Politeness never goes out of style
I recently rode the métro from Côte-Vertu station to Mont-Royal. I approached the ticket booth with money in hand and deposited it in the appropriate slot. The gentleman (I use the term loosely) was texting and, without looking up, grouched: “Whaddayawant?”
If I hadn’t been so gobsmacked, I would have said “hamburger and fries.” Instead, I thanked him, even though he was so rude. My friend followed and was given the silent treatment.
Maybe the STM should invest in personality development for its employees. I apologize to the many tourists who, I am sure, have been greeted in the same manner.
Some will say I am overreacting. But that is why our society is the way it is. Politeness should not become a lost art.
D. McCallum, Pierrefonds