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Letter: We need more ‘please’ and ‘thank you’

There seems to be an extinction of manners afflicting our fine valley.

We need more ‘please’ and ‘thank you’

There seems to be an extinction of manners afflicting our fine valley.

Store staffers, workers at many other businesses — plus average folks — have simply deleted ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ and other courtesies from their vocabulary when serving customers, patients and clients.

Basic, polite words have been replaced with “Have a good one”, “There you go”, “Have a nice day” — or worse, silence — when being handed one’s receipt and purchases, as if we visited their establishment as a favour.

Lame phrases do not replace sincere words such as ‘please’, ‘thank you’, ‘excuse me’, and ‘may I…?’

Excuses for our eroded politeness may include: a lack of manners by parents and teachers; poor supervision by employers; social skills sadly replaced by faceless social media; or perhaps some simply, and wrongly, see manners as politically incorrect.

Such ignorance sullies manners used by more considerate local folks.

During the surreal scourge of COVID-19, we all need to be polite, kind and gentle — then carry those civilized habits into our post-pandemic world.

Thanks for listening.

Peter W. Rusland

North Cowichan

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