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Old 07-10-2010, 08:21 AM
 
Location: Sunshine Coast, BC
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So Vichel.. How are you?
Good thanks and you?
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Old 07-10-2010, 08:42 AM
 
Location: Perth, Western Australia
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In Norway it's uncommon to even say 'hi' to the cashier. You walk over and place your groceries on the counter. The cashier processes them. Then the cashier say "Bag?", followed by "Receipt?". Then you leave, after nodding yes or no.
I've heard rumours that Scandinavian culture is quite "dark."
Does that have anything to do with it?
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Old 07-10-2010, 09:17 AM
 
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Good thanks and you?
great thanks!

looking forward to escaping Convictland (Jacqs came up with that one)?
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Old 07-10-2010, 02:41 PM
 
Location: Grand Lake, Colorado
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I believe it's good manners when you ask someone how they are or respond appropriately when asked. I've always done it in Australia. It would be a very "cold" interaction if you walked up to a bank teller and didn't say a word.
In the USA everyone greets you and usually ends with "you have a nice day now".
It doesn't cost anything to be polite...
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Old 07-10-2010, 03:34 PM
 
Location: Perth, Western Australia
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I believe it's good manners when you ask someone how they are or respond appropriately when asked. I've always done it in Australia. It would be a very "cold" interaction if you walked up to a bank teller and didn't say a word.
In the USA everyone greets you and usually ends with "you have a nice day now".
It doesn't cost anything to be polite...
I think Toronto is colder than that.
People often leave abruptly here (maybe a short "bye"?) and it doesn't raise much suspicion.
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Old 07-10-2010, 05:52 PM
 
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I'm Norwegian, actually. In all my years living in Norway I can't recall ever being asked how I'm doing by for example a cashier, yet in Australia they ask it every single time, with no exception. A pox on your politeness and friendliness! I wonder if introverted Aussies ever wear t-shirts saying "Fine, thanks, and you?"
Nah, that would be too extroverted for us.
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Old 07-12-2010, 12:14 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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It would seem rather abrupt & cold to not say Hi, how are you? or How ya going? before going about business. Just walk up to a counter and start ordering your goods/services? I don't think I've ever done that. Not here, Canada or the US.
Depends, when at the counter at McDonald's it's not really customary, but most 'mom and pop' (in Yank-speak ) type store-owners are often willing to have a gasbag.
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