Thomasville Times Enterprise


March 6, 2014

LETTER T0 THE EDITOR: Respect in our society crumbling

There is much discussion about the reasons our country is not in its best place. Blame can be found in a lot of areas, but I believe that the lack of respect for others is one of the biggest reasons for our societal decline.

As an example, I was in a local grocery store recently. There were two 10-items-or-less lanes open and I was in one of them. The store was not busy and all the open lanes had one but no more than three customers per lane.

A person in the second 10-items-or-less lanes had an overflowing basket of groceries.  By the time the clerk finished checking that customer’s groceries, the bill came to well over $200.  Apparently, others’ respect for the item limit did not pertain to this individual.

Sad to say, in order to not offend the customer who is being disrespectful by having huge purchases in the short check-out lane, these stores prefer to offend 10 other customers who have to wait for someone who thinks that their time is more valuable than others in the store.  Keep in mind, this type of action happens all the time around this town.

Now I understand that this event is a small one compared to the huge problems strangling our nation. Yet, when our young people see their parents and other adults consistently disobey even the smallest “instruction,” is there any question why disrespect is rampant in this country?  These children have no clue that in order to maintain a civil society, we must be respectful of others.

I hope that the person who made the decision to be disrespectful and assert their wants over other customers enjoys the items purchased.

Just a thought.

Kay Kramer



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