Lucy had been planning this day for a month. Sally, her best friend, was turning 21, and they had decided to have a girls day out. First stop: obviously, coffee and doughnuts. Next stop: an all-morning, interactive demonstration and class on a favorite topic.
Lucy and Sally – early twenties, ladylike
Classmates – men and women, primarily in their 40’s and 50’s
Instructor – knowledgable man in his 50’s
The instructor, along with several classmates, is using foul language.
Despite there being ladies present, the men (and possibly some of the women) continue to swear. There is no gentleman in these ladies’ company to request that the language be checked. The instructor and the majority of the classmates are all old enough to be Lucy’s and Sally’s parents.
So, the question is, how would you deal with this situation?
- Request publicly (and politely) that the language be cleaned up?
- Privately, politely ask the instructor to address the situation?
- Leave the class (discreetly, politely) and the money you paid for it?
What would you see as an appropriate way to handle this?