01 July 2010

Say Thank You, Why Don’t You?



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You are making your way to the bus stop, still quite a distance away, but you see it.  You see your bus pull in.  You see people boarding.  You put on a burst of speed, hoping to catch the bus before it pulls away.  You eventually get to the bus stop just as the doors have closed and the bus is pulling away.  You frantically wave, hoping the driver will see you and stop to let you on.

Scenario #1:  The driver does not see you (or pretends that he doesn’t) or he sees you but he is already pulling away and he does not stop.  You’re left on the curb inhaling the fumes of the bus that you just missed.  You will have to wait 10 more minutes for the next one.  You’re probably muttering to yourself, “Bugger, surely he saw me running and waving.  He could’ve just stopped and waited for at least a couple more seconds…”

Scenario #2:  The driver does indeed see you and kindly stops again and opens the door to let you on.  Even though he doesn’t have to. 

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In Scenario #2, what thoughts go through your head?  Are you happy that you did not have to wait for the next bus?  What do you do?  Do you simply board, pay the fare and make your way to a seat?  Or do you automatically thank the driver the second you step on and let the driver know that you appreciated what he did? 

Isn’t it just common courtesy that you say thank you?  You don’t even to have to say it with a smile if smiling does not come easily to you.

A simple ‘thank you’ by way of acknowledgement.

That's not too much to expect, is it?

Image credit:  The Elusive Fish

16 COMMENTS:

RoseBelle said...

I see this scenario quite frequently and I would say most bus drivers would stop and wait if the bus is not full. The passenger always throw a big 'thank you' to the bus driver. In other scenarios, like if you pick up something that someone drops and hands it to that person, believe it or not, direct contact as such does not warrant a thank you from the person whom you just helped.

Kasie said...

I'm big on thank yous. It's just simple manners. I try to teach my girls to be grateful for everything.

Vivianne's Vista said...

A 'thank you' goes a long way. It certainly makes my day when someone is polite.

Muthering Heights said...

Not at all..I always thank the bus river, no matter what!

Michelle @ Flying Giggles said...

The passenger should definitely give a full smiled thank you!

Alicia said...

Definitely not too much to ask for. But, I know how some bus drivers are too. They see the person but don't want to stop.

Hannah said...

I am big on thank you's, so I don't think it is too much to ask at all! I don't know why we have become such a rude society, I am always shocked when people don't even bother saying it, like it is too much of an in convince for them. Hopefully my boys will not become those types of people!

Tezzie said...

Having been raised in Canada, I'm big on 'public politeness'...please, thank you, and SORRY!!...
something that is sadly often lacking here in Finland. However, to be fair, there is a (slight) culture difference here as to what is actually polite. For example, it drives me nuts that people don't offer to help each other...like holding doors open, or helping lift a baby carriage onto a bus or train etc...But, here, people are happy to help only IF YOU ASK FIRST since they figure they are respecting your ability to be able to do it yourself and don't want to insult you by insinuating that you can't!

Serline said...

Sometimes common courtesy is not so common... I have actually witnessed some people in scenario 2 glare at the driver after they got on the bus, as if to protest, "how dare you make me run in this weather wearing my Gucci dress and Manolo Blahnik heels!"

Organic Motherhood with Cool Whip said...

I'm a big believer in thank yous. It just makes everyone feel better all around. Great post!

Mom of the Perpetually Grounded said...

I can't imagine not saying thank you because some of them would ignore you.

Alely L. said...

common courtesy is to say "thank you". i'm very big on that and try to teach that to my kids as well. thanks for dropping by my blog and for following. in the few minutes that i've been here i've enjoyed my time very much. now following. happy to meet you!

Becky Jane said...

Mom always taught us to say 'thank you' and I've passed it on to my kids! Thanks for bringing up an important reminder!

natalee said...

ugh.. i hate when people are not polite...my poor kids are sick of me drilling it in their heads

Helene said...

I hate impolite people!! Even something so simple as a quick wave when you let someone cut in front of you so they can make their light is the right thing to do.

Ash said...

i say "thank yous" a lot...i even say "thank you" while getting off which tends to make other passengers and also the driver to stare at me for a few good secs so i stopped saying "thank you" while getting off these days. >.<

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