Wednesday, July 23, 2008

It goes both ways

One of my biggest pet peeves is when you are at a gas station, coffee shop, or any retail place and the employee ringing you up (aka taking your money) is on the phone/says nothing to you/has no personality. You can have people skills, you can say hello, you can smile and ask me the general questions. We don't have to be best friends, but at least acknowledge me.

Today I saw the opposite. I was at Wal-Mart (don't stone me) getting some misc. items and the person in front of me was totally ignoring the clerk. He was friendly and polite and she was, well...not. He said hello, and nothing, he gave her the total and she threw a bill on the belt, and then he even said thank you and she picked up her cell phone and walked away.

I was next and I felt bad for the guy so I was extra nice to him. He definitely thought I was hitting on him because I may or may not have laid it on too thick trying to overcompensate for the jerk ahead of me.

Why can't we all just get along?

5 comments:

Hurley said...

Because sometimes I am in no mood to feign niceness to someone because they are nice to me. Like you said, no one wants to be in the store in the first place, and I'm in sales and can only fake so many smiles a day, and I'm not about to waste one on some kid at the checkout line unless it is genuine. Being nice is overrated! They say you get more flies with honey than vinegar, but I say you get all the flies with bullshit...and as my mom says, "who wants flies?" Rude is the new black, and nice is so 2001!

All Things Red said...

I totally agree with you, Iris. I think it's so rude that as a customer, I end up saying thank you to the cashier and they just grunt or mumble something - or say nothing at all. WHAT?!

Sad Panda said...

Despite the fact that it is completely rude and annoying, I always secretly loved when customers were mean. I'd smile, be in a positive mood, etc. and just watch as they were disgusted with how happy I was. I was never the overly happy, Brian from "Office Space" person, but knowing how absolutely miserable they were, I would try that much harder to rub it in their faces that I don't let the small things get to me. Call me sadistic but to a sarcastic high school student, this was entertainment!

wrestling kitties said...

People need to get over themselves. I agree, just a friendly smile and hello as acknowledgement from both parties of at least each others existence in this world is nice. I don't think either groups of people want to be where they are at that moment but that is no reason for either to be rude.

Dri said...

In response to the title of this blog post...

"That's what she said."

(Sorry, just read t.w.i.t.'s conversation with her f-i-l and then read this title. :) )