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    Always Greet Someone Before Making A Request

    by pabertra Updated Dec 27, 2005

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    As in many cultures, simple things go a long way and may be the difference between rude and friendly service. One of the key things in the Virgin Islands is always greet someone before you make a request or ask a question. Good morning, afternoon, or evening usually does the trick, but it will help even more if you can say it like they do by dropping the "Good" and just saying "Maunin' " You will see the smile quickly emerge and avoid being perceived as rude.

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    by islandtaryn Written Mar 19, 2004

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    You will be greeted much more warmly if you begin every conversation with "good morning" or "good afternoon". It is island etiquette. Appropriate dress is important too. Swimwear in public places is frowned upon.

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