Another unpublished head-scratcher... NAR, NAW, or NAL?

Another story I got in this week’s batch! I am wondering if this is NAL because it’s a conversation between classmates, NAR because it’s referring to rude tourist customers, or NAW because while I personally find what the waitstaff did to be funny, some might argue that you can’t condone such behavior.

What do you think?

THE STORY:

School, Denmark

Some of my relatives come from Greece and this was probably why some of the other students in my class loved to ask me whether we ate dogs at home (while flaunting a mock concerned expression). When I told them people don’t eat dogs in Greece, they would gleefully inform me that they had eaten dog while in Greece. “The waiter told me so himself”.

I found it to be an odd lie, but as these kinds of statements would usually come from students who were very fond of attention, I figured it was just one of the many lies they told to get attention and/or bully me. Just odd that three people in my class told the same lie.

The summer before I started my last year at that school my family and I went on vacation to Corfu. This time the vacation was a bit more interesting, as we spent time with some of the friends of my family who had kids who could speak English.

Most of them were a couple of years older than me. All of them either worked as waiters in restaurants or had done so earlier, so of course, I told them about my idiotic classmates and their ridiculous statements about eating dogs. I expected them to be annoyed about the implicit racism but instead, they all laughed. It turns out that if guests in the restaurant were rude, they’d tell the guests that they had just eaten dog, hoping that the rude guests would vomit. They’d figure that since rude guests usually didn’t tip well anyway, they might as well be rude back.

When I came back to school after the summer one of the girls in my class went to me and asked in the most innocent tone if I had eaten dog during my vacation.

Me: “I told you already: They don’t eat dogs in Greece!”

Classmate: “Yes, they do. I already told YOU the waiter told me so himself.”

Me: “And had you, by any chance, been rude to him before he told you this?”

Classmate: “…”

Me: “Yeah, he was trying to make you vomit as payback for your rudeness. I hung out with several people who work as waiters this summer and they all said that this is a very common way to get payback.”

Cue several other classmates looking embarrassed. Funnily, none of the idiots ever repeated their ridiculous claim again.

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Since the focus is on annoying classmates trying to get a rise out of OP, which provides the context for the rude guests vs waiters kerfuffle, I would say it’s NaL.

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I agree with @Istvan_Kiss on this being NAL, and for the same reasons.

Also, if you’re looking for a title, might I suggest: “No, fine dining in Greece hasn’t gone to the dogs”?

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Good idea, but personally, I think “Eating dogs is Greek to them” would be even better.
But I’ll stop derailing this thread, which is about whether this is NaR, NaW or NaL :sweat_smile:.

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This thread will become who can come up with the best title!

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Here’s another:
Chow chow?

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NAL and “Their Reputation Dogs Them”. :wink:

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NAL and I think the title should be “Eating dogs is Chinese to them” (I know the story takes place in Greece but the Greek saying of the English saying of “It’s all Greek to them” is “It’s Chinese to them”)

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While the framing details are set at the school, the actual story is about the restaurants and the wait-staff; you could remove the parts with the classmates entirely, and the story would be largely unchanged:

Some of my relatives come from Greece. One summer, my family and I went on vacation to Corfu, and spent some time with a group of family friends, whose children could speak English.

Most of them were a couple of years older than me, and all of them had worked as waiters in restaurants at some point. I mentioned to them that some of my classmates had claimed that waiters in Greece had told them that they had been served dog meat. I expected them to be annoyed about the implicit racism but instead, they all laughed.

They explained that, if guests in the restaurant were rude, they’d tell the guests that they had just eaten dog, hoping that the rude guests would vomit. They figured that since rude guests usually didn’t tip well anyway, they might as well be rude back!

As such, I’d call it NAR.

As for a title suggestion? “How about some bark-lava for just desserts?”

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Doggedly Paying Back Rude Customers?

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Afterthought. If you’re a waiter and your customers actually vomit, who cleans it up? And, what impression is made on anyone else in the restaurant?

Maybe they hadn’t worked it through. Some wait staff are thoughtful, some aren’t.

I wouldn’t delete the line from the story if it is what they said they were aiming to achieve.

I suspect, if true, that they don’t actually expect anyone to vomit, just be repulsed and feel disgusted. And then when there’s a big kerfuffle, they can tell any other patrons in the local language, “Sorry for the disturbance, it seems our local delicacies don’t agree with their foreign appetites” and then the locals, who hate tourists as all locals in a touristy place do, can roll their eyes and complain about the ridiculous tourists being picky eaters and causing traffic every summer.

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Definitely NAL (although I can seen an argument for NAR). The story begins and ends in the classroom; and ultimately, a lesson is learned, after all.

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:grin:

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So the story is NAL, but released in the NAF time slot lol!

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