When you ask someone a yes or no question and they respond simply by saying "please."
When I am at my retail job and someone is buying a really small item (something that could very easily be carried) I always ask them if they need a bag (in the hopes that they won't and I can possibly limit the number of wasteful bags being dispensed). Upon asking the customer if they need a bag for their purchase and they look at me tartly and say "please" as if they had never even considered the option of not wasting a plastic bag.
It sounds like your problem is with people who are mindlessly wasteful. But what is wrong with just saying "please" to answer a question? It's short for "yes, please". I think it is more polite than just "yes".
— Alexa posted 11/17/2010
I always thought I was being polite when I said that because it was short for "yes, please." Then again, I don't look at people tartly.
— Acacia posted 11/17/2010
I think it's how they're saying it - as if it should have been obvious.
— Biffy posted 11/18/2010
Bonus peeve of mine is when they have an extra large purse they could easily put the small item in.
— Sam posted 11/19/2010
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