Right To Be Rude?

Langenburg High School
Langenburg, Saskatchewan

By Jenay W. (Grade 11)

Do you find waiters/waitresses, clerks, or anyone else who is paid to serve you, rude or outright grouchy? Chances are, if you're under 19 years of age, you can quickly and honestly answer "yes" to this question.

There is a form of discrimination which occurs, and is often ignored. This is discrimination against teenagers. Eleven out of twelve teenagers surveyed have been treated rudely by servers in restaurants or stores.

Having found something hair-like in my food at Joey's Only Seafood in Yorkton, Saskatchewan, I complained to the waitress, who proceeded to tell me that it wasn't hair, but burlap, all while speaking to me as if I were an imbecile who was just looking to make trouble.

Perhaps things would have been no different if I had been fifty, rather than fifteen, but I don't think so. One of my dinner companions relayed this story to her mother, who in turn called Joey's Only and expressed her annoyance at the fact that our food wasn't properly prepared, and about the way we were treated. Both my friend and I were offered free meals as compensation. Why weren't we offered this outright?

Another example of this discrimination is Langenburg's own Chicken Chef restaurant, where the waitresses are just plain rude if you're by yourself or in the company of other teenagers. However, these same waitresses would practically sit and have a conversation with you if you were dining with your parents.

Are we being stereotyped as loud, thieving, and disrespectful (or perhaps low tippers)? I think so, and I don't think that's fair at all. These people are being paid to serve all customers, and I think this should be done in a friendly and courteous way. After all, we pay the same prices as our parents, so why don't we get the same treatment?'

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