Manner Monday®: Spitting

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Yes, spitting.

In the past week, I’ve witnessed way too many episodes of spat being hurled purposefully – in VERY public places.

  • A young 4th grade boy at my son’s school, during field day, I assume he was spitting to appear ‘cool’.  But it came REALLY close to my foot.  Not cool.
  • A young adult, not certain how old, but old enough to know better, spitting just outside the entrance (directly in front of the doors) at the grocery store.
  • Another young adult, an employee at a local hardware store, in uniform, spitting in front of the store while tending to the seasonal plants on display.
  • And I won’t go into detail about the young man who pulled a ‘Cowboy Kleenex’ outside the entrance to Petsmart… let’s just say it even ‘creeped out’ our 8-year-old son!

What in the world is going on?

I’m pretty easy going, and am all about being flexible, times and cultures changing, and the rules of etiquette changing – but all of these recent episodes have left me feeling like that mature relative reliving the ‘olden days’ of walking uphill both ways in the snow to school… lamenting about the demise of manners – and spit.

Is it too much to ask – if you must spit, save it for someplace not so public?  Thanks for letting me rant.

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