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On false Arabs and Armenians

Tuesday, September 6th, 2005

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*rofls a bit*

Ok, instead of correcting yesterday’s post I will set things straight in this new one.

Those customers I was talking about…. they don’t look particularly Arabian, but I saw no reason to doubt the boss’s wife when she referred to them as such.
My Turkish (at times Kurdish) colleague Alican knows almost everyone, and she had been talking to him beforehand. I didn’t really hear anything, but I did catch that he was informing her that they were not Turkish.

Only…… what he actually told her was that they were Armenian, not Arabian. Hm. Does she need a hearing aid, or didn’t she know the word?

As an aside, what he also told me today was that those people are totally nice and hospitable, as happen to be all the Armenians he has met so far.

Some days you just wish you were somewhere else

Monday, September 5th, 2005

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So finally the boss is on holiday. Hooray. About time.

Sometimes I am so ashamed of working at that crappy store.

So, ok, that Arabian family tries to get stuff cheaper at times, like those plants a while back. Well, and why not? It’s not as if our plants are the freshest. And the boss can always say no when they ask.
But if foreign people ask, it’s because they’re foreign, and would like to cheat us of our well-earned money. While their money of course is not well-earned at all because they’re all drawing our welfare money anyway. (Hey, stop throwing your rotting garbage at me; I was just quoting.)

Anyway, I’m getting sidetracked.
Those Arabian customers don’t speak German that well, plus, well, people make mistakes. The man meant to say that they had 1.50m of sold by the meter tablecloth. What he actually said was that the cloth was 1.50 Euros. The boss’s wife already started making a scene because of that.
While I took over the till (yeah, ringing up the sold by the meter stuff is d-i-f-f-i-c-u-l-t, so she can’t do it ;) ) she saw that they had already carried 4 garden chairs through without letting ‘em get scanned. Which of course was an attempted theft. After all, it was already clear what kind of people those were, right? The scene she made then made me want to state in a loud clear voice that I just work there and need the money, aaaaaaaaaaaaaaah.
I mean, hello-o! They didn’t grab the chairs and run, they just did what for some bizarre reason tons of people do, which is assume that “large” goods like that don’t need to be scanned, and that it is enough to say at the end “oh, and those 4 chairs, please”.
(Do I have to point out that not only foreign looking people do that? Well, I’ll do it just in case. Not only foreign looking people do that.)
In addition to it being common behaviour, those people are regular customers, and apart from daring to be foreign and - very occasionally - haggling over the prices of not quite ok goods they never did a thing.

And to make it an all perfect day the boss himself gave a customer false information on the phone, causing the poor dude to drive quite some way in vain. He had specifically said that he wanted a red one, but the boss only called down and asked me if we had the product at all. So I innocently told him, yup, two. They were both blue…
People usually cuss a bit and then leave, and anyway, what’s wrong with telling the truth? When I fuck up, I bear the consequences; when I don’t, I don’t see any reason to. So I said that unfortunately the boss didn’t tell me I had to check for red ones, and that I was very sorry about the whole incident.
This customer though sought out the boss to heartily thank him for the false info.
After that he came back to me and informed me that my boss had just told him that I was full of shit, and that he had specifically instructed me to check for red ones.

I don’t earn enough money for this.

Ramblings

Monday, September 5th, 2005

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I’m giving up on changing the colours and images of this page for the moment or else I’ll be up till it’s time to go to work again.

Damn, is the weekend really already over?

Anyway, I am sure that you will all share my grief concerning my okra plants, which seem to be dead now for sure. The new warmth spell came a few days too late.
*§$*#%* this filthy German weather! I mean, what else could I have done except putting them in our greenhouse thingy…? Bah.
Maybe I should really try to raise one in my living-room…. I want fresh ones for a change.

I also ran out of sweets and chips. Maybe I should just go to bed?

Announcement

Sunday, September 4th, 2005

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Good morning faithful readers (*sighs* Yes, I know that I don’t have any, but somebody might stumble onto this place ;) )!

Please excuse violent colour changes and clashes. Obviously I’m toying around with the look of this thing. This might take a while. Please have patience. Tons thereof.

Thank you.

Good-bye MSN!

Saturday, September 3rd, 2005

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Ok, so I was not happy with my MSN blog, let’s see if this one works better.
Don’t really have anything to say now; I just want to get this baby out of its cradle.

So… welcome new blog!