Pick of the Week – September 8-14, 2014

We shop.  We eat out.  We go to doctor’s offices, dentists, mechanics, libraries, and coffee shops.  Throughout our days, we interact with many people working in these locations.  Or maybe we work one such job ourselves.  If you work one of these customer service positions, I’m sure you would agree that dealing with the public can be a nightmare, which leads me to this week’s pick.

Not Always Right is a site where people who work in service industries and positions post stories of humorous, aggravating, or generally ridiculous stories of dealing with customers and the public in general.  For those who post the stories and others who deal with the public, the site is a way to commiserate, get a laugh, and possibly reinforce the idea that they’re all dealing with the same sort of foolishness.

That’s wonderful and all, but this site is far more important than that as far as I’m concerned.  I would go so far as to say it should be required reading for every person on the planet.  I mean that.

Here’s my Public Service Announcement for the day: Don’t Be The Idiots Discussed On This Site!!!

Reading these stories invariably leaves me shaking my head in disgust and disbelief.  Can people really be this stupid and self-absorbed?  Are there really people out there who look upon store clerks and coffee shop workers like they’re some lower form of life?  How can they think this sort of behavior toward another human being is remotely acceptable?

Please don’t misunderstand me.  The stories on the site are very funny.  But there’s a bigger lesson to be learned.  I like to think that I’m respectful and compassionate toward everyone that I encounter, but reading Not Always Right gives me a regular reminder to stay that way.  The last thing I want is to be one of the customers chronicled there.

Not Always Right is one of several sites relaying humorous stories.  I also read Not Always Romantic, where the stories tend to be much sweeter but equally funny. 

- Alan Decker

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