The idea for this became full-fledged at my retail job; some people treat my coworkers and me with respect and understand certain situations, while others act like we’ve just killed a puppy by not carrying a product that is unavailable at this time of year. I can see the effects of the negativity on my coworkers who are exposed to it day in and day out; they’re worn down and stressed and it’s not from the work they have to do, but the people they have to deal with. And I know it’s not just my job. I constantly see friends on Facebook or Twitter complaining about customers that come into their establishments; some work retail, others in the service industry, while others in a trade and all of them have people that treat them like junk. Luckily I have Concordia, where I spend most of my time, where people tend to be polite and courteous.
Negative customers have nothing on Edmonton drivers though. I actually enjoy driving in Edmonton (people seem to know what they’re doing as opposed to other cities I’ve driven in), but the drivers can be so rude. I can probably count on my hand the number of times someone has thanked me via wave in the past month, and that number is low. Admittedly I’m one of those people that makes sure you know I’m thanking you by waving like a maniac, but I think I’m just overcompensating for the people who don’t. And what is so hard about waving? A little wave? From what I heard on the radio that day it seemed that many people didn’t know that waving was the thing to do to thank people. So it seems as if people just aren’t be taught the values of courtesy, which is sad in and of itself.
So this holiday season and thereafter lets do what we can to treat each other just a little better and spread the word about being just a little bit better towards others. A simple wave; a “hello” with a smile to a random passer-by; complimenting a service employee on a job well done, it is all so simple. It’s really just comes down to treating others how you would like to be treated and I think that some people just aren’t doing that anymore.
So rock those finals and have a great Christmas break and we’ll see you January 6th when our first issue of 2014 comes out! (Have a safe and happy new year too!)