I was having my rm7.90 Hainanese Chicken Rice at a place where it stated itself as one of The Oldest Malayan Railway Kopitiam in town in JB Sentral.
Within the less than 1/2 an hour meal, there were many incidences that happened that's impossible to let it go unnoticed.
*I avoided the waiter who asked "nak makan apa?' before I could even eye for a seat.
*When I called the waiter to clean the table where I was seated, he cleaned it in one sweep with a wet 'towel'.
The table was left wet.
*2 female customers were barely seated at the cosy corner of the 1/2 empty coffee shop when they were pushed with menu and the waiter was all ready to take their order with pen and paper, ready to write when prior to this, he just watched them as they were hunting for seats without any assistance rendered.
*A waitress was taking a man's order when his phone rang and soon he was talking about his income tax with the caller.
-Should the waitress continue standing in-front of him for more than five minutes, waiting for his pending order or,
-He's the one who made the move to move away from her and proceeded to the window, turning his back overlooking JB town.
*A teenage girl was almost finishing her bowl of noodle soup, when a waiter asked the mother, "Tadi order dua eh?"
The mother replied angrily, "Yalah, saya anak pun sudah mau habis makan."
*A lady called a waitress to her table for more takeaway orders to be added to the previous she already ordered. She reminded the waitress "All less chilli" to which the waitress replied, "ok."
Then, from the very place that the waitress stood, order was placed with the person behind the counter with reminder, "Semua tak nak cili."
The lady looked at my direction showing her surprise face to me, too surprised to hear the misunderstood reminder.
I just looked down, sad with everything that happened, and just concentrate on the rice on my table.
*The tenage girl, whom by now had finished her noodle, was agitated with the waiting of her mother's lunch. "Tunggu, tunggu, lagi dua minit saja." confirmed the waiter.
*After I finished my meal, I did not wait for the staff to come to me for payment. I went straight to the man behind the cash register as I had something to tell him very softly. "Tuala lap meja, tolong minta tukar. Mop lantai pun taklah hitam macam gitu. Kembang tekak orang tengah makan kalau tertengok tuala tu."
Barely had I finished what I had to say when the man, from behind the cash register, talked loudly to the waiter across the coffee shop, "Tuala lap meja tolong tukar. Orang tengah makan geli tengok tuala tu."
Everybody looked at him. I just walked away.