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  • #225009

    I was in a por quilo restaurant and asked the price from a waiter. I was told that it was X Reais per kilo.
    After filling my plate, I went to the cashier where I was told that the price was actually 2 reais more per kilo. I refused to pay , offering them two choices that I pay the price I was originally quoted or that I will not eat there at all.
    Now here is the interesting part; the guy behind me started speaking to the cashier “does he not have the extra money to pay?” he asked.
    That got me thinking about the Brazilian way of thinking. I refused to pay the extra one real, out of principle. Something I bet didn’t occur to ANY of the staff nor the guy behind me in line. Because if I had just payed the extra real, nothing would have happened and the misinformation would probably continue. I wanted to make a point, so tha this kind of thing will not happen again.
    The sad thing is that the Brazilians didn’t even notice why I protested and just thought that i didn’t have the extra one real. That’s why things will never change here. The mindset is just so off.

  • #225014

    graham
    Participant

    Retropolitan…The only point that your story about the por quilo place made with me is that it doesn’t sound like any of the many por quilo places I have ever been.
    All por quillo place post their price in front. There are no waiters in such restaurants, only maybe an attendant to bring you a drink or something, and then even this service is the exception.
    When they weigh your food and give you the bill, they do not take your money. You pay on the way out.
    Your whole story just sounds “so off.”
    But hey, using it for some brasil bashing sure seems like familiar use of mechanism…not reality.Grads2012-10-28 05:58:48

  • #225015

    celso
    Member

    [QUOTE=Retropolitan] I was in a por quilo restaurant and asked the price¬† from a waiter. I was told that it was X Reais per kilo.After filling my plate, I went to the cashier where I was told that the price was actually 2 reais more per kilo. I refused to pay , offering¬† them two choices that I pay the price I was originally quoted or that I will not eat there at all. Now here is the interesting part; the guy behind me started speaking to the cashier “does he not have the extra money to pay?” he asked.¬†That got me thinking about the Brazilian way of thinking.¬† I refused to pay the extra one real, out of principle. Something I bet didn’t occur to ANY of the staff nor the guy behind me in line. Because if I had just payed the extra real, nothing would have happened and the misinformation would probably continue. I wanted to make a point, so tha this kind of thing will not happen again.The sad thing is that the Brazilians didn’t even notice why I¬† protested and just thought that i didn’t have the extra one real.¬† That’s why things will never change here. The mindset¬† is just so off.
    [/QUOTE]
    There is a nice kilo joint at Guarulhos. The airport workers are charged 10 reias a kilo, tourists pay about 20. When I mentioned that the doubling of price for tourists was a great way to kill tourist business, the manager said “you right,” and charged me the worker rate.
    The cashier asked me “how much do you make?” There are rays of hope. No smoking in bars and eateries, noise pollution laws and airbags in cars.. Slow but coming. GreatBallsoFire2012-10-28 06:11:27

  • #225018

    jaenicoll
    Member

    [QUOTE=Grads] Retropolitan…The only point that your story about the por quilo place made with me is that it doesn’t sound like any of the many por quilo places I have ever been.
    All por quillo place post their price in front. There are no waiters in such restaurants, only maybe an attendant to bring you a drink or something, and then even this service is the exception.
    When they weigh your food and give you the bill, they do not take your money. You pay on the way out.
    Your whole story just sounds “so off.”
    But hey, using it for some brasil bashing sure seems like familiar use of mechanism…not reality.[/QUOTE]
    There are many, many Kilo restaurants in Rio who don’t post the price on the outside of the window. I never eat in them exactly because of that. Not because they will screw you over because the price should be posted so you don’t have to ask the retarded person at the door. Also, I don’t think the OP meant cashier but the person who weighs the food, but you probably already actually knew that.

