This is the dumbest thing I’ve gotten completely sucked into this stupid Japanese McDonald’s Part-Time Job Advertising Campaign and its lovable cast of characters.
The cast includes the two girls in the commercials, but also a bunch of other people who are working at McDonald’s for various reasons. One girl is a high schooler, one guy is saving up as he works towards being a performer, one woman is an old housewife who hasn’t had a job in a while, etc.
My favorite is Carlos, a study-abroad college student who’s working there while he’s in Japan. Carlos’s profile says he was nervous about coming to Japan, but he wants to improve his Japanese skills and his hospitality skills.
So I’m like “wow, that’s really cute! What a neat campaign”. Then I start reading his story and I freaking lose it. Here’s what I could make of it:
4:30 PM. Its almost that time of day, when that person comes. Without a doubt their order will be a coffee and an apple pie. It hasn’t changed once since that rainy day.
About half a year ago, there was a cold, rainy day. I had recently come to Japan for my study abroad and was getting used to working at McDonald’s. When I was cleaning the parking lot, I met this older woman. She seemed to be confused. I was at a bit of a loss, but I boldly tried to talk to her. It turned out that she was on her way shopping when she realized she didn’t have her wallet or house key, and she was making the return trip from the supermarket
(then something about finding her in that state, maybe she was at her wit’s end? idk lol what is my life)
I consulted with the manager. We let her rest in our store and gave her a coffee and an apple pie. Warmed up from the coffee, her relieved face became happy. (After that, something about an old man (her husband?) coming in and seeing her face, becoming really happy as well).
Since then, the two have come into our store every day and ordered a coffee and an apple pie.
“Is Carlos here today?”
Ah, its the old woman’s voice. From the open door, together with the old man, she always comes in smiling.
“A coffee and an apple pie, right?”
“Hmm, should we change it up for today?”
Those sudden teasing words had the three of us smiling.