My Tin Foil Buying Adventure at Big C Extra


If you read the title, and actually started reading this article, you have to be wondering to yourself why any writer would write an article about going to the supermarket to buy tin foil. If so, more than likely you are correct, but just in case you are not, please keep reading and you might end up laughing a little bit.

On this trip to Big C Extra I planned on buying chicken leg quarters and pork spare ribs that both were going to be baked in my oven. However, I ran-out of tin foil a day or two before this excursion and I knew I needed it if I wanted to use my oven. This is where it starts getting interesting, so many times in the past I have looked for tin foil at this store only to be disappointed, that I told myself I know they have it, and you are not leaving without it.

Of course, I walked up and down ever aisle in the food section, like I have done so many other times, and guess what, no tin foil. After that, I took the next logical step and made my way over the paper section, which I have also done 100’s of other times, and you guessed it, no tin foil. But, this time I was determined and I was not giving up. In reality, all I was thinking about was getting my BBQ ribs into the oven as soon as I got home because I was hungry as hell, and I love BBQ ribs.

On this trip, I decided to think out of the box and actually asked a stock clerk where the tin foil was located. This is something I never do, because most of them don’t speak English, and I don’t speak Thai. Because of that, I knew I had to get creative and not use English to ask for the tin foil, but instead, hand gestures. So, I picked up the bag of chicken I just bought and used my hands to indicate that I needed plastic wrap to cover up the chicken to keep it fresh.

My reasoning is rather simple to understand, and it was that the plastic wrap would be placed next to the tin foil like every other supermarket on the planet. Of course, my analysis of the situation was rather naïve thinking on my part, because nothing ever works out like it is supposed to in Thailand, and if it did, the tin foil would be in the paper section.

The stock clerk understood my hand gestures, and pointed to the other side of the store which was about 2 ½ miles away and said “number 8”. I said to myself, “ha ha ha”, I fell for that trick many times in the past and it is not going to work again. If you are new to Thailand, whenever you ask a Thai person a question they will often give you an answer even if they don’t have a clue what they are talking about, just so that do not have to say “I don’t know”.

So, since I was not leaving without the tin foil, I decided to ask another stock clerk the same question before I wasted 15 minutes cruising around the store and coming away empty handed for the zillionth time. To my surprise, she pointed in the same direction and just kind of “moaned”; because she knew it was really far away and not conveniently located in the food or paper section where ever other store in the world puts it.

On my walk over to the other side of the store I had a lot of time to reflect on the predicament I got myself into, and I came to the conclusion that it was going to end up being a complete waste of time. After walking for about ½ hour or so, I finally got to the other side of the store and started looking for aisle # 8, which of course I could not find.

I finally arrived at the appliance and TV section and I said to myself “I have gone too far”. So, I turned around, and there it was like the North Star shinning though the clouds on a stormy night, a very small sign that said “# 8”. Next, I looked down and I was even more astonished. Because the tin foil I so desperately needed was almost unbelievably actually situated in aisle # 8, exactly where the first stock clerk said it was. What a fool I was for not listening to her, I will never make that mistake again.

The moral of the story is the next time you go shopping at Big C Extra and you need tin foil, just head over to aisle # 8 in the TV and appliance section to pick it up. Well, it was there 2 weeks ago, by now it is probably in the clothing section, but at least you know you can ask one of the stock clerks and they will be able to point you in the right direction.


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