Is Your Waiter Rude, or Merely French? A Debate Is Revived

Is Your Waiter Rude, or Merely French? A Debate Is Revived Photo “The line that ‘I am French so I am rude,’ well, that is not a defense,” said Edith Boncompain, of the French Institute Alliance Française in New York, after a fired waiter in Canada made headlines with such a claim. Credit Gabriel Bouys/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Few cultural stereotypes are more pervasive than the surly French waiter.
In the 1985 movie “European Vacation,” Chevy Chase and his family meet a Parisian garçon who, after insulting the brood, offers them dishwater to drink.
And who can forget the scene from Monty Python’s “The Meaning of Life” when a French waiter, faced with his unfulfilling existence, swears at the camera then turns for home?
Well, in Canada recently, Guillaume Rey, a waiter at Milestones Bar + Grill in Vancouver, British Columbia, filed a complaint against the restaurant’s parent company, Cara Operations, after he was fired for being combative, aggressive and something of a bully…

New Arrest in $20 Million Heist, Britain’s Biggest Burglary

New Arrest in $20 Million Heist, Britain’s Biggest Burglary Photo The entrance to Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Ltd. in London, where millions of dollars’ worth of jewels, gold, precious stones and cash were stolen in 2015. Credit Andrew Testa for The New York Times LONDON — The British authorities have made a new arrest in a brazen 2015 robbery in which a gang of graying thieves stole over $20 million worth of cash and jewelry in London, a case that prosecutors have called the largest burglary in English history.
Detectives arrested a 57-year-old man on suspicion of nonresidential burglary in the Hatton Garden case, the Metropolitan Police said in a statement on Wednesday. The suspect, who was not immediately identified, is the latest man linked to the case.
Six other men were each sentenced to between six and seven years in jail in 2016 for breaking into the vaults of the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit company and stealing nearly 14 million pounds worth of cash, gold and gems.
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Serial Rapist’s Release Is Blocked, for Now, by U.K. Court

Serial Rapist’s Release Is Blocked, for Now, by U.K. Court Photo John Worboys, a former London cab driver, was convicted of assaults on 12 female passengers, although the police say he had more than 100 victims. Credit Metropolitan Police, via Associated Press LONDON — A British court ordered a parole board on Wednesday to reconsider its decision to release a notorious sex offender — a former London cabdriver implicated in attacks on more than 100 women — and told the government to lift the shroud of secrecy over parole decisions.
The decision to grant parole to the serial rapist, John Worboys, after a decade in prison prompted outrage when it was made public in January, and two of his victims sought to have the result overturned in court. Victims said they had been assured that Mr. Worboys stood little chance of ever being released, and some said that the authorities had failed to notify them that he was up for parole.
The women said they felt not only betrayed by the decision but als..