French town says 'au revoir' to bad manners with new law 'forcing' visitors to be 'polite'
A French lawmaker, who was fed up with residents' bad manners, has introduced new rules forcing them to be polite, according to a report
Mayor Gerard Plee, the mayor of the northern Oise town, brought in regulations requiring all visitors to speak politely to staff at the town hall in Lheraule, situated a little north of Paris.
As per the rules, if anyone forgets their Ps and Qs or fails to say 'thank you' they will promptly be told to leave, the Daily Mail reports.
"I believe that when people enter the town hall they should comply with certain common courtesies, such as wishing people good morning, saying goodbye when they leave, and please and thank you when they are being served," the paper quoted Mayor Plee, as saying.
"If I don't introduce this rule I have no power to take action against these people because there is no law in France that forces people to say hello, and there's no judge who will condemn someone for not saying it," he added.
He added he felt compelled to introduce the rule after an incident at the town hall where a visitor was rude.
According to the paper, a notice has now been pinned up outside the door of the town hall warning visitors of the consequences of any rudeness.
"Visitors to the Lheraule municipal offices are required to comply with and observe the social norms of politeness and courtesy...especially by greeting municipal staff upon entering the premises," it read.
"In the case of manifest failure to comply voluntarily with these norms the person concerned will be requested to leave the premises," it added.