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American Entitlement

Updated on April 1, 2015
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Author: Matthew A. Easterbrook Matthew A. Easterbrook was born in the San Francisco Bay area and grew up on his grandparent's ranch in Par

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Learn To Get Along

The question that arises with a lot of Americans is: Why do some people feel that others owe them and have a sense of entitlement? This is a very controversial issue and a lot of Americans actually feel offended by the actions of others. But 85% of the time research shows that most Americans are tolerant instead of confrontational in dealing with others actions. So, let's examine this a little bit closer and discuss why others feel a sense of entitlement to begin with and also why they act with this type of negative behavior. Some research shows that one area that people complain about is in the grocery store. Another is in their own neighborhoods. Many people will agree that these two areas are where people seem to violate others and act with a sense of entitlement. In the grocery store people will cut others off with shopping carts, try to cut in line, or allow their children to run wild. Some even try to go through the express line when they know they have more than the item limit. Others will let shopping carts roll into the side of cars in the parking lot creasing the side of the car or causing a huge dent to the door panel. The question is, why are these people just plain rude and feel a sense of entitlement? Maybe they feel this way because when they were young their parents lacked the skills to teach them proper manners. Or perhaps they were born with a silver spoon in their mouth and feel they are better than the rest of us. I conducted research on this and all statistics indicate that most people who are wealthy feel they are better than the average American. But there are a lot Americans that feel they are entitled to act any way regardless of their income. The fact is if rude, entitled people simply stop being pompous and learn to treat others respectfully, in the long run they may get the same treatment in return. Everyone should know and realize civility actually brings equality. Amazingly enough, when other people respect each other and give each other individual space they usually get along.

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One way to be respectful and to lose the entitlement attitude is to get to know your neighbor and communicate with them. Also, invite them over for coffee, desert, a meal; watch a football game or movie. Maybe play a board game with them. If you are a couple have a couple's night. Then if problems arise with your neighbors you may not have to be confrontational with them. Talk the situation out and rationalize. Always try to find solutions to the problem or establish a common ground together and by all means do not threaten to take legal action. This irrationality leads to disaster 100% of the time. Poor coping skills, expressing anger and implied threats only put anyone on the defensive. The other rule in dealing with the American entitlement attitude is to remind others around you that we are all Americans and remind them of 9/11 and the terrorist attacks on American Airlines and soil. Remind them about ISIS current hostage barbaric ways, or even the Ukraine crisis with civilian deaths. Say to them "if we were in a situation where our lives were in jeopardy I would be the first to help you and I hope you would do the same for me", because we are all on the same red, white, and blue team. For goodness sake we are all patriotic Americans and need to act that way. Make our founding fathers and ancestors proud. Bring up the point that if our troops overseas are willing to fight and die for our freedom then we better be willing to step up and help the cause. Especially considering how little is ever expected of us as every day Americans in fighting back.

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So, if you do know someone that acts as if they have a sense of entitlement have them read this article. Remind each and every one of them that we are all Americans and are all on the same team. Try to develop a sense of nationalism with them like Rosie the Riveter in World War II and other civilians that supported our troops fighting abroad in other conflicts. Our founding fathers had cohesiveness in the signing of The Declaration of Independence and we need to carry on those traditions and make new history as a new generation. We are a country that is supposed to be a world leader that sets examples and we need to act like it as Americans. We are American strong and we cannot falter from that as individuals or a great nation. Let's all maintain the team work attitude and stop complaining about others, being negative, argumentative, and simply be tolerant of our differences. Plain and simple, lets just get along!

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      Matthew A Easterbrook 2 years ago from Oregon

      Thank You Marlene for your comment and for sharing. Yes a lot of people cut in front of others in grocery store lines or race to get in line when they see you heading toward a checker. You are right some people do have such a sense of entitlement that they do not care about others or at least they give that long lasting impression. Again, I appreciate you taking the time to read the hub and for commenting.

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      Marlene Bertrand 2 years ago from USA

      Sometimes I think people have an entitled attitude because they just don't care. I still can't figure out the grocery store scene. You mentioned several things and the one about letting the shopping cart hit a car is what has me believing some people just don't care about others. I enjoyed reading this publication for the research that supports your views.

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      Matthew A Easterbrook 2 years ago from Oregon

      Thank you Monia for reading the hub and your reply.



