Where to begin? My first trip to the Philippines was when I was in the navy stationed aboard and LST home ported in San Diego. When going overseas we joked about Okinawa being our home port because that’s where we spent a lot of port calls, taxi service for the marines. So when did hit the Philippines it was for maybe 3 days at a time, sometimes even a week. So fast forward to the present so to speak but minus some years. I arrive here and stay at wife’s house with her sari sari upfront. The sari sari was my first experience with filipino stupidity but certainly not my last as I would come to find out.
So the little lady would have to restock the store and her favorite place to do that was Puregold on Commonwealth not far from the house. We get a trike and set out for said store, get a cart and commence shopping for the sari sari with me pushing the cart. Lucky Me noodles all flavors, snacks, shampoos and all the items sari sari stores carry, two full carts worth filled to the brim and almost over flowing. Little did I know that the shopping was the easy and fast part considering if you wanted motor oil look in the chip section.
At the end of the line we stand, moving very slow as it appeared rigor mortise was taking hold of the live cashier. Finally! We’re next so I push the first cart up and start unloading it. Then the stupidity hit big time, I still scratch my head wondering WTF when I think of it. Miss Rigor Mortise picked up the first item, Lucky Me chicken flavor noodles. But before she could run it across the scanner she had to sort through the cart and find all the Lucky Me chicken flavor noodles and scan them up at the same time. it was the same for the beef flavor, original flavor and so forth.
If she picked up a string of Pantene shampoo, she had to search both carts to make sure she found ALL the Pantene shampoo that was the same color as the one she held in her hand. And so it went with every product in our two carts. Have never figured out her reasoning so if any of you know please tell me. An HOUR for her to check us out!!! I kind of think the person that was behind us is still getting checked out by Miss Rigor Mortise.Published in