History Main / NiceToTheWaiter

13th Apr '16 2:57:30 AM AdamC
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** The Queen's successor and newphe, RoyalBrat Prince Wu was vain and foolish to the extreme, but wound up being ''far'' more courteous than his aunt. His personality was largely defined by being spoiled and self-centered, but he readily accepted criticisms and advice from those below his station. Once when seeing Mako (who'd been forced to serve as his bodyguard) was depressed, Wu dropped everything to try and cheer him up.

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** The Queen's successor and newphe, nephew, RoyalBrat Prince Wu was vain and foolish to the extreme, but wound up being ''far'' more courteous than his aunt. His personality was largely defined by being spoiled and self-centered, but he readily accepted criticisms and advice from those below his station. Once when seeing Mako (who'd been forced to serve as his bodyguard) was depressed, Wu dropped everything to try and cheer him up.
13th Apr '16 2:51:47 AM AdamC
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'': RoyalBrat Prince Wu might be vain and foolish to the extreme, but he ''is'' a far sight more courteous to commoners and underlings than his aunt, [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Earth Queen Hou-Ting]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'': This is a critical point of difference between the various rulers of the Earth Kingdom.
** [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Earth Queen Hou-Ting]] is a remorseless, power-mad monster who lived in decadence while her people were forced into ruined squalor. As you can imagine, she treated her staff with the same barely-disguised contempt she showed for everyone else.
** The Queen's successor and newphe,
RoyalBrat Prince Wu might be was vain and foolish to the extreme, but he ''is'' a far sight wound up being ''far'' more courteous to commoners and underlings than his aunt, [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Earth Queen Hou-Ting]].aunt. His personality was largely defined by being spoiled and self-centered, but he readily accepted criticisms and advice from those below his station. Once when seeing Mako (who'd been forced to serve as his bodyguard) was depressed, Wu dropped everything to try and cheer him up.
** Kuvira straddles the line in this regard. She does care about her soldiers and refuses to put them through anything she wouldn't do herself. On the other hand, she's an extreme ControlFreak who hates criticism or even the slightest hint of disloyalty. If you're not fully behind her, or if she doesn't ''think'' you're fully behind her, you don't want to know what she'll do to you.


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** Sterling, meanwhile, is marginally nicer to the staff, though he tends to behave like a bullying jock toward most of them. But his behavior toward Woodhouse blows right past bullying and into outright torture, including forcing Woodhouse to do odd things like eat bowls of spider-webs and have his brother sent to prison. On the other hand, flashbacks have shown that while Woodhouse was Sterling's nanny, he often left the kid alone in a run-down apartment while he locked himself in the bathroom and got high (even on Sterling's birthday), so perhaps this is Sterling's idea of payback.
13th Apr '16 2:24:10 AM AdamC
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** To show the disparity of the cultural difference, Stephen Fry (who has a reputation for being a lovely gentleman) first dined in America and didn't tip purely because he didn't know it was customary. In an episode of ''Series/{{QI}}'' he says he stopped when one day a waiter chased him down after he left, explaining he'd forgotten to tip.
10th Apr '16 5:31:29 AM Gallimaufry
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* In #26 of ''ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendsForever'', Prince Blueblood is shown to follow this kind of thinking, with his diplomatic arsenal including tricks like "befriend the little people around the guy you want to impress, so you'll look good and they'll say good things about you when you're not around." This goes contrary to his fandom perception, which is that of an entitled jerk. Of course, whether he's nice to waiters because he's genuinely nice or just because he wants to look good... is a matter of speculation.
7th Apr '16 12:15:01 AM lorgskyegon
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*** It reflects in how Geoffrey treats them as well: he is insulting towards Phil, kind towards Ashley and Vivian, is dismissive of Carlton and Hilary, and generally tries to take Will under his wing and treats him almost as a wayward son.
6th Apr '16 10:57:57 PM lorgskyegon
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* Zigzagged in ''Film/CrocodileDundee''. In New York, Mick asks his African-American limo driver what tribe he is from; among the bushmen he grew up with in Australia that would have been a friendly getting-to-know-you remark, but it comes across quite racist in America. Fortunately, not only is the guy not offended, he later helps stop a rather aggressive mugger who harasses Mick. They bond and laugh when he explains that he learned to fight from a gang in his youth, and Mick responds that he ''knew'' he was tribal.

