Isn't scaring them the point? The only way to get them to do as they're told, is to intimidate them! Which is why yes, you should grow a backbone, utter an insult every once in a while, it might do you some good. Give them your most evil smirk you can muster!
No, but it would make you a modern day hero. Modern day heroes have flaws nowadays, don't you know? It's all the rage, otherwise you're just one-dimensional, can you believe that? They're not entirely "good" anymore, they have bits of "evil" inside of them as well. So embrace it, let out the evil within! Kick some puppies!