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Perhaps not what you were thinking, but yes I have faced intolerance.

Once while jogging with my kids to school, we stopped to help a kid on a bike with a chain that had fallen off. The kid was in two-way radio contact with his mom. I flipped the bike over and put the chain back on ... all the while the kid was talking to his mom:

Mom was saying, "Stay right there and I'll come by to get you."
Kid, "A nice man is helping me with my bike now."
Mom (with abject horror in her voice), "STAY RIGHT THERE! I'LL BE RIGHT THERE TO MAKE SURE NOTHING HAPPENS!!!!"
Kid "All fixed, I'm gonna finish riding to school now."

From then on, I have always felt like I am marked by moms as a sex offender pedophile type whenever I am around kids. I coach youth sports alot and have done alot of scouting, too. Those 60 Minutes shows on coaches who have molested girls have certainly opened my eyes.

I have to make sure that I am never alone with any child ... either another adult or my children have to be around as well. I cannot drive anyone home if my kid has missed practice. Etc.
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There was an article in the WSJ this week about how it is not OK to reprimand children who are not your own children. One example given was a woman in a restaurant who saw a little girl tearing up sugar packets and sprinkling the sugar everywhere. The woman said "Honey, should you be doing that?" The child's mother yelled at the woman for calling her child "honey" and for reprimanding the child. Another example was a school board member who happened to be following a school bus and noticed boys fighting in the back. When the bus stopped, she got in, with the driver's permission, and lectured the boys. The parents tried to get her removed from the school board for her improper behavior.

The new "rule" is that adults cannot speak to children if they don't know them. Yet we expect children to become functioning members of society.

Sorry, kind of off topic. But society maybe should be more intolerant of bad behavior. Children are not a bunch of princes and princesses that can do no wrong and need to be shielded from everything. Worse than that, as LOL saw, you can't even be nice to kids.
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But society maybe should be more intolerant of bad behavior.
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I agree with Martha. I see plenty of badly behaved kids and apathetic parents. Thing is, taking a good look at the parents, its pretty obvious that anything I do or say to them wont make them different people, nor will a single (or small number of) acts make any difference to the childs behavior.

That having been said, if a kid does something that affects me or my kid, I'll definitely say something to the kid. And if the parent objects, I'll be glad to take it up with them.
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Any chance living with Greg all these years has warped your view of reality?

As Greg would say, abso****inglutely.
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Sorry, kind of off topic.*
not off topic at all. children have become the code word for the* intolerant right. it started innocently enough with those cute soccer mom car "child on board" signs, implying, i suppose, that you should be more careful around their car than around mine, as if i'm not even my mother's child. maybe not so cute, rather, maybe simply incredibly selfish.

taken to extreme, for the far right, the unborn "child"'s life, becomes not only more important than you, a stranger, but even more important than its own mother's ongoing life.

for the standard run-of-the-mill-intolerant right, the child has become the flag of so-called morality. the child must have a mother and a father, so gays are unfit for parenting the child. and if gays can not raise children, well, there's really no good reason in all of god's creation to let them marry.

talk of children off topic on the topic of tolerance? you might think so. but here in the good ol' usofa, hardly.
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not off topic at all. children have become the code word for the* intolerant right.
I don't think the right has any patent on intolerance.

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As Greg would say, abso****inglutely.
Excellent! I've been keeping track of the use of the word f*** here on the board for a while. *It's an extremely versatile word and is used as a transitive and intransitive verb, noun, adjective and adverb (both in modifying a verb or modifying an adjective. *It is also incorporated into other words, such as Martha/Greg did here. *As of now, board members have used this most versatile of words in every way I can think of. *Congrats to all!!!

BTW, there is excessive intolerance to the use of the word f*** in the world today and that's a sad thing..........

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Yes, my dad used to complain about having the runs whenever he had slightly stale milk, and he would always blame me for "not keeping the milk fresh". Damn, man, I was 13 years old, how the f*ck did I become the milk maid? So I guess he was lactate intolerant. Oh, wait, what intolerance are we talking about again?

Seriously, I have seen it all. The stupid thing is that people who are extremely intolerant shoot themselves in the foot. States that get a reputation for being backward tend not to attract big-money industries because nobody in his right mind would want to move there.
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I have had a few run ins here in Italy with Anti-American Communists. They hate Americans because we are Americans. One guy working at a stores customer service desk refused to speak to me because ďI do not talk to Americans who start wars for their personal gain.Ē I tried to reason with the guy saying that a countries current political leadership does not reflect the views of all of its citizens. I also stated that during Mussoliniís rein in Italy; did this make all Italians bad people? He didnít budge.

I cannot blame some of them though; I have seen many Americanís acting very arrogant and ridiculous in many countries. IMHO, The Ugly American should be required reading in High School. Many of the problems in Iraq and Afghanistan stem from the fact of people not understanding or considering other countries culture, beliefs and values.
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