What Makes this Carrot Cranky – Thailand frustration #1

Unlike 2 kids on 1 bike, bad Thai service is fun 4 no 1

You might wonder what cause a simple little vegetable has to be so mad. Well, I’ll give you a prime example. Sometimes I get hungry …at least 3 or 4 times a day actually. This is not so uncommon. When I get hungry I want to eat and this will often mean going to a restaurant, of which there are many in Thailand.

One of the many cool things about this country is you can just roll up to a vendor on your motorbike, put in an order, go take care of something else and then swing by and grab your food a few minutes later. And all it’s going to cost you is about two bucks.

But then there’s a problem. Thai people are strongly averse to logical thinking which will frequently create friction with us Westerners, or “Falang”, who are used to things making sense.

In today’s example case there’s an outdoor eating area with great food and great prices, but abysmal customer service and a total disregard for logic, as evidenced by the following pain in the arse factors:

1. The hours of one vendor change every day. Sometimes they’re open until 9pm – other times they’re closed by 2pm. There is no rhyme or reason to this – it’s not like the hours will always be what they are on a specific day. One Wednesday they open late. The next Wednesday they don’t bother opening at all. Great. Just fn fantastic.

2. Chefs act as though there’s no such thing as germs and bacteria. Almost none of them wear gloves when handling meat, veggies (carrots included) etc and it’s not that rare to see them cough up phlegm, wipe their noses and then just go on making your meal (that’s if you were lucky enough to pick one off the menu they actually still make – see 3.) How about some friggin’ basic hygiene? They HAVE buckets and soapy water for the plates already, rubber gloves are available and inexpensive, and I KNOW they know about germs. They just can’t be bothered. BAD COOKS!

3. The menu has English listings, which is great, but it contains numerous items they don’t sell anymore (and maybe never even sold in the first place). DON’T ADVERTISE A PRODUCT OR SERVICE THAT YOU DO NOT IN FACT SELL!!!!!!!!!!! I really can’t put enough exclamation points on that last sentence to ram it home through the thick collective skulls of Thai vendors, so the following paragraph is just going to be exclamation points dedicated to that one notion:

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! .!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Well, I still didn’t get my food, so it looks like it’ll be peanut butter on bread again for this Carrot. At least I know I’ve washed MY hands.

Quick n nasty, but oh so reliable

Next time I have company I think I’ll offer them a few things I know I don’t actually have, just to help me assimilate with the Thai way of thinking…

And now for the play of the day…
CC “Hi Bob, how are you?”

Bob “Good mate, yeah, you?”

CC “Yeah alright… Hey, wanna beer?”

Bob “Beer’d be awesome, thanks!”

CC “I don’t have any beer”

Bob “Huh? Then why’d you-”

CC “How ’bout some whiskey and coke?”

Bob “Alright, that sounds good, sure…”

CC “I don’t have any whiskey. Oh, and I don’t have any coke.”

Bob “I’m leaving now. Don’t call me, ‘k?”

CC “You’re right to shun me, Bob. My total lack of respect for common sense means I deserve to be ostrisized from society forever. And castrated.”

Bob “Weirdo”

~ Fin



About Cranky Carrot

Half-assed travel blogger and burger connoisseur.
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3 Responses to What Makes this Carrot Cranky – Thailand frustration #1

  1. Lisa says:

    I’m sensing you are a bit frustrated today, CC. Deep breath in….. hold… and slooowly release.

  2. Rinnaornard says:

    Clearly, thanks for an explanation.
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