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2013-12-11 06:05:35 PM  
I've found that a few manners go a long way in just about any setting.

Even Paris.
 
2013-12-11 06:22:56 PM  
I read that as "nude"

/wondered WTF is going on over there for a minute
 
2013-12-11 06:23:54 PM  

unlikely: I've found that a few manners go a long way in just about any setting.

Even Paris.


This. Even you at least attempt to speak something other than English, they appreciate it.

That said, here's my rude French css:
We were at the cafe in the gardens of Versailles. I took four years of French, but I was stumbling over pronouncing something from the menu while trying to order in English. The guy walks off and mutters under his breath in French "I hate Americans." When he returned, I muttered back, also in French, "I can understand what you're saying." The guy refused to speak English the rest of the time he was serving us.

My fiance, who speaks not one word of French, drops 5 Euro in the tip jar. The guy looks at both of us with this sort of :O face, I smile sweetly, wave goodbye, and bounce off with my pizza. The look on his face was easily worth the money.
 
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2013-12-11 06:24:23 PM  
"I don't want to talk to you no more, you empty headed animal food trough wiper."
 
2013-12-11 06:25:07 PM  

Peki: Even if you at


Oy. My English, it not so good.
 
2013-12-11 06:29:26 PM  

Peki: unlikely: I've found that a few manners go a long way in just about any setting.

Even Paris.

This. Even you at least attempt to speak something other than English, they appreciate it.

That said, here's my rude French css:
We were at the cafe in the gardens of Versailles. I took four years of French, but I was stumbling over pronouncing something from the menu while trying to order in English. The guy walks off and mutters under his breath in French "I hate Americans." When he returned, I muttered back, also in French, "I can understand what you're saying." The guy refused to speak English the rest of the time he was serving us.

My fiance, who speaks not one word of French, drops 5 Euro in the tip jar. The guy looks at both of us with this sort of :O face, I smile sweetly, wave goodbye, and bounce off with my pizza. The look on his face was easily worth the money.


I found that "Pardonnez-moi; je sais que J'ai l'accent d'une vache espagnole, mais j'essaie d'apprendre francais." turns the most dour grouch into a very friendly conversation.
 
2013-12-11 06:31:29 PM  

unlikely: I found that "Pardonnez-moi; je sais que J'ai l'accent d'une vache espagnole, mais j'essaie d'apprendre francais." turns the most dour grouch into a very friendly conversation.


*heads to google translate*

"Forgive me, I know I focus a Spanish cow, but I'm trying to learn french."

Lol
 
2013-12-11 07:02:38 PM  
You should get money back if the waiters are rude to you, though they would probably go bankrupt.
 
2013-12-11 07:03:19 PM  
How much extra to sling an ax at the drive-thru window?
 
2013-12-11 07:08:14 PM  
People are rude to you because you're ugly and poor.   That's why that happens.
 
2013-12-11 07:08:15 PM  

Peki: unlikely: I've found that a few manners go a long way in just about any setting.

Even Paris.

This. Even you at least attempt to speak something other than English, they appreciate it.

That said, here's my rude French css:
We were at the cafe in the gardens of Versailles. I took four years of French, but I was stumbling over pronouncing something from the menu while trying to order in English. The guy walks off and mutters under his breath in French "I hate Americans." When he returned, I muttered back, also in French, "I can understand what you're saying." The guy refused to speak English the rest of the time he was serving us.

My fiance, who speaks not one word of French, drops 5 Euro in the tip jar. The guy looks at both of us with this sort of :O face, I smile sweetly, wave goodbye, and bounce off with my pizza. The look on his face was easily worth the money.



Reminds me of a time I was with a group of high school kids in Switzerland.  We were at an outdoor cafe eating pizza and seated next to two older German ladies.  I spoke a tiny bit of German, but the teenage girl sitting closest to them was fluent, having lived there for several years.  She kept a running translation going on the two woman who were talking about how disgusting we were for eating pizza with our hands, which the ladies apparently didn't understand.  they were a little bewildered as to why we were laughing so hard.
 
