On Kurt Vonnegut, society, and Patrick Bernard
Recently, on X, there was a whole debate on the audacity of retail salespeople to say hello to customers and engage in conversation. At some stores, it might be mandated (claims that Trader Joe's cashiers are requited to make conversation with you), but as a retail salesperson myself, it's shocking how many people actually ignore the salespeople greeting them or even give a dirty look.
For the record, I work in an upscale department store, where corporately we are known for customer service. We are not an essential service store (closed during lockdown), so customers are in store because they want to be.
So I engage with cashiers when I shop, and say hello to the salesperson when I walk in the door of a chain store. And I count that as being a 'super neighbor'.
I walk in my subdivision a lot and see all the dog walkers and bikers and other walkers. Always good to say hello and smile.
Community is power and motivation - and it grows more and more important as the years wear on.
Oh boy, do I agree with this!!