Tuesday, March 18, 2008

#23 Stealing Napkins and Condiments


Sure, it's a habit leftover from war time, but girl please. How many of you have ever been embarrassed when your Korean Mom grabs 30 napkins instead of the 3 she actually needs? When you open the kitchen drawer at home is it filled with packets of ketchup from Mcdonald's and sauces from Burger King? Once my Grandma gave me a Mcdonald's ketchup packet from so long ago, the contents looked like melted chocolate. Sometimes a Korean Mom will make her child steal napkins and ketchup from an eatery in her name. God forbid you only bring back 2 packets of sauce. The Korean Mom will make you return to the counter to retrieve more and you will have to make an excuse like "We dropped the other ones", to defend yourself from the annoyed service person.

26 comments:

Anonymous said...

LOL this is so funny... we dropped the other ones to defend urself from the annoyed service person
ahahahahhahha!!!!

Christine said...

lol one time my mom ordered a large fries and was like 'this is not large' and made them fill it more to the top... she also did this with a salad too.. way embarrassing

Chiyo said...

haha, thanks for your comment Christine!

My mom does that too, but she makes ME do it for her!
It makes me die a little inside every time. :)

Rebecca said...

You should talk about their obsession with sales and discounts. My mom goes crazy every time there is a sale at the mall.

M Chiu said...

did she also take the butter and jam packets from the diner? mine did... and still does! now she has moved onto splenda and equal packets!

Anonymous said...

There was a pizza party after my wedding, and the 20 or so pizzas all came with packets of red pepper and grated cheese. The next day, I found two tupperware containers full of both. She'd secretly saved all the packets behind my back and emptied the contents of each one into a container! I love her! XD

Anonymous said...

my mom does not do this though. she thinks it's very distasteful to take or steal these things and she told me only uneducated ppl do this or ppl who grew up too poor but i sometimes do that altho she never does this LOL !! i guess i am too korean. She hate me doing t his LOL

jeesung said...

hmm, i wondered where i got this disgusting habit!! it must have been subliminal messaging!!!

spicybeefjerky said...

i can totally relate to the old ass ketchup packet resembling chocolate... my mom does the same thing whenever she makes omoorice.

Anonymous said...

Don't take the effects of war so lightly. It might have been a long time ago but the devastation is not so easily forgotten. What do you know about war when so many families and friends died and were lost and you starved and fought to survive? Check this out instead.
http://www.stillpresentpasts.org/spp/home/home.html

Sue said...

And the Sweet n Low! Because it's cham bee sah!

parksalot said...

this post is so true... but really, do koreans use ketchup on anything?

Rhymes said...

Not too dissimilar from condiments, but my experience is with plastic forks, knives, spoons from any fast food establishment. And if they also hand out styrofoam plates, then it's pretty much game over. I think plastic utensils are a staple during any dinner parties (i.e. Thanksgiving, Choosuk, New Years) in my household. We're classy.

Amerasian in Daegu said...

my mom used to stop at Burger King, Popeyes Chicken and a pizza joint and used to tell me to run in and take as many napkins I could.

Yeah, she wanted them but made my goofy ass run in and jack them.

E said...

Another good one. My mother did the exact same thing in my childhood, to which I finally responded by taking 200 napkins (the entire dispenser).

My mother responded "Hey, that's embarassing, what are you doing?" To which I replied "getting extra napkins like you told me to."

And one Korean mom habit was snuffed out forever (probably 2 grew back in its place).

Parrelitoo said...

HAHAHA omg ..my mom is exactly like this, however i'm not korean, i'm persian. But my mom is like you just described in your post. Whenever we're in McDonalds, she doesn't take 3 napkins. No, she takes a whole bunch of napkins, straws, packets of ketchup. I think it's funny when i actually think about it :D

Heather *IsaBella and Harrison's Mommy* said...

I can totally relate... I've even gone so far as taking some extra salt and pepper packets for my MIL to give to her customers at her own store!

Love always,
Heather

kim-chic said...

my ohm-ma not only took bundles of napkins from fast food places, she would cut them in half so we would have twice as many napkins

Anonymous said...

Wow, Koreans are some classy folks.

Anonymous said...

My mom didn't do this but another KM did this LOL and she'd supply us with extra sauce packets from McDonalds LOL

Anonymous said...

Keep posting stuff like this i really like it.

Harmony said...

LOL. I'm white, and both my mom and my KMIL do this! My mom is actually worse about it than my KMIL.

These are hilarious!

NJKorean said...

Our glove compartment was always brimming with napkins and ketchup packs from bk, mcd's, or kfc.

Anonymous said...

LOL this is so true. We never have to buy condiments ever since my mom makes sures to take more then a handful of ketchup, mustards, etc.

Anonymous said...

Actually, I think all moms/women are like this. When I buy a coffee and it comes with extra sugar and milk, I always put them in my purse. You might never know you'd get a coffee in the future without milk and sugar (which never seems to happen :-s).

Anonymous said...

Haha! This blog is way too funny! My boyfriend (now husband) and I took my parents out for all you can eat ribs...my KM made me wrap up a plates worth and stick them in my purse! My Dad joked that we should take the BBQ sauce too....I can tell it pained my mom that we didn't!