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Joedevola - whilst I fully understand and agree with you, i don't understand why someone would take it so seriously when it's only a supermarket. I've created friendships with some professional people like GP's, barrister/judge, millionaires etc. I greeted all of them the same and none were bothered.

I think when it comes to becomming a cabbie, I'll address the suited and booted as sir/ma'am and the casual tourists/regular joes as mate/darling etc.

The ironic thing about saying the store could lose a customer, I believe he had a store credit card, So If he buys from another store, he'll pay more interest 8) That and the fact the company is owned by the biggest company in the world.
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Rusty rope wrote:
Joedevola - whilst I fully understand and agree with you, i don't understand why someone would take it so seriously when it's only a supermarket. I've created friendships with some professional people like GP's, barrister/judge, millionaires etc. I greeted all of them the same and none were bothered.
I think you mentioned that you were 21? You may not have been exposed to the same upbringing, or perhaps it is a generational thing, but some people do take these things seriously. I was at school today. The lecturer was commenting on the things that ticked her off when marking assignments. She hated poor grammar, punctuation and spelling. She stated that to some, it was not a big deal, but for those who knew how to write, it is a big deal. Similarly, I try to teach my teenage kids table manners. Their comment is 'who cares'. My response is 'the girl who thinks it is important that you are trying to impress when on a date'. I could think of more examples, but hopefully you get my point.

Regarding the comment by fleece above:
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Respect should never be taken for granted, respect should be earned.
Yes, but in the service industry, it is the business that is trying to earn the respect of the customer. To say the customer has to earn the respect of the business is arse backwards. I would be pretty ticked off if I was a business owner and my staff were not treating customers with respect, resulting in customers taking their business elsewhere. As the owner of a business you can decide to act that way, but not if you are simply an employee.

In short, in a service industry, you have to respect that some people don't like being treated with familiarity.
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[/quote] Wmak,
How about this one: You are minding your own business at some public place when a gorgeous, tall, leggy twenty-something charges at you squealing, "Oh my God. Oh my God. Oh my God It's YOU". She embraces you. More squealing, "We had SO MUCH FUN, didn't we? GAWD I miss you!" People begin sideways glances at you. Couples whisper and chuckle in your direction. Women my age glare the "Cradle Robber" glare at you. You smile and try for a "friendly" hug

Then comes the real clincher. Louder than her squeals she demands, "You Do remember me, don't You?" "It's me Angelica Ramirez. You had me for two years!" The "cradle Robber" glare has now turned into the "cradle robbing insensitive bastard I hope you get what you deserve" glare.

The four - feet tall Angelica Ramirez that you recall weighed about seventy pounds and was all elbows and knees (Retired Middle School teacher here). She was a good student and a bit shy; now she would make paint peel right off the walls.

Plan A is to say loudly, for all to hear, something or anything about school days/good student/are you at university?/ blah blah, but she cuts you off, "Gotta go. I really do miss you. Maybe I'll come and see you. Are you still in the same room?" "Bye Mr. F!"

It is nice to be remembered, isn't it?

Mr. F[/quote]

That's awesome, Mr F. ! I have lots of stories due to the job. Not a bad way to spend the time, especially now, since KY has one of the best teacher retirement systems.
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joshzingzing wrote:
cherry p i e
Either one works for me.
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Belkwinith wrote:
Also - my BF hates to be called, "Dude" by anyone, especially his own kids.

That makes him insane.
Damn. i call everyone either Hon or Dude. Often both, regardless of gender. Including my siblings.


No, I'm not kidding.

I find "Sir" and "Ma'am" to be so stiff as to be nearly antagonistic in nature. It's how you speak to people when they're jerks and you have to be polite.

"Hon" and "Dude" are sincerely casual and accepting.


(i would actually use "Luv" and "Mate" but people would look at me funny because i'm from bleeping Minnesota)
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Bleeping Minnesota is Bleeping awesome!
I'm from there, too, in case that was hard to tell
Enjoy the snow, mate!
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Kiddo ticks me off. I actually had a boss once who called me that all the time.
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Max6200 wrote:
Kiddo ticks me off.
Saved for future reference.

This thread is gold for forum trolls.
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I've always looked younger than my age. One of my clients would constantly address me as sonny or young man or something similarly condescending. I try to be as polite as humanly possible so as not to lose bussiness until one day I couldn't take it anymore and pointed out to him that I happened to know that I was older than him. Telling a woman that she looks young would be flattering but not to me.
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kiss
Many businesses require their employees to practically kiss a customer's ass as part of the job. Although necessary, it sometimes is quite difficult when the customer's head is in the way.
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Max6200 wrote:
Kiddo ticks me off. I actually had a boss once who called me that all the time.
+1 on that. I'm in my 40's - I'm not a "kiddo" any more!

Also, a colleague of mine always says "good boy". I'm not a boy, or a dog. We're equals doing the same job!

Mate is fine, of course. I'm a Londoner, after all.
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