Niceness is also catching

Mike writes of this happy clapping:

I wrote in reply:

I’ve a mixed feeling about it. No to the happy clapping on demand to virtue signal, of course, but I also saw one particular Spanish lady work so hard the entire time I was left on a trolley in the main receiving area in 2017, about ten hours I recall.

She never stopped and came over whenever she could. She was on duty the entire time. I was all for the appreciation bit until BJ came out of N10 clapping and urging everyone else.

Which brings me to the last shopping mission. There were two quite distinct types – those in uniform with grim faces, determined to make everyone suffer by bossing us about, then the type of lesser immortal in the aisles stacking shelves and they were nice to deal with.

I asked where tomato puree was, she told me an aisle, I said I’d find it.

I couldn’t, gave it away and headed for the frozen aisle. A lady came up, holding a tube of the paste in one hand, a tetra pack in another. She explained that she’d heard the conversation and had seen I’d walked right by it.  This was a member of the public, not an employee.

I was gobsmacked, momentarily lost for words, then blurted out what I could by way of appreciation, taking the tube.

It was a nice experience that day with anyone just Joe Public, a rotten experience with anyone High Officiousness who’d let power go to her head.

4 comments for “Niceness is also catching

  1. March 29, 2020 at 09:42

    Interesting that a post on being nice gets no comments. LOL.

  2. Penseivat
    March 29, 2020 at 14:45

    I am one of those eligible for the special shopping hour for the elderly or vulnerable, and I have noticed the number of occasions where some customers, now including me as I am in a position to do so, are “paying it forward” by paying for groceries on behalf of other elderly or disabled shoppers or taking items from their own baskets or trolleys and giving them to those who wanted the items but couldn’t find any in stock. Not much publicity being given to stories like this, but I suppose the media doesn’t consider it as newsworthy as panic buying.

    • March 29, 2020 at 15:15

      That’s lovely of course.

      I don’t mind restrictions to 3 items of a kind whilst stores restock after the panic but it’s the officious way they go about it which is the sticking point.

      As for people doing the basket swapping, if two members of a family go in separately and buy 3, it might be wrong but very hard to police for non-police.

  3. Andy5759
    March 29, 2020 at 22:33

    I have noticed that politeness levels are improving, smiles more frequently encountered, acts of kindness everywhere. This will last another week, as people get stir crazy their patience will begin to fray around the edges. Our inability to take it out on anyone will have us taking it out on everyone, those closest will get it first. In another week or so law and order will start to fail, the response to that will be more enforcement. Then more resistance, ad infinitum. I hope to the heavens that I’m wrong.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.