2013-12-11 07:18:57 PM  
Why on earth would you be rude to the people handling food you're about to consume, and the first and only time you've seen this food is when it is placed in front of you?

"Hellos", "pleases" and "thank yous" go along way.
 
2013-12-11 07:18:58 PM  

scottydoesntknow: unlikely: I found that "Pardonnez-moi; je sais que J'ai l'accent d'une vache espagnole, mais j'essaie d'apprendre francais." turns the most dour grouch into a very friendly conversation.

*heads to google translate*

"Forgive me, I know I focus a Spanish cow, but I'm trying to learn french."

Lol


Google Translate is the bane of my European friends. They claim it doesn't discrimate: it farks up most languages equally.

Your man said, I believe, having just been in France that month and at a rather rare pinnacle of aptitude: "Please excuse me; I know that I have the accent of a Spanish cow, but I am trying to learn French". It's similar to my recent plea: ""Pardonnez-moi, but mon français est très rudimentaire parce-que je n'ai pas été en France pour 32 années et j'ai oublié tous les mensonges j'ai dit à votre mère."

Windy, but it worked.
 
2013-12-11 07:21:38 PM  
Brilliant plan.  When they get snooty about being charged more, charge them more!
 
2013-12-11 07:22:45 PM  
Have a friend with a construction related business and he does this all the time. If he thinks someone is gonna be a pain in the ass to work for, he bids those jobs significantly higher. So, he either gets more compensation for dealing with a pita or they take a cheaper bid and he doesn't have to deal with them.
 
2013-12-11 07:26:14 PM  
Oh and:
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2013-12-11 07:28:28 PM  

Peki: unlikely: I've found that a few manners go a long way in just about any setting.

Even Paris.

This. Even you at least attempt to speak something other than English, they appreciate it.

That said, here's my rude French css:
We were at the cafe in the gardens of Versailles. I took four years of French, but I was stumbling over pronouncing something from the menu while trying to order in English. The guy walks off and mutters under his breath in French "I hate Americans." When he returned, I muttered back, also in French, "I can understand what you're saying." The guy refused to speak English the rest of the time he was serving us.

My fiance, who speaks not one word of French, drops 5 Euro in the tip jar. The guy looks at both of us with this sort of :O face, I smile sweetly, wave goodbye, and bounce off with my pizza. The look on his face was easily worth the money.


Today 1 Euro = $1.37US dollar. Your waiter insulted you and was rewarded with nearly $7.00.
 
2013-12-11 07:29:48 PM  

Nexzus: Why on earth would you be rude to the people handling food you're about to consume, and the first and only time you've seen this food is when it is placed in front of you?

"Hellos", "pleases" and "thank yous" go along way.


Because the proletariat needs to know their place, especially if they're doing something good, so they don't get any funny ideas.

/I think I gagged a little when I wrote that
 
2013-12-11 07:31:30 PM  
When I travel in Europe, I communicate with the locals by using my African born sign language translator.
 
2013-12-11 07:31:32 PM  
And it's a hundred euros if you say "Good day, coffee, please."
 
2013-12-11 07:32:12 PM  

KrispyKritter: Today 1 Euro = $1.37US dollar. Your waiter insulted you and was rewarded with nearly $7.00.



The only time I tip abusive behavior is when I'm paying my dominatrix.
 
2013-12-11 07:36:33 PM  
A smile and basic pleasantries can get you a long way anywhere.

My rude French story is that a guy sneezed all over me on a bus in Paris. It was pretty gross, he didn't even try to cover his face.
 
2013-12-11 07:37:32 PM  
The maximum level of politeness on the chalkboard was "hello, coffee please".

I want to know the price for "Why hello there, you are looking impressively charming today, and also a little tired, please sit down and I will go get myself a coffee while you rest. Can I bring you a beer?"
 
