaluate ourselves and our ‘position’ in society. Direct contact is no longer essential – as a matter of fact ‘real’ people irritate us – they waste our time, they break our speed – for in real life we – most of us – are WORKERS, living computers doing a specific job. In our development we have created a lot of work for ourselves. Our days are too short – no time to be nice, only when really necessary. And by the time we are rested and ready to be simply human, chatting and interacting socially with others – including our loved-ones - it is midnight!

Since this became clear to me, I spare no efforts to be kind and nice – with great results. But unfortunately dealing with people who don’t perform their financial obligations is part of my job, and they always jump to rudeness instead of admitting their failures.

I love your idea of “... a stern dressing down... including a stinging slap to the back of the head or face...” If this was allowed, I would have been the queen of all slappers. I also like your style of writing/ranting.

Thanks for an enjoyable reed and giving me the opportunity to share my thoughts with you.


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Christopher Price 6 years ago from Vermont, USA Author

Martie,

I was beginning to think this hub had completely polarized those that read it...men toasting to the concept, women decrying the methods of my madness.

Thank you so much for "getting it".

I think one of the truest statements in my rant has to do with the fact that, at some time or another, to some degree we have all been guilty...of being too brusque, not taking someone's feelings into account, blurting out a rude remark. To be faced with our own failings, either through introspection or accusation, is the first step in changing what is into what can be.

Controlled confrontations...just being forced to look in the mirror.

But, with some people, you need to get their attention first.

Slap An A**hole Day can be that wake up call.

Do you think South Africa is ready for this?

CP


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MartieCoetser 6 years ago from South Africa

What will, perhaps, work in SA, is the creation of a space in all newspapers and magazines – “The rude and ill-mannered amongst us.” A space for stating facts and names, and a space for a comment by a fundi in human behavior. Then, of course, some kind of a fine payable by those who conducted themselves as sheer hooligans.


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Christopher Price 6 years ago from Vermont, USA Author

When I see the things some people will do to realize their "15 minutes of fame", like embarrassing themselves before millions on television "reality shows", it shakes my faith that we can so easily shame them into civility.

Inclusion on a list of malefactors may become a sought after badge of dis-honor.

I think I'll continue to promote Slap An A**hole Day.

Peace,

CP


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MartieCoetser 6 years ago from South Africa

Of course you are right! I completely forgot about those ‘some people’. As a matter of fact most of them also tend to be rude. So there, your ‘Slap’em’ idea is still the best solution :))


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rachellrobinson 6 years ago from Southwest Missouri

I work in child care, I watched this little boy who had zero manners for a few months. He was the worst most obnixous little boy I had ever come across then one morning his Mom showed up with a box of Choco-Crisp or whatever kind of cereal, I thanked her but told her the other Parents preferred that their kids didn't eat that stuff, her response "Well it would be alright if your food wasn't so nasty." I seriously almost slaped her. The thing is, if my food is really that bad, the way I was raised you didn't go into someone's home and say, "Hey your food sucks." You ate it with a smile on your face and if asked did you want more, told them no thanks I am full...

That being said I fully support "Slap an A**Day", sign me up


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Christopher Price 6 years ago from Vermont, USA Author

Oh, Rachell,

I'm sitting here laughing at your enthusiasm!

Gee, I wonder where her little darling got his attitude?

Your support has been noted and the petition will be coming around soon.

Just try to restrain yourself until we can make this official.

Spread the word and keep the faith.

CP


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Petra Vlah 6 years ago from Los Angeles

Referring to America, Oscar Wilde said that “it went from barbarism to decadency, never experimenting civilization”.

I believe that to be true, but it may be a phenomenon not restricted to America alone, but much more common than that. Civility, not only includes, but is the very essence of civilization and unfortunately, that becomes a scars commodity with each passing day.

Old dogs can’t easily learn new tricks and new puppies are not “trained” properly by parents (too busy to be bothered) or by teachers (too restricted by rules and regulations). If education, manners and civility is left to TV reality shows we should not be surprised by the results.


