My son is 18 years old. He is well dressed, clean shaven and has short hair.
At work he is often treated badly by customers, when he is only helping them.
He works nights, usually finishing between 11-12pm and walks the hour it takes to get home as there is no public transport then.
At least once a week he is pulled up by the police. Sometimes questioned as to what he is up to at that hour (they think he is younger than he is despite the fact that he is 6'2"), sometimes he is searched, sometimes his details are taken.
He is without fail polite and co-operative, as he should be.
More often than not the police are aggressive in their manner and words.
I understand that being a police officer is often a hard and thankless job, but surely there should be a certain level of people skills required for the job.
When did it become OK for people to neglect basic manners, common courtesy and respect when dealing with those younger than us.
It would make everyone's life just a little bit brighter if we were all a little kinder to one another.
Don't you agree?
Love Jo xxx