Tuesday, July 25, 2006


I read recently that the "Ritz-Carlton" hotel was changing their directions for employees to downplay the traditional signs of respect for customers--things like saying "good morning" instead of "hello" or "howdy", making sure that a porter carries their bags, and so on.

Also noted this morning was the difficulty one author has had in saying "good morning" to people on his way to work. In other words, there is significant data that the niceties that make life liveable are increasingly being forgotten in our society.

And we wonder why the divorce rate approaches 50%, and why people shoot at each other on LA freeways. Rudeness isn't the only reason, but I bet a bit of manners just might help.

So a hearty "good morning" to you, gentle reader.


Mercy Now said...

Worse is when a friend of mine held the door open for a female behind him and he was told she doesn't need it.

Yes, we all can be a little or a lot nicer and friendlier.

Bike Bubba said...

I have the hope that if I hear that, I'll have the grace to simply smile and say "it's not because I think you need it, but rather because I thought you might appreciate it." Or something like that.