Ok, I rigged the poll.
This was one of the “rules” posted by the guy at the NY Times about how his waitstaff will work at his restaurant. I don’t want to discuss that…there are plenty of fora for that. I want to discuss this rule. What’s wrong with that phrase? Apparently, it’s better to say, “My pleasure.”
I guess “My pleasure” implies that you are thrilled right down to your puckering belly button to do the grunt work someone asks you to do. “No problem” implies it IS a problem, but you are such a sainted asshole that you deem it ok just this once to make an exception.
My opinion? What matters is body language, facial expression, and tone of voice.
It’s like when someone calls me “sir” in a forum. They don’t mean “sir.” They mean “you fucking bastard.” Sure, it looks polite on paper. But it isn’t.