Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Kena CONNED At Chinatown!

Anyone planning to buy Chinese New Year goodies and snacks at Chinatown later or tomorrow? BE WARNED!!!

My sis and I love those Taiwanese jelly and during CNY we buy them from those "ah beng" uncles who sell them at about $1 for 100 grams. After picking & weighing, the hawkers would go, "take a few more to round off to (some)kg," and at the same time, they'll throw in some and say that it's free.

After buying them for 3 years already, I already knew their "free" is not free afterall. They throw in the "freebies", add to the weight and in total, I'll be charged about 500grams to 1kg worth of products I did not picked.

What happened this year was, as seen below, I and my sis had picked about 2kg worth of jellies. Then these uncles told me to take another 3 to make up 4kg when adding some "freebies" to the bag. When I heard 4kg, I somehow mentally estimated that we did not pick that much! But, giving them the benefit of the doubt, I took another 3 more and then the uncles piled in some more "freebies". Thus in total, they piled in the "freebies" TWICE! When I reached home and counted and laid out the goodies, it was correct that we paid for 4kg of products, BUT half of it was NOT picked by me nor my sis! It was damn obvious that we only took the lychee, mango and strawberry flavored ones!
I do not mind paying a little more just like past years, but to pile on as much as I took (and even slightly more than what I took) and to lie through your teeth and tell me "3 more to 4kg", that's way tooo much!

From now on, whenever anyone (yes, including myself) wants to buy these jellies and mua chees, take note of following individual weights and mentally calculate how much was taken...
Jellies are at 50grams each. Thus, 2 pieces = 100grams, and 20 pieces = 1kg.
Mua Chees are about 14-16 grams each. Thus 6 pieces = 100grams, and 67 pieces = 1kg.
These "longish" packaging of muah chees are 30grams each. Thus 3 pieces = 100grams and 34 pieces = 1kg.

I can only think of one reason why in the past I was charged slightly more, but this year I was charged "sky-rocketing" more: In the past, I bought them outside Clementi Central's NTUC while this year, I bought them at Chinatown...

8 comments:

surfnux said...

icic. Now only I know. Lucky I never buy. Thanks for sharing and highlighting it. :) Happy New Year.

Jas aka paced said...

surfnux: No prob. But I heard on CNY eve, they sell by bags, regardless of weight to clear stock. But dunno how true lah...

DK said...

Why didn't you stop them from putting more into your plastic bags? You should have protested when they weighs those so call "freebies".

chillycraps said...

i can imagine that spectacular scene when the beng pour the freebies into your bag/basket.. wahahaha

i always find those selling jelly and mochi very beng-ish.

Jas aka paced said...

DK: They use the same tatic of asking you to pick and while you not looking for that few seconds, handfuls of "freebies" goes in lah.

What I really was pissed was that they loaded 2kg worth, the same amount as what I had picked out. In the past, they only loaded 500g to 1 kg worth, which is lesser than what I had picked out. And honestly, I don't mind that because I know you need to clear stock.
But saying "3 more to 4kg" was really way overboard, and out of those 4kg, 2kg was what they had piled in.

And as agreed with CC that they are beng-ish, imagine 三个弱女子 (3 weak ladies, me, my sis and my mum), where got dare to argue... Best part was, my father don't know hiding where when we picking out the jellies. If my dad was around, I would have really dared to argue saying that I couldn't have taken "3 more to 4kg" cos I took less than 50 pieces.

When we got back, all of us got so pissed and my parents nagged at me to "put on your blog lah". Lol!

mingz said...

con the person back

Love Forever said...

sorry to hear that! but have you ever been to china mainland?

Jas aka paced said...

Love Forever, been there once. hehe