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    How To Austra-cize Common Sense

    | Sydney, Australia | Top

    (A customer asks for the bill. I give it to her.)

    Customer: “Hold on, where am I?”

    Me: “You’re in [restaurant].”

    Customer: “No, what country?”

    Me: “Seriously?”

    *blank stare*

    (At this moment I notice a large bag on the table next to her and a large travel backpack on the seat next to her.)

    Me: “Australia. Are you backpacking the world?”

    (The customer opens her bag and pulls out over a dozen envelopes with different countries written on them. France, Russia, China, Germany, Thailand, etc. She pulls Austria out of the pile.)

    Me: “No, it’s Australia.”

    (The customer puts it back and finds her Australia envelope. Out of the envelope comes Euros.)

    Me: “Okay, get Austria.”

    Customer: “You told me that’s wrong.”

    Me: “You misplaced your money.”

    (The customer reluctantly gets her Austria envelope again. Out of the envelope comes Australian dollars, which I happily accept. She puts everything back in the wrong envelope.)

    Me: “I think you should put them in the correct envelope this time. Euros doesn’t need to be separated by country. You can name multiple countries on that one envelope.”

    Customer: *yelling* “Don’t tell me what to do! I’m the one travelling, not you. Don’t forget, you’re the one who told me my first envelope was wrong!”