Zen-Den overheard this conversation and it was funny so naturally I have to share it here.
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Our local Chinese restaurant does a decent carry-out. The food is hot, fresh, and vaguely Chinese. Z-D sometimes stops there to get us dinner.
The owner of this restaurant is Chinese and is not one to mince words. He has a business to run, and his grasp of the English language is exactly what he needs to know so that he can communicate directly and loudly with his suburban patrons.
In other words, no chit-chat.
In fact, when you call in your order instead of the traditional time-consuming “hello” that you might expect to hear, the owner answers the phone with a snappy: “WHAT YOU WANT?”
At this point you, the caller, tell him your order. He then shouts at you what time your order will be ready for pick-up and hangs up the phone.
There are no further social pleasantries like “good-bye” or “thank you.” The call is over, your order is in process. And now it’s up to you to show up on time and get it.
So last night Z-D was waiting in line to pick up our order when he overheard this conversation between the restaurant owner and the guy in front of Z-D in line who was there to pick up his family’s dinner. It went like this:
Restaurant Owner: “HERE YOUR FOOD.”
Guy Picking Up Dinner: “That’s mine?”
Restaurant Owner: “YES.”
Guy Picking Up Dinner: “Are you sure? My wife ordered all that?”
Restaurant Owner: “SHE TALK. I WRITE. THAT HOW IT WORK.”
Guy Picking Up Dinner: “Hmmm… seems like a lot… I dunno…”
Restaurant Owner: “NOW YOU PAY.”
Guy Picking Up Dinner: “Well, ‘ya, that sounds about right. How much?”