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    Default "No problem" vs "you're welcome"



    Personally I use "my pleasure," but something about the response/point to this meme rubs my logic the wrong way. Can't quite put my finger on it. "No problem" always bothers me because it seems predicated on the notion that the thanks was unnecessary and unwanted, when I feel in almost all cases it's neither. It also seems to shift the focus from the exchange to the individual performing the exchange, and how THEY feel about it, which definitely aligns with stereotypical millennial narcissism. I don't know. Thoughts?
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    No burden or "anytime" is why i say "no problem". Its an invite to the person to be the same way, acceptance.
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    No problem was starting to become a thing when I was a kid, and that was quite a while ago. My mom absolutely hated the expression. I think no problem should still be used more in a personal situation than a business transaction but it doesn't concern me that much. The tone and mood of the no problem is what draws my attention. Rude is rude regardless of the terms used.
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    I frequently say "no problem." If Tom doesn't like it, he can take a hike.
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    I typically respond with a "no prob", but that's because I actually mean there was no issue in my helping you. It didn't cause any inconvenience on my end, or any trouble. I guess saying so though, is kind of not needed though if we want to get picky about it, since, if helping someone out DID cause me an inconvenience, then I wouldn't do it. Doing the action in itself should be enough, right? Well the other end of this, is that it's typically socially expected that the other person on the receiving end of a "thank you" would respond in some way. Seems silly, but alas, that's social grace for ya.

    Now, the situation that is presented in this thread, where a cashier says "no problem"...umm, when would that ever happen? Sure, it can, and apparently it did, but I've always had the cashier say thank you immediately my handing them my credit card. Employee training 101.
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    Depends on who I am responding to and the level of familiarity with them. Sometimes it's fun to say "no problemo" in an Arnold accent.

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    I say you're welcome, but it doesn't matter either way. Well I say no problem or np on the internet, but you're welcome in real life.
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    I say both depending on circumstance and context. If I give a gift or invite someone over to my house and they thank me, I say "you're welcome" because they're welcome to the gift and my house. If I hold a door for someone and they say thank you, I say "no problem" or "of course." And if someone's thank you is doubling as an apology, which happens sometimes even though I can't think of a specific example right now, I say "oh, no, it's fine."
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    When i pay $3.00 at sonic for a item that was $2.87 it just seems retarded to say thank you. I dont want to say "your welcome" as if i did something big for them. Now if i see them having a bad day and i hand them a $20 and say keep the change, i will follow up with a "your welcome" instead of "no problem".
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    Ive noticed millennials will try to class up their "no problem" by upgrading it to a deliberately punctuated "not a problem." Marginally better thanks to the additional effort, but it still falls flat to my ears. Like, I know it wasn't a problem. It was as easy as handing me a pen and I watched you do it. Is pointing out the obvious all you've got? Do you not care either way in helping someone or being appreciated for it?

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