I'm in New York for a few days, visiting my mom and some friends. Today at a Whole Foods, my mother said to the cashier, "Don't make the packages too heavy." And the cashier said, "OK."
I was a bit surprised. My mother is a very polite, friendly person. Yet I thought she sounded somewhat rude.
And then I thought, no, this is what people sound like here.
In Canada - even in Mississauga, where supposedly we're practically American - this same conversation "at the cash" sounds like this:
"Hi, how are you today?"
"Fine thanks, and you?"
"I'm doing fine. If you don't mind, could you please not put too much in any one package? I'm not very strong!"
"Oh sure, no problem. Is three bags all right? Or would you prefer four?"
"Three is fine, thank you!"
"Do you need help getting out to your car?"
"No that's fine, I'm good."
"Are you sure?"
"Yes, I promise, I can manage. But thank you for asking, that's very thoughtful of you."
"Have a great day."
"Same to you, thank you."
Maybe people sound like this all over the US, except in the New York City area. Or maybe... it's Canada.