I spend a lot of my life at the moment reciting the alphabet and saying ‘A is for apple’ etc. in an attempt to teach J his letters and get to grips with the written word. T is usually for Thomas or Teddy, but today it is for Tea in honour of the following conversation I had in Teavana, a chain of shops that sell loose tea and various things to go with that tea.
Me: “I’d like some tea bags please”.
Tea man: “We don’t sell tea bags. We sell loose tea.”
Me: “I know that. I want the bags for the tea to go in, please.”
Tea man: “Oh, you mean filters. Yes, we have those.” And he wanders off to get them.
Tea man: “You know that you should use a tea pot or a tea ‘pod’ (?). These don’t make good tea.”
Me: “I just want the tea bags, thanks.”
Tea man: “You mean tea filters. Oh, OK.” Wanders to till looking disconsolate but deigns to sell them to me. Five bucks for 100 single cups.
When I get home, I examine the box the tea filters (not bags, must learn) come in and it says: Perfect tea filter. Brew PERFECT tea anywhere.
Someone should tell this man that being rude about the products in your shop isn’t good sales technique and annoys customers, especially me.
Oh and the reason I have to buy filters in NYC now is because my beloved Tea Horse, seller of lovely loose tea all the way from exotic St Johns Wood in North London has gone bust. Should have bought more tea. And filters.