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Christopher Price 6 years ago from Vermont, USA Author

Ah Petra, when you quote Oscar you drive me Wilde.

The present situation is lamentable, the prognosis regrettable, the solution debatable but not untenable.

And, from what I hearing, the incivility is universal.

I note you don't completely reject my modest proposal.

Shall we have the petition mailed or hand delivered?

CP


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

Yo Christopher! What Petra said -“it went from barbarism to decadency, never experimenting civilization”. The Golden Rule is not out of the question. Everything else is. Thank you!


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Christopher Price 6 years ago from Vermont, USA Author

I agree Mickey,

When I need to be confronted and faced with my foibles, I may not welcome the moment, but I hope to accept the constructive components of the situation and try to avoid further transgressions.

You're welcome!

CP


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DREAM ON 6 years ago

When I was growing up if someone said something(rude) out of line.A stern look and a remark like you kiss your mother with that mouth,was enough.The embarrassment was enough.It never got any further.It was nipped in the bud.You never got to rude actions or gestures.You knew that you were Mr. Stupid.No further action needed.You were never too dumb to do it again.Now the world has changed and unfortunately you would have to have their pictures sent to You tube or Face Book before they realize their mistakes.They wouldn't listen and probably won't understand the meaning.It is just over there heads.My mother had a more effective way.If we talked like that.She got an actual bar of soap and if she didn't break any teeth sticking in your mouth.Attempting to wash your mouth out with soap.You learned once and that all it took.Now with liquid soap the lucky A holes get one lucky squirt.Not as good as a slap but still lots of fun.Very creative and direct to the point hub!!Thanks for opening our eyes and maybe more mouths will remain appropiately shut.It all comes down to repect.If you have no respect for yourself how can you have it for others.


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Christopher Price 6 years ago from Vermont, USA Author

Dream On,

Remember Lye Soap...the hard yellow rectangle Grandma used to keep on the shelf in the washroom?

The Ivory Soap was bad enough and got between your teeth like nasty semi-solid albino peanut butter, but the Lye stuff was seriously sinister.

Yeah, that and the yardstick across the butt once in awhile, could make you think twice about mending your behavior.

Consequences were clear and near.

Thank you Mamme.

CP


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De Greek 6 years ago from UK

Such a well written hub by such an obviously intelligent person - and I am sure that it is one written tongue-in-cheek.

I grew up in the UK where we were taught to respect our elders and to demonstrate this respect on an hourly basis. “Yes Sir”, “No Sir” were essential parts of our everyday vocabulary. However, it was also a time when corporal punishment was allowed and in consequence we also had to face the occasional caning. Very painful and demeaning, though I have never come across excessive use of it. However, I have read of teachers who went overboard and it is fortunate that THAT part has been removed.

Now, in the same UK, children are rude and graceless. “Yes Sir” has become “Yes Mate” and I blame the government for this, for having allowed education to backslide to such a horrible extent, when they removed corporal punishment without replacing it with additional learning to fill the void.

Well done on this wonderful article :-)


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Christopher Price 6 years ago from Vermont, USA Author

De Greek,

Admittedly this was written a bit tongue-in-cheek, and with a palm raised to deflect some of the "shame on you" comments I anticipated coming my way.

I wasn't disappointed.

Was it Socrates who feared for the impending ruin of civilization due to the rude and callus youths he saw surrounding him?

If we too are overreacting, at least we are in good company.

CP


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Steele Fields 6 years ago from drexel hill,pa

Chris: Love to read such an articulate and emotionally charged post. I live on the East Coast in Philly and the rudeness factor is at an all time high. I had a woman get out of her car and punch my (thankfully) closed window- twice, with all her might. It does not open to this day. She was apparently incensed at my having the nerve to pull out of my own driveway at 7am during her race up my residential street. Oh, and she was wearing a postal uniform. I can definitely relate to this one.