2013-12-11 07:40:57 PM  

Peki: My fiance, who speaks not one word of French, drops 5 Euro in the tip jar. The guy looks at both of us with this sort of :O face, I smile sweetly, wave goodbye, and bounce off with my pizza


I'm not clear.  Was the undeserved tip a passive aggressive act meant to shame the server, or is 5 Euros considered a poor tip?
 
2013-12-11 07:44:48 PM  

TomD9938: Peki: My fiance, who speaks not one word of French, drops 5 Euro in the tip jar. The guy looks at both of us with this sort of :O face, I smile sweetly, wave goodbye, and bounce off with my pizza

I'm not clear.  Was the undeserved tip a passive aggressive act meant to shame the server, or is 5 Euros considered a poor tip?


It was a caca euro.
 
2013-12-11 07:45:06 PM  

KrispyKritter: Peki: unlikely: I've found that a few manners go a long way in just about any setting.

Even Paris.

This. Even you at least attempt to speak something other than English, they appreciate it.

That said, here's my rude French css:
We were at the cafe in the gardens of Versailles. I took four years of French, but I was stumbling over pronouncing something from the menu while trying to order in English. The guy walks off and mutters under his breath in French "I hate Americans." When he returned, I muttered back, also in French, "I can understand what you're saying." The guy refused to speak English the rest of the time he was serving us.

My fiance, who speaks not one word of French, drops 5 Euro in the tip jar. The guy looks at both of us with this sort of :O face, I smile sweetly, wave goodbye, and bounce off with my pizza. The look on his face was easily worth the money.

Today 1 Euro = $1.37US dollar. Your waiter insulted you and was rewarded with nearly $7.00.


The waiter didn't insult him; he just muttered something as he was walking away, in a language it was likely the customer didn't understand anyway. Anyone who's ever worked any time in customer service would sympathize with the French waiter--after all, it's not as if the waiter was openly insulting or rude. When I went to Europe, I was always amazed the people who helped me were as pleasant as they generally were, given my complete inability to speak any of their languages. No one was really openly rude to me, and the ones who seemed exasperated at the dumb American, well, I couldn't really blame them.
 
2013-12-11 07:47:00 PM  
I'm a native Spanish speaker, it sort of masks the fact that my French is dreadful.
 
2013-12-11 07:49:19 PM  

TomD9938: Peki: My fiance, who speaks not one word of French, drops 5 Euro in the tip jar. The guy looks at both of us with this sort of :O face, I smile sweetly, wave goodbye, and bounce off with my pizza

I'm not clear.  Was the undeserved tip a passive aggressive act meant to shame the server, or is 5 Euros considered a poor tip?


I think the idea was it was such a huge tip the waiter would feel bad for hating Americans.

I doubt that's the message the waiter got (I think if I waited tables and got tipped well for shiatty service I'd assume the people were morons), but hey it gave this dude a tale to tell so that's probably worth the 5 euros.
 
2013-12-11 07:53:32 PM  

Barry Lyndon's Annuity Cheque: You should get money back if the waiters are rude to you, though they would probably go bankrupt.


Came here to say this.

CSB: Had a boss who spoke passable french and excellent German.  When the Parisian waiter wouldn't acknowledge him when he spoke french, then English,  he said in flawless German; "I know you understand German, you've had lessons."
Got thrown out, but totally worth it.
 
2013-12-11 07:58:08 PM  

Nexzus: Why on earth would you be rude to the people handling food you're about to consume, and the first and only time you've seen this food is when it is placed in front of you?

"Hellos", "pleases" and "thank yous" go along way.


Because they think people who serve them are lazy and dumb people who should get a real job. They also want to be on a power trip with an "I can get you fired, you need to serve me and I better be pleased or I'll have your head." attitude. They're just not nice or smart. And being hungry makes them worse.
 
2013-12-11 08:05:06 PM  
Uckfay ouyay.

Bonjour.
 
2013-12-11 08:25:30 PM  
I'm moving to France in less than a month, 6 lessons in my French. God help me.
 
