It is time to buy new tires for our car. One of the places we wanted to check prices is the dealership where we bought the car. However, I can’t get them to return my calls. I called this morning again, and after leaving a message Suzy said, “You will never get them to return your call. You were too polite.”
Suzy’s words became my morning meditation. First, was she right? The answer became obvious when I waited the morning for a return call to no avail. Second, has our society shifted to where politeness became the wrong way to address a problem? Does an in-your-face attitude get better results? I worry that may be the case.
I was raised to be polite, but I have to admit that I have seen that being a demanding jerk accomplish things politeness doesn’t. When this happens it disturbs me. It seems that politeness should trump being obnoxious.
Where am I going with this? I will get a set of tires from somewhere. I hear COSTCO does a good job, but can people really be “too polite?” I didn’t think so, but I will have to think about it.