Just a short comment here :
It used to be only Japanese sushi joints , I think , where the employees would shout at you when you walk in . Sort of a Banzai greeting , I guess , Japanese style . Well , cultures differ . Who am I to judge . I’m not a sushi guy , nevertheless, so I wasn’t bothered at all at all with this curt cultural quirk .
Until recently . Have you noticed that more and more stores have climbed onto the band wagon . Young clerks yell something , often muffled and incomprehensible , when I walk into the store . Even when they are dealing with another customer , or working the cash register , even when chatting with someone : ” WELCOME TO WORLD MARKET !” ; ” WEOM A WALLGIN ; ” WOOME TA ______________ !” Now , isn’t that a rude custom ? And , half the time , I can’t get what they said , anyway . It sounds like they’re shouting a sharp quick curse , spitting it out at poor innocent shoppers as they walk in . They don’t want us to shop here , or what ?
If I’m the only customer in your store , sure , greet me . Maybe say ” hello” or “welcome” , or even ” welcome to __________ ” . But , you really don’t have to shout it at me in a quick sharp -sounding banzai-style burst . I wonder if stores in Japan even do this sort of thing , the aggressive so-called greeting . Maybe . Maybe not .
CEOs must have gone to conferences and heard that these verbal assaults are good for business . But maybe it’s just a Japanese practical joke being played on them . I know that when a clerk is cashing me out at the register I just love it when he/she suddenly turns and shouts at some unsuspecting poor slob who’s just entered the store . The clerk then immediately turns back to me and my purchase , blank expression, having immediately forgotten the other customer entirely , leaving this new shout victim to wonder what that odd verbal burst was all about . Was it aimed at me ? Did I do something wrong ?