Which, of course, is gross.
But in all honesty, at first, I didn’t think much of his comment… till I realized he wasn’t one of my friends in umpteen different developing countries around the world. Then, yes, it made me remember the prospect of this was actually not really ok. Or expected, ever, in this context.
Fast-forward to today.
I headed into our local “grocery” store – the kind that has some of the non-local products available (think: Pringles, ice cream, and apples), and is bigger than the typical duka on the side of the road (think: the size of the soda-bottle return area at Meijer). As I peeked around a stack of baking powder tubs to see if there was any soda bicarbonate (baking soda) hiding behind it, I found this.
“ha! that’s hilarious!”
“Would it be weird if I took a picture?”
“Is it bad that this totally won’t deter me from coming back?”
“Health codes? Hmm. What’s that?”
“It’s so tiny! Usually the ones running around eating food in dukas are at least 5 times this size!”
“I’m just glad it’s dead… this is gross of course, but it’s the live ones that make me jumpy!”
“Should this bother me more? I’m still planning on buying something…”
“Why was he poking around the soda bicarbonate? There was sugar right across the aisle..."
“Is THAT why they’ve been out of soda bicarbonate for a month?” :P
“I wonder if I should have told the shopkeeper… hmm… maybe they already know?”