  • #225019

    Grads… I give you one point. Instead of waiter , I should have written “assistant”,or “attendant”. But seriously???..you should get out more. This particular restaurant is in a semi-favela in the North East. On second thoughts, if you have trouble even imagining such an outlandish concept as an restaurant that doesn’t post it’s prices, then maybe you shouldn’t.
    Nesne…No I mean’t exactly what I said. For take aways I had to go with my plate directly to the cashier ( who also weighs the food).
    Retropolitan2012-10-28 08:31:21

  • #225021

    beach bum
    Member

    I think it depends on the people. The individuals in that particular restaurant don’t speak for all of brasil as you generalized. Most brasileiros I know and have experience with are very frugal and attentive to prices. Most that I know will do what you did, even if it’s 50 cents. I can’t tell you how many times I have been charged the wrong price in a mom and pop front such as a padaria. You have to stick up for yourself as you did even if for principle. One thing I’ve learned here if you’re not satisfied with something just walk right out the door and watch what happens.
    With that said, in my city and others I’ve seen in MG there is a growing trend of R$3 per plate all you can eat luncheonettes. Some have really good quality food. I wish these existed in the US!

  • #225022

    graham
    Participant

    thanks for being specific. your story makes more sense. brasil is a big country, and there is no lack of bashing it from every quarter. life is tough, no?

  • #225023

    hoganti
    Member

    [QUOTE=gringonovo] I think it depends on the people. The individuals in that particular restaurant don’t speak for all of brasil as you generalized. Most brasileiros I know and have experience with are very frugal and attentive to prices. Most that I know will do what you did, even if it’s 50 cents. I can’t tell you how many times I have been charged the wrong price in a mom and pop front such as a padaria. You have to stick up for yourself as you did even if for principle. One thing I’ve learned here if you’re not satisfied with something just walk right out the door and watch what happens.
    With that said, in my city and others I’ve seen in MG there is a growing trend of R$3 per plate all you can eat luncheonettes. Some have really good quality food. I wish these existed in the US! [/QUOTE]
    yeah, the those joints are great. first time I went to one it wa r5 for a big plate of food and then they asked what type of meat I wanted…I was surprised that I got meat. I was happy with the plate lol

  • #225036

    Caio Andretta
    Participant

    [QUOTE=gringonovo] With that said, in my city and others I’ve seen in MG there is a growing trend of R$3 per plate all you can eat luncheonettes. Some have really good quality food. I wish these existed in the US! [/QUOTE]
    Wow that’s dirty cheap, even less than in the universities. Do you actually get a lot of choice, or can you only make a choice out 3 types of beans/rice/pasta/veggies?
    I’ve seen a few, but never stepped in on since my girlfriend actually felt too classy to step in one. Labyras2012-10-28 12:40:48

  • #225039

    Marc Maserati
    Participant

    Went to an all you can eat place today. Had 2 heaping plates of food.. and it was less then 10 US. You cannot come near these prices in the US! Nowhere I’ve been charges 5 USD all you can eat. Even McDonalds is more expensive!
    -Marc

  • #225040

    beach bum
    Member

    Mcdonalds is disgusting. It’s sad that some chains here have tried to copy mcdonalds like bob’s burger. Awful looking food, I haven’t had the courage to try it.

  • #225042

    Marc Maserati
    Participant

    [QUOTE=gringonovo] Mcdonalds is disgusting. It’s sad that some chains here have tried to copy mcdonalds like bob’s burger. Awful looking food, I haven’t had the courage to try it. [/QUOTE]
    Agreed!

  • #225047

    jaenicoll
    Member

    In Brazil McDs is not only distgusting but expensive. So is Bobs. Much prefer rice, beans, veggies and a piece of meat for half the price.

  • #225048

    graham
    Participant

    seperation…Mac combo meals cost about R$20. There is a superb por quilo place just off Av Paulista by the hospital where you can get an absolutely magnificent selection of foods and meats for only a little bit more. My plate usually costs about R$22 (w/o drink). Por quilo expensive? yes. But in my opinion, that particular pq is a bargain for the price, and serves as an excellent variety of fresh and delicious foods as I’ve had anywhere in the world for any price. In this it is a bargin. BTW, everyone is charged the same price and there are no waiters.

