The 6 People Who Hate Your Teenager

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traffic coneWhen our kids are little, we take every story from the teachers and the playdate host mom about how well-behaved our kids are out in public, and we eat that ish up. It's how we survive the at-home tantrums that make us feel like we're total failures at this parenting thing. And then come the teen years.

And suddenly, sending the kids out in public is a whole new ballgame. Because if you have ever left your house, you know what happens when you get a group of teenagers together, in public, without parental supervision. They act like little pissants! No matter how well-behaved they'd be on their own, no matter how well-raised, teenagers in a group feed off of each other's need to act like a rebellious jerk. 

Is it any wonder we've got a whole group of people in society who flat out hate your teenager? Just take a look ...

Waitresses: Let's explain how this goes. Teens walk into a crowded restaurant. They order the cheapest things on the menu. They whine and moan about how long it takes. They spread the ketchup on the table making funny designs and shoot the straw wrappers at each other (but never pick them up). They leave a penny tip, in the bottom of the cup of soda where it has to be fished out. And then they walk out laughing like hyenas. Just say it: teens in restaurants are assholes. 

Road Construction Workers: They spend half an hour setting up road cone after road cone to ensure traffic flows efficiently and safely. And then they stand there, watching the beater circa 1994 come flying through the work zone at unsafe speeds, stop in the middle of the roadway, and a teenager come tumbling out, grab two of those cones, and climb back in.

Convenience Store Clerks: There are people who come in to buy their beer and quietly hand over their ID when asked. Then there are the underage turds who come in, grab five cases of Natty Light, waltz up to the counter, and get nasty when they're asked to prove they're old enough to make the buy. Any guesses who makes the biggest mess when they're denied the chance to buy some brewskies?

Baristas: When you need to make big tips to pay the rent, a bunch of kids who spread their stuff across half the tables in the coffeehouse and park there all day, talking loudly, and scaring off the other PAYING customers, you tend to get a little angsty when you see someone under voting age walk in the door.

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Parents With Young Children: George Carlin was all too right about the many uses of the F word. It is indeed a noun, a verb, and so on. But do they really have to try out every single one while standing right beside my impressionable 6-year-old?

Movie Theater Employees: Two words: popcorn throwing. Because it isn't the teenagers who have to clean that mess up.

And now for a quick disclaimer. I know these are generalizations folks. Not EVERY teen acts like this. But the ones who do are the ones who are making a bad name for the others, and if you've ever been in one of these positions, you've encountered many of them.

Have you ever worked a job that made you hate groups of teens? Why is it that the most well-behaved kids at home seem to act like little jerks out in public?

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orang... orangetree

When I waited tables it was the RICH KIDS who behaved like jerks. The kids who came from the low income community behaved themselves. Probably because they HAD TO WORK so they understood someone had to clean up after them.

Kristina Lawler Funk

I work in retail and had to kick a group of unruly teenagers out of my section of the store the other night. If you don't have anything better to do on a Saturday night, read a book! Don't come into a department store and mess up the clothes. Sheesh.

nonmember avatar Christine

I work in retail as well, and it was just yesterday that these group of teenagers started to get really loud fooling around, and then had the nerve to take the wigs off the mannequin's head and they tried it on, I chased them out the store. They are annoying!!!!

Lovin... LovinJerseyMama

I can't stand when I'm at the park with my 2 & 3 year olds and the teenagers are hanging all over the jungle gyms smoking and cursing and dry humping each other. I never behaved that way when I was a teen, I was always respectful. I'm only 26 years old and I get offended! I hope I can teach my children the same respect when they're older. Its not about growing up and "expressing" yourself, its about respecting the people around you. There's no excuse for that kind of behavior.

Meins... MeinsWife

I could add a lot more to that list! How about the poor people who work at stores like Ulta? I avoid stores like that like the plague during the weekend and early in the week. It's impossible to find anything because teens (I'm a witness) look and don't put things back in the correct spot or sample excessively. Those poor people who have to clean up that mess.

nonmember avatar Caroline

I was one of those teens. And I only hope that I have instilled in my newly teen daughter the proper values to not behave like that. My worst fear is that my teen will behave like I did. So far she is far superior to me. She is kind, respectful, and good hearted. She has her moments, but as a teen I was angry all the time, depressed, and unruly. Here's to hoping the next generation learns from my mistakes

the4m... the4mutts

I never behaved like that, EVER! My mother instilled in me responsibility for my actions. She would rarely but randomly show up to see if I was where I was supposed to be. If I was, and I was being good, she would wave, and walk on. If I were being an assbag, she would drag me away by my ear, in front of my friends, and make me fix whatever id done wrong.

It only took ONCE of her doing this for it to never, ever have to happen again!

These actions are the teens fault, they're old enough to know better. But its also the parents' fault. If they'd honestly done their job correctly, the kids wouldn't act this way

Hannah N Bailey

I am a teen (18) and I work in retail. In my experience, the teens are more respectful than the adults! In my job it's always middle age women who come in, pick things up, look them over, and then ball the up and lay them on a different table then where they picked them up. I have had grown women come into the store, pick something up at a table where I am folding clothes, look me right in the eye, and ball the shirt up and throw it back down. We sometimes have some roudy teens, but we have a lot of roudy 20 or 30 somethings in there too. And also a lot of roudy children who like to stick candy to clothes and throw things around while their parents ignore them and let them run around like animals. 

writi... writingafwife

those teens grow up to be adults and do the same freaking thing. My DH was one of those teens that picked something up and decided he didnt need it then puts it somewhere else, he still does this at 24. It drives me crazy, for hte sole purpose that its my job to pick up after him(he only does this at the store I work at) his reasoning. Well Im just giving you something to do at work...yeah thanks hun

SueMN... SueMNanaMama

You left out transit riders, where packs of kids can be downright terrifying.

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