Unfiltered Story #32646

Georgia, USA | Unfiltered | March 7, 2017

(I have just moved to Georgia from California. My parents are in the Air Force. It should be known that on the west coast saying ma’am and sir is neither required nor expected. It is in Georgia though. In the military only Army and Navy call their superiors ma’am or sir usually, so my parents never required or made me use the titles.)

Teacher: “So, [My name] you just moved from California right?”

Me: “Yes.”

Teacher: *gives me a very hard look*

Me: *stares back not at all knowing what I did wrong*

Teacher: *stares at me for longer before practically exploding* “That was EXTREMELY RUDE, [My name]! I am your TEACHER! You are expected to say yes MA’AM or no MA’AM!”

Me: *on the verge of tears due to my fear of adults yelling at me* yes, ma’am. I’m so sorry, it won’t happen again.

Teacher: “It better not. I can’t believe your parents didn’t teach you that! Kids these days.”

(From that day forward, I never forgot to say sir or ma’am again!)

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  • ryan mills

    I understand that they may be used to the idea that everyone calls them sir/ma’am, but if someone yelled at me over something I didn’t know, I would make sure I never called them sir/ma’am. It’s a title of respect, which is earned, being a teacher or even being an elder does not grant someone instant respect, especially they’re the type to yell at someone over something they don’t know.

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