Recently, our local Kansas City Zoo offered a free day of admission as a thank-you to tax payers for helping support the zoo.
Given that I have two young children and not a lot of money, this is something that I was interested in.
Unfortunately, due to other plans, we were unable to attend.
What gets me is what was said about the people who would attend such a day.
A little backup…
The free day at the zoo received some bad press.
Apparently it was incredibly crowded, some people got into a fight, teenagers were standing around and blocking paths for parents with strollers, and other people were dropping their trash.
I concede that none of this is appropriate behavior, adults fighting at a family establishment is pathetic and people throwing trash is lazy. Teenagers standing around and not noticing other people…well, they are teenagers. Once upon a time you didn’t realize other people existed either.
But this is what got me.
I was listening to our local talk show station on my way home from school, Dana & Parks at KMBZ.
And by the time I got home I was rather irritated.
According to Dana & Parks people who attend a free day at the zoo are obviously free loaders, “white trash”, “don’t pay taxes”, and are a general drain on society.
I think it is wonderful that Dana & Parks in all of their upper middle class glory can easily attend the zoo on a full admission day, but not everyone can, and that doesn’t make us free loaders.
I pay my taxes, thank you.
I work full-time, I go to school, and I raise two boys.
I think it is fair to say that I am not lazy.
I am respectful to others.
I pay all my bills.
And I have never received government assistance.
And for you to make a public assumption that I am some sort of degenerate, lazy, drain on society because I would attend a free day at the zoo makes me sad for you.
I would attend a free day at the zoo because I am a good mom.
I would attend a free day at the zoo because I am responsible with my money.
And lastly I would attend a free day at the zoo so that I would not have to spend a second with you upper-middle class, too good, snobby arse.
I am sorry that some people chose to act like idiots on a free day at the zoo, but that does not make all of us who would take advantage of free admission white trash, non-tax paying, freeloaders.
Sometimes it just makes us responsible.