When I came for the very first time to London to visit my son who had started to work there, I went to a supermarket to do some shopping. I had never been in one before. I realized that our weight measures were not yet the same, and had to do the conversion. A year later in 1995 it was easier for me because besides the lbs the kgs were mentioned too.
What surprised me the most was the kindness of the cashiers everywhere I went. They greeted me with "Hello my love" and "how are you today" Never ever in my life a Belgian cashier had called me "my love" or even "my darling" I was used to sour looking faces who didn't even look at you or just said "Good morning" If I had a good day or not was not even a question.
I experienced the same with bus drivers, our bus drivers are not even polite, they just ignore you or grumble something if you don't show your ticket quick enough.
What a difference to be greeted like this when you have done your shopping and you pay ! I wished I could import this cashier's behaviour or at least that they learn to smile !
When I returned home and did my shopping I wasn't "my love" anymore I was just an anonymous transparent person and the first bus driver I met had a rant with somebody who only had a banknote and no coins !
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