"Drama, and the pursuit of service"
written: 04 August 2000
last time there: August 2000
Tourists commonly return from Paris spouting some story about how they were mistreated, ignored, or otherwised denied service in some establishment. Besides the typical language barrier, people don't understand how things happen in Paris. When trying to get help from indifferent staff, be as dramatic and theatrical as possible, without being irritating. Take your time--explain the whole story of how you kitten died, your boss is furious, and how you are so impressed with how knowledgeable all the Parisians are. Flatter. Cajole. Be thespian. This is the country that idolizes dramatists and poets, so make it good. If you make someone's day interesting, you'll likely get them to work on your problem
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