Too cool for your community or — why 20-somethings suck

OK, I just have to get this off my chest.

“Fuming” doesn’t even begin to cover it.

I get this call from some young administrative assistant type, working for some administrative type who is too important to place his own phone calls and run his own errands. He wants a two-year subscription to the Winters Express. We get everything all set up, and then the young administrative type tells me, “Oh, by the way, I just moved to Winters and have been getting the Express for weeks now, and I’d like to cancel it.”

Oh, I say… do you want a subscription of your own?

“No, I just want to cancel it. I don’t want it.”

You mean, not even for free? Until whoever’s subscription that was runs out?
“No, I’m a young person. I’m in my 20’s,” he says with a chuckle. “I get my information from the internet.”

There is no chuckling on my end of the phone. I inform him that he’s speaking with the editor, and I think it’s a shame that he’s not interested in what goes on in his own town, particularly if he’s new here. And, I remind him, most of what’s in the Express isn’t available online.

“Yeah, still not interested.”

A beat of silence on my end, and I’m in such a foul mood already, I’m just struggling with the urge not to tell him to tell his boss that his asshole employee isn’t interested in what’s going on in his own town, and when he can rectify that, or just fire the pompous little jerk, THEN I’ll give him a subscription. I mostly wanted to crawl through the phone line and shove a nice rolled-up newspaper where the sun don’t shine and shriek, “YOU WANT TO GET YOUR NEWS THIS WAY, OR FOR FREE ON YOUR DRIVEWAY???”

But I didn’t. Because I’m a nice person. Or so I’d have you believe.

But if you are one of those people who don’t care what happens in your own town, and think you’re just too – chuckle – young and hip to find out? Screw you. Just SCREW YOU. Too cool for your community? You are one of the many things that’s wrong with this country.

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