I just tore open the individual packet in which my Bigelow Earl Grey tea bag is packaged. The correct place to tear is marked “Please tear here.”
Now, I am a very polite person. I am a totall “please” and “thank you” kind of gal. I’ve been known to give a coworker a raised-eyebrow-“what’s-the-magic-word?” response to a “request” that leaves out the word “please.”
In this case, however, I’m not seeing the need for a “please.” “Please” indicates a request that is for the benefit of the requestor, not the requestee. It is to my advantage to open the pouch right – and it is absolutely no skin off Bigelow’s nose if I open the pouch wrong. Therefore, their “please” here is misplaced.
So misplaced, in fact, that I feel compelled to comment on it.
Whaddya think? Am I nuts for being annoyed by this “please”?