I hate writing posts like this because they make me come off like a phony. As if I’m playing the system when in fact I do this genuinely. Here’s my little trick, adding the word sir to people who aren’t normally called sir displays a sign of respect which isn’t shown nowadays. Here are some examples:
- The gentleman who makes my sausage, egg, and cheese in the morning always asks if I want saltpepperketchup. I’ll reply with, “yes, please” and then a few minutes later he’ll hand me my sandwich. I like saying, “thank you, sir.” Now I guarantee he doesn’t get a lot of appreciation for his excellent sandwich making skills. I’m not saying this makes his day, but it’s noticeable.
- Today I went to pick up some food and there was a man waiting to the right of the cash register. I couldn’t tell if he was waiting in line or if he was figuring out what to order. I was picking up so I went to the front ahead of him to pay. As such, he looked perturb I cut the line. Once I noticed what I did I said, “I’m sorry sir, I didn’t realize you were waiting in line, my mistake.” It’s hard to get mad at people who show the sincerity and respect like this.
- The final example also happened today in the same time frame as the guy before. A woman comes rushing back in the door with here take out in hand and says, “whr R may FREE noodlz? Dey alwayz giv me may FREE noodlz!” Now her strategy also worked because she did indeed get her free noodles. Our methods of dealing with people vary slightly.
Treating people with respect isn’t rocket science. People just don’t do it so when you actually know how to, you get results.