Say you are in a nice restaurant and, at the table next you, a gentleman lights up the most offensive cigar you ever smelled.
You mention it to the manager and then the manager goes up to the gentleman and says "Sir, I'm going to have to ask you to put out your cigar." rather than "Sir, please put out your cigar."
It seems the second statement is the preferred way to say it (e.g. no passive voice, contractions, not wordy).
However, I hear the first statement more often.
Why would you put all those words in front? Does it come out less offensive that way?