Assumed ethical behaviour

“A picture was posted on Twitter but it didn’t last long. It showed staff at the greatest restaurants in the world (Noma) showing their middle finger to diners who failed to show for a reservation the night before.”

There is a really interesting article in the SMH on Tuesday titled “The true cost of a no-show“. It is written from the perspective of restauranteurs who struggle with customers who fail to turn up to their bookings. The article focuses on the financial cost to the business in an industry where it is deeply difficult to make a dollar.

What interested me in the article was the assumption that humans should be honest. The owners seemed to be surprised that humans would act this way. The truth is that dishonesty, the refusal to apologize, the disregard for restaurants are all the results of sin. Humans are fallen and we see it in all areas of life.

Christine Mandield, ”Some of the dining public need to learn manners and respect and ethical behaviour.”

Karen Anderson, ”And all I wanted was for her to say, ‘I’m sorry’. It’s just back-to-basics manners.”

Neil Perry, “”It really is a very strange phenomenon and I just don’t understand it. Is it arrogance? Is it laziness? Certainly it is rudeness.”
There is a naivety about humanity that is surprising. We expect people to be ‘good’ but I am not sure why. I expect people to act for their own interests. I appreciate when people are polite, nice, honest. But i think it is naive to think that is normal. That is unless they have been saved from themselves by the God who gives them a better way to live.

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