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Yesterday, I was part of a group discussing how to be more of a "good neighbor" to others, in general and especially during this hectic upcoming season.

 

It was suggested that, for those people with 'black beltage' in the sport of Black Friday shopping (ha) or just general shopping, there is a special opportunity.  It was suggested that in a quiet moment when the cashier is checking or packing up your items, you could give them a heartfelt acknowledgement of how difficult their job is during this time of year, and how much you appreciate them.  

 

Many people already do this, but I just thought it was a nifty reminder, especially when we are looking for ways small and large to exercise civility and honor and show love to our fellow man. 

 

It's the little things, as well as the big things, I think!   

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absolutely right on!!!

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Oznell is such a nice person, so glad I know you here.

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I always thank the person bagging my groceries, and they always look surprised. A thank you and a kind word goes a long way. 

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This idea is just EVERYDAY common sense...I can't image not saying Thank You to a cashier, a bagger or anyone who serves our wants & needs. 

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Thanks for the reminder, @Oznell

This is something I do regularly. 

Engaging briefly with whomever is ringing up your purchases, with a compliment or a kind comment, is typically welcome and makes both you and the cashier feel good.

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Thank you, @qualitygal, and all others here right on the same page with these kinds of encouragements...

 

@kitcat51,  yes indeed, thanks and acknowledgement is something that is part of our daily interactions with other human beings, you are so right. 

 

But in this case, it was part of our larger discussion on consciously being a "good neighbor" at all times and a blessing to others engaged in difficult or taxing endeavors, with a bit more of an individualized, personal and heartfelt recognition of them as individuals of worth.  Following the commission to seeing everyone as our neighbor (or 'close- by person', if you will) puts such a personal, yet universal and joyful perspective on things, I do believe....

 

 

 

 

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@Oznell wrote:

Thank you, @qualitygal, and all others here right on the same page with these kinds of encouragements...

 

@kitcat51,  yes indeed, thanks and acknowledgement is something that is part of our daily interactions with other human beings, you are so right. 

 

But in this case, it was part of our larger discussion on consciously being a "good neighbor" at all times and a blessing to others engaged in difficult or taxing endeavors, with a bit more of an individualized, personal and heartfelt recognition of them as individuals of worth.  Following the commission to seeing everyone as our neighbor (or 'close- by person', if you will) puts such a personal, yet universal and joyful perspective on things, I do believe....

 

 

 

 


I'm small town, Please & Thank You are a part of everyday life & something so simple & expected wouldn't be part of a discussion. I can see the smiles if someone mentioned something so basic, it'd be..that's a given now let's get on with it.

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@Oznell......when I worked in retail, dreaded the holiday shopping time.  Yes, we were tired, and it's surprising how many folks would complain about having to stand in line to get checked out.  Being a Sales Associate is not an easy job.  At Dillard's we had to do our own markdowns, move the clothes on the racks to the next rack and make sure that they had the correct signs up.  Believe me, clothes do get heavy after a while.  One of the most difficult things I ever had to do was help a family that were looking for the wife and mother who had deceased and had lost a lot of weight.  None of the clothes she had hanging in the closet fit her anymore.  They wanted her to look pretty.  While helping them, they were tearing up, and of course I did too.  Felt so sorry for them.  And yes, they couldn't thank me enough for being so kind and helpful to them......I was told by the store manager that they had gone up to the office to let them know how helpful I was to them.  That made it worth the task.

 

All a person has to do is to say thank you.  Keep the complaints to themselves because the person checking them out can't do anything about their having to wait their turn.  Remember, that person probably doesn't want to be there doing that job any more than you do having to wait in line.

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Love your story, @ShowMe!