I've written on here before about the fact that I'm very polite, sometimes to a fault. But sometimes even people like me slip up.
Recently I was struggling in the freezing cold with both kids. One was slipping out of my arms and the other was whining that I was hurting her hand by holding it. I was also carrying a huge bag. As I reached a door, there was a guy holding it and as I shepharded the kids through the door, I guess I failed to say thank you.
So the guy said, "YOU'RE WELCOME!"
And of course, I was really embarrassed and I mumbled thank you, but felt kind of annoyed by the interaction the whole day. I mean, do we only do good deeds in order to be verbally thanked? Is it not enough to just feel good that you helped someone without being an asshole who demands to be acknowledged for it?
(Remember that Seinfeld where he lets someone ahead of him in traffic and they don't give him a wave? "It would have been nice to get a wave." That's why I always give a wave.)
I had an experience in college that still resonates with me. I was at a bank and I failed to hold the door for a woman with a cane. I'm not sure why I didn't hold the door aside from the fact that I was 18 and my mind was on another planet. In any case, the woman started YELLING at me for not holding the door for her, telling me how rude I was.
And all I could think was, "Wow, I am so glad I slammed the door in your face, you bitch."