EDITORIAL – Intolerance towards senior citizens is alive in the ‘Loops

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Anyone who judges others based on their advancing age, rather than on their character, is no better than the average racist or bigot

An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.

I SEEM to have hit a sore spot with my thoughts on the friendliness, or unfriendliness, of cashiers.

The reaction has been quite interesting — a lot of people seem to think the fault is with the customers. They reason that it’s a tough job being a cashier, and if one is having a bad day, he or she shouldn’t have to engage in pleasantries with customers.

This is an interesting approach to customer service, one that’s debatable, but a few of the comments have included a much more unsettling edge.

Some have expressed the view that I should be ignored because I’m of a senior age, and therefore presumably can have no relevant thoughts or opinions worth listening to, and should go pound sand.



Mel Rothenburger’s Armchair Mayor editorials appear twice daily Mondays through Thursdays on CFJC- TV. His Armchair Mayor column is published Saturdays on and CFJC Today. Contact him at

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