A foreigner eating at a Tokyo restaurant with a couple of local friends has had his attempt at verbal communication redirected to another person.
“Apparently, I’m not worthy of human interaction,” says 34-year-old Christian Taylor.
“Although I enthusiastically initiated correspondence through the transmission of the native spoken word, I received a proverbial slap in the face.”
The restaurant waiter looked at the floor while processing the flow of information coming from Taylor’s mouth and then took a moment before replying to Taylor’s friend.
“My mate wasn’t even listening,” says Taylor.
Taylor’s friend is South Korean visiting Japan on vacation and wouldn’t have understood the waiter’s response even if he was listening.