Tuesday, 19 August 2008
"You First, Dear. Go On"...
You know how we always talk about the importance of good manners and being polite?
And you know how Malaysia ranked somewhere in the last spots in some survey on the above (conducted by Reader's Digest, I think)?
Well, honestly, when I saw the results, I was thinking that although we obviously aren't very polite people, we can't possibly be thaaaat bad to rank so very lowly...
That was until I actually experienced Canadian politeness.
My First Day volunteering at the Ontario March of Dimes:-
I walked into the department I was attached to and introduced myself to the person I was to assist. After exchanging pleasantries, he brought me a chair and asked if he could get me coffee.
I'm like whoa...You're getting me coffee?
Wait a minute...Shouldn't it be the other way around?!?
My Second Day volunteering:-
I was about to leave the building and had just put my hand to the door for a push when the guy on the other side of the glass door gave it a huge pull and walked through. Obviously, he didn't see me.
Only after walking through did he realise I was standing there:
Him: "Oh pardon me, I didn't see you".
Me: "Oh, no worries!"
He walked back through the doors he just came through, held the door open, and said:
Him: "You first"...
I'm like ??? You already came through, it's really ok...You don't have to go back!!!
Today at the road intersection, near the grocery store:-
I walked onto the curb, where seconds ago, a car had reached. She was about to make a turn, and since she came first, I waited for her to turn before I crossed the road (no zebra crossing)...
The dear old lady inside, wound down the window, and said:
Dear Old Lady: "You first, dear. Go on"...
Are these people polite or what?
This pretty much makes up for the not-so-polite immigration officer I met...;)