You know what I would love to see? A return of basic manners. I know I was raised to say please and thank you. I raised my daughter that way. But more and more there is no such thing as being polite. It used to be considered rude to talk on the phone when you had company… now we all do it in the most public of places; sometimes very loudly and about delicate matters. As a cashier for years I was amazed at what some of the customers would talk about on their phones when they were checking out. And I found it so rude when I actually had a couple of customers shush me when I said their totals. If you are not ready to check out, wait and finish your call then approach the register.
Language is the other thing that bothers me. Growing up you never swore in public. And it was definitely frowned on at home. Now, especially the younger generations use swearing to season their vocabulary like salt and pepper. I know I was shocked when at an elementary playground I heard kids that were maybe 10 to 12 swearing like crazy. I was embarrassed for them.
Just a little common courtesy people. Some plain common sense. And above all remember the three magic words – please, thank you and you’re welcome. If we don’t set a good example all the generations that follow will just get worse and worse.
Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – polite