November 16th, 2009


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So I was at Safeway with my mom yesterday and since there was a line we used the self-checkout since we didn't want to wait. Everything was going okay until mom did something, I don't even remember, and the screen went to the "please get assistance" screen and our light started flashing red. It's a pretty simple fix, the employee watching the self checkouts just comes over and fixes the problem, but they do need to come do it because we don't know how to bring up the right screen.

We looked over to the lady running it and she's looking away from the area (and her screen) at a baby that's in the express checkouts. We wait for a minute and all she does is go over to the baby and start talking with it's mom about how cute it is and stuff. We wait for another minute and she's still over there so my mom has to go over and get her. After she fixes the problem she just goes back over to the baby instead of staying at her station so she can help people.

It's not something I'd mind if we were the only people using the machines and we came over to them while she was already gone, but since all 4 machines had people on them with more waiting to use them shouldn't she maybe stay at her station so she can do her job, or at least keep an eye on them while she's away?

It's a pretty minor thing I know but it just bothered me, especially since the store was pretty busy at the time.
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This is just something that annoyed me when I went into subway yesterday.

I live in Amsterdam, and there's a LOT of tourists here and als a lot of foreigners living here, that don't speak dutch. I work at a movie theatre and about 30% of all the people I talk to don't speak Dutch, not a problem, I can switch to English just as easily, but it really annoys me when I walk in a store and I get greeted in English, we still live in the Netherlands people. But maybe that's just me. What I REALLY can't appreciate however, is when the employees talk amongst each other in a different language.
I ordered a sub, and the guy really wasn't listening to me, I had to repeat "no tomatoes" twice, and "no cucumber" 3 times, he had already put it on, while I was practically screaming NO CUCUMBER at him, when he took it off, he seemed really annoyed and he and his coworker started talking to each other, in another language, that I didn't understand. I really don't know what they were talking about, but it just really gave me the idea they were talking to me. You work in the Netherlands, I don't care if your first language isn't dutch, but when there's customers around, I think it's pretty rude to talk in another language they can't understand.

Then, when I was ready to pay, I took out my debit card, and the guy asked if it was maestro or visa. I just went like... huh? since it's pretty uncommon to pay with a credit card here, ESPECIALLY for small things like a sandwich. Anyway, I said it was just my pincard, and swiped it and entered my pincode, and the guy asks to see my ID... uhm.. what? I told him once again, that it was just my debit card, and NOT a credit card, and he seemed pretty confused, looked at the receipt and said "oh yeah, okay, bye"

IDK it just really irked me.

[ETA] WOW. people really need to take a chill pill. I have no promblem WHATSOEVER against foreigners, or people talking in another language, speak in your own made up language for all I care. But when you're working in the service industry, with customers around, I think it's fair for me to expect you speak the language of the country you're working in. I don't think this makes me a xenophobic, if you do, then great for you, but please stop trying to convince me i'm something I'm not, I don't appreciate it one bit.

Also, seeing that most of the posts of people actually agreeing with me are by other dutchies, makes me think that it's probably a cultural difference.