I was at the gas station the other day, and when the screen asked if I wanted a receipt, there were two options:

>Yes

>No Thank You

Now, I guess my mother taught me well because I tend to say “Please” and “Thank You” whenever possible.  Still, I think this is a bit presumptuous of our technology, forcing its values upon us.  What if the pump was slow, or wouldn’t read my card, or was filing its nails during the transaction?

Right or wrong, I might withhold my niceties in certain circumstances, Pump!

What’s next?

>Yes, and might I say you’re the most helpful pump I’ve ever met!

>No, but I can’t tell you how much it means that you asked! I’ll be recommending your gas to ALL my friends. 

>Maybe. But let me ask you this first: Who does your hair? It’s STUNNING.



Previously, in the world of overly-polite technology . . .

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