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Re: They can do no wrong

PostPosted: 07 Jan 2013, 08:56
by Jonathan
Maxwell wrote:I suspect you're seeing what the Telegraph wants you to see... It's unwise to make character judgements based on a single pic. The medium is too easily manipulated.

I think this is a very valuable reminder to us all.

Re: They can do no wrong

PostPosted: 02 Oct 2013, 20:23
by Andreas
A Dalrymplean experience of this kind recently, in a pizza restaurant in San Francisco. We went there for dinner and it happened to be an evening when the neighborhood nursery school parents and children had all gathered. This is a well-to-do neighborhood where houses sell for $1 million and more. The parents were yuppie and bourgeois bohemian types. Some were perhaps software engineers for Google. Their children will attend private schools and Ivy League universities.

The children (a large number) were noisy and out of control, running and playing everywhere, leaving toys on the floor, getting in the way of waiters and waitresses (who had no choice but to be patient and indulgent). The noise level made it hard to have a conversation. The parents obviously had not the slightest idea that they should rein in their children and make them behave better in a public place.

A woman seated near us sported a nose ring and tattoos on her arm and back (to be fair, she was the only one I noticed in that crowd with that kind of adornment). She had a small boy, maybe four years old. He was wearing a T-shirt that read "B is for Bob", with a picture of Bob Marley.

Re: They can do no wrong

PostPosted: 30 Apr 2014, 12:50
by Kevin R
A while back, I came across one of those casual blog-style articles that litter MSN. Written by a metropolitan young mother type, it was a self-styled ripost to the increasing tendency to criticise indulgent seeming parents for no longer controlling their infant offspring's behaviour in public.

In the comments section, one chap complained about being on an international flight for six hours and having to tolerate an infant seated behind him who constantly screeched and ran madcap about the aircraft gangway, then spent nearly an hour intermittently kicking the back of the chap's chair from behind. Having had enough, he asked the mother to intervene and control it's excesses. The mother took some umbrage at this but grudgingly complied. Another commentator instantly responded by telling him he must grow up himself, because that's what children generally do, and that it was rude to embarrass this poor woman in such a way on a public flight with a bored child, adding triumphantly that in general it was adults who behaved worse than children, his public complaint being an example.

Back came the swift reply - ' Many adults do indeed behave badly in public, they're usually the ones who begin in childhood by screaming and seat kicking'.