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Melantrys’ Page » Blog Archive » Today at work

Today at work


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A regular customer insisted today that she had paid less for some plants yesterday. I told her that could not possibly be, as we only had one batch of them and they all had the same price.
As she would not believe me I wanted to call my colleague A. to verify what I was saying. Then I remembered he was still on his lunch break and said so.

“Oh no, I just saw him.”
I looked at the watch and realized that might be true if my colleague was being overly punctual, although I usually note his return. So I asked my colleague S. to go and get him from the “garden” (as we call the outside space with the plants and garden mould) where the lady said she had spotted him. S. came back and said he was not outside; only two customers.

:bigeyes: *brain between shutdown and overload* “Um, I just had two Turkish customers who went back outside to get some cypress trees. Maybe you mistook one of them for my colleague…?”
While I was saying that A. was approaching from the other side, which S. commented upon, which in turn kind of drowned out what exactly I had been saying there.
“See, I told you so. It’s not as if I tend to imagine things.” (like the prices of plants… :shifty: )

After she had left with her plants (paying the price I had told her they were…), A. had disappeared to somewhere, so I asked S. if she had asked him whether or not he had been outside.
“Of course I did. He wasn’t.”

:doh: This woman has been coming to the store for years. And she mistakes some stranger for A.? (I don’t recall having seen those two customers before.)

Oh, right, sorry, I forgot. One beer-bellied Turk in an ugly cardigan looks like the next slim Turk in another ugly cardigan… :bang:

8 Responses to “Today at work”

  1. David Says:

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    What was that woman smoking?! ;)

    Hey, I bought a Black Forest Ham. Strangely, it said packaged in Arkansas (boyhood home of Bill Clinton) in fine print on the back. Maybe someone in Germany should sue for the name stealing? I think there is a Black Swamp in Arkansas. Not sure I would buy the same ham if it said Black Swamp on the label! :P

  2. Frenzie Says:

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    “The term “Black Forest ham” is a Protected designation of origin in the European Union, meaning that anything sold in the EU as “Black Forest ham” must come from the Black Forest. However, this is not the case in non-EU countries, particularly in United States and Canada; as a result, most of the “Black Forest ham” sold in the non-EU countries bears little or no resemblance to the genuine product.” From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_forest_ham

  3. Melantrys Says:

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    Some sort of blinding weed….?
    Anyway, good question indeed.

    Well, is the ham at least any good?

    Lol, and frenziebot again comes to the rescue!

  4. Mafdet Says:

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    Hm…. most of the Black Forest ham sold in Germany bears little or no resemblance to the genuine product…
    The only really good Black Forest ham can be bought in the Black Forest.

  5. David Says:

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    Thanks for the link Frenzie. So, real Black Forest ham costs $8.00/pound. Well, I paid about $2.00/pound. It is some sort of WalMart brand ham.

    Mel, the ham is pretty good, but not the best I ever had. At least, I don’t think it was smoked with swamp weed. ;)

    So, what do those real Black Forest pigs eat to make them taste so good? Some sort of old growth mushrooms, or maybe ancient ginseng? Is there a very old secret recipe known only to Black Forest Gnomes? ;)

  6. Lynnette in Minnesota Says:

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    Huh! You know she just wanted to get those plants at a discount, Mel. :roll:

  7. David Says:

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    Hey busy person, I had some Arkansas Forest Ham pizza for dinner. :) Btw, I talked about your bumblebee in my new post. ;)

  8. Caesar of Pentra Says:

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    Hi, Mel!
    As I told you before.. :P

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