But I have to comment on your paragraph about education. As a high school teacher, I can assure you that most of us do not subscribe to your very astute perception of the current educational state of affairs. We teachers are simply the puppets. The puppeteers are the parents, their lawyers, the government, etc., who have allowed political correctness and fear of litigation to dictate, and who have taken the competition -and the respect-- out of the classroom. Ultimately, it's the parents and the sense of entitlement they've raised their children to both expect and demand.

Anyway, thanks for the great hub.


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Christopher Price 6 years ago from Vermont, USA Author

Steele Fields,

You're quite correct, teachers now a days are sent in to do battle against ignorance and apathy with their hands tied behind their backs. I hold teachers themselves in high esteem and rant against the system in which they try to do what parents have neglected to begin.

Sorry about your driveway moment, but I have to laugh incredulously upon hearing of another incident of someone "going postal".

Thanks for stopping by.

CP


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maggs224 6 years ago from Sunny Spain

I loved this hub maybe because I hate rudeness. I agree with Steel that political correctness has a lot to answer for. Being born in the 1940's which thankfully was before PC and PC's I was brought up with the knowledge that there was always a consequence to doing something that was considered not right.

Those consequences followed swiftly so that you were in no doubt as to what they were for. This happened both at home and at school.

Even more if the offence happened in school and home got to know of it there would be more consequences dealt out to me by my mother just to reinforce the punishment doled out by the teacher.

If the bad or rude behaviour happened out in the community our neighbours would have no hesitation in telling our parents. Our parents would not tell them to mind their own business as if we behaved badly it was thought that we had made it their business.

There was no way a child would cheek their elders in my neighbourhood and get away it.

I think that it is about time people were held accountable and that there should be consequences.

On holiday a few years back in the USA I think we were in Fort Worth as we left our motel to join the highway we came face to face with a big billboard. This billboard had a photograph of a man, which stated that he had not paid any child support and that he was guilty of hitting his wife. The individual had been named and shamed in his own neighbourhood.

I don't know if this was an official reaction or a private one but I think it would make people think twice in this neighbourhood before doing anything similar.

I have rated you up I loved your style and humour an excellent hub!

You can put a survey on your hub so folks can vote on some of your suggestions Lol...


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Christopher Price 6 years ago from Vermont, USA Author

Maags,

I was born in 1949 and learned early on the importance of good manners and proper behavior...and the consequences for misconduct. I attended a Catholic school.

You may be right, perhaps I should have included a survey, but your thumbs up is good enough for me.

Thanks.

CP


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izettl 6 years ago from The Great Northwest

I wish I wrote this hub! It's great. And, by the way "piss ants" is my word. Great solution too. I thought it was just me getting old, at age 35, and thinking how generations are getting ruder. I was a waitress for over 10 years and I would never treat a customer the way I am treated every other time I go into a place of business. If you don't like a person, you can still treat them with neutral human decency OR slap the A**hole- lol.


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Christopher Price 6 years ago from Vermont, USA Author

izetti,

I worked as a waiter in a resort area one summer and as a bartender hereabouts for 8 years, I suspect that the rudeness of the hired help is proportional to the rudeness they encounter from customers from the minute they begin their shift. Still, one has to let it run off one's back like water off a duck and treat the next customer like nothing has happened. Some people just aren't cut out for the service industry. I did my time and NEVER AGAIN!

Thanks for your enthusiasm.

BTW, 35? You're just a sprout Darlin'

CP


PissAntSlayer 6 years ago

The problem with national slap and as*hole day is that the as*holes will think that the person(s) they are being an as*hole to is the real as*hole. So when national slap an as*hole days comes around they will think they have a right to slap the very person they are being an as*hole to.

Not even considering the fact that they are the real as*hole.

Or another scenario would be that an as*hole will know that they are an as*hole but in true as*hole fashion they will LIE and make out that they are indeed not an as*hole but that the person(s) they are being an as*hole to is actually the real as*hole.

