zeebyaboi saidIf I open the door for somebody and they don't say anything, I just say "You're welcome," anyway. Most times, people stop and remember their manners when I do that, and then they apologetically thank me.
Sometimes people are just caught up in their own thoughts. Maybe they are dealing with so many issues in their life they are just too distracted to even notice their surroundings. I am sorry, but this is such a petty topic. Can't you just be statified knowing that you assisted someone in need without expecting anything in return? Ideally yeah people should say "thank you" and "welcome" but sometimes, for what ever reason, they don't. Big deal.
It's not about being petty, or wanting something in return. The fact is that many Americans, especially young people, have so little a clue as to simple manners that they reflect poorly on everyone in our society, especially their parents. It's more a matter of a "reminder" that manners are still important. It's like great sex: afterward, do you thank your partner, or do you just get up and go to the fridge without a word? People are not entitled to be treated courteously, but when they are, manners dictate a pleasant response. Without manners, we're no better than a Jerry Springer audience. And that begins with a polite "Thanks You" whenever someone renders you a kindness.