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consumerist.com/2013/12/11/coffee-prices-at-this-cafe-vary-d...

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For those who aren’t conversant in French, the above sign lists three prices for coffee. The first is €7 ($9.64) for people who merely grunt “un café” when they order. The next tier of pricing is €4.25 ($5.85) for those who politely add a “s’il vous plaît” to their order. And if you can be extra polite and throw in a “Bonjour” and a “s’il vous plaît,” you’ll only pay €1.40 ($1.93).
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It has long been my policy to always be polite to anyone who brings me food and drink.
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I like how the explanation says "for those who aren't conversant in French..." and then fails to translate please and hello.
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tickmanfan wrote:
It has long been my policy to always be polite to anyone who brings me food and drink.
this. I like my food and drink loogie free
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xeromist wrote:
I like how the explanation says "for those who aren't conversant in French..." and then fails to translate please and hello.


Perhaps because for most people, the English translation for "Bonjour" and "S'il Vous Plait" are common knowledge?
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I wonder how this would go over in New York. I am sure the cafe would be charging the highest price 97% of the time.
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EgorjLileli wrote:
Perhaps because for most people, the English translation for "Bonjour" and "S'il Vous Plait" are common knowledge?


Given the geography and size of America, most Americans speak only one language.
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xeromist wrote:
I like how the explanation says "for those who aren't conversant in French..." and then fails to translate please and hello.


Hello, you get charged extra, if you please.
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Better solution than banning children from restaurants.
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The secret is to use the right words, but have them come off in a really condescending and passive aggressive manner. That'll teach them for trying to make people polite.
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EgorjLileli wrote:
xeromist wrote:
I like how the explanation says "for those who aren't conversant in French..." and then fails to translate please and hello.


Perhaps because for most people, the English translation for "Bonjour" and "S'il Vous Plait" are common knowledge?


Unfortunately common knowledge is about as common as common sense and that really isn't as common as common vernacular implies.
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I've always found that politeness makes the world a little easier from day to day. Extreme politeness works even better.
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tatoolo wrote:
The secret is to use the right words, but have them come off in a really condescending and passive aggressive manner. That'll teach them for trying to make people polite.


No coffee for you. Next!!!
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tickmanfan wrote:
It has long been my policy to always be polite to anyone who brings me food and drink.

Me too. I am always baffled at people who are assholes to their waiter. I can only conclude that they must like eating other people's boogers.
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tickmanfan wrote:
It has long been my policy to always be polite to anyone who brings me food and drink.
Yup. I've also made it a game with my family to see if they can remember the name of our waiter/waitress.

I physically cringe whenever I'm out and about with someone who is rude to a waiter. Some people treat them almost as if they are sub-human.
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We have a local takeaway that we order home deliveries from (on a more regular basis than we probably should) and they never have to ask our address,

being curious one evening when I went to the door to collect our meal I asked if they had caller id, the delivery driver replied
"no but you are the only ones to say please"
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At one particular restaurant, we ask for certain servers when we make reservations. It's cool to have a little rapport.
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Thunkd wrote:
tickmanfan wrote:
It has long been my policy to always be polite to anyone who brings me food and drink.
Yup. I've also made it a game with my family to see if they can remember the name of our waiter/waitress.

I physically cringe whenever I'm out and about with someone who is rude to a waiter. Some people treat them almost as if they are sub-human.


You might appreciate this then. People actually being nice to servers.

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The help sure are uppity.
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MWChapel wrote:
The help sure are uppity.


That's what Aldie says about some of the admins.
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frumpish wrote:
EgorjLileli wrote:
Perhaps because for most people, the English translation for "Bonjour" and "S'il Vous Plait" are common knowledge?


Given the geography and size of America, most Americans speak only one language.


But we are geeks on here and not "most Americans".
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