Scenario 3. An as*hole thinks his boss co-worker whatever is an as*hole when really they're not. If anyone's an as*hole it is themselves and their boss etc is not actually doing nothing wrong.

So when national slap an as*hole day comes round. Everyone on earth is just going to turn to the nearest person and slap them. National slap an as*hole day means that everyone will slap and be slapped. Because no one will admit to being an as*hole but (whether they themselves are an as*hole or not) will accuse someone else of being an as*hole.

Best thing to do is let as*holes know that you don't want to have to tolerate their behaviour. If in true as*hole fashion they don't listen and keep on being an as*hole towards you, then the next step is to either keep away from the person or if that's not really going to happen (say it's in the work place) then record (either audio or video or both) said asshole acting like an asshole. Take it further (to their boss) if still nothing gets done find a new job. If it's some hot shot in the street. Then of course it comes down to who is harder than who and or who has the most willingness to teach the other person a lesson.

Unfortunately there will be people out there who get bullied at work by some over grown angry monkey who knows how to fight and has done time for gbh. What you gonna do then ? Personally i couldn't give a shit I'll at least have a go at trying to fuck anyone up if they do my head in enough. But anyway that's all good and tough talking but doesn't help everyone. Especially good natured people who don't like confrontation.

In my opinion the only reason people get away with being assholes is if they're around like minded people. You don't have to bully or be rude to someone to be an as*hole standing by and watching it happen also makes you an as*hole. So if your co worker act's like an as*hole and your boss tells you your insensitive or whatever then they themselves are weak in the head and are as*holes themselves for not doing anything about it.

As*holes are only able to be as*holes when in the company of other as*holes. Given the amount of as*holes that get away with acting like they do in today's society shows that they can only do that because society is made up mostly of ignorant as*holes.

Best bet is to find work and play with people that have morals,manners,dignity,respect (yes very difficult) and all that good stuff. Which given the fact that our society is made up mostly of as*holes is going to be a bit of a quest. Put yourself around more like minded individuals. If you are a good person thinking well i can't find a job that doesn't come with as*holes. Then try and set up your own buisness, even if it means having to work with said as*holes for a year or more in order to save money, or at least until you build up your c.v to find a better job.


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Christopher Price 6 years ago from Vermont, USA Author

Yeah, right. Thanks for your input.


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dianeaugust 6 years ago from Tennessee

Wow. You are quite the essayist as well. This has so many great lines and turns of phrases, I can't list them all. And look at all these wonderful comments. I like how you write. You got it down. Now I'm going to find some A hole to slap. You got me all riled up. :-) DA


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Christopher Price 6 years ago from Vermont, USA Author

Oh Diane,

You have me truly laughing out loud.

Every time I collect a comment on this essay, I scroll down to view it, not knowing if I will find a hurrah or a harangue...yours is high praise indeed.

You shouldn't have to look for long, I encounter them everywhere.

Thanks so much for your comments.

CP


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ACSutliff 6 years ago

Christopher,

I found your comment on Stan Fletcher's Booger post, and I just had to come by and read your stuff. This hub is brilliant, because you have written about a serious problem with a sense of humor. This is one of those problems that will continually get worse and out of hand if we don't do something, and your humorous proposal to stop the cycle will do just what you say: make em start thinking and realize they need to do SOMETHING.

The people who were offended and attacked this hub do not see the humor in your writing. The beauty is that your idea may just be the best solution we have available to us right now. It might not solve the problem, but it will do something to get the ball rolling.

As a teacher, you have struck a cord when you say, "There is no corporal punishment, and the alternatives are mere inconveniences and ineffective." You would not believe the amount of times I have confronted a middle school student in the wrong, only to get an excuse, a shrug of ignorance, or the response that, "well, he was doing it too!" My lecture goes a little like this: "That is not how you speak to me. When I ask for an excuse or an explanation, then you can give it to me. Otherwise, you say YES MA'AM and knock it off." This usually works. Sometimes I have to throw in a "Don't you roll your eyes." or "What would your parents think about this?" But that comes back to what you say about inconveniences and ineffective.

