I skate allot around town.. And I make sure I respect other people and their properties.. If u r having some sort of problem with people looking down on u.. Then just keep respecting them and being humble.. and eventually people will notice ur different. Now in town people know who I am and they have nothing against me :) sometimes they wave.. All u gotta do is smile and wave back :D
because of the history of it. most kids "back in the day" would cause trouble by smashing things with their boards. and because cops like to find anyone and everyone to give a bad name to. its a im the favorite game.
I am not saying all skateboarders are like this but many try to take over certain areas and will skateboard where people are walking and are rude about it. They just take off and yell for people to get out their way. For many people they are the only or the main ones they have contact with. It is those few bad apples giving the rest of the group a bad rep.