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In praise of good manners

Posted: November 28, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: November 28, 2013 2:00 a.m.

What happened to manners? Have etiquette and common decency gone away? Where did all the considerate people go?

My wife and I took our two daughters out to trick-or-treat on Halloween. I would think it would be commonplace for little goblins to say “thank you” when given some type of loot by a spirited homeowner.

One lady thanked my children for being polite and having manners. I have to think that after that comment, my kids are the exception and not the norm.

We went to Magic Mountain recently and the place was packed with Key Club teens from all over California. At the end of the day we took the shuttle bus back to the parking lot.

We pulled into the last stop in the lot. We were four rows from the door of the bus.

When it stopped, people got up, wouldn’t let us get up, and piled out of the bus. Apparently they had to be someplace faster than we did.

Anyone who has flown has seen this type of behavior: The plane parks and everyone jumps up and clogs the aisles even though they can’t go anywhere.

A while back I was in Walmart. I was trying to buy some coffee. A lady, preoccupied in an intense texting session, was blocking the exact spot where my coffee was waiting.

I waited patiently. At one point she looked up right at me. Eye contact and all. Maybe she didn’t know I was waiting.


She went right back to texting for several more minutes before moving on. I could have said “excuse me,” but I waited on purpose to see how long it would take.

As fate would have it, I ended up behind her at the checkout. Now she was talking on the phone and didn’t even acknowledge the cashier.

She continued on the phone with a slight pause to hear the cashier give her the total.

She swiped her card, grabbed her bags and left. As we all know, Walmart has those crazy bag carousels, and apparently she left one bag.

As luck would have it, a Walmart employee came over to help the cashier bag and load my cart. Usually the cashiers do the bagging and I take the bags off the bag merry-go-round.

When I arrived home and unloaded the groceries, I had the bag she left behind because of her phone conversation, with many delicious items.

If the lady whose groceries I got reads this, thank you. Karma has a way, doesn’t it? A little courtesy goes a long way.
Jeff Wilson is a Valencia resident.



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