Oftentimes, involving the parents in disciplinary actions makes it worse. The kids speak to their parents with the exact same disrespectful tone they use to speak to their teachers. Bringing the parents in just confuses the kid, because he thinks his parents would be on his side--they let him do that stuff at home! The best option I have is to tell it to them straight and make sure they know that they can't disrespect me. If more teachers did the same thing, we would have more order in the schools, and kids would eventually learn that all adults need to be treated with respect. The reason why this won't happen is because so many teachers are in the same boat that the parents are in. They weren't taught how to teach respect. They don't know how to demand respect. So they don't get respect from kids who haven't learned what respect means.

You can ask the most awful, rude, misbehaving kid what the Golden Rule means, and he can tell you. But "Treat others the way you would like to be treated" doesn't mean anything to kids who have never known respect in the first place.

Oh my, I wrote a lot! Your wonderful ideas have really inspired me! Take care and keep on writing!

~AC


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Christopher Price 6 years ago from Vermont, USA Author

A C,

When I see a comment of this length I brace myself for a severe dressing down and anticipate having to point out the semi-satiric leanings of this essay.

Thank you so much for assuaging my instinctive defense mechanisms.

I have the utmost respect for teachers who can suffer the slings and arrows of daily interaction with today's youths and continue to try to reach those who take a break from eating wall paper paste long enough to hear you at the front of the room.

I am so glad you enjoyed my modest proposal. I invite you to read more of my hubs in hopes you discover I am not a one trick pony.

Welcome.

CP


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ACSutliff 6 years ago

CP,

Thank you for the kind welcome! You describe the experiences of my job so well, though my students have moved on from wall paper paste to huffing glue, and more of them actually listen than I would expect. When does the petition come around?


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Christopher Price 6 years ago from Vermont, USA Author

AC,

Welcome back.

Be sure to tell your friends, this is the rant that never ends. I'll be sure to notify you when the petition is ready.

'Til then spread the word about SAADay. I'm sure your local teacher's association would be supportive.

Thanks.

CP


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ACSutliff 6 years ago

Anytime, though I'm nervous to admit to other teachers that I'd like to slap some a-holes. They might think I'm into corporal punishment. :)


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Christopher Price 6 years ago from Vermont, USA Author

AC, you make it sound so...kinky!

But, what happens in the teacher's lounge, stays in the teacher's lounge...unless you can catch it on your cell phone.

CP


Rick Lenchus 6 years ago

Good job Chris

My problem is if I slapped all the A-Holes I want to my hands would fall off and why waste the energy

Also some say my slap is "Deadly"

Love the article

Sensei


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Christopher Price 6 years ago from Vermont, USA Author

Oos Sensei:

I agree, the biggest problem is where to begin when there are only 24 hours in a day.

It's true, everyone knows your slap is Deadly. When you slap someone they stay slapped!

I'm afraid, like in the Olympics, you've lost your amateur status.

I'm happy you liked the concept.

Oos, CP


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qwark 6 years ago

Hi Chris:

First, thanks for becoming a "follower."

I always read sumthin' a new follower has written.

I've read some of your poetry. Poetry in prose? Naw, but your rhyming poetry? I loved what I read! I can tell that you write about personal life experience. You write it like you've lived it and feel it! Great stuff

This Hub? "Slap'n-ahole-a-day!" I'm sittin' here readin' it and sayin': yes,yes, yes!

I love the concept and the writing was terrific!

I've read few good "hubs," this is one of them.

Congrats!

Qwark


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qwark 6 years ago

PS.

I've written a long rhyming poem: "Entropic Fallibility."

The rules say I can't ask ya to read it, but..............:-)


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Christopher Price 6 years ago from Vermont, USA Author

quark;

Thanks for your vote of approval.

