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    mintyone
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    @juglans wrote:

    golfbunny

    This is the kind of brit that has motivated me to learn french and pretend I am belgian.

    +1 =D> =D> =D> =D>


    mr minty

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    halfpint
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    alot of rose tinted spectacles being worn on this thread


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    roadrat
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    @halfpint wrote:

    alot of rose tinted spectacles being worn on this thread

    Rose tinted in what sense? I spend plenty of time in the UK and while you occasionally come across poor customer service, it is the exception. While in France it is the reverse, good customer service is the exception.


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    golfbunny
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    @mintyone wrote:

    @juglans wrote:

    golfbunny

    This is the kind of brit that has motivated me to learn french and pretend I am belgian.

    +1 =D> =D> =D> =D>

    How perfectly awful that juglans feels embarrassed to be a Brit due to the actions of other Brits – I feel sorry for her / him. I for one would never pretend to be anything other than my birth nationality – I’m immensely proud of it. Surely there is no need to feel ‘humble’ or somehow second rate just because you are an immigrant – in any country.


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    wafty
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    @roadrat wrote:

    @halfpint wrote:

    alot of rose tinted spectacles being worn on this thread

    Rose tinted in what sense? I spend plenty of time in the UK and while you occasionally come across poor customer service, it is the exception. While in France it is the reverse, good customer service is the exception.

    I’ve found the opposite.

    Why discuss meaningless generalisations of the xenophobic sort.


    Waiting, waiting..............

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    golfbunny
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    Honesty


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    halfpint
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    :lol: I agree with you Roadrat, I think if I wore some rose tinted glasses on my next shopping trip, the cashier might turn into cinderella and smile


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    nomoss
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    Seems as if there are several people on here who are being kept in, or made to visit, France against their will :(


    Thanks to the Autoroutes and the use of GPS it is now possible to travel the length and breadth of France without seeing anything or speaking to anyone. Inspired by Charles Kuralt

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    wafty
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    @golfbunny wrote:

    Honesty

    Myopia


    Waiting, waiting..............

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    bentley
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    Some people obviously have problems with the French supermarket shopping experience, however perhaps a clue to the cause of this dissatisfaction with the French ‘attitude’, and their supermarkets, could be in not taking the tacit advice being given which in words of one particularly discontent poster are:-
    ‘this is the way we do it’ ‘so fit in’ which in my opinion is very simple and very effective advice.

    If ‘you’ forget to weigh ‘your’ veg then ‘you’ go back and weigh it, if you have shopped in a French supermarket before why would one expect someone to do it for you?
    Assuming one has shopped in a French supermarket before one knows that they don’t provide free plastic bags. Therefore you take your own bag or buy one at the checkout. This isn’t rocket science and has been recognised as helping to prevent unnecessary waste being dumped in land fill simply because some people find it inconvenient take a reusable bag when shopping.
    It is the way ‘they’ do it, therefore to make life easier on oneself why not try “fitting in”.
    There must be some amazing countries that are akin to shoppers paradise for their citizens to expect such exceptional standards from France.

    nomoss =D> =D> :lol: =D> =D>


    Only dead fish go with the flow

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    amico
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    French shop assistants appear to have been trained not to go forth and assist the customer. The customer is a person to be “taken on ” ..not assisted … The customer is be be regarded as to be up to no good the moment they enter the shop. The customer is some sneaky person who is most likely to pinch or break something or in some other manner ruin your day.. The customer is to be watched closely and in the event of them actually purchasing something instead of asking loads of questions and time wasting …. their money should be taken a “have a good day ” automatically spat out and then be shown the door … Then the chatting to the other staff members can continue as after all that’s the best part of working in a shop


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    wafty
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    @amico wrote:

    French shop assistants appear to have been trained not to go forth and assist the customer. The customer is a person to be “taken on ” ..not assisted … The customer is be be regarded as to be up to no good the moment they enter the shop. The customer is some sneaky person who is most likely to pinch or break something or in some other manner ruin your day.. The customer is to be watched closely and in the event of them actually purchasing something instead of asking loads of questions and time wasting …. their money should be taken a “have a good day ” automatically spat out and then be shown the door … Then the chatting to the other staff members can continue as after all that’s the best part of working in a shop

    Do you mean “French” as you see them in your world? Why don’t I and many others witness the same behaviour. Is it a cultural/language/behaviour issue on your part?

    I never see that behaviour; maybe it’s a local thing –


    Waiting, waiting..............

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    Grumpy Yorkie
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    Like golfbunny, I am appalled that there are no flunkies to weigh my fruit and veg ……… let alone recharge my golf buggy’s battery when it goes flat in the frozen food area.

    Queen Victoria must be spinning in her grave. #-o

    Stuart


    Flat cap, whippet, Panda, V8 Jaguar, V12 Mercedes and a '54 Sunbeam Talbot 90 called Josephine (obviously) ................... bloody grand!

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    goretti
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    Hello Halfpint

    One can only speak from one’s personal experiences, really. And mine are as I outlined … I can’t recall a bad experience. Specifically, though, in comparison to Ireland, the difference is monumental. I found myself giggling a little at someone’s description earlier, as I thought “wow … hope he/she never lands over here … serious shock pending !!!!”.

    Do love your forum name, Halfpint, hehe !

    G


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    CelticRambler
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    @mysty2 wrote:

    Celticrambler, have you never been in Lidils :shock:

    I have been in to Lidl, but have never found anything worth buying that I can’t get cheaper (and more reliably) in Leclerc around the corner so I’ve never had the opportunity to sample the conveyor belt experience. :)


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