Some say Malaysia is a country with first world infrastructure and third world mentality, and that gender discrimination is still rampantly practiced. I couldn’t agree more. Everywhere I go, I can see obvious cases of unfair advantages being given to one gender more than the other. There is no such thing as 男女平等 male-female equality. One such case happened to me today.
You see, I work for an American MNC in a factory/office site of 8 buildings and a few thousand employees. Apart from the normal cafeteria, we are privileged enough to also have a slightly upscale cafe where we can spend more and enjoy nice coffee and cakes. That cafe used to be run by some guy, but his contract expired end of last year and the company opened the cafe rights for bidding. I guess we have enough headcounts to justify investment, three different brands tabled their bids: Starbucks, Coffee Bean and Bread History. The latter won.
So, nowadays, we have the privilege of having an in-house Bread History cafe. Apart from selling western cuisine and drinks, they also sell a selection of their breads, cakes and pastries, sometimes at a discounted price compared to their normal outlets outside.
I had a RM 10 voucher that was going to expire today. I forgot how I got that voucher. So I came here and bought something.
As I was paying, I asked the cashier: “没有 discount 咩？(No discount meh?)” which he promptly replied: “没有没有，cake 没有 discount 的。(No, no, cake doesn’t come with discount.)”
Alright, so I paid up, got my change and stepped aside. Then a sweet lady who was queuing behind me bought the same cake. She asked the cashier: “这个 cheese cake 有没有 discount 的？(Does this cheese cake come with discount?)”
I was already walking away when I heard his reply. Guess what was his reply?
“有有！妳买什么都有 discount 的！这个扣 10%，11块7毛！(Yes yes! Whatever you buy will come with discount! This one discount 10%, RM 11.70!)”
On a better day, I would’ve went back at him and demanded fair treatment and fair price. But I was tired and in a hurry to catch a meeting just now, it would not be wise to get into a confrontation over RM 1.30, so I let it drop. I guess I would have to comfort myself by ranting on my blog. Allow me to show you how I felt like as I walked away.
I’m not showing this to you, I’m just showing it to that f**ker in my mind.