I'm an elderly Southern lady who has some difficulty walking. Sometimes I use a cane, and there are times when I use a walker.
So I fit in the categories of being Female, Elderly, and Handicapped.
When we're out in public I am appalled to find that people have gotten so rude.
It's become the norm that when I arrive at store isle intersections I'M the one who has to stop and let the other person by. If I don't, I get run over.
Although some people will help with holding doors open, most do not.
People, including even store employees, speed around me with no regard for the likelihood that they are going to knock me down.
I'm old enough to remember when it was normal that people would respect their elders, show deference to women, and go out of their way to be helpful to anyone with a handicap.
My wonderful hubby ALWAYS shows his good manners and goes out of his way to be respectful and helpful. But then he's from the "Old School" and was taught good manners as a child, as I was.
This is one time when I DO wish for the "Good Old Days', and I make a point of saying Thank You to anyone who still shows good manners!!