Look At All Those Estony Faces

, , , | Learning | November 12, 2019

(I’m attending a crash course along with twenty other people. The lecturer starts off by asking each of us to tell others a bit about ourselves. The course is in Latvian, the only official language of Latvia, but about a third of attendees are of Russian-speaking minority. This minority is infamous for expecting to be able to converse in Russian everywhere, although these particular people, obviously, must understand Latvian language well enough. Still…)

Lecturer: “I think we’ll allow everyone to introduce themselves in their native language; does everyone agree?”

(People nod and make agreeing noises, but I prick up my ears. When my turn comes, several minutes after the previous non-Latvian speaker…)

Me: “May I speak in my native language, too?”

Everybody: *nodding toward me in a friendly way* “Yes, of course!”

Me: “But… do you all understand Estonian, then?”

Everybody: “Hahaha, no! You will need to translate your introduction for us afterward.”

(So much for equality.)

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Unfiltered Story #138853

, | Unfiltered | February 4, 2019

(I’m at the register paying for my items. Suddenly a woman comes up to the till, rather rudely addressing the cashier that is checking me out:)

Customer: “Do you have [item]?”

(The cashier ignores her, packs my items, hands them to me while wishing a good day.)

Customer: “Do you have [item]?”(The worker slowly turns to her.)

Cashier: “Hello. What are you looking for?”

Customer: “Do you have [item]?”

Cashier: *smiles* “No, we don’t.”

(I mentally high-fived the cashier. Seems like some people aren’t familiar with manners.)

Age Is But A Guessable Number

, , | Right | January 21, 2019

Me: “Hello!”

Customer: “Hi. I’m looking for a gift for my kid. Can you recommend me something?”

Me: “Of course! Are they a boy or a girl?”

Customer: “A boy.”

Me: “And how old is he?”

Customer: *looks at me as if I’m stupid* “I know how old my kid is.”

Me: *confused*

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Not The Number One Solution

, , , | Related | July 6, 2018

(With another family visiting us, we bring the children to a local water supply museum. Among other things, the guide tells us that it is the only water supply station in Europe that gets water from underground to collectors by vacuum pumps, which work similarly to sucking water through straw. He suggests we try that out ourselves later. So, back at home, we give each child one full and one empty cup and tell them to get all water from first cup to second through a straw. Some manage it sooner, some later, but one boy manages to just drink all his water.)

Boy: “Would it count if I now peed into the second cup?”

His Mom: “I don’t think the townspeople would care much for your solution.”

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Unfiltered Story #98579

| Unfiltered | October 27, 2017

I’m at the register paying for my items. Suddenly a woman comes up to the till, rather rudely addressing the cashier that is checking me out:
Customer: Do you have [item]?
The cashier ignores her, packs my items, hands them to me while wishing a good day.
Customer: Do you have [item]?
The worker slowly turns to her.
Cashier: Hello. What are you looking for?
Customer: Do you have [item]?
Cashier: *smiles* No, we don’t.
I mentally high-fived the cashier. Seems like some people aren’t familiar with manners.