Going bright red
I’m not surprised that you were annoyed at that incident. I would have been fuming! At least you got your money back, though. It hardly seems like good customer service, does it? They’d better be careful or they’ll start to lose customers.
Shopping in Japan is a unique experience. I actually have an amusing story about the first time I went to the supermarket here. I had probably only been in Japan a day or so at the time. I was feeling really peckish, so I went to the local supermarket. Everything in there looked so different, so I had no idea what to buy. I spent a long time trying to find something, anything, which I recognised. I eventually picked out some pasta, meat and things like that. Anyway, on my way to the checkout I passed by a plate of small chicken pieces with leeks on small sticks. I was over the moon to find some free food samples, so I grabbed a few sticks and started eating them. Then some other customers started giving me funny looks and a member of staff came running over to me, waving and gesticulating. I didn’t have a clue what he was going on about, so I just smiled and finished off the chicken. After I had swallowed the last piece, the staff member took the wooden sticks from me and placed them into a plastic box, and placed a price sticker on it. Then it hit me! They weren’t free samples at all! My face went bright red as I took my plastic box with two empty wooden sticks in it to the check-out to pay…Have you ever done anything embarrasing in a foreign country? I'd love to hear about it!
Anyway, we’ve got a couple of friends coming over for dinner soon, so I’d better start cleaning up before they get here. I hope you’ve had a great weekend with Csilla.
Useful English from today’s post:
(to) get your money back
(to) feel peckish
(to) pick something out OR (to) pick out something
(something, something) and things like that
(to) (not) have a clue
(to) finish off (your food/meal/work)
(realisation) hits you
(your face) goes bright red
(to) go/come over for dinner
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