Personal Essy: "High Times And So-Called Crimes In Department Stores"

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Have a pair, or even several pairs of scrutinizing eyes ever followed you in a store? Do you know what it's like to be harassed by every cutthroat saleswoman in Zellers? Or have you ever been asked to leave the cosmetics department because there has been too much theft there lately? Well I have, and let me tell you just how sick of it I am. Not only is it age discrimination, it's also rude, ignorant, and down right anal-retentive.

I can't tell you how many times I've been stalked in stores by evil sales people: trying to catch me in the act of theft. It's truly disgusting and vomit-worthy. I have a debit card, with a lot of my hard earned money waiting to be spent. I don't need to live one five-finger discount to the next. I'm so sick of being followed it's not even funny.

I swear the next time it happens, I'll just snap and say something smart like: "You know, maybe with all the money I was going to spend here today, your company could've bought some decent surveillance equipment so you wouldn't have to stalk me. Or maybe they could've invested in having that cucumber permanently implanted in your butt surgically extracted!" How someone can justify stalking teens in stores is beyond me. At blockbuster, my managers instruct me to keep and eye out for thieves. This involves watching only kids and teens ages 10-18, if they come in groups. Ninety percent of the time the kids I'm watching are my friends! Adults these days are so narrow-minded, they think all teens are troubled, hoodlum druggies who'll snatch your purse if you look at us the wrong way. God only knows we'll be eating their babies too soon, I suppose. I just wish people would give us a chance. Give ME a chance! I am a good, smart, honour-roll student actively involved in my school, with good friends, family, employment, and morals. I don't drink, smoke, nor do I do drugs. And I am not a troubled hoodlum, thank you very much. Adults wonder why we have such hard-won aggressive attitudes. I'll tell you why! We're so sick of being beaten down with disrespect it's our only defense mechanism! Everyone thinks teens are lazy, too. This bothers me a lot because sure we spend a lot of time in front of the television and computer, but wouldn't have you as a child? That's not our whole life. We also play sports, bike, blade, board, shop, get involved, help out, volunteer, and do chores. I am not lazy. I play soccer, manage football, debate, work part-time, and help out around the house whenever I can.

I'm so sick of our society always throwing teens a hardball. No longer will we be struck by it. We will rebel, and rise up. We're sick of this treatment. We are smart, useful, hard-working, energetic, passionate, all-around good kids with futures. But we need help. Without parental encouragement and society's acceptance, we'll never get out of this angry stage. Teens will be forever trouble to society, and if we are"¦ it's your fault! Because we have been treated so unfairly, and because our lives have become so difficult, teen stress has been statistically proven to be higher than that of adults working fulltime with families. We aren't those horrible things we are discriminated against for being, but unfortunately, maybe we will become that if something doesn't change. People need to wake up and realize that we are the future"¦ and we will be choosing your retirement home, so you had better be nice!