Etiquette Faux Pas? Oui, Oui!

by admin on August 6, 2009

Many years ago my family and I were in Paris for the bi-centennial celebrations, and one afternoon I took my small daughter to the Bois de Boulogne, a large park in Paris. As it was a hot day, she went paddling in a children’s pool. To my horror, when she had been there for a while, I heard another British child, who was up to her waist in the water, shriek “Mum, I need a wee!” Obviously assuming that she was the only tourist, her mother cried, “Oh, just do it in the water!”

 I did not hesitate. I stood up, glared at the woman, turned back and called loudly, “Kate, get out of the water at once.” A very red faced woman took her child by the arm and left immediately.    05-04-09

 

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Cyndi August 16, 2009 at 3:39 pm

Oh, peeing in a pool? That’s disgusting! People get water in their mouths when they swim! Ewwww!

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Ling October 21, 2009 at 4:07 am

Lots of French people understand English, always presume that those around you understand what you are saying.
I have heard Swedish in BudaPest, in Hamburg, in Amsterdam, and Swedish is a very small language. English is the current world language, most people with any kind of education beyond 6th grade know at least a bit English.

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Kate March 7, 2010 at 6:22 pm

Kudos to you for counteracting that woman’s behavior so publicly and helping redeeming tourist!

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alexis April 20, 2010 at 5:25 pm

disgusting much?

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Javin October 6, 2011 at 1:49 pm

“Lots of French people understand English, always presume that those around you understand what you are saying.”

How about we just don’t have our kids pee in public recreation areas?

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