Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Tourists Shopping Style by Country

Working for years in tourism industry, I picked up that each different country has their own distinctive characteristics when shopping for souvenirs. Be it their attitude, or their questions...

Chinese tourists: 你说华语吗?

Shopkeeper: Sorry, I don't speak Chinese..

Chinese tourists: Do you sell You-Gee-Gee?

Shopkeeper: you-gee-gee??? *confused*

Chinese tourists: yeah Youuuu-Geeeee-geeeee!

Shopkeeper: *thinking... You-gee-gee? U-gee-gee?? U-G-G?* UGG????

Chinese tourists: yeah!! You-gee-gee! You have??

Shopkeeper: -____- it's called UGG!! Not you-gee-gee!!! *pulling hair* -____-

French tourists (who almost all of them believe that French is international language, not English)
Tourist: (speaking French) bla bla bla... Bla bla bla... Bla bla?
Shopkeeper: (blank face) sorry... I don't speak French...
Tourists: bla bla bla... Blaaaa blaaaa blaaaa (still continue in French)
Shopkeeper: ??? I.. don't... Understand what you're saying....
Tourists: bla bla bla blaaaaaaa
Shopkeeper: :l

Indian tourists (who love berkilo2 of gold)
Tourists: (looking at a necklace that has a small glass pendant filled with gold FLAKES with a tag on it saying 99.99% pure gold) how many carat is this?
Shopkeeper: it's pure gold.
Tourists: how many carat is this?
Shopkeeper: it's pure gold!! 99.99% pure gold!
Tourists: yeah how many carat is this?
Shopkeeper: (kill me now...)

Tourists: (while looking at the same damn necklace which btw is pretty) how many grams of gold is this?
Shopkeeper: -_-" it's only gold flakes, just flakes. Very very thin and light...
Tourists: yeah, but do you know how much gram is in there?
Shopkeeper: -_- it's just flakes!

Japanese tourists (i'm really speechless about this)
Tourists: (after they paid for their shopping) ummm... (pointing to the shopping) presento... can I... have more bags please?
Shopkeeper: how many?
Tourists: (cheerfully) 20 PLEASE!! (big smile)
Shopkeeper: -______-

Philipino tourists typical question:
Do you accept USD?

Phillipino tourists: can I have 5 extra bags please?
Shopkeeper: sorry, we can only give 2 extra.
Tourists: why?
Shopkeeper: To save the environment. Those bags are not good for the environment you know.
Tourists: Don't worry!! I'm bringing them back to Philippines!!
Shopkeeper: Errrrr..... @__@

Indonesian tourists when finding out the cashier girl is an Indonesian
Older generation: Oooh.... You're an Indonesian!! How long have you been here? Do you study here? Is this your shop? How cool that I meet an Indonesian here!

20++ generation, particularly tante2 group: Oh?? You're Indonesian?? You should have said so from the beginningggggg, so I don't need to hardly speak Englishhhhh!! You stay here? Not going back?? Do you have family here? Which city are you from? How long have you been here? You like living here better than Indo eh? Is this store yours? No? Who's the boss? Indonesian or Oz?? How much do you get per hour? Good? How much?? Eh is there any discount? We buy a lottttt!! 

Shopkeeper: @___@ *headache* (and ended up forgot to change the wrong price of some items.. suckersssss :P)

Below 21: from the beginning till the end doesn't want to say a word.

That's all I can remember for now. As I usually say, I write this just so I don't forget it in the future. After all, looking back, there were pretty interesting, though annoying when those actually happened. So don't get offended if you're one of those nationalities, I myself is also one of those ;)

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