Welcome to I’m Right, You’re Wrong, a regular-ish feature where I present you with a disagreement that I’m having with a loved one and ask you to weigh in!
Last week, we tackled the problem of whether it is necessary to wash out the cat’s water bowl with soap daily or is it sufficient to rinse it off every once in a blue moon? The results were strongly titled towards “less is more”.
Ready for weigh in on this week’s dilemma?
Disagreement: When you make a purchase and say “thank you” to a sales clerk, should they say “you’re welcome” or “thank you” as well?
Disagreers: Marinka and her friend P.K.
Position One: If I’m making a purchase, and thank the sales clerk or whoever, she should say “thank you” in response. Because by saying “you’re welcome” she’s implying that she did me a favor. And what was the favor? Taking my money? Giving me change? I am the customer and should be thanked for my patronage. Besides, how can Can’t go wrong with another “thank you.”
Position Two: In any context, the proper response to “thank you” is “you’re welcome.” What is it you’re thanking the cashier for? If you feel you’re doing the cashier a favor, why bother thanking him? A “thank you” should be sincere, and then the proper response will be “you’re welcome.” A “thank you” followed by a “thank YOU” doesn’t make sense.
What do you think?
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