I'm in Colorado right now, land of my birth, and my husband and I can't get over how nice everyone is compared to Washington, D.C. I know, shocking. My husband drove to the grocery store yesterday and said that three people yielded their right of way to him, smiling as they waved him on.
The other thing I notice is how nice retail and service workers are. I'm used to going through an entire grocery store trip without any pleasantries and dealing with people either incapable or unwilling to speak to their fellow humans . But yesterday we talked to the produce manager and stockers and when we checked out, our conversation included jokes about shapeshifters and beer. It was so nice.
This Rasmussen Reports survey suggests we think Americans are getting ruder in the new economy:
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 76% of Adults say Americans are becoming more rude and less civilized. Just 12% say they’re becoming kinder and gentler, while just as many (12%) are not sure. The number of Americans who believe their fellow citizens are getting ruder is up from 69% this time last year , but shows no change from September 2009 .
What do you think? Are cell phones in public and rude sales staff getting you down?