I often volunteer with a number of organizations, and recently when someone said “Thank you” I replied with “No problem” he did not like this overly and told me to respond with “You’re welcome” because there are too many problems in the world… Right, buddy.
Okay, so I think it is a generational gap understanding. When you say you’re welcome you are doing something because you have to, not because you want to. You are doing it to please another being and not receiving any appreciation back. When you say no problem rather, you are doing it because you want to, because you appreciate that person and hope for the same respect in return. It is no problem to hold a door open, offer a meal, help someone in need. We are going out of OUR way, but we don’t mind… So, it’s no problem.
Which do you say? Is there a reason, or just out of habit? Do you feel we should cut out the saying “No problem”?