I really can't believe that a woman down south demanded an apology because a bus driver had called her "Babe". I think it was in the Brighton area. If that is all she has to worry about in life then God help her. Then on this morning's BBC News program a so called etiquette expert backed her up. Is there a shortage of news?
Maybe there are people who read this forum who think like her? Perhaps I was brought up wrongly, but expressions such as Chuck; Queen; Luv; make me feel that I am back home again. I also quite liked being called "my beautie" or "my bird" etc when I was in the west country, or "Hen" when I was in Geordie land.
Some people do not like strangers being over familiar.
There's been campaigns for years by feminist groups to stop what is considered oppressive behaviour, this is just the thin edge of the wedge, at the other end is idiots who think rape is a valid form of seduction...
I have my youngest (26) daughter with me at the moment, and I just asked here what she thinks about this.
She says that if a total stranger called her 'babe' she would be furious. I imagine that plenty of women would feel the same way. Some men just don't seem to realise that this is the 21st century - behaviour like that isn't acceptable.
I'm sure you weren't wrongly brought up; the world has changed, that's all. It's wrong to assume that women will think the way you do when it comes to how you address them.