It’s Not Just Me

I’m not a big Facebook fan, I use it moderately rather than spending 25 hours a day glued to it like many people, but it is useful to be able to see what friends are up to from their Facebook captions. And following my little KFC incident, it’s nice to see that that I’m not the only angry laowai having a bad China day. Here’s what one of my English friend’s (living in Shanghai) had as her caption the other day:

“….. hated her trip to Tesco … esp when the woman tried to pay for her stuff when mine was still being scanned through!!!!”

Sorry to hear that love, but it does happen here quite a bit. And as a pre-emptive strike against our new friend, Richard Guy, I suppose I should point out that a bit of queue jumping here in Shanghai is certainly a lot more preferable to what happens in supermarkets in England, where a 57 year old man was killed just a few days ago!

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15 Responses to It’s Not Just Me

  1. wisemanofasia says:

    How’d you know the 57 year old didn’t deserve it? Maybe he was American (sorry all American friends I couldn’t help a below the belt jab!)

  2. Rich says:

    A very unfortunate incident for all involved. (The news article, not the Shanghai Tesco thing)

  3. Woaizhongguo says:

    Wiseman – He was mistaken for someone else who had jumped the queue earlier and had an exchange of words with the murderer’s wife. Wrong time, wrong place. But it wasn’t intentional, he just fell and knocked his head as he was falling.

    I suppose for balance, I should remind people that 3 people were killed in Carrefour in Chongqing last year because of a cheap cooking oil promotion!

  4. wisemanofasia says:

    wow remind me not to buy cheep cooking oil in Chongqing, it sounds deadly

  5. Woaizhongguo says:

    I felt sorry for the people who died, until a friend of mine said “they deserved it – if they weren’t being crushed at the front, they’d be at the back pushing”.

  6. wisemanofasia says:

    Yes I can imagine. What annoys me most about these things is that there’s a certain faction of the Chinese population that will stand up for what is essentially animal behaviour by claiming it is somehow cultural. Well its not, its to do with the fact that they are acting like children all thinking they’re more important than everyone else. I would like to say its to do with education, but the rich bastards are even worse – I am sure you’ve noticed the most dangerous drivers are the one’s with the nicest cars because they have their heads so up their own arses they don’t notice that there are other people using the road!

    Maybe someone should explain to them how much face they are losing by behaving like that?

  7. Woaizhongguo says:

    Wiseman – To call it animal behaviour is being disrespectful to animals. My cat has a better grasp of toilet etiquette than some of the people in my office building judging by the amount of urine, cigarette butts, newspapers and spit that can be found on the floor in the office bathrooms. But before someone else points this out, it isn’t everyone and it probably isn’t even most people, just SOME people.

  8. T. says:

    Behaviors are slowly changing! I know this because I’m right now in a 3rd tier city and I was going around thinking “Man, the Shanghainese sure are much more polite” – and then I caught myself.

  9. Woaizhongguo says:

    T – Absolutely. A few weeks ago I was walking into my apartment building and a man held the door so it wouldn’t shut before I got there. And sometime last November, someone let me OUT of the elevator before getting in!

  10. maxiewawa says:

    I have had people try to order food at KFC when the person serving me was in the middle of a sentence (while serving me). 讨厌!

  11. Woaizhongguo says:

    Maxie – That happens all the time. I usually grab them by the scruff of the neck and pull them back behind me.

  12. wisemanofasia says:

    T – I agree with you that things are changing slowly and certainly some people can be polite some of the time. The problem is there are so many people in China that it can really just feel like everyone is rude. Often it is the case. I think thats the worse thing about living in China. One moment you can be as high as a kite the next you wish you could that thing one Heros where you become nuclear and explode killing everyone in a three mile radius.

  13. wisemanofasia says:

    that would have been a good-ish comment if it wasn’t for all the typos – meant to say sometimes I wish I could go nuclear like the guy in Heros and take out everyone in a three mile radius.

    translation ends here :p

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