You Have What?!

A couple of cooks and dishwashers at the restaurant speak Spanish as their first language and everyone else speaks a small amount. Everyone, that is, except for Jamie, who is also not the sharpest tool in the shed.

A few nights ago the cooks seemed to be harassing her. She was nearly in tears and asked me to make them stop laughing and meowing every time she approached the food window. I asked what started it and she said a “friend” told her a Spanish phrase and she repeated it to one of the Mexican cooks. I asked what the phrase was and she said, “Yo tengo un gato en mis pantalones.”

After my hysterical laughter died down I said, “For crying out loud, Jamie, you just told them you have a cat in your pants. What do you think I can do about it?”

The look on her face was priceless. She had no idea what she said and then she understood the meowing and laughter. Fortunately, she can take a joke and once the cooks realized they weren’t getting under her skin, they stopped teasing her. I told her in the future to use “pollo” instead of “gato”.


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. DarcsFalcon
    Sep 28, 2009 @ 00:37:15

    LOL Are you setting her up too? Cluck, cluck! 😉


  2. darcknyt
    Sep 28, 2009 @ 10:30:40

    You're as mean as they get! 🙂 Although "cat in my pants" — for a woman — can't have the same connotations as a chicken in the same pants. Can it?


  3. Holly
    Sep 28, 2009 @ 11:54:29

    If she says it to a cop it will be good for a strip search at the very least. 🙂


  4. steve
    Sep 28, 2009 @ 15:40:36

    Well good lesson to learn about it not being a bad idea to speak and understand spanish…..why are people mean like that….hmmm zman sends


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