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Old 03.11.2011, 17:56
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London Heathrow vs Anywhere in Deutschschweiz

I was so happy when the airplane took off from Zurich hillbilly airport with the mowing cows and the inbred blond girl in traditional dress about to milk them in the train tunnel. When the plane landed and a common security woman said "hello" and smiled at me, and a man. Then I went to two places, a airport pub, and a sit-down restraunt. At both places the wait-staff kept asking me "is everything okay, would you like something else?" The only thing I had to do was order food and ask for the check. Price for this service at an airport? Oh...10 pounds. I even told the woman that I forgot what good service was, and thanked her, explaining I had been in some dark valley in central Europe where people are charge a lot of money, but provide the least amount of service humanly possible, but still say it is "high quality". Oh yeah did I mention the woman smiled every time they approached my table. Basically has better customer service and cheaper, but tasty food, for a reasonable price. Remember I said LONDON and Heathrow (AIRPORT)...which makes the situation in Switzerland all the more sad. In 12 hours I will be in Taiwan enjoying nice weather and even cheaper and more tasty food. sucks to be you. Haters go ahead and hate... haha
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Old 03.11.2011, 18:03
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Re: London Heathrow vs Anywhere in Deutschschweiz

Have a safe and fun filled trip.
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Old 03.11.2011, 18:09
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Have a safe and fun filled trip.
Thanks!

I am so far, can't wait to get to Taiwan though. I hate long lay overs...hell I hate flying too, but at least in the air I know I'm getting somewhere. Just a few more hours, but it has been okay
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Old 03.11.2011, 18:10
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Re: London Heathrow vs Anywhere in Deutschschweiz

Perhaps you should purchase a one-way ticket next time?
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Old 03.11.2011, 18:44
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Re: London Heathrow vs Anywhere in Deutschschweiz

So, Switzerland didn't work out for you. You made a mistake in choosing to come here.

Hopefully you've made a better decision this time.

Goodbye and good ........
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Old 03.11.2011, 18:53
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Re: London Heathrow vs Anywhere in Deutschschweiz

Have you really really gone this time? I said goodbye a week ago...

I expect you will love Taiwan, it is SO different to Switzerland!
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Old 03.11.2011, 19:11
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Re: London Heathrow vs Anywhere in Deutschschweiz

AGWV, please let us know your avatar name on englishforum.tw so we can see how you're doing there. Good luck.


As to arriving at London Heathrow, I could tell you a few totally different stories. But I don't draw general conclusion from them.
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Old 03.11.2011, 19:14
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At both places the wait-staff kept asking me "is everything okay, would you like something else?"
That's because they have been trained to very politely sell as much stuff to you as they can while you are sitting there. It really annoys me in bars and restaurants, to be honest.
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Old 03.11.2011, 19:21
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That's because they have been trained to very politely sell as much stuff to you as they can while you are sitting there. It really annoys me in bars and restaurants, to be honest.
Yes, good service is really annoying. I know what you mean..
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Old 03.11.2011, 20:43
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Yes, good service is really annoying. I know what you mean..
If good service means being asked every 15 minutes if everything is OK and if I want anything else then yes, I find it annoying - I'm old enough to catch the waiter or barman's attention myself when I want a refill. Bad service can work both ways - an over-obtrusive waiter is no better than one who ignores you for half an hour when you want to pay the bill and go home.
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If good service means being asked every 15 minutes if everything is OK and if I want anything else then yes, I find it annoying - I'm old enough to catch the waiter or barman's attention myself when I want a refill. Bad service can work both ways - an over-obtrusive waiter is no better than one who ignores you for half an hour when you want to pay the bill and go home.
It's just funny, that he never mentioned the service staff coming over every 15 minutes...but probably only you're negative attitude towards the OP. As you initially said, they have been trained to be friendly and nice...well duh! They work in the service industry...which definitely hold different values in this country.
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Re: London Heathrow vs Anywhere in Deutschschweiz

OK, the "every 15 minutes" was just a turn of phrase... what the OP actually said was "he kept asking me", which to my ears has a negative connotation (it sounds like pestering), although I accept that it wasn't meant in that way at all.

I suppose the notion of good service is pretty subjective in the end - I am quite happy to sit talking for half an hour over a glass of wine between courses in a restaurant, but I know that a lot of people would find this unacceptably slow. You can't please everyone.
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Re: London Heathrow vs Anywhere in Deutschschweiz

I see that the OP has arrived safely, in Taipeh. Like all " I am leaving threads ", this too will be closed.
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It's just funny, that he never mentioned the service staff coming over every 15 minutes...but probably only you're negative attitude towards the OP. As you initially said, they have been trained to be friendly and nice...well duh! They work in the service industry...which definitely hold different values in this country.

LOL some folks don't get it, you are waiting internet real-estate...he simply wants to justify why "bad service" is superior so he can feel that Switzerland is the utopia he has talked himself into.
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