When Did “Not A Problem” Become a Substitute for “You’re Welcome”?
It happened again.
I got the "Not a problem" response when I thanked a cashier.
"Not a problem" to me makes what I just thanked that person for seem like it might have been "Almost a Problem."
What happened to a simple "You're welcome" or even a hit back of "Thank YOU"?
Three times in the last several days, I've received the "Not a problem" response. Each time I was thanking a cashier at the completion of a transaction. One location was restaurant, another a hardware store, and the last a convenience store.
Each time I heard it was from a young woman - probably still in her teens or early 20s.
If this a generational thing?
Are retail transactions occasionally a problem? ("It's not a problem - this time...")
If you're every been to Chik-Fil-A, you know workers there are trained to follow up all "Thank yous" with "My Pleasures." Where the heck did "Not a problem" come from?
Is it just me, or have you noticed this too?