I'm So Fancy wrote about American's and their compulsion to say, 'Have a nice day.' This is something I'm definitely guilty of doing. She laments that non-American's find it fake and insincere, I take offense to that. When I tell someone to have a nice day, I mean it.
My women's club hosted a nearly new sale this weekend. I was on the committee and we worked for months to make it all happen. It was a huge success... but I digress. I was in charge of keeping the check-out queue moving smoothly so I spoke to hundreds of folks in line. Everyone was lovely and I must have said, 'Have a nice day' dozens of times. I meant it every time.
Until 'he' showed up. We spoke briefly, as he was trying to push ahead and I asked him to stay behind the line until a cashier opened up. I tried to engage in small talk, 'How'd you make out?' 'Find anything good?' etc. etc. He wasn't having any of it. A cashier opened up and I pointed it out and moved aside so he could get past. And then I said, 'Thanks for coming. Have a nice day.' He looked over his shoulder and rolled his yes stating, 'Americans!'
I wanted to kick him square in the arse but I said, 'Or not. Your choice.' And smiled. I think he hated me just a little more. Whatever!
What's wrong with saying something nice to someone? Sincere or not it still beats a sharp stick in the eye, no?
I actually found it amusing and wasn't about to let his bad mood get to me. But should I cool the 'have a nice day'? I never even thought about it until I read Fancy's post.