So I work in a Chinese restaurant
and today, I had one of the most racist and culturally insensitive customers I have ever had the misfortune of pretending to be nice to.
I must clarify when I say this that I am an East Asian Studies major. I study Chinese, Japanese, and Korean language, culture, history, politics, etc. So some of what this woman said may not make sense to some…
So this woman walks in with her husband, her maybe late 20s, early 30s son, and said son’s girlfriend or wife. The girlfriend/wife is Hispanic, and speaks broken English. The son is very patient with her throughout the meal, and helps her communicate what she wants from the menu.
Now, when customers sit down, the first thing I have to do is bring them fried noodles and duck sauce. And those of you who have never had fried noodles, the stuff is addicting and people eat it like it’s mana from heaven. We go through at least a trash-can full every couple days.
So I walk up, introduce myself, set the fried noodles and duck sauce down. The first thing the woman tells me when she sits down is that she has never been to this restaurant before. Which is fine, okay, welcome, I hope you enjoy it, blah blah blah.
She asks what the noodles are, and I tell her, and she’s like, “this is the only restaurant I’ve been to that gives us these. Other places don’t give us anything!”
I smile and tell her that we give out fried noodles to all customers, and we have bags that you can take home if you want. So, what can I get you to drink?
Before I finish asking, she asks me, in a Southern accent sing-song laugh, “Wait, there’s no dog or cat on the menu? I thought the only thing Chinese people eat was dog and cat.”