Let’s Talk Turkey, People

, , , | Working | May 14, 2020

I live in a French part of Canada, but I studied the language with a teacher from France, so my foreign accent does not always make sense for them. I’m hungry, and I go to this fast food chain to order a sandwich. All this conversation goes on in French.

Me: “Hi, I’d like a grilled cheese with turkey.”

Cashier: “A grilled cheese with what?”

She doesn’t understand the French word for turkey, “Dinde,” which I pronounce “Dand,” and I later learn that she expects “Deind.”

Me: “Turkey.”

Cashier: “Sorry, sir, a grilled sandwich with what?”

Me: “Turkey.”

Cashier: “I don’t understand.”

Me: “You have grilled cheese with two options, correct? One is with bacon, and the other one is…?”

Cashier: “…?”

Me: “Okay, it’s a big bird like this, and we eat it during Christmas.”

The cashier pauses, imagining who would eat a big bird during Christmas.

Cashier: “I’ll call my supervisor; hang on.”

Superior: “What do you want, sir?”

Me: “I want a grilled cheese with turkey.”

The superior thinks for an uncomfortably long time.

Superior: Ohhh! Turkey! He wants turkey!”

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