Interesting. I had thought of it as a modern thing. I'm going to poke around and do some reading. As a Sang-sympathizer, this sort of thing is fascinating to me.
The couple came back... and had the nerve to complain
That takes a serious sense of entitlement to steal something and then complain when the owner takes it back. It's a funny story, though.
I've never heard of this movie, but it sounds interesting. I'll try to find it.
down phase as a society
Yeah, I feel like sensitive misfits and dropouts are sort of the canary in the coalmine of modern society. I have a lot of friends who are NEETs and the like, and I think it means we're in for a rough decade or two.