Would you be more polite if your restaurant offered a courtesy discount? A cafe on the French Riviera is training customers to ask nicely, by giving them a discount for mannerly ordering.

For example, if you say, “Un café,” you’ll pay seven euros (nearly 10 dollars). “Un café s’il vous plaît” lowers the price to the euro equivalent of just under six dollars. And, better yet, if you greet the server: “Bonjour!  Un café, s’il vous plaît,” you’ll pay only 1.40 euros — barely two dollars.

The owner of Petite Syrah says lunch customers were coming in too stressed out, and it was his way of saying, “Keep calm and carry on.”


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