‘Push-the-Pensioner Day’

2015-11-10 06:00

I would like to suggest that one day each month is set aside and formally designated “Push-the-Pensioner Day”. My reasoning behind this is quite simple and I am sure that everyone will agree with me that the concept is quite brilliant.

As a pensioner myself, as well as being a recovering cancer patient, I believe that I’m eminently qualified to talk about this subject. Wherever elderly citizens go these days they are constantly pushed, shoved and knocked out of the way by robust young people who seem to be both bad tempered and in a terrible hurry.

In a way I feel sorry for these youngsters as they appear to be in a perpetual state of desperation and aggression. Happiness and joy of life seem to have been lost in a fruitless search to satisfy their egos. Although children may not fall into this category, they have a more novel way of offending the elderly: They simply refuse to acknowledge they exist and cheerfully try and walk right through them.

If we nominated one day each month as “Push-the-Pensioner Day” all assaults on pensioners would have to be confined to this one day. This would leave the rest of the month relatively safe for pensioners to venture onto the streets and into malls without fear of being knocked flying. Similarly, they would not be taken by surprise as they would know what to expect on these nominated days and, preferably, elect to stay at home.

Seriously though, it’s a sad indictment on our society that the elderly and infirm are treated with so little courtesy.

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