I have a feeling I'll be stumbling across "Entropic Fallibility" some time soon.

CP


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Dolores Monet 5 years ago from East Coast, United States

I find that if someone is being extremely mean or rude, you can really rile them up by becoming soft spoken and gentle. The worse they get, the nicer you get. They just don't understand that behavior.


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Christopher Price 5 years ago from Vermont, USA Author

Dolores:

Killing them with kindness can be a good technique, but sometimes you have to get their attention first.

I think the line outside their door might be a good wake up call.

Thanks for stopping by.

CP


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

Hi, now this I totally agree with! can I start with the woman at work that drove me mad? she made three people walk out because of her rudeness! slap her? that would be too easy! ha ha great idea, cheers nell


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Christopher Price 5 years ago from Vermont, USA Author

Nell;

Your enthusiasm is refreshing. It sounds like the woman you mention will have a long line forming on SAA Day, perhaps you should begin cueing up!

CP


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attemptedhumour 5 years ago from Australia

Hi Christopher I'm a brave man but i have to disagree. Consequences are vital, but logical consequences are far more effective. Slapping someone around the head who has a bad attitude is hardly going to change their behavior. I was brought up in an era where corporal punishment was used. I had the cane many many times but it did nothing to curb my behavior. I had two mates who used to have a bet as to who would receive the most lashes per year. It was 75-76. I was brought up in a household where my mother was mentally ill and my father worked till late at night, so I, my sister and two brothers brought ourselves up. I got into the most trouble, my sister was pretty unruly, my eldest brother was not a saint but ok and my other brother was a model citizen. We were all brought up in the same household, but all acted differently. I had the cane on my first day at senior school and my last day too, both for things that i had nothing to do with. I had it many times in between mostly for things that i had done. The cane did me no good nor any real harm and taught me nothing. Neither did the lecture i received about my prospects in the outside world. Unfortunately rudeness will always show its ugly head and not just with young people. Do you subscribe to slapping the grey haired old woman around the head? There are many well behaved young middle-aged and elderly people to offset the smaller number of rude people. Most people become better behaved as they mature as I and my siblings have. I respect your opinion, it may make you feel a bit better handing it out, but would it really change anything? Cheers


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Christopher Price 5 years ago from Vermont, USA Author

Keith:

Your concerns have been noted. Perhaps for the particularly stubborn and bullheaded televised sessions of verbal humiliation and demeaning treatment would better serve as a deterrent.

Seriously, this essay was written tongue-in-cheek, more satirical than empirical, but the premiss stands...rude and offensive behavior demands recognition and consequences.

Meanwhile, the petition will be coming 'round, and you can sign up for our newsletter. LOL :{)

CP


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attemptedhumour 5 years ago from Australia

Cheers CP you can give me the first slap.


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Christopher Price 5 years ago from Vermont, USA Author

Keith:

It'll be a slap on the back, Mate, to let know you get the next round! Cheers to you! :{)

CP


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Johnny Parker 5 years ago from Birkenhead, Wirral, North West England

Great hub loved it.

Can we add 'Lamp a Litter Lout Day' as well then we might clean up two problems!


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Christopher Price 5 years ago from Vermont, USA Author

Johnny:

Though "Lamp a Litter Lout" is a phrase I am not familiar with, any lout should qualify for the appellation "A**hole, and be eligible for inclusion.

Thanks for your support! :{)

CP


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ahorseback 5 years ago

Hah! I can't believe it momma , there are others like me out there , Nail on the head Chris Hah . LOL.


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Christopher Price 5 years ago from Vermont, USA Author

"Brother's by different mothers" they say.

And apparently sisters "get it" too. :{)

CP


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McHamlet 5 years ago

I've often thought along these lines myself and believe me I've imagined doing more than just slapping the rude and the ignorant. I suppose though as some other's have pointed out there's a certain inherent contradiction in slapping someone for being rude. Rudeness is an attack on civility but an act of physical violence such as a slap even if retributive could be considered along similar lines. In any case I think it's definitely worth debating the issue.

