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In today's "politically correct" world (or at least where I work,) calling people endearing titles like "honey" and "sweetheart" is considered grounds enough for sexual harrassment. Sniff.

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When I hear someone say "Hon", all I think about is that mass murdering son of a bitch who killed like 70% of my friends and coworkers. Such dark days for all of us here on the Death Star. We just couldn't get him.. He was to sly for us.. Damn you Hans Solo! Damn you to a galaxy far far away!

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I like it when waitresses call me Hon or Suge or Sweetie. But only if I've gone there a couple of times. It's kinda disconcerting to get it from a face you've never seen before.

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I'm from Spring, tx which is just northwest of Houston. we say "hey y'all " to elderly couples because older women get offended by "hey guys!" and gun, darlin', and sugar are just alright by me.

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It depends on the situation. Sometimes, people say it out of spite or ironically, like when a customer is bitching about their meal. It works the same way when someone calls a man "boy" to make them mad or demean them.

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I'm from texas and I love the stereotypes.... basically because a lot of them are true. Southern drawls, honkeytonks, and hospitality. I ain't ashamed of nothin y'all. (:

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#125 Stereotypes do exist and observing them is not wrong, but making sweeping generalisations because of stereotypes are wrong. OP isn't generalising about anyone, she's just aware that there IS a stereotype and she specified her location so that people could understand that she FITS the stereotype (at least in terms of the way she talks). Nothing wrong with that.

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I'm a "server", I tell my "guests" all the time, "I don't care if you call me my name, waitress, or server. I'm not politcally correct, I can't stand it." (This is only to the "guests" that make mention of the word waitress, and then apologize). I was straight up told to never, ever use terms such as these when talking to our "guests", so I say Sir, and Ma'am. They told use more so to never call a child by one of these names, because quote, "It's too familure to the parent, and they will become uncomfortable." I am to never hug a guest, or child, and to avoid giving my opinion on anything other than the food we serve. It's stupid, so instead I call all my coworkers pet names, and they all call me mom. Which I find so funny since I'm just a year or so older/younger than most them. Political correctness offends me, is that a paradox? Irony? Idk I'm too annoyed to care, my dear.

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It might annoy you but you do not own the establishment. My father owned a franchise for a long time and there were waitstaff who did not seem to understand they tried to have rules for a reason.

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In a fancy, formal restaurant the I would agree using Sir and Ma'am would be appropriate, and using familiar terms of endearment would be discouraged, but this is a Texas diner.

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I wouldn't never report it or anything crazy, but I find the terms of endearment awkward and sometimes condescending; especially if the waitor/waitress is the same age as I am. But I also live in Canada, and it doesn't happen in too many restaurants.

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I was under the impression that Southerners were polite to a fault, and wouldn't dare address someone they didn't know informally. Is Texas different from other areas, that they drop the Sir and Ma'am/Miss and use familiar endearments towards strangers instead? New England manners are much less concrete. (In some cases all but invisible)

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Okay, I have to say it. I didn't want to, even after a day or so, but I have to. It's "y'all", a contraction of "you" and "all", I'm Texan born and raised and it's slightly off, but enough to be bothersome.

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