Do you say "Thank You!"?

thank you! - saying "thank you!"
Philippines
August 15, 2010 9:41pm CST
Do you say "Thank you!" to people who serves you(like when you buy something)? Do you teach it to your kids? I bought some food a few minutes ago and when I finally got the food, I told her "Thank you!" and she gave me a smile. As I walk away, she served some food to an older customer and she did not say "Thank you!". So I was thinking if people nowadays still say "Thank you!" and if they are teaching these to their kids. My parents taught me to say it to whomever shows me kindness and to people who does their job just to serve me.
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@chiyosan (30206)
• Philippines
16 Aug 10
Well, i do say thank you to the people who serves me in the restaurant, or even those who clean up the pantry area in our workplace, even if they only handed me the tissue, etc i do say thanks to them and i know they would feel at least they are appreciated in those little ways. you mentioned that the lady did not bother to say thank you - he could be older... i suppose. I usually encounter people who are well, roudy or are often times not thankful when served, this is because they maybe thinking that it is the person's responsibility to serve them and thus no need to thank them because they are, after all doing their jobs.
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• United States
16 Aug 10
I do tell people thank you and I teach my kids to do the same. It's manners and courtesy to do this. When I am in a restaurant or in a store I tell anyone who helps me thank you.
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• Australia
16 Aug 10
Thank you for saying that, I was beginning to think that most people had forgotten basic manners. Yes I say thank you to everyone who doesn't something for me and my kids are the same. I don't take it for granted that anyone should do anything for me so it is only polite to say thankyou.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
16 Aug 10
I was taught to have good manners & so were my children. Thank goodness my grandson is being taught them to. I think bad manners are horrible. Kids are not taught them like they should be. It all starts at home.
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@julsie (70)
16 Aug 10
i always say thank you even when the service hasnt really been that good and maybe didnt deserve a thank you.
@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
16 Aug 10
Hi Julsie, good for u. If u are taught manners at an early age they stick w/u. Welcome to mylot, hope u enjoy it as much as i do. Happy monday to u.
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• United States
23 Aug 10
I always say thank you. I was taught by my parents. I don't have any children, I never will . I hope parents are teaching their kids to say thank you.
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• Philippines
22 Aug 10
I always say thank you to those people who serves me. That is one way of showing your appreciation for those things that they made for you, whether it is small or big things. It does matter. And there is nothing wrong on saying those words. In fact, you can brighten up other people's day. Just smile and say THANK YOU.
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@dodo19 (33608)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
17 Aug 10
Yes, I do say "thank you", when someone is serving me, holds the door open for me, or something like that. It's the polite thing to do. It's difficult for me not to say "thank you". My parents raised me to say please and thank you. So, now it's just a habit that I have.
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@carolbee (16241)
• United States
17 Aug 10
I have always thanked people and will continue to do so. Our kids were also taught to thank people because I told them it was polite and it never hurts anyone to thank someone for a service or favor they have done for you. I appreciate a waiter or waitress that serves me when I am out to eat. I appreciate a mechanic if he works on my car. Just been a big part of my vocabulary since I was a little girl.
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• China
17 Aug 10
say "thank you " is a basic politeness for people who just gave your help or served you... yes ,i will teach my children this good manner ,this can reflect one's morality ,if you are polite ,other will also polite to you but for my best best friends ,maybe i will not say "thank you",because we each are too close and do not need too polite ,this my personal thought.. maybe you won't take this ,ha
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• United States
17 Aug 10
not generally
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• India
17 Aug 10
100% saying thank u to someone for thr work makes them feel so much ,especailly in all workspots like restos,cafe,shopping centres....etc you know those work thr feels really boosted when u just say them thank you
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@akopoaysi (740)
• Philippines
17 Aug 10
i say thank you all the time. i want to give appreciation to the people who've served us or do things for us. this will boost their moral, confidence, and they would feel appreciated for the things that they've done.
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16 Aug 10
I am not sure if I always say thank you, because if I am in a hurry and thinking of something else I don't think of that kind of things.
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@myiesha (97)
• Singapore
16 Aug 10
Yes I do say "Thank you" and teach this to my daughter as well. It's common courtesy and to be appreciated makes the other person feels good.
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@katie0 (5212)
• Japan
16 Aug 10
Always. There is a rule that they must be polite to us but I think it can brighten up their day if we respond to that. I know I would love have polite customers. I also say please. It can be so stressfull to work with customers as I can imagine so that's why it's nice to do it.
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@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
16 Aug 10
i say thanks pretty much all the time, probably more than i need to!
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@Lore2009 (7389)
• United States
16 Aug 10
Hi there! I make sure to say "thank you" all the time when I am out in public. But when it comes to people I know who try to do things just in my favor, I get annoyed so I sometimes don't! It's annoying when people do things for you without thinking about what you want and just do it so that they can be recognized... but in reality they don't even want to do it. I enjoy saying "thank you" to services outside though, because like you mentioned, the server is always happy to get one and they give you a nice smile back. Those moments are priceless. Thanks for the post!
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@06MLam (622)
16 Aug 10
I think that it is very important for us to be thankful and saying " thank you" is one of the ways for us to show our thanks to the others. However, people nowadays seem to have forgotten or do not know about this and they do not say "thank you" to those who have helped them or served them. I think not saying "thank you" at appropriate times will reflect that we are less educated for our behaviour and we are less civilised. More importantly, we might upset the one who have helped us as they do not have the responsibility to help us. They do it just because they are helpful and kind to us! Therefore, I think that people should learn to say "Thank you" as it is the basic way to show our politeless to the others.
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16 Aug 10
I don't have kids yet, but If I did I would always try to teach them to say thank you. I love saying thank you to people, and I think it's courteous to those who have taken the time to help me, or serve me food, or anything like that.
• United States
16 Aug 10
I always say thank you. People like to know that their service is appreciated and it improves their attitude toward their job to know that they are. The first thing I taught my younger brother when he was able to talk was please and thank you because even though he wasn't old enough to know why he was saying it, other people did and it makes them all happy when a little toddler goes around saying thank you.
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