Being nice is great, until it isn’t. As Canadians, are we too polite?
I notice it a lot in traffic – sure there are some a-holes who park in the bike lane or don’t know what a turn signal is, but what about the rest of us?
Some people reach a 4-way stop and wave at the other person to go ahead when it’s not their turn, or even worse – they stop in the middle of a busy street and wave at someone to merge into traffic without considering anything else going on around them! Dangerous.
What about when you’re on foot? Sometimes people will open a door for you in the most awkward way, insisting that you go in front of them.
And when you’re in line at a store and the person in front of you is talking forever, getting to know all about the cashier because they’re just SO POLITE? Madness.
Canadian celebs like Mike Myers have talked about how polite we are:
Others like Ellen Degeneres don’t believe we’re THAT nice
Compare to Colin Quinn’s stand up about New Yorkers – where the deli line is “efficiency over humanity!”
And don’t even get me started on saying “sorry” even when we haven’t done anything wrong, or the “pay it forward” thing people do at the drive-thru. Are YOU going to be the only person who takes the free coffee and NOT pay it forward to the next person in the line?
We might even be too polite to TRUMP. Tariffs on our softwood lumber and dairy exports?? SORRY!