I mentioned it in my Facebook chat but I'll say it again.
Being nice and having good manners smurfing pays off. We went to view a house yesterday and I am always sure to chat with the estate agent if I'm liking the place and this one seemed lovely. So we got chatting and she ends up suggesting another property which she had just done a showing for and she said it would suit us and that she would go take us over!
So we went, house was flipping gorgeous!!! I wanted to apply straight away, so I asked her and she took my email - sent me the application over and so I just started emailing her - thanking her for her time and saying how wonderful she was. Later on I had difficulty getting the application form to work and accept some required documentation. I sent her a lovely email again explaining it - she told me to just forward the stuff straight to her with a promise she'll process our application first thing tomorrow.
When I applied for the job I have now, I was always sure to follow up with nice, polite emails.... the result? I was kept up to date the whole way through and the staff got to know me a bit - it really helped me, honestly.
SO! Everyone! Be nice ALWAYS. TO EVERYONE. You never know when that person you were nice to might be able to give you a hand somewhere - even if they don't - be nice. Because they will SURE AS HELL remember if you weren't nice.