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September 12, 2013 at 7:27 AM
Make their lives easier
It has been a long time since my days of making minimum wage. Like many people who start out at the bottom, I applied myself and used the skills I learned on the job and at school to advance myself into the middle class.
What I do remember about working minimum-wage jobs wasn’t so much the low wage — I knew that was going to be my income going into the job — but the way patrons treated me.
Many were kind, considerate and helpful. But many were rude, destructive and would have seen me fired for no reason if this meant they could save a dollar or potentially get something free.
Even if the minimum wage isn’t raised, I think it is in all our power to make the lives of minimum-wage workers better. We all know right from wrong. We all know how to behave in public, and that a fast-food restaurant is just as much of a business as an attorney’s office.
Small acts of courtesy will get you farther and make the life of a minimum-wage worker that much better, even if the check is still small.
Anna Hiatt, Brier
August 16, 2013 at 6:23 AM
Pedestrians must be more careful
We teach our children by the time they are 3 that, when crossing the street, they must look both ways, twice, then cross briskly. [“Could more courtesy save a life?”, NW Monday, Aug. 5.]
Yet there are 500 pedestrian-involved collisions each year in Seattle.
Could somebody explain to me the mentality of walking out in front of a 3,000-pound vehicle that is moving at 30 mph, and hoping the driver sees you?
Having the right of way won’t make you right.
Ronald Berry, Seattle
June 21, 2013 at 6:30 AM
Bad manners abound
To answer Lynne Varner’s question “Are we teaching kids manners these days?,” the answer in many cases is, sadly, no. [“Blog: Wanted: kids with manners,” Opinion, June 20.]
A recent McDonald’s commercial shows a boy bonding with his dad by blowing bubbles in his drink in public, much to the toothy-grinned delight of his dad. Worse, have you ever been treated to a free back massage by a kid pounding on the back of your seat in a restaurant or aboard a plane, or had your eardrums pierced by a kid yelling at the top of his or her voice while playing tag in a store aisle, all while a parent is nearby but “busy” doing other things?
As a teacher, I remember being in a parent-teacher conference a few years ago about a minor offense the child had committed. I was treated to a tirade by a fuming, yelling parent, who within a few seconds berated the teachers, principal and school for daring to discipline her child. The principal promptly told us to go back to class, and the meeting was over.
Many kids today get their manners from television, the baby-sitter of choice in many American households. Have you ever been to a youth sporting event and seen parents acting like unbridled children? Rudeness is alive and well in our country. Miss Manners, where are you?
Ronald Bowman, Burien
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