Being friendly can save you money in Germany, where a snack bar operator is offering coffee at prices that depend on how politely customers place an order.
A curt demand for coffee costs almost $10, but it costs just $3 if you trill a friendly “coffee, please” over the counter at the booth in the south western city of Stuttgart.
Anything in between costs the customer $7.
“Some customers are exaggeratedly polite and ask me for an even steeper discount,” smiles Carsten Hendricks, who runs Kantinchen, a stall on Stuttgart’s Karlsplatz farmers’ market.
Hendricks says the price policy is just a gag: he never has forced a surly curmudgeon to pay $10.
He got the idea from La Petite Syrah, a restaurant in Nice in southern France, where the owner does warn off rude guests, making the eatery very popular with tourists.DPA