|09-04-2014 08:19 PM|
That's true, some people do really want to know. Generally it breaks down to, in my experience, whether you have a relationship with the person already or not. A good friend asks sincerely, the clerk at the grocery store, probably not.
|09-04-2014 06:40 PM|
|Mikelia||I work pet retail, and we are very focused on excellent customer service. That being said I generally don't ask everyone how their day is. They come in the door, I greet with a 'hello', I will probably ask them if I can help find anything, might have a conversation with them, if they needed no help I will ask them if they found everything they were looking for when they get to the cash and say 'have a nice day' when they leave. However, a lot of people ask how I am doing after I greet them, and I almost always say 'can't complain'. I can't say I have ever been irritated by it. But if a regular comes up to the counter, I do ask them how they are, because I am genuinely interested and enjoy talking to them. And I would hope that if it offended anyone they would say so.|
|09-04-2014 06:28 PM|
Careful, someday you'll come across another dog nut like us on here and then you'll HAVE to follow through, lol.
|09-04-2014 06:13 PM|
Some one asked me this morning when I walked into work. I said awake. Sometimes I say alive.
I can't wait for someone to ask me "what are you doing this weekend?" The dogs and I are going to stop by your place for some games of chase.
|09-04-2014 06:09 PM|
|arycrest||I just say, "Fine!" or "Can't complain!" Then I say something like ... "How about you?"|
|09-04-2014 05:38 PM|
It is not only an American thing. The French have something similar.
The "how is your day going so far" is something new. Used to be "how are you" was sufficient.
I just smile and respond, " How is yours going? "
|09-04-2014 05:11 PM|
I wouldn't say that no one means it. Like I said, maybe its an area thing, or even an age thing? If I say it, I mean it. There have been many times when I have listened to a stranger break down because their day is awful. If I'm not going to mean it then I don't say it. It's like that with a lot of people in my area. Dunno about other areas though.
When I lived in St. Croix we'd be walking around in town after dark and locals greet you with "Good Night". I grew up with that being something you said before bed, and only bed. lol
|09-04-2014 02:33 PM|
|09-04-2014 01:59 PM|
I pondered the same thing from time to time but didn't give voice to it because it seemed like everyone else was O.K. with those sort of greetings.
MHO, Sue and MichealE are right.
It's not a big deal really, but at the heart of it , it is superficial.
Here lately I find it's bugging me more because I'm not feeling well and just don't have the energy sometimes to put on my 'happy face' to placate someone's hollow greeting.
I've made a habit myself of saying things like, hello, nice to see you, thank you for your assistance, appreciate your time, can I help you (for clients) that sort of thing. Sincere statements seem a nicer way me thinks.
Oh and a friend of mine had a couple of good responses: on a good day he'd say "I'm fine as frog hair". On bad days he'd say "oh fair to middlin'".
|09-04-2014 01:53 PM|
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