I didn't like it but my friend disliked it a lot more than me, her being the one who was in direct conversation with the lady at the time.
If faced with it again I would LOVE to ask the intentions behind it.
I can only imagine it would descend into heated debate if this thread is anything to go by so maybe I would ask privately so as not to embarrass the lady or anyone else around.
I have moved far away from that area though and have not encountered it since.
I will repeat, the attitude WAS more eff you.
The fact that others have witnessed the same behaviour the odd time means there's a chance someone reading this will come across it at some point in time too.