Whatever Happened To Please and Thank You?

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Kinard Realty

Why is it when I go into a convenience store and approach the counter not matter how big or small the counters the person in line directly behind me and it doesn't matter if it's a male or a female they suddenly feel that I am invisible. They proceed to start putting their bread, beer, chips, whatever on the counter beside me. They are so close I can actually hear them breathing.

This is something that totally puzzles me? Is it not common courtesy to stand back and wait your turn or to be asked: " Would you like to go ahead and place your things on the counter." Why is it that no matter where I go I run into this problem. Also, when you leave a store or enter a store and you hold the door open the person entering or leaving doesn't have to consideration to say thank you?

Are people so full of themselves that they actually think you were sent to that location to hold the door for them? Are they so busy that the word Thank You would take to much time?

What ever happened to Please and Thank You? I'm sure our parents taught us manners and respect towards others didn't they? What is the logic here? Did I miss something? I have heard some people say well people aren't taught manners anymore. I have tried to look at the person and think well maybe their young, maybe they don't know any better but, this doesn't seem to be an age thing. I have seen it in older and younger people and sadly enough in my experience older people are worse... It totally blows me away and strikes a never that never needs to be hit...  I always hold the door open for the person behind me. I always stay back until it is my turn. Maybe I need to call my mom and say thank you?


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Donna Harris
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My 2 year old came home from school on Friday and said, "I always say my pleases, tank yous, and welcomes." I said, now we just need to work on the "excuse me" when she burps!!

Mar 07, 2010 01:39 PM #1
Dan Tabit
Keller Williams Bellevue - Sammamish, WA

Paula, I just heard from my 11 year old teacher that he is always holding the door, says please and thank you too.  Now if I didn't have to go in for parent teacher conference for misbehavior, I'd really have it good. : )

Mar 07, 2010 02:43 PM #2
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