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Thread #123871   Message #2738540
Posted By: Peace
04-Oct-09 - 11:37 PM
Thread Name: This is no time to be silent...G20 in Pittsburgh
Subject: RE: This is no time to be silent...G20 in Pittsburgh
Haddocker: I too am sorry for your experience.

At risk of deflating this particular balloon, a fellow back in the 1990s wrote a book wherein he sought news stories or other documentation for the 'spitting' stuff that supposedly happen to many people. He could find nothing. The one place where vets seemed to have been rudely treated was San Francisco where they were subject to bad language and gestures. Anyone really interested might try Googling

returning vietnam vets being spit on

(no quotation marks).

I'd interpret the 'being spit upon' as euphemistic and not real. I have NO doubt it happened a few times, but it really wasn't until about 1980 that this particular urban myth began to surface in a big way.