Saying “Please” Can Save You Money

Most people try to take advantage of cheap traveldeals, particularly cheapairplane tickets, discount hotel rooms, and cheap vacation packages whenplanning a trip to save money. Nowvisitors to Nice, France can save even more at a French caf which chargespolite customers less for coffee.

Prices posted at a French caf make it clear that politecustomers can enjoy their coffee for less than rude customers.

There is a sign in the shop which explains its tieredcoffee pricing. Customers who order acoffee at the Le Petite Syrah caf pay 7 euros, equal to about nine dollars andfifty cents. However, customers who sayplease when ordering their coffee only have to pay 4.25 Euros, or around sixdollars.

Coffee can be had at an even lower price of 1.4 Euros, ortwo dollars, by saying Good morning, a coffee, please.

The cafs tiered pricing seems unusual in a country whereits waiters are famed for their perceived rudeness. Still the cafs owner felt that this pricingapproach was necessary.

He observed that he has a tiny restaurant run by himselfand his wife. Over time they found atlunchtime people were becoming increasingly rude, stressed, and sometimes rudeto them when they ordered a coffee.

His inspiration for this tiered coffee pricing was inspiredby signs he had seen in Italy and elsewhere in France. While the owner hasnever charged more than 1.4 euros for a coffee, and questions whether it iseven legal to charge different prices based on a customers behavior, he has foundthat his sign touting different prices based on how polite customers are hasresulted in his customers acting differently.

Initially some customers tried to get free customers bybeing even more polite than the sign saying such things as Hello, you highness,will you serve me one of your beautiful coffees? However, most customers were amused by thesign and the owner believes that it helps them relax.

The goal of the sign is to remind patrons that everyone isa human being and that how you interact with others should not change based onyour status in life.

A photo of the sign, which was first displayed last summer,went viral after a French journalist tweeted a picture of it. French TV stations starting calling theowner. He observed that the world hasbecome too fast. We are too stressed bythe world. Thats the same as how thisInternet has reacted to this sign.

Travel experts have observed that polite passengers whomake civil requests of airline personnel are far more likely to be responded topositively than passengers who scream and try to intimidate airline agents.
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