Mr Awe wrote:
Locutus of Bored wrote:
No, by acting all shocked like he said something horrifying, and making hyperbolic assumptions that he thinks he's superior to cashiers or considers them automatons. Plus, using the roll-eyes emoticon. That's like the DefCon One of emoticon escalation.
I wasn't shocked. As I stated, I was surprised because I usually agree with Pingfah
. I still think he's an intelligent poster and I enjoy his posts. I just disagree with him on this issue.
My view is that politeness should be a two-way street. It doesn't matter that the cashier is paid to be there. They're still people on an equal level with the costumer.
You're the one supplying the hyperbole.
I'm amused/amazed at the idea that the customer and cashier have some kind of mutual responsibility to be polite to each other.
Customer service is the JOB of the cashier! It's a big chunk of what they're paid for. Running a cash register is pretty basic, so the customer service aspect of the job is what often distinguishes a good cashier from a bad one.
The customer, on the other hand, is NOT getting paid to be polite to the cashier, and they are supporting the cashier's employment by SHOPPING at the business where the cashier works.
For me, it's not about who is getting paid to do what. Common courtesy should be, well, common. Although, I know it's often not.
Be polite because it's the nice thing to do, not just because you're paid to be polite.