By: Natasha Archary
The 3 strike rule is an American baseball rule.
Strike one. Strike two. Strike three and you’re out. How many strikes do you allow people before you either correct their behaviour or write them off?
That is the question that Kgomotso Meso asked Kaya 959 listeners this afternoon on Kaya Drive.
The team weighed in on various aspects that grates them about their interactions with people.
Listen to the team’s responses here:
Self-proclaimed germaphobe on the team Sandile van Heerden hates people touching him, especially now during the COVID-19 pandemic. Sandile cringes whenever someone gets into his personal space and often gives people three strikes before he asks them to stop.
Kaya News reporter Keneiloe Huma finds it rude when people don’t return her greetings and it’s also a matter of once, twice, thrice and never again.
Tyroline Franks from Kaya’s Traffic Desk hates when people pronounce her name wrong and because it’s a matter of trying to be polite will also give people three chances to get it right.
Kgomotso Meso on the other hand doesn’t wait that long, she will set you on the straight and narrow after the first offence.
Here’s how the 3 strike rule works:
The first offence is usually when people take note of the action they do not find pleasing and will voice their displeasure and expectations. Allow the person an opportunity to give you their suggestions for how to improve your interactions or relationship going forward.
Should the person ignore your clear boundary for how you would like to interact with them, this is a clear red flag that they have a lack of respect for your wishes. At this point you can either bring it up with them again or choose to overlook things once more for the sake of keeping the peace.
The last straw. At this point, the person has reaffirmed that they are not going to do anything to change the way they behave with respect to you. So you will need to decide if you want to continue to interact or engage with them or put an end to the awkwardness.