Minnesota Nice in a nutshell: smiling, polite, slightly passive aggressive but mute on the surface, but seething with unaddressed, unexpressed rage underneath.
Moira Manion, a Minneapolis writer/bookstore clerk did a commentary on Marketplace about toddlers whose parents allow them to wreak havoc when they're shopping:
Hunter and Sophia. Very nice names. Did you happen to notice that they're screaming, pulling items off the shelves, and running around like lab monkeys on mescaline?Minnesota Nice try, Moira.
I don't think any parent can NOT expect a "you break it, you buy it" policy; but if they are oblivious to their kids' destructiveness, or if they get away without having to pay the consequences of their kids' mischief, you're only reinforcing the parents' undesirable behavior.
Instead, why not try channeling your rage into annoyingly gracious but unrelenting customer service as you obsequiously ring up a pile of torn or tossed books?
Kick out the kids [marketplace.publicradio.org via dt reader jj daddy]