[quote="johnnykins, post:16, topic:306940"]
All 10,000,000 of them? No...certainly there are snobish Parisians like any other place, but to tar all of them is bigotry.
Perhaps if someone evinced that attitude in Paris it would bring out their distaste for being pre-judged? I think anyone would get a cold reception anywhere he went if he arrived with a chip on his shoulder. Certainly, one could innocently meet people who are indeed snobs...but to attribute that to an entire city the size of Paris is, well, wrong.
Perhaps because over several trips to Paris I never found a single rude person I don't buy the canard of the rude Parisian. Indeed the many Parisians I've met (including strangers) have been helpful, gracious and pleasant if not downright fun.
All that being said, perhaps if Americans were not taught that the word for "waiter" is "garcon" - which literally means "boy" - more Americans would be treated better in restaurants. If you said "boy" in the USA what sort of treatment would you get here? :)
Just say "s'il vous plait" to the waiter and life will be better. (please excuse the lack of diacritical marks)
No: it's accurate;) Maybe you only met the immigrants:p
I remember being spat on as a kid because I was English. And my 10 year old brother sliced the end of his finger off in a hotel because there was a razor blade (the old Gillette kind) placed under his pillow (probably because we were English). Then we were rear ended and treated like the perpetrator. And the toilets were third world etc etc etc.
But we're going off topic.
BTW our family was bi-lingual since we had lived in Switzerland, so my dad's fluency just upset them more.