Sunday, October 19, 2008

thinking outside of the box

I've noticed that a lot of people here do not think outside of the box. They follow the manuals and are flustered when the situation changes and have to think for themselves.

Awhile back, Satoshi and I were in a cafe. The waitress came to take our order. I ordered an iced tea with lemon. She said, "okay, do you want it hot or iced?" I repeated that I wanted an iced tea with lemon. She then asked, "do you want milk or lemon with that?" Satoshi at that point was quite snippy with the waitress and repeated that I wanted an iced tea with lemon.

Then there were the time at the convenience store, I wanted 20 yen stamps. The guy at the register said, "I only have 10 yen stamps". I said to the guy, "well, can't I purchase 2?" He replied, "oh..."

The girl at the bakery. I bought a sandwich and asked for them to put a sticker on it . (Putting a sticker on things indicates that you don't want a package for the item.) After she puts the sticker onto the sandwich, she asks me, "do you want a package for it?"....

The check-out at the supermarket. I put my own shopping bag into my basket. After ringing up all of my items and placing my items and shopping bag into another basket. The girl asks me, "do you need a shopping bag?" I told her, "no, I brought my own." She then came across the sandwich that I bought (in the example above). She says to me, "we don't sell these." I told her, "I know, I bought it from the bakery."

The guy at the post office. I had a little package which fits stamps. I brought it to put the new stamps that I was purchasing into. The guy threw it away and put what I bought into a huge plastic package. I think if most of these people had to pay for the package that they give out, they wouldn't and would think more about the environment....or maybe not.

Have I made you all laugh? I was rolling my eyes as I was recounting all of this...

Hope you all have a great week.

27 comments:

genkitummy said...

Kat-I was taking a break from my studies and read your blog. Too funny!
The little game I play sometimes play with cashiers is I give them unusual change combinations. For example, if my total is $1.86, I give them $2.11 and it totally throws them off. Until they punch the value into the register (which calculates the change for them) they are confused and try to return my $0.11.

Hello Sweety said...

Good morning Kat,

these accounts certainly made me chuckle.

TK

K and S said...

That is so funny, Genki.

I'm glad I made you laugh Hello Sweety.

Take care you two.
Kat

OkiHwn said...

It's like when I go through the McDonald's drive-through. I ask for "1 sausage/egg McMuffin - sandwich only" and they reply "You want the set?" I have to repeat "No - sandwich only!" Everytime!

Jenster said...

Yes, I think sometimes people's jobs are so monotonous that they put their brains on auto-pilot.

My favorite, which I've only gotten twice (thank goodness) is when I request something with non-fat milk and the server will say, "We only have skim." One server even tried to convince me that non-fat milk and skim were too different types of milk. I decided it was useless to argue with someone going on that mentality and went with her "suggestion." I hope it made her day!

Debinhawaii said...

Very funny! When I used to travel to Tokyo the plane got in late and I would often end up at at McDonald's that was by the hotel for easy food. It amazed me that I would get a bigger bag and inside was the burger in another little bag, the fries in their bag were inside another little bag, the drink was in a small bag and there was a bag that had the ketchup packages and napkins in it. Such waste! (But it was all neat and folded!) I didn't know about the sticker thing for packaging then--but maybe that would not have helped anyway!?!

K and S said...

Sad yeah, Nate?? once in Hawaii my friend ordered a hamburger @ burgerking and the worker asked if he wanted the bun too??

She must be bragging that her customer followed her "suggestion", Jenster ;)

The McD's here still double package everything, Deb, the sticker thingy only started recently to help the environment.

Take care everyone.
Kat

2kamuela47 said...

Too funny! Have a great day!

Anonymous said...

just smile and be nice to the poor service workers, its not an easy job.

Rowena said...

One word: Ding-a-lings!!!

K and S said...

I know they aren't easy, Anon, I've worked in similar jobs.

Rowena, yup!

Take care you two.
Kat

K and S said...

You too Laura :)

Take care.
Kat

Melanie Gray Augustin said...

Ahhh.. yep, all those examples really ring a bell :)

K and S said...

I'm sure we expats could get together and trade stories, Melanie :)

Take care.
Kat

Lori said...

All of these are so funny...kinda sad when you think about it though - but still funny!

K and S said...

Sad but funny, Lori :)

Take care.
Kat

thegreymadness said...

Seems an issue world wide, or perhaps the ability or lack there of to look outside the box may have infiltrated NZ via the Sister City program, as you mention Sakai is the sister city for Wellington and Kyoto is the Sister City for Auckland.

We're doomed.

The boxes have us.

K and S said...

I guess we are all doomed, Greymadness.

Take care.
Kat

okimaki said...

Hi Kat, I quite enjoyed reading this:) It*s a different world in the same world, isn*t it. I often wonder...are the residents of the la la land really happy?

Erika said...

I was work at ComputerShop,and one day i have new costumer,He Said that he want to buy a Laptop,I said, i have NoteBook that he wants,and then he said "No,I mean Laptop Not NoteBook".

K and S said...

They make our land happy, Okimaki :)

Good one, Erika :)

Take care you two.
Kat

Lobbie said...

I found your blog off the "notable blog" thing, and this brings back so many memories of when I lived in Japan (Osaka) for a year. My two favorite stories:

I went into a Wendy's and ordered a value meal. I wanted to replace the drink with a mini-frosty. When I asked them to do it, they were adament that it wasn't possible no matter how hard I reasoned. Sooo I had to order everthing seperately...for EXACTLY the same price as the value meal.

Second: a friend of mine went to a cafe and they sold a ham sandwich and a cheese sadnwich. She reasoned that with both ingredients, she could ask them to put cheese on the ham sandwich, but they told her it wasn't on the menu. Arguing ensued, but eventually she had to order BOTH a ham and a cheese sandwich and put it on herself.

K and S said...

very good examples, Lobbie.

Take care.
Kat

Fahiem said...

K and S,

I appreciate your collection. :). I was bit sad before reading it but feeling very relax now as it is funny stuff. But i always think OUT of the box. You can only think outside the box ONLY IF YOU KNOW WHAT IS IN THE BOX.

Fahiem said...

K and S,

I appreciate your collection :). It is funny stuff especially 10 yen stamps. lolz. But Remember You can think Outside the box Only if you know what is in the box.

Take Care,
Fahiem
www.horizon-world.com

rekha v.c said...

ya!it's nice.pls help me.how to create like your profile

K and S said...

Thanks Fahiem!

Rekha, you need to fill out more items in your profile. Check Blogger help, they have a great tutorial.

Take care you two.
Kat