Sunday, January 10, 2010

Bangkok (21) Am I invisible in Bangkok?

Bangkok (1) The idea to go
Bangkok (2) Adios snowy Korea
Bangkok (4) The drive to the hotel
Bangkok (5) P2 Boutique Hotel
Bangkok (6) The Family from SA
Bangkok (7) Breakfast on Wed morning
Bangkok (8) Pratunam, Scooters & Tuk-Tuks
Bangkok (9) Central World
Bangkok (10) Sukhumvit Road 
Bangkok (11) Himali Cha Cha
Bangkok (12) Beware of Cheating Drivers
Bangkok (13) Private Tour - for FREE?
Bangkok (14) Chao Phraya River
Bangkok (15) Chao Phraya River Vids
Bangkok (16) Stop at the Temple
Bangkok (17) Chin Jewelry Factory
Bangkok (18) FURIOUS in Bkk
Bangkok (19) Lunch at Swagath
Bangkok (20) My Thai Massage
Day 3: Thursday, December 31 2009

As I walk into the arcade, there's a stall selling Thai souvenirs. I ask the price for a few items. The woman is not very helpful. I move on and find a store that has my name written all over it. I am mesmerized by the bling hanging everywhere! Up to now, I've not bought anything for myself. I have to buy something here.  I look at the chunky rings. They're so shiny! I have to have one. The price tag has two prices. I don't understand so I ask the lady for help. She whips out a calculator and says something about choosing two more items. I can't understand her. I don't want three things. I want just ONE item.


I ask her the price of something else and she rudely tells me, "Madam, look here." I know she's irritated with me. That makes ME irritated. I find a couple of more things I want and want to get her attention. I stand next to her to ask a question, but she blatantly ignores me. By now, the little store is filling up with people and there's an annoying toddler in a pram trying to get his mothers attention. He tries pulling some of the jewelry off the rack, but his mother doesn't seem to bothered by her brat's behaviour. There are two men standing outside the store waiting for (I presume) their wives or girlfriends. They look bored and I pity them!

There are so many things I want to buy, but the woman is very rude. I buy only two things (not knowing if I'd get it at another place).  I'm very annoyed with the bad service. I can't help but wonder what my mother would have done in this situation. She doesn't take bad service for ANYTHING!

I move to a few more stores. I can't believe the poor service there as well. Either shopkeepers don't acknowledge the customer, or they're rude and abrupt when being asked for help. After browsing around, I think it's time to make a move, but I want to buy coffee first. I stand at the counter waiting to be served. There are NO other customers. There are two workers behind the counter. No one acknowledges me. Am I like, invisible in this city? After I get my order, I hurry outside and head for my hotel.

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