A couple days ago I was out and about, sightseeing and such. A hot day, of course…..most days are hot. Lots of walking…..end of the day and I was tired. So, before heading home I went into the local ‘grocery store’ (mostly where one goes to get the household items one needs: soap, shampoo, t.p., those yummy crackers that taste like the “Chicken in a Biskit” crackers I loved when I was a kid…..you know, the necessities..). I needed water (you have to buy water here because what comes out of the tap oughtn’t be drunk). So, I picked up a few items and, with arms loaded up went in search of the bottled water. It’s not a big store, really, and I searched high and low, but just couldn’t find it. The lady at the counter was busy, so I didn’t want to bug her, but then, Ah!, I saw it! It was a different brand than I usually bought, but at this point I was tired and just wanted water. Period. It was right by the front counter all stacked up pyramid style. “Well, that makes sense,” I thought. “Of course it’s best to put the water right by the cash ‘register’. People will go into the store to get their goods and then grab the water – which is heavier – on their way out the door.” That just makes all kinds of sense, right? It’s right by the front door so you don’t forget it on your way out – everyone needs water,….right?!
So, I put my goods on the counter and grab a bottle of water and place it on the counter, too. I’m still not quite familiar with the cost of things here and nothing’s marked with a price. So, when I paid the woman, the price seemed all right. It was around $10-ish and I had got quite a few items. Seemed sort of comparable to what I would’ve paid in the States. Fair enough. I paid her and tromped home. Hot. Tired. Just beat….
I make my way up the four flights to my room, sweat dripping off my face, set everything down and, finally, I’m so parched, Yes!, a nice big swig of water……
…..yeah, I’m gonna be checkin’ labels from here on out…..
My mouth was instantly aflame!! I spit it all back into the bottle….
….I guess I’ll keep it around. I can always use it as a disinfectant…..
….or a bookend….
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Haha, just what you need when you desperately thirsty, eh Jan!
2 litres, as well, t’was a bargain.
At what point did you see the funny side?
I wonder if the item location in the store was a plot for unsuspecting ‘visitors’. Probably their fastest seller! They are shrewd business people… have to be, I guess.
You know, I wondered about that, too, Dave. I mean, how popular is this stuff, anyway, if they’ve got a big pyramid of it by the front door?!! Does everyone pick one up on their way home….?
I guess I was able to laugh about it once I got feeling back in my mouth….
the 35% vol might have been a clue…..
….yeah, if I had actually looked……yeah that probably woulda helped….
Not as good as wine, but good in pinch? 😉
I would have to be seriously ‘pinched’……
You’ve heard of ‘fire-water’, right?!!…..yeah, this is the stuff!