You mentioned Swift who was outraged at the treatment of the Irish famine victims and being an Irishman himself (as am I), he was in a good position to highlight it through satire. His motivation was probably a mixture of outrage and empathy. Swift wrote exactly the opposite of what he thought, so opposite as to be absurd, in order to highlight the callousness of those in power, mostly the British establishment, who were leaving the nation starve as they continued to export food from the country. I see some connection but not a direct corollary with this hub, which (taking your comments into account - though I didn't read all of them so sorry if I missed something) seems more of an essay of overstatement to get attention for what is an important and worthy issue, the lack of respect between people which can make life a misery for many.

The question then is, how can we foster respect amongst people in society? There are different approaches, one would be the one outlined here, which would be to confront those who are rude and punish them physically (or at least somehow), an approach that many if not all of us have thought of taking at some time or another. It may be though that that would be attacking the symptoms rather than the underlying problem and even in the worst case scenario making them worse. But I agree we should do something; we do have a really important underlying problem: We don't give people enough reason to respect each other. We tell people you have to have a career, you have to make money, you have to get ahead, and then you'll be able to buy the latest gadgets to distract you from the sacrifice of having to work. How does mutual respect actually pay according to society. It seems that it doesn't.

Only of course it does, as you and the vast majority of those who've read your hub know. Mutual respect pays because it makes life more pleasant for everyone. And a pleasant life is worth more than one of constantly striving to beat others into the ground so we can get ahead.

We don't need much of what we have and those in poorer countries don't have much of what they need. Our world is perverse and somewhat insane. Only a root and branch upturning of the whole sorry mess, Christopher, I think will solve the problem you highlighted. And, whether or not we agree on the approach, you have done us a valuable service for bringing it up for debate.

Cheers,

Paul


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McHamlet 5 years ago

Sorry to go on about this, I really should just write a hub on it') But there were a couple of other things that occurred to me on this issue that might be worth mentioning. The first is that when you consider the emotional responses to rude behaviour they tend to fall into four categories, fear, anger, indifference and compassion with the first two, and particularly the second, being dominant; when someone is rude to us we can be cowed by them, we can get angry at them, we can simply ignore them or we can realise that they are damaged people who due to their ignorance cannot be happy and have compassion for them (how many times when you were happy have you ever felt like being rude to someone?).

The first two responses are negative emotions and of no help to our state of mind. The third is emotionally neutral and and the fourth, compassion, is a positive emotion. If possible, it seems rational that the fourth approach be used both for our benefit and theirs.

Just to give, a rather strange, example. My father told me a story about when he was once dealing with a clerk of some sort (if memory serves) while on holiday in Austria. The clerk was extremely rude and unhelpful to him and he wasn't at all happy about it. At the end of their interaction. He said to the clerk, (in his own words "dripping with sarcasm") something along the lines of "thank you so much, you have been so helpful." Suddenly, the clerk's attitude melted; across the boundaries of culture, his sarcasm had been misinterpreted as gratitude and the clerk was suddenly smiling at him appreciatively with all the rudeness gone from her. My father, sensibly said nothing to remove the illusion and walked away leaving an emotionally transformed person behind him. And I'm sure he felt better too.

Food for thought, I think.


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Christopher Price 5 years ago from Vermont, USA Author

McHamlet-

Thanks for your well expressed dissertation.

Your objections to the expeditious and simplistic methods espoused in this hub are noted and not unexpected.

Perhaps you should have read a response I made 4 months previous. To save you the effort of scrolling...

"I have stated repeatedly that I was raised by my mother to be the Good Knight, riding in on the white horse to defend the weak and protect the innocent. I also was told that, if someone should smite you, turn the other cheek. Oh yes, and the meek shall inherit the earth. And I could go on.

