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The Inappropriate “You too”

April 5, 2007

So, Millie and Josh, some of our best friends were up for four days this weekend. At our last supper together, at Sweet Tomatoes, we were in line to pay and the cashier said “Have a nice dinner.” Without thinking we said “You too.” Obviously this was not the time to say this. So, out of trying to be considerate we displayed how programmed we are to say nice things. If we truly meant “you too” everytime we said it, it wouldn’t come out at the wrong times. Out of being nice we showed how rude we were because we really didn’t listen to or care about what she said….Just something I have been pondering for a couple days.

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  1. April 7, 2007 3:55 pm

    It’s a pickle, isn’t it. The thing is, this faux-politeness is so ingrained in us that the cashier probably would have thought worse of you if you’d just said “thanks”.

    It’s all a charade to give the impression that you care about a perfect stranger, even though five seconds later you’ll probably forget all about them. And it’s not just the inappropriate “you too” — the cashier’s well-wishes probably come from just rote rather than real sincerity.

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