I think the hun brigade just call everybody that regardless. I've bought a couple of things from strangers on Facebook selling and messages are full of Hun, Sweetie and xxx, it's so weird. You don't know me, why are so you sending kisses?
Is this a new trend? This year I've noticed young people in service-type positions addressing me this way. 'Thanks Hon!" or "Can I help you Sweetie?" I'm a young 60 but clearly look more mature than someone in their 20's, 30's or even 40's. At a glance one could tell that I'm their elder; heck, I could be their mother or grandmother!
Is it meant to be a put down or just a new of being personable? If it's meant to be a cheerful manner of communication, what's wrong with a bright & cheery "Thank you!" "Hope you enjoy your day", or "How can I help you?" Maybe I'm old fashioned; I believe in addressing elders as Ma'am, Miss or Sir to get eye contact with the intent to begin conversing. I don't approach a service counter employee with "Hi Honey, I'd like to make a return please". I find this behavior to be condescending and disrespectful to elders. There's no need to 'tag' cheerful statements to strangers--whether starting a conversation or ending a transaction.
What's your opinion? Frankly, when spoken to this way I feel like responding with "You're welcome Cupcake!" or " No thanks, I'm fine Sugarplum!". Maybe they'll get the hint.