A few weeks back, I dropped by to grab an order of steamed rice. I was on my way home from work and in a rush to make some congee (a form of Chinese rice porridge) for my little two-yr old daughter, who wasn't feeling well. I figured that, to speed things up, I would just grab some rice and go home and make the congee myself.
The second I walked in the door, the lady behind the counter gives me a dirty look, and blurts out the English translation of, "oh, hi, stupid fat guy" (sai fai jai, in Cantonese). Right away, things were off to a bad start. It was like she recognized or knew me, but I had never set foot in the place before (though my wife has picked up takeout from there before). She didn't become any more impressed when all I ordered was a side of steamed rice. She continues muttering some choice words in Cantonese (stuff like, 'hey, all this goof is ordering is rice, he doesn't even need anything to go with it', etc, etc). I was PAYING for the piddly little order of rice, not like I was scrounging for a free meal. Perhaps she just found it insulting.
On my way out, I thanked her in Cantonese (as she seemed to think I was just another Cdn-bred Chinaman who couldn't speak the native language). Thinking it would surprise her to her senses and embarrass her a bit, it didn't even faze her. Had it not been for the 'urgency' of getting a quick bowl of rice, I wouldn't have even bothered stopping in there...and I will NOT be patronizing this place ever again!!