Another suggestion is to go to lunch with your new co-workers. Try with a few and then move towards one on one lunches. I've found this helpful in getting to know co-workers because I don't have time to spend with them outside of working hours. Since your co-workers have children and spouses, the chances are that they do not have much time for after work socializing. You may find that you work with more liberal minded people and they they are just following the advice of autoegocrat while in the office. Even if your co-workers are conservative and/or their political opinions differ from yours, don't write them off based on that difference alone. I also like Tseneau's suggestion. Good luck.
A crowd of 500 unaccompanied minors should not happen anywhere. Such a crowd will only lead to trouble of some kind or another. I agree with Kalisa in that people should not be allowed to loiter. If the security guards cannot dispurse the crowd then the police should. Call the kids' parent and tell them they have 15 min. to pick up their child in the parking lot or they can get them later from Juvenile Court. Several commentors opine that there is nothing for minors to do. I disagree. First, the teenager can get a job and work on Fri. or Sat. night. Second, get together with a group of parents and agree on a rotation for the kids to hang out at different houses where they can socialize while being supervised. Third, churches all over this area sponser teenage night where teens can socialize away from their parents. Fourth, wake teenagers up early on Sat. and Sun. mornings for work or church and they'll need to get home and to bed at a decent hour in order to get enough sleep. What would they do when they get up on Sat. a.m. and get busy you ask - volunteer and help this community or, once again, go to a job.
By Chris McCoy
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