July 22, 2010
Wierd Travel Experience of the Week: Trash Talk
Young man with cleaning trolley approaches table. Without resorting to remarks or generalisations, he was obviously not of Scandinavian extraction. Thinking I could assist him, I passed over some of the items cluttering the table.
"Next time you must use the garbage bin," he admonished me curtly.
A little taken aback at this unsolicited advice, I protested, "This isn't my rubbish." Thinking clearly no single person could produce a table full of trash and that this would be obvious.
"No, but I'll TELLING you, YOU must use the rubbish bin."
My eyes are wide at this time. Is there a hidden camera? Is this some prank?
"You are a guest in our country, YOU need to be more respectful!"
At this point I congratulated myself on my unusual restraint. Let's just say, I thought it was in his best interest to focus on the job description and refrain from commenting on people's table manners and eating habits. And yes, I told him so.