Now I don't want to sound like a Tory, God forbid, but what the hell is wrong with people these days?
I happened to need to buy a couple of greetings cards on Sunday morning and as we needed some shopping, I thought I'd pick them up in the big 24 hour ASDA in Govan. This is a huge supermarket so stocks everything you can dream of. The cards aisle is away off to one side and fairly secluded. I was standing looking through the birthday cards for my good friend Sheina who turns 40 on Friday, and through the condolences cards as I had just heard the day before that an old friend of mum and dad's had died after a 3 year struggle with diabetes. When you are looking at condolence cards, you are not in the mood to be pissed off by juvenile delinquents. The card aisle stocked everything for birthdays - candles, banners, cans of that spray string and party poppers. Three boys, maybe 12 or 13 years old ran into the aisle, picked up the spray string cans, opened them and started running around spraying them over each other, laughing and knocking things over. I was outraged. The other 2 or 3 customers simply crept away pretending not to notice. What is wrong with these people? They are as bad as the kids' parents who were nowhere in sight and letting them wreck the shop. I turned to them and suggested they paid for the goods they were destroying and got back a cheeky - 'We're rebels Mrs' from the 3 larger-than-me youths. I pointed out they were not rebels but 'both infantile and destructive'. When asked what that meant, I shook my head. I didn't see why these little toe rags should be allowed to continue though so left the aisle. They must have assumed I was slinking off like the other customers, so went back to their nonsense. This meant they were less than pleased when I returned 2 minutes later with both the customer services guys and the cleaner. I left as they were being handed a brush and pan to clear up their mess.
But you have to ask - where were the parents?