If you have visited my blog before, you may have noticed that one of my pet peeves deals with common courtesy. Or should I say lack of it? In any case, I have written about what is common courtesy, common courtesy above and beyond, and common courtesy at sporting events.
But all sarcasm aside, common courtesy is not totally dead. I actually found a shred of it this weekend while I was working. I was actually shocked into silence, which is a pretty big deal considering I can be, uh, opinionated. Highly opinionated.
I was in my department on a fairly busy Saturday afternoon. I was helping customers, and trying to contain the mess that everyone was making. Garbage forgotten, books piled up everywhere, and furniture completely rearranged. Don’t forget the kids running amuck in the department.
So, I turn my back for 3 minutes to help another customer. When I turned back, it was like the wind was sucked out of me. There was a kid, probably around 2.5, pulling every single book of a shelf. And the parent? You will never guess what they were doing. Betcha you can’t. Oh man, you figured it out. They were way too busy on their smart phone to notice their
spawn child was completely destructing the books.
As I was girding myself to go over to start taking care of the situation, an amazing thing happened. Check out this conversation:
Random customer: Excuse me, do you see what your child is doing?
Cellphone addict: No
RC: Well you better look
CA: Oh no, are they gone?
RC: No, LOOK at your feet
CA: Oh there you are <insert child’s name> and goes back to cellphone
RC: You are going to make that child pick up that mess, aren’t you?
CA: Oh, I didn’t notice that. (Added sarcastically)
RC: Of course you didn’t, you were too busy on the phone to pay attention to what your kid is doing.
CA: Quickly picks up books and heads out. Mumbles to person on the phone that some lady was being a b—- to her.
RC: Turns to me and winks, and exits department as well.
Me: Standing there wondering what the heck just happened. Could it be true? That common courtesy is not totally dead?
As I continued straightening up the department, I couldn’t get the scene out of my head. I was so convinced that people did not care. That they felt they were entitled to being “served” while being in a store. This lady’s actions proved differently. There are decent people out there that care. And that they feel the same as me.
Well, random customer, you are my new superhero. Thanks!!