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I just got it again, from my service advisor at the Acura dealer. I said. Thank you." He said, "No problem." I just spent $800 and he says it was no problem for him to take my money.

Am I the only one who sees this as an uncivilized and dehumanizing response to thank you that has crept it our society?

NO PROBLEM?! No **** it's no problem. If there was any possibility of a problem, I would not have even engaged you in whatever activity caused me to say, "Thank you.", in the first place.

I noticed this in 2005, when a recent Chinese immigrant working at a Chinese buffet, was overly attentive to my needs. He was Johnny-on-the-spot. I said thank you to him many times, always with the no problem response.

I finally asked him if he were trying to convey you're welcome. Yes, he was. He was not taught proper English. I cured him then and there. I thought it might be a language thing, but then I noticed everyone is saying it now.

"You're welcome" substituted with "no problem" is a big problem and nobody gets it. It's part of the dumbing down of us, it's uncivilized, and I for one, cannot stand quietly by and let it continue.
 

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you're welcome, no problem no worries....are all perceived as somewhat equivalent these days. Albeit less sincere, it's most likely unintentional and they mean well.
If I were the service clerk, I would see you as the "problem" here. Probably a good thing that I don't work in the service industry
 

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Millennial speak. I have an intelligent 16 year old son that half the time sounds like Rocky Balboa when he talks.

"I'm not your bro. I'm your dad."

(sigh)
 

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you're welcome, no problem no worries....are all perceived as somewhat equivalent these days.
Right, and there's the rub, it is a narcissistic response. Not YOU are welcome, but I am not inconvenienced, me, me, me. No problem for me, no worries by me. It's a sad commentary on our society that these three phrases are equivalent.
 

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Too funny. Millennial Speak. It never occurred to me. I'm doomed, there is no fighting that age wave. Thank you for the enlightenment. I hereby resign from the vocabulary police.
 

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Why do you need to say "Thank you" anyway since you're the one who is paying for the work done? Shouldn't it be the other way around? He/she would say "Thank you" and you would respond with "You're welcome" or in this case "No problem."
 

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Why? I am a polite person and considerate of others. It's the same as thanking the grocery store check-out clerk as I am handed the receipt. I'm the customer, but the person helping me deserves acknowledgement for their time.
 

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Maybe everyone should be required to work at Chick-fil-A. After three years of working there while in college, anytime someone says thank you it was ingrained in our son to respond "My pleasure."
 

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My pleasure. I'm stealing that one. That's the antithesis of no problem. Another good one, is to say, "It's a gift to see you.", as a greeting. Civility is slightly cumbersome and requires effort.
 
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