See the famous shoe repair store… 😉
I just paid the foreigner price! I look at the little shoe repair man on the sidewalk. A complaint comes to my lips…I am a good customer (thanks to Bangkok’s hazardous sidewalks) … I always bring my beaten up high heels to him, not to the other guy who is working closer to my office.
But before I say something, I see the Thai lady waiting for her shoes. The repair man has interrupted his work to get mine, shows me the new heels and timidly asks for his price.
I figure, we both would lose more face than anything else to haggle over 50 baht (1.75 usd). And he probably gains some respect from the Thai customers charging foreigners more for his services. Or maybe I had to pay a “rental fee” because I forgot to pick up my shoes the previous week and he had to haul…
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