While perusing a few Dutch websites, I came across a beauty - local news, in English. This site is geared towards expats and even has a handy list of terms that are likely to baffle new people in the country. I was scanning through when I got to a paragraph about hangjongeren, which also mentioned something about troublesome pensioners.
Double take. I'm not paying attention. That didn't just say what I think it said. Did it?
Hangjongeren - literally, youths who hang around - is the handy Dutch word to describe groups of teenagers who loiter on street corners and in shopping centres, often getting up to no good. The Netherlands has also had several incidents of nuisance caused by hangouderen - pensioners who hang around in shopping centres without buying anything and making annoying remarks to passers-by.I'm sorry, let's revisit that last sentence.
Pensioners... who hang around in shopping centres without buying anything and making annoying remarks to passers-by.
It has been a while since I squeezed out tears of laughter.
This comment made me wonder about my Gran's trips to Cresta on a weekly basis. She hops on the bus from Sunset, I mean, Sunrise Estate with the other old ducks and they prowl the shops of Northern Joburg... intimidating youngsters and threatening toddlers.
What kind of annoying remarks?
"Oi, you! I saw you buying those condoms... and I don't see a ring on your finger. You... HO!"
"Hey fat arse! You gonna need a tin of prune juice with that Big Mac!"
Or perhaps my Crazy Dame Olga is one of these troublesome pensioners, prowling the Grote Markt in Den Haag.
Monty Python predicted this threat to society, years ago. They called them... Hell's Grannies.