This week, news magazine HP/De Tijd looks at what it calls ‘The Grey Plague’, the new breed of wealthy and healthy pensioners. The Netherlands has 2.2 million 60- to 75-year-olds who own 65% of the country’s private assets, and to some, they are becoming a nuisance.
Take keen golf player and schoolgirl Carolin Reichert who was denied the ‘youth player discount’ by the ‘older’ female caddie master.
Or the McDonalds in Almere, where a group of elderly people were banned for making too much noise.
Or the shopping centre in Oude Pekela where a gang of pensioners took to hanging around and making unwelcome comments to other shoppers.
The over-65s are even becoming a nuisance in university lecture theatres, the magazine reports. ‘They always go on about their own experiences during class and think they know everything better than everyone else,’ said first-year student Patricia Doest.
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