I'mnnot saying what you did wasnt justified but I wouldn't have said something if I had my kid as I wouldn't know how the teenager would react and I wouldnt want my kid to see that. A bit like if I was walking down a street late at night by myself and a bunch of men started whistling and saying "show us your tits." Yeah I have the right to tell them to shut up but I wouldn't because I didn't know how they would react and it could be to my detriment.
I catch PT every single day with my children. Where I live, I hardly ever encounter rude teenagers. Slightly rowdy, yes but not rude. Teenagers are often friendly to my kids and helpful with my stroller, like the other 95% of people I come across on pt. In rougher areas there are more rude people- I assume they have harder lives. Some are young, some middle aged and some old. And the only people I have seen blaring music/sound on pt have been old men with their little annoying radios, lol.
Maybe teens seem ruder because they are constantly admonished and treated like second class citizens, so they react more when people tell them off. I get treated far better now than when I was a teen, the only difference is I'm 15 years older, my behaviour hasn't changed significantly.
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