2013-12-11 08:31:26 PM  

Poundit Hardus: I'm moving to France in less than a month, 6 lessons in my French. God help me.


If you are moving to Paris, you will be universally hated.  If you are moving to any other part of France, you'll be just fine.
 
2013-12-11 08:33:04 PM  
Guilt free. A person could really run with that if they wanted too.
 
2013-12-11 08:42:42 PM  

OgreMagi: Poundit Hardus: I'm moving to France in less than a month, 6 lessons in my French. God help me.

If you are moving to Paris, you will be universally hated.  If you are moving to any other part of France, you'll be just fine.


Pretty much.
 
2013-12-11 08:46:35 PM  

OgreMagi: Poundit Hardus: I'm moving to France in less than a month, 6 lessons in my French. God help me.

If you are moving to Paris, you will be universally hated.  If you are moving to any other part of France, you'll be just fine.


I'll be living in Rennes for the next 18 months then possibly Toulouse afterwards if I don't return back stateside. French girlfriend is finishing up her Phd.

/csb
 
2013-12-11 08:51:27 PM  
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A "Cafe"? Hey fellas, a "cafe"! Well, ooh la di da, Mr. French Man.

/coffee hole
 
2013-12-11 08:57:25 PM  
A rude Frenchman? Well I never!
 
2013-12-11 09:21:10 PM  

Poundit Hardus: I'll be living in Rennes for the next 18 months then possibly Toulouse afterwards if I don't return back stateside. French girlfriend is finishing up her Phd.


Then you'll log off for the night, your fantasy dissolving into the grim reality of a one-bedroom efficiency apartment in duluth - toiling the winter away while your old WoW character reaches to new heights..

//my sense of humor is from canada..you don't know her...
 
2013-12-11 09:38:00 PM  

Somaticasual: Poundit Hardus: I'll be living in Rennes for the next 18 months then possibly Toulouse afterwards if I don't return back stateside. French girlfriend is finishing up her Phd.

Then you'll log off for the night, your fantasy dissolving into the grim reality of a one-bedroom efficiency apartment in duluth - toiling the winter away while your old WoW character reaches to new heights..

//my sense of humor is from canada..you don't know her...


Yup. I walked right into that one. Touche.
 
2013-12-11 09:46:26 PM  

OgreMagi: Poundit Hardus: I'm moving to France in less than a month, 6 lessons in my French. God help me.

If you are moving to Paris, you will be universally hated.  If you are moving to any other part of France, you'll be just fine.


This.

I spent a year in eastern France on a student exchange. Belfort, to be exact. I still miss it, and if things had worked out differently I'd probably still be there.

I found people in general over there to be mostly nice, as they are everywhere.

Make an effort. A surprising number of people speak English, so they'll probably switch. But don't expect it.

One thing with the French is that they tend to be sticklers for etiquette. If they think you're being rude or insulting, they'll be rude and insulting back. Say 'bonjour' to any waitron/store employee before anything else, that will help.

Paris is different, but it's like any big city. Not the same as the smaller towns or rural areas. Similar to how you can't judge all Americans by New Yorkers.
 
2013-12-11 09:52:49 PM  

Poundit Hardus: Somaticasual: Poundit Hardus: I'll be living in Rennes for the next 18 months then possibly Toulouse afterwards if I don't return back stateside. French girlfriend is finishing up her Phd.

Then you'll log off for the night, your fantasy dissolving into the grim reality of a one-bedroom efficiency apartment in duluth - toiling the winter away while your old WoW character reaches to new heights..

//my sense of humor is from canada..you don't know her...

Yup. I walked right into that one. Touche.


Sorry :) Just had to toe the trope party line..
 
2013-12-11 10:14:53 PM  

Ow! That was my feelings!: Have a friend with a construction related business and he does this all the time. If he thinks someone is gonna be a pain in the ass to work for, he bids those jobs significantly higher. So, he either gets more compensation for dealing with a pita or they take a cheaper bid and he doesn't have to deal with them.


