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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Letter: Courtesy is lacking in these modern times

  • A few days ago I was in the check-out line at one of our larger stores. I had several items in my cart and was a couple of customers back from the cashier.
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  • To the editor:
    A few days ago I was in the check-out line at one of our larger stores. I had several items in my cart and was a couple of customers back from the cashier.
    Three young teens fell in behind me. They had only two items to buy. I asked, "Is that all you have?"
    One acknowledged, "Yeah."
    I invited them to move ahead of me. None expressed any thanks for my gesture. I thought that after their business, I might get a nod, a smile, some sign of appreciation.
    None, they went on their way.
    It affirmed my conclusion, today's youth appear not to have been taught by parents or teachers the common courtesies that once were taken for granted.
    In the same view, I recently mailed a package of information about Kansas to a student in Iowa.
    They had sent a letter to the Times asking for help with a history project. I paid over $5 for postage. I never heard a word from either student or teacher.
    Sad, isn't it?

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