Monday, January 13, 2014

Less Service Nowadays

I feel that as a society we are losing some of the service that was taken for granted 20 years ago. I'm 34 years old so I clearly remember when some things were different.

I remember when a service station always had an attendant to pump your gas, check your oil and clean your windshield. After I bought my first car, I always went to a station that did that. I didn't look at the price of gas anywhere else because that was my place. I would pay more for that service now. Most gas stations now have pay at the pump but its not the same.

The other service I miss are the grocery store carryout boys. I would pay a couple bucks extra to have somebody bring my groceries directly to my car and load them in. It's hard to push a full cart over snow packed ground with a newborn and little girl. Every store had carryout boys when I was growing up.

These are just a couple examples and in sure there are countless others. Are there any other small services that would make your day easier that you would pay a bit extra for?

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  1. Not sure I'm with you on this one... I'm only a few years younger, but the only place I remember full service gas was in New Jersey where by law you can't pump your own. I think it's still that way. And with groceries, our local grocery store, Publix, always has free cart service. (Tipping not allowed!) =)

    It's not always free, but sometimes I feel like there are so many more ways to get service than there used to be. Heck - subway toasts subs now! Toasted! Imagine that!?! My sister pays someone to pick up the dog poop in her backyard. $5/week!

    I don't know if there's a service out there that you can't find someone to pay to do it...

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    1. Hmmm...yes, toasted subs are so good. I think that you can pay for any service but many used to just be included.

      I live in the Midwest and all places used to pump gas, at least for women. They never pumped diesel for the guys though. I can't think of a single grocery store that carries out groceries now. I guess its just our area?

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  2. I remember those services as well. I live in a small town where they pump your gas (no extra charge) on Tuesdays. Also I know of a couple grocery stores where they still carry out your groceries.

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    1. The carrying out groceries would be so nice, especially with the kiddos.

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  3. You're only 34? I didn't realize you were so young ;) I would pay more at fast food restaurants if they bring back roller skating waitresses :D I've never met one before in real life, but I've seen them in old movies and it seems like a good idea :)

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    1. Haha, you can go to a Sonics in the spring or summer and see the rollerskating waitresses. I feel bad for them because it has to be VERY dangerous and stressful.

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    2. Yup, 34:). I would totally be a server on rollerblades.

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  4. Maybe it is regional...because I am 38 (almost 39), and I did not grow up with any of that. I am actually racking my brain trying to think of a service I grew up with and no longer see. The only one that comes to mind is when neighborhood kids would come around after it snowed to shovel for pay. Today....hahaha! We had a 20 something come by a few years ago and said no thank you...and he stole our snow shovel because ours was better than his.

    The conversation that was recently had around the office is the price of stamps. I do remember when they were 10 cents! And it will be 47 cents at the end of the month.

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    1. It could be regional. I remember when stamps were 19 cents. Dang!

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  5. We have a station around here that pump your gas for you... I don't feel comfortable with it. Had to stop there once or take a long detour and I didn't like it. I tipped the boy, but I've never gone back since. I don't like those kinds of services myself. I've also seen grocery stores (like Acme or FL) carry out groceries for the elder. I've carried wedding gifts out after a wedding at the hotel many times (no tips required or requested). But these days, when you barely have enough people to tend to the cashiers, I can't see how they'd afford someone to carry groceries.

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    1. I probably would never miss these services if I didn't have kids

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  6. I am 41 and remember the gas pumping thing ... as a kid, I remember very specifically wanting one of those little change things the attendants wore on their belts. By the time I was driving at 16, there was only one place in town that pumped gas for you - it was a Mom & Pop place.

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  7. Just having people that work at a store have manners would be a gift. My daughter Anna is in mid-IL, its considered more southern though. And she has decided to stay there just because the people are nicer. How sad is that.

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    1. People are very nice here, a bit old fashioned really. I did like the Southern hospitality when I lived in the South.

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    2. Anna loves it there. She was even saying how it is just better driving there. And she has lived here her entire life. I would think it would be harder to give up this faster paced lifestyle. My SIL lives in Louisville and she says that it makes her crazy coming back here with all of the traffic. She is so wound up. I guess you see it differently after you get away from it.

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  8. The grocery stores around here still offer carry out service. There's only a couple packers, that move between the registers and they'll ask if you want help out. I never take it because I feel awkward.
    I used to work at a grocery store and we weren't allowed to accept tips. But if someone gives you great service, make sure to get their name and tell their manager. The rewards we used to get when this happened were worth way more than the dollar people would try to slip me.

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    1. I do make sure to call back when I've received excellent service. Just a quick phone call goes a long way.

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  9. Not only are there no bag boys to carry out your groceries it seems at most grocery stores around here you have to put your own groceries IN the bags as well! Everyone seems to be cutting costs and putting more work on the customer!

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    1. That extra step of bagging your own groceries really annoys me.

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