The simple truth is that 30 seconds of scolding a jerk(s) are not going to fix the years of bad parenting and bad choices that made said jerk.
These days if you are about to interact with a stranger who is behaving in a socially unacceptable manner, even if they are a juvenile (often especially if they are a juvenile) it’s rather dangerous to assume that they accept the same code of civilization you do. While you might never react to someone challenging you about littering by trying to beat them to death, you cannot make the assumption that the other guy has the same reluctance to use violence on you. In fact, it’s a pretty fair bet that if the person performing the socially unacceptable action is in a group of peers participating in the same action or cheering it on, it’s highly likely that good natured attempts to get them to “do the right thing” will be met with…well:
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DENVER — A couple that was brutally beaten and assaulted along Denver’s 16th Street Mall are sharing their story about the attack in an effort to encourage police to step up their patrols along the busy tourist spot.
The incident happened around 9 p.m. Thursday at the intersection of 16th and Curtis streets. The victims spoke in an exclusive interview on Sunday after learning no one has been arrested or charged in the attack.
“I got dogpiled, kicked in the head and punched repeatedly,” said one victim who’s only being identified as Mitch.
The victims said the assault started after they noticed the teenage suspects were littering and they decided to speak up in an effort to convince the strangers to change their behavior.
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