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An American soldier, serving in World War II, had just returned from
>several weeks of intense action on the German front lines. He had
>finally been granted R&R and was on a train bound for London. The
>train was very crowded, so the soldier walked the length of thetrain,
>looking for an empty seat.>

>The only unoccupied seat was directly adjacent to a well-dressed
>middle-aged lady and was being used by her little dog. The war weary
>soldier asked, "Please, ma'am, may I sit in that seat?">
>The English woman looked down her nose at the soldier, sniffed and
>said, "You Americans. You are such a rude class of people. Can't you
>see my little Fifi is using that seat?">

>The soldier walked away, determined to find a place to rest,but after
>another trip down to the end of the train, found himself again facing
>the woman with the dog.>
>Again he asked, "Please, lady. May I sit there? I'm very tired.">
>The English woman wrinkled her nose and snorted, "You Americans! Not
>only are you rude, you are also arrogant. Imagine!">

>The soldier didn't say anything else; he leaned over, picked up the
>little dog, tossed it out the window of the train and sat down in the
>empty seat.>
>The woman shrieked and railed, and demanded that someone defend her
>and chastise the soldier.>

>An English gentleman sitting across the aisle spoke up, "You know,
>sir, you Americans do seem to have a penchant for doing the wrong
>thing. You eat holding the fork in the wrong hand. You drive your
>autos on the wrong side of the road. And now, sir, you've thrown the
>wrong bitch out the window."

Thanx to a Native SI'der

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