I am a pretty forgiving person. I forgave the dog when she peed on my just-cleaned carpet. I forgave my husband when he told a friend that he trusted his auto mechanic more than me. (I forgave him….but it took a long, long time for me to forgive him for that one and I guilted him into buying me jewelry.) I can forgive people who get in the under 15 line at the market with at least 20 items in their cart. (Who hasn’t done that????). But I have a really, really hard time excusing people who are just plain rude.
Example: If two people are about to walk into a building about the same time, and one person holds the door open so that the other person can go in first, a “thank you” is in order.
Example: If someone gets into the wrong line of traffic and needs to get over, the person who lets that person in deserves a thank you (usually in the form of a raised hand.) Some form of acknowledgment is polite.
Example: If you are walking down a street, or pushing a cart in a grocery store, and someone knocks into you, THEY should say “I’m sorry.” (not you – as is often the case, I usually end up saying “I’m sorry” even though it was the other person who walked/bumpled/knocked into me.
And here’s what started this little rant today: I was in a pharmacy – a national chain – and waited to check out in one of those roped off lines where you wait for the next cashier. The line in back of me was growing. And 2 of the 3 cashiers were having a wonderful private discussion instead of working. Even when she eventually called me up, she kept up her private discussion. Am I the only one who finds this rude?
Is use of the words, “please” and “thank you” dying out?
Anyone else out there with tales of unspeakable rudeness?