August 25, 2009

Movie Manners

FIRE8 "Integrity is doing the right thing, even if nobody is watching.” ~ Author Unknown

AIM8 My husband and I went to the movies recently. After enjoying the show and our over-priced but delicious buttery popcorn and refreshing soda, we picked up our belongings and trash and headed for the exit. As we shuffled to the end of our aisle, we noticed that there were several drink cups left in the cup holders and various sized popcorn bags left in seats or on the floor between the seats. By our simple observations, I’m sure there were empty boxes from candy treats and lots of leftover popcorn and candies littering the floor and hiding under the seats. It made us both stop and wonder “What kind of person just leaves their trash for someone else to pick up?”

Yes, I know the movie theater has employees who clean up the theater area inbetween shows so it’s clean and presentable for the next wave of guests. However, you don’t need to leave your trash or purposely throw napkins and your leftovers on the floor to create extra work for those people. The garbage cans are strategically placed near the exits so you can easily deposit your trash on the way out of the theater. It really doesn’t take much effort and it helps the employees work faster and more efficiently; not to mention it speaks volumes about your character. If you do those things in public, what would you do for your boss at work? How would you feel if people left messes for you to clean up or handle all the time – physical messes or even emotional messes? It makes you stop and realize that the two seconds it takes to grab your empty cups and bags in the theater really does make a big difference after all. Next time I bet you’ll appreciate the clean movie theater, clean restaurant or tidy parking lot even more. Don’t even get me started on shopping carts!

FIRE8 Be an example of good character to those around you: Take your shopping cart to the cart corral in the parking lot, throw away your movie trash and pick up after yourself at home and at the office. It will be appreciated, even if you don’t hear the verbal approval.

Be Excellent!

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