Originally Posted by mrzinwin
This is a free country and people have the right to choose whether to be courteous or not. It is ok to hold courtesy in high regard but it is not ok to demand courtesy from everyone at all times. You have not given anything to these people, and despite what you may think, you are not the king. Don't expect others to genuflect at your every whim.
As for where I ski, mainly at resorts in the NE (hunter,killington,okemo,mount snow,stratton). Stay away!
You or anyone else may choose to exercise your "right" to act like a Jacka$$, however don't expect anyone to respect or applaud you for it.
Common courtesy may not be law (at least in some states), but it is an expected responsibility of every member of a civil, organized society. Courtesy creates order out of chaos and smooths public interactions between individuals. Waiting one's turn in line isn't a law - it is a courtesy which recognizes that chaos ensues without it.
What is considered courteous may vary by culture, but but it is ALWAYS aimed at RESPECT for others as fellow members of society. That basic respect is owed to EVERYONE - not just someone who has "given" you something, and not just "kings" (your implication).
That respect is considered SO important, that some of the first words learned by toddlers after mama and dada are PLEASE, THANK-YOU, and EXCUSE ME. Society demands common courtesy - it's not Bonni who is expecting this, it is your CULTURE as a WHOLE.
No one is asking you to "genuflect" or stick out your pinky when drinking tea, but society DOES expect you to conduct yourself as a mature, responsible adult, who shows consideration for others. Basic common courtesy is not that hard - it takes ONE second to make sure someone won't be hurt by dropping the bar, and it takes probably a millisecond to say PLEASE. These are simple gestures of RESPECT for your fellow human beings - "Do unto others..." if you need to get Biblical. These basic rules are not HARD - every pre-schooler has learned them. If THEY can figure it out - then perhaps YOU should too.