I think that's the difference these days. When I was a teenager, if I'd have acted with such disrespect towards an adult, and he'd given be a "smack" (within reason), my parents would have sided with him. Disrespecting adults was a cardinal sin when I grew up - it was something I never did; it was ingrained into me from a young age. My parent often had parties with work friends, and often my parent's bosses, and I would never have dreamed of treating any adult disrespectfully, no matter where I was. Perhaps michael_atw has a point; maybe "Generation X" parents aren't so good at teaching their kids respect for elders. Obviously I'm not damning a whole generation of parents, but it seem there's a lot of kids today who have no respect for their elders. It's hard to say - perhaps we have a somewhat distorted view of our youth? Even so, if I'd refused to get off someone's car when I was a teenager, I probably would have been dragged off by my hair, or my ear. If the police had been called, they'd have given me a right kick up the arse as well, and then taken me home to face my parents, where I would've copped it as well. That's the truth.