Respect Begets Respect

I was out this evening for a quick grocery trip and then I headed to a bakeshop to buy pieces of bread which, by the way, just came out so they were still a bit hot.

  Believe me, working in the food industry is one tough job. If you're the lucky one, not only do you need to learn to prepare delicious food that will meet the expectations of your clients but you also need to talk to them face to face. If you're the luckier one, not only do you deal with bossy people but you also deal with people who'll degrade you in one way or another... they might be thinking that you serving their food makes you an instant slave to them which is definitely not the case. If you're luckiest one, you'll get shamed by your customer with your workmates and other customers around. 

As for me, there are times when I'd rather be the one to cook and there are times when I'd rather be the one to serve the food. All the time while hoping that I'll do a good job and wishing not to encounter rude, insensitive, and unreasonable people. But but but, who knows what kind of people you're getting, right? 

Anyway, back to the story. 

So there I was in line waiting for my turn to pay my order and then the old lady behind me (who looks sosyal), was asking the staff to have her bread sliced. 


"Pa-slice naman 'yan."
"Mam, pano pong slice gagawin?"
"Kahit ano basta naka-slice."
Lapit si Ate na maghihiwa... "Mam, di po pwedeng i-slice kasi medyo mainit pa."
"Pahawak nga. Hindi naman mainit eh. Bakit hindi pwede?"
"Babagsak po kasi 'yung tinapay."
Nagsimila na siyang sumigaw... "What do you mean babagsak?"
Pinaliwanag ni Ate...
Galit na si Customer... "I don't care...."
Umalis na 'ko bago pa sila natapos mag-usap. 

May point naman pareho but I felt bad for Ate 'cause she was just doing her job tas ganun. There are just those times when what we want as customers are not possible. I know that I've had moments when I was the one who got mad but it's still a good thing that it never came to a point when I've embarrassed someone in front of many people and I've shouted at someone. Most of time, I just walk out. (don't know if that's a better thing to do)

Main point is Respect Begets Respect. People who are doing things for you and people working under you deserve to be treated with respect too. I will always admire people who know how to treat people who appear inferior to them with fairness and kindness. 

Who we are to encounter in our daily lives is something we have no control of but how we deal with others and how we deal with the way other people treat us is something within our control. So just choose to ignore whatever they're going to say and don't let them ruin your precious day. :)

Need something to read?

The Law of the Garbage Truck by David J. Pollay is a good one.

Many people are like garbage trucks. They run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger, and full of disappointment. As their garbage piles up, they look for a place to dump it. And if you let them, they’ll dump it on you. So when someone wants to dump on you, don’t take it personally. Just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on. Believe me. You’ll be happier.

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