So, I return to the P.I. after a seven year absence. Now, in Baguio, I have to supply all the necessities for a household. Yesterday, I bought a heater (it gets chilly in Baguio). I go to SM Mall and the SM electronics store. This small electronics only store is staffed with over a dozen employees (practically falling over each other). I ask for a “heater” and the clerk takes me to the hot-water heaters (behind glass cabinets). I say no, I want a heater. I am then taken to another glass cabinet where some sort of “hot-air” cooking devices are located. Again I say no, I want a fan-heater. By this time, I’m surrounded by three clerks. The girl “salesperson” says “sir, we don’t have” and then the clerks literally “disappear” like roaches and I’m left to my own to hunt down a room heater. Within a half-minute, I have located two room heaters… right there in plain sight, on display. So, just to “test”, I stop a clerk and point to the device and ask him what it is. He answers correctly “it’s a heater”. I scan the place, looking for my former “helpers” and they are nowhere to be found! I see that I will not be able to “teach” these “salespeople” what a heater looks like as they are obviously avoiding me. So, I just ask the clerk to get me one from stock, I buy it, and am on my way.
It is obvious that these “clerks” simply do not want to deal with “foreigners”, especially if they look like “Americans”. It’s easier just to say “sir, we don’t have” and then vanish.Published in