Today I went to the store to pick up a few things. One of the items on my list was limes. I can’t always find limes, so I was happy when I saw a few. I picked up the remaining limes, 8 to be exact. They were 5 for 1.50 euros. At the check out counter the lady got to the bag of limes and looked at me and said, “These are 5 for 1.50. You have 8. That won’t work.” I looked at her and said that was all that was left and I needed all 8 limes. She then said, “Well, I don’t know what to do. You need two more.” She then looked at the other cashier and asked if she knew what to do because I needed all 8 limes but the store did not have any more and how was she supposed to do the transaction. The other cashier did not know and so she had to make a phone call to the manager. I was laughing! How could this be a problem that she did not know how to solve? What if I only needed one lime?
She talked to a manager and I was charged for 10 limes and I was told to go to customer service so I could receive a refund for the 2 limes that I was over charged for! How funny is that? I went to customer service and received 60 centimes (like 60 cents) for the difference. France!
While I was at the grocery store, Aaron was at the specialty pool store to get something for our pool. He said the door was open and he noticed a worker in the back. He walked up to the counter and said, “Excuse me, can you help me?” The worker looked at his watch and said, “We are closed right now. We will open in 10 minutes. Please come back.” Aaron politely walked out the open door and waited for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes the man helped Aaron. France!
The majority of stores in France will close anytime during lunch, 12-1:30/2 pm. The French usually are not out shopping at lunch time. They take their mealtimes seriously and those that work expect that time off. It can be very inconvenient but we have gotten used to it. The major grocery stores stay open at lunch time, which is the time I like to go shopping because I know not many people will be there. They are all eating lunch! Speaking of lunch time, Aaron and I are going to miss our 1 hour and 20 minute lunch we have with Jack and Sophie. I do love that my kids all get to enjoy their lunch time and they never feel rushed.