I had a brief conversation with another trader at a market recently. I was looking for a guy called Rudi*, who used to sell scarves and jewellery. He didn’t seem to be around so I asked a chap who sells garden furniture* if he knew anything about him.
GF Man: No, he’s not here. I don’t think he’ll be coming back, actually, he’s thinking of returning to Israel.
Me: Oh okay, thanks. He always seemed to do so well with his products.
GF Man: Yes, he had return customers all the time. And he could talk up a storm. Lovely guy.
Me: Ja, great sales pitch. Worked nearly every time. He once told me that he got some beautiful new scarves at such a good price he was able to put a 1,000% mark-up on them. I’ve never forgotten that!
GF Man: Well, maybe he got a bit too greedy. Typical Jew, you know.
Seriously? I remain gob-smacked. For so many different (and yet all obvious) reasons.
* not his real name
* not his real product