Since I’ve been here in Florida, I’ve run into quite a few senior citizens. Many are lovely and polite but many are not. Perhaps it’s just more noticeable down here where older Americans (and Canadians) make up a large portion of the population. I have been in situations where some of these people yelled at store clerks, yelled at me, took our parking space when we had our signal on and generally made themselves disagreeable. I have friends at home who are older people and they don’t act like this. Are these people in southern Florida more prone to impoliteness because they are all concentrated together and it makes them more competitive for what they consider is their due? I am concerned that maybe I’ll turn into one of these people some day. Everyone – children, teens, adults and senior citizens deserve repect and should give it back in return.

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