Background to this complaint: I am second-generation Irish, born in the UK, lived and worked in Ireland in the early 2000s to early 10s, but back in the UK now (complete with southern England accent, much to my distaste). I've worked retail in these two countries, but never in my life have I met anyone as rude as the British. Examples:
me [when I worked in an appliance store]: "Hi there! How are you guys--?"
customer, without waiting for me to finish: "WASHING MACHINES."
me [at the petrol station I work at now]: "Good morning--"
customer, again without waiting for me to finish: "3."
I never got this in Ireland. It must be a British thing, to announce what you want without so much as a greeting. It's incredibly rude and jarring, and I hate it. Examples of when I worked in Ireland:
me: "Hi! How are you today?"
customer: "Alright bai, what's the story? Anything strange?"
[proceed to have ten minute conversation about there being too many taxis in Cork city]
tl;dr: British people are fucking rude, and don't like being called out on it. At least the French admit
(and openly embrace) their rudeness.