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Offline BeyondTheNow

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Re: Thank you for your service
« Reply #25 on: May 14, 2017, 21:45:35 »
It makes me feel uncomfortable, mainly because I haven't done anything to warrant any sort of thanks...Literally, I haven't done anything. Obviously, the individual making the comments isn't aware of that and I generally smile, say something polite in return and that's that. However, there have been a few instances where people are insistent upon a gesture of gratitude of some sort and it's personally very awkward for me.
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Re: Thank you for your service
« Reply #26 on: May 14, 2017, 22:28:39 »
It makes me feel uncomfortable, mainly because I haven't done anything to warrant any sort of thanks...Literally, I haven't done anything. Obviously, the individual making the comments isn't aware of that and I generally smile, say something polite in return and that's that. However, there have been a few instances where people are insistent upon a gesture of gratitude of some sort and it's personally very awkward for me.

I had dinner at a local restaurant in uniform and, when it came time to pay, found out that someone had kindly paid for me.

I gave the waitress some cash and asked her to 'please spend it on a customer who looks like they could use a little help, unlike me'.
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Re: Thank you for your service
« Reply #27 on: May 14, 2017, 22:47:36 »
I had dinner at a local restaurant in uniform and, when it came time to pay, found out that someone had kindly paid for me.

I gave the waitress some cash and asked her to 'please spend it on a customer who looks like they could use a little help, unlike me'.

I love that and wished I had been as quick on my feet. I recently had an incident occur while out for group lunch, but the individual approached me personally, in front of the rest of us, and wanted to pay for my meal alone. She had reasoning for why she only approached me, which she explained to us.  But I was very uneasy, even more so having been singled out. I smiled, as usual, said I appreciated the gesture very much, but in turn offered her the suggestion of making a donation through other means, so that it could benefit everyone. She wouldn't have it. She was paying for my meal and that was that. (I received friendly chuckles afterwards from a few I work with, because they could see how uncomfortable I was.) The woman wasn't taking no for an answer, and of course, politely declining can only be done so many times. It was the first time I'd been in a situation like that where the individual was extremely insistent. She paid for my meal, but I didn't think of exactly how to pay it forward at that moment, I said thank you and we left.
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Re: Thank you for your service
« Reply #28 on: May 15, 2017, 08:43:48 »
I always respond "Thank you for your support". It is an equitable response and both sides walk away feeling good for a bit.

I did exactly that in a Subway last week.  The gentleman paused, then went on to point out how he supports the CAF but not our political masters, and we parted ways.
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Re: Thank you for your service
« Reply #29 on: May 15, 2017, 12:51:19 »
Nicer than hearing, "I pay your salary.".  :)
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Re: Thank you for your service
« Reply #30 on: May 15, 2017, 14:47:14 »
Nicer than hearing, "I pay your salary.".  :)

My response to that is "Well, I pay taxes, too, so I guess that makes me self-employed."
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Re: Thank you for your service
« Reply #31 on: May 15, 2017, 19:31:07 »
Nicer than hearing, "I pay your salary.".  :)
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Re: Thank you for your service
« Reply #32 on: May 15, 2017, 20:19:49 »
Nicer than hearing, "I pay your salary.".  :)

I've used the "Since you pay my salary, I'm buying this round" justification on occasion when insisting on paying.  Actually haven't heard that one directly to my face, but I suspect the sentiment is still around....

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