Manners, politeness, etiquette; whatever name you want to
give it, it's a shame it's been added to the endangered species
list. I currently work in retail, so, I talk to people on a
daily basis. My biggest pet peeve is the lack of manners most of
my customers come into the store with. Or should I say
"without". I'm not sure if it boils down to stress, the
economy, aliens, or whatever. A great many people seem to be
lacking in old fashioned politeness towards their fellow man.
It takes no energy at all to say, "Excuse Me", "Please", etc.
Although I can almost excuse young children for their ignorance
to any manners at all due to the fact that they are only taught
what their parents teach them. Adults however are another matter
entirely. Many is the time I've directed someone to the restroom
without so much as a "Thank You" for my trouble. I've lost
count on how many times I've been at the register with customers
too busy to put their cell phones down long enough to say ,
"Hello". Technology is great I'll admit, but it doesn't take the
place of face to face contact. I know I sound a bit bitter and
it's probably due to the fact I've been in customer service way
to long for my taste. All I know is that times have changed so
much that basic communication that we have taken for granted has
slipped away from us and we need to get it back!
Maybe when the economy gets a little better, people will be
nicer to each other. Maybe the day will come when people will
stop texting and actually talk to each other. Maybe aliens will
finally invade the earth. Anyway, if you will excuse me, I need
to find a restroom. Thank You.
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