Speak No Evil
Last year, I took my 7-year-old grandson to a basketball game, and the man sitting behind us kept using vulgar words. I asked him to tone down his language, but he shrugged and went on using obscenities. Suggestions? —Annoyed in Arlington
Unfortunately, you can’t control others’ behavior, but you can make sure your grandson understands how you feel about such vulgarities. In fact, it can be a teachable moment. Discuss ways to use language creatively instead of relying on common profanities.
How is a person supposed to express deserved criticism in the current environment? When a worker is rude and unhelpful, it should be a person’s right to ask to speak to their manager. But try that these days, and some kid films you for TikTok or calls you “Karen” or “Hey Boomer.”
—Tactful in Texas
Since customer service workers have been forced to risk their lives for the last year to move coffee and hamburgers through the economy, you might consider cutting them some slack. Were they really that “rude and unhelpful”? Put yourself in their shoes and you might see things differently.
The Manners Guy is a former bartender who knows his way around awkward social situations. Send your questions to [email protected]
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