You Need An Old-School Whoopin’: 9 Things Some Young People Do In Public That We Can’t Stand

November 15, 2012  |  
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Times sure have changed haven’t they? Things young people do today in front of and to their elders, some of us would have been smacked down for doing back in the day. And maybe that’s why so many young people are being videotaped getting their a**es handed to them for being disrespectful to bus drivers, strangers, their parents, and their friends. Times have changed indeed, and not necessarily in a good way. Here are nine things we’ve noticed teenagers and young people recklessly doing that we can’t stand. Please, come get your kids. Or better yet, at least get them in check before you send them out into the world for us to have to deal with.

*Note: The photos of black kids only aren’t meant to say only black youth act a fool, because young people of all background are a mess these days. However, we’re a black website, so we try to use as many photos of black folks as we can. Thanks!

Being Loud For No Reason

There’s a time and place for everything. I think we’ve all had that moment where we got with our friends and were just more crunk than we needed to be, but with some young people, it’s an everyday thing. Get on the train or bus around the time they get out of school and young folks are yelling, not talking, and acting a plum fool in front of complete strangers. Just the other day I watched a young girl, probably 16 or 17, pretending she was on a stripper pole during evening rush hour while her friends laughed it up at such a volume, you would have thought you were sitting in a comedy club. Too bad that mess wasn’t funny…

Throwing Threats And Being Too Ready To Fight

It’s understandable for one to defend themselves when they feel threatened, but these days folks go out looking for a fight. People jump up to throw down and get beat down over the smallest things. Maybe that’s why less and less adults put these rapscallions in their place. Sometime late last year I watched a young man and a grown a** man who was a little intoxicated go at it on the train at 3 a.m. (why these young people were out roaming the streets so late? I don’t know) after the man asked the young man and his friends to bring their voices down. This young man jumped up in the man’s face so that he could push him and have reason for all hell to break loose. My late ride home shouldn’t have been a scene out of Enter The Dragon, son. Get your kids.

Using Really Foul Language In Front Of Their Elders And Little Kids

While we’ve all slipped up and thrown a “s**t!” out there when we weren’t thinking, there’s something about cursing like a sailor and calling someone a n***a in front of my elders and little kids who absorb ratchetness so easily that rubs me the wrong way. When you’re in the house, go wild, but when you’re out in public, can you not call people “b***hes” and “mutha*****s” while people are out with their children? Too many young people get with their friends and they forget any and all home training, and I just don’t get it.

 Taking Reckless Photographs And Posting Them On Social Media

I had long known that the youth of the world today had some issues, but when 17-year-old Chicago rapper Chief Keef posted a picture of himself receiving 0-ral sex from a young woman (child p**n much?), ish was getting really unbelievable. There are too many youngsters posting pictures of themselves smoking weed, holding guns, wearing close to nothing and just basically doing a whole lot of nothing that I’m pretty sure they don’t realize can come back to haunt them in the future. And if that’s not enough, the captions they use to explain the photos are damn near impossible to read. Bump what you’ve heard: a mind is till a terrible thing to waste.

Using Hooliganism As An Excuse To Buy Their Candy

I’m all for young people trying to make that money in a harmless and legal way, and in NYC, many kids sell candy, fruit snacks and chips, going from car to car on trains doing so. But I’ve never really felt too great about young men saying, “I’m trying to sell candy to keep out of trouble on the streets.” I think I would prefer they say that they’re simply trying to make money than to try and guilt people into buying their snacks, because it shouldn’t be an either or thing: Buy my snacks on the train, or I’m knocking an old lady down on the street. You have a choice to do the right thing even if pushing Doritos and Welch’s fruit snacks on the train doesn’t work out.

Exposing A Bit Too Much…

Whether it’s talking about personal information way too loud so that everyone has an opinion they can’t share, or literally coming out with too much skin showing and pants sagging down to their knees, some youngins are doing the most. How do you walk comfortably when you have your belt tied around your thighs? And thank goodness we’re coming upon Winter weather, because the Summer brought out too many teen girls dressed like fast a** folks twice their age. Go sit down somewhere!

Doing Everything To Get WorldStar Exposure

For most people with sense, when bad or even dangerous things like a fight happen, most folks step back, walk away, or—in  the case of the brave—even try to break the melee up. But some young people use these shenanigans as an opportunity to shout “WORLDSTAR! WORLDSTAR!” pull out their cell phones and start taping what they see so they can post it on the WorldStar Hip Hop website. Anybody remember the young woman who got into a Twitter argument with a girl, drove to her house and had her friend tape her beating up the girl? Yeah, that fool got into legal trouble because of it, and the not so innocent victim still uses the video to milk attention on Twitter.

Playing Explicit Music Loud In Public

Nothing is worse than being on public transportation, trying to read a book or having a moment to collect your thoughts only to have a young man stand next to you with their headphones on, still blasting, “Can’t trust shawty cause my hoes they do drugs!!!!” and a lot worse lyrics that will have you wishing your stop was coming up next. And if you’re really unlucky, you might find yourself near the little jerk who ditches their headphones altogether and blasts the worst music ever out of their phone for all to hear. Oh, joy…

Getting With Their Friends And Acting A Fool

There’s just something about that mob mentality. And when it comes to many young people these days, that’s when kids get in the most trouble. It has been a mob of young people who have walked into places like 7-Eleven and retail stores together all over the country to steal clothes, food, alcohol and whatever else they deem worth touching with their sticky fingers. And if that’s not enough, being egged on by friends, some young people disrespect their elders (I’ve even seen some loudly laugh at an elder woman who almost tripped and fell trying to move away from their loud behinds). Makes you wonder how “bad” they would really be if they were all alone…

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