Consumers Informative - They're Not Talking About You
This is a review of consumers, not a company, but, based on something I experienced today and, because I have read similar things on this site, I needed to say something.
I was in a shop in Toronto's Chinatown today and the two clerks behind the counter were speaking to each other in Cantonese. Perhaps they should have been paying attention to the customers they were checking out, but they weren't and that is just the way it is sometimes. As the two clerks started laughing, the customers began yelling at them, telling them: "Don't speak about us. What are you saying?"
The clerks were talking about their plans for Valentine's Day. I know this because I speak Cantonese. I'm about as white as you get and no one would know looking at me that I speak Cantonese, Mandarin and Japanese and several other languages. I understand many conversations people are having in stores. And I can assure that 99.9% of the time, clerks in a shop who aren't speaking English are NOT talking about you. I promise. They have better things to talk about.
So, please, don't assume that someone is talking about you just because you don't understand. The clerks in the shop were quite upset by these customers' remarks, for good reason.
When you are rude or short with a clerk because you think they are talking about you, you are going to get bad service. Just remember, they are not talking about you.