An uncle of mine runs his own appliance repair business, as he had a passion for such things since hs.  He told me how he charges double to his former hs classmates that liked to give him a hard time for always tinkering with stuff.  Sounds fitting to me, mock what you don't understand and pay twice for the privilege.
 
2013-12-11 10:17:22 PM  
I dunno, French people I've known are pretty laid-back, not to mention hot.
 
2013-12-11 10:17:43 PM  
I have worked for a landscaper and a kitchen remodeler who would both tack on an "asshole mark-up" for difficult or unusually nit-picky customers.
 
2013-12-11 10:20:58 PM  
Funny, since I was in a French cafe this very afternoon.

I spent about 10 days in Paris many years ago and I got along just fine by point at things and when I was given them saying, "Merci".  As for French itself, it is the most beautiful language to hear spoken by a native speaker and the most god-awful language to learn. I suck at learning languages in the first place but French is particularly horrifying. I had better luck in Hindi and in Arabic than I ever did with French.
 
2013-12-11 10:31:23 PM  

Eirik: Peki: unlikely: I've found that a few manners go a long way in just about any setting.

Even Paris.

This. Even you at least attempt to speak something other than English, they appreciate it.

That said, here's my rude French css:
We were at the cafe in the gardens of Versailles. I took four years of French, but I was stumbling over pronouncing something from the menu while trying to order in English. The guy walks off and mutters under his breath in French "I hate Americans." When he returned, I muttered back, also in French, "I can understand what you're saying." The guy refused to speak English the rest of the time he was serving us.

My fiance, who speaks not one word of French, drops 5 Euro in the tip jar. The guy looks at both of us with this sort of :O face, I smile sweetly, wave goodbye, and bounce off with my pizza. The look on his face was easily worth the money.

Reminds me of a time I was with a group of high school kids in Switzerland.  We were at an outdoor cafe eating pizza and seated next to two older German ladies.  I spoke a tiny bit of German, but the teenage girl sitting closest to them was fluent, having lived there for several years.  She kept a running translation going on the two woman who were talking about how disgusting we were for eating pizza with our hands, which the ladies apparently didn't understand.  they were a little bewildered as to why we were laughing so hard.


Germans may actually be the friendliest people on the planet, if you at least make the smallest attempt to string together three words in their language.  It's never failed, no matter how harried the waitress or how grave and important the Herr Professor Doktor Doktor: Germans have this built-in friendly switch that toggles whenever foreigners, especially Americans, make an effort at learning German.

This is, of course, directly correlated with their less-friendly feelings towards immigrants who refuse to learn German.  It's really funny watching immigrant protestors: they protest in English.  This is true of much of Europe: immigrants instead protest in English, regardless of the language the natives speak.
 
2013-12-11 10:43:45 PM  

Laobaojun: Barry Lyndon's Annuity Cheque: You should get money back if the waiters are rude to you, though they would probably go bankrupt.

Came here to say this.

CSB: Had a boss who spoke passable french and excellent German.  When the Parisian waiter wouldn't acknowledge him when he spoke french, then English,  he said in flawless German; "I know you understand German, you've had lessons."
Got thrown out, but totally worth it.


That's a funny story.  A few years ago I was at a bar and the only other people sitting there were 4 people all speaking German; I studied it in school but can't really speak it.  Anyway, they were talking and I caught something that translates roughly as "He's a pussy who can't handle his liquor" and I busted out laughing.  They were very surprised that someone in some random city in flyover country understood what they were talking about and after that they began speaking much quieter.  I would have apologized but I don't know the German word for it.
 
2013-12-11 11:18:00 PM  

unlikely: I've found that a few manners go a long way in just about any setting.

Even Paris.


Even if your French is terrible, smiling and saying bon jour goes an amazingly long way.
 
2013-12-11 11:21:07 PM  

meanmutton: unlikely: I've found that a few manners go a long way in just about any setting.

Even Paris.

Even if your French is terrible, smiling and saying bon jour goes an amazingly long way.


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