Man on the Street: Have you ever been kicked out/restricted/asked to leave/ treated badly just because of your age?

University of Maine student Jessica Bishop asked her classmates this question. Tell us your answer on the Tap In message boards.

diana"When I'm just with people my age at a restaurant, it always seems like a group of adults will get served first-- even when we were the ones there first."-Diana McElwain, 18, Presque Isle, ME, University of Maine

"Going to Montreal the car was searched just because it was a bunch of kids, and it took over an hour." -Tiffany Mastromarino, 19, Camden, ME, University of Maine, hostess

alan"Yes, when I was a kid I was paperboy. I saved mymoney, but whenever I went to buy something that I had saved for the sales people in the store always treated me badly. I remember once I went to buy shoes from the Athletic Attic. When I paid for them, I paid in all ones because that's what I received from my customers. The two guys actually made fun of me. I was making a purchase of over $100 and they made fun of me. It was humiliating." -Alan Bailey, 19, Bucksport,ME, University of Maine

frank"When I was 14 I worked at my mom's blueberry farm. I was working the register one day when two guys came to pick up their order of blueberries. It was my job to help them and to take the money. When I asked if I could help them they told me that they were there to pick up the order and would like to see the person in charge.When I told them that that was me, they told me that they wanted to talk to someone who knew what they were doing. And when I again said that they were, they flat out asked to speak with someone older because they didn't think a child would have any idea about what they wanted."-Frank Platt, 20, Hamden, CT, University of Maine, IT Help Center

jen"A few years ago, I was out shopping at the mall with several friends. We were trying on clothes and laughing a lot at one store, then moved on to another story, where we tried on some things and even bought a few items. We went on to a third store and went into the dressing room to try on some clothes. There was a knock on the dressing room door while me and my best friend were getting changed; it was mall security. They gave us a couple minutes to get changed back into our clothes then when we stepped out of the dressing room they totally searched us and our bags, right in the middle of the store, to the point that no one could walk by the group including three mall security officers, two store managers and a group of five very confused teenage girls. This caused anyone that was in the store to basically have to stop and just watch the whole event because the officers were so loud and did it right in the middle of the small boutique instead of taking us to another place.
The whole thing happened because a worker in the first store was having a bad day and seeing an empty hanger in the changing room after we left assumed that we had stolen something (even though she checked that room before we got in there and the hanger was definitely there) and called the store that we were heading to a couple stores down to warn them of the group of 'shop lifters.' They also checked the dressing rooms before we went in and in that very busy store they were looking for reasons to label us five totally honorable girls as shop lifters. That's when the mall security was called in. The accusation was totally uncalled for and the way that the mall security guards conducted their search was extremely embarrassing and unprofessional." -Jennifer Wittman, 20, UMaine

gustavo"I remember going to dance clubs in Argentina and being asked if I had brought my pacifier." -Gustavo Burkett, 23, Argentina, RA, York Hall, University of Maine.

"I'm black. I know all about discrimination, so it's hard to say if it was being a kid, or being black. Oh well. For a while, between ages 13 and 16, when I went in to The Gap everybody would come up to me and ask if I needed anything and then follow me around. They didn't do this to other people." -Andrew Chernosky, 18, Corinth



Jessica Bishopis currently a junior Journalism/Policial Science major at the University of Maine, and is a writer for The Maine Campus newspaper.

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