I went to get some morning coffee earlier. And while I was standing in line waiting to be served, I heard a voice say “Hi Chris” behind me.
Turned to see one of the ladies that work at the Starbucks look down after greeting the customer behind me.
There was the temptation that I quickly repressed to say “don’t I get a good morning, Daniel?”. Perhaps I remembered quickly enough that these two are exes who recently broke up. And it might have been insensitive had I ventured to make such a comment.
Conclusion: think before you speak.