In Which Rae Destroys A Business

The signs of weakness were there. A few weeks ago a sign appeared sticky-taped to the old refrigerated display cabinet in our local bakery :

Due to drought [fair enough] and water restrictions [!] we raise our prices on bread rolls 5 cents.

Then, while on holidays, we purchased two vanilla slices but they were rock hard and odd tasting so Rae decided to take them back. Apparently there was much consternation on behalf of the two ladies behind the counter; it seems that to return a vanilla slice in Vietnamese culture is equivalent in western culture to loudly questioning someones parents marital status at their time of conception whilst in a church . Then again maybe it’s worse because the next day there was a ‘for sale’ sign in the window and they’ve been shut every couple of days since.

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