Letter: Bad Manners in the South Okanagan

Is it my imagination or is there a new trend developing in and around Penticton.

Is it my imagination or is there a new trend developing in and around Penticton.

For instance I notice when I go into a pharmacy the pharmacist’s behind the glass don’t/won’t make eye contact? They avoid looking up at all costs testing who will be the first one of them to give in and have to deal with the customer at the counter, and why if there is nobody else there waiting do you have to come back for a prescription of a few pills which would take less than a minute for them to put up?

When is a person on the phone more valuable than a customer at the counter? And, what about the “service” counters where it takes three personnel to decide which pop rivet someone might need whilst other customers stood there waiting.

Have you noticed how many people in a fast food restaurant eat their meal then get up and leave the table as if it were a trough? Why can’t they take their trash with them so the next people can use the table without getting out the dish cloth. The other day my wife and I had to leave without a meal because all the booths and most tables were taken up with people on their phones and tablets with a stale cold coffee in front of them.

Lastly, why can’t cops smile? Have you ever pulled up along side one of them? They look as if the last donuts they planned to scoff were stolen from them by a Justice of the Peace. Lighten up guys, crack one now and then — we’re not all bad boys.

Don Smithyman

Oliver