Common Courtesy On The Way Out?

Common courtesy seems to be on the way out for the most part, in the United States, as people look out for themselves first, with little regard for others.


It is not uncommon to be standing in a long line today and see someone break into the line, near the front of the line. That behavior shows they have no respect for those that have been waiting in line long before they arrived.


Cell phones come in handy, but they also can be used at times when they shouldn’t be used. I have seen someone trying to conduct a conversation with someone on their phone, while ordering food at a fast food place, which is disrespectful to the clerk taking the order.

On the other hand, I have seen fast food clerks talking on the phone, while ignoring someone waiting to place to place their order.

I talked to a Popeye’s Fried Chicken manager who says he has fired a lot of employees because of cell phones. He now takes their cell phones and puts them away when employees start their workday. Some employees would know where they were being stored and try to make calls.

He said one employee gave him a phone that was not working, while keeping their active phone. So dealing with cell phones is another problem, office managers have to deal with today.


I remember when two church members were driving home from church in Pineville, Louisiana, when one of them cut the other off in traffic, probably unintentionally.

The other driver was so infuriated that he followed the one who had cut him off, till the other driver stopped at a convenience store and the one who was so mad shot and killed the other driver in front of his children.

Now the children of the murdered man will never see their father alive again, plus the killer will spend many years in prison, because he couldn’t control his emotions and couldn’t be courteous enough to realize it may not have even been intentional.


I think everyone has at some place in time has been in a checkout line, when the customer at the front of the line complains about something, then asks to speak to the manager. While all this is going on, the line behind them gets longer.

The one complaining is so wrapped up in their complaining that they totally disregard all the people standing in line waiting to checkout.


I have noticed on the Extreme Couponing show on TLC, that the couponers will empty display containers into their grocery basket. For instance one couponer bought 300 toothbrushes and dumped a whole basket of deodorant into his grocery basket.

It isn’t very considerate to take the last items, then leave the next customer with no remaining items, forcing them to go to another store, if they were out of that item at home.


I have called a particular law office in Alexandria, Louisiana which will go unnamed, finding it impossible to talk to a live person. It was frustrating being sent to voicemail, then to never have the call returned.

It is tiring to not be able to have a simple question answered because a human being in the office will not answer your question. Even when going to the office, it wasn’t easy getting a question answered, but someone will eventually answer the question to get me out of their office.


I don’t know how many times a salesperson called on the telephone, that refused to take no for the answer. They will do everything in their power to make a sale, so won’t let you off the hook. They have an answer for whatever reason you give for not buying their product.

Sometimes you just have to politely tell them you are not interested, then hang up once you can tell they are not going to take no for an answer.

Common courtesy will never go completely out of style, because some people have been raised to be courteous and will treat others with respect regardless.


Author: Andrew Godfrey

Retired from newspaper work after 38 years. Had served in the Army in Hawaii and Vietnam in the 60's. Am now retired and living in Sulphur, Louisiana.

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