My mother died when I was 11 years old and I have struggled to maintain her standards of behavior ever since. Though she would have preferred I become a priest rather than work 8 years as a bartender, during those 8 years I NEVER hit anyone while confronting belligerent brawlers, spittle spewing sociopaths, and randomly enraged rabble.

I adopted a philosophy I sum up as:

Amuse 'em

Confuse 'em

Defuse 'em

And lose 'em.

Simply put, this meant I would draw focus from all other targets to myself, engage the problem causer's full attention, talk them down and send them on their way.

Damn dangerous work. I regularly put myself in harms way to protect innocent patrons and to protect the troublemakers from themselves.

I was the "COOLER".

I had men and women of every size, shape, color and variety get in my face and threaten me, goad me and take swings at me.

I had plenty of provocation and every reason to deal with these threats by dropping them where they stood.

I restrained myself, saved them from themselves and retired from bartending with a spotless record and a clear conscience.

So ladies, when you deplore violence here, you are preaching to the choir-MASTER.

This hub was apparently convincing enough to cause you to compose dire warnings as to the moral and physical dangers inherent in standing up to and resisting rude behavior and bullies.

Relax.

CONFRONTATION is the key.

Nothing will change, nothing will improve if we meekly look askance at deplorable behavior and do nothing.

Letting the child next door pour lighter fluid on the cat and set it on fire says little for one's restraint.

Bad behavior should be recognized for what it is and confronted.

My hub suggests an admittedly far fetched solution to the proliferation of rude and unacceptable behavior, but it also offers lesser degrees of confrontation, mediation and illumination...because, if the light is focused on the errors of their ways people can choose to change.

Slap An A**hole Day will just offer further incentive.

Feel free to sign the petition when it comes around."

Mc, your feedback is always welcome.

CP


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McHamlet 5 years ago

I did read that Chris and I know where you're coming from. It's not easy to get the balance right and I've taken all types of approaches myself. I think we can probably agree that there is an underlying problem in society that leads to this sort of behaviour. I don't pretend to have a solution on tap but I agree it needs to be tackled and I'm working myself on trying to understand this and related issues and come up with ideas to address them. Cheers.


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Christopher Price 5 years ago from Vermont, USA Author

McHamlet-

It is apparent that your user-name was well chosen.

"To slap or not to slap...that is the question."

Keep us posted. Cheers to you!

CP


ShimodaSensei 5 years ago

Osu Papa San!!,

I strongly concur with your idea and proposal on making an official "SAA" Day. Though like Lenchus Sensei said before, some might not make it though OUR slaps. Nevertheless, this is a day that is necessary for the re-institutionalization of chivalric behavior and respect towards one another in society. It's true that if bad actions aren't addressed immediately, then one starts to see nothing wrong in their behavior/actions. Others see these bad examples of interacting with others, and they think that it is acceptable and normal. But if there were a crowd to witness "what is and is not acceptable", then two things would happen....

1) the individual would see the errors in his/her ways, and they would be embarrassed (public scrutinization is always a great way to deter unacceptable acts)

2) it would open the eyes of people witnessing them being publicly reprimanded, that it is NOT acceptable behavior that the "slapee" committed, and it instills trepidation that the same will happen to them, if they commit any unacceptable actions.

It's a genius idea, and I'll definitely sign your petition as soon as it is out.

Ous!

Shimoda San


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Christopher Price 5 years ago from Vermont, USA Author

Shimoda-

I'm glad you finally stopped by. I thought you'd like this "modest proposal". I wonder if we could get the petition online, and watch it go viral.

Thanks for your well written commentary and encouragement.

Ous!

Papa San


ThomasRydder 5 years ago

This is, on all levels, undoubtedly the best hub I've read to date. And also the first time I've considered creating a second acount, just so I can vote it up again :)TR


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Christopher Price 5 years ago from Vermont, USA Author

Thomas, you flatter me, and I am just in the mood to wallow in it.

I am so glad you enjoyed my essay. It hadn't garnered any comments in quite a while. Yours was worth waiting for.

Thanks.

CP

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