As America reopens, businesses see an uptick in bad behavior

Crime’s up. Tempers are up.

Across the United States, businesses are grappling with an astonishing rise in what can only be called “people behaving badly.”

Retail workers have been subjected to horrifying attacks based on their race, gender identity or disability. Flight attendants have been verbally — and occasionally physically — assaulted. Aggressive driving has led to road rage, with deadly consequences. Shoppers are brawling in the aisles.

Experts are pointing to soaring stress levels as the trigger for the rise in these types of incidents.

The not-so-friendly skies

Indefinite bans for NBA fans

NBA fans returning to arenas is a welcome sight for the league, which was reportedly $1.5 billion short of revenue expectations last season as the pandemic resulted in lost ticket sales. Yet, the return of fans has brought a host of new problems.

For example, in Boston, a 21-year-old Celtics fan was charged with assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon, after heaving a water bottle at Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving as he left the court at TD Garden.

In New York, Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young got spit on during a playoff game against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden. And Washington Wizards star Russell Westbrook got popcorn dumped on him by a fan as he left the court with an injury.

“To be completely honest, this s— is getting out of hand. … The amount of disrespect, the amount of fans just doing whatever the f— they want to do … it’s just out of pocket,” Westbrook said in a postgame press conference.

The league issued a statement on the recent behavior and made changes to its fan code of conduct as a result.

“The return of more NBA fans to our arenas has brought great excitement and energy to the start of the playoffs, but it is critical that we all show respect for players, officials and our fellow fans,” the NBA said.

Many of the teams impacted are not tolerating the bad behavior, placing indefinite bans on rude fans attending future games.

“Something’s gonna happen to the wrong person and it’s not gonna be good,” warned Portland star Damian Lillard.

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