Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Escalator Girl Guides :P (Improving Singapore One Change At A Time)

Hmm. .. being always complaining about ugly Singaporeans, rude Singaporeans, unhelpful Singaporeans, inconsiderate Singaporeans .... maybe it is time to take a different approach ....

I think I'll start posting on a weekly basis ... a suggestion to help Singaporeans learn .. and maybe when adopted to help people become more considerate and change Singapore for the better ....

Ok Suggestion of the Week: Have nice pretty smiling ladies guide people to stand to the left of the escalators if they are not walking during certain busy hours of the day.

Ok ... pretty maybe no need ... but smiling and courteous definitely .... Singaporeans are a stubborn lot .... so constant reminders like these will create the awareness and improve understanding behind the gesture of keeping to the left if they are slow or not interested to walk (or lazy). People have to understand that being considerate and courteous should be a behavoir that comes 1st nature .... oddly, we Singaporeans wanting to pride ourselves as a "1st class" nation, do not offer the same level of courtesy and consideration regular folks on the street do in places like Hong Kong and Japan. Big cities, but with thoughtfulness built into the system for people with a choice. If you want to be slow, you can stick to the left, but not at the expense of other people's need to rush. Key word here is, "Consideration".

I think it would be nice if MRT or certain malls would take the initative to have a person stand at the start of the escalator at certain times of the day, and basically welcome the customers/passengers and "remind" them "Hello Welcome, Please stay to the left of the escalator if you are stationary. Thank you and enjoy your stay/day/shopping!". Ok the words might not be exactly the same, but hey .. this will up the customer experience, while at the same time educate and make everyone happy.

One small step towards consideration, One big step for the Nation.

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