I am in Jakarta at the moment, staying at the posh Ritz Carlton hotel and I just couldn’t resist sharing with you an admittedly mundane but seriously amusing experience I had this morning when ordering room service.
Room Service: Good morning, Ms. Hutchins, how may I help you?
Me: I would like to order breakfast. The “bowl of berries” and “natural yogurt” with a “cappuccino”.
Room Service: What do you mean berries?
Me: You know….berries…strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries..
Room Service: We don’t have berries.
Me: Are you sure? It is on your menu.
Room Service: Is it?
Me: It is. Page 3.
Room Service: Sorry madam. We don’t have berries.
Me: Are you quite sure? Because berries are also listed on page 7 with the smoothies. In fact, you offer a fresh berry smoothie with strawberries and blueberries. And then on pg 14 you have tarts with berries. I am guessing you have berries in the kitchen, no?
Room Service: No.
Me: Can you please check again, starting with Page 3 where a “bowl of berries” is listed for 60,000 rupiah.
Room Service: One moment.
Me: Of course. (3-5 minutes elapse)
Room Service: We only have blueberries. But they are not blue. They are purple.
Me: I will take the purple blueberries.
Room Service: Your order will arrive within 30 minutes. Thank you for staying at the Ritz Carlton Jakarta.
Me: No, THANK YOU!Pin It