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      monia ben saad 2 years ago from In my Dream

      Changing the american thinking might be a good idea cause what we can almost see everyday , is worst relationships that we can ever see .good ideas and nice arguing .

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      Matthew A Easterbrook 3 years ago from Oregon

      Thank you Colorfulone for sharing such a thoughtful comment. Rosie the Riveter is a true American Icon and you are right she is an example and role model to each and everyone of us as Americans.

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      Susie Lehto 3 years ago from Minnesota

      Matt, I think we have all known people with a sense of entitlement. I love that you used Rosie the Riveter as a great example. You offer wise suggestions for keeping things neighborly and friendly.

      Awesome and useful advice to a real problem.

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      Matthew A Easterbrook 3 years ago from Oregon

      Pduty you sound like a very caring and nice person that was completely taken advantage of by this young person that felt a since of entitlement. I am glad to hear that you were victorious in the end. Sorry that you had to undergo so much stress and expense of getting the entitled one out of your house. Look on the positive note you are now finally rid of him from a legal standpoint. Like you said "there is no cost for that or your freedom". Thanks for sharing and this should encourage others and provide them with information on how to evict an entitled nuisance.

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      pduty 3 years ago

      Oh yes...entitlement. I could say a bad word or two or three about entitlement...but I'll be good.

      So, you let someone stay at your house for a day or two and before you know it they are a permanent fixture. They don’t work, pay no rent, don’t help around the house and eat you out of house and home. Then you have to ask them nicely to do something small like clean the room they are staying or maybe take out the trash, dust, vacuum , clean the bathroom they use, something… anything besides sit on the couch and watch TV, play video games and look at their cell phone all day. Come on, really, am I asking too much?

      Ok, now I’m the bad guy for asking for help, hum how does that happen? Now there is tension and an argument arises cause YOU ARE DONE BEING NICE, so you yell “GET OUT OF MY HOUSE!” then they literally spit in your face and call the police on you and say you assaulted them…What the heck?

      Did you know if you let a GUEST (at least in my town) stay in your home for more than 72 hours you must give them an eviction notice if you want them to leave?

      Talk about people thinking they are “ENTITLED” and to “YOUR HOME”! As if you weren’t nice enough to begin with to let them VISIT anyway... OWNERS BEWARE ….your guest is now a resident after a short period of time.

      What can you do? Well this is the process I went through:

      1. Serve your GUEST with a 3-day notice - depending on the day of the week you serve your guest on, and it can take more than 3-days if they don’t leave voluntarily (weekends and holidays don’t count).

      2. File an Unlawful Detainer ($245.00 Filing Fee)

      3. Have your guest served ($45.00 Process Server Fee)

      4. Wait 5 days for their response. (Weekends do count for this, but not Holidays)If they don’t respond …YOU’RE LUCKY!

      5. If they respond you will get a court date and the fees will keep racking up and your GUEST get to stay until until (could be months)??

      6. If your GUEST doesn’t respond you will file a Judgment and wait for a Judge to sign it (usually the next day).

      7. Next you will file a WRIT ($25.00 Filing Fee).

      8. On the same day you give the Judgment and the Writ to the Sheriff Civil Department so they can serve your GUEST and physically remove them ($145.00 Filing Fee).

      9. In my County they only evict on Wednesdays. If you file Monday thru Wednesday your GUEST will be physically removed the following Wednesday after filing the Judgment and the Writ to the Sheriff Civil Department. If you wait until Thursday or Friday it will be the second Wednesday after you file.

      10. AHHH VICTORY… then relief…your GUEST is now gone! Well worth the EVERY PENNY!

      Also, help with completing the all the court papers was an additional $150.00 and trust me you will need help (unless you have done this before) cause if the documents aren’t filled out PERFECTLY they will be rejected and you will have to start all over again.


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      Matthew A Easterbrook 3 years ago from Oregon

      Cynthia thank you for your comment and I will have to agree with you.

      Have a great rest of the week and thank you for reading and commenting on this hub.

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      Cynthia Hoover 3 years ago from Newton, West Virginia

      Very sound advice Matt! Another great article! I often find people that feel the world owes them something. I oftrn wonder if it is a lack of parenting skills. I think anything worth having is worth working for. Voted up!