A bit too tame for the Pit, I think, but I need to vent a bit.
I am just beefed that I spend all week long at work, busting my butt on something that really isn’t my job, but which really needed to be done. I spent extra time and factually neglected some other things I should have been working on. But I got the job done and do I get even a “Thanks” or “Well Done”?? Nooooo…it’s “Oh, that’s done? Good.”. Argh!!!
Damn, if it doesn’t piss me off! Ya know folks, a little acknowledgment goes a long ways! Next time ask someone else to bust their butt when you want something extra done. I’ll be busy! Dammit, fact is I am busy! And now I’m behind. :mad:
Ugh, tell me about it. I was in Florida last week, and my dad and I were at a buffet-style restaurant. I noticed the guy next to us got up from his table and was leaving without his sunglasses, so I got up, grabbed them, literally chased him down as he headed for the door, tapped him on the shoulder and said, “Excuse me sir, you forgot these.”
You know what he said? Not “Thank you”. Not “Oh that’s so nice of you.” He said, “Oh man, I’m glad you did that… I forgot to leave a tip, too!”. I just stood there and watched him go back and drop a few bucks on the table and walk out. Asshole.
On Monday I told a man he left his soda in the cart. He was just leaving the cart in one of the closest non handicapped parking spots that everybody would like to park at. Never mind a cart corral was 10 feet away. His reply was It’s empty. I switched with the empty in my truck. My reply was Oh how nice you left your trash in the cart for an employee. I wanted to beat him over the head with the carton or maybe the cart.
It is sometimes shocking how much people forget a simple thank you. Sure, I did the job because it had to be done. It was important and I understood that and it was why I was willing to bust my butt on it. But, yeah, that little “Thanks for busting your butt” would make me a whole lot more willing to do such again.
Well, I guess if you expect no thanks and don’t get any at least you won’t be surprised. And if you do get thanks, you can be pleasantly surprised.
A time that I forgot to thank someone really stands out in my memory. I was enrolling at college, and the lobby in which the activity was taking place was full of milling people and perplexing signs. I was trying to find my bewildered way through the process, and wordlessly passed through a door which was being held open by a man. He snarled at me “You’re welcome!” and shocked me out of my bureaucratic catatonia, but disappeared before I could apologize. I was mortified that I had forgotten my manners.
Looking back on it, I was a cute 19-year old and he probably was hoping to start a conversation and was pissed that I didn’t even see him. I was still a bozo, though.
If he really was just doing it to start conversation, then you didn’t really owe him anything. He was doing it for his own benefit, not yours. However, if he was doing it for the sake of politeness, then yes, you shoulda thanked him.
Or perhaps he was doing it because your Luck compelled him to do so, like Nessus getting one of his heads cut off so you could learn to cope in an emergency.