Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Missed opportunity to make the world a better place

The scenario:  Prudence had stopped at a fishmonger van to buy a kilo of silver cobbler.  Selling the fish was a man d'un certain age who wasn't having a good day.

Prudence had handed over her cash, politely declined a plastic bag and was waiting for change.

Fishmonger: Have you had a good afternoon?

Prudence: Yes, thank you, I have.

Fishmonger: Then why aren't you smiling?

Prudence is quite proud she managed not to growl through her gritted teeth, but in hindsight wishes she'd said what she was thinking:  that serve of condescension has just ensured I will never buy fish from you again and I will tell everyone I know that you are a patronising git.


Sometimes it is better to set aside good manners for the greater good.

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