[quote=“RickRooney”]what did you reply with?
the story sounds hilarious… the whole why did you come to Taiwan question only makes Taiwanese look bad and insecure, they need to get over this question.[/quote]
My replies were fairly ho-hum. In response to “Why did you come to Taiwan?” I said, “Because I could.” And then tacked on a bit that my friend back home is Taiwanese, and he suggested I come check it out (because I was thinking about trying China), and I never left. Erm, theoretically never left, that is.
In response to the “Money” question, I said that I was quite pleased with my income and that I didn’t know anybody in Taiwan who was not happy with their salaries or whatnot, which, in hindsight, is completely true, but I wish I would have phrased it differently. EVERYBODY would like to make more money, of course. What I should have said is that I never hear anybody complaining that they don’t get paid enough. That’s because if someone ever did, I would tell them to find a new fucking job, ASAP. So sympathy isn’t one of my strong suits.
Finally, as far as the whole 7-11 thing, I simply said it was ill-advised to travel to ANY foreign country without sufficient funds, and to wit, if you don’t have any money, don’t come. It’s pretty simple.
Now, from the surveillance footage, it appears the kid was looking for the safe or the dropbox or at least a way into the cash register. I’ve seen it a couple of times and the kid is clearly out of his element, i.e. not a seasoned criminal. Desperate? Probably. Competent? Not so much. A lot of the media coverage has apparently been mocking his “ninja outfit.” Someone asked me about that off-camera and I said, “I dunno what you’re talking about.”
So the kid actually didn’t steal anything. He was apprehended in situ, by the clerk, and if I can find a link to the video, I’ll post it. It’s pretty funny actually. Most 7-11 cats are fairly tame, but this guy didn’t hesitate, and the whole time I was thinking, “There’s no way this kid is going down to the clerk.” Looked like it should have been a mismatch in his favor. Didn’t happen that way. Too bad. You lose. Try the bank next time. That’s where the real dough is.
EDIT: Spelling, and I am not sure who asked me about the “ninja outfits”, but it wasn’t the translator.