- Politics and Social Issues
Why Are People So Rude?
Manners Should Be Taught From An Early Age
When I was a kid, manners were the most important things anyone could have, my mother would not have bad mannered children. So as a consequence, all five of her children always said please and thank you and had the best manners we could. I remember one incident where my older sister told my mum I hadn't said thank you to the cashier in Woolworths (I had, she was just being mean) so she dragged me back in by the hand and made me say thank you, the lady told her I already had and we left. But the point is, there were no let ups, you had manners and you were to use them at all times. Nowadays this would be considered child abuse and my mum would be reported to the police for being cruel.
But she wasn't cruel to do what she did, she was right, because although it might seem harsh to some people, she has now raised 5 children who have good manners and always say please and thank you.
A Bunch Of Humbugs
Don't worry, I have started this rambling nonsense for a reason, I was fortunate enough to stay in a beautiful hotel in Cornwall over the Christmas period, The Penventon Park Hotel, I stayed there with my wife (who is also polite and well mannered) on the 24th, 25th and 26th of December. And I want to point out that all of the staff were wonderful and amazing, they could not have been more friendly, polite and kind, nothing was too much trouble for anyone.
However, the same cannot be said for the majority of the guests, I have never come across such a rude and bad mannered bunch of ungrateful, mean-spirited snobs in my entire life! From the moment we stepped in and the woman in front let the door slam in my face, we knew we were in for a treat.
And it certainly didn't stop there, we would smile and say hello to the people that we passed in the hotel corridors, nothing, not even a smile in return. But ever the optimists, my wife and I kept saying good morning or smiling, to no avail. And the rudeness of the guests did not stop at the young lesbian couple, oh no, the staff bore the brunt of the lack of upbringing of the guests. The wait staff in the restaurant were wonderful, attentive and cheerful, even on Christmas day, when all they probably wanted to do was go home to their families. But most of the guests, and by most I mean around 90% did not even look up from their table when they served them, and I heard a thank you from 3 people!
One rude customer, and if he is reading I hope he knows who he is was asked if he had finished his starter because his knife and fork were together (which I am fairly sure is restaurant code for "finished") and when the wait staff asked him if he was finished his reply was a "well, no, obviously not"
No Manners And No Respect
Things like this make me so angry, why do some people think that they don't have to be polite to others? I don't care who you are, or who they are, it doesn't matter if they are house keeping staff at a hotel or the Queen of England, they are a human being and human beings deserve some respect.
Whenever I hear someone being rude, my first thought is always "who raised you?" and would they be impressed if they heard you talking to another human being like that? Were you raised to have manners? And do rude people annoy you as much as they annoy me?