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Worthwhile French Initiative

December 13th, 2013 - 8:53 am

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Be nice or pay the price — I like this; I like it a lot:

Employees of La Petite Syrah in Nice, France, posted a menu that rewards politeness and punishes rudeness. A photo was posted on Twitter with the line, roughly translated to “There are still people who know how to live!”

So, here’s the deal. Customers who can only be bothered to mumble, “un cafe” (without a greeting or a “please”) can expect to pay 7 euros ($9.63).

A lot of money for a cup of java. Fortunately, there are simple ways to cut that cost dramatically. If the customer includes a “s’il vous plait” (“please”), the price goes down to 4.25 euros ($5.85). But wait — don’t order quite yet.

If you really want to save cash, greet your barista with a “Bonjour” (“Good day” for those who never saw “Beauty and the Beast”) and the cost drops again, this time to a perfectly reasonable 1.40 euro ($1.93). You get a hot cup of coffee, and the employee feels appreciated.

I’m having top men looking into doing something similar with my comments section — top men.

This is gonna cost me, huh?

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Oh, I am ALL OVER this! Before my first trip to Paris, I got a phrase book and rehearsed with a French speaker. I went to a cafe and ordered as politely as I could, ending with "merci beaucoup". The waiter gave me a sneering face and replied, "you're welcome", the way a 6th grade Mean Girl would do it.

They are just Not. Nice.
17 weeks ago
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Say, Steve, if I suck up a lot on good days, will it cover me on the bad days? You gonna keep a tally? :P
18 weeks ago
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The FRENCH??? are worried about people being rude?

Irony, gotta love it.

18 weeks ago
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Well of *course* they're doing this in a place called Nice!
18 weeks ago
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When I was freelancing, I'd always add a 15% annoyance fee for clients who were annoying/rude/etc.
18 weeks ago
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"This is gonna cost me, huh?"

Mais non! C'est tres jolie!!

S'il vous plait. cafe' tres grand avec sucre, creme et Cognac!!

Merci!
18 weeks ago
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There is a coffee shop in Folsum that has a sign that reads: "If you are grumpy, rude or annoying a $10 surcharge will be added for having to deal with you."

They mean it too. ;)
18 weeks ago
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Bonjour, un café, s'il vous plait, M. Vodkapundité -- not sure why you want me to ask for coffee on your blog, but hey! Makes more sense than ObamaCare, s'il vous plait.
18 weeks ago
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I lived near Nice for 5 years back in the early '80's, it was well-known that good manners were a rarity, though I understand that the influx of Parisians during the month of August were part of the problem.
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