I am not the type of person to judge or speak negatively about someone, especially a stranger (who, like me, is a foreigner in Taiwan), but I thought I would share this to see what you all think about the man’s actions.
Recently, I have the craving for good, old Western food and we decided to dine at an American chain restaurant to satisfy my longing for familiar food and drinks from home.
In order to avoid the Saturday evening rush, we decided to eat in the late afternoon when the business was slow and the restaurant wasn’t at its busiest.
We arrived, were seated, our orders were taken, and our drinks were in the process of being made.
Then, all of a sudden, this white hair, large-framed foreigner with glasses struts into the restaurant and immediately made his presence known. He was seated by the door host and not a moment later, started to shout, hit the table, snap his fingers, whistle, and rudely demand to be served immediately.
It was hard not to notice the commotion and the unpleasant scene he was creating.
But to his irritation, the staff didn’t run to his becking call at once. He wasn’t treated as a VIP which infuriated the man. Then, he started cursing and swearing very loudly.
Sorry, buddy! In the real world, be it Taiwan, the States, Canada, anywhere, you have to wait your turn.
After causing the biggest scene in a restaurant and believe me, I saw my fair share when I was waitressing my way through university, his dramatic scene hit a high note.
He approached the waiter, who was now serving us our drinks, and told him he sucked at his job and he was going to make sure that his inability to do his job would be known by management.
I felt sorry for the waiter. He was doing a great job. I know how tough it can be.
Then, I found myself apologizing for the rude man by saying “Sorry! Most Foreigners ARE NOT Like That!” He smiled and replied “I know!”
Even today, I still find the whole situation entirely sad and pathetic. Who does the guy think he is? And why is he so angry with the world? In my perspective, it gives foreigners a bad name because we are all put in that category. I am sure when the Taiwanese diners retell the events of that day, they won’t say an older man in his late 40’s, early 50’s was totally rude and out of line, they will refer to him as a foreigner.
We are guests in this country. We are not superior. We are equal. We must respect the people and their ways. The waiter did nothing wrong. He didn’t deserve to be rudely spoken to. My only question is ‘Would he act the same way in a restaurant in his home country?’
Maybe I should have shared with him some words of wisdom that follow and believe. These words are ‘Any situation can turn into an awesome experience as long as you approach it with a positive attitude and smile.’