Saturday, October 7, 2017

Post 3570 - Saturday Night Rant

I need to get something off my chest.

Several times in recent months, and again this evening, I have seen comments from people that justify poor behavior. There are people, lots of them, who think that if a person who does a favour for another person expects gratitude, or a thank you or a pat on the head from the person who was granted the boon, then the grantor is "feeding his ego", as one friend put it.

I was brought up to say please and thank you. Period. If someone does something for me, I thank that person. If I open a door for someone, or drive them somewhere, or go out of my damn way to do something for them, then the very least I should be able to expect is the common courtesy of a simple thank you, a smile, an acknowledgement of some kind. Otherwise, I might as well be an uber driver.

Quite often, I let someone into traffic, or cut across my lane to effect a left hand turn. If that person doesn't smile, or wave or acknowledge what I did, I feel less inclined to do it the next time.

If you are the kind of person who doesn't have the common decency to thank someone who does something for you, then what is your problem? Are you so bitter, unhappy, miserable, that you can't be grateful for anything? Do you expect people to serve you, that the world revolves around you, that you are owed this service somehow?

It is called respect. It is about having the common decency associated with being a civilized human being to thank a person who does something for you. If you can't get that, if you don't behave that way, I have to wonder what kind of person you are, how you were brought up, and how many friends you have.

The nerve of some people. Grr.

See you tomorrow.


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