Trudi’s Corner: Noticing A Decline In Manners

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By Trudi Cunningham

I do believe, that many who may read this column, can tell that I’m from the “old school” when it comes to manners. Right now, I’m concerned when it comes to tellers in a bank.

Recently, I had to take care of certain things in regards to banking, something that I am familiar with as I had worked at City Federal for 25 years. In my day, we received specific instructions about decorum, dress code and hygiene. I do know the requirements involved, and assumed they were followed through to this day. Forget about it!

I was making a deposit and the teller servicing me was involved in a personal conversation on her cell phone. I was taught to say “thank you,” but right now, I’m not sure whether she said it or not. Another time, a very personable young man had on a dress shirt by no tie. I can’t believe that this is acceptable in that particular situation and I offered to bring him one. Being the person I am, I wrote the head office a letter to that effect. I was probably not perceived as a nice person. “Sorry about that,” but do you think I care? Of course not, just consider me an old fogey.

My last comment is in regards to young people today. I recently sent a birthday card to a granddaughter with a monetary gift, but guess what? I’m still waiting for an acknowledgement in that direction. I do know that my daughter had taught her better than that, but I’m also sure there are so many more of you who have encountered the same. When will these wake up and think about it and the hurt they have caused?


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