My blog used to be almost entirely about frustrating incidents that made me question what I was doing living in this crazy place, but I rarely post those types of topics these days. Old age has mellowed me. However, from time to time, I still have some of those infuriating incidents and here’s one of them.
I had a busy day Friday so I rushed to KFC at around 2.30pm to have a quick bite to eat before returning to the office. After placing my order at the counter I walked down to the seating area and was surprised to see that every single table was occupied, despite the lunchtime rush being over for at least an hour. On closer inspection, I noticed almost HALF of the people seated were not eating or even drinking. The tables were empty of any KFC products. Some were just chatting, others seemed to be conducting some big time business deals. After circling for a few minutes, I noticed there were other people like me walking around with trays of food and nowhere to sit. I eventually lost all patience and sat down with two guys who were doing some work on a laptop. I didn’t bother asking if the seat was free, I just pulled out a chair and sat myself down. For good measure I took a photo of the two morons for my blog.
Not a chicken wing in sight!
Yes, yes, it’s just a cultural difference and I am just being a badly behaved laowai. In China it’s PERFECTLY acceptable to walk into a KFC or McDonalds and use their facilities for business meetings, interviews, to hold a wedding ceremony or even to have a sleep, without making any kind of purchase whatsoever.