July 17, 2004

incident at Mac’s

Yesterday, my friend Henry was late for the 9.30pm movie and I kinda arrived earlier. Because he and his girlfriend had yet to take their dinner, he delegated the task to buy both their dinner from McDonald’s to me – which I obliged. But when I reached Mac’s, there was a long queue at all the counters, and it was already 9.10pm.

Emily, being a very sweet girl, volunteered to queue up and I went to the nearby court to check out some Digi contest in the mall – reckoning that the whole thing shouldn’t take long.

But I was wrong. 10 minutes passed and there was still no sign of Emily coming out from Mac’s. So, I went to check what was taking so long. When I went back to Mac’s, I could see Emily was still in the queue, and she was just 1 person behind a man of Middle Eastern descent (beard, head towel, robes, stench, you know…). For convenience’s sake, let’s call the man ‘Osama’. Behind Emily, was a mad queue behind. Everyone looked frustrated.

Apparently, Osama had stood there for more than 3 – 4 minutes already, and that guy was unable to decide what he wanted to buy. There was also a little girl who stood beside him – whom I presume must be his daughter. After thinking for what felt like forever, he finally ordered something, a few sets of burgers and told the guy at the counter “That’s all”.

After the Mac staff completed his order and punched the register, he told Osama the amount to pay. But then, he did not pay… yet. He squatted down to ask his daughter something, and ordered another set of burger. Fine. Mac staff went in and got him another burger… and then again, politely asked him to pay.

Osama whipped out his wallet, but he didn’t pay. He took a pause and instructed the Mac guy that he wanted all of his orders to be wrapped as take-aways. The whole queue of customers sighed in frustration. It had taken an unbelievable 5 minutes just to serve that fussy Middle Eastern man. Everyone was pissed and I was going to be late for my movie.

That was when I walked up to Emily (which was behind Osama) and stood by her side. Back to Osama – the Mac counter guy complied his request, wrapped up his food in some plastic bags and again… politely requested him to pay. Again, Osama didn’t pay. Instead, he took out his cellphone and made a phone call. He was fucking holding up the entire line to speak on his cellphone! He gestured to the Mac counter guy to wait as he was talking to someone on his phone (he was the one who made the call).

He went to the length of talking for about 20 – 30 seconds, and then, with an irated look, he gestured to the Mac guy again, he wanted more serviettes. Mac guy gave him more serviettes. Then he hung up and whipped out a big note. Mac guy got him some change and uttered the standard “come again”. But he was not leaving yet. He asked the Mac guy about some burger and ordered another set.

At that particular moment, I literally went apeshit and yelled at him “Can you speed the fuck up?? You’re fucking holding back the entire line!!”. He pretended that he didn’t hear me and stood there as if nothing happened. Then, he paid for the extra set of burger and asked for some packets of chilli sauce.

Well, one must have thought that he was all done for being an asshole, but hell no. He actually MADE ANOTHER ORDER AGAIN. This round, he asked for 2 more regular french fries for take away! Let’s recap here – he held back the entire line for almost 10 minutes, spoke on his cellphone when ordering, and ordered his food in 3 different receipts… and he had the audacity to give that Mac counter guy a pissed look as if he was not served well enough.

I yelled at him again – “MAKE UP YOUR FUCKING MIND!!! ARE YOU STUPID OR SOMETHING??”. Again, he pretended not to hear me. He paid and took his fries and quickly left the place. But just as he was leaving, I went up to his side and told him “Eat shit and die, you motherfucking asshole…” – he looked at me with a slightly annoyed look (but scared) and left in haste. I swore, if his daughter was not with him, I would have gotten medieval with him on the spot.

I really loath and abhor this kind of people. Stand in the line doing nothing, but would take his own sweet time deciding what to order when only it is his turn. Not only that, this guy actually top it off with a stinking attitude. I do not know if that was a common practice back in their country but, it clearly shows how uncivilized he was. What a fucking jerk.

I hoped he got raped by a camel one day.

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