"Be there on time," I said. "And don't switch off your handphone."
When I hung up, Sharlene was giving me a very old-fashioned look. "How old was that person you were talking to?" she asked.
"You talk to her like she's 12." Sharlene's disapproval was obvious. But that's because she had no idea who I was talking to.
This woman asked me to deliver a stray cat to her. I took the afternoon off, drove 30 minutes to her home, and she wasn't there. And she'd switched off her phone.
The next day she was to come to my house. She forgot. And she'd switched off her phone so I couldn't phone her to remind her.
When she finally did get the cat, she decided after a month she didn't want him anymore. And guess what? Despite having 3 cars in her drive, she couldn't manage to drop him back off at my place.
Because of this, I talk to her like she's 12. I don't want to waste any more time when arranging to meet up with her.
Asians are always polite to older people; even if they are horrible. I try to be polite to people of all ages. But if they are wasting my time because they are too lazy/selfish/untogether, then I think they are treating me rudely, and all my best intentions go out of the window.
Politeness has to go both ways.