Have you ever been on the train and hear a phone ring? You’d probably be thinking some young punk or some mini-skirt wearing, makeup-applying teenager didn’t switch their phone to manner mode (aka silent mode). But when you look up, you see that it’s an elderly woman. Probably 9 times out of 10, it’s an elderly woman who doesn’t switch to manner mode. To make things worse, she answers the phone and begins to talk loudly on it. Everyone on the train looks at her, but says nothing. We have to respect the elderly. But what about the elderly respecting others? I think there’s a common attitude among some of the senior citizens that they can do whatever they want.
Here’s another example. It also takes place on a train. A teenager was walking down the train, minding his own business, when he encountered an older man who was walking in the opposite direction. The teenager moved to the side, so he could walk past the older man who stayed in the middle. After they passed each other, almost in front of me, the older man turned around and started shouting at the teenager. “Watch where you’re going!” he yelled at him. But the teenager didn’t even touch him. He was innocent. The older man was a rude old fart who liked to verbally abuse the young, I guessed.
Elderly men also like to make rude noises wherever they are. Usually, they make sounds like they’re trying to suck something out of their teeth. They do this over and over again, then start smacking their lips repeatedly and loudly. It sounds disgusting and extremely rude.
Whenever I get stared at on the train, it’s almost always elderly men doing it. I challenge them to a staring contest, which they usually accept, because they think staring at a foreigner is perfectly acceptable. Children stare, too, but they stare at everything and anyone. Elderly men should know better.
Last weekend, there was a man sitting in the middle of two seats on the train, and on a third seat, he had his backpack. He was probably in his 50s, and it looked like he may have been hiking. Now, this wouldn’t be a problem normally, except this was a packed train in the heart of Tokyo. He had his shoes off and was massaging his feet. There were elderly people who wanted seats and my pregnant fiancee also wanted a seat. However, he wouldn’t do a thing about it. He occupied those 3 seats like he owned them. I kept staring at him and talking about it with my fiancee, and the man sitting near where we were standing kept looking at us and back at the rude man. I guess he understood what we were talking about.
These days, it seems that many older people complain about young people being rude and inconsiderate. I find that it’s the opposite. Many high school students seem to be much more polite than the elderly, particularly in the area of Japan I live in. I think some elderly need to evaluate their own behaviour. I’m not saying all elderly people are rude and all young people are polite, but I find that most rude people are older.