There was controversy in the Thai capital of Bangkok today, when a female sales assistant in a 24-hour convenience store became argumentative over the price of two sandwiches bought by my dad.
The incident occurred today at the Bang Kruay soi 7Eleven when me and my dad entered and ordered two sandwiches - a Shredded Pork and Mayonnaise sandwich and a Sausage Cheese sandwich - along with two drinks, a Pepsi and an Ovaltine from a male sales assistant, who notified us that a sandwich and a drink were available for a special offer price of 32 baht.
We also got a 10 baht bag of crisps each.
Trouble flared, however, when a female assistant emerged from the back of the shop, and proceeded to take over at the till. She informed my dad that the cost of our order was 88 baht, when we knew that it was only 84 baht.
There was a brief verbal struggle, during which much Thai was spoken, and very little English, but, after several seconds, an agreement was reached, and we paid exactly what we said we were going to pay, and not a single baht more.
As we left the shop we realised that they were probably going to talk about us for the rest of the afternoon, but this is absolutely normal, so what's the difference?