Wednesday, May 20, 2015

How Sad!

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The mechanic where I work has little if any formal training, yet mostly manages to keep the trucks on the road, without the need to send very many to the dealer. However, he's shown little respect by either the company or the drivers. I've always clearly shown him my appreciation for all he does for me, and he's always gone the extra mile to take care of me. Today, I tried to give him a gift card to a restaurant as a token of my appreciation but he wouldn't take it. He told me that my "thank you's" meant more than I'd ever know. He said that I was about the only one around there who treated him like a human being. I told him that was pretty easy, since he IS one! He was adamant about not taking it, so I just had to say thanks again. I happen to appreciate windows that roll up and down and an air-conditioner that works. It's a shame that so many others take them for granted. © 2015
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18 comments:

Vicki said...

Having worked in positions of service, I found that the words "thank you" were rarely uttered. I have no doubt that your treatment and appreciation of his work is a highlight, where usually someone in that position would hear only complaints. You are a good man, Gorges.

Mamahen said...

Isn't that the way of the world these day's....it is truly a sad testament of our society!

M. Silvius said...

Bring him some doughnuts in the morning. He will appreciate that.

kymber said...

oh Gorges - that is so sad! jam and i make it a habit to thank anyone who does a good job for us. jam has become something of an enigma at LobstersRUs - he is always saying nice things about people and the work that they do. now we have a good dozen more people in our near community that want to do things for us. one of our friends told jam a week ago that he was going smelt fishing and would get me a garbage bag full. but he didn't get out when he planned and he told jam how sorry he was for not getting my smelts - how sweet eh? i think it is important to recognize everyone's contribution in a community - we have a lot of people here who never finished high school but know their jobs and love their families and welcomed us with big open hearts. you can take snobs with degrees in post-modern literature and stick them in a hole as far as i am concerned. i had to live in the city for 25+years and it was absolute H-E-Double Hockey Sticks! i love my country folk...and i love people who do the best work that they can do. you need to sneak that certificate (or a $20 bill) in his locker, work bag, lunch bag or have the boss give it to him. thanks for being such an upstanding human being. sending much love.

your friend,
kymber

Lady Locust said...

Might casually mention around the boss sometime what a good job he does with so few thanks. Sometimes the boss doesn't see what's right there.
Also, what kindness on your part - no doubt you are both good folks.

Lady Locust said...

Might casually mention around the boss sometime what a good job he does with so few thanks. Sometimes the boss doesn't see what's right there.
Also, what kindness on your part - no doubt you are both good folks.

HermitJim said...

It's sad that folks like that are often denied the respect they deserve.

Angela said...

A little goes a long way when you are used to no one treating you like a person. I'm sure he knows that you are genuine in your thank yous to him.

G706 said...

Yes I see that a lot, seems like the average farmer here treats the Mexican workers at the fertilizer plant with no respect. If you just treat the people who serve at the restaurant, shop or anywhere as human you are paid back greatly in the level of service you recieve.

buddeshepherd said...

I don't know why people are not nice to the support people. I run into this with fellow farmers. Some of them are really rude to the guys that mix and load the fertilizer. Those guys can save your bottom when it is 4:55 p.m. on a Friday evening. I've had them hold the gate open for me because they hear my really noisy truck. But, that is not why I try to be nice to them. They are decent hardworking people who deserve some respect.

Penny said...

This makes me feel sad, indeed, but also encouraged that you show your appreciation for him and his existence. Sometimes all you can do seems a very little thing in your own mind but is a precious gift to another.

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

I work in an office but you can see it too, not everyone is rude but not everyone is nice either. Sometimes it is not that people are being mean, it's more like the don't even see these people. I always like to be nice to the custodial staff, mail room and cafe workers. It helps to remember something like if they have kids and then ask how their kids are doing, how are the driving lessons going, etc. Take an interest.

Chickenmom said...

Isn't it amazing how a kind word can bring a smile to someone's heart? You're a good man, Gorges. And I bet that fellow thinks so too!

Gorges Smythe said...

Thanks for your kind words, your concern for my coworker, and your ideas, my friends. May God bless each of you.

Brian said...

I have always thought it common courtesy to say please and thank you.. To anyone doing something for you..
And at work in any profession when you can't do something and you need someone help's they should always be thanked too...
Manners make'th the man or woman...:b

Gorges Smythe said...

Couldn't agree more, Brian.

Carole Barkett said...

Very sad but true and you see it less and less. What a good reminder for us all.

Gorges Smythe said...

True, CM.