  • #225062

    [QUOTE=mmaser]Went to an all you can eat place today. Had 2 heaping plates of food.. and it was less then 10 US. You cannot come near these prices in the US! Nowhere I’ve been charges 5 USD all you can eat. Even McDonalds is more expensive![/QUOTE]
    I’m not from the US, nor do I live there.
    But on my last visit I saw several chinese restaurant with all-you-can eat for 6-8 dollars.
    I live in the poverty stricken North East, yet resturant prices are higher here than almost anywhere else.

  • #225065

    815
    Member

    [QUOTE=gringonovo]
    With that said, in my city and others I’ve seen in MG there is a growing trend of R$3 per plate all you can eat luncheonettes. Some have really good quality food. I wish these existed in the US! [/QUOTE]
    Holy s***! If they have a lunch rush of people who can eat like me, they would go out of business!
    And McDonalds is more than disgusting. Disgusting is giving the McDonals corporation credit.
    In Limeira, there is a place where you can stack your plate and then go to the spit and choose two kinds of meat, great meat at that, and it is R$8. A #1 at McD’s is $20….hmmmmm where am I gonna go?

  • #225066

    rebalina
    Member

    I find the opposite…. ‘mao de vaca’ Brazilians (nothing against that, I’m from the land of tightwads) tend to get quoted a price, then insist on a ‘precozinho’ to pay less.
    3 reais a plate?! damn…. and I thought I was the king for getting a GIANT plate of food at my local for 6 reaisgalego2012-10-28 19:20:01

  • #225068

    Marc Maserati
    Participant

    [QUOTE=galego] I find the opposite…. ‘mao de vaca’ Brazilians (nothing against that, I’m from the land of tightwads) tend to get quoted a price, then insist on a ‘precozinho’ to pay less.
    3 reais a plate?! damn…. and I thought I was the king for getting a GIANT plate of food at my local for 6 reais[/QUOTE]
    3-6 R/plate is even better! Makes this town seem really expensive!
    -Marc

  • #225073

    Derekcool
    Member

    I see nothing that separates you from brazilians that surround you. Both you and them are illiterate, as there is no such word as seperate.

  • #225078

    [QUOTE=brila]I see nothing that separates you from brazilians that surround you. Both you and them are illiterate, as there is no such word as seperate.[/QUOTE]
    Pedant
    From Wikipedia;
    A pedantis a person who is excessively concerned with formalismand precision, or who makes a show of his or her learning.

  • #225090

    jaenicoll
    Member

    It seems to me, after years of teaching English, that some of the most funcionally illiterate people in the world are great spellers.

  • #225163

    Nipoar
    Member

    Brillo pad,
    So abrasive!

  • #225329

    Derekcool
    Member

    [QUOTE=maskotas] Brillo pad,
    So abrasive![/QUOTE]
    I start asking myself if your homofobic behaviour is really a cover-up for your undercover feelings for yours truly. So, you like it abrasive, darling?

  • #225349

    Gilmour
    Member

    hey Brila, why did you withdraw your offer to drive me around BH?

  • #225433

    Nipoar
    Member

    Sponge Bob,
    I am not sure it is a good idea for a Sponge Bob and a Brillo Pad to ride together in the same vehicle. It sounds like a monsoon magnet to me.
    Aside from the that, would you trust an American-hating, sexual chameleon (being generous with the term) to be your chauffeur?

  • #225724

    Nipoar
    Member

    “You can’t loose a citizenship, you can loose a belt, but lose a citizenship. Before speaking about basic Portuguese,how about learning some basic English?
    I doubt we need more illiterate Americans getting Brazilian passports for no apparent reason. We have enough illiterate native born Brazilians.”
    These paragraphs came from a cocky Spaniard who “paints his hair” (I would be happy to direct you to his posts on this forum).
    Personally, I think his obnoxiousness is due to lead poisoning from his hair painting. I hope his sewage is treated because, if not, we are all at risk!

  • #23783

    nycgig
    Member

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