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How to Be Nice to Tourists: A New Manual for Snooty Parisians

There are 9 comments on the Time story from Jun 24, 2013, titled How to Be Nice to Tourists: A New Manual for Snooty Parisians. In it, Time reports that:

Are the French finally feeling the pinch of their struggling economy and embracing the concept that "it pays to be nice"? Tourism offices in Paris-a city notorious for being unwelcoming to foreigners-are hoping to avoid losing tourists to friendlier destinations by distributing a handbook on being more courteous, reports Reuters .

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rio

London, UK

#1 Jun 24, 2013
I couldn't help by laugh reading this.

Since: Dec 06

Charlie's

#2 Jun 25, 2013
rio wrote:
I couldn't help by laugh reading this.
Well, it's not always bad will at tourists. As you may not know, Paris is a small 105 km2 very dense town where real parisian inhabitants are about 2.2 millions while the suburban population is more than 9 millions. So that when you are in the Paris metro, or in touristical places, you have about one chance out of four to speak to a Parisian abble to inform your way in french and less than one chance out of ten that he could both know the district and speaks english.
rio

London, UK

#3 Jun 25, 2013
DonPanic wrote:
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Well, it's not always bad will at tourists. As you may not know, Paris is a small 105 km2 very dense town where real parisian inhabitants are about 2.2 millions while the suburban population is more than 9 millions. So that when you are in the Paris metro, or in touristical places, you have about one chance out of four to speak to a Parisian abble to inform your way in french and less than one chance out of ten that he could both know the district and speaks english.
As a matter of fact, I know Paris rather well; I lived there for about 2 years, 35 years ago. I lived at Alesia, not far from Porte d'Orleans. Yes, the population density is huge, and Paris receives many tourists - too many probably. It's the first tourist destination worldwide, so it's rather overcrowded at times.

I was just laughing at the leaflet distributed. In spite of the proverbial rudeness of Parisians, the city doesn't seem to suffer...
umm

Amherstburg, Canada

#4 Jun 25, 2013
Ask them if they want BJ's.

Since: Dec 06

Charlie's

#5 Jun 26, 2013
rio wrote:
As a matter of fact, I know Paris rather well; I lived there for about 2 years, 35 years ago. I lived at Alesia, not far from Porte d'Orleans.
I've been living in Paris more than 50 years, still I know only 2/3rd of it, mainly the eastern part.
Best way to enlarge geographical knowledge of Paris is biking, now that biking ways have been set almost everywhere. You can cross it over from north to south or east to west in less than 35 minutes.
rio wrote:
I was just laughing at the leaflet distributed. In spite of the proverbial rudeness of Parisians, the city doesn't seem to suffer...
Main parisian rudeness is disregard. Parisian waiters don't think that they are your servants, now that it's no more a custom to get a tip.
alexandre

Athens, Greece

#6 Jun 27, 2013
DonPanic wrote:
Main parisian rudeness is disregard. Parisian waiters don't think that they are your servants, now that it's no more a custom to get a tip.
I like waiters to be honest with me. You dont know me, I dont know you and I sure couldnt care less about you. In american waiters lick your arse for the tip. Its all fake and its all about money. Parisians are honest and if they are nice to you you know that it means something and you are grateful.
Anyway even if we shh* tted on the tourists they would keep coming. Paris is too beautiful a city.
~A~
rio

London, UK

#7 Jun 27, 2013
alexandre wrote:
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I like waiters to be honest with me. You dont know me, I dont know you and I sure couldnt care less about you. In american waiters lick your arse for the tip. Its all fake and its all about money. Parisians are honest and if they are nice to you you know that it means something and you are grateful.
Anyway even if we shh* tted on the tourists they would keep coming. Paris is too beautiful a city.
~A~
I didn't know that all rude Parisians were waiters!

Is that how you learnt you trade Alex?
The Examiner

Montréal, Canada

#8 Jun 28, 2013
DonPanic wrote:
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I've been living in Paris more than 50 years, still I know only 2/3rd of it, mainly the eastern part.
Best way to enlarge geographical knowledge of Paris is biking, now that biking ways have been set almost everywhere. You can cross it over from north to south or east to west in less than 35 minutes.
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Main parisian rudeness is disregard. Parisian waiters don't think that they are your servants, now that it's no more a custom to get a tip.
It's not just Parisian waiters but it applies to all the service sector where they have to serve the clients. It's not that they don't like tourists but they think life is unjust to them that they have to take this lousy job. Sales people at Printemps, Les Galeries Lafayette just stand there and they look angry sometimes.
alexandre

Athens, Greece

#9 Jun 28, 2013
The Examiner wrote:
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It's not just Parisian waiters but it applies to all the service sector where they have to serve the clients. It's not that they don't like tourists but they think life is unjust to them that they have to take this lousy job. Sales people at Printemps, Les Galeries Lafayette just stand there and they look angry sometimes.
somebody tried to break into my appartment here. he didnt manage to. i told the police that if he breaks in and i am inside, he wont come out alive. i told the police "so you know" . He replied with his broken english accent that it is not legal. I said I dont care, I will slit his throat open like a chicken and throw him out the window. actually i am looking forward to it. the police officer looked at me surprised. i dont own guns here in greece but i have a couple of good knifes. guess what the cop said: the burglar was probably a foreigner. i said to him "from morrocco right?" He said yes, yes. I said these are the worst, and he agreed.
It was like a breath of fresh air talking to him.
~A~

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