Being a senior citizen no excuse for boorish behaviour

I am a senior citizen writing in to highlight the boorish behaviour of some senior citizens in our midst.

I witnessed a male senior citizen demanding that a young woman give up her seat in the MRT for him.

She was not even sitting on the reserved seat. But, he scolded her in front of everyone, saying she ought to give up her seat for an elderly person.

She did do it, but she was not happy about it.

In another instance, I was at a National Day carnival singing our National Anthem when an elderly woman tapped my arm and indicated grumpily that she wanted me to move aside for her to walk through.

Earlier on, I had seen another elderly woman jump a queue.

Having a sense of entitlement and throwing one's weight around just because one is a senior is not good or wise behaviour.

I hope the guilty seniors will reflect on this and change for the better.

Joyce Fong (Madam)

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 11, 2018, with the headline 'Being a senior citizen no excuse for boorish behaviour'. Print Edition | Subscribe