A simple 'hello' will do very nicely
Published 01/12/2010 | 05:00
ONLY in the last few years have I noticed the welcoming phrase "Are you alright?" being used by counter staff in shops and businesses.
Although probably unintentional, this phrase comes across as quite rude.
Indeed, when I respond with "Yes I am alright, are you alright?" people are usually and rightfully taken aback.