Arrogance of youth needs to change

Being mid forties and with elderly parents, I have supported the lockdown and complied with all the rules. However I am very concerned by the attitude of young people. This is demonstrated by an altercation in a one way supermarket. A perfectly sensible system to maintain social distancing. A young American couple with face masks chose not to comply with the system, walking back towards me and spending ages rummaging through packets of vegetables, holding up the one way system and possibly spreading germs. When I pointed out, politely, the errors of their ways, they said it didn’t matter. their attitude in my opinion is either due to perceived protection of face masks, general ignorance or invincibility of youth. This attitude will need to be addressed if we are able to attempt to return to some kind of normal. Supermarket shopping would be fine if everyone was sensible but there are lot of idiots out there and the supermarkets can’t police everyone.

Why the contribution is important

Support of measures across age spectrum is required if we can move to partial lifting of lockdown. Otherwise we’l end up with a public too scared to return to the new normal. I think more stories of loss of loved ones on the news and social media would help to hammer home the point.

by KMCgilmore on May 05, 2020 at 01:33PM

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  • Posted by Fifer72 May 05, 2020 at 13:37

    You'd have like East Germany.
  • Posted by GavinFalconer May 05, 2020 at 13:37

    This isnt a suggestion its just grumble 😂
  • Posted by Garywall8787 May 05, 2020 at 13:39

    Disagree with every bit of this and is an attack on young people
  • Posted by Johnmdfi May 05, 2020 at 13:43

    In my limited experience groups of youngsters ignore the rules on social distancing, “well we will not suffer too badly” seems to be the attitude as we oldies have had a life.
  • Posted by SplatTuz May 05, 2020 at 14:29

    And oldies going for a Sunday afternoon drive just as bad as putting rescue services lives on the line and causing more traffic and danger in areas where people are trying to abide by the lockdown through walking and cycling in their local area. So please do not put the blame on a particular age group, young people are struggling more with the lockdown.
  • Posted by gerardk May 05, 2020 at 18:19

    This is legitimately hilarious. "I created a ruckus in a supermarket and now I want to complain about it"
  • Posted by Chrisharris641 May 06, 2020 at 12:07

    As a young person (19) myself, and someone who has taken precautions such as wearing a mask while shopping, minimising social contact and exercising early in the morning to minimise contact, I think this comment is highly unfair in the way which it portrays young people as arrogant or thoughtless and irresponsible. Certainly, the behaviour described in the comment is not ideal and should be discouraged, but it has absolutely nothing to do with the age of the perpetrators (or, for that matter, their nationality)
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