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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Commuting: What’s partly in it? (Part 2 of 3 parts)

by Charrie M. Santillan

On Saying "Please and Thank You" 


 “Please …, thank you!” I usually feel good when I hear passengers say, the golden words “please and thank you” to those who would pass their fares to the driver. (Ilonggo, “bayad ko, palihog, salamat”). It manifests manners indeed. If you do this, you are commended.

Years ago, I visited a friend’s place in northern Luzon. We were on a jeepney to their residence. He handed me some coins to pay our fare and since we were a bit distanced from the driver, our fare needs to be passed forward. I simply handed it to the passenger next to me without saying a word.

My friend whispered, “don’t forget to say please and thank you”. He then explained about the bad experience he had in one of his trips when he felt quite embarrassed. He was seated next to an older woman. He passed his fare to her without saying please.

The woman turned to him saying, ‘don’t you know how to say please?’ He felt like shrinking in his seat. He learned that lesson and I am thankful he shared that learning experience to me. Since then, I keep that in mind and it makes me feel good every time I say please and thank you to people who does my thing for me. That’s what I tell my sons, and friends, too!

Coming next is the last part of 3 parts - "On Garbage While Traveling".

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