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'Boss, not even a juice'

Published:Monday | September 8, 2014 | 9:00 AM

I'm amazed at the behaviour of some members of this generation. I remember an event I attended a while ago, where members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, along with community stalwarts and corporate Jamaica, came together to honour some special people. The event was held for centenarians who had grown up and/or made sterling contributions to a particular inner-city community. They didn't rent some fancy hotel suite uptown for their festivities; they held it right there among the people at one of the community centres.

Now, at one point in the proceedings, one by one, a group of brutally underdressed young men traipsed into the kitchen area. Apparently, a server had tried to fix up some food for them, so they came running (almost literally). They were promptly told to get out by a policeman. Outside afterwards, I could clearly hear one of them angrily asking one of the organisers, "So not even a juice?" when it was made clear to him there would be no 'freeness', at least not that afternoon, at that particular function.

Just not needed

Now, I am all for those with much, helping out those with less, provided those with less are actually trying to help themselves. But when they're going to start demanding that people do things for them, that's where I draw the line. I was oh so tempted to ask the young man why he would deserve 'even a juice' from an event that was not held for him, was not organised by him and, to be brutally honest, did not require his presence in any way, shape or form.

I guarantee he couldn't tell you the names of the honourees, much less what they had done for the community. But just because it's being held in your area, that entitles you to something? Don't make me puke.

Too many people, whether young (which for some people translates to 'stupid') and not-so-young (aka, should know a little better), are going through life believing the world owes them everything. That's why the lotto scam has been so difficult to tackle; stupid people vindicate it by saying it's reparation payback for slavery. You have got to be kidding.

There are some who believe utilities should be free, especially water. Okay, let's play devil's advocate for a second. Let's make it free. Don't we know the clowns asking for freeness are the ones who will be using it indiscriminately? Like washing their cars every day or having streetside pool parties every weekend? Exactly.

So, angry young man with the unkempt hair, the answer is no, not even a juice for you, or your lame friends, dawdie. Not with your wait-under-the-mango-tree-waiting-for-fruits-to-drop-instead-of-doing-your-own-planting mentality. And don't give me this crap about lack of opportunities; people today have more opportunities than our forefathers ever did. What's changed is the mentality. I suggest you fix yours and actually do something worth all our time.

But maybe I'm just off my meds. Lata.

Link me at daviot.kelly@gleanerjm.com