This time the story is this: it was my birthday, so that means the Second of August, and my elder sister came along with me to do some shopping in the town called, the area (Tavastia in English) in question – is that is it is the most straight-laced place in all of Finland, as the Irish would say of a place that is rather uptight and serious. They are not known to be jolly-hearted, joke-cracking people in Finland, if you know what I mean.That reputation of the town did not stop me of ‘chancing me arm’ in trying out to get discounts and the like.
This is what happened:
I was collecting a few rolls of film which had been developed in a particular store which was our first port of call in the town and as we were stepping in, I said to my sister:
‘Do not say anything at all until we are outside the shop, please!’
To the shop assistant I said, who I had seen in our school but did not know as such, that:
‘Do you know that it is my birthday today and I really would like a present from you?’
‘Oh,’ he said laughing, ‘really?’
Then he knocked off a few quid off the cost of the films. I thanked him for the lovely present, of course.
We trotted on to the optician’s where a pair of new specs that had been ordered for me only needing to be collected, so again – the same thing about me birthday and the present
– again a present received in this shop as well.
Then third time lucky, my last store to go to was a shop that sold handbags and I was in need of a new one – stickler for style, may I say
– here again the same spiel with the same result, discount given and gratefully received by yours truly!
All this time my sister had kept silent but as we went out of the very last shop she said:
‘So this is the way to do the shopping?!
Tis for now. Riihele xx.
If one does not ask, one does not get, right?!!! I recommend the method, though I do not insist if the person says ‘no’ – but normally, I do get a very good discount!