CHRISTA D'SOUZA asks if 'silver surfers' get less tolerant with age

Everyday Ageism: CHRISTA D’SOUZA asks if ‘silver surfers’ get more crotchety and less tolerant the older they get

  • Hive Beach Cafe rescinded a ‘silver surfer’ deal because of abuse to young staff
  • A woman over 55 reduced a teenage waitress to tears with her rudeness 
  • Christa D’Souza says she must keep reminding herself ageism goes both ways 

It’s the last tolerated prejudice. But Femail’s had enough. It’s time we called out those day-to-day moments when we’re patronised for no longer being young . . .

You’d think older people would have better manners than their more youthful counterparts, wouldn’t you? Not if you worked at the Hive Beach Cafe on the Dorset Coast, which recently rescinded a ‘silver surfer’ deal because of the abuse its young staff received from the clientele it attracted.

One female customer in her 60s started swearing when asked if she wouldn’t mind joining the queue. Another woman over 55 reduced a teenage waitress to tears with her rudeness. At some point, apparently, it got physical.

Christa D’Souza (pictured) admits that she has to keep reminding herself that everyday ageism goes both ways

This made me think: do us healthy, perfectly mobile ‘silver surfers’, who want to be treated just like everyone else, actually believe, as we’ve been around longer, we deserve preferential treatment? Do we secretly imagine that most young people are lazy, entitled and don’t know how good they have it. and in our day blah-blah-blah…

Am I myself getting more crotchety and less tolerant the older I get? If so, I need to keep that in check. Because otherwise I’m just contributing to the widening of that pernicious gap. Everyday ageism — I must keep reminding myself: it goes both ways.


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