French Café Charges More to Rude Customers

One coffee can cost almost $10, if you forget your manners

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French café's coffee prices.

It's no secret that the French are much more polite than we Americans are (give me a beer!), but it seems like manners might be slipping in the much-more-cultured country.

The Local reports that a café in Nice is taking this problem into their own hands and charging money based on a customer's good or bad manners. Order just a coffee? It'll cost you €7. A coffee, please? €4.25. And finally, the proper way to order a coffee will only cost you €1.40, in addition to adding on "Hello," and "please."

"It's our way of saying 'keep calm and carry on,'" manager Fabrice Pepino told the Local. "I know people say that French service can be rude but it's also true that customers can be rude when they’re busy."

Of course, he hasn't had to enforce the sign so much, as "most of my customers are regulars and they just see the funny side and exaggerate their politeness," he said.


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