"Good Bye... Take Care..." - Odd?

Old Jul 16, 10, 4:35 pm
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"Good Bye... Take Care..." - Odd?

We were disembarking today, and I was doing my usual...

"Good Bye... Thank You..."

"Good Bye... Take Care..."

A lovely Australian lady gave me a lovely big smile and said:

"Thank you, I will... What a lovely thing to say!"

Do people not say it any more?

Good?

Bad?

Confused...
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Old Jul 16, 10, 4:43 pm
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It's usually meant in the same way as 'How are you?' in Britain, one of those phrases we all use because the sentiment is nice and it's polite, but both parties know the speaker doesn't really mean any more by it than that superficial level.

It's nice that she was touched by it on this occasion. I'd leave it at that.
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Old Jul 16, 10, 4:45 pm
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Originally Posted by BingBongBoy View Post
We were disembarking today, and I was doing my usual...

"Good Bye... Thank You..."

"Good Bye... Take Care..."

A lovely Australian lady gave me a lovely big smile and said:

"Thank you, I will... What a lovely thing to say!"

Do people not say it any more?

Good?

Bad?

Confused...
No, BBB it's lovely but I hate to say it but sometimes the crew on previous flights seem to be glad to see the back of the passengers so the lady was obviously pleasantly surprised to have such a nice goodbye and not an automatic 'Thanks' or 'Bye' which is what I have been faced with recently.
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Old Jul 16, 10, 5:01 pm
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Originally Posted by tom139 View Post
No, BBB it's lovely but I hate to say it but sometimes the crew on previous flights seem to be glad to see the back of the passengers so the lady was obviously pleasantly surprised to have such a nice goodbye and not an automatic 'Thanks' or 'Bye' which is what I have been faced with recently.
I agree - it's an exchange so simple and profound.

As we pass by on journeys - a trip or a lifetime - it's heartwarming to know that some people savor the moment and the sincere word.

If she's given you pause to reflect on your words, she's given more than you imagined.

You were blessed.
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Old Jul 16, 10, 5:01 pm
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I do a "take care " too ..... at least she responded!
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Old Jul 16, 10, 5:10 pm
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I do a "take care " too ..... at least she responded!
Then why are neither you or BBB never on a flight with me ?
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Old Jul 16, 10, 5:28 pm
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When disembarking from F or J in longhaul I try and shake hands with the cabin crew who looked after me thanking them at the same time.
When travelling in economy I'm in such a rush to get off it's usually a thanks only.
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Old Jul 16, 10, 5:31 pm
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Originally Posted by tom139 View Post
Then why are neither you or BBB never on a flight with me ?
Ahhh sorry Tom, you only get so much luck in your life!
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Old Jul 16, 10, 5:44 pm
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Originally Posted by HIDDY View Post
When disembarking from F or J in longhaul I try and shake hands with the cabin crew who looked after me thanking them at the same time.
When travelling in economy I'm in such a rush to get off it's usually a thanks only.
As it's always a queue and waiting time for upper deck before door opens, I usually take some time to chat with the crew as they stand there in the galley. I thank them for a lovely flight and ask for their names because I want to send a compliment through ba.com/welldone.

Now, I don't do this every flight. Only flights which I have enjoyed.

On short-haul, I shook hand with the very dignified male purser who made my CPT-JNB flight an absolute joy a couple of weeks ago (never done that before). Ok, only two of us in Club but I felt like I had a personal Butler ^
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As a doctor, its a parting line I used frequently
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Old Jul 16, 10, 5:54 pm
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Originally Posted by gw76 View Post
As a doctor, its a parting line I used frequently

you need to move to Cornwall !!

the receiving hospital for my patients are never that polite when they see us turn up!

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Old Jul 16, 10, 6:19 pm
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Originally Posted by Lobengula View Post
As it's always a queue and waiting time for upper deck before door opens
Slightly OT, I hope you don't mind BBB...

When on the UD I always take a window seat and stow my rucksack in the side bins. On approach for landing I'll make sure I pack everything away in my bag ready to leave before closing the bin. As soon as the seatbelt signs are off I undo my belt, take my bag out and make for the stairs quick-style, to make sure I'm first down. Then it's a case of waiting to see to which door they're using, and making nice with the crew at the bottom of the stairs meanwhile.

Upside - I'm off reasonably quickly, and often first if they're using the door at the bottom of the stairs.

Downside - it only leaves time for the briefest of extra thanks before I leave, as the crew usually aren't even standing by the top of the stairs yet to say goodbye. So I just make sure I go up and say it before the seatbelt signs come on on approach.
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Old Jul 17, 10, 1:41 am
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Longhaul - (especially overnight) I usually look like dead, or at least am very asleep. I try to be polite to the crew, but it doesnt always happen. I do feel take care is aimed at how I look.

Short haul I am now starting to worry about the M25 so already very stressed.

Maybe the Austalian lady was pleased to have landed.
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Old Jul 17, 10, 2:25 am
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Originally Posted by BingBongBoy View Post
We were disembarking today, and I was doing my usual...

"Good Bye... Thank You..."

"Good Bye... Take Care..."

A lovely Australian lady gave me a lovely big smile and said:

"Thank you, I will... What a lovely thing to say!"

Do people not say it any more?

Good?

Bad?

Confused...
From what I have seen, people usually do reciprocate a greeting, unless there is some reason for it: like bad service or bad vibes. I usually say "Thanks a lot" when disembarking.
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Old Jul 17, 10, 2:30 am
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You know this is actually part of society today - so few people say "Hello" - "Good Morning" or anything when you are going about your day to day business. I find it very sad.

When I am in Italy I love it when anyone coming in a shop says Boun Giorno. It really costs nothing but I am afraid that manners are in their death throw in the South of England.
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