Get to the bar at Obrycki’s, order a coffee and a wrap, I say please.
It comes, I say thank you. She does a double take and I didn’t know why.
While eating, I decide to get a mimosa, so I order it, and I say please, followed by thank you when it promptly arrives.
Later when my plate was empty I put my already used boarding pass and asked if she could please throw it away for me, thank you.
She says something I don’t fully catch (airports are LOUD), so I ask her to repeat it. She said (she had looked at my boarding pass) “you’re one of the nicest New Englander’s I’ve met, everything you asked for was accompanied by ‘please’, and everything you received was followed by ‘thank you’ and a smile, and it’s really nice!”
Society, have we become so rude and entitled that saying please and thank you are the EXCEPTION, not the RULE? Because that’s unacceptable! It pained me to see such a sweet bartender so surprised by MANNERS.
If you are making a request, say PLEASE. When it’s met, say THANK YOU. It’s THAT simple!