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* Zigzagged in ''Film/CrocodileDundee''. In New York, Mick asks his African-American limo driver what tribe he is from; among the bushmen he grew up with in Australia that would have been a friendly getting-to-know-you remark, but it comes across quite racist in America. Fortunately, not only is the guy not offended, he later helps stop a rather aggressive mugger who harasses Mick. They bond and laugh when he explains that he learned to fight from a gang in his youth, and Mick responds that he ''knew'' he was tribal. He also makes friends with the staff at the hotel, including a maid and the doorman, even learning their names and knowing the maid by voice.
6th Apr '16 10:54:40 PM lorgskyegon
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* In ''Film/{{Clueless}}'', Cher tells her family's maid, Lucy, that she doesn't speak "Mexican", angering the native Salvadorian into storming off. While seemingly a rude and disrespectful thing to say, in context it's made clear that Cher was [[DumbBlonde guilty of]] [[BookDumb simple ignorance]] and frustration with her own problems rather than any actual malice towards the maid. Throughout the movie she speaks with Lucy as an equal rather than a servant, and apologizes to her later after realizing her mistake.

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* In ''Film/{{Clueless}}'', Cher tells her family's maid, Lucy, that she doesn't speak "Mexican", angering the native Salvadorian into storming off. While seemingly a rude and disrespectful thing to say, in context it's made clear that Cher was [[DumbBlonde guilty of]] [[BookDumb simple ignorance]] and frustration with her own problems rather than any actual malice towards the maid. Throughout the movie she speaks with Lucy as an equal rather than a servant, and apologizes to her later after realizing her mistake. She also mentions having donated quite a number of old clothes to her, giving Lucy's daughter haute coture fashion on a maid's salary.
6th Apr '16 10:37:33 PM lorgskyegon
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*** Another Cap one, from the beginning of the ''Civil War'' arc: Cap breaks out of SHIELD's helicarrier by commandeering a jet fighter (including pilot) through the simple expedient of clinging on to the cockpit. Being Cap, he orders the pilot to set down in a not-in-use football stadium and takes them out for a burger.

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*** Another Cap one, from the beginning of the ''Civil War'' arc: Cap breaks out of SHIELD's helicarrier by commandeering a jet fighter (including pilot) through the simple expedient of clinging on to the cockpit. Being Cap, he orders the pilot to set down in a not-in-use football stadium and takes them out for a burger.burger, after admonishing one for taking the Lord's name in vain.
6th Apr '16 10:34:03 PM lorgskyegon
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** Hillary, on the other hand, was well known in the White House for being a terror to staff. She supposedly never talked to the Secret Service unless necessary, constantly swore at them, never said "thank you," treated protective officers like bell boys, and told military personnel to wear suits instead of uniforms. She fired an usher for being helpful to former First Lady Barbara Bush, fired an electrician for changing a light bulb while she was in the White House, and demanded no one speak to her while she was walking somewhere. One author described her as making Nixon look like Gandhi.
** Bill himself was said to be middle of the road, but far more easygoing when Hillary was gone and after his term ended.
6th Apr '16 10:26:32 PM lorgskyegon
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* UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush is extremely personable and gracious to waitstaff, as many in the DFW area can attest. He likely learned it from [[UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush his father]], who is also a very friendly man, especially post-retirement.

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* UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush is extremely personable and gracious to waitstaff, as many in the DFW area can attest. If stories are true, the worst he ever demanded of them was keeping up with him on his runs. Those who managed to keep up for three miles in 100 degree weather got a t-shirt. Literally. He likely learned it from [[UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush his father]], who is also a very friendly man, especially post-retirement.
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