Who Taught You How to Talk to Adults?

I was up to the post office the other day with a handful of BratPin orders to send out, maybe 12 – 13 of ’em.  As I was about to hand everything over to Deb I noticed this ‘kid’ come in with just a few envelopes.  He was maybe 17 or 18; a nice looking, well-groomed kid.  I thought this might be a good opportunity for a ‘lesson’ for him; teaching him to be observant about his surroundings, and whatever else he could take from it.

So, I asked him, “Do you just have the 2 pieces to mail?”

“Yeah,” he replied.

“Yeah?!” I came right back at him with, I think perhaps ‘shocking’ him a bit.  And at the same time I motioned for him to go ahead.  Then I asked, “Who ever taught you how to talk to adults?”  And I left it at that.

Deb was somewhat mortified, but she went about her task at hand…

As the kid completed his business, he looked at me and said, “Thank you, Sir,” and all was good…

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