Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Grumpy about Grumpy Oldies

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Grumpy about Grumpy Oldies

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FALLON

HUDSON

Columnist

fallon.hudson@dailymercury.com.au

I WAS always told you should respect your elders.

But what I am going to write may label me as an ageist, or worse, someone who doesn't like the oldies of our community.

But it is not true. I love the oldies and their stories and the lessons we can learn from them. I just get a little bit frustrated by rude people, and it so happens most of them are a bit older.

After our story in Saturday's paper about manners in Mackay, my experience has involved rude older people.

Whether they are pushing in line at the supermarket or snapping at me for not shutting a door in an establishment properly, or just unhappy I am in the way Co it seems being grumpy trumps being happy.

No, I am not labelling all older people. …

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