Be it in a restaurant that has nothing on the menu, a shop where no one wants to serve you or a shop that is very happy to let you queue until you die, and even work in slow motion until your blood boils!
Yes that’s my first impression and to be honest it’s very true, but then you have to realize that the people are paid almost nothing they have no security of job as most have to leave after six months so the company gets over a high hike that is placed in employment legislation.
The other day having now been here some time I can wait in a queue with my MP3 player and accept its going to take a long time and something will go wrong, I am pleased with myself to accept that it will happen and that I can deal with it without being a noisy ex pat.
But this time I just could not get my head around my last experience in a supermarket.
After queuing for a lengthy time to get a basket of groceries, I watched as the cashier worked in slow motion examining everything and even ringing up everything separately even if there was ten of the same item.
Still I accepted this and I noticed that they were so busy as the packing boys behind the counter were not keeping up with customers packing and running the boxes to the taxis. My guy was running out to a taxi and left the customer before me with no packer and the goods were piling up and the cashier just kept adding items, I thought what a lazy customer why not pack it yourself!!
I was the next customer but the cashier could not ring my stuff as the previous customer goods were packed high as the boy had not yet returned from the taxi, so we waited and waited! Finally I said can you start and I will pack my own ,and I leant over to get some shopping bags and I could hear three people “tut tut” me . The cashier put my hand over mine and said it’s not allowed to pack you own sir. “Security sir”.
I tried to say it’s OK I do not mind ,she looked in horror and called a supervisor over who told me I must not pack my own but wait for a packer, I explained there are no packers available and everybody is held up, she gave me a look of “stupid man”, and walked off, so we all waited another five minutes till a poor exhausted packer came and he had to work at top speed as the cashier and every customer in the queue watched him, with eyes that blamed the poor guy for the delays.
Jeff Harvie is an Australian Registered Migration Agent (MARN 0959797) who has given up the quiet life in Australia a few years back for one more adventurous with his Filipina wife and kids in Manila, Philippines. He runs Down Under Visa, which specialises in Australian partner visas for those Aussie men who fall madly in love with the local girls and want to bring them to Australia.