It’s been a good decade since I last saw a production of “My Fair Lady” — sorry Shakespeare — but one of those lines that has stuck with me since I first saw the Lerner and Loewe musical came from Prof. Henry Higgins:
“The French don’t care what they do actually, as long as they pronounce it properly.”
Apparently, the French do care what people dining around them look like.
The weekly Le Canard Enchaîné reported a French restaurant group has demonstrated aesthetic snobbery when allegedly seating guests according to attractiveness. Good-looking diners at two of the most famous Paris establishments run by the well-known Costes group are said to be automatically upgraded to the best tables in the house, claimed two former staff members.
Guests are given tables following a strict appearance policy — the better looking they are, the better the table. ‘The good-looking ones are led to the good places, where they can be easily seen,’ the erstwhile employees said.
They added the same rules apply for staff with female hostesses needing ‘a model’s physique’ to be considered for the job at Le Georges, a restaurant at the top of Paris’ Centre Pompidou with stunning panoramic views of the French capital, and Café Marly, near the Louvre.
A new oil boom has promised potential riches to some landowners, but it may cause big headaches for banks where exploration has created a secondary boom in real estate.
Huge swaths of territory are potential sites for oil and natural gas, ranging from New York state and Pennsylvania to West Virginia and North Carolina. The American Banker reports single-family home owners and farmers in the area may find selling oil rights to energy firms could mess up their mortgages.