Adults can say what they want about teenagers and their "attitudes" and rudeness, But I'm here to tell you, I encountered some seriously rude adults this weekend that needed a punch in the face BADLY.
School year has started which means fundraisers for everything under the sun. Yeah, I know its sucks. You know what else sucks. School budget issues and the fact that if a band (or any extra curricular organization) wants to be competitive they have to pimp the kids out to raise money. In my opinion that's the biggest suck of it all.
Anyway...... The band does a fundraiser at the beginning of every year that is actually really good. They solicit from the area business to advertise a special on a "band card" its really just a discount card that is good for 25 area businesses. Mostly fast food. The general discount is 10% off. This is good every visit for an entire year.They pretty much sell themselves. I just got 10 on Thursday and have already sold half of them.
So we were at WalMart selling these cards. I was only there for 2 hours and that was long enough to want to smack some adults. As the parent, I handled money and the kids asked people as they walked in if they wanted to help support the Rowan County Band. In the space of just two hours I had people stop pull out their wallets, say oh its the band, and then continue to walk on. About 90% of the people who spoke said I don't live here. Ummm 90% of you all don't live here? Really? yeah, I'm not buying it. Neither were the kids. All you had to do was so no thank you, or I have no cash right now.
The rudest were a lady said no but I support the Jessamine Co band. (thats about 2 1/2 hours away and not in our class.) I said Oh, I'm so sorry...for you. Yeah that was pissy, and probably not really good role model behavior. But I go way back ( to my high school years) with Jessamine Co band program. Lets just say the little bastards took a baseball bat to our drum major's podium. I'm still holding a grudge.
The nest rudest was a man who said "I can't I'm a teacher at West Carter" (about an hour away) Wow I didn't know that by being a teacher that means you can't take part in discounts at restaurants at you may eat at in the county you are doing your shopping in.
The kids I was supervising were amazing. They just smiled and said thank you anyway to all of the rude people. It made the sweet people that stopped just to donate money, or those who were excited about supporting the band AND getting a discount at Bdubs, among other places, that much sweeter. I would have seriously been like this to the rude people.