I read somewhere recently that the rate of suicide among American farmers is going through the roof. I'd say they're making sacrifices. Not on a par or quite the same thing as a soldier, but like good teachers our farmers don't get paid enough for what they do. I appreciate them for that.The Thank a Veteran sentiment is the only one that makes sense to me. I don't typically thank people who do something for me that I pay for.
People however that do services that risk their lives, (something no amount of money can pay for) I make sure they know I'm thankful (servicemen and first responders).
I thank airline staff, pilots and attendants when I exit the plane. I thank wait staff when I am served. Recently in Vegas I thanked the chamber maid with a $25 table chip. She was awesome and very nice to us, and we stayed the whole week, so aside from the tip left on the last day, I tipped her mid week. I thanked the dealers at the tables, and thanked the refreshment girls. I thanked the cashier when I cashed in my chips, and thanked the desk staff when I checked out. I thanked the chef at Anthony's for an amazing meal. Thanked the bar tender for fixing me a drink. I thanked the valet. Come to think about it, all of these people I paid for their services, and thanked every one of them for their services, because the service was great. I wonder if the service is just as good for the people who are so entitled that they do not feel it necessary to thank those that serve them? I wonder if those people are happy in their entitlement, or if thanking someone to make them feel productive is .. ie. making someone else feel good about themselves, somehow threatens their entitlement. Are these people so beneath us that we needn't thank them for a paid for service?I read somewhere recently that the rate of suicide among American farmers is going through the roof. I'd say they're making sacrifices. Not on a par or quite the same thing as a soldier, but like good teachers our farmers don't get paid enough for what they do. I appreciate them for that.
Now how else would one conceptualize that other than you typically do not thank people who provide a service you paid for? Some kinda self absorbed and entitled is such a position. Like service people are beneath your contempt, right?HOP said:I don't typically thank people who do something for me that I pay for.
I am amused that someone would see the meme and think it meant that one would physically seek out a farmer or a trucker and personally thank them. The point was thankfulness, not physically thanking. Please, let's not insult one another. Nevertheless.
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Now how else would one conceptualize that other than you typically do not thank people who provide a service you paid for? Some kinda self absorbed and entitled is such a position. Like service people are beneath your contempt, right?
I did not first reply to you, but to VTOX, illustrating, for me, the importance of thanking those in service positions. In most ways, most of us are in service positions in one way or another, so it's important. I only criticized what you said, you don't need me to quote it again do you? Your failure to accurately articulate your intention is not a misgiving on my part. It was not an inference, but rather a direct reading of your dialog.I already explained what I meant. My first saying I don't typically thank people bla, bla bla was in response to the meme/image so "people" meant the groups indicated—not actual individuals. How are you confused about my meaning? I'm not thankful to the GROUPS indicated except for vets.
Since you seem to be trying your best to find some fault with me personally, I'm sorry to report that I 'RELIGIOUSLY' thank anyone who does me a personal favor, especially when I didn't ask them for it. I rarely pay service people to do things for me, but when I do I typically leave them a generous tip as my thanks and if the service was exceptional I make sure they know it.
If you want to fault me, fault me because I don't feel especially thankful for truck drivers or farmers any more than I feel thankful for anybody else in the LONG chain of workers who process my food and enforce laws so it's edible. Applying the 'do unto others as you would have them do unto you' principal, I don't expect or even want people to thank me for simply doing a job I'm paid to do.
If you do something you've convinced yourself is being nice to people (e.g. waving at bikers, smiling at every stranger you pass) GOOD FOR YOU, but realize that criticizing others for not doing the same is yet another form of the type of contempt (you're better than) you'd place on me.