"I wonder if someone feeling to need to wear this shirt in public is a reflection of the fact that people feel ignored and powerless to push back against the corrupt b'stards in power, and that they feel unable to prevent all these abuses that they see - be it political, judicial, environmental. I see it as a sign of frustration and I can sympathise with doing away with decorum and politeness under those circumstances. Saying that, I can also see why people might think that it's a step too far."
There's not a word of that I disagree with.
Except direct it at those intended targets on your protest and don't take out your frustrations on people just going about their day with their kids. Her t-shirt wasn't directly relevant to the protest it's important to point out, so there's no confusion.
As an adult she has a responsibility.
Maybe the copper could have asked her instead of attempting to push it when she refused. I'd have been tempted to suggest it to her rather than make it an issue of law.
I'm not even put out or feeling snotty about it, if I were I would say so. I think she came across like a silly girl who wanted to make a big fuss when asked to show a little dignity towards others.
Edit: bit of context from my point of view.
Ex-market trader etc and unfortunately I tend to swear too much at times. But I am conscientious in certain situations, like most people.
Late '80s/early 90s novelty t-shirts were a thing, (yes, I know, not my fault).
We sold so many of those damn things on a Sunday at Felixstowe as a mere side line.
The ruder ones I would place more discreetly than others; they were there for sale and sell they did, but I purposely didn't shove those out the front on full public display. Maybe that's me, but I think there's a time and a place and all that sometimes.
This is one of those unusual occasions I disagree with you, Darth and Spruce.
I'm not interested in other people deciding for me what young members of my family should or shouldn't be subjected to.
If a nearby table in a restaurant were effing in front of my family I would ask them to stop.
It's basic respect - it's not hard.
There are no circumstances why anyone over the age of 14 should want to make some statement on their t-shirt in a public place using swear words. It's not other people who need to grow up there, but her.
That she was even offended by being asked to cover up made her look like a brat to me.
Very 'look at me' for the sake of it and she proved nothing.
I have to say my experience from the medical profession has been from meeting and being treated by the most wonderful people, to those who have come across like they have been doing the job too long and they clearly grown to hate it and everyone.
It's just people isn't it.
I actually made a complaint about a [junior] doctor last year for the first time and it felt against the grain because it's not the sort of thing I'm usually comfortable with doing.
But she had been so incompetent, and arrogant with it, that one of her colleagues ( a senior doctor), actually suggested it. Him and a disgruntled receptionist.
Why on earth would they assume the customer is going to automatically want to be complicit with them tax fiddling? This isn't one of your mates doing a job for you at the weekend for a bit of cash in hand.
How can you be assured a guarantee on the work without an invoice for the completed job? And they're not going to want to hand over an invoice for the cash payment part, surely.
Personally I would have wanted - and expected - the vat to be clear on the total of the original quote too and would have questioned that to be honest..
I mean that people are getting their 'news' from funny places and if you question anything they say, the default response has become along the lines of, "I suppose you trust msm", as though the more obscure their sources are the more reliable they seem to think they must be.
My sister started sharing and quoting stuff she saw on FB until the likes of her [grown up] kids and I were giving her a regular telling off. She now tends to check things more carefully which is good. At least she took notice.
I've seen so many friends and family doing the same it's scary. They won't believe the BBC but will share some meme from someone they've never met before.