Thursday, October 05, 2017

A scene in a bakery

It was hubby's birthday so I went to a bakery to buy a cake.
I was already not in good mood because my girls were fighting who got to choose the cake, and one decided to stay in the car.

I chose a cake that would suit the taste of most of the family members. The seller, with gloomy face, asked when I planned to eat it. I said soon, and she shook her head saying that it would be best eaten two hours later to let it defrost. I insisted to buy that cake but she was very reluctant. Instead she proposed me to buy some slices of similar cake which were in display. I can sense that I had no choice, she won't sell me the other cake anyway, beside I could choose different favors to please everyone. 

At this point, a man walked into the bakery. I was still in the middle of choosing and there was a woman beside me looking at the patisseries. The man walked directly to the cashier and asked to buy a baguette. The first seller, with gloomier face, pointed out that he was jumping queue, and that "ça se fait pas", meaning that we don't do this (jumping queue). The man apologized as he thought me and the woman beside me were together. The seller repeating that he can't do this, but the transaction was done, the cashier got the cash. Since the seller still bitching about it, the man got annoyed and raised his voice :"So what do you want me to do? Should I put back the baguette and queue again?" Then he left offended. 

I was all puzzled at this situation. Frankly it was not a big deal as we were still choosing. I was surprised at the way the seller pointed out the mistake, and how the man reacted to it. I can really see that customers are not king in this bakery. 

Back home, hubby said I chose his favorite slice. We all loved our slices except one who was disappointed at her chocolate favor. The girls fought again on who should hold the box with the slices, who should serve them, who should blow the candles, who can have the water bottle...I so need peace at home.

1 comment:

  1. Oh boy, cake drama! Glad you mostly enjoyed it, though.

    I saw some weird scenes in bakeries in France this summer. In Angers, a guy threatened everyone and made a huge scene because supposedly, sellers weren't serving him because he was... well, I'm not sure what was his ethnic background, to be honest. But really, there was a long lineup and it wasn't a case of "racisme ordinaire", the guy was just super aggressive and he was being served. It was kind of scary actually.

    Then in Nantes, a customer bought a homeless guy a sandwich. The homeless guy was inside the bakery and bothering all women "t'es chaude toi" and all. Anyway, he stepped out with the sandwich and came back in two seconds later demanding ketchup and mayonnaise. This was at Honoré (do you know this bakery? Right by the Lieu Unique) and sandwiches are made with butter, there is literally no ketchup in the bakery. He made a big scene and threw the food.