17 July 2006

Ah Veces

Sometimes you does just have to smile at de things or situations you does encounter.
take this weekend for example. The hubby been needing to get his eyes checked for the longest time. Well yuh know men, when dem get pass a certain age. Dey go into denial about the physical ailments of aging...so hubby been putting off the eye checks, until last week whenI finally persuaded him go and get them checked professionally.

Well hubby went and got the check, Dr. says he loosing his ability to focus and give him a prescription. Now here is the gist of the story. hubby went to a highly recommended eye clinic. Supposedly amongs the top clinics in the area. Knowing his professional status, the Dr. writes up the prescripton and suggested getting them filled at said clinic. According to Dr., prescription and lenses gonna run about Bs1.4 million. or about $600.00. We figure, that's a little steep so we gonna do some shopping around. We inquired wid some freinds who got glasses, where to go and about how much it cost ect. Yet again, we get recommended to another eyeglass place to purchase the frames and get the perscription filled. It's a chain of stores located throughout the city

So this weekend, hubby and I off to one of de stores located in the center of the area close to us. Not exactly the most upscale part of town, actually it's de part of town where de so called upper class and upscale people dare not venture, but hey, wo sey we upper class or upscale so off we go into the store. First we walk in, and look around...we gone tuh check out some frames only tuh find out dat all de frames pun lock down, nuh seing nuttin unless one of de workers get them for yuh. OK nuh problem. We get some attention and tell de fella dat we got this hey prescription and wanna get it filled. After asking some questions, he leff we gone and come back wid some glasses in he hand.

My man ein ask we wha kinda frame we want or give we de option of choosing a frame, he went and choose for us and like he went in de back wid de hand me down frames and dig out 3 pairs and come give we. Afta Mr. Camp put on de first frame..I neear most dead...frames from back in de 50's yuh hear..OK dey mighta be from de 80's but dem sure weren't from de 2006 style catalog of frames. I ha to stop e right dey and look at de fella, I say Mr Man. my husband hey does work in a suit evaday, he gots a decent job and does work amongst a certain caliber of people. Can we please get a set a frames from like de year 2000..... Ok he gone again and come back wid another set....Still dem nuh do..I had tuh ask...wait..people doan get tuh choose wha frames duh like fi demselves..

Meanwhile now, he gone again whiles we looking around at de frames. Hubby meet up upon a former collegue ah his, actually she noticed him first. Then hubby and this woman start tuh speak english and meanwhile she translating in spanish tuh she children, so Mr. Man now figuring out dat yes, hubby ein lying, he do have a job of a certain caliber and he ein de average bottom ah de barrel fella dat would frequent de store. Next thing my man whole attitude towards de hubby done change, all of he sudden he calling hubby Mr. hubby and gethe keys and got to the top ah de line frames in de show window. So in a flash so, hubby went from trying on Bs 50.000 frames tuh trying on frames Bs 900,000... ah nuh lie. When hubby try on de frames, he sey yea, ah like deese, I had tuh sey, but yuh like de price tag tooo. frames costing near $500.00 and dah din including de prescription. Well afta, we look around and try a few more in he likings, we finally settle fuh a pair at a reasonable price (much less dan de Bs, 1.4 million dat we were quoted originally) and den get a free pair ah sunglasses too.

De thing is that when we walk in de store we did a a bottom ah de barrel black couple dat coud barely afford a set a frames and when we walk out we did de same black couple dat dem wanted tuh buy de most expensive set... Why?? because bottom line is we did black and until dem hear we speak english and realize dat we din natives, dat based on we skin color dem wanted tuh determine wha kind ah frmes we could afford. All me and hubby coulda do when we walk out ws tuh shake we head and smile.

10 comments:

Dr. D. said...

It is called stereotyping Camp!

I hope Mr. Camp seeing all clearly now!

Jdid said...

happens all over the world my dear. sad but true

Abeni said...

Really shouldn't judge a book by the cover.Glasses real expensive..I think mine cost about 600 EC.

Stunner said...

LOL, funny incident. But it is just a taste of the harsh reality people face when dem get stereotyped.

smallislandgirl said...

sad but true it still happens in this day and age.........

Mad Bull said...

...and the thing is, we all do it to some extent, so we can't really get vex and bash the store attendant too much, can we? I mean, our brand of stereotyping may not be related to colour, but to something else. Still, it is just another type of stereotyping

princessdominique said...

Its sad that stuff like that still happens anywhere on the planet. I'm glad he got a pair he liked though.

Scratchie said...

lol...ahhhh bwoy such is life

Shotta M said...

To the day that associating black with poverty is a valueless stereotype.

Anonymous said...

Would you believe that I'm a black Venezuelan leaving in Barbados and the same thing happens to me all the time? Once the hear my Spanish accent the attitude towards me changes and suddenly their manners come out