The customer is not always king

Customer is a king, no not always

For me the way people treat restaurant staff reveals a person’s character.

Customers who treat waiters as ‘slaves’ or ‘servants’ … I consider them as the ‘scum of earth’ and not ‘kings’.

A man (or woman) who, for no reason, is actively unpleasant to waiters .. my advice is to avoided them. Also those who patronize waiters and other service offering staff. People that treat waiters as though they were invisible … are all cretins! They think that it is a sign of sophistication … NOT!

Is the customers rudeness in restaurants on the rise? It seems (unfortunately) to be true. Most times I visit a restaurant or cafe here in Madeira Island I have watched and appalled, how certain customers on a nearby table has harangued their waitress beyond the point of reason. Both tourists and locals.

For a few restaurants visitors it seems their manners have disappeared completely and think their should demand more from the restaurant staff. It seems that they are convinced that the restaurant needs them more than they need the restaurant … and this gives them license to bully.

I remember these so called customers faces so that when I (by any chance) come them across on for example Facebook … I will block them immediately. I don’t want them to pollute my timeline with their presence or thoughts. Or if I see they are working in a store or offering some kind of business … I will refuse to be their client or offer my business to them.

Customer is a king, no not always

Anyone that believes that waiters should be treated as servants or thinks that they don’t deserve any respect or sympathy … then you better make yourself known … so that I can mark you as a despicable person on my list.

If a waiter comes to you and communicates with a smile … and then you don’t even respond back with a smile? F*ck off! Go home and stay there! Give room to those who really appreciate the service they are receiving.

I hate racists and I hate people who think that they are better than others. For me they are both in the same ‘bag of s**t’.

Yes … as you have noticed these ‘scum’ trigger my aggressive side. I think most of my friends don’t know me like this and is because I try not to show it on the surface. However this is different in my inner body and mind … when I see these kind of things happening then I am not able to suppress the upcoming anger (inside of me).

For me no one is below me also no one is above me.

I have written all this by way of a plea … please treat people who offers you a service (i.e. waiter) as a human being. Respect them and they will respect you back.

I am aware that it is annoying when things are not going well … for example you are given a hefty bill when during the experience you have been wondering why the table that came in after you was served before you. But don’t forget that waiters are just like messengers most of the time, and it is wrong to shoot them, … despite of the bad news.

Please consider this: if you never have had a restaurant or worked in one … then you probably don’t know the half of it.

Interview with journalist Claudine Moitié

Interview with Claudine Moitié, aka clok_moitie on Flickr, photographer from France.

Please tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got into photography?

First of all, let me thank you, and I would want to thank the inhabitants of Madeira for their welcomed.
I’m a French journalist, words side, but working for 25 years with photojournalists.

Shared curiosity
Shared curiosity

Two years ago I discovered the app Instagram, which was ‘born’ only a few months ago. I looked for visual information about the world. The interest was on a professional level. Then I discovered the warmer social network I ever knew, and a bunch of amazing creative photographers. I got hooked and discovered the pleasure(s) of photography, at first with my mobile then with a SLR too, thanks to another social network, Tumblr.

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Is Madeira just for oldies?

Those who says that “Madeira is just for oldies” have not yet discovered the real Madeira! On the other hand it could be that they are our loyal visitors that are saying this in order to keep this beloved destination a secret :mrgreen:

Watch the promotional video of Rui Martins (RumaVideo) and make your own conclusion:

By the way … most the oldies are relaxing in the city … while others are on adventure elsewhere on the islands.

Magnificent Madeira

This is one second most beautiful video of Madeira Island that I have come across on the Web. This video is entitled “Magnificent Madeira” made by Pavel Masek from the Czech Republic.

This video is truly a homage to the Madeira Nature and a perfect example how one should be celebrating its beauty.

Pico Ruivo (video)

Pico Ruivo, Madeira Island, by Joel Sérgio Pereira

Pico Ruivo – Madeira Island from Joel Sérgio Pereira on Vimeo.

When playing click on the Expand-icon to watch the video in Full Screen mode. Press Esc to get back.

Pico Ruivo is the highest peak on the Madeira Islands. It can be reached only by foot, usually either from Pico do Arieiro (3rd highest) after a strenuous hike, or from Achada do Teixeira with a shorter, easier trail. There is an additional trail leading west to Encumeada. Just below the summit is a hut offering simple accommodation and drinks.

Pico Ruivo is 1862 meters (6107 ft) high [1] and provides some of the most incredible views of the island from coast to coast, but unpredictable weather conditions can make it quite dangerous

Here is a snapshot of the video:
Pico Ruivo - Madeira Island

Momentaneo – Awesome Video of Madeira

Up to now this is one of the top most beautiful videos of Madeira Island that I came across on the Web. This video is entitled “Momentâneo” made by Filipe Gomes from Madeira.

Momentâneo from the one line design on Vimeo.

When playing click on the Expand-icon to watch the video in Full Screen mode. Press Esc to get back.

This video is for sure a homage to Madeira Island. Obrigado (Thank You) Filipe for making this and share it with us.

Here is a snapshot of the video:
Madeira Island

Madeira Nature … a Festival of Colors and Biodiversity

Madeira … a Portuguese archipelago, that is the outermost region of the European Union, has a very high green biodiversity, and in combination with the ocean, mountains and sky it creates a real festival of colors.

Rainbow at BalcoesRainbow at Balcões (Photo by Alan)

Madeira is known as the “Flower Island“, but instead it would be more fitting to call it “The Green Pearl of the Atlantic Ocean” with its 13,010,405,091,801 type of green colors it holds. If you do not believe it, then come over to Madeira and count the colors green yourself.

Cascadas en la levada do Caldeirao VerdeCascades of the Levada do Caldeirao Verde (Photo by Rafael Fresno)

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