Mannequins | Kennewick, WA | 2016

Service at a local retailer is so awful that I wonder if the staff has been trained to see customers only as faceless, walking wallets. These employees offer no “hello,” no eye contact, no chit-chat, no “thank you.” It makes me yearn for self-checkout or, even better, a robot cashier. The upside? Clerks with lousy people skills can inspire us to connect better to the folks around us. Just do the oppositemake an effort to smile, listen, converse and smile again. People eagerly respond; the world spins more smoothly.