Wednesday, September 1, 2010
What's Missing? Simple Courtesy
Unfortunately, this is more the norm than the exception anymore:
I ordered a sandwich this past week at McDonald’s, from the drive-through window.
After pulling out of the drive-through lane, I discovered that my sandwich was cold. The bacon was uncooked. I circled back through the drive-through lane, and explained my dilemma to the young lady at the window. She distractedly held out her hand, reaching for the bag, looking away from me as she muttered, “Pull around front. We’ll get you another one.”
I understand that these things happen, especially at a restaurant run by children. I wasn’t really upset as I returned my sandwich – I just wanted it cooked properly. But I can’t help but reflect on the different feeling I would have about McDonald’s right now, if that young lady had bothered to look me in the eye and simply say something like, “I’m sorry about that. If you pull around front, we will be happy to get you another one. And this time I promise we’ll cook it correctly.”
That would’ve made all the difference-just a simple bit of courtesy. It’s magic, especially in business transactions.