OK, I ended the subject line with a preposition and I’m not even sure “kinder” is a word. Oh, well. As a general rule, it’s nice to be nice to all people. It’ll make you feel good and you’ll make the other person feel good. You’re not doing anyone a favor if you’re mean or irritable. Here are some people we should treat with extra respect:
1. Cashiers – They’re on their feet all day. They have to put up with complaining customers, screaming children, and tills that often don’t come out even at the end of the day. When you’re waiting on line, the least you can do is smile, stop talking on your cell phone, and be patient. It’s not the cashier’s fault that you might be in a rush.
2. Call center staff and receptionists – Or, basically anyone who has to work by the telephone all day. Even when you call up an 800-number and the guy on the other end seems to be from a foreign country, that doesn’t give you the right to be rude to him. He’s just doing the best he can. It’s not his fault companies are outsourcing.
3. Janitors and Custodians – Don’t litter and say, “Oh, the janitor will pick it up later. That’s his job.” Pick up your trash. Clean up after yourself. Janitors and custodians work hard and do the jobs that most of us would turn our noses up at. I’ve met a lot of janitors and custodians who are very nice people – they definitely don’t deserve some of the treatment they get.
4. Delivery people – That includes pizza delivery, postal workers, FedEx and UPS people, even school bus drivers (they do “deliver” your kids to school and back home)… anyone who has to drive in often unfavorable conditions to get something to your house on time. Be polite, and if it’s a pizza or other food delivery person, give them a good tip.
5. Waiters/Waitresses – Like cashiers, waiters and waitresses are on their feet all day and put up with demanding, rude customers. Be kind, give a good tip.
Remember the Golden Rule. Happy Friday! 🙂