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Public Services II

Before moving on to miscellaneous retail stores, services and consumer issues, this chapter starts with the many types of restaurants that exist in the United States, from the humblest snack bars up to world-class dining. These sections are designed to help the newcomer to know what to expect from each kind of eating establishment.

Restaurants and eating establishments are one area in which the United States is most nearly a free market economy. The restaurant business is highly competitive, and over the years, as a greater proportion of women take jobs (and thus abandon home cooking chores) Americans have been eating out more often. The restaurant business is booming, and incidentally, employs a high proportion of immigrants, both legally and illegally.

Note that Life In The USA has a separate chapter with over 100 individual sections on American food itself.

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Full Chapter Outline:
Don’t Forget to Tip
Cellular Phone Use
Fine Dining
Sit Down Casual
Coffee Shops
Roadside Stops
Franchised Fast Food
Convenience Stores and Delis
Take Out and Delivery
Ethnic Restaurants

Bars and Taverns

Hotels and Motels
Many Types and Prices
Small Country Inns
Resort Accomodations

Stores and Services
Copy Shops
Travel Bureaus
Haircutting and Beauty Shops
Cleaners and Laundries
Video Rental
Photo Processing and Printing
Drug Stores
Hardware Stores
Shoe Stores
Stationery Stores
Card and Gift Stores

Professional Services

Errand and Concierge Services

Consumer Issues
Important in America
Customer Service
Dishonest Practices
Telephone Solicitations
Fraudulent Telemarketers
Questionable Charity Callers
Service Contracts
Contests and Promotions

Public Toilets


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