Another symptom of decline: increasing lack of product-line knowledge of foreign-born store clerks

31 Aug

I use convenience stores a fair bit.

One thing I’ve noticed a lot recently is a complete lack of knowledge on the part of subcontinental convenience store clerks on their product line.

Say you regularly buy a certain food or beverage product, then one day you notice there isn’t any more of it, and you go to ask the clerk, “Did you stop carrying X, or are you just out of it at the moment?”

Increasingly, you’ll get a blank look, and a ‘Uh…’

Recently, I laid into one: “You have no idea what I’m talking about, do you?”

“Sorry, boss!” (In the homeland, back during the Rаj, they’d have said ‘Sаһіb’; now they say ‘Boss’. Progress, I suppose…)

Yes, I get that head offices make business decisions that franchise owners don’t always get informed about. But they should make it their business to care and learn what’s happening. Their livelihoods, after all…

I’m not the only one who’s noticed increasing incompetence on their parts. One day, while in such a store, I watched a fellow Canadian rant at them over their misleading labelling about their brewed coffee products and their general incompetence at simply making a decent pot of coffee. I hoped he would simply take his business to a nearby Timmy’s instead, where he’ll get what he came for and the incompetents won’t get his money for substandard product and service…

And so, the decline and fall of our civilization continues…


13 responses to “Another symptom of decline: increasing lack of product-line knowledge of foreign-born store clerks

  1. P Brent

    August 31, 2018 at 4:13 pm

    But he is a loyal Trudeau/Wynne supporter.

    • Will S.

      August 31, 2018 at 6:24 pm

      Wynne is gone; we elected Ford and the Tories. The Real Ontario is back.Woo-hoo! 🙂

    • Will S.

      August 31, 2018 at 6:25 pm

      But yeah, I get your point; no doubt he and his family vote Liberal both federally and provincially, to ensure bringing more of their kind here, esp. their own family and friends…

    • Will S.

      August 31, 2018 at 6:26 pm

      And so the Real Ontario is not un-endangered, it’s still very much under threat…

  2. Roman Lance

    August 31, 2018 at 6:29 pm

    And yet these very same people expect those us who were born and raised in the west to accept, understand, and adjust to their ways of talking and doing things.

    I don’t know how many times I’ve heard a declaration from a foreign born citizen begin with, “In my country…”.

    Internally, my thoughts are, “It’s nice to know the country you escaped from is still YOUR country, and that you expect me to adopt the cultural practices of a country you couldn’t wait to get away from.”

    Externally, I just nod my head, move along and make a mental note to keep my distance.

    I probably should say something; because I realize this is all part of the third world colonizing of western culture, but have to much personal crap to deal with then fight these people all day.

    • Will S.

      August 31, 2018 at 6:33 pm

      I hate that sentiment when I encounter it. I always think, ‘If you liked X better the way it was in your country, why didn’t you just stay there?’

      • Roman Lance

        August 31, 2018 at 7:59 pm

        The times I came across this expression was from “refugees” who were so thankful to America for giving them a place to escape too that they wanted to share there beloved culture with us out of gratitude.

        So our streets and other public spaces get filled employees from Diversity Inc. and becomes less and less like Heritage America.

        Their life is golden, while ours is rusting. I hate it.

  3. feeriker

    August 31, 2018 at 6:49 pm

    I probably should say something; because I realize this is all part of the third world colonizing of western culture, but have to much personal crap to deal with then fight these people all day.

    Unfortunately, “saying something” nowadays in most of what was once the First World (especially the English-speaking portion of it) will get your ass arrested.

    Yes, I too have noticed this trend, one that I think is accelerating all over the Anglosphere. Anyone who has ever picked up a phone and called Tier 1 Tech Support (or Customer “Service,” as they have the effrontery to call it) for anything involving more than two moving parts can see this trend play out in spades. Apparently, among some tech giants, the incompetence of the Mumbai Mob (not mention their laughable attempts to appear “western” by adopting English names belied by their haji accents) became too obvious to continue to ignore, so they switched their call centers back to North America. Unfortunately, such places are usually staffed by aliens of questionable legality and Third World lack of ability from the very shit holes where the former call centers were located, so nothing has changed.

    Of course, as you and all of us note with painful regularity, it’s all part of the One Percent’s (so far wildly successful) plan to marginalize and eventually eliminate all of us filthy, scumbaggy, authoritah-questioning-and-resisting white European scum. We can try to avoid subsidizing it by “taking our business elsewhere,” but the ugly truth is that fewer and fewer businesses remain that are not completely converged. It’s reached the point where I hate giving ANYBODY my money anymore, because they recoil in horror at the notion that they owe me a decent product or service in exchange for it.

    I guess “enjoy the decline” is all we can do at this stage.

    • Will S.

      September 1, 2018 at 10:15 am

      Not just culture but business requires a common language for transactions, but if an accent is so thick it can’t be understood on the phone by a native speaker then it might as well be a foreign tongue. Which is why common language alone isn’t enough for a cohesive society; common culture and familiar enough, understandable accents (if slightly different, at most), are necessary…

  4. ddswaterloo

    September 1, 2018 at 10:05 am

    Yes, I noticed this just this week at Walmart. Where a several diverse clerks on repeated occasions outright lied to push a sale.

    When I challenged them on this they tried to change their story to make it fit. Its especially bad with cell phones and computer sales, where any made up thought that comes to their mind seems to be just fine.

    I’m beyond fed up, and I don’t hide it when these type of things occur. I ask for managers and get answers.

    In 2018: it’s time to let diversity™ be someone else’s strength.


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