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LOL. Here's another example- I was on a cruise ship recently and

the crew, members, young people in their twenties from all over the world, are trained to be so doting and servile, that I was really embarrassed. I met young crew members from Bali, Pakistan, India, Philippines, Russia, Romania, Bulgaria, Italy, England, Mexico, New Zealand, and so forth.

The housekeeper and "butler" for our cabin aboard the ship, was a very nice young man who told me that he sent home most of the money he earned in order to support his parents. But he had a dream, an ambition to attend university in his country in order to study engineering.

He was under contract to work for 8 months straight, every day, 12 hours a day - a standard contract. So, the crew falls into very rote behavior. One rote behavior is that they are told to address women passengers with the French title "Madame." Every female passenger is "Madame".

I put up with this for about 3 days, then it started to grate on me. I asked him politely "I know you are trained to address me with the French title "Madame", but it sounds as if I am a blue-haired dowager about 105 years old. I appreciate your courtesy, but could you just call me by the name on my cabin door, B4E? Or, just call me "you". Please, "Madame" just makes me feel as if I am ancient.

This was his obsequious reply : "Oh ! Yes of course, whatever you wish, Madame. Happy to be of service. Oops ! I mean, sorry Madame ! Oh - I goofed up again. I do apologize, Ma -- . Oh, I'll try. I really will."
( LOL)

He was so kind, so hard-working, and really tried. But he was absolutely stuck in that rut. On top of the regular gratuity, I gave him a little extra cash, so that he could save something for the university. :-) -- B4E

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