Monday, June 6, 2005

the fine print

I was walking about downtown today, in my never-ending search for the best price on a camera (by the way, thanks for all the suggestions and advice, it's been very helpful!) and I passed the one and only Subway in the entire city. Mmm...I haven't had a sub since I left Canada. So we went in and they gave me the english menu. I decided on my usual - a 6'' veggie deluxe with bacon. The sub was 6.80 RMB (about a dollar) and my 2 strips of bacon were another 4. Plus a drink. I watched eagerly, my mouth beginning to water more and more with every topping that was added.

She added it up and told me I owed 28 RMB. Wait a sec...something was wrong here. It should be just under 15. So the manager, who spoke some english, came over to explain. I wasn't allowed to just order a veggie and 2 strips of bacon, they were charging me for a B.L.T. which was over twice the price. The manager pointed to an asterix beside "bacon" and then at the bottom of the page where the asterix was explained. IN CHINESE!! I was so annoyed. The menu is in English, but it was like they purposely left the small print in Chinese so there was no hope in hell of knowing what would happen. Anyhoo, I told her I didn't want it because that was double the price and there was no way I could know that. Now, you'd think that given the situation, she might let me have it for the price I originally expected to pay. But no! No business sense whatsoever. I ended up leaving without buying anything and they had a sub that was now wasted.

Guess I'll just have to wait til I get home for my sub fix.

19 comments:

Marley said...

what a kick in the teeth! that would have been the worst, especially since u had yourself all psyched out for the sub! Hopefully you\'ll be home soon and u can fill your face with all the wonderful fare of the fast food world!

deadites said...

Oh man, I got a hankering for a veggie sub now.. I would have been so pissed off... man they just have bad business sense and none of the customer is always right stuff huh?

Politics said...

When you get home go to the nearest Subway - at least you won\'t get ripped off & you can have it your way. You really have a big time zone difference for sure.

Isabella said...

Oh that was a downer huh. I know the feeling, get all wanting something, and then not bieng able to have it, *sigh* Just think of all the sub stores here at home, Quizno\'s , yummy....Are you coming back to Canada soon?~Hugs~

Josie said...

damn small print ...I guess it doesn\'t matter what country you\'re in...they\'re all out to screw u...that sucks!!! ...TTFN

Theresa said...

I hope that they got some scary-ass-finger-pointing... you know what I\'m talking about!!There will be plenty of Subway waiting for you when you get home.T

Jade said...

You should have used your scary-ass finger & said "take off the bacon" It was probably mewing anyways-jerks!

Laoch said...

I will send you an Sub Mander!

Brenda said...

COME SEE ME!!! MAPYOURSELF!!!

peabody said...

i\'ll mail ya one ;) jarred would be proud..

Jen said...

omg...that\'s nuts! how do their businesses survive with crazy practice like that!? sh*t.. ahh they\'ll probably save taht sub for the next person that walks in and orders it I guess lol.

n said...

wow, what was that...rip off day? first the taxi, then the sub...you got some bad karma going on there or what?well, you got the last laugh at least...walking away and leaving them with the wasted sub. good for you!

MapleLeafKideh said...

SUBWAY!!! Yeeehaaa...damn scammers hey?lol....I haven\'t been here in a while either...damn spaces...so HUGE!!! Anyway, I have no excuse either so that makes us even!!I\'m enjoying my day off, but guess what...yep!!...It\'s raining. Someone is out to get me I swear it!!Blog it Like it\'s Hot!!!

Amie said...

omg that is pretty outrageous...clearly they don\'t care too much about their english speaking customers, who are probably the ones who\'d want subway the most anyways!!! lol well good for you for not letting them get away with that crap!

rob said...

Bleccch... MSN Spaces have turned into my full time job.I have decided to stop Christianity, which is taking more than the 45 minutes I initially allocated. People just refuse to abandon a centuries old belief system on my say-so.Anyways, continue to love me...Rob

Isabella said...

Just droppin in to say Hi there, hope your having a good week so far other then the sub incident.~Hugs~

n said...

ahhh...we were like 2 ships passing in the night ;) hehehe...i amuse easily too i guess. i think that\'s neat. oh wow, who ever says "neat" anymore. yeah, so i\'m old. pooh!

Laoch said...

Did you see this Mander? http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/4617657.stmGeorge Orwell can never rest easy.

Heather said...

If it wouldn\'t be moldy before I got it to you I woud send you one.....

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