Yesterday I saw a national survey that reports people are ruder today than ever before.
So today – along with my sound recorder, my friend Jim, and his dog Kitty — we conducted our own poll.
We asked several people “Are folks ruder today than they were 20 years ago?” Here’s what they said:
A high school boy answered: “How should I know? I‘m only 15.”
One man said, “Absolutely…and so are the residents of my planet.”
Two men asked us whom we worked for…and if there was an opening.
One woman tried to buy the dog, but changed her mind when Jim wouldn’t take a credit card.
A young couple were locked in a long kiss, and apparently didn’t hear our question. We asked the question twice, then wrote the answer as “no comment.”
One guy asked Jim’s dog’s name. When we told him Kitty, he said “Silly name for a dog.”
We concluded with a phone survey. We called ten numbers. Four said “yes“…five hung up on us…and one guy boldly predicted our survey would fail.
Is that rude, or what?
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Rix Quinn is a former magazine publisher who works as an independent biographer and broadcaster.
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