It Doesn't Cost You Anything to Be Polite
Recently, I had stopped at convenience store to get a tank of gas and to pick up a gallon of milk. I noticed a fellow inside, who was carrying a large box, and as I approached the door, I realized that he was headed for the door. So, I opened the door and held it for him. I paused there, perhaps ten or fifteen seconds, waiting for a Thank YOU. However, it did not come. So, I said to him, Thank You. This finally caused him to reply " THANK YOU" to me.
A few times this summer I was giving my grandson a ride to either a baseball game, or a baseball practice, and he told me that his friend who was on the same team needed a ride. I agreed to pick him up. Each time I noted that the young man never said "Thank You". I eventually mentioned this to my grandson, and he said he hadn't noticed it.
I continued to give the boy a ride when he needed it, and commented to my grandson and asked if he would like to talk with the friend about it, or should I. He agreed to talk with his buddy. And, the next time I gave him a ride he politely said "Thank you".
Problem Solved. One more teenage boy has manners.
I remember, many years ago, when I was a little boy, my Mother would say to me "It Doesn't Cost You Anything to Be Polite." It is so true.