Thursday, May 14, 2015
Offensive workplace greetings
What is with these grocery store clerks and baristas in coffee shops lately? Instead of being trained to give a polite greeting like “Good morning” or “Good afternoon” they are saying, “What are you up to this afternoon?” or “What plans do you have for this evening?”
Sorry, but I don’t think it is anybody’s damn business what I am up to this afternoon or what I am up to this evening.
To the first question I am tempted to respond “I am planning to rob the bank on the corner, but don’t tell anyone.” Or “After I visit the mortuary I’m going to the monument people to pick out a headstone” or “I’m having gall bladder surgery so hurry up with the latte.”
Also when I say thank you, servers or store clerks say “No problem.” And I want to scream, “I never said it was a problem! How about just saying, you’re welcome in a civilized way?”
I find it offensive when someone I don’t know inquires anything personal about me, like what I am doing, where I am going and what plans I have made. I am not after making best friends with strangers behind the counters I am just after completing a simple business transaction.