[IM EDITING THIS POST BECAUSE IVE CAUSED A BIT OF CONFUSION ABOUT MY INTENT. I HAVE NOTICED PEOPLE BEING RUDE IN PUBLIC MORE AND MORE...LESS PATIENT, MORE NEEDY...ANYONE ELSE NOTICED THAT TREND?] When in public (either as a shopper, moviegoer, eating at a restaurant, riding public transit, waiting in line), I am polite, and I help myself. But increasingly,I am *not* the norm. Here are examples from each of my careers: 1) TEACHING- Many parents are not teaching their children to be responsible their behavior and decisions. Someone else is *always* to blame. "I dont like my child's grade, there must be something wrong with this school". I knew several who *encouraged* their children to bully, and go against authority. 2) PERFORMING- Audiences at live theater no longer know how to react/behave. TV has taught them to "talk back"...and "kick back".....as if they were in their own living room. I've been in Broadway shows where people in the front row chatted on their cell phones throughout the performance. 3)CUSTOMER SERVICE(*not really talking about telephone, but in restaurants and stores*)- Customers want instant service, and i guess the Amazon dot com has taught them to expect it. Patience is more thin when waiting in line to pay, or for a table. 4)RETAIL MANAGEMENT- People are more clueless as to how to behave in restaurants, and retail stores....they breast feed, they change diapers, they let kids run rampant and unattended, they leave garbage on the floor, and ruin merchandise...opening sealed packaging, etc...they scream profanities in front of little children, and most, i insist, want personal shoppers. "Fetch this list of things for me". WHAT IS HAPPENING? i'm appalled at the increasing rudeness of the public at large, and it is becoming the majority. I don't usually rant, but does anyone else know of what I speak?