If I dont know the person.... Yes I do get a little offended. I can't stand it when a waitress does it at a restaurant. Terms of endearment should not be part of the conversation if you don't know each other. Just my own thing though.
Not if it is my loving significant other but, if it is used by women I don't even know on ask that I am trying to have an intelligent debate with, it's like screeching fingernails on a chalkboard, and only comes across as characteristic of those who treat others with condescension. Either way it's probably a subculture perspective, but that's mine.
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There are many reasons someone may call you sweetie and it will depend on the situation when it occurs: ~ it is your significant other and it is a term of endearment ~ an adult speaking to a small child or younger relative, still a form of endearment ~ between friends as a term of endearment. ~ it can be a cultural thing used for both men and women. In the southern US of A, it is just part of normal everyday speech...it has no significant meaning, just being polite (they also say sugar and honey). ~ if someone is talking down to you or it is during a disagreement, then it will appear ti be condescending.
So before you take offense, look at the situation and see what it could really be about. Most likely it is a term of endearment.