Mom had her big MYC (Music for Young Children) recitals today, so that went until about nine-thirty. Meals at our house have pretty much broken down into snacks whenever you feel like them, so Brianna and I opted to run out for some fast food after the recitals were over. While Brianna was in Wendy's, I zipped over to McDonalds. Upon arriving inside, I had to wait about a minute before anyone was ready to serve me because they were busy on drive-thru. Here's an exchange of our conversation:
Me: Hi. I'd like two cheeseburgers and a small fry, please.
Clerk: Is that everything?
Me: Yes, thanks.
Clerk: To stay or to go?
Me: To go.
Clerk: That'll be four (something or other)
*** I give him the money, he gives me change***
Clerk: It'll be just a moment.
*** after another minute he comes back with the food***
Do you see anything at all odd about that conversation? Anything at all? I don't. But as he was handing me the food this is what he said: "I just wanted to thank you because you've done something for me today that not many people have done. You've shown me some respect. So to thank you I bumped up your fry order."
I asked him "What? Why aren't they?", and he said he didn't know, but that not many people did today.
What?! He appeared completely sincere -I mean he certainly wasn't flirting or anything. The guy just seemed to be so glad to meet someone who treated him like a human being. Isn't that sad? I did nothing at all special. I was just normal. Is the world so far gone that common politeness goes entirely down the drain so that normal behaviour seems stellar?
Wow. I hope his day picks up for him. And don't let me ever catch any one of you being rude to someone just because they happen to be behind a counter or working somewhere. That kind of behaviour just makes me sick. If you can't treat fellow humans with common decency, then stay home. You're not wanted.
“I'm not concerned with your liking or disliking me... All I ask is that you respect me as a human being.” Jackie Robinson
“Men are respectable only as they respect.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
P.S. I lost my voice for about five days, but it's coming back now. Tomorrow will be my first real day on the job at Timmy's. Brianna and Justin are back from YC. That's all.