If you’re approached on the street by someone trying to sell you something and you decline, do you expect backchat?
Outside our local supermarket megaplex thingy is a guy who stands there trying to cajole passers-by into joining the RAC. I’m always firm yet polite, usually a “No thank you” or a “Not today thanks”. As far as I’m concerned, that’s enough; after all it’s my choice to engage with someone who cold-calls me on the street, right?
The other day though I bustled past him and replied to his usual request for conversation with “No thanks, I’m with the AA” — a rival breakdown company. His response:
Well, we all make mistakes.
Am I just getting old or was that borderline rude?