A few days ago, a coworker of mine was offered a muffin by a customer.. He kindly refused, as he should. But the customer turned around and said about another coworker that was on duty “well give it to her. It looks like she eats a few.” What a jaw dropper that was for her and her coworker! Imagine someone saying something like that! To a woman, who may be sensitive to such a statement as many are!
This brings up today’s question. What has happened to good manners and respect for others? It used to be that people, a woman especially, was treated with respect and dignity, albeit they were repressed in other ways. At one time one wouldn’t even dream of making the above comment about a woman, unless that person was of low standards.
If you think this is a rare case, you may be surprised that this happens more often then not. Everyday, in the service industry people have to contend with disrespectful customers, brat children and smug “I’m better then you” attitudes. Now we have to add petty insults to the list?
Why is it that people that work as cashiers in grocery stores, retail and gas stations seem to be targeted and then treated this way? Why does it seem like people in those industries are deemed as less important and more open to mistreatment? It doesn’t seem very intelligent to act in such a way toward a person that is fully within their right to refuse you service at all.
Consider this: the current national unemployment rate is at a colossal 9.6 percent as of October 2010. As a national average that’s really high. Much of it has everything to do with the economic downturn that reared its ugly head in 2008. Those of us who have jobs are lucky to have them in this economy. We don’t really care what we’re doing at this point. Besides which someone has to fill them. All we do as a race is try to take care of ourselves and our own. Sometimes that means working a job that would be otherwise a job we wouldn’t dream of working. At least we are doing something to pay the bills and not end up homeless and out on the street!
People in the service industry are just trying to make it through their life the best they can. Do they like what they do for a living? Not necessarily! Many don’t! They work the job because it puts food on the table and a roof over their head and cares for their immediate needs whatever they may be. So show a little respect for them. At least they had the nerve to get and work a job they didn’t like to make sure their families are fed and warm and happy. In the end. That’s all that really matters.