|There’s a café I frequent down in Nice
where the waiters are “courtesy police”.
If you don’t say “bonjour”
they’ll charge you much more.
For a coffee it’s double at least.
There’s a bistro I know in Bordeaux
In a bar in the town of Dijon
At a restaurant in central Paris
So if you’re dining tête ê tête out in France,
11th December 2013 – headline from the Independent
Notes: “French café starts charging extra to rude customers.” A small French café has taken the old adage that manners don’t cost you anything to its logical extreme – by charging extra to rude customers. At La Petite Syrah in Nice, if you ask for “un café” it will set you back €7 (£5.80). If you also include the magic words “s’il vous plaît” you’ll get the same drink for €4.25, however – and it’s just €1.40 if you begin the order with a friendly “bonjour”. Speaking to the French edition of The Local, café manager Fabrice Pepino said his staff had grown increasingly fed up with the bad manners of people in a rush on their office lunch breaks. “It started as a joke because at lunchtime people would come in very stressed and were sometimes rude to us when they ordered a coffee. “It’s our way of saying ‘keep calm and carry on,’” he said.
- French café starts charging extra to ‘rude customers’ (metro.co.uk)
- Coffee Prices At This Cafe Vary Depending On How Rude You Are (consumerist.com)
- French cafe bases coffee prices on patrons’ manners (nydailynews.com)
- French Café Offers Discounts To Polite Customers (theguardian.com)
- This Coffeehouse Will Charge You Less If You’re Nice, More If You’re Not (gawker.com)