underestimating teens

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Registered: 03-26-2003
underestimating teens
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Wed, 04-09-2003 - 5:24pm
I'm house manager for my school's musical.

I'm trying to get a cotton candy machine rental. This one company was all gung ho until today. They decided they are uncomfortable with my not being able to be legally responsible.

I emailed them back letting them know I'm 18, and if that's not enough, I will be under direct "older adult" supervision.

Ugh, people just assume I'm some punk 13 year old who just happens to use correct spelling and punctuation, who is also coordinating a huge event with NO adult supervision...

Just a rant!

Have any of you had a time when your teen has been underestimated by others?

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Fri, 04-11-2003 - 7:47pm
lol - make that at least two people ;-)

In fact, i don't think even that *most* teens are irresponsible. There are those out there who give a bad name for all the rest, but overall, I personally love teens. I think they have great possibility that rarely gets explored. But I love their approach to life most, I think. (Most of them ;-) - still so open to everything and willing to take risks (Most, LOL)

Good luck!! I'll bet there will be a whole lot more people who will have gained respect for you by the end of this, yuccabug (btw, I love your name, LOL)

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Thu, 04-10-2003 - 9:45pm
I'm house manager so I elected to take on some of the responsibility. It's my 5th or 6th time doing this thing, so I've pretty much got it down.

Anyway, once they heard I was 18, suddenly they were so nice!

I got a better price quote elsewhere, without the hassle though, so end of story. :)

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Registered: 03-22-2003
Wed, 04-09-2003 - 6:59pm
Oh definitely and that's because folks don't take the time to sort out teens as individuals versus lumping them all together.

Now a question here, seeing as your school is actually hosting the musical via drama class/club, shouldn't they be contacting the company? They are the ones who would have the liability as the proceeds would benefit the drama class or student body. Another course of action would be to approach your PTA/PTO and ask them for assistance.

Keep up the good work and trust me, there is at least one person in the world who knows that all teens aren't irresponsible.