Monday, March 11, 2013

An Episode of Candid Camera or A Great Deal?

candid camera smile
This morning, we went for our daily trip to our local Fruit and Vegetable stand.

On our list, bananas and cilantro.

Unfortunately, “Our Girl” (as the kids call her), didn’t have any cilantro.
No problem, we were going downtown and we’d pick some up along the way.

Along the sidewalk, there are often elderly ladies selling their sparse wares; three onions, two carrots and one jalapeño. They’re usually good for some cilantro as well and sure enough, we got lucky.

Well, I’ll let you be the judge of that.

I looked through her four choices (three more than usual) and found the greenest and freshest bunch. It also happened to be the smallest but we don’t use that much.

Besides, she was charging 1/3 less than everyone else.

She put out her hand, and that’s when it happened…

bad quality cilantro
She started smelling them. Like really smelling them. To the point that I didn’t really want them anymore.

Which was okay because she took another bunch with noticeable rot, big leaves and tons of discolouration (it’s supposed to be green), put it in a bag, took my money (that Artemis was handing her) and sent me on my way.

I was in shock.

I managed to ask her if she smelled something wrong with the original bunch. Her reply “No, she wanted me to have the bigger bunch. More for my money”.



Episode of Candid Camera or Not?


Note that this has never happened to me before and I half expected someone to jump out and yell “Smile, You’re on Candid Camera”! Ed asked me why I didn’t tell her that I wanted the other bunch or just ask for my money back (both possibilities). I didn’t do either because, I was in a state of shock (and still am).

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