Remember when you went to a cashier, bank teller, or similar person waiting on you, and when you were done with the transaction, the person would say “thank you” or “thank you for shopping at…” Well, nowadays, what we get is, “there ya go.” My problem with that exclamation is I don’t know how to respond. The typical response to “thank you” normally is “you’re welcome.” And sometimes it’s appropriate to thank the person back. So, when I get the new fangled expression, “there ya go” I am flummoxed. I stammer and something unintelligent falls out of my mouth.
I really like “thank you” and “you’re welcome.” I was brought up with those wonderful, simple exclamations. They are comfortable, meaningful courtesies and they have been around a long time. “There ya go” feels impersonal and lackluster. There I go what? Where am I going? I just bought something. The person should be thankful I bought that something. I’m in a sense paying their wage. If I didn’t buy that something, there would be no need for that cashier.
I think it boils down to management. They should be instructing their employees to politely use “thank you.” Let’s all get behind the THANK YOU movement, if you get a “there ya go,” simply look stymied and respond with “you’re welcome.” Maybe the light bulb will go on and some memory will resurrect itself that says “thank you” goes with “you’re welcome.”