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Posted By: househunter

Well good to see you've got over your shyness and that it only took 18 months from joining to posting!! :lol: :lol: :twisted: Good posting. Can I ask about the preferential treatment part? Is it their demeanour that gives them preferential treatment? There are a lot of people on the move around Europe and it is good to meet people from different cultures. I have Polish guys working for me here, they are great workers, very honest, good time keepers etc but it is difficult to actually chat with them about their country, culture etc. They don't seem to want to mix socially, which is a pity.



Posted By: steviek987

Hi all, My first posting. I love reading through everyone's comments on everything. Thanks to you all. My wife and I came over for the last two weeks of May for our first holiday in 2 years in Cyprus. We stayed at our usual haunt, Marlita Beach hotel. We noticed how much things had changed from our previous visit, paticularly with the number of eastern Europeans, especially Russians there were on the island as tourists. We also noticed the preferential treatment they were getting in the shops, restaurants and bars. How do you all find it? :twisted:

Posted By: tannis

Weve just got back, and the only thing we found were the prices, :shock: and all the places were not as busy as usual, oh and the water cuts. Tracey x

Posted By: gerard

well dave if u paid the polish guys 2euro an hr they might want to talk to you....btw do the irish want to mix with you ?:):):):)

Posted By: househunter

  • gerard wrote:
    well dave if u paid the polish guys 2euro an hr they might want to talk to you....btw do the irish want to mix with you ?:):):):)

Ah so that's how much you pay for people to talk to you!!........ :lol: :lol: :twisted:
Please stick to the topic or Steve might lock it if it is too friendly!! :twisted: :wink:

Posted By: kipper889

Hi Stevie Welcome, you wrote:
    Quote:
  • We also noticed the preferential treatment they were getting in the shops, restaurants and bars.

What kind of preferential treatment? Haven't noticed this before. :shock:
Ruth

Posted By: Yvette

maybe they get preferential treatment because all the staff are eastern european too and they speak their language.

Posted By: kipper889

Does that mean quicker service, a chat, cheaper prices or an umbrella and cherry in their cocktail? What preferential treatment? Ruth





Posted By: gerard

having a polish girlfriend...most poles czechs etc hate the russians after 40 odd yrs of occupation

Posted By: brian16

I think Cyprus was better from a Brit tourist/expat point of view before it's accession to the EU and especially before the currency changeover.

Posted By: Kwacka

  • brian16 wrote:
    I think Cyprus was better from a Brit tourist/expat point of view before it's accession to the EU and especially before the currency changeover.

The currency changeover has made minimal difference, its the Pound Sterling that has problems, it would still have the same problems regardless of Cyprus adopting the euro.
Sure, there have been prices, but those are largely world-wide price rises due to price of oil, increased price of rice, wheat, etc.

Posted By: kipper889

What preferential treatment? God..I'm beginning to sound like a parrot!!

Posted By: chuckie

We stayed in a hotel two years ago staffed by Cypriots not Eastern Europeans. It was only a 3* but clean and the staff were lovely. The majority of tourists were Russian and what a rude lot they were. No please or thank you. When I pointed out to a Dad that his young son was about to sit on a broken lounger I was not acknowledged at all. Very boorish and rude. Yeah and what preferential treatment?? Carol

Posted By: brian16

  • kipper889 wrote:
    What preferential treatment? God..I'm beginning to sound like a parrot!!

Who's a pretty girl then?

Posted By: J001

    Quote:
  • The majority of tourists were Russian and what a rude lot they were. No please or thank you.

re the above: it is not common for all nationalities to use please and thank you as the british do. having worked with many nationalities, initially it does seem rude however, its just not in their culture.



Posted By: househunter

  • kipper889 wrote:
    What preferential treatment? God..I'm beginning to sound like a parrot!!

GET BACK IN YOUR CAGE!! :wink: :twisted: :lol:

Posted By: brian16

  • househunter wrote:
    • kipper889 wrote:
      What preferential treatment? God..I'm beginning to sound like a parrot!!

    GET BACK IN YOUR CAGE!! :wink: :twisted: :lol:

You boring barsteward!

Posted By: househunter

  • brian16 wrote:
    • househunter wrote:
      • kipper889 wrote:
        What preferential treatment? God..I'm beginning to sound like a parrot!!

      GET BACK IN YOUR CAGE!! :wink: :twisted: :lol:

    You boring barsteward!

Yeah!

Posted By: steviek987

Do parrots get preferential treatment? I mean, for instance, three lots of people go into a restaurant at the same time, the two UK couples are passed as the waiter (Cypriot I think) went to the russian couple to take their order. (Perhaps it was because they were good looking :wink: ). We still love the place and the people (wherever they come from). Thanks to everyone for the response. I will try and think up something more contentious next time. Something like only the ex-pats should have their water rationed.

Posted By: Andrew Brooks

Where's Brian............ has he been banned ?

Posted By: Kathyoke

Probably

Posted By: steviek987

Where are you kipper889. pieces of 6 pieces of 6 pieces of 6 (inflation). I am surprised that you haven't noticed the change (and very pleased that you haven't!) It must be us. We are your typical English tourist. Quiet, unassuming, twits.



Posted By: househunter

  • steviek987 wrote:
    Do parrots get preferential treatment?
    I mean, for instance, three lots of people go into a restaurant at the same time, the two UK couples are passed as the waiter (Cypriot I think) went to the russian couple to take their order. (Perhaps it was because they were good looking :wink: ).
    We still love the place and the people (wherever they come from).
    Thanks to everyone for the response.
    I will try and think up something more contentious next time. Something like only the ex-pats should have their water rationed.

Well, can I ask you a question?
Why should they change if people are prepared to sit there and wait while others get served first??
I'm sure if more people just got up and walked out explaining why casually and eating elsewhere then it might help stop this sort of thing!
Most people just sit there and take it so it serves them right!

Posted By: brian16

  • Kathyoke wrote:
    Probably

Probably not! :lol: :lol:

Posted By: househunter

  • Andrew Brooks wrote:
    Where's Brian............ has he been banned ?

He's probably servicing the "septic tank agitator"!!

Posted By: Andrew Brooks

  • househunter wrote:
    • Andrew Brooks wrote:
      Where's Brian............ has he been banned ?

    He's probably servicing the "septic tank agitator"!!

You really shouldn't talk about one of our lady members like that ! :twisted:

Posted By: Kathyoke

  • househunter wrote:
    • steviek987 wrote:
      Do parrots get preferential treatment?
      I mean, for instance, three lots of people go into a restaurant at the same time, the two UK couples are passed as the waiter (Cypriot I think) went to the russian couple to take their order. (Perhaps it was because they were good looking :wink: ).
      We still love the place and the people (wherever they come from).
      Thanks to everyone for the response.
      I will try and think up something more contentious next time. Something like only the ex-pats should have their water rationed.

    Well, can I ask you a question?
    Why should they change if people are prepared to sit there and wait while others get served first??
    I'm sure if more people just got up and walked out explaining why casually and eating elsewhere then it might help stop this sort of thing!
    Most people just sit there and take it so it serves them right!

I agree, when it has happened to me, I have got up and walked out. Oddly though, no one bothered to ask why?

Posted By: househunter

  • Kathyoke wrote:
    • househunter wrote:
      • steviek987 wrote:
        Do parrots get preferential treatment?
        I mean, for instance, three lots of people go into a restaurant at the same time, the two UK couples are passed as the waiter (Cypriot I think) went to the russian couple to take their order. (Perhaps it was because they were good looking :wink: ).
        We still love the place and the people (wherever they come from).
        Thanks to everyone for the response.
        I will try and think up something more contentious next time. Something like only the ex-pats should have their water rationed.

      Well, can I ask you a question?
      Why should they change if people are prepared to sit there and wait while others get served first??
      I'm sure if more people just got up and walked out explaining why casually and eating elsewhere then it might help stop this sort of thing!
      Most people just sit there and take it so it serves them right!

    I agree, when it has happened to me, I have got up and walked out. Oddly though, no one bothered to ask why?

Well it might dawn on them sometime, hopefully when more people do it!
Way to go!!

Posted By: kipper889

Stevie wrote:
    Quote:
  • Where are you kipper889. pieces of 6 pieces of 6 pieces of 6 (inflation).
    I am surprised that you haven't noticed the change (and very pleased that you haven't!) It must be us. We are your typical English tourist. Quiet, unassuming, twits.

I wouldn't settle for less than 8 pieces. :lol:
I'm sure you are not twits, Probably me that's the twit for not noticing, too busy drinking the local brandy.
Just one Q, How did the waiter know they were Russian? :wink:
Ruth



Posted By: brian16

Can anyone who has experienced poor service in tavernas etc. please let me know where because in my experience I've only ever known waiters/waitresses to be only too eager to serve, and that's Cypriots and Eastern Europeans. And coming from me, that's praise indeed!!

Posted By: Anything but red

  • brian16 wrote:
    Can anyone who has experienced poor service in tavernas etc. please let me know where because in my experience I've only ever known waiters/waitresses to be only too eager to serve, and that's Cypriots and Eastern Europeans.
    And coming from me, that's praise indeed!!

ever thought that it may be 'the sooner your served the sooner you'll go' syndrome
8) :lol:

Posted By: kipper889

ABR wrote:
    Quote:
  • ever thought that it may be 'the sooner your served the sooner you'll go' syndrome

Whatever the reason for quick service, it usually suits us. We like to get in, have a fab meal then get out. Not the traditional Cypriot way I know, but once I've eaten I like to find a comfy chair somewhere and relax. Why don't more restaurants offer chill out areas with sofas? No, No, don't answer that, I know. It's 'cos it doesn't make any money. :cry:
But I would use a rest. more if it had this facility and of course a few more quids would go in the till with buying after dinner drinks.
Ruth

Posted By: Anything but red

  • kipper889 wrote:
    ABR wrote:
      Quote:
    • ever thought that it may be 'the sooner your served the sooner you'll go' syndrome

    Whatever the reason for quick service, it usually suits us. We like to get in, have a fab meal then get out. Not the traditional Cypriot way I know, but once I've eaten I like to find a comfy chair somewhere and relax. Why don't more restaurants offer chill out areas with sofas? No, No, don't answer that, I know. It's 'cos it doesn't make any money. :cry:
    But I would use a rest. more if it had this facility and of course a few more quids would go in the till with buying after dinner drinks.
    Ruth

I think you've misinterpreted my comment
8) :lol:

Posted By: kipper889

Please elaborate ABR

Posted By: Anything but red

Brian
    Quote:
  • ever thought that it may be 'the sooner your served the sooner you'll go'

Get it now
8) :lol:

Posted By: brian16

  • Anything but red wrote:
    Brian
      Quote:
    • ever thought that it may be 'the sooner your served the sooner you'll go'

    Get it now
    8) :lol:

It's a pathetic attempt at humour Ruth.






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