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I can't believe it ... or can I?

Post by vozzie » Fri, 13 Aug 2010 8:53 am

Day 1:

Women behind me in checkout queque asked if she could put my purchase on her rewards card

Day 2:

Woman cornered me as I left checkout, demanding my coupon stamps

They're not scared to talk to a foreigner when they want something.
Another lesson learnt.

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Fri, 13 Aug 2010 10:04 am

Welcome to Singapore. :P
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Post by black_knight » Fri, 13 Aug 2010 10:27 am

You must've bought a lot... or maybe she just needs that onnnnnnnne more point to get a free year of spa...just be the good samaritan :)

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Post by x9200 » Fri, 13 Aug 2010 10:45 am

Happened to me at least once and I did not buy that much. Nobody was demanding anything just politely asking.

And pardon my language, if SP would not be a monopolist you probably could not even s**t in SG and not get involved in some kind of lucky draw or another exciting stamp collection competition.

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Post by vozzie » Fri, 13 Aug 2010 2:46 pm

You must've bought a lot.
I agreed to comply, both times, and I told the checkout queque lady that I hoped my $12 purchase would get her a free trip to London.

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Post by carlsum1986 » Fri, 13 Aug 2010 2:48 pm

vozzie wrote:
You must've bought a lot.
I agreed to comply, both times, and I told the checkout queque lady that I hoped my $12 purchase would get her a free trip to London.
:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Post by Saint » Fri, 13 Aug 2010 3:22 pm

There was a big old slanging match outside Giant at Parkway a few weeks ago when an Auntie accused another of trying to muscle in on her patch!

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Post by morenangpinay » Fri, 13 Aug 2010 3:56 pm

they live on this kind of excitement...they must be really bored.

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Post by Asdracles » Fri, 13 Aug 2010 7:09 pm

I got these kind of interactions a few times. I would say that is quite "friendly". I'm not going to use some "privilege" that someone else can get, so why not?

When I mean friendly is that sometimes work in the opposite direction. I remember when I got my first National Library card. I went to the library to register, and was told that I could only pay the fee by NETS. I didn't have one, and the woman next to me offered to pay and I give her the cash. Similar situation, different direction.

I think that people here is really friendly, if we exclude the MRT (that maybe is a kind of diplomatic area and doesn't belong to Singapore, so laws there are different)

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Post by x9200 » Sat, 14 Aug 2010 7:30 am

Asdracles wrote:I think that people here is really friendly, if we exclude the MRT (that maybe is a kind of diplomatic area and doesn't belong to Singapore, so laws there are different)
They are friendly and this is one of their most valuable assets.

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Post by Mad Scientist » Sat, 14 Aug 2010 8:30 am

Asdracles wrote: I think that people here is really friendly, if we exclude the MRT (that maybe is a kind of diplomatic area and doesn't belong to Singapore, so laws there are different)
Mate , have you ever tried to take a shinkasen or metro train in Tokyo during busy hours in the morning and evening. Then you will know and realise nothing compare to what is going on the SG MRT. Not that I condone it but I have seen with my own eyes women got molested in trains in Japan because of overcrowding. These lowly life take advantage of overcrowding to this despicable act. I even punched one guy when he did that right in front of me. He just backed off.
Woman with baby got crushed in the train and worse of all NEVER NEVER walk against the flow of human traffic in the train station. YOU GET STAMPEDED on BIG TIME
Things happen in SG MRT is nothing compare to Japan metro trains
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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Sat, 14 Aug 2010 8:36 am

Actually, x9200, you are spot on. The only problem is the outsiders like us.

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We tend to confuse their traits like the sotong syndrome (total lack of spatial awareness) and lack of courtesy to their being unfriendly, when it's actually genetic (a result of leeky's social engineering experiment gone horribly wrong) and they just can't help it. :-|
SOME PEOPLE TRY TO TURN BACK THEIR ODOMETERS. NOT ME. I WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW WHY I LOOK THIS WAY. I'VE TRAVELED A LONG WAY, AND SOME OF THE ROADS WEREN'T PAVED. ~ Will Rogers

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Post by x9200 » Sat, 14 Aug 2010 11:09 am

It is cultural, not genetic :) And you have the spot on too as this is really us. We are pissed off because they do not follow OUR standards. And actually we should have already shut up long time ago but the problem is they say they want to follow these standards. It gives us a convenient, justifying and almost civilized excuse for being the angry Angmohs showing our frustration in places like this (where we have some understanding) or to the locals who in most of the cases have no slightest clue what is all this fuss about.

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Sat, 14 Aug 2010 12:11 pm

Nah, It's genetic, not cultural. I've been here nigh on 30 years and the older generation (60's to 80's are not like the sub 50's of today. Those of the older generations were brought up in kampongs and their sense of community was much stronger than the current generations who didn't know kampongs at all. It all started with leeky's "O" level graduate mother's programme to breed superior offspring. Unfortunately, he didn't learn from Josef's experiments that it doesn't work. You can only get so much into a single vessel. They got super smart Maths & Science scholars but other stuff was inadvertently bred out. Common sense and spatial awareness the two biggest losses. :o
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Post by poodlek » Sat, 14 Aug 2010 1:29 pm

x9200 wrote: the problem is they say they want to follow these standards.
That's exactly what bugs me! Why bother posting signs and painting lines on the floor and making videos and recorded announcements with the reminders if nobody cares and they're not going to do it anyway? What's the point? Why not make it like the free-for-all metro systems elsewhere in Asia? Oh, and if you're going to try to push your way onto the train while everyone else is still exiting, don't go and get all muttery and scowly if you get jostled. You're the one who put yourself in the position to get jostled.
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