Our times have certainly changed. When I was growing up, please, thank you, and you're welcome, were never an option, but were always required, no questions asked. Nowadays, we hear these words less and less.
Scenario: "Would you like fries with that?" -----"No" (this can be 'nah' in some circles; grunts in others).
Scenario: "Is that all for today?" ---- "Yup"..."Yes"...(again, no response, or grunts in some circles).
Maybe it's just me. Maybe I'm just being picky. Maybe because it happens to me....on occasion.
Here in Sleepy Hollow, though, it doesn't happen as much; it happens, but not as much. People are mostly polite; they hold doors for people; they use please and thank you and you're welcome.
Maybe there IS hope.