Have you noticed that almost every where you go to shop, that the clerks are more friendly, they say "thank you" (except the post office) and they tell you that they want you to come back?
It must be a sign of the times, but I'm kind'a diggin it!
With the stark reality that you're lucky to have a job, combined with corporate trying to hang on to their share of the market, it's refreshing to me as a consumer to have a lot of attention, and have people fall all over themselves trying to help me, instead of the way things were 4-5 years ago.
I actually walked into Home Depot today, and had a greeter ask me if I needed help.
In the "old days", you were lucky to find an employee at Home Depot, let alone any place else!