Sunday, September 18, 2011
Marriage 301, Lecture 634: Better to be thought a fool
Me: What does "MwSt" mean here?
SH: I don't know.
Me: Are you going to ask the waiter?
Me: Why not?
SH: Because I don't want to look stupid.
Me: How is it stupid to ask about something in a foreign language in a foreign country?
SH: I don't want to. I should know what it means. I should have done my research before we came to the restaurant so I would know what's on the bill and how tipping is done.
Me: Who would think you're stupid?
SH: The waiter.
Me: You mean the waiter who will never see us again? That waiter?
Me: What if it means "tip" and then you tip him again? Then he would think you're stupid and you would have wasted money.
SH: [no response]
Me: You didn't think of it that way, did you? Would you rather look stupid and waste money or look stupid and not waste money?
SH: I dunno.
Me [to the waiter, who has returned with the credit card thingie to sign]: What does MwSt" mean?
Waiter: It is the money for the state - for the tax.
Me [triumpant]: See?