Funny, somehow, that “lip service” has a negative connotation. Normally words with lips are positive, think of lip stick.
Anyway, I was in Morocco last week and had several nice experiences. At a pharmacy I saw the following note, very welcoming. Funny that they see us as a guest!!
We had rented a house in the old medina and a young man takes care of the house and of course of the guests. He came around every morning and every afternoon to see if we would need something, if he could do something for us. When talking to him and a possibility to return with a bigger group of friends, he said: “Yes, you should do that, your brother (himself) will welcome you all here.” Interesting to hear how he positions himself. A brother takes very good care of his family.
In restaurant Le Patio Blue, in the medina I had used the toilet. I climbed the stairs up to the roof terrace where my family was seated at a table, while someone walked very very closely behind me. Once on the terrace he said, “Excuse me” and slipped in front of me, grabbed a napkin somewhere and held it out to me. He had noticed I had not dried my hands!
Service all around in Fez in Morocco.