There’s plenty of hipsters in Sydney. They are easy to spot. Trendy, carefully put together outfits that look effortless, perfectly manicured facial hair, often wearing glasses and riding a bicycle, with a general hip vibe. They hang out at organic, vegan cafes. They shun the mainstream but are generally harmless. Yet some hipsters seem to think that the rules of social etiquette don’t apply to them. But hipster, bad news. The rules apply to you too. You think I’m being unfair on poor hipsters? Read on…
Hipster on a plane
We’re all ready for take off to Townsville, seated next to a hipster couple. Here’s a heads up Mr and Ms Hipster, if you are going to travel on a plane, you need to follow the safety advice. That means you need to put your window shade up for take off and landing. Sliding it down once the air hostess has taken her seat is not acceptable. Why did this bug me? Well, safety first! If the plane crashes I can’t look out the window and work out where we’ve landed. To make it worse, each flight we take with a window seat we need to explain to one of the boys why the window shade stays up. When Mr Hipster blatantly ignores the rule, this mummy looks like a liar. My hardwork in teaching the ‘window shade up’ rule is wasted.
Hipster at the theatre
More accurately, hipster goes to the theatre with a small child and a mobile phone. We’re at the Opera House to see a kid’s performance. The charming hipster seated next to me is there with his partner and two small kids. The youngest isn’t interested in the show. At all. To distract the kid, the hipster whips out his mobile phone and gives it to the child who plays a game on the phone, with the sound turned up real loud. Distractingly so, it’s drowning out the performer’s singing. Not to mention the glow from the screen in a darkened theatre. I give the hipster a look. He laughs and says, better turn that down. Indeed. But then the hipster decides to take selfies of him with the child, in his seat while the show is in full swing. Not only is it annoying for those around him, it’s entirely disrespectful to the people on stage. Plus, I look like a mean Mummy again when I tell the boys that, no, they can’t play with my phone. There are many reasons why phones should be off during a performance. Hipster, put your phone away! Remember the rules apply to you too.
Hipster skips to the front of the line
I get it, hipster, you don’t like to queue. Me either. Your kid likes to queue even less. Mine too. But here’s the thing, the whole form a line and wait your turn applies to you and your kid. You can’t buy a ticket for a pony ride, go and have a bounce on the jumping castle and come back expecting your child to now be at the front of the line. Not how it works, sorry! If someone politely points out that it doesn’t seem to be your child’s turn, because he’s not spent any time in the line, you can’t get cross and swear at that person.
I don’t want to harp on at you Ms Hipster, but it couldn’t possibly have been your child’s turn. You know why I am so sure? Well, you added your son at the front of the line while my eldest son was on the pony and my middle son was patiently waiting his turn. They had joined the line at the same time. Jumping the queue is poor form and it’s particularly obvious when you push in between two brothers! This wasn’t even one of those times where a parent has been left to ‘hold the spot’ either. Maybe I’m precious but surely we all need to wait our turn, hipster included.
I get the hipster need to rebel against the mainstream. But how about the hipsters rally against issues that matter, maybe fight for equal pay for women, or advocate for the better treatment of refuges. You know, those big picture things. But the basic rules of social interaction need to be followed, hipster or not.
Of course it’s not only hipsters who fail to observe the etiquette of daily life. Any hipster driving you wild lately? Do tell!