A One-Minute Drama
Scene: exiting the bank. Today, 4:08 PM.
Jennifer holds open the door for a Young Man of about 20 years old. Keep in mind that Jennifer is mid-thirties.
Young Man: Thank you, sweetie.
Jennifer: ... Did you just call me sweetie?
YM: (with pride and a pinch of bravado) Yes. I'm a polite gentleman.
Jennifer: (politely, but firmly) I prefer "Ma'am." (Exits to parking lot, long powerful strides, skirt whipping around her legs.)
YM: (softly) OK, I'm sorry.