A-moooo-sing Customers, Part 2

| France | Bigotry, Family & Kids, Top, Tourists/Travel

(We’re located in a small village in a rural area, but each year, we have plenty of foreign tourists. I’m the only person fluent in english at the office. One day, a family of tourists (a father, a mother and their teenage son and daughter) walk in.)

Father: *in French* “Hello, sir. Can you help me to find how to go to a few places? I can’t find them on my map.”

Me: *in French* “Sure, let me show you. May I see your map?”

(As I show the father directions on his map, I see the kids giggling and chatting in English in the back. They’re making fun of my coworker.)

Daughter: *in English* “God, this guy looks so stupid!”

Son: *in English* “Totally! Look at his eyes! It totally looks like a cow’s eyes!”

Daughter: *in English* “And look at his hair! Soooo dorky!”

(The father says nothing, despite clearly hearing them.)

Father: *in French* “Alright, I think I got it. Thank you for your time.”

Me: “Mooooooooooooooo!”

Father: *in French* “What are you doing?!”

Me: *grinning, in English* “That’s the cow word for ‘Have a nice day.'”

(The parents and their two children stay stunned for a second. Then, both parents start to laugh and the kids turn cherry red.)

Mother: *laughing, in English* “Weren’t expecting that now, you two?”

(Embarrassed, the kids try to leave, but the parents grab them both by their shoulders.)

Son: *in English* “Let me go, Dad!”

Father: *still laughing, in English* “We’re not leaving until both of you apologize to this man!”

(The parents refused to move or let them go until I received an apology from both kids. The whole family left, the parents still